Tuesday, February 19, 2008


"We have been discussing this internally... Managers are worth their weight in gold, it is said. But at the end of the day, we feel that the developer is gold. Because managers are there to faciliate and provide an enriching environment by breaking the bottlenecks for people to perform. It is essential for managers to see developers as their customers. A case of flipping the pyramid, in a way."

Gowrishankar, CEO, Aspire Systems

February 22, 1 pm

1 comment:

Murali said...

About Gowri...

Gowri Shankar Subramanian, CEO

Gowri Shankar Subramanian (Gowri) has been a key architect of Aspire Systems and has been the driving force and visionary behind the industry-transforming initiative of Outsourced Product Development (OPD). He is currently driving Aspire to change the way software product companies (ISVs) do product development.

Gowri has a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Pondicherry University and a Master's in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. While at A&M, his research interests focused on optimizing production of printed circuit assemblies. His papers have been published in the International Journal of Production Research and Institute of Industrial Engineering Conference Proceedings.

He promised to get back with his bosom pal, Bhoovarahan Thirumalai, EVP & Co-founder, Aspire Systems to start their dream company with 5 lakhs each. Thus, was born Aspire Systems, a 10 people firm then, at Mumbai in the year 1996.

Gowri has nearly 10 years of experience in the software industry, with expertise in the areas of software product engineering, software product marketing and support, and software development. This rich experience helps him push the boundaries of Aspire’s business not by issuing edicts, but by getting people to buy into his vision. Gowri’s major role in building this dream was pulling in the right minds to set his dream project and sending out proposals. Their first major contract was with a US based engineering firm in the year 1997.

After completion of his masters Gowri was working with Benchmark Electronics, an electronic sub-contracted manufacturing firm in the US for 4 years. By the end of 4 years, Gowri was managing the operations of that company.

About Aspire...

Aspire Systems

Aspire Systems is a leading outsourced product development © company focused on helping software companies create innovative products for the next generation. By combining proprietary methodologies with multiple delivery models, Aspire’s offerings harness the dual power of outsourcing and offshoring. The organization provides comprehensive services in the areas of new product development, product advancement, product re-engineering, product migration, product maintenance, product implementation, product testing, product support and product documentation. Aspire’s solutions have outlined best practices across each of its delivery parameter ensuring benchmarked quality standards and high return on investments.

Since its inception in 1996, Aspire Systems has been built on a strong set of work practices of integrity and commitment, a language spoken by all ‘Aspirians’. These values have prompted Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to partner with Aspire Systems for core product development activities’, thereby enabling them to focus on strategic business growth. This is aligned with the vision of Aspire to change the way products are built in the ISV space.

Aspire’s product development team is spread between its Global Innovation Center in Chennai, India, and offices in the United States. The organization recorded an annualized growth of near 70% for the past four years.

Aspire Systems current manpower strength is 360 plus employees.

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