2023 Technology & Ed Tech Excellence Awards Judges
Alekhya Achanta — Continental Properties Company Inc - DataOps Engineer
I bring a wealth of experience and expertise in the realm of Data Science and Engineering, having worked in this domain for nearly seven years. My tenure at Continental Properties Company Inc as a DataOps Engineer has equipped me with the skills to drive transformative solutions, optimize project management, and enhance business processes. My ability to grasp intricate business processes swiftly and streamline them has been recognized and lauded by Continental’s Stakeholders.My journey began at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), where I was actively involved in QA initiatives that significantly improved product testing efficiency. My contributions there earned me two on-the-spot awards, and our team was honored with the TCS applause for the team award, highlighting our role in successful production deliveries.
Beyond my professional accomplishments, I am deeply committed to mentoring and giving back to the community. I have worked as a STEM tutor, guiding students through programming challenges, and I actively share my data engineering expertise with nonprofits. My involvement with the ADPList platform as a top 10 mentors in data engineering and my contributions to the Young Alumni Council at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth showcase my dedication to guiding and supporting the next generation of professionals.
Furthermore, I have had the honor of acting as a Judge for the globee awards in two categories: leadership and business in 2023. My sharp analytical skills, innovative mindset, and passion for progress make me well-suited to evaluate and analyze business problems quickly. My vision and expertise in harnessing the potential of data to drive change further solidify my qualifications in this regard.
Ameya Shastri Pothukuchi — Microsoft - Product Management, Senior Manager
I have been a part of the technology and software industry for almost 10 years now - in various roles such as Software Engineer, Research Consultant (at Gartner) and Product Management.
These roles have given me a chance to work on unique challenges and launch numerous complex software and business products. I believe this varied experience will be very relevant if I were given the opportunity to judge at Brandon Hall awards.
In my current role at Microsoft, I'm a part of the the OneDrive SharePoint team.
I'm leading the deployment of a product which is very crucial to the success of Microsoft and its public image, because it affects more than 550 million OneDrive consumer users and a large number of enterprise users too. As a Senior Product manager, I have to lead and work with various Product managers, engineers, legal and Sales folks.
It is unchartered territory even for Microsoft and the complexity of the challenge is what keeps my job exciting and gets me out of bed every morning!
Ashlesha Kadam — Amazon - Product Head, Discovery & Voice (Alexa), Amazon Music
Ashlesha leads a global product team at Amazon Music that builds music experiences on Alexa and Amazon Music apps (web, iOS, Android) for millions of customers across 45+ countries. Ashlesha leads her product team to craft music experiences ranging from very specific and niche requests (try "Alexa, play some French rap from the '90s") to vague ones (try "Alexa, play something good") on Alexa. Her team also drives the discovery of music that is new to customers, from forgotten favorites and undiscovered gems by your favorite artists to new releases, across all voice and visual experiences. Her product launches have generated positive PR for Amazon Music in leading publications like VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Android Central, VoiceBot.ai, and more. She has filed 2 patents in the area of AI application to voice assistants and is also on the editorial board for multiple AI-related scholarly journals.
She is also a passionate advocate for women in tech, serving as co-chair for the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) track for Grace Hopper Celebration (biggest tech conference for women in tech with 30K+ participants across 115 countries). In her free time, Ashlesha loves reading fiction, listening to biz-tech podcasts (current favorite - Acquired), hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spending time with her husband, son and 5yo Golden Retriever.
Avinash Malladhi — Calumet Specialty Products - Manager
Avinash Malladhi is a seasoned professional with over 16 years of experience in delivering comprehensive IT and finance project solutions. He possesses a unique blend of expertise in IT, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning, particularly applied in the realms of Finance & Accounting. Avinash has made significant strides in the automation of financial processes and solutions, and his proficiency in SAP - Finance, OpenText - VIM solutions & Machine Learning, and Automation of Sales Tax Solutions is noteworthy.
Based in Buffalo, Avinash is an MBA graduate in Accounting from Wilmington University, Delaware, and has further augmented his knowledge in FINTECH from the prestigious Harvard Business School. This rich educational background keeps him in step with the latest technology trends, allowing him to contribute significantly to the Academic Council. His mission is to contribute to curricula that equip students with practical insights and skills in alignment with the rapidly evolving business environment.
Avinash has been instrumental in managing and executing numerous E2E implementations, global rollouts, Greenfield implementations, upgrades, and maintenance projects across a broad spectrum of sectors. His hands-on experience spans industries like Manufacturing, Airlines, Public Sector, Oil & Gas, and Wholesale - Retail across geographical boundaries such as the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and Australia. This diverse global exposure lends him a distinctive market perspective.
With a proven track record in full life cycle implementations, Avinash has led multiple E2E implementations, global rollouts, Greenfield implementations, and upgrades across various industries. His work experience extends to several countries, fostering his skills in providing both online and offshore support using the Onsite-Offshore model.
Avinash's work with Vendor Invoice Management (VIM) encompasses over 35 projects, where he incorporated artificial intelligence automation solutions for vendor invoices, sales invoices, and delivery notes. He showcases superior proficiency in AI - OCR solutions, utilizing machine learning for finance processes.
Beyond the corporate world, Avinash has established himself in the academic sphere, advising Business Schools on executive education. A prolific author, he has penned numerous white papers on the use of AI in accounting, finance, and several other fields. He has also served as a speaker at various conferences and guest speaker on AI-related podcasts, helping shape the future of AI in business and education.
Bindu Harve — Wells Fargo - Senior Systems Engineer
I am a dedicated and experienced Database Administrator (DBA) with a passion for managing and optimizing database systems to ensure the highest level of performance, security, and reliability. With 10+ years of hands-on experience in Oracle database administration, I have a proven track record of successfully maintaining and enhancing complex database environments for organizations across various industries. I have worked in diverse work environments and hybrid domains. I understand the severity of an issue especially in HA production databases very well and act accordingly. I have worked for many customers in various domains.
Burak Cinar — Toptal - Senior Security Architect Consultant
Senior Security Architect Consultant
Developing and implementing security policies and procedures: This means helping design and implement robust security practices and technical controls, such as encryption, access controls, policies, and compliance documentation.
Collaboration with Engineers: We maintain a strong “security-first” culture across the entire team. This involves building relationships of trust and collaboration with engineers, helping them create better and more secure code.
Implement active monitoring and continuous threat analysis: as part of Pocket's mission to establish digital trust, you'll design, implement, and manage secure solutions for our networks and infrastructure.
Incident Response & Planning: You’ll play a key role in developing and implementing incident response plans to respond to security incidents. You’ll also be responsible for monitoring and responding to security incidents, and continuously test and monitor our systems to ensure their effectiveness.
Wargames, Real-Time Red/Blue exercises, and training: At Pocket, security is a process of continuous experimentation and learning (Kaizen!). To this end, you’ll regularly collaborate with the red team to design and execute penetration tests, CTF events, and tabletop scenarios. You’ll also contribute to security awareness & training efforts.
