You can fill in the last word with what came to your mind ...... GOD !! That is what you are thinking ? If no then continue reading.
I have been planning to write this post for while now but reading a related article in Economic Times was the immediate reason for doing so. Some guy from a consulting company was talking about the way appraisals were done - using a systematic and tiered (will not blame you if you confuse it for 'tired') approach. Even I was suffering from similar notions until sometime back; Until the time I was disabused of any such thoughts that I may have harboured. My Manager gave his best when it came to proving the adage "an employee does not leave his company, he leaves his manager".
Now to come to the certifications of SIX SIGMA and CMM LEVEL X; Indian IT companies bend over backwards to get these certifications - they automate everything calling it "compliance to achieve process streamlining". To that extent each company worth its salt does have computer applications right from joining to leaving the company and everything in between.
My ex-company lead the pack by integrating all possible employee-employer interaction in a single tool.
But there is a major caveat to this, I dare say, mindless automation. Irrespective of the process, the final word is that of the 'manager'. Your case is put forward by your manager. You may work your ass off but nobody can save you from the wrath of bell curve; nobody can help your cause if you were candid during meetings.
It has been felt by many IT employees that Indian Enterprise companies are fast turning into the babudoms the government was accused of becoming, not too long back.