HP Clorox Newsletter—February ‘09
Editorial… Yes, now we have more reasons to rejoice as Clorox CC is successfully
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entering its three years of operations. We, together as a team have kept this tradition going and in future too have the increased responsibility of providing ‘More Value’ to the customers. It’s the right time to acknowledge and appreciate the team members who were there from Day one of this engagement. It is great to see the various areas contributing and it’s a great opportunity to share information and news amongst our colleagues. February edition of Ripples unwraps some significant events and news. A short visit of Clorox CIO, one week long visit of Clorox clients in Chennai and Bangalore GDIC centers the insightful Coffee talk we had with our esteemed clients and more. Read on for news and much more in this issue of Ripples.
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Clorox CC Talk Clorox CIO visits GDAS, Chennai Center It was a memorable day on the 27th of Janâ€™09 for the offshore team of Clorox, when Robin Evitts, CIO, Clorox, and Jeff Fell , Client Executive - HP, came visiting the GDAS Chennai Center. The team was introduced to the visitors by the delivery managers, Sowmya and Sayee. Robin Evitts, whilst thanking the untiring support extended by the offshore team, gave a brief talk on the Clorox priorities for the 2nd half of the year 2009. She outlined the various big high visibility projects in the pipeline, like the APO , Canada Integration etc. Jeff Fell, during his talk , conveyed his appreciation on the efforts being taken by the off shore team to maintain a smooth relationship with Clorox with no escalations. He also stressed the importance of being open and responsive to the needs of the customer, and , meeting the various SLAâ€™s as was agreed upon. He was very much appreciative of the entire staff that had worked , sacrificing the much awaited Furlough holidays and still doing a good job .
Robin Evitts wanted to handover the CIO awardees the prizes in person, and what better opportunity than this. The following team members were handed over their awards: For Leadership : Silver Medal : Nemasayee Vajjiravelu For Customer Service : Silver Medal : Rajesh Ramalingam For Stretch for Results : Bronze Medal : Krishnaswamy, Ganesh Natarajan For Do the Right Thing : Bronze Medal : Narasimhan Prasanna Venkatesa.
E-Awards were also handover in this occasion by Jeff.
Clorox CC Talk Clorox customer visit to GDAS India—Chennai and Bangalore As we step into the fourth year of the Clorox engagement Operations, we had Clorox Customers Visit to GDAS India from Oakland—Amita Dhawan (Vice President Clorox Information Systems), Tony Walsh (Apps support management), Kate Grasman (Process lead/Manager - HR & Finance) and Senthil Rajamanikam (BI Lead/Manager – Clorox Information Systems) who represented Clorox and Joe campisi and Vaishali Gandhi from GDAS America. The clients on their first day of visit were treated to Indian culture at Mahabalipuram and Dakshin Chitra.
Coffee Talk with Clorox : The Coffee Talk with Clorox was held on 20, February 2009. The coffee talk was initiated by Karthikeyan who welcomed the guests on behalf of HP. The customers had a agenda for the coffee talk they wanted to meet and Thank the teams which work tirelessly to deliver business solutions for them. The customers thanked the development and support teams for all the effort that they do to make Clorox‘s “Every day life better every day”. Amita mentioned SAP Upgrade Project as the benchmark for how a project needs to be planned and executed thus far; she praised it as being “PHENOMENAL” success. She also congratulated all the team members for their hard work and asked to focus on continuous value addition to the existing services. Tony Walsh played some of the latest and most popular Clorox ads around the world. He also reviewed the Clorox mega process and the Sell product process. Kate Grasman explained the relation of what the HP teams do and how it translates into the Clorox Business. Senthil Rajamanickam also addressed the gathering.
Next on the agenda was the distribution of Bright Star Awards for the month of February, 2008. The certificates were distributed by the Clients to acknowledge the contributions made by the team members to the project. The presentations were followed by an enlightening Q& A session. Finally what’s a coffee talk without a beverage to wind up. They were severed cake, samosas and of course coffee!!!
Clorox Company Watch Green Works™ Cleaners: Natural Cleaners The Clorox Company Introduces New Brand of Natural Cleaning Products OAKLAND, Calif. (January 15, 2009) - The makers of Green Works™ natural cleaners want to nurture your eco-friendly project with green. Through its new "Green Heroes Grant Program," the Green Works team will award five grants of $10,000 each to eco-friendly community projects across the country. Between January 15 and February 28, 2009, the Green Works team invites individuals to nominate eco-friendly community projects for a Green Heroes grant by submitting a photo and short essay about the project for consideration. Each winner - or "Green Hero" - will receive a $10,000 grant to help natural and eco-friendly community projects grow and flourish. A panel of eco-experts including representatives from the Sierra Club, ecofabulous.com and Josh Dorfman, the Lazy Environmentalist, will review all submissions and select 10 finalists, based on criteria that includes: benefit to the environment, impact upon the local community, efficiency in its use of budget, timing/feasibility and creativity. Beginning on March 16 through April 10, 2009, the public will have the opportunity to vote online (www.greenworkscleaners.com/greenhero) for their favorite eco-friendly community project. The final five Green Heroes will be announced on April 22 - just in time for Earth Day.