Deepak Nanuru Yagamurthy — Web3Sphere Labs LLC - SRE Engineer; C0-Founder
My name is Deepak Nanuru Yagamurthy and I am reaching out to you regarding my interest as a peer reviewer at Brandon Hall. As a highly esteemed IT professional with 8+ years of experience, I am eager to contribute to the reviewing program and lend my expertise to evaluate and recognize innovative technologies and solutions.
Throughout my career, I had the privilege of working in the IT industry, where I have excelled in roles such as a primary Subject Matter Expert (SME) responsible for maintaining infrastructure and as a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) for platforms generating over $700 million annually. These experiences have allowed me to gain a deep understanding of industry best practices, technological advancements, and the crucial role of reliability in delivering exceptional user experiences.
In addition to my professional achievements, I have been actively involved in my own venture called Web3 Sphere Labs. Under this company, I have developed Blockstats, a remarkable blockchain-related application that showcases my passion for emerging technologies This is in the progress of MVP development.
Divya Marupaka — Unikon IT Inc. - Senior software Engineer
Myself Divya Marupaka, a Senior Software Engineer at Unikon IT Inc. I hold a Masters degree in Computer Science Engineering(US) and Bachelors in Electronics and communication Engineering(India) and have over 12+ years of experience in designing and developing scalable, multi-tiered, distributed software applications for enterprises in Insurance,Financial,Banking and Retail domains.
I am a Professionally Certified Snowflake Data Engineer . And a Senior Member of IEEE .And I have been nominated as a judge for reputable award organizations in Technology which include Globee Awards, NCWIT Aspirations, and Brandon Hall Group.And i am also an Active mentor in ADPlist organization and have coached many professionals belonging to Science and technology. And i have a strong expertise in data engineering and data analytics .
And I feel privileged to be invited to and be a part of the 2023 HCM EXcellence Judging Panel. It gave me an opportunity to review the work and accomplishments of various innovative companies across the world.
Dmitry Khorev — Mero - Senior Software Engineer
Software engineer with 8+ years of experience producing scalable web-based server/client applications. I am a certified Node.js developer with expert knowledge of NestJS and Laravel frameworks.
Well-versed in Node.js and PHP back-end development. I also possess DevOps skills - Kubernetes, Terraform, and CircleCI, and have deep knowledge of some AWS services. Have experience with the Vue.js front-end framework, and I’m learning React to add to my stack.
I'm very passionate about the quality of software, so I take responsibility for any task I work on and thus I am a very reliable software engineer.
I write articles about exciting Back-End technologies on Medium: medium.com/@dkhorev
Dominic Damoah — Vie, Inc. - Co-founder
Dominic Damoah is a seasoned CTO with a strong background in both the startup and enterprise sectors. He started in technology at 17, and within 10 months, developed a full-scale payment processing engine, Wyre, comparable to PayPal. After his success in startups, he moved to the enterprise world, driving digital transformations at major financial institutions such as Standard Bank, Societe Generale, and Fidelity Bank. Dominic also holds a Master's Degree in Cybersecurity and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Purdue University. His technical prowess, leadership skills, and dedication to innovation make him a key executive and CTO at Vie Incorporated.
Dwith Chenna — Magic Leap - Senior Computer Vision Engineer, Embedded DSP
Dwith Chenna is a seasoned expert in the fields of Computer Vision and Machine Learning Operations (MLOps) at the Edge. With a career deeply rooted in Silicon Valley, Dwith is recognized for his relentless pursuit of innovation and optimization in these cutting-edge domains. His expertise in Computer Vision and MLOps at the Edge is exemplified by his extensive experience at the forefront of technology. Dwith's proficiency extends from specifying requirements to system design, validation, and online testing, all in the context of deep learning model analysis and deployment.
Dwith's portfolio includes groundbreaking achievements such as optimizing Digital Signal Processor (DSP) performance to run models in real-time, even on resource-constrained devices, and developing tools that enable the efficient utilization of DSPs with minimal accuracy loss. These accomplishments have solidified his position as a leader in the intersection of Computer Vision and MLOps
Dwith Chenna's career is distinguished by his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and optimization within the specialized domains of Computer Vision and MLOps at the Edge. His expertise continues to shape the landscape of these fields, making him a prominent figure in the industry.
Enoch Anbu Arasu Ponnuswamy — Barclays Bank - Security Consultant, Architect
Enoch is a seasoned Security Architect and Information (Cyber) Security Technology Lead, with over 20
years of experience in a variety of roles across global organizations. A key contributor to enhancing
cyber security postures and managing information security risks, Enoch has developed and implemented
comprehensive strategies and solutions to mitigate risk, threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks.
A visionary and detail-oriented security technologist, Enoch has a proven track record in secure design
models, remediation of vulnerabilities, multi-cloud security, and cyber resilience. His expertise spans
multiple domains, including cloud security, application/data security, IAM, compliance, risk
management, and access control systems. Enoch continually explores emerging technologies to identify
and implement innovative security solutions that align with business goals.
Passionate about protecting organizations and their data from cyber threats, Enoch remains dedicated
to staying current with industry best practices and the latest technologies. His specialties include Cloud
Security (AWS/Azure), Security Architecture and Models, Software Development Security, Threat
Modeling, Information Security Governance and Risk Management, Security Program Development and
Management, Incident Response, Cyber Resilience, Access Control Systems, Business Continuity and
Disaster Recovery Planning, and Identity and Access Management (IAM).
Ephraim Fuks — TrainWell - Instructional Consultant
I am an instructional consultant specializing in improving legal training and education.
I help legal institutes and individuals in developing and developed countries to make their training and education services more effective, efficient and engaging. I focus on improving poor performance returns from investments in legal learning and training.
I am a featured speaker on professional performance improvement for legal specialists.
I am co- founder of the international tax academy (https://www.ibfd.org/training); I set up a training program for tax administration officials in developing countries. I developed legal/tax training programs for more than 20 years. I give workshops for legal specialists to help improve their instructional qualities. I give workshops for prospective e-learning designers. I am founder of TrainWell where we assist organisations and individuals in legal organisations to improve training and education by improving impact on job performance. I worked as judge for Brandon Hall.
Gaurav Agrawal — Walmart - Principal, Product Management
Gaurav is a product executive whose career is marked by innovation, strategic foresight, and entrepreneurial dynamism. With a rich experience spanning across continents, his product management success in both Fortune #1 and early-stage companies has seen him lead organizations’ highest priority initiatives. Gaurav has a proven track record of bringing new digital products to life from ideation to fruition, and crafting go-to-market strategies. He is also known for building top performing product teams.
