"In no time, I went from being a Site Developer to the Interactive Domain Lead.”

The dark ages

“Pre 2008, Interactive was a lonely place to be,” says Sailesh. “Life was a revolving door of short-end assignments punctuated by bench time. Our career prospects were bleak. You hit the ceiling at the senior associate level. We had no power to shape projects or our futures. Now all that has changed.”

Renaissance

Sailesh cites 2009 as the turning point for Interactive Design. He noticed that emphasis on technology computing was slowly shiing from the back-end to the front-end. On assignment to the US, Sailesh got the perfect opportunity to get his hands dirty building an ecommerce site for a large global retail brand – using advanced front-end techniques. On his return, Sailesh was handed the opportunity to unite and build a community for front-end developers.

Reformation

Sailesh presented a road map for Interactive Design outlining his ideas for growing this new division at SapientNitro. Not only was his plan green-lighted but he was promoted to Interactive Development manager – one of the first in his field at SapientNitro India. Sailesh set to work setting up his new team. “It wasn’t easy,” said Sailesh. “I had to create operational processes for the 60 or so Interactive Designers spread throughout the India offices. I laid down the standards and best practices for front-end developers, and up-skilled them for the then emerging world of HTML5 and mobile web. I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement I received from my peers and superiors.”

“No one in my Interactive Development team is ‘just’ an HTML coder. As the industry has grown so have our niche skills. Now we have JavaScript specialists, accessibility specialists, HTML5/mobile web specialists and experts in Interactive project management. Proof of our growth: today we have a team of 400 and we are still growing.”

A new world order

By 2012, SapientNitro Interactive Designers had become key players in SapientNitro’s hybrid work environments. “Today, SapientNitro India’s interactive developers are engaged in projects from beginning to end and have processes established to funnel this growing body of intelligence into future projects. Our solutions are pushing the envelope on all aspects of Interactive Design from creating responsive design solutions to hybrid applications to complex websites with platform agnostic solutions.” Sailesh continued, “No-one in my Interactive Development team is ‘just’ an HTML coder. As the industry has grown so have our niche skills. Now we have JavaScript specialists, accessibility specialists, HTML5/mobile web specialists and experts in Interactive project management. Proof of our growth: today we have a team of 400 and we are still growing.”

Working Hard, Playing Hard

In addition to being a genuine “game-changer”, to hybrid applications to complex websites with platform agnostic solutions.” Sailesh has been instrumental in setting up the Sapient Sports Center and now the Sapient Photography Club in the Gurgaon office.
“Every quarter we pick up a new interest or sport, from photography sessions to cricket to soccer to badminton. We play tournaments with different companies. Cricket is my reason-for-being but there’s something for
everyone here. At Sapient, we’re not just colleagues but we’re team mates as well.” “If you want to be on the cutting-edge of Interactive Design - and have fun - SapientNitro is the place to be.”

Sailesh

Director, Interactive Development

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About Sapient

Sapient, part of Publicis.Sapient, is a global services company that helps clients transform in the areas of business, marketing, and technology. The company operates three divisions that enable clients to gain a competitive advantage and succeed in an increasingly digital world. SapientNitro, Sapient Global Markets, and Sapient Government Services fuse insight, creativity, and technology to drive innovation and to help clients navigate complex business problems. Our approach is the subject of case studies used by MBA programs at Harvard and Yale. The company has operations in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit http://www.sapient.com.