Clorox Reports Q2 Results and Updates Fiscal 2009 Outlook OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 4, 2009 The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) today reported solid earnings for its second quarter, which ended Dec. 31. "We delivered solid second-quarter results in a challenging environment," said Chairman and CEO Don Knauss. "Shipments were lower than our projections due to retailer inventory reductions and soft consumer demand in some categories. That said, the impact of price increases earlier in the fiscal year was in line with our pricing models. We continue to be cautiously optimistic about the remaining six months of our fiscal year. Overall, we remain well-positioned given the challenging economic environment." and you can a c c e s s
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The Clorox Company Expands Communication of Product Ingredients OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 12, 2009 – The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) today announced plans to expand communication of the ingredients in many of its products. "More than ever, consumers want to know what's in the products they use in and around their homes," said Chairman and CEO Don Knauss. "We understand this and are committed to providing a transparent list of product ingredient information to help consumers make more informed choices" Clorox looks ahead to new designs with a call for entries to the 'Redesign Clean' contest In celebration of the new line, Clorox is sponsoring the 'Redesign Clean' contest, where design enthusiasts can try their hand at inspiring a future round of canister designs. Now through March 15, 2009, consumers can submit their original canister design online at www.redesignclean.com. "Here's a chance to redesign clean your way," said Clorox's Partnoy. "We want the entrants to have as much fun creating their own canister design as we did making disinfecting stylish with the new Décor packaging." Design entries will be evaluated, by a panel of expert judges from the art and design industry and leading educational institutions, based on criteria including creativity and originality, suitability for on-shelf packaging and alignment with the 'Redesign Clean' theme. For more information on the contest, including rules and guidelines, visit www.redesignclean.com.
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In Focus Mahabalipuram and Dakshin Chitra: A road trip The plan for the sightseeing trip was to start at 10:00 AM and yes, the Clients and the onsite crew were there on dot. Tony, Kate, Joe and Vaishali were full of enthusiasm as they met Nirupama and Adi, all armed with their digital cameras, ready to hit the roads. . The city roads had already started getting busier (lunch traffic). Kate, Tony and Joe were awestruck by the traffic rules of the city. They marveled upon seeing cars maneuver in harmony amongst a herd of cattle or people.
It was almost 1:30 pm and with our stomachs growling we decided to stop at The Wharf GRT temple bay for a quick lunch. The ambience there was breathtakingly beautiful; we had a table facing the sea and when the lunch was served it was delicious; the Clorox team declared that it was the best meal they had eaten in a long time. After lunch we went for a stroll by the sea before we headed towards Mahabalipuram. The leisure drive by the sea shore was quite relishing as the weather was perfect. Upon reaching Mahabalipuram our first stop was at the Shore temple where we arranged a tour guide who explained the religious and architectural significance of the structures. The shore temple is located between two Shiva temples and is a visual delight recognized for its architectural masterpieces. You will find the attractive sculptures of Nandi the bull while the figure of Vishnu is present in the sanctum. Then we moved on to see the five rathas where every rock tells a story. The structures speak volumes of the methods used in the ancient times to carve chariots or architectural forms out of them. As we headed back to the Hotel we chatted and traded stories about our families and experiences with different cultures and we all decided to call it a day. As recollected by Nirupama Balakrishnan
In the Lime Light Clorox MVP Clorox CC is proud to announce MVP for this month – Sampath Reddy Sampath Reddy is Support Engineer working for TMS Oracle Fusion support. He has gained expertise in Oracle Fusion area in a short span. Sampath was one of the key member to resolve a TMS issue caused due to an Hardware failure and which impacted about 10000 transactions. He also worked on WCC Record project and performed well. Phil Shanks, Solution Architect, ITO tower, an expert in this area appreciated Sampath on his commendable work and expressed confidence over Sampath's capability. Sampath proved his dedication and hardwork during the outage and gained several accolades from the account team.
