KDI consists of over 700 people located in six countries with a wide range of nationalities. We would like you to get to know people from our organization, and we are therefore pleased to present our latest article in “The people of KDI” article series – this time with User Experience Designer Devendar Rathore, based in our Bengaluru office in India. We had a talk with Devendar about what caught his attention with KDI, how he and his team develop game changing technology today, and how he believes KDI will play a key role in making the maritime and energy sectors more sustainable in close future.
WHO IS DEVENDAR?
“I am a User Experience Designer by choice and passion. I have been working at Kongsberg Digital since April 2021, in the Bengaluru office in India. I am passionate about designing innovative digital products, services, and environment through the critical design thinking process.
Before joining Kongsberg, I worked as Senior UI/UX designer at a service-based start-up in Chandigarh city of India. I have a master’s degree in computer applications and used to be a design educator. Prior to joining the industry sector, I worked with teaching thousands of next generation designers to be responsible for designing better products and contribute to improve life of people around us.
I was born and raised in Rajasthan state in India. I love to interact with people, to learn from them and share my experience, knowledge, and case studies. In my free time, you can find me either singing, playing basketball or cooking food.”, Devendar says.
WHEN YOU WERE LOOKING FOR A NEW EMPLOYER, WHAT CAUGHT YOUR INTEREST WITH KDI?
“In February 2021, I decided to actively look for a job change and move to Bengaluru, India´s Silicon Valley. One day, I received a call for a job opportunity in Kongsberg Digital India. When asked about my interest in a Senior UI/UX designer job profile, I was positive and sent my resumé.”, Devendar says.
“I researched Kongsberg Digital and Kongsberg Gruppen, and what I found ignited my interest and zeal to grab this opportunity. The dots were connected to my childhood dream and interest. Every child has their own interest while they grow; either they love to play digital games, read comic books, or watch cartoons. I grew up with an interest in heavy machinery, technology, wildlife, and nature. I loved to watch National Geographic, Discovery, and history channels.
During the hiring process, I had the opportunity to interact with people at KDI. The way I was treated amazed me, as well as the recruitment organization. I look back and realize, 2nd March 2021 was one of the happiest days of my life – that is the day I received a job offer from KDI. It really was a WOW-situation when I read about the benefits for 2021. Today, I am confident to say the benefits at KDI are really world class. I am happy and proud of my decision to join the KDI family.”
WHAT IS YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO CREATE GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGY IN KDI?
“I am working as User Experience Designer in the Digital Ocean department of KDI, India. As a UX designer, my prime responsibility is to empathize with users, end-users, and customers to understand their needs, pain points, expectations, different impact factors and value proposition. It is essential for me to bring innovative user centered design solutions to user problems. I am happy to say that at KDI we care about our product end-users and keep their needs and expectations at center.
"Being one of the front liners in product design and development team, I am contributing to maritime industry products to add value for customers and enable the green shift through digitalization. I wish to take on more challenging assignments in the coming years and use the opportunity to contribute with my best efforts by using my design process, methods, and best practices.”
HOW DO YOU SEE KDI AS A GAME CHANGING COMPANY IN THE COMING YEARS?
“I believe Team + Environment + Mindset = Breakthrough Innovation. At KDI we have all three factors; a super talented team, world class workplace environment and a group of like-minded creative people. I am confident that together we will be able to bring breakthrough innovations that will improve people´s lives.
In a short span of time, KDI has made global footprints. We are building digital solutions for overly complex industries within the global maritime and energy sectors while keeping a sustainable and greener world as our core concern.
In the last five years, KDI is growing and thriving to digitalize the world’s key industries and sectors for the future. I strongly believe that KDI has made an impact already and continues a path to become a global game changer and leader while not only digitalizing industries, but also contributing to a greener and safer planet to live.”