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A Woman Icon with a Balanced Approach

Thiruvananthapuram: Having been bestowed with the coveted eWIT NASSCOM Woman Icon of the Year 2019 award, Joffy John is now a role model of sorts for her colleagues, though bagging awards at the workplace is nothing new to her. The most surprising thing, however, was that this 39-year-old techie, who works as SAP Project Manager

Thiruvananthapuram: Having been bestowed with the coveted eWIT NASSCOM Woman Icon of the Year 2019 award, Joffy John is now a role model of sorts for her colleagues, though bagging awards at the workplace is nothing new to her. The most surprising thing, however, was that this 39-year-old techie, who works as SAP Project Manager with Allianz Technology at Technopark, was unaware of the fact that her name was being included among the nominees for the eWIT NASSCOM Woman Icon of the Year 2019 award.

Empowering Women in IT (eWIT) is a women’s forum based in Chennai, with a vision to be the preferred forum for interchange of ideas and for pioneering initiatives so as to unleash the potential of women and drive their growth in the IT industry. eWIT Trivandrum is a local chapter of eWIT, launched at Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram in September of 2012. It focuses on women in the State capital who are part of the IT/ITES space.

Even while juggling the hectic and demanding schedules at the workplace and on the domestic front, this mother of two whose professional life extends to nearly one-and-a-half decades, won many laurels which included Annual Recognition & Performance – Shield award apart from being honoured as the top contributor many times. Her journey with Allianz Technology started only in the year 2012. With her leadership qualities and professional capabilities, over a period of time, she managed to nurture good customer relations which, in turn, brought in more stable projects for the organisation as well as paved the way for a steady increase in headcount.

Way to Allianz and Achievements

Joffy started her IT career in April 2005 with Collabera Enterprise Software Solution Pvt. Ltd. (formerly IVL India Pvt. Ltd.) where she gradually got promoted and eventually worked as a Team Lead till July 2010. After that, from July 2010 to June 2012 she had a relatively brief stint with TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) as an IT Analyst. And then, in 2012 she joined Allianz Technology as an Associate Project Manager. By 2018 she had already taken up key roles and held major responsibilities in many organisational areas, by managing projects in three different technologies. All the three engagements had got extra head counts as well as high employee engagement scores.
Allianz has lots of forums and initiatives which helped her evolve as a well-rounded professional and attain great confidence. Joffy always took part in all these with enthusiasm and it made her realise that she is capable of holding any responsible position.

Joffy has a proven background in the Information Technology Services industry. She is skilled in SAP FICO, ABAP, SAP implementation, SAP UX improvement projects and SAP support and product development. A strong program and project management professional with an MBA in Finance and Financial Management Services, Joffy holds an MCA from Mar Athanasius College for Advanced Studies Thiruvalla (MACFAST). She is also UIPath-trained and has experience leading Robotics Process Automation (RPA) initiatives for SAP processes.

“Joffy John has always been an asset to our organisation. She received the eWIT NASSCOM Woman Icon of the Year 2019 award for her contribution to the organisation for the past 14 years. This is pretty much a life-time achievement award for all the contributions she had made towards the IT field. She is self-driven, intelligent and focused on achieving her goal,” Latha Ramani, Head of Application Delivery- Global Platforms (Allianz Technology)

Scope for Women Techies

“I am the only child of my parents and have always been a studious child who never took part in any extra-curricular activities. It was only after coming to Technopark that I started participating in various activities. I have a good team with me and we always try to execute all the projects we take up in the best possible manner. There are a lot of opportunities for women in this field, but they have to come forward to grab those. Women always compromise their careers for the sake of leading a peaceful family life. This attitude should change so that more women could take up jobs in this field,” says Joffy John.

Joffy, whose husband works in Canada, has an 11-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter. Considering her own life as an example, she swears that the most important aspect in a woman’s life is to stand on her own with a successful career. But only a supportive family can help her achieve this, she feels. According to her, “job always remains a second preference for women as the family is their first priority. But I would say that we must be bold enough to make the right choices at the right time.”

“My family is very supportive and that is why I reached this position. Moreover, I am so happy that my team has immense confidence in me. It gives me great pleasure to know that I could motivate my team and become a role model to a few women,” she adds.
Women are born with great talent especially the extraordinary capability to work as part of a team. Also, they have the ability to engage in multitasking which is why it is not a big problem for them to pursue a career and take care of the family simultaneously. However, an understanding family is essential for women to achieve success in professional life, she says.

“As I am the only child of my parents, my mother had to leave her job to look after me and our family. Everyone has the ability to do many things but nobody is ready to take the initiative as people are happy being in their comfort zones. But when someone encourages them they start doing things, that is when they start seeing things differently. This is what I have learned from my experiences. And hence, I always try to inspire the people around me,” says Joffy.

Moreover, there is a need to find a mentor who could change our lives. But one must have to keep his or her eyes open to identify such a perfect mentor, Joffy says. As the leader of her team, Joffy believes that she received the award because she was able to change the mindset of a few people. Everyone can achieve such goals but one must be ready to accept the changes, she says. Joffy always makes it a point to attend workshops and classes that could boost her morale. She is also a humanitarian at heart. Every year she tries to organise at least one event for raising funds for the charity which include auction and sales of different home-made food items such as cupcakes. She motivates her colleagues to participate actively in these initiatives to ensure that they yield the desired results.

She always tries to support her team comprising mostly women employees, understands their problems and provides proper guidance to them. She empathises with each one of them. She has, over the years, also proved her ability to manage other teams as well. It is Joffy’s passion for work and commitment towards the organisation that helped her bring in changes and stay ahead in the competitive environment.

“The coveted eWIT NASSCOM Woman Icon Award is presented to a woman of substance, who shows continuous professional growth, positively influences co-workers towards attaining their personal excellence, and contributes to society. Joffy John of Allianz is a true role model for many.   She is held in high regard by her colleagues for making bold and compassionate choices, and for maintaining a balance in her professional life, while still being active in cultural and social initiatives on the campus,” Tina James (3E IT Solutions), President, eWIT

With her wholehearted involvement, she has been able to successfully lead the IT competency group. She introduced monthly knowledge sessions on various topics for the group, which were very much welcomed and effective. In addition to these knowledge sessions, Joffy has also been organising technical quiz, learning contests, blogging contest and a lot more. She has also been instrumental in organising an annual event for the competency group, which includes competition in SAP, a first-of-a-kind event in Allianz Technology. It was widely appreciated by the company management and her counterparts in other firms.

“I am using this occasion (of winning the prestigious award) to help inspire changes in the people who believe in me, who listen to me, so that they can also remain motivated,” sums up Joffy John, who devotes herself to being a mother, wife and, above all, a humanitarian. That is something admirable!

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