Itâ€™s a beautiful evening in one of the most fabulous and extravagant hotels of SINGAPORE â€œRafflesâ€. Seating on table no. 15, I was praying all the while with my fingers crossed â€œPlease GOD this award has to be for usâ€. â€œBEST VENDOR CATEGORY @ 1st As
ia Communication Awardsâ€.
This all began around 2 months back, when I joined Drishti-Soft Solutions as Business Manager APAC. I was responsible for establishing Business as well as good brand name for Drishti. And then our marketing team comes up with this info on â€œ1st Asia Communications Awardsâ€ happening in Singapore and our whole team was like â€œYesâ€ itâ€™s a good platform to show the world that â€œDrishtiâ€ has arrived with the bang.
Our marketing team worked hard on filing a promising nomination and finally we were there â€œFinalist in Best Vendor Category Awardâ€ competing with some of the Industry leaders. We were bit skeptical about winning this award considering the competition, but as they always unless you compete you wonâ€™t win. So we were on with it and I got this honor of representing Drishti at the Gala Dinner Award Night @ Raffles Hotel, Singapore.
22nd of June 2011, it is here. I dressed up myself in my best Black pin-striped suite all set reach there. Ah!!! What a fabulous setting for the evening. I registered myself and got to table no. 15 and the feeling was simply superb sharing this stage with all the Telco giants and ISVâ€™s. Joined by representatives from big Telco companies of Sri Lanka and Qatar our table was all set.
â€œLET THE SHOW BEGINâ€
It all started with the Dinner, a classy one with welcome drink (Wine) and 3 course meal ( I must say food was terrible, I had to eat MC Dâ€™s burger later that night to curb my hunger). So, here the award ceremony begins. Everyone glued to the stage with their finger crossed hoping to bag one. Few guys got lucky this time and went with 3 awards and I was like next will be me on that stage with the beautiful trophy. Then the Voice Echoed
â€œThis Award is for the Best Vendor Category â€“ and the nominations are Drishti & Huawei. And I was all tensed and nervous looking at the stage â€œplz plz say Drishtiâ€ but then my hopes came crashing down â€œIt was Huaweiâ€ and I was like â€œDamn!!â€
We had come so close. Everyone consoled me with â€“ â€œBetter luck next time and all…â€And I was carrying that fake smile, and then I talked to myself â€œDUDE! It took Huawei more than 2 decades of hard work to get this award.â€ Directly competing with them in itself is a big honor and recognition for Drishti!! And these awards are not going to define our success, But still next time I will be on that stage posing with that beautiful trophy.
This Experience is one of the most memorable one, to carry the baton of Drishtiâ€™s Success among the TOP Telcoâ€™s and ISVâ€™s was simple priceless.
And our message is clear â€œWe have arrived & weâ€™re gonna Rock for sureâ€ See you next time.
Puneet Sharma aka KC