Friday, June 4, 2010

Interview - Product outsourcing - Persistent Systems - Anand Deshpande

By Vasudev Ram

UPDATE: Another 5 parts (parts 6 through 10) in this interview series have been posted on Sramana Mitra's blog. You can read them by clicking on the link for part 6 here, and then clicking on the links to the following parts at the bottom of each page. I found these additional parts interesting too, particularly the last one - part 10, which may be a bit of a shocker to many of us. Got to handle it if so ...

I read this interview series - about product outsourcing - over the last few days, on Sramana Mitra's blog. It's an interview with Dr. Anand Deshpande, founder of Persistent Systems (a well-known software product outsourcing company based in Pune, India), by guest author Tony Scott on Sramana's blog. Found the series interesting. One key take-away is his concept of the 4 stages of product outsourcing evolution, in which he uses analogies to the automobile and computer hardware industries.

[ On a personal note, I had met Anand once at an exhibition by the students of the Computer Science department at Pune University, several years ago. He probably wouldn't remember me :-), since we only chatted briefly, but it was nice talking to him - he came across as a person who could relate well to people younger and less experienced than him. I actually didn't know at that meeting that he was the founder of Persistent Systems, since he didn't mention it; we just talked about the students' projects being exhibited, and general industry stuff, as I recall. Only later, when I started reading news in the media about him and Persistent, did I make the connection. ]

The interview is in a series of posts. Here are the posts published so far:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

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