After hours: Dharmendra Parmar

Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick

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After hours: Dharmendra Parmar Dharmendra Parmar, general manager, marketing, FVC.
By Staff Writer Published  December 13, 2012

Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick.

Dharmendra Parmar, general manager, marketing, FVC.

Getting personal:

Nationality: Indian
Number of years in the industry: 21
Favourite food: Biryani
Holiday destination: Somewhere new every time I plan
Music: Fusion
Dream car: A hybrid
Gadget: Whiteberry!
Movie/book: Schindlers List
Piece of advice: Never reply immediately to an email that evokes strong emotion, especially anger. Wait for a calmer frame of mind to respond.

How did you end up where you are now?

As a Communications Engineer, I started my career with a reseller that sold video conferencing equipment and solutions; first as a technical consultant, then in sales. When FVC first set up, I was recruited as one of their first sales executives. As the company grew, it needed to set up a marketing division and I realised that with my experience in so many levels, it would be a logical next step and a challenging one too.

What is your management philosophy?

I am a big believer in team empowerment and accountability. Having moved up through the ranks, I worked best when there was no micro-management and use the same philosophy with my own team.

What was your first computer, and when did you first use it?

My first computer in 1991 was an x286 computer assembled by Quality Computers under their Touchmate brand.

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement was setting up a (now thriving) marketing division within FVC seven years ago. I’d like to think that our team has made a sizeable contribution to the growth of the company.

What is your biggest mistake?

I haven’t made one worth talking about yet.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Middle East IT industry?

My fondest memory comes from a time when we first started discussing video conferencing and bandwidth was a major problem. We used to usually add a rider – “the quality of the images may not be as good as your TV, but good enough for a meeting”. That, thankfully, is no longer the case.

What technology do you think will have the biggest impact on the market in 2013?

BYOD was tentatively approached this year with some organisations shying away from it. In 2013, I think more and more enterprises will realise that it is a trend they cannot avoid but will need to facilitate and so all the related technologies will be updated – from cloud offerings to security to network and bandwidth management.

What’s the best way to deal with stress?

Meditation – it is the one way you consciously switch off and give your brains some rest. Even sleeping does not do that.

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