Clorox Blue Flags To: NG Balaji, Ramesh Loganathan “I am impressed with your skills in resolving issues with ZESPRCO. You two have continued to enhance your skills on this report and this shows that you have a strong understanding in your respective areas and beyond. Thanks for the quick resolution on this ticket.“ To: Ponniah, Amuthan; Prabhakar, Mukund Bangalore; Rajendran, Krishna Kumar “This CR has made being part of this team a pleasure. The teamwork between the EDI team, BSM EDI, BSM and SAP team has been organized, timely and focused. Mukund and Amuthan did an excellent job on the invoice Idoc and modified the work when the original design was flawed. They both worked to help me understand the constraints and the work needed. Krishna modified the Target 810 map and it worked correctly immediately. He finished the map faster than Target could schedule the testing. Tony communicated ~Susan Selmer Karr the testing scenarios and set up the work making my testing go smoothly.” To:Asokraj Vadivelu, Shanmugam Ramaswamy, Rathnaiah Maddi madugu, Prabhu Karuppaswamy. “Great team work, tenacity and persevarance. Truly appreciate your ownership. drive and follow through. ~Mojgan R. Alameida Yolanda, special thanks to you for not ever giving up.” To:Krishna Kumar Rajendran “Thanks so much. We have at least solved the hierarchal count issue. We have one more set of tests internally and then will put the improved map in production. I appreciate your partnership on this. Target continues to be the best partner at improvements and has the greatest communication around errors. Excellent ~Susan Selmer Karr job on a complicated map. Let me know what you need to move the map to Q.” To:Sudheer Reddy Macharla, Ramakrishna Varala Like to add CTS team's appreciation to our offshore development team: Sudheer Reddy Macharla and Ramakrishna Varala. These guys have been our stalwart partners in the effort to keep CTS on track. They been pivotal in design and error resolution. Their active engagment and time flexibility is one of the reasons that we are able to complete unit test this week. ~Liru Chin
Employee Corner Meet Molla Mohammad Molla Mohammad joined Clorox Account as ABAP Programmer. He holds a Masters degree in Information Technology. Prior to joining HP, he was with HCL Technologies. What does being in HP mean to you? It’s really a great thing to be with HP. I feel proud to be associated with HP family What was the experience that you had, which caused you to grow in an unexpected, new direction in your life and career? I had the craze for computers. The chance to work in computer in my early part of my career triggered my long craving passion and that’s what brought me to where I am today. Defining moments, may be many in life. But one might definitely stand out. Personally or professionally what has made you the person you are today? I had a opportunity to work in a challenging environment during my start of my career. It was professionally cherishing moment, when I excelled in a particular assignment which was really challenging and demanding. You carry a winning attitude. How do you project it? I always believe in giving my best at work. “Always Best will change from moment to moment.” Under any circumstance, I simply do my best, avoiding self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. Could you share your leisure time interests or hobbies with us? I like playing Games. I watch cricket and National Geography channel during my leisure hours. I also listen to Music. Being one among those we look up to, what is the advice you would like to give to today's young engineers? Do your duty. Stretch yourself and find your limits. Then go beyond. You are sure to win. Today’s success and today’s defeat are just another step in the long journey of your life.
Employee Corner Meet Scott Hayes A Business Administration graduate from St.Mary's College, California, Scott Hayes, began his career in Sales Operations at a major paper manufacturer (James River Corp). His experience gave him an opportunity to move into IT to work on his first SAP Project. He left James River in 1996 to join SAP Americas, Inc. as an Application Consultant. He has worked on many SAP R/3 projects with companies ranging from the utilities industry to high tech, to consumer goods. While working with SAP, in March 2001, he had got an opportunity to work with Clorox on the Delta Project for installing SAP at Clorox. In 2003, he moved to Clorox as a Business Systems Architect and then on moved into a role of team lead in the application solution organization supporting Order to Cash processes. In March 2007, he has joined HP as a Solution Architect for Clorox Account. What does being in HP mean to you? Working at HP means working for a company with an excellent reputation and brand recognition. HP also provides a wealth of resources and opportunities to my productivity and job growth. At HP, I really find that despite its size, they care about their employees and provide opportunities to grow. What was the experience that you had, which caused you to grow in an unexpected, new direction in your life and career? My biggest career changing experience was when I decided to get out of the sales and finance side and move into the IT world working with applications . I found that I had a deep interest in application work related to ERP and SAP in particular. This career change provided me with many opportunities to work with numerous companies and people with many cultures and backgrounds. Defining moments, may be many in life. But one might definitely stand out. Personally or professionally what has made you the person you are today? My life changing moment came with the birth of my first son. His coming gave me a whole new perspective on life that, till that time, I had not even considered. I get involved in many activities with my now three sons ranging from coaching sports to helping with school activities. You carry a winning attitude. How do you project it? In working with applications and business demands, unexpected issues are a big part of the job. I tend to look at these events as opportunities to learn and grow. I try to impart that on the people I work with. Could you share your leisure time interests or hobbies with us? As I mentioned before, raising three sons means that I my interests and hobbies are pretty much their interests and hobbies. I enjoy coaching my sons' soccer and baseball teams. I get great satisfaction out of teaching and coaching young children skills where they are excited to learn. And when they succeed, I enjoy seeing their reactions.