Currently, he is a Principal Product Manager at Walmart, focusing on new products within Corporate Sustainability where he drives vision, strategy and execution for a product portfolio that helps Walmart become a regenerative company. Previously, he was a Director of Product and Strategy at POLITICO, where he played a pivotal role in driving subscriptions business through successful launch of two new products, and led discovery, product development and market entry for a new business line. Before venturing into the corporate world, Gaurav practiced law in New Delhi (India), where he offered counsel and represented clients in constitutional writ matters.
Gaurav's educational background comprises an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, complemented by a law degree and a Bachelor's in Computer Science & Engineering.
Gunduz Guldamlasi — Tofas Turk Otomobil Fabrikasi - Educational Technologies and Systems Development Manager
- Founder of Augdemy and also working Head of Learning, Culture and Employee Experience.• Designing & implementing corporate academy processes in various industries.
• Managing instructional design projects for multiple target audiences in various industries.
• Providing organizational development, talent management, career management and (behavioral & technical) competency frameworks for local and global companies.
• Managing employee experience and corporate culture projects in local and global companies.
- Executive level manager in tech, telecommunication, automotive, production, finance industries and holding with the unique ability to lead diverse teams.Global and industry specific learning & development, internal communication, culture transformation management with proven ability to analyze requirements, identify potential opportunities, and bring people-oriented solutions to companies for increased employee engagement and drive business outcomes.
Specialties: Corporate academy management, instructional design, learning technologies, recognition and rewarding, culture transformation, internal communication, employee experience, organizational development, agile project management, OKR management.
Hands-on development and management experience in corporate academies, learning technologies, culture transformation and employee experience.
- PhD Candidate in Learning & Development
MA in Human Resources Management
MA in Management Information Systems
Jai Balani — Netflix Inc. - Senior Data Engineer
As a Data Security and Privacy Engineer at Netflix, I apply my 18 years of experience and skills in Spark, Scala, Python, SQL, Data Analytics, and Data Modeling to deliver secure and scalable solutions for the global streaming platform. I lead large cross-functional projects. Some of these projects were at the intersection of System Design and Data Engineering. For the past couple of years, I've been working on Data Security and Privacy (build, test, scale, etc).
My research work is focused on Children's privacy laws with a mission to empower children towards safe usage of online applications and social media. I enjoy organizing conferences, discussion panels, and hackathons, with a long-term vision to build a community of experts in the field of privacy towards solving real-world problems with data-driven solutions.
I am also an author and speaker on topics related to data security and privacy, especially in the context of children's rights and regulations. I am always eager to learn new tools and techniques and to share my knowledge and insights with others.
Jain Pratik — Service Now - Lead Business Analyst
Pratik is a seasoned IT Business Analyst with a proven expertise in Agile Business Transformation. He has an overall experience of 9 years and a proven track record of delivering large scale global impact solutions catering to millions of customers at well-known global brands. He thrives in dynamic and innovative work environment and has effectively led complex and strategic cross functional initiatives. He brings in tremendous value to the development teams for digital transformation of the organizations and clients he caters to. Pratik presently works in the capacity of Lead Business Analyst – Digital Transformation with ACS Global Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd building state-of-the-art digital transformation solutions.
His expertise and experience have bestowed him with opportunities to work with clients across the globe spanning countries like India, USA, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, China and Poland. Pratik has a Bachelors (BE) in Computer Engineering from University of Pune, India and a Masters (MS) in Business & Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. During his free time, Pratik enjoys mentoring and coaching young students and professionals to shape their careers in the tech industry.
Jebastin Packiaraj Ponnudurai— Okta Inc. - Senior Technical Consultant
- Experienced in Identity and Access Management [IAM] Components, experienced in integrating applications with Oracle IAM and OKTA Identity Cloud for Single Sign On (SSO) Solution.
- Implemented OAUTH 2.0 flow using Microsoft Azure AD
- Experienced in developing custom components using Java/J2ee, Struts and Spring frameworks.
- Install and configure Oracle Identity Manager 11gR2 PS3.
- Developed Scheduler for updating portal ID for online banking applications.
- Developed and Configured Custom Connector for RSA AA [RSA Adaptive Authentication] provisioning.
- Developed Reusable Utility using OIM API's for application role and Admin role assignment.
- Developed Weblogic server monitor script for stuck up thread.
- Worked on OIM Web service development for user management operations and migrated them from SOAP to REST based for better performance.
- Build and deploy the OIM Webservice on Weblogic server.
- Configured custom email notifications for OIM User create/modify &password reset operations.
- Good Knowledge on User access certification in OIM.
- Worked on GTC connector configuration for Trusted source reconciliation.
- Worked on Integrating database supported application using DBAT Connector.
- Provide technical guidance to production support team for fixing the Production issue.
- Provide Design Solution to integrate applications with Oracle Identity and Access Management [IAM] Components and OKTA SSO.
- Contribute in project initialization activities and prepare architecture / design documentation and integration plan.
- Provide Guidance and contribution to POCs [Proof Of Concepts] as needed
- Provide technical guidance and recommendations to business owners.
Joyanta Banerjee — Amazon Web Services - Cloud Application Architect
With over 19 years of experience in IT consulting, Joyanta Banerjee is a seasoned Certified Solution Architect who excels in conceptualizing, designing, and developing software solutions that drive positive business outcomes for customers.
Throughout his career, he has demonstrated technology leadership by successfully implementing distributed, secured, multi-tiered, scalable, and highly available mission-critical applications, both on-premise and on cloud infrastructure. He has a proven track record of delivering solutions that meet the highest standards of performance, reliability, and security.
In addition to his technical expertise, he is dedicated to staying up-to-date with emerging technologies and trends. This enables me to develop comprehensive technological roadmaps and provide informed recommendations to organizations, aligning their IT strategies with the latest advancements in the industry.
Joyanta is deeply committed to helping organizations derive maximum value from their IT investments. To achieve this, he leverages best practices, implements continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines using AWS DevOps services, and follows Agile methodologies. By adopting these approaches, he enables organizations to achieve efficiency, agility, and accelerated software delivery while maintaining a strong focus on quality and collaboration.
Overall, his goal is to leverage his extensive experience and technical expertise to empower organizations to achieve their IT objectives, drive innovation, and maximize the return on their IT investments.
Karthik Penkialapati — Salesforce - Senior Member Of Technical Staff
Venkata Karthik Penikalapati's journey through the intricate realm of software development is adorned with remarkable achievements that leave an indelible mark. With a decade-long career adorned by a Master's degree in Computer Science from the esteemed University at Buffalo, Venkata has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence. His versatile skill set spans the domains of machine learning, data engineering, and workflow orchestration, showcasing his ability to navigate complex landscapes with finesse.
**Adobe (2018 - 2021):**
From 2018 to 2021, Venkata embarked on a transformative journey at Adobe, where his work was nothing short of groundbreaking. His contributions were not only recognized but celebrated, resulting in a patent approval for a pioneering invention titled "Utilizing a sketching generator to adaptively generate content-campaign predictions for multi-dimensional or high-dimensional targeting criteria." This patent stands as a testament to Venkata's innovation prowess.
