I am inspired by the life & work of Steve Jobs & N R Narayana Murthy,says Sourabh Chatterjee, AVP- Tech, ICICI Lombard
When he thinks of IT, he automatically thinks of the supreme energy of entrepreneurs, who have founded the world's most iconic IT companies.
A passionate technology leader, Sourabh Chatterjee is of the firm view that technology must be used for creating values that will drive better business results. With over 13 years of experience in executing large Information Technology projects for Fortune 500 clients across the globe, he is inspired by the idea of making a tangible impact on the lives of the people to whom he is providing services. While in college, he was attracted to IT, mainly because it offered greater chances of getting high paying jobs, but once he took it up as a profession, he fell in love with the systematic and disciplined nature of work that goes into Information Technology.
Nowadays, he is working for ICICI Lombard, India's largest private general insurance carrier. He is mainly responsible for managing external (front office) and internal customer (back office) portfolio of applications comprising of flagship online channel, telesales, CRM and internal productivity suite of apps. Total portfolio size comprises of 150+ FTEs with five reporting AVPs and three large global systems integration vendors. Chatterjee is accountable for running a cross functional group driving a portfolio of projects under the technology and process innovation umbrella with a goal of utilizing technology based solutions to drive business outcomes.
Keeping everything up-to-date is not always necessary, says Saurabh. Having a conscious strategy related to technology that impacts your business and having a solid understanding of value that IT can provide to the business is the key. This approach works much better if you have the system of differentiating between what is core and non-core. Then the right approach towards core systems can be taken to ensure that IT continues to provide optimum value to the business.
As he is deeply involved in the fast changing landscape of IT, he has faced quite a few challenges in his professional life. He learned about the immense value that mentors play in corporate settings very early in his life. You need mentors to guide you, advise you and inspire you during the initial phases of your career when you are yet to develop full confidence in your own capabilities. I had a fantastic learning experience with my mentors, and because of the guidance and inspiration that I have received, I have now developed the capability of executing every project with sincerity, efficiency and energy.
While IT is his passion, he is also a quintessential family person. He likes to spend all his free time with his family. The entire family goes out together for vacations. Reading books is Saurabh's favourite hobby. When asked about any favourite dream that remains unfulfilled, Saurabh instantly replies, My entrepreneurial dream... It is pertinent to note that he leaves the statement hanging in the air, perhaps to indicate that he is hoping to see the dream being fulfilled in very near future.
Chatterjee feels that he has been fortunate to work in two great organisations - Infosys and his current employer ICICI Lombard. It is Infosys that provided a very sound footing to his career. While he was with the company, he learned the value of humility and doing one's job with passion. He says that his current employer ICICI Lombard is a wonderful place for developing the qualities of an entrepreneur. This is because ICICI Lombard provides immense opportunities for trying new things; the company offers its employees immense freedom to implement ideas and gives room for making genuine mistakes.