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Rajeev Ranjan

Rajeev Ranjan

Head - SAP Practice, Solution Architect

Lumbini Innovations

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The Journey: Early days to How I got here
I started my career with TCS, got a chance to work for SAP lab in
Australia which was my steppingstone and from there on the growth was
very fast. Even in SAP, we were working with a team that helped me learn
crystal database. The exposure was very good and helped me build my
confidence. After 6 years I took the responsibility of taking the BI
Factors in Philips electronics. The team was new found, I was the second
managing director of the department and we were basically given the
responsibility to offshore the entire databank. It was a very
challenging role way back then to get the data from offsite team and get
the work done from the onsite team. There were a lot of restrictions
and lot of hardworking in certain adverse situations.
Decisions that mattered
I started my career with TCS, got a chance to work for SAP lab in
Australia which was my steppingstone and from there on the growth was
very fast. Even in SAP, we were working with a team that helped me learn
crystal database. The exposure was very good and helped me build my
confidence. After 6 years I took the responsibility of taking the BI
Factors in Philips electronics. The team was new found, I was the second
managing director of the department and we were basically given the
responsibility to offshore the entire databank. It was a very
challenging role way back then to get the data from offsite team and get
the work done from the onsite team. There were a lot of restrictions
and lot of hardworking in certain adverse situations.
Decisions that mattered
When I was working with SAP labs I was working on CRM (Customer
Relationship Management). I became close to BI, started liking it and
thought why shouldn’t I get into it? I asked my team to change my
module, so that I can pursue my career in BI because of my interest. I
lost 4to 5 years of my SAP experience to get into BI.
The turning points
Yes definitely, started getting a lot of visibility, a lot of exposure
moving to SAP, the CAD exposure, the AG, working with the chief
architect in the areas of the product- that was the turning point for my
career.
Work and Role: Then and now
I am heading one of the business units in Lumbini Innovations and my
roles and responsibilities are much different from what I used to have. I
was either an individual performer or with a team but now I have to
take care of a business unit for which the responsibility is much more
as it does not only affect me, but also the entire team behind me. I
should take the projects that would give more maturity;everything is
dependent on my work and my initiative.
Two years down the line
Well, as of now I am already leading one of the business units; I am
also the chief technical officer in my company.Here I am looking at how
to take my company to the next level. I am dreaming more about my
company than myself.
What I learnt along the way
Hard work is the only thing that will take you towards success, there is
no shortcut. Sometimes your business partners and your surroundings-
environment also take you towards success or failure. You have to be
very cautious at this state whether you have the right options around
you and are you going in the right direction? Look into the final
ambition and decide if your ambition is in alignment with what you are
doing.
Trends to watch out for

Mobility is definitely one of the Hi-profile technology now-a-days,
having a good space in the BI world but I am not looking at it, I am
looking at the other aspects of BI, that is- how BI can be introduced in
the education and the health care. I think there is potential for BI in
these sectors. Mobility is just a channel, just a technology. The more
advancement towards technology, the more transformed it gets with
technology. We can involve BI in these areas. In the business world, we
see educationists have more potential. About Lumbini Innovation in
healthcare and education sector: Apart from IT, just being in healthcare
is not a great idea I feel. The huge picture must be in the IT. It has
not been addressed by any ERP or software company to the extent of
requirement. But we are willing to focus in those areas, ready to come
up with solutions in those areas and our effort is in that direction.
Since BI is based on data, if you are not able to get the data then we
can do an Intelligence analysis of it. First we should cover the overall
domain and then we should impose intelligence output (software). Today
you can see that there are a lot of institutes, junior colleges,
university colleges, everywhere we have used student database. We are
not able to extract the right type of information out of it. We have
huge data and with collaborated approach with universities and technical
colleges, we may come up with more intelligent information out of it.
My advice if you are starting out
He has to be more focused towards the technicalities, first of all- he
has to pick up one of the domains or one of the technologies like
verticals, to pursue a career in COGNOS, areas of IT(oracle) or any one
of the tools he has to be comfortable with. For that he is required to
take training. For a fresher or for someone who wants to make a career
in BI, the training will never go waste because it will definitely give
returns and I would suggest everyone who wants to take up a career in BI
to invest time in learning in and out of the tool. Once he is
comfortable with one tool, he can learn other tools and work in the same
fashion.
Must have skills in BI, as I see them
I focused mainly on SAP because I got a chance to work with the chief
architect of SAP. The people around me basically had very good
understanding of SAP. I started learning the BI subject and had good
understanding of Business Architecture also. We are doing a number of
projects where we have Integrated Business objects with SAP BI, so we
had come up with a lot of dashboard stuff. We have implemented a couple
of applications and couple of scenarios where we have implemented
profitability, Enterprise management and cost management. We have
implemented health care in Business intelligence not in India but for
some of our client in middle-east.
Do we need certifications
I am not a certified professional. I have worked for long years in SAP
but am not certified with any of it. For someone who is starting with
BI, if he is certified, people think that he has knowledge but I don’t
believe in certifications. It will help them get noticed and after that
they have to work hard on their career and prove themselves.
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