During this period, he meticulously optimized data pipelines, orchestrating a harmonious 30% improvement in pipeline stability. Beyond streamlining data flows, Venkata's genius extended into campaign forecasting and campaign spend forecasting, where he unlocked the vaults of savings for countless customers. Thousands of dollars were preserved, and the priceless currency of time was reclaimed, thanks to his data-driven insights.
**Salesforce (2021 - 2023):**
In 2021, Venkata embarked on a new adventure within the Salesforce, specifically in the Search Cloud division. Here, he continued to conjure innovations that would forever redefine search relevance metrics. The Click Through Rate (CTR) danced to the enchanting tune of a 14% increase, while the Average Click Rank (ACR) ascended to new heights with a remarkable 31% improvement. These enchantments culminated in a 31% surge in user engagement, illuminating the path for customers to rediscover precious hours - a staggering 1100 user hours saved every week.
Venkata Karthik Penikalapati's odyssey through professional life is a symphony of dedication, ingenuity, and the hallmark of innovation. His academic foundation, coupled with over a decade of professional mastery, has established him as a virtuoso in the realm of technology. Venkata's work is not merely a demonstration of prowess; it's a testament to the enduring spirit of innovation and a legacy that continues to reshape the landscapes of organizations and the experiences of end-users alike. His patented invention stands as a beacon of his innovation journey, casting a long-lasting light on the path of technology advancement.
Lav Kumar — Salesforce - Lead Member of Technical Staff
I'm Lav Kumar, a dedicated full-stack developer with 12 years of experience designing, implementing, and leading software solutions across web, mobile, and desktop environments. I'm a versatile IT professional proficient in leveraging software engineering and agile methodologies to deliver highly effective and creative solutions to businesses. I thrive on facing new challenges, learning cutting-edge technologies, and overcoming barriers. My passion lies in ML/AI, data science, and big data applications, and I'm adept at architecting microservices, building scalable systems, and working with distributed systems to drive innovation.
Manoj Suryadevara — Walmart - Staff Product Manager
I work for Walmart international division (Other Two divisions are Sam's Club and Walmart US) on data projects for international markets such as Canada, Chile, Central America, India, U.K, China and South Africa
*The data projects I work on cover multiple areas: Customer data, Supply chain/Inventory and Fulfillment data, Store operational data and Ecommerce Total loss prevention(eTLP)
*Customer data: For multiple International markets: Canada, Chile, South Africa, U,K, India, Central America and China. Ingestion of Customer ecommerce data, Customer store transactional data, Customer contact center data, Customer Survey data, Customer feedback data, associate(employees of Walmart) discount data, Loyalty data of customers, Sam's membership data(For China and Mexico markets) in Walmart enterprise data lake. This data includes hundreds of millions of records. Combining all international markets there is around 400 million records of customer data(400 million customers). Once this data is ingested: Implement matching algorithm on the ingested sources by customer matching of profile elements :Name, address, Phone number, physical address and email address of customer and implement confidence score. For example: We are confident that the customer is matching up to 80% and 90% etc.., based on their profile elements such as name, address, phone number, email using Machine learning model. Once matching is complete: Perform data science activities by segmenting customer data, data analytics activities to perform targeted marketing of customers via SMS, Email and App notifications
Use cases for customer data for Walmart:
--Personalization: Analyzing customer data creating more personalized marketing campaigns, product recommendations and customer service interactions.
--Segmentation: Segmenting customers into different groups based on demographics, purchase history, and other factors. This will help in targeting marketing efforts more effectively.
--Predictive modeling: Predictions about future behavior: Which customers are most likely to make a purchase or which products are likely to be popular.
--Churn analysis: Identify patterns in customer behavior that indicate the risk of leaving the business and hence taking proactive steps to retain those customers.
--Identifying cross-selling opportunities: Analyzing customer data and identify patterns that indicate when a customer is likely to be interested in purchasing related products or services.
--Improving customer service: Identify common customer service issues and improve their processes to better meet customer needs.
--In-store or online targeting: Target omnichannel experience of in-store or online promotions and offers to the specific customers who are most likely to be interested in them.
Overall, using customer data points can helps Walmart to make more informed decisions, improve operations and better serve the customers.
*Supply Chain Data: For multiple International markets: Canada, Chile, South Africa, U,K, India, Central America and China. Ingestion of Supply chain Distribution Center(DC) data, Walmart 3rd party seller data for Walmart Fulfillment services(Similar to Fulfilled by Amazon), Supply chain metrics - Dock to Stock, Number of shipments per Distribution center information, SKU(Item number) ingestion, First mile, Middle mile and Last mile data ingestion for multiple markets, associate labor wages, associate demand signal processing. Once the data is ingested, performing analytics of data to improve business processes and building dashboards so floor managers(users) can consume this data and perform actionable insights and changes to the business process.
Here are some ways Walmart makes use of this data:
--Inventory management: Identify which product categories are selling well and which ones are not, which can help them make informed decisions about inventory levels.
--Forecasting: Make more accurate forecasts about future demand for products, which can help manage the inventory more effectively.
--Lead time optimization: Analyze the trends in lead times for products and optimize their ordering and fulfillment processes to reduce lead times and improve efficiency.
--Order optimization: Collect patterns in customer behavior that indicate when a customer is likely to place an order and optimize the ordering process accordingly by using this demand signal.
--Real-time inventory tracking: Track inventory levels and order products when they are running low, to minimize stockouts and missed sales opportunities.
--Warehouse Management: Analyze and identify inventory storage and handling issues and take steps to improve warehouse management, including identifying areas for automation, redesigning the warehouse layout, or investing in new technologies such as robotics.
Have immense experience in Technology, business stakeholder management and soft skills and 360 degree of all functions associated to technology including Sales, Marketing, Finance, Legal and HR
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Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Data Science, Tableau, Balsamiq Mockups,
Product Management, HP ALM, Slack, User Stories, Wireframes, Storyboarding, People
Management, Customer Understanding, A/B testing, B2B SaaS API and Data Product,
Requirements Gathering, Payments, User Experience – UI/UX, Omniture, Mobile
Applications, Product Roadmaps, Prioritization, eCommerce, Travel, Hospitality, SAFe
Milind Purswani — Navy Federal Credit Union - Lead DevOps CI CD Engineer
A University of Maryland Cybersecurity graduate, Milind Purswani is a distinguished Security Engineer with expertise in Application Security and Bug Bounty Hunting. His professional stints include Snap, Adobe, and Linode, underlining his proficiency in uncovering Web Application Flaws. Milind's innovative projects like 'chatGPT Security Code Analyzer' and Syborg are prominently featured on GitHub. Awarded the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) title, he also secured a significant scholarship at ELAN IIT-Hyderabad's Braintech Championship 2017. Passionate about coding and automation, Milind enjoys exploring large-scale security challenges. Remarkably, during his master's, he funded $60,000 of his $80,000 tuition through Bug Bounty Hunting and internships.
