Few months back, I had a visitor in my office. He is a distinguished scientist and have pioneered a lot of studies in energy conservation in US. The topic of our discussion was primarily around the cost of energy in my office and how close we are near global standards. To my pleasant surprise, I figured out based on the data I received from them was that my office was already pretty close to the global standards. Similarly, my guests were also surprised because we seem to be not doing anything which would help us be so low on energy cost. However when they dug deeper, they could figure out that it was just that we were aware of the energy wastage and each of my staff took efforts to keep the cost of energy low. My guests shared that most of their clients in US and Europe have been spending millions in automating to save energy. Automatic sensors to detect presence of human being in the rooms and turn off and on the lights. Similarly, air conditioning which was the major chunk of the cost depended on auto sensors which could detect the temperature in and out of office and kept the office at a comfortable level. In all, the complete cost of automation and maintenance of this automation did cost a lot to the clients. Still, in the matter of being green, the cost was justified. Out of sheer habit of cost control which have been pushed into us by our parents who have seen tough times when India had limited means and everything was rationed. Similar habit did this trick for energy cost. My office had volunteers who promptly put on air conditioning and light of every room and space whenever not in use. If someone forgot doing that their colleagues end up reminding the concerned person telling him not to be careless. Added to this, our company contracted electrician keeps switching off all unwanted powers. This moment in my company has become a culture and no more needs any special focus to reduce cost. Added to this, we have done some adjustments like ensuring that air-conditioning does not come below 24 degrees centigrade any time. This has been hard fixed. All lights are never put on. We only put on enough lights which is sufficient for us to work. We also have made cabins around the glass exterior which insulates the excess sunlight and does not require excess power at any time. The most important factor which contributes to less power consumption is that we have given laptops to every employee in my company. This reduces power consumption much more. With such small initiatives, we have made the office eco-friendly through less power consumtion which is as less as 0.9 kwHr/ sq ft per month.
Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by IndiasGreatest.com ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.