Onsite Talk World
And, HP is all geared up to make this happen! World Class Close is an initiative of the Finance Group with the objective to: Shorten the Financial Closing timeline from 10 days to 7 days by June 2009 and 5 days by Jan. 2010. Shorten Reporting from 20 days to 10 days. Due to the breadth of scope, WCC was jointly decided by HP & Clorox to be handled in a unique approach that will meet the needs of Finance. This approach is by forming a Program composed of 4 Parallel Projects utilizing a Core Group of Resources. The Program covers the following Projects:
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HP project team and support team worked seamlessly to ensure the delivery. The Overall Program is being lead by Deedee Francisco and Gloria Gao. The Program officially kick-off last November 2008 and will run for approximately 2 years. Here are the accomplishments to date:
Schedule II Release 1 and 2A has been completed and moved to Production bringing forth visible improvements in the ESSBASE space.
Record Release 1 which was better known as the COPA Release happened on December 2008. This effort was delivered with extraordinary commitment from both the HP & Clorox Teams. Teams worked day and night during the Holidays to ensure that the Business Commitment to have the changes by end of year happened. The Cutover happened on the 25th of December. and after a few minor changes after, this is considered to be a successful move to production.
Record Release 2 happed on the last week of January 2009 and the aligned requirements were delivered.
Reporting & Treasure Projects are about to kick-off in a few weeks and everybody is equally excited to ensure that work is delivered on time and of good quality.
Kudos to the people who made the last Releases happen and for those who are going to going to contribute more in the coming months.
Flowing Pens…. “The only job you start at the top is when you dig a grave.” grave
Pondicherry:….A city of southeast India on the Bay of Bengal south-southwest of Chennai (Madras). The city houses a Universal Township—’Auroville’ . Pondicherry is located at 162 Kms south of Chennai
A French connection
The Matrimandir is an edifice of spiritual significance for practitioners of Integral yoga, situated at the center of Auroville initiated by The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. It is called soul of the city and is situated in a large open space called Peace. Matrimandir, does not belong to any particular religion or sect."
Trivia on Pondy How did the French Colony in South India get its name Pondicherry? Pondicherry or Puducherry just means 'New Town' in Tamil. It was once called Poduca or Poduke.
The ingredients: 3 cups puffed rice 1 ½ cups of sev 1 finely chopped onion 2 finely chopped Tomatoes ¼ cup finely chopped raw mango ½ teaspoon turmeric powder 2 boiled and diced potatoes 1 finely chopped onion ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder Salt to taste Green chutney Sweet-sour tamarind chutney (Green chutney): 1 bunch coriander 6 green chillies ½ bunch mint leaves Salt to taste 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice.
Blend the abovementioned ingredients in a grinder, adding some water to make a paste. Keep it in the fridge.
(Sweet-sour tamarind chutney): 1 cup of Tamarind extract ½ cup dates 1 Tablespoon of jaggery powder (Sugar) 2 teaspoon cumin powder 2 Teaspoon chilli powder Salt to taste Boil the above ingredients together till the mixture becomes half of its actual quantity. Then cool it. After it is cooled blend into a paste in a grinder. The Bhel Puri: Mix all the ingredients mentioned in the bhel puri ingredients list, along with both the chutneys. It is ready to serve.
Ripples Celebrations F EBRUARY 2009
B’day Rahul Singh &
Anniversary Gopal CR
Anniversary Gopi RaviKumar
Happy B’day T Murali
Happy B’day Kiran
Happy B’day N,Sriraman
Happy B’day TR. Bal-
M ARCH 2009 SUN
It’s PHOTOGRAPHY Time this month…
Happy B’day Somasekhar
Starting this month, we are holding one of our many contest we are starting through RIPPLES.
Send in your best captured moments, the exotic locales you have caught behind the lenses, and we will feature them here. These contest are going to be running every month. All entries will be considered and the winners will be announced in this column. And for this month, the theme is……
30Happy B’day Abhishek
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28Happy B’day Asokraj &Palaniapp
Little Bubbles Divakar Ghatikachalam blessed with a beautiful princess Madhusudhana Alluru blessed with a handsome prince Subash Pandian blessed with a handsome prince
Sunitha K, Jayanthi S Vimal, Malini Jayagopi, Nirupama Balakrishnan, Sowmya A.D, and Vajjravelu Nemasayee