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Matrix Energy Pvt Ltd.
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Vinod Tatti's Experience
Tech. Lead/ Project Lead
Matrix Energy Pvt Ltd., Bangalore, INDIA
Chief Tech. Officer
Echrome Embedded Services, Bangalore, INDIA
CEO/ MD/ Director
Total Technical Solutions, Bangalore, INDIA
Asst Manager Maintenance.
Hindustan Motors Power products division, Bangalore, INDIA
Vinod Tatti's Education
B V B College of Engineering & Technology, Hubli, Karnataka
Current job profile
I am currently working with M/s Matrix Energy Pvt. Ltd., as General Manager, (Technology and Projects), at Bangalore.
At Matrix Energy, I lead a team of engineers and technicians and we are engaged in design and development of monitoring and control products for the Energy Sector.
Over the past 4 years of my association with Matrix Energy, I have designed and developed products such as Automatic meter readers (AMR) with multiple features and options. We have AMR product to meet the RAPDRP requirement specifications, which are now standardized for all the energy distribution companies all over India. We have also developed Web Based GUIs and application software for acquiring the meter data. Our products have remote monitoring, configuring, upgrading and diagnosing capability. Essentially, we have products using embedded technology with GSM/GPRS, Power line Carrier Communication and Low Power RF technologies.
We also have designed and developed products for Electrical substation automation. Distribution Transformer Management System (DTMS) and Data Concentrator Unit (DCU) for monitoring and controlling various equipments of the substation, are major achievements.
Single phase, 3 phase energy meters, with and without smart functional features is another class of products developed by Matrix Energy. We have just been able to get DLMS certification for our 3 phase meter. I must accept that these are the team achievements and due credits must be given to my team members. I only happen to guide and mentor them to reach the common goal.
Anyone in my position will have to be technically sound to design develop and carry out R & D activities.
Creative activities will survive and give results when certain amount of freedom is given to the creator. However, constant monitoring and reviews are a must for project management. A very good understanding of the team members, their strong skills and weaknesses is required.
Next, a friendly and “Easy to get along with” attitude is necessary. Finally but most importantly, a good understanding of what kind of tasks each one likes to do to contribute towards the common goal, is required.
I only try and provide the atmosphere required by the team to contribute positively and deliver the product. As and when required, I help the team members to analyze and overcome technical problems they face. Mentoring the team is an investment, whose results are seen in the growth of the team as well as the Leader.
Most of the theories, principles and bookish knowledge about management are without the involvement of the Human feelings and attitudes. It requires one to have good exposure to the real world to understand and assimilate the essence of man-management. “Give respect and take respect” is easy to practice with the team members. “Respect one’s abilities and help them overcome their inabilities”, can be an effective way to be a leader.
Doing things right
It is like a robot solving a Maze. One has to learn from mistakes to avoid repeating them.Each failure is to be treated as an opportunity to learn. I try to find if the root cause of failure could be isolated or eliminated. This is what I try and make my team members (even my family members) understand. It is important to do some homework and ground check before embarking on a major project. I profess the idea of “ Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst”.
There is not one single person to name. In the order of decreasing influence, I can state as follows. My parents, some of my school teachers, some of my colleagues and many others like friends, books and the internet, have influenced me most.
I always lend a sympathetic ear to any grievance brought to my notice. If the issue is under my purview to solve it, I do my best within my limits. If it requires, I take trouble of raising the level to get the required attention by the authority concerned.
Technical problems are easy to solve, but man made problems are difficult to solve.
Important career decision
Since my school days I wanted to be an engineer. I wanted to be an electrical / electronics engineer at that. My hobby was electronics. I had won a couple of prizes in Science fair etc.
I quit IIT Bombay after studying 2 years common to all branches,(Metallurgy Branch allotted, expecting a change to electrical after 2 years) to pursue electrical engineering at B.V.B college of Engg. Hubli( Karnataka University). This was a major decision, to do something I liked / wanted to do. The second important decision was to join HAL as a management trainee (Technical) and not joining PG diploma (Electronics) course at IIT Bombay even after having paid fees towards the diploma course. The third important decision was to quit Hindustan Mototrs at Hosur, and start working as a freelance engineer / consultant (from 1991 December till 2003)
My view on India technological development
I don’t completely agree with the “ we don’t see any single tech product coming out”. Many Semiconductor ICs are designed in India, Computer mother boards are designed in India. Many international products take shape in India.
I find a whole lot of people with Indian origin, making headlines in the tech world. My understanding of the problem is as follows. We as Indians do not like to take risks with our careers since it directly affects our daily bread. Our upbringing has a large influence on our ability to take risks in life. This also has made us not to accept career and job opportunities without the “respectable” or “Secure” tag. We need to change our attitude, as students, parents, employers and employees to start with.
We need right people in right places. Wrong people in critical places like education, administration, government and many such places (where decisions are taken affecting human lives), need to be reviewed / replaced. Merit alone should be the selection criterion. Merit should never be denied the opportunity to grow.
My father was a civil engineer with the PWD and was known for his honesty. My mother had studied MA. LLB but worked and retired as a high school teacher. All my family members have had good education. My parents had very open mind and let us children take decisions influencing our lives. They allowed us take risks and let us do what we liked to do. They always impressed upon us to take responsibility for all the decisions we took.
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