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Suresh Ramanan
Suresh Ramanan
The Journey: Early days to How i got here

I started out almost typically in a pure technology career focusing on database technologies and moved up the value chain into doing data modelling and database performance tuning. As I slowly switched into project management and delivery,the opportunity to get into delivery leadership roles became wider and I realized that, that was exactly what I wanted to do. As of now, I head global DW&BI delivery, which in itself is a unique experience, for all of Cognizants customers in the Life sciences space.

Decisions that mattered

There were a few important career decisions I have made along the way firstly I returned to India when I was ready to make a transition from technology management to delivery management which was one of the inflection points in my areas. Secondly, the decision to join Cognizant was great as its leadership and entrepreneurial style suited my profile and aspirations perfectly. Thirdly,the decision to pursue MBA in US greatly helped me in getting a managerial as well as business view of decisions that came my way.

The turning points

Some of inflection points in my career were returning to India and making a transition from technology management to delivery management, joining Cognizant and pursuing my MBA in US.

Work and Role: Then and now

My current role focuses pretty much on my leadership abilities, less task oriented and more decision, result and business oriented. This forces a shift in the mindset towards thought leadership, innovation and requires the management skills to focus less on the do and more on the get done.

Two years down the line

Ina couple of years, I would like to be in a leadership role that spans across multiple business units that clearly takes the organization forward.

What I learnt along the way

The top 3 in my mind and in no specific order of priority would be  the ability to take quick and accurate (nearly accurate) decisions and more importantly stand by them, recognizing the power of the team and the ability of a leader to drive his team to success and also the ability to think large beyond the scope your own work.

Trends to watch out for

In the Enterprise Information management space that I am in today, we have to constantly keep watch of the increasingly complex nature of business demands and the technology trends that will answer them, that lie ahead of what we do today. I have been watching numerous trends that have happened in the past but the future holds some very exciting ones – multiple forays in technology for the future – viz. cloud, mobility, social media, open source. In the IM space,these trends are playing in the form of Big data,  enterprise analytics,db appliances, mobile BI platforms, semantic web technologies, in memory analytics,  and cloud enabled BI platforms to name a few.

My advice if you are starting out

The typical dilemma that most beginners get into is to be very concerned about the next project they would be working on and thereby gain a narrow perspective of the space that lies in the future. For someone starting today, I strongly suggest looking at a window of career like the next 3-5 years that they can use to get themselves into a well rounded IT professional and keep themselves constantly into the habit of learning more. The secret lies in staying ahead of the learning curve in the initial stages of your career.  

Must have skills in BI.. As I see them

Clearly enterprise analytics, social data integration and mobility within the BI/DW domain are seemingly some of the trends that have the highest degree of influence on the ways of life on the millennial generation.

Do we need certifications

There is no specific one but I would certainly urge one to take certifications in any space that excites them. The certification gives the confidence to not just accomplish short term achievements but also to take on the next level of challenges.
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