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Zakir Hussain Rangwala, CEO – BD software

BD SOFTWARE, AN EMINENT DISTRIBUTOR OF THE BEST IT SECURITY SOLUTIONS IN INDIA

BD Software has etched its name as an eminent distributor of IT security solutions in India. The company takes pride in being the Country Partner for Bitdefender solutions. The company commenced in 2016 under the able leadership of Zakir Hussain Rangwala, the CEO.

This solution distributed by BD software is the best guarding solution for Government, large corporate houses, small and medium business enterprises, Educational Institutions, and retail consumers alike. Distributing software to nullify a possible cyber-attack and safeguard confidential information in the cyber world is tough. But with an innovative and experienced team leading as an emerging ‘Solution Provider’ in the Indian Cyber Security segment it is possible.

MORE ABOUT THE CEO – ZAKIR HUSSAIN RANGWALA

Zakir is an exceptional leader behind the holistic growth of the company. Under the guidance of Mr. Zakir, BD Software is flying to its infinite heights. Having experience of around three decades in security solutions business expertise, he brings valuable insights to each department in the company. He has been in the channel and distribution business since 1993 and holds strong expertise and networks with distributors and partners. Zakir has been leading BD Software with his passion for innovation, which has empowered the organization to emerge as a notable player in the cybersecurity realm.

THE BACKGROUND AND FOCUS OF THE COMPANY

BD Software Distribution Pvt. Ltd. (BD Soft) is the country partner in India for Bitdefender solutions. Bd Soft is a value-added IT software security distributor offering industry-leading consumer and enterprise-level solutions in the Indian market. Together with the channel partners, the company focuses on bridging the most comprehensive protection from malware and cyber threats to government and educational organizations, businesses, and consumers.The background, technical strength, and partner network across the country enable the team to lead some of the best practices in challenging and complex IT security environments.

“Our security products portfolio encapsulates threat intelligence for people, homes, businesses, and their devices, networks, and cloud services. The detection capabilities enable quick visibility into vulnerable systems on-premises or in cloud environments and offer one-click actions to mitigate risks including quarantining files, blocking IP addresses, and killing processes. Our security range of products is designed to increase resilience against cyberattacks by making detection more accurate with increased visibility into what’s happening at the endpoint,” shares the CEO.

BABY STEPS TOWARDS BEING IN THE BIG FISH LEAGUE – ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Zakir started working in 1989 for some pocket money by selling electronic typewriters and desktop PC. His first full job started in 1992 while orchestrating channel business across India for antivirus software. He further added, “The distribution business caught my interest and I enjoyed travel and meeting partners. In 1996 I decided to start my entrepreneurial journey. I took a break from 2010 – 2015, did assignments, and restarted my journey in 2016. I believe one should have multiple plans, if one fails another will work. Focus on what you want and don’t change yourself. Listen to everyone but do what you feel is the best. Once you do it never regret the decision. Be transparent in your dealings. Be fearless and aggressive. Be self-motivated.”

Being an entrepreneur in India is a goal of many. Zakir has had the privilege to lead a motivated team towards the intended goal. Additionally, the support from his customers and partners has been immense. There have been numerous challenges that he and his team have faced during the last six years of business. All of them, however, have eventually served as a stepping stone to success. With regards to the “sleepless nights”, Zakir says that he too has had his fair share of them, like any other entrepreneur.

CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY & GOALS 

India is a growing country. It is evolving and changing continuously. To compete, and grow you need to change and adjust to the twists and turns. When Zakir started selling antivirus in 1992, that was the only security tool required. He emphasizes further, “I recollect many companies not allowing shoes where there were computers in usage. In 2022, we have tools at every step of digitization. The antivirus is just the entry-level protection now. There are books with more than 300+ pages explaining Cyber Security and the solutions, to the threats. So yes, threats have evolved and so are the solutions and the market.”

The goal is to spread across the country and cover every Tier 1 to Tier 4 city and town. The solutions distributed by BD Software Distribution are the best in the business and are required by every computer user. For this, they have built a team across India and that is what they plan on doing only, at the moment. They are working towards strengthening the support team to continue providing excellent support as they expand their footprints. They are looking for quality cyber security solutions to distribute along with the current portfolio of products. The plan is to expand to other countries with the solutions they distribute.

THE PRIDE OF THE ORGANIZATION 

“There have been many memorable moments in personal and professional life. Each moment is a treasure. What started as one of the most challenging years both personally and professionally, has ended in one of the most successful periods in our company’s history. A remarkable moment is when I bought my first office space for BD Soft. It was a long-cherished dream to have my office and it got fulfilled,” asserts Zakir. 

The company keeps organizing annual trips where all the BD software employees get together for a break. These trips have been extremely enjoyable and have helped break the ice. Most of the teammates have been with the company for a long time and seeing them grow professionally and take responsibility are moments of pride for the management.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY AS A LEADER 

Zakir thinks when to say ‘NO’ is still the most important decision for any leader of the organization. As a leader one has to have the comfort to make decisions but no time to regret the decisions once made. He feels selecting the right solutions to market, selecting the right team members, and price approvals are a few of the important decisions as a leader he makes. However, the most important decision is the GOAL we set for the year, month, and day.

For the people walking in the same direction of leadership as he did, he advises, “it is essential to keep focus and keep chugging. Don’t stop in between. An entrepreneur should love to enjoy the roller coaster ride. Celebrate every small win. Treasure it. Don’t ever regret your decisions. Listen to all but do what you feel is right without any regret.”

MISSION, CORE VALUES, OR VISION

For Zakir, all three are connected. You cannot have a vision without a mission, and you cannot reach your vision if there are no core values. We have a vision and with our values, we are on a mission.

To communicate these values, he has turned them into the policies of the organization. Nothing is above customer satisfaction agreed upon. The company is very clear on its values due to which they have made a name in the industry. Each employee is disciplined to follow the values. Team changes, members change but the core values remain the same, and everyone who comes in follows it.

ADVICE TO THE READERS

Be safe in the digital world. Just don’t press the OK or yes button without reading the information. Don’t download free stuff. Don’t give OTP on phones to strangers. You will be looted if you allow them to loot you. So, stay safe, stay alert. There is nothing to fear when you stay alert. 

 

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