O9 Solutions: Where Every Employee is Part of the Solution

Bhanu Patnaik,HR Director, o9 Solutions

Bhanu Patnaik

HR Director, o9 Solutions

Competitiveness is a hallmark of business. Success in the business world depends on responding quickly to evolving market trends. However, another key factor in ensuring business success is a motivated workforce. o9 Solutions, a leading enterprise AI software platform for Integrated Business Planning(IBP) and decision-making, has a strong focus on employee value proposition. The company has been selected as one of the Best Tech Companies to Work For in 2022.

Founded by Chakri Gottemukkala, CEO and Co-founder, o9 Solutions, and Sanjiv Sidhu, Chairman and Co-founder, o9 Solutions in 2009, the company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with offices in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Korea, Japan, and China.

o9 Solutions helps organizations transform their planning and decision-making by harnessing the power of data in a volatile and complex business environment. The company enables its customers to sustainably manage their supply chain processes by making optimal use of resources, thereby reducing wastage, and improving efficiencies.

o9 Solutions is focused on innovation and research and development. Until now, five U.S. patents have been granted to the company, with a few more in the pipeline. o9’s Digital Brain, powered by its patented Enterprise Knowledge Graph (EKG) is the company’s unique value proposition. Digital Brain helps organizations cut through the clutter of information and build next generation Integrated Business Planning (IBP) capabilities for making business-critical decisions. o9 Solution s delivers innovative solutions to clients across a wide range of industry verticals.

Additionally, the company has done innovative work in data science, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), Geo-maps, and network visualization.

An Employee-centric Approach
o9 Solutions’ employees come from diverse backgrounds. The company is committed to the idea of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and considers its diverse workforce as its strength. o9 Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.

With a flat hierarchy and an open-door policy, people at all levels within the organization are continuously engaged with the o9 leadership team and have a clear understanding of
company’s roadmap. This allows them to do their best to work toward a common vision and goals for the business. Moreover, employees have a solution-focused approach to operating, which means they are not boxed in by their assigned roles. They are encouraged to think like leaders and entrepreneurs, focusing on finding the solutions rather than simply sticking to expectations defined by their roles.

o9 Solutions has an entrepreneurial culture, which provides the employees with autonomy to execute and manage things on their own. This instils a sense of ownership and confidence in them as individuals to drive business priorities and achieve organizational goals. The company has an inclusive environment where finding solutions is more important than who finds them.

o9 Solutions provides competitive salaries, benefits rewards and recognition (R&R), and medical and insurance facilities to its employees, which are on par with the best in the industry. It also has an ESOP scheme in place, which is a potential wealth creator for employees.

In addition, the company believes in keeping its employees engaged and happy. To this end, it has several employee engagement programs, in addition to some CSR programs that allow its employees to give back to the community and protect the environment. Social Impact is one of the core values of the organization.

Some other employee engagement activities and programs include a book club, art sessions, and talks by industry experts. o9 Solutions also invests in the growth and development of its employees by providing them with access to some of the best learning content through the leading content providers.

During the global Covid-19 pandemic,o9 Solutions took all the necessary steps to safeguard the health of its employees. The company organized vaccination drives for its employees and their families and set up war rooms to help employees in distress, providing Covid-19 test kits and oxygen concentrators to them.

As Work from home (WFH) became the new mode of working during the pandemic, the company seamlessly moved to this working mode since hybrid working was already a part of its work culture. The company even tripled its headcount during the pandemic.

To ensure health and well-being of its employees, the company provides a health and wellness app where employees can define and track their fitness goals and even book a tele-consultation with medical professionals for their health needs.

o9 Solutions has won several awards, including the Financial Times Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies (2021 and 2022), The Innovation Awards by D CEO and Dallas Innovates Enterprise Innovator (2022), Inc. 5000 Regionals: Southeast 2022, Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2021), Tech Titans Awards - Fastest Growing Tech Companies (2021), Deloitte Technology Fast 500 2021, and New Champions Award - Excellence in Innovation(2021), just to name a few.

o9 plans to consolidate its growth in the core areas of demand and supply planning and integrated business planning, while continuing to expand into emerging areas of revenue growth management and procurement. In addition, the company plans to focus on helping the world’s largest enterprises transform their supply chains to become more sustainable, and further build on the concept of the o9 Digital Brain.