My second major job was with Afternoon Despatch and Courier, then a leading evening daily in Mumbai, edited by late Mr. Behram Contractor popularly known as Busybee. It was a tabloid publication. I was the only programmer and when I joined the company had only one computer, an IBM PC AT XT. As non-air-conditioned area was considered to be unavoidable for computers and the only air-conditioned place in the whole office was CEO Mrs. Farzana Contractor’s cabin, I was forced to use a corner of her cabin as my work place.
The company had all manual working system, Advertisement scheduler used to schedule advertisement in a manual register. After the ad was released, billing department used to create manual handwritten bill, bill was submitted to the accounts, accounts was maintaining more than 20 different registers, chief accountant used to make manual entries in the respective ledgers of the invoices, expenses. Generating Balance sheet, Balance sheet and P&L used to take at least 30 days.
Circulation billing was done manually. Since nobody there knew programming concept, I had the full freedom to start from wherever I wish to. I started with Advertisement Scheduling System. It took about 3 months for me to complete. The Advertisement scheduler was trained and since then the scheduling was computerized. Immediately upon completion of Scheduling System, I took Billing department project. Within a month I have completed Billing and went live. I think, among all the publications then, ADC was the first one to come up with computerized billing. Billing was integrated with Advertisement schedule. Third project was the Circulation department and integrated Circulation with Billing Module.
The appreciation that got from the Afternoon management also helped me a lot in my further endeavour. I have realized that just developing a program is not going to help. The program must be networked.
My third job was with Liyod Finance Ltd, a public listed company. There I have developed a completely integrated system on Oracle. It has also given me ample opportunity to learn a lot within a limited period.
Planet Optical Disc FZCO in Dubai was my last job, in the term of an outside company I have worked with. It was a 400-million-dollar company. I was working there as an Enterprise Manager. My job profile included looking overall implementation of ERP. Working on Enterprise solution, you learn a lot. Yes, I did.
The urge to do things on my own was getting on my head and that feeling has forced me to quit the job and returned to India. As ERP concept was getting its ground in India and I thought of diverting my drive on that path. With the little money that I could save from my Dubai stint helped me to start a small set up called Eresource Infotech, a software firm that developed ERP software for mid Sized Companies. It was just a beginning.