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Gujarat Heavy Chemicals builds a datacenter in a remote location and saves crores

Debarati Roy | June 10, 2013
How—and why—the CIO of Gujarat Heavy Chemicals built a datacenter in a cyclone-prone, secluded sleepy little town—and saved crores.

Both Ahmedabad and Baroda have a lot of IT and engineering colleges. Sinha decided to go on a campus hunt and handpicked qualified candidates to build a 15 man-strong team at Veraval. He says the selection process tilted in favor of candidates from the Junagarh side of the state--Veraval falls in the Junagarh district. This would minimize the risk of attrition.

Sinha had to invest considerable time and effort in ensuring that the recruits, fresh out of college, were trained adequately and could handle complicated systems like ERP. Today, it's evident that Sinha's bet paid off. He says his team hasn't seen even a 1 percent attrition rate since the project took off. "The path I chose was the least obvious one, but saying no to the ordinary is what has made all the difference," he says. That, it has.


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