Most of the great leaders seem to have a knack of leadership. But that is not the only thing that makes a leader great. A great leader is someone who can find the most innovative solutions when others fail to see any path around a problem. And to get to this, one needs years of expertise and a zeal and dedication to see past the barriers.
Business Iconic proudly features Mr.Raja Srinivas Nandigam in this issue of The Most Inspiring Business Leaders to Follow 2022 as a successful new generation entrepreneur with innovative ideas.
About the Leader-
Coming from a remote rural family background and Mr. Nandigam being the first person to venture out to explore, It was always his dream to be self-made and be fearless in meeting the set objectives. It was during his graduation period when he started dreaming about becoming an entrepreneur to make an impact on the departments and corporates which deal with citizen centric and e-governance activities.
In his own words on his aspiration towards “Entrepreneurship”….
“And soon realized that this fervour must be turned into action, accordingly started laying the foundation brick by brick while being in the role of an enterprise solution architect. The mind always tells that situation should not dictate the journey instead one should align the situation into the ambitions”.”
His several years of real-time experience as a “Solution Architect” and an “Enterprise Architect”, all this while working with various multi-national companies has only pushed him towards his goal of entrepreneurship. In all these years of service, Mr. Raja considers himself fortunate enough to gain an abundance of knowledge and confidence about the ways he can drive and be a part of his customers’ transformation journey.
To summarize, his skill set, experience, business acumen and expertise in Software Development, Consulting, Business Transformation encompassing a diverse array of technologies has helped in driving business, innovation, strategy, setting up new avenues, building teams, and creating sustainable businesses.
Challenges in the Journey-
Directly coming out from big corporates where Mr. Raja has been working as per the pre-defined objectives versus having his own start-up was all together a different ball game needing completely shift of a mind-set overnight.
The fact that some one else was driving you till yesterday and now you seeing overall picture from a CEO’s chair needed that aggression to achieve something on your own day on day, month on month, quarter on quarter, year on year needs every moment introspection while taking care of your team members.
Being a start-up, there were much more chaos at first, since tasks were typically much more critical and time bounded too. Another challenge was that when RNIT has started, his first targeted customers were also going through uncertain change with respect to the upcoming new governance and hence more time was needed for stabilization under the new governance even before they could give us a hearing.
Another big damper was COVID 19 pandemic within a year of establishment and the company was on the road scouting for new opportunities when the entire world was within the four walls.
However, setting up a start-up is also much more rewarding. Not only will you reap the benefits, experience and know-how, but you will also have full responsibility.
Mr.Raja proudly quotes that…
“In the end, I think it’s a much more exciting and inspiring experience. A crucial point is that timing is everything i.e. connecting the right customer at right time is the stepping stone as part of the journey.”
He recalls his journey stating that…..
There are quite a few unique ideas which just started as a mere idea and now became a necessity for the respective departments as part of their day to day activities. These solutions now created a huge buzz across various states as part of ‘Digital India’ mission.”
It gives me immense satisfaction that RNIT, being such a young and new generation IT Solutions and services company, it has been recognized as a well-known brand for massive/large scale deployments as part of Digital transformation programs across the country.
A few of those successful and mission critical massive implementations are –
Having a clear road map for next decade, Mr.Raja strongly reiterates that next 10 years will be India’s turn with respect to the digital transformation and concludes that….
“Brand RNIT is already in the big league and to record double digit growth for next few years with rapid expansion across the domains and geographies. Being a hard core techno-entrepreneur at heart, it truly encompasses my passion for helping others in particular to those citizen centric departments who are into day to day activities of serving our citizens of the country.”
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