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Author's profile photo Jayakumar Sambasivam

The three birds that nosedived all of a sudden

Dawn doesn’t drown so quickly. But why did it so now? Few months ago it was so nice flying high and lying low with three birds Shankar N Subramanian; Sarath Raj and Sujay P M. While enjoying the flight, in a span of 4-5 months, these birds suddenly nosedived one by one from the flock of SAP Consulting leaving a thump on the ground, heavy and hard, once for all.

Shankar N Subramanian was a cuckoo when he had the passion to sing, was a Pelican when he had to lead from front of the V shape to protect his team and at the right opportunity give one by one to be on the front to face realities. His art of balancing of a people’s mindset vs business’s mindset was a blend that served a purpose. There is a big difference between Consulting and implementing. Consulting is all about questioning, challenging status quo, driving innovation and thereby producing value to customers. It is beyond a mere implementation of what’s there in the product. Shankar had led large set of birds in SAP Logistics & Supply Chain (PS, PP, PM, CPM, SCM, SD, MM, EWM..) in the APJ region that stands tall even now to differentiate how #consulting can create the difference to its customers.

Sarath Raj was a honey bee that chased the distant journey despite the place is dry or wet, to bring the nectar back home. His contribution to carry the speciality SAP workflows designed by him across top customers and tough implementations are cherished by customers. In every customer place he had participated, he had an eagle’s eye to the problem that often translates into the best of the SAP HCM techno-functional solutions on the system. When ideas stalemate with a bottleneck, he spots new ways to find workable solution and thereby maintaining his #culture of never let his peer down coming in search of answers.

Sujay P M is a Macaw who is friendly to anyone around. His heart works like a Parrot echoing the mind of the customer’s problem. He can never let go the problem unsolved in his area or anywhere else that integrates his solutions. Like a peacock he can show great colors of expertise in SAP be it in PS, PP or its integrating areas in FM, CPM, MM, SD, FICO, HCM. It is so difficult to say which module expert was he from, as he always thinks for end to end process outcomes to customers and not stay in the boundary limitations of a given module. His love for work, people, #customervalue is phenomenal and unmatched. Rare is a gem who doesn’t mind sharing the difficult of skills to anyone needs around. That’s why people sought to him for help and he gives responses from Sujay GPT everytime.

It was so nice flying with all these three birds, who had mysteriously flown very high and never came back, leaving the feathers down. Have been fortunate to have worked with them. Be it the balancing art of Shankar, ownership attitude of never give up by Sarath and live in the customer’s dream trait of Sujay, have learnt great things from them. Knowingly or unknowingly part, we acquire great traits through such people. They are great drops in an ocean that makes the water remain good. Thanks to them for soul treating us as humans as well as in the paradise of #Digital Transformation.

Consulting is all about its highs and lows. But it never looked difficult when people shoulder each other and respect the shouldering despite who we are. These three birds demonstrated it and thereby have enabled to realize many large SAP Digital Transformation programs successful though it looked impossible in various stages of its journey. They were not mere employees, but value creators whose work has turned stones to Diamonds. We all know that what these birds have done is no small feet, and therefore encourage you to reflect your experiences with them in the comments section.

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      Author's profile photo Deepak K Aggarwal
      Deepak K Aggarwal

      We meet so many individual in our workplace, learn but few of them leave lasting impact on your personality.

      Your blog is very warm and beats heart for 3 leaders. I don't know them personally but from a distance I can empathize.

      Author's profile photo Venkat Satish Lolla
      Venkat Satish Lolla

      Thank you for creating the blog and outlining the contributions of these amazing colleagues, Jay. Shankar has shaped careers of many individuals and am one of them. He continues to live with us in our thoughts, memories and there’s never a day that I fail to recollect some incident. I truly miss him and the warmth in his voice still echoes every single day ….

      Author's profile photo Santosh Pingle
      Santosh Pingle

      It's wonderful to see how the character of Shankar, Sujay, and Sarath have resonated with you and all of us. It's clear that all three have left a lasting impact through their dedication, support and kindness.

      Shankar’s focus on the team and his ability to provide guidence are qualities that many people admired. He demonstrated the importance of being thoughtful and supportive in a community. His presence in our thoughts and actions is a evidance to the positive influence he's had on all of us.

      Sujay’s commitment to valuing customers and helping other colleagues in any way possible, showcases his gentle and pure heart.

      It's heartening to read the blog and I must say it has successfully captured their spirit and paid tribute to their lives.