|Dr. Radha Shelat
President & CEO
1. What is your perception of the Indian Electronic Systems
Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) industry?
Given India’s presence and contribution to the global IT
business, the Indian ESDM industry is at the nascent stage.
There is need to pay attention to this sector. With the size
of our country and growing requirement, India has the
potential to play a significant role in design, development
and manufacturing of enterprise class system / products in
years to come. Recent trends of evolving eco-systems,
forthcoming investments as well as Govt.'s initiative are
2. What are the top 3 innovative trends Nevis Networks
India Pvt. Ltd. sees in ESDM technology?
Nevis being in the network security business, we can see the
requirements coming from network security space itself. We
will need varied range of hardware products that can cater to
very small business to very high end networks and at price
points that are affordable in the country. Indigenous products
and platforms are preferred for security reasons. Large scale
adoption of wireless technology is yet to happen and that will
be a huge requirement for this market once the trend sets in.
Availability of health care in far flung locations based on
the reach of Internet, wireless and medical equipment may also
be a significant requirement also.
3. What part does India play in the overall technology
strategy and marketing strategy of your company?
For Nevis, India is our focus. Our brand is established here
and we will continue to built deeper in-roads. Nevis is among
a few such companies that are completely Indian and build
products that cater to high end enterprise networks. We would
like to see more opportunities for Nevis within the country
4. How do you place the competency of Indian product and
design companies as compared with MNCs?
MNCs with strong financial resources and global reach
definitely can offer larger range of products, variety in
designs. Nevis products and technologies successfully compete
with larger MNCs i.e. Cisco and Juniper. However, the
acceptance of indigenous brands by Indian customers still
remains a challenge.
5. What would be the key market drivers in 2013 ?
Wireless, BYOD , smart devices & new age applications on
handhelds. Adoption by large young population as well as
indigenous requirements of design and development of custom
high end enterprise systems are drivers for 2013.
6. In your view, what should India's focus be for the next
Building an ecosystem of design, development and manufacture
of higher end value added indigenous products should be one
focus. Also seek out wider acceptance of such developed
products in Indian market. This market is large and provide
ample playground initially for these product companies.
7. How does India fare with regard to innovation in the
Indian companies have to get into complete game i.e. system
design, development and manufacturing as compared to just
contract based development.
8. What would be your mission and vision statement for the
growth of the Indian ESDM industry?
Reliable / Scalable / Innovative systems developed and
manufactured locally for the global markets.
9. What are the key verticals addressed by Nevis Networks
India Pvt. Ltd. in the next three years?
Nevis is quite strong Defense, Education, Finance and
Government sectors. And it aims to strength its geographic
reach in years to come.
About the author
Dr. Radha Shelat
President & CEO
Dr. Radha Shelat has over 22 years of experience as a
successful entrepreneur and professional manager in leading
hitech companies developing cutting edge enterprise software
Prior to joining Nevis Networks, Dr. Radha Shelat was Vice
President and founder of Librato Software in India. Librato is
a technology startup, focused on solutions for high
performance compute market as well as for large scale,
on-demand, enterprise data centers. Prior to joining Librato,
she was Chief Technology Officer for Symantec India. During
her 13 year tenure at VERITAS Software and later Symantec
India, Radha played a vital role in the growth of the company
from a team of 4 engineers to over 1,000; she and her world
class team in India contributed significantly to Veritas’s
storage management products.
She has extensive experience, interest and contribution to
advanced technologies to address issues in developing software
infra structure for enterprise data centers; these include
scalable file system solutions, distributed storage
technologies, continuous availability, application
virtualization, migration, application centric workload
management etc. She holds several patents in the file systems
space. She and her team in Veritas, Pune were responsible for
building advanced file system solutions, including a cluster
file system and WAN based highly scalable distributed file
Radha holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Technology, Banaras
Hindu University, and has taught and consulted at the Indian
Institute of Technology, Bombay and the Indian Institute of