Mohammad Ismail Rizvi — Exelon Corporation USA - IT Lead
Mohammed Rameez Rizvi, an accomplished IT Professional at the nation's largest utility company, boasts over 12 years of experience adeptly steering and reinforcing pivotal applications for a prestigious Fortune 250 enterprise. His journey reflects an unswerving commitment to excellence and innovation within the IT arena.
Amid his role as an IT Lead, Mohammed radiates as a captivating speaker and influential figure, weaving insights that resonate with audiences. His acumen in crafting insightful content has resulted in a trove of articles and research papers published in revered peer-reviewed journals, underscoring his expertise and devotion.
Beyond his literary endeavors, Mohammed's influence reverberates through his roles as a speaker and judge in numerous Hackathons and award platforms.
Ultimately, Mohammed's narrative epitomizes an unwavering dedication to advancement, innovation, and impact. Through his leadership in critical application support, his multifaceted roles as an author, speaker, and judge, he has left an indelible mark on the ever-evolving IT landscape, inspiring emerging professionals and fostering sustained growth within the field.
Mohammed Ilyas Ahmed — Adobe - Lead Security Engineer
Mohammed Ilyas Ahmed is a seasoned security engineer with over 9 years of industry experience, who has served as a researcher at the prestigious Harvard University. His expertise lies in the dynamic field of cybersecurity, with a particular focus on DevSecOps.
In the realm of DevSecOps, Ahmed plays a crucial role in helping organizations strengthen their security postures. His commitment to fostering a security-conscious culture is evident through his frequent appearances as a speaker at various security conferences. Through these engagements, he shares invaluable insights, best practices, and real-world experiences, making significant contributions to the collective knowledge of the cybersecurity community. His proficiency extends beyond traditional DevSecOps, with a dedicated focus on Privileged Access Management (PAM). This strategic emphasis highlights his commitment to ensuring secure DevSecOps environments, establishing him as a thought leader who seamlessly integrates theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience. Academically, Mohammed Ilyas Ahmed holds a Master of Science degree in Cybersecurity Engineering from Northeastern University. His educational background not only underscores his dedication to continuous learning but also serves as a foundation for his practical contributions to the field. Complementing his academic achievements are numerous certifications validating his proficiency and expertise in the intricate landscape of cybersecurity. A noteworthy aspect of Ahmed's involvement in the cybersecurity community is his podcast, "CyberGPTpulse." This platform extends his commitment to knowledge dissemination, exploring cybersecurity trends, best practices, and industry insights. Through thoughtful discussions with industry experts and thought leaders, the podcast serves as a valuable resource for both seasoned professionals and aspiring cybersecurity enthusiasts. Beyond his professional endeavors, Ahmed is a well-rounded individual with diverse interests. His passions include photography, travel, tennis, and vlogging, showcasing a holistic approach to life that goes beyond the confines of the digital realm.
Muthu Kumar Sathiyanesan — Oracle - Principal Software Engineer
Seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in bringing up next-generation server platforms. His expertise extends beyond server platforms, as I constantly investigate and evaluate new technologies and industry trends to identify opportunities for innovation and improvement. I like to keep pace with the ever-evolving technological landscape and maintain a cutting-edge perspective.
One of my most notable accomplishments is leading UEFI development for various data center and cloud server projects. I have a proven track record of working closely with hardware and other firmware groups to contribute to the successful bring-up, development, and deployment of servers.
Omkar Ghag — Go Daddy - Sr. Software Development Engineer
Cultivating an extensive 8+ years of experience as a System Engineer, my journey has been marked by a dedication to innovation. I've had the privilege to contribute to the development of groundbreaking tools, frameworks, and automation solutions that have left a mark in the industry. My career has evolved from the realms of 2G/3G/LTE technology to the automotive sector's V2X domain and, more recently, into Amazon's long-range, low-power IoT networks and device operating systems. Throughout this journey, I've had the privilege of collaborating with talented teams toward shared goals, fostering a culture of innovation and growth
Pagrut Gopal — Thales Group - Senior Solution Architect
- Overall, 14+ years of experience in Gemalto Data Protection (DP) and Software Monetization (SM) - project management, design, software development, requirements mapping, maintenance, and validation.
- Well versed with SDLC - Agile, Scrum methodologies, and STLC process
- Well experienced in Manual and Automated Software Quality Testing. Experienced in developing Test Strategies, Test Cases, and Test Procedures from Software Requirement specifications.
- Work experienced with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3(ERP), BI Reporting, Middleware tools.
- Expert in Gemalto/Thales Software Monetization Sentinel Products EMS, RMS and LDK
- Developed Gemalto EMS 5.x customer and partner community portals using Salesforce (SFDC) Lightning.
- Integrated Zuora with an entitlement management system (EMS) using advance REST APIs and C#.
- Developed two software (VB.NET): Spring & Spring Lite, Both software are the username and password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords securely.
- Proven experience engaging with external clients while demonstrating consultative selling skills
- Strong presentation skills to technical and business audiences (onsite, remote, conference &/or seminar)
- Robust requirements gathering skills; ability to listen to the customer to understand their needs and then communicate those needs more broadly
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to lead a team and keep them motivated.
- Gold Award Winner 2017 for Gemalto Virtual Product delivery
Prashanthi Ramamurthy — Adobe - Senior Engineering Manager
- Prashanthi Ramamurthy is an engineering leader at Adobe, leading the charter for seamless data ingestion with data transformation and healing capabilities handling billions of messages and petabytes of data with high fidelity and velocity. She led the team for the cost governance initiative which resulted in $BN cost savings. She has over 16 years of experiencing evangelizing, architecting and delivering products from concept to customers across various domains like Digital Experience, Financial and Brokerage Platforms.
Prashanthi is an expert in architecting Distributed Systems and building Big Data Pipelines. Prior to Adobe, Prashanthi was the founding engineer for Xactly SimplyComp - industry's first DIY Incentive Compensation Management SaaS offering which targeted SMB space and their need for low touch self-service onboarding for their Incentive Compensation data with low consulting cost. She led multiple innovations in the field of distributed graph processing and high performance large scale data processing applications.
Beyond work, Prashanthi is deeply committed to mentoring and actively participate in women in STEM forums at high schools and universities. She likes to fill her weekends with camping and overlanding trips and DIY projects around the house.
- Prashanthi Ramamurthy is an engineering leader at Adobe, leading the charter for seamless data ingestion with data transformation and healing capabilities handling billions of messages and petabytes of data with high fidelity and velocity. She led the team for the cost governance initiative which resulted in $BN cost savings. She has over 16 years of experiencing evangelizing, architecting and delivering products from concept to customers across various domains like Digital Experience, Financial and Brokerage Platforms.
