What is your professional and educational background?
I’ve been working in the information technology (IT) industry (specifically data, analytics & AI) for last 18+ years. I was fortunate to work in the various areas of IT domains (advisory & consulting, strategy & architecture, security, infrastructure, project/program management, delivery management & operations), which taught me the importance of partnerships, networking, team culture and also enabled me to navigate through complexities of IT organisations. Demonstrated a wealth of success in providing data, IT strategies, roadmaps, enterprise/solution architecture and delivered innovative, quality solutions to technical and business problems from inception to completion across banking, insurance, telecom, retail, and manufacturing domains. Offering a track record of delivering high quality complex IT projects and products within demanding cost and timescale constraints, saved millions of pounds through re-architecture, strategies, application re-engineering.
I currently work as a Chief Architect (Data & AI) in Cognizant, UK, helping our customers to build their digital backbone (large scale Data & AI platforms) to realise their digital transformation journeys.
I hold Bachelor (Osmania university, India) & Master of Engineering (BITS, Pilani, India) degrees in Computer Science. My education offered me a solid foundation in information technology space and allowed me to stay on top of current technologies and gave me the confidence and courage to try out emerging technologies and strive continuously to convert some of these technologies into mainstream technologies and offerings useful for our wider customer base.
What is the most exciting thing about your work?
One of the most exciting things about my work is to work with various clients across the industries and advise them on their data & AI strategies to solve variety of business challenges, which ultimately improve their customer experience, reduce costs, improve revenues, and mitigate risks. “No two days are alike” in my world.
In the last decade, we witnessed rapid advancements in technologies like Cloud, IoT, AI, & RPA and availability these technologies to masses allowed many organisations of different sizes to innovate and use their data assets for better business outcomes. As a Data & AI practitioner, I was quite fortunate to be part of this wonderful technological advancement and have been helping many of my customers to realise their digital transformation journeys.
The future is even brighter with continued evolution of AI, Blockchain, Web 3.0, metaverse and quantum computing getting ready to create new operating models for businesses and societies.
What made you decide to pursue an Executive MBA?
Cambridge Judge Business School was a perfect choice for me on many fronts, such as Program architecture, Delivery format, opportunity to be associated with wider University of Cambridge Eco System, world class faculty and finally a truly diverse cohort. Being a continuous learner, the aspect of lifelong learning (i.e., to come back to CJBS every year to do an elective and opportunity to expand my network) is truly compelling to me. CJBS was the only school I applied to after a careful consideration.
I always wanted to pursue an EMBA at a time when there is a pressing need to acquire and apply Business and management skills to advance my career. At the time of applying to the EMBA, I was exactly at that juncture, to turn my long-standing dream into a reality, to broaden my horizons, and to be future ready as a Global Business Leader.
CJBS EMBA is an opportunity for me to increase my self-awareness, enhance my leadership skills, sharpen my interpersonal skills, and place myself into unfamiliar territories/engagements in a safer environment and see how I excel.
What are your long-term career ambitions?
In the long term, I would like to take a plunge into executive leadership roles by leading large portfolios in the IT services/consulting/technology sectors, be the champion for an effective organisation culture, manage the innovation, define & articulate the vision, and empower colleagues to achieve that vision.
I’m also open to the idea of starting my own business by utilising the skills acquired from CJBS coupled with technology skills I already possess to solve wide variety of business and societal challenges.