The CIO next door
Sushil Raut, the man handling Operations and Technology
at Godrej Infotech talks about important projects and mentors that changed his
life. He further opens up on the fun that he misses out on due to lack of time
in a conversation with Kushal Shah.
the simple but cosy office of Godrej Infotech, working from dawn to dusk for
about 12 hours a day is a simple and hardworking manthe image of the man
next door. He is Sushil Raut, Head - Operations & Technology at Godrej Infotech,
a man who believes that power is not everything in life. Jovial by nature and
health conscious he would like to work forever, irrespective of his age.
In the beginning
After finishing his schooling from Robert Money Technical High School in Mumbai
he did a diploma course from VPM Polytechnic, Thane. After this, he did his
hardware course from Government Polytechnic in Mumbai, where he did a course
called Advanced Diploma in Computer Software and Systems Analysis (ADCSSA).
He finished his education in 1990, after which he started working. His first
job was with Atlas Technology Private Limited, Mumbai, where he worked as a
customer support engineer, where he learnt a lot about network management and
operating systems. After getting adequate work experience with Atlas, he moved
on to join Godrej in 1995 and has been working there since then. He had joined
Godrej as senior officer for network support. Moving from that position he crossed
different levels of the organisational hierarchy to become the Head of IT infrastructure.
Working with Godrej he has learnt a lot about IT and management. Counting his
successes, he has won individual performance awards from 1995 to 1998 for three
consecutive years, which speaks for itself about his abilities. Apart from his
corporate success, during his academic days he won several awards for athletics.
Life at Godrej
Heading the technology and operations at Godrej Infotech,
Sushil has seen many ups and downs. He has worked on various projects throughout
his tenure at Godrej. Pointing out to major projects, he shortlisted two, which
are close to his heart. One of them involved Godrej migration from copper to
fibre back in 1999. His current project is that of implementing Wi-Fi across
Godrej. After working for Godrej for 11 years, he would like to see himself
as an entrepreneur five years down the line. Thats his dream. Though he
might still prefer to be working at Godrej after a few years.
His life took several turns. There
are some key people who helped him realise his goals. In school and college,
he used to be a prankster. One of the incidents, that changed his life
was his sister's marriage, that was when he gained a sense of responsibility.
When you have to work for 12 hours a day and do various other activities apart
from regular office work your fitness plays a crucial role in keeping you on
your toes. Keeping that in mind Sushil Raut is a health conscious. He loves
running and exercising to keep his body fit. He makes a point that he is taking
care of his health despite his busy schedule. His typical day starts with exercise
followed by yoga after which he has to play a role of the father, which he does
by dropping his children to school. He is just another ordinary man outside
his cabin. He is fond of playing badminton and chess, who also loves to swim.
He calls himself a social person when he is not in office. He cherishes being
with friends and family, in fact he cannot live without them. Whenever he gets
some time away from work, he will make a point to meet his loved ones and have
a good time. He enjoys listening to good music but due to his busy schedule
he is not getting sufficient time for this passion. He is an outgoing person
who loves to go out for trekking and excursions. He is fond of trekking but
misses it due to lack of time. He does travel but mostly for work. Due to lack
of time he cannot get time to meet his friends and family. When he is free,
he likes to go for a good play to relax with his friends. He likes to go for
a picnic with his kids and play with them for hours.
||25th June at Alibaug
||He has three siblings, two sisters
and a brother.
His father was a government employee and mother
He married a Christian girl in 1994.
He has two children, a girl and a boy.
Both are still in school.
The Turning Points
When you have the right attitude
you will never face any problems and that is the theme of my life. He
relate this to water. Water is strong, it can go anywhere at any time;
it is irresistible in the sense that people can't live without it.
Some events or people can change your life completely. Some of those changes
make you a complete person. This man has had several such incidents in his life
because of which his life took a turn. There are some key people who helped
him realise his goals. In his school and college, he used to be a complete prankster.
One of the incidents, which changed his life, was when his sister got married,
that was the time when he got a sense of responsibility.
He began working immediately after his education. It was only after joining
Godrej that his vision for life changed. In Godrej he met Pradeep Kapoor, then
the General Manager who went on to become CEO of Godrej Infotech and currently
is the CEO of Tandon Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Kapoor not only changed
the objective of Rauts life but also his career by teaching him how to
achieve goals and survive in the worst situations. Raut considers Kapoor to
be his mentor.
Certain people can change the way you look at life. One such person for Raut
is Swami Anand from Harihareshwar who gave him a new meaning to his life with
few spiritual lessons that made him calmer and compose person.
Thought for Life
He stresses on the right attitude. When you have the right attitude you
will never have any problems and that is exactly the theme of my life,
says Raut. He is a person who is spiritually inclined and sees life from different
perspectives. He wants to be like water. He says, Water is strong, it
can go anywhere any time, it is irresistible in the sense that people cant
live without it.
to fellow IT heads:
The business mapping with a cost effective solution and retention
of skilled manpower is the biggest challenge and to solve that problem
we need to build better human relationships. We have to secure our network
- How would you rate yourself on the scale of
1-10 as an IT head:
I would rate myself seven on ten.
I still have a long way to go before
I call myself perfect.
- Music: I like listening to Indian classical
music. Sometimes I listen to a few good rhythms.
- Favourite Movie: I like good comedy movies.
Padosan is my favourite and amongst current ones I like Hera Pheri and
both the Munnabhai movies.
- Favourite Book and Author: I like books
by Dale Carnegie, they are inspiring. One of the best books which I
have read is How To Win Friends And Influence People.
- Favourite Colour: I like pink and green
- Miss the most in life: I wish that my
mother's health was a little better.
- Wish the most in life:
I don't believe in having more power.
I would rather have more friends.
I would even like to have a bungalow in Mumbai for my parents.
- Love about yourself: I love myself as
a whole. If I have to point out one good quality of mine then I would
say that it would be my ability to mix with all types of people.
- Hate about yourself: Sometimes I talk
- Favourite vacation spot: I love Singapore
as far as foreign destinations are concerned. Talking about India, I
like Kashmir. I wish to go for a holiday in Switzerland.
- Retirement Plans: I would never retire
in life. As long as I can stand on my feet, I will keep working. I will
do so to keep myself active and would not make myself dependant on anyone.