Preethika Kalyanasundaram — Salesforce - Product Management, Senior Manager
Preethika is an executive with a wealth of experience in product leadership across multiple industries. She possesses a strong background in data and AI, with expertise in Personalization, Recommenders, MarTech, and Ecommerce. For over a decade, she has cultivated a reputation as a thought leader, adept at navigating the constantly evolving technology landscape. Her multifaceted experience enables her to tackle complex consumer challenges in the MarTech industry.
Throughout her career, Preethika has assumed various key roles at technology giants like Oracle and Salesforce. In these positions, she has initiated and launched several successful high-impact products. She consistently champions inclusive digital product design, underlining her commitment to diversity in technology.
As a speaker, Preethika shares her knowledge and insights at numerous technology conferences. She has distinguished herself by serving on the panel for several technical and business awards, and evaluating Grace Hopper student scholarship applications for women in STEM. Currently, she mentors at Salesforce Inc.'s Women's Leadership Program, a platform dedicated to uplifting and empowering emerging female leaders in the IT industry. To date, she has mentored over 20 junior and budding leaders, helping them shape their leadership vision, establish personal values, and identify methods to capitalize on their strengths.
Pushparaj Susairaj — Affilias Inc. - Technology Training Consultant
Pushparaj is a learning strategist and knowledge management consultant with two decades of experience leading global IT training and development platforms. In the past, he has worked for CMC, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent, Cisco Systems and HCL Technologies. He is currently employed by Identity Digital and is responsible for the global training and knowledge management operations.
Pushparaj holds an MCA and MBA from The University of Madras and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in knowledge management. Having earned the most prestigious credential in the world - Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) - he has had great success throughout his career. In addition, he holds the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) and ITIL Certification in Service Management certifications in the IT Networking domain.
For more than 10 years, Pushparaj has been involved in the training industry's conferences and programs and currently a member of ATD and I4PL and a Brandon Hall Judge since 2020. Pushparaj has a deep passion for new learning technologies. He constantly explores new areas like AI, Blockchain VR & AR, LXP and Immersive Learning solutions looking for innovative solutions for the current business crisis.
In addition to being a Knowledge Management consultant for Tech start-ups, he is a Voice Actor and is currently writing a book titled, "Knowledge First, Deliveries Second." He also regularly coaches people on Emotional Intelligence & Mindfulness.
Rakesh Datta — Microsoft Corporation - Senior Technical Leader
Rakesh has about 14 years of experience working in the computer software sector and is a visionary, innovator, technical leader, painter and teacher. He worked for large corporations like Microsoft, CISCO, Dell, and others after earning his engineering bachelor’s degree from India and his master’s degree in the USA. He led numerous product development from scratch, in the networking sector. He enjoys referring to himself as a “full-stack network software engineer” because he has expertise across all of the networking layers and domains, including VOIP, Secure Calls, WebRTC, Switch NOS, SDN, programmable data plane, data center underlay networks, network observability, and many more. He is currently a technical leader developing Microsoft’s “industry-first” network security product development. He is also a security researcher, and in 2013 Facebook honored him for revealing a significant vulnerability. Rakesh is also an innovator and researcher. He likes to collaborate with universities, IEEE, and open-source communities and gives back his wealth of knowledge and ideas in the form of technical contributions and papers. Rakesh is also a people person who endorses best practices and a great culture in the workspace.
Ravishankar Sharnagat — Adani Group - SM Group Human Resources
AGM - Group Human Resources at Adani Group
Post-graduate in Human Resource Management & Labour Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, I am a Knowledge Management professional with 18+ years of experience in the Learning, Talent, Organizational Design and Development domains. I have deep expertise in Digital Learning and HR Technology.
Creative & Rational, Intelligent & Empathetic, Punctual & Proactive, I am a self-motivated individual who takes challenges head on.
Rohit Shenoy — DXC - Director HR. Global Head of Learning and Development
Rohit Shenoy heads learning and leadership development globally for DXC Technology ,a fortune 500 global IT services leader with 130,000 people in 70 plus countries. His team manages DXC's learning ecosystem and all behavioral and leadership development initiatives. He loves working with leadership teams on strategy and building stronger leadership teams, designing impactful learning journeys and dabbling with the latest in learning technology. His team recently won 2 Gold awards in Brandon Hall human capital management awards and implemented a next generation learning ecosystem for all employees at DXC.
In his earlier role , he led Organization and Talent Development for Sterlite Power – a Vedanta group company and a Leader in the Power Transmission sector. Prior to this, he was in HR consulting with DDI handling a portfolio of key client relationships for DDI in India. In a career spanning around 18 years with Organizations like Infosys, Accenture and Siemens he has worked in a broad range of HR functions (Talent Acquisition, Organization Development and HR Business Partnering).
As an HR consultant, he has consulted and managed consulting projects across diverse Industry segments and multiple geographies across frontline to Senior Management in Talent Management, Leadership Development and Employer Branding Projects.
He is a mechanical Engineer from National Institute of Engineering (NIE) Mysore (India) and an MBA HR and Marketing from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) Pune (India). He is a results certified Neuroleadership coach, a coach for life (CFL) certified coach, a certified CB5 Psychometric consultant, a certified Leadership Circle consultant and a DDI certified behavioral assessor, facilitator and feedback provider. He led the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Delhi NCR hub and recently completed an OD certification with Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Ronak Ravjibhai Pansara — Tesla - Master Data Specialist
With over many years of expertise in Master Data Management (MDM), I've had the privilege of contributing to the growth and success of two industry giants: Indigo Ag and Tesla.
During my tenure at Indigo Ag, I played a pivotal role in transforming the agricultural landscape by establishing robust MDM frameworks. These frameworks facilitated data harmonization, enabling sustainable decision-making within the agricultural community.
Currently at Tesla, I continue to leverage my MDM proficiency to drive data-driven innovation in the fast-paced automotive industry. I'm passionate about optimizing data processes, ensuring data integrity, and fostering a culture of data excellence.
Throughout my journey, I've witnessed the transformative power of MDM, and I'm committed to championing its strategic importance. I've mentored teams, advocated for data-driven decision-making, and remain dedicated to shaping the future of MDM in innovative organizations.
Rouble Malik — Amazon Web Services - Cloud Engineer Security
I am an AWS Cloud engineer specializing in the Security domain, with a decade of valuable work experience. My responsibilities include configuring, troubleshooting, monitoring, and managing AWS Cloud security services. Additionally, I take pride in guiding customers through the design, implementation, and execution of security reviews and best practices.
I have earned numerous professional certifications, with a particular expertise in AWS ACM service. Presenting detailed technical information to both internal and external audiences is a skill I have developed over the years. Presenter at the BSides Denver 2023 Security conference.
In addition, I am an active member of esteemed organizations such as the BCS and IET. Recently, I had the privilege of being part of the peer review Judging panel for the 2023 Asia Pacific Steve Awards and 2023 Globee Leadership award. This experience allowed me to contribute my insights to recognize and celebrate excellence in various fields.
