Name: Varesh Sachdev
Title/Employer: President, DBA Web Technologies
Education: MS (Computer Science), MS (Operational Research)
Tenure In IT industry: 24 years
First Tech Job: Operational research/linear programming specialist (Main frame"Cyber System 370)
Current Role: To establish DBA Web Technologies as a unique company in this country where no employee will ever be laid off. As the owner and president my major role is to concentrate on marketing & business development within the IT industry in United States and Canada and hiring the best available IT resources for every new project assignment that I sign with an existing or new client. I work 16 hours a day with only one goal. And that goal is to succeed in a finding a new IT project assignment for every single employee before he or she completes the current assignment so that I never have to lay-off any of my employees due to lack of work. If I succeed in that, I will succeed in fulfilling my dream. And I know that I will be successful in fulfilling my dream.
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What's been your best job and why?
My current position as the owner and president of DBA Web Technologies has been the best job of my professional life because I have the satisfaction of being able to create jobs for some IT professionals in today's dwindling job market, especially in IT industry within United States.
What do you think is the number one non-IT skill IT professionals need today?
Ability to communicate with non-IT teams/users/employees in simple layman's language.
What do you credit your career success to?
Education. In 1995, when I decided to migrate from India, I had a job offer from a company in London. I told one of my professors who has always been my advisor. And his words were "Varesh: if you want to be successful in a foreign country and rise in professional life, get a degree from that country." I refused that London job offer, got admission in a U.S. university for MS in computer science and came here as a student and the rest is history.
What are the top three skills a high-level IT manager needs today?
- Align your IT initiatives with corporate business objectives.
- Stay current with the latest trends in new and upcoming Technologies.
- Know when your IT resource is trying to bluff.
What's your favorite IT resource site and why?
What is the best career advice you've ever received?
Never assume that you know everything.
What's the top advice you'd give to a new IT staffer?
There is always a room for improvement.
What would you advise someone looking to find the type of role you currently have?
Be ambitious but have patience and listen.
What is the one career decision you would change if you could?
Decision on timing to start my own company. I waited for too long to start my own consulting company.
If you had the choice to jump into any other job, tech or non-tech, what would it be?
A writer. At one point in my 20s, writing (as a freelance journalist) was my hobby. The theme for most of my writings published in many newspapers in India used to be "Socio-economic issues and problems of Asia." I really miss my life as a writer.
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