Shankar Jha Co-founder & CEO

Opstree Solutions – End to End DevOps Delivered!

Opstree Solutions is a boutique, highly specialized DevSecOps engineering company. They’re the Technology Transformation Partner that specializes in making the application delivery lean, nimble, and highly productive through the best in breed DevOps platform and solutions!

Incepted back in 2014, Opstree Solutions has become one of the most trusted names in the field of technology.

In a talk with Mr. Shankar Jha, Co-Founder and CEO at Opstree solutions let’s get know,n to their journey since the inception and their comprehensive offerings.

  • What were the initial challenges you faced?

We bootstrapped our way into this tremendous journey in 2014 and gradually built an organization centered on solving the problems that hinder every organization’s ability to deliver business value through new application functionalities. The challenges have been usual around the availability of the right skills and talent – especially when the entire industry has a dearth of good engineering talent! We focused on this by applying our philosophy of ‘Baking our own bread’ and started what is now known as the ‘DevOps Ninja’ program. With this, we train and develop a ‘Full Stack DevOps Engineer’ with hands-on knowledge and experience through a comprehensively and continuously evolving curriculum and hence bring in specific quality standards always and ensure our client’s delight.

  • Which was that point that triggered the growth of the company?

Our growth has been proportional to the aggregate knowledge and ability acquired by our team. We are a purely knowledge and competency-based organization. We have focussed on acquiring exclusive and deep competence, and this focus has fuelled the growth of the organization, consistently over the years!

  • How have the company graphs changed since the foundation? Can you share a few statistics?

For us, one of the most relevant graphs is that our people choose to stay with us over the years. In an industry that is marred by a very high churn/attrition, we have been able to keep it under 10%, where the industry sees it as high as ~40%. It is because of our people-centric approach, which drives our commitments to our employees and our clients that we are able to consistently double our revenue growth year on year, during the last 5 years.

Our growth has been proportional to the aggregate knowledge and ability acquired by our team.

  • What is the reason behind your company’s long-standing success?

We would say our strong ethos of ‘Continuous Learning’ ‘Unwavering Ethics’ & ‘Focused Thought Leadership. It is because of these that we have been able to establish ourselves as the niche service provider for brands like Airtel, amongst many others!

  • What are the products/services the company focuses on? How are your services different from those in the market?

We enable the delivery of software-defined Infrastructure with the right set of tools and processes on a cloud-agnostic platform with the ability to run zero touches, fully automated continuous delivery pipelines.

We leverage the most optimum way to utilize microservices driven architectures for containerized deployments through our product thus reducing the time to market significantly and transform the way a user interacts with any application.

  • How do you decide to take the company a step further in terms of your products/services?

We’ve been constantly on the lookout of the challenges that our customers face and with rapidly evolving technology, these problems are humongous! Our constant effort is in trying to solve these problems for our clients.

One such recent push is our product – BuildPiper that completely simplifies the ‘microservices’ journey for any organization. It’s a one-stop solution for the entire lifecycle of a containerized application – right from architecture to the environment set up to build and deployment – everything is available as a plug and play solution and is fully customizable. We’ve received some very encouraging feedback from our clients around it and are set to make it big!

  • What do you think are the responsibilities of an entrepreneur?

We believe as an entrepreneur our biggest responsibility is to create an ecosystem that generates exceptional value for all stakeholders – our customers, our employees, our vendors, etc. This can happen only if everybody has that sense of ownership and faith. We should be able to generate that faith and ownership in all our stakeholders.

  • Can you please brief us about your professional experience?

For both Sandeep (Mr. Sandeep Rawat, Co-founder & CTO) and I, we have always been true engineers at heart and have focussed on how technology can be used to solve various problems and during our entire career have built software products that have solved user problems. In the past, we’ve worked with some great enterprises like Xebia and GlobalLogic, Snapdeal and Naggaro before we realized our calling is slightly different and then charted on this entrepreneurial journey for solving Cloud & DevOps related problems and hence our recent focus on building a software product that focuses on solving all the problems related to building a ‘Microservices based application’.

We believe as an entrepreneur our biggest responsibility is to create an ecosystem that generates exceptional value for all stakeholders.

  • What are the key achievements of your entrepreneurial journey?

Today, with almost 6 years behind us, in our journey, we have many people, entities, and organizations that totally Rely on Us and have firm faith that we will get the work done for any and all of their Cloud & DevOps led initiatives.  This ‘aggregate faith asset’ that we have been able to build and continuously maintain across our clients, is our biggest achievement.

  • How do you look after your employees? What makes your team unique?

Our employees are in a way co-owners of the company. They have complete freedom to express and choose their growth path in the organization. We have re-imagined the complete growth path of our people which can culminate in becoming an entrepreneur ultimately. OpsTree is a concept of shared ownership where every employee is a contributor and also owner.

  • Is there any special experience with your clients you would like to highlight?

We owe our growth to the references which have been provided by our customers. Some of our biggest growth has happened due to positive references from our customers and that’s why our organization with almost zero sales investments has managed to double our growth every year, just because of the positive word of mouth marketing that we get through our customers. We are very thankful to them for such gestures.

Desire to excel in the realm of DevOps.

  • Constant vigilance- a need or a strategy? Please share your views

Constant Vigilance is required but what needs to be monitored is very critical. For us our strong allegiance to our core values ‘Continuous Learning’ ‘Unwavering Ethics’ & ‘Focused Thought Leadership is very important. If we are learning, ensuring that we are sticking to ethical value delivery, and are constantly focussed then everything else can be taken care of.

  • It’s a rat-race out there. How do you cope with that?

We have always focused on doing better every day and our motto is to constantly evolve and try to overcome our limitations and that has been of tremendous help for us to flourish. We are competing with our own limits so the challenge is ever-existent and fun to overcome.


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