Sagar Sopan Wani — Accenture - Sr Technical Architect
Sr Salesforce Technical Architect
I am Sagar Sopan Wani staying in Philadelphia USA with vast leadership experience of 20+ years in Accenture LLP USA and associated with National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Bhabha Atomic Research center in my earlier experience.
I was part of prestigious originations like National institute of Industrial Engineering Mumbai and also associated with Bhabha Atomic research center worked on Biomedical, cloud computing emerging Technologies. I have extensively worked in research areas like Ergonomics, medical Emerging areas and Information Technologies. I have published many articles in Medium.com platform for Salesforce very Niche technology with completed 17+ international Salesforce certifications in area of Certified Senior Technical architects includes Application and System architect also published research papers in international conferences and scholarly articles.
I have received Bachelor of Engineering (B.E), in field of Biomedical Engineering, from the Mumbai University in 2003 and completed his Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (E-PGDBM), in field of Information Technology/Systems in 2007
Sandeep Rangineni — Pluto TV a Paramount Company - Data Test Engineer
Sandeep Rangineni is a Data Test Engineer at Pluto TV, with over 10+ years of experience in the IT industry, primarily within the streaming media industry. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management and Master’s degree in Information Technology. Sandeep has a diverse skill set, working with technologies such as PL/SQL, Azure Databricks, Salesforce, Informatica, and Snowflake. Currently, he is actively engaged in researching Data Engineering and Data Quality topics. Sandeep has professional certifications in Salesforce admin and Safe 5 practitioner. Sandeep is a professional member of IEEE and BCS, two esteemed technology organizations, and has served as a judge for reputable award organizations in Technology which include Globee Awards, NCWIT Aspirations, and Brandon Hall Group. Sandeep works as a mentor in ADPlist organization who has coached many professionals belonging to technology. Sandeep also published an article on Dzone is one of the world's largest online communities and leading publisher of knowledge resources for software engineering professionals.
Santosh Kumar Kande — TJX Companies - Sr. Vulnerability Analyst
I am a seasoned cybersecurity professional with a diverse career spanning from my early days as a Security Analyst to my current role as a critical figure in the realm of cybersecurity. With a solid foundation in managing security information and event management (SIEM) platforms, I've honed my technical prowess in handling device logs, crafting rules for threat detection, and effectively identifying cyber threats.
My approach to cybersecurity is holistic, as evidenced by my engagement in impactful Phishing Campaigns emphasizing security awareness and responsible user behavior. My journey has been marked by a commitment to technical solutions and nurturing a human-centric approach to maintain a secure environment.
My expertise shines through my leadership in the Vulnerability Management Program, where I meticulously identify, track, and remediate vulnerabilities within defined SLAs. I bring analytical insights to prioritize risks based on severity, contributing to robust risk reduction strategies.
Problem-solving has been a cornerstone of my career, evident in my success with people management. I've navigated intricate landscapes, persuading stakeholders to prioritize security tasks by effectively communicating the potential impact of vulnerabilities on the organization. This strategic acumen and persuasive ability drive meaningful solutions.
My adaptability and collaborative skills have been demonstrated through the management of Configuration Compliance Projects, where I orchestrate diverse stakeholders to ensure compliance with industry standards. I recognize the significance of empathy and its role in people management, fostering connections and driving joint efforts towards common objectives.
With a track record of impactful leadership, I've united stakeholders, navigated challenges, and consistently driven successful project outcomes. My contributions have resulted in tangible risk reduction and improved processes, solidifying my impact on the organization's security posture.
Holding a key position underscores my recognized expertise, skills, and ability to guide critical security initiatives. My journey speaks to my commitment to making informed decisions and fostering a secure environment. I am poised to contribute my extensive knowledge and skills as I step into the role of a judge, shaping cybersecurity initiatives and driving meaningful change.
Sarbani Mukherjee — Ernst & Young - Associate Director, Learning Solutions
Sarbani has 18+ years of experience in learning strategy consulting and performance support solution design. She has worked with companies globally, helping them align learning strategies with business goals. In her current role, Sarbani is a strategic learning consultant to internal business stakeholders, collaborating with them to create business cases and blueprints of solutions to guide content design and development. Before her career in learning, Sarbani worked in the financial services industry for 2 years and was a financial journalist for 8 years.
Sumit Sanwal — American Express - Senior Engineer Level 1
Sumit Sanwal is seasoned Software professional with a distinguished background in the Information Technology field with 20 years of overall experience in the field of software development and Information Technology. He is currently working as a Senior Engineer wherein he is responsible for leading Architecture to automate mission critical initiatives for the organization. He has led multiple large initiatives from Inception till Completion with expertise in every facet of software development life cycle. He is an experienced software architect and has expertise in many software languages and open-source technologies. He has expertise in design and development of scalable, multi-tiered, distributed software applications for enterprises in the financial services domain. He has extensive experience in helping organizations with their product vision and transforming their businesses leveraging modern cutting-edge technologies. He has coached and mentored many Engineers and helped them attain success in the field of Software development and technology. He has won numerous awards and appreciation in his current and past organizations and is highly regarded by his peers and superiors in the organization. He holds a master's degree in computer application and bachelor's degree in science.
Sunil Chahil — Concepts Information Technology Inc. - Director of Technology Delivery
Highly accomplished and results-driven Director of Technology Delivery with experience leading and managing complex technology projects. Skilled in overseeing end-to-end project delivery, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards. Demonstrated success in driving organizational growth and delivering exceptional results while maximizing customer satisfaction. A strategic thinker with a proven ability to align technology initiatives with business objectives and effectively manage cross-functional teams. Possesses strong leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills to navigate challenges and drive successful project outcomes. Seeking a challenging position as a Director of Technology Delivery to leverage my expertise in delivering innovative technology solutions and leading high-performing teams to achieve organizational success.
Experience delivering large scale cloud platform solutions for different regions with multiple stakeholders, maintaining on time delivery. Successful implementation of cloud-based solutions for large clients with critical timelines.
Suresh Martha — EMD Serono - Head of Data Driven Innovations & Analytics
Suresh Martha is the Head of Data Driven Innovations & Analytics at
EMD Serono (US), the healthcare business of Merck KGaA, in Darmstadt,
Germany. He has 18 years of experience and is a subject matter expert
within the field of data, analytics, and AI/ML. He is a
highly-skilled, passionate professional with a proven track record of
delivering sophisticated reporting and analytical solutions to
Suresh brings his skills to the greater professional community. He is
a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE). He has acted as a judge for the Stevie Awards,
Globee Awards, Smart India Hackathon 2022, and Brandon Hall Excellence
awards, showing his highly regarded reputation within the data
analytics community. Suresh mentors small business owners as a
volunteer for Score Engage regularly acts as a Journal Peer Reviewer,
and is a highly esteemed speaker.
