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Osmosys locks-in their campus selects during the lockdown

Posted on May 19, 2020 by in Life of an Osmosee
Osmosys – Virtual Campus Placements

As we complete 2 months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organizations are still adjusting to the “new normal” – work from home, managing teams via online meetings and messaging. It is now inevitable for organizations to alter their business models and embrace digital transformation so that business continues seamlessly despite this unfavorable situation.

With the IT industry in India expected to have a lower growth rate due to this epidemic, Osmosys is no exception as we are also experiencing delayed decisions, temporary suspension of contracts and payment delays, However, we are committed to our employees, customers and stakeholders to wade-through these tough times with a sense of caution.

Then what about the commitments we made to our campus selects? This question was haunting us…

We had given job offers to more than 50 graduates from various colleges across India and this lockdown situation has postponed their final examinations and valedictions, which in-turn would delay their joining dates with us. We had to get creative in taking advantage of this downtime and engage our future employees.

We decided to fast-track their induction into Osmosys by employing a technology-driven online training program that would enable our campus selects to utilize this current lockdown period productively to acquire and sharpen their skills and get ready to make a smooth transition from “campus to corporate”.

To start with, we had to be cognizant to the situations and priorities of our campus selects and so we worked closely with their Placement Officers and encouraged them to register to our training program with no obligations and with a guarantee that this had no bearing to our current job offers to them.

In no time, we got an overwhelming response to our initiative and more than 40 of our campus selects registered for the program.

Our Managers and Leads came up with a training agenda that was inclusive, personalized and practical, covering topics like

Engineering Basics – Problem Solving, OOPS and Principles of Programming
Programming Languages – HTML/CSS, JavaScript, JQuery and SQL

Each topic is spread across 5-6 online classroom-style session of 2 hours each with material-led training, daily assignments, mock tests and a final examination at the end of each topic. Each of our trainer is backed-up by an observer and a few assistants that answered questions and queries of the participants via dedicated group chat and email.

As we pilot this for the first time, we are hopeful this attempt to disseminating knowledge via online to our future employees would accelerate their learning and help them join our teams with more confidence.

Historically, major world events are often an inflection point for rapid innovation and only time will tell if online technology and collaboration tools would be a viable alternate to manage all or most of our business processes including hiring, training, onboarding et all.

Posted By: Dinesh Madireddy, SVP – Global Delivery, Osmosee

Osmosys at the forefront of adapting to the “new normal”

Posted on April 19, 2020 by in Life of an Osmosee

virutal-meeting

On a sunny Monday afternoon in early Feb 2020, my boss and I were having a casual chat on ‘work-life balance’ and we instantly decided that it was time for a ‘break”. We quickly nailed-down on Goa as the best place to go on a quick vacation and enjoy the sandy beaches.

As we were getting nearer to the travel day, the news about corona virus was circulating. We just ignored and started planning for the trip. But just two days before the travel, my boss called me and said that we need to cancel our trip due to the virus prevalent. I thought he was too paranoid as at that time there was not even one positive case in India.

By mid-March, the global scene had changed drastically with the Covid-19 epidemic hitting hard and there was lot of confusion and chaos everywhere. The foresightedness of our CEO needs special mention as even before most companies were trying to understand the situation, we were already implementing strict “social distancing” and “personal hygiene” regimes in our office.

Indian IT Industry traditionally never believed in Telecommuting (aka Remote working or work from home), and we were no different. Arguably so, because we are a “bottom heavy” pyramid with close to 80% of our resources less than 5 years experienced. Our senior and mid managers have always been skeptical of their teams working remotely as they want to see them together and working in front of them. The fear of lack of control or losing control is still an issue and IT companies in India continue to hold this stigma.

But by end of March, the Covid-19 situation was worsening, and lockdown was imposed by the Government. In less than 48 hours, our teams switched to work from home by moving desktops/laptops to their homes, sorting out connectivity and infrastructure issues and it was ‘business as usual”. The speed at which we transitioned to a new way of working from home and team collaboration without physical presence in office, surprised even our CEO and senior management.

We quickly put some procedural protocols in place for remote working, educated our resources on the do’s and don’ts and just prayed that this model is productive enough for our business continuity. By end of April, our teams had adapted so well to the “new normal” that the top management sees the possibility, of allowing up to 50% of staff to work remotely which would reduce up to 20% on costs like facility charges including real estate, maintenance of office space and other infrastructure related overheads.

However, we need to be cautious in our approach and weigh-down the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting. A young IT workforce in India still needs lot of mentoring, learning and sharing for their career growths. Only time will tell how the Indian IT companies would accept the ‘new normal’ and if this becomes an integral part of our operating models.

Having said that, post Covid19 era will be new for all those that believed “only the paranoids survive”.

And as for our Goa plans, the beaches have to wait for now…

Posted By: Dinesh Madireddy, SVP – Global Delivery, Osmosee

Internship experience at Osmosys

Posted on July 25, 2018 by in Life of an Osmosee

Introduction

On the 7th of May, I first stepped into Osmosys after having just passed out of my sophomore year at VIT, Vellore. To appease my university’s need for me to learn first-hand at a software company, and to fulfill my own thirst for learning, I joined Osmosys as a Software Development Intern.

My first picnic with the team…

Posted on March 31, 2013 by in Life of an Osmosee

At Osmosys we had all been pretty busy for the past few months, brimming with work and with very little time on our hands for anything else, so when Sravani sent out a mail saying that a one day trip to Ananthgiri was being planned, I was rather excited. This was going to be my very first outing with the whole team.

Team outings are not only a lot of fun, but they bring out a side of your peers that you generally don’t get to see in an official environment and we at Osmosys are a young, energetic bunch so when we let ourselves go, we can be a pretty awesome bunch to hang out with.

Kuntala Waterfalls

Posted on November 27, 2010 by in Life of an Osmosee

We went on a trip to KUNTALA WATERFALLS, Adilabad. It is approximately 250kms from Hyderabad and is situated on NH7 Nirmal-Nagpur highway. Kuntala waterfalls are about 40kms from Nirmal. We were 30 in number and engaged a mini-bus for the trip.

We started from our office (Tarnaka, Hyderabad) at midnight and reached Nirmal town at 5 am next day morning. We checked into the hotels in Nirmal and started for Kuntala at 9 in the morning. Another 1.5 hour and we were into the dense forest with lots of fresh breeze and the sound of water flow. We parked our vehicle and started walking.