Sushant Mimani — GoDaddy - Sr. Software Development Engineer
As a Senior Software Engineer at GoDaddy with over 10 years of software development experience, I lead core infrastructure initiatives that drive engineering excellence and enhance data privacy across the organization. I have a strong background in Java, C#, GoLang, and Python, as well as AWS cloud services and deployment automation using AWS CDK.
I am passionate about building scalable and secure systems that protect sensitive data and meet customer needs. I have contributed to and maintained several open-source projects, such as Asherah (a multi-language application encryption SDK) and Tartufo (a git repository analysis tool). Through these projects, I have developed my skills in cross-functional team collaboration, project management, and delivering high-quality solutions. I am always eager to learn new technologies and best practices, and to share my knowledge and expertise with others.
Syed Aamiruddin — Agco Corporation - Senior Product Security Engineer
I am a seasoned cybersecurity professional with a rich and diverse background spanning nine years in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity. Throughout my career, I have honed my skills and gained invaluable insights into the intricate landscape of digital security, equipping me with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that businesses face, particularly in the supply-chain and educational sectors. My journey in the cybersecurity industry has been marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and an unwavering commitment to staying at the forefront of industry trends and advancements. I have dedicated my efforts to collaborating with top-tier academic institutions, immersing myself in rigorous learning environments, and engaging with experts across various fields to expand my knowledge and expertise. This pursuit has enabled me to develop a unique skill set that is both comprehensive and adaptable, essential qualities in the fast-paced world of cybersecurity.
Uday Pitambre — Brewapps LLC - CoFounder
Uday has a Master’s degree in computer science and over a decade of experience in software development & engineering, working with technology companies in India and the U.S. He currently leads a team of expert mobile engineers and full-stack developers and oversees technology development across multiple projects at Brewapps, a company he co-founded three years ago. At Brewapps, Uday and his team work very closely with early-stage companies and, over the years, have helped transform multiple concepts and business ideas into successful launches.
What started as a two-person startup has turned into a booming business with a growing team of 30 people that now serves clients worldwide. The Brewapps team has experience in Mobile app development, web-based platform development, middleware, cloud service integration, and more. They work with various industries like healthcare, product companies, digital and marketing agencies, education and e-learning, travel and hospitality, and logistics.
Before Uday started Brewapps, he was an engineer at Aptiv, a company working in the autonomous driving space.
Vamsi Krishna Thatikonda — Chewy - Software Engineer
- Highly motivated and energetic professional with 18+ years of software engineering experience building and deploying applications for diverse clients.
- Computer Engineering graduate from Wright State University with excellent oral and interpersonal communicational solving skills, well-focused, and ability to work under pressure while delivering consistent results.
- Ability to write code across the entire stack - front-end Web UI, middle-tier service layer, and backend database
Venkateshwarlu Rupani — Navy Federal Credit Union - Lead DevOps CI Engineer
I have completed by bachelors in 2010 and then started career in the Information Technology with different roles and technologies, I always looked forward to build myself with the latest tools and technologies in the trending market. I had experience in Automation, DevOps, CICD areas and in different domains like Travel, Hospitality, Banking, Payroll, HCM, General Insurance and Health care industries. Main contribution was into different health care industries like Centene, Inovalon, Travelers and UHG. I served as technical lead, resource lead in different organizations by handling variety of people in offshore, onsite model to interact with them and setup the delivery inputs and deadlines with appropriate standards to develop and deliver customer friendly products.
Vignesh Balagopalakrishnan — Yelp - Group Product Manager
Group Product Manager at Yelp on the Ads team. Previously an engineer and management consultant.
As a Group Product Manager at Yelp for the last four years, I launched two large advertising products - Yelp Audience Network for SMB advertisers and Yelp Audiences for Enterprise advertisers. I started as the first product manager on this area, built these products ground up and helped scale them into multi-million dollar businesses. The product's success has been referred to multiple times across Yelp's earnings calls and in public press coverage. Over this time, I built a team of incredible PMs as well.
I started my career as a developer at Adobe, and spent a few years as a management consultant helping large tech corporations understand products in areas of emerging technologies.
Group Product Manager at Yelp owning a product portfolio of advertising products that generate revenue for the company, managing a team of product managers as well.
Vivekananda Jayaram - JP Morgan Chase - Vice President, Lead Software Engineer
With a rich and diverse career spanning over 2 decades and 12 years as a Lead Software Engineer at JPMorgan Chase, I have had the privilege of contributing my expertise to both the corporate world and academia. Alongside my role in the software industry, I have ventured into teaching and research, creating a well-rounded journey that constantly fuels my passion for growth.
Armed with an M.S and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University, I have not only gained technical prowess but also the ability to impart knowledge. My teaching experience has allowed me to nurture the next generation of minds, sharing insights and fostering a love for technology. Guiding students, team members through complex concepts and witnessing their 'aha' moments has been incredibly fulfilling.
In the realm of research, I have had the opportunity to explore uncharted territories, pushing the boundaries of innovation. This facet of my journey has not only broadened my horizons but has also contributed to advancements in my field. The blend of practical industry experience and academic exploration has enriched my perspective, enabling me to approach challenges with creativity and insight.
Samuel Barnholdt — ion Design - CTO & Co-Founder
Samuel is a seasoned Full Stack Engineer with several years of experience in the tech industry. Formerly, Samuel served as the CTO at Portally, a Swedish-based startup that was recognized as a 2-time Nordic Proptech Awards finalist. Currently, as the CTO & Founder at ion design, a Y Combinator-backed company, Samuel is focused on making significant contributions in the DevTools industry, leveraging their expertise to drive innovation and excellence in the field.
Sudheer Kumar Reddy Gowrigari — Salesforce Inc. - Manager, Software Engineering
Before his pivotal role at Salesforce, Sudheer gained invaluable insights as a Senior Software Engineer at Pega Systems Inc., where he focused on enhancing reusable UI components and optimizing software functionality. He also played a crucial role at ValueLabs, integrating BazaarVoice rating systems to Snapfish photo gift products and leading the transition to Canvas builders to support mobile platforms.
Sudheer has been the driving force behind groundbreaking projects such as the Block Type Bundle Modeling Work at Salesforce, which introduced a new channel-agnostic specification for block bundles, achieving a 35% increase in adaptability and extensibility to diverse editors and builders. His visionary approach and relentless pursuit of excellence have earned him prestigious recognitions including the "Cloud Star" award at Salesforce and the "Rising Star" award at ValueLabs, Snapfish.
A lifelong learner, Sudheer holds certifications as a Salesforce Certified Scrum Master and a Pega Certified System Architect 7.2, reflecting his commitment to professional development and continuous learning. His passion for innovation, profound technical acumen, and dedication to cultivating an environment of excellence make him a respected leader and a trailblazer in the software engineering field.