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Jaya Aravind Krishna
Jaya Aravind Krishna

Jaya Aravind Krishna

Head - Cloud Computing & Chief Architect

UST Global


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The Journey : Early Days to How I Got Here
My career could be sequenced broadly into three parts:

built my technology fundamentals in both Unix and Windows flavors
building products, drivers and solutions. (@ Lason Systems)

built software engineering experience; estimations/ costing, delivering
products and solutions through teams. (@ Lason Systems, Parametric
Corp., Sircon)

Thirdly, built consulting skills advising on IT
Strategy; Architecture, Processes, Performance Engineering and ROI. (@
Infosys Consulting, Collabera, UST Global).
Decisions That Mattered
Some important career decisions that I made along the way are: career
decisions are situational, but an important facet that helped me in
every career role I signed up for was Ive continuously stayed in touch
with evolving technology.
The Turning Points
Inflection Points in my career - when I practiced putting business in
front of technology, when I got to articulate technology and solutions
with simplistic and real life examples, I was understood and recognized
Work and Role: Then and now
Both the jobs are very similar except for the revenue generation and
selling strategy. From the cloud technology perspective we are now
proactively looking for opportunities in client environments as opposed
to client find us opportunities.
Two Years Down the Line
Bringing revenue growth to my organization - UST Global with
significant contribution from cloud technology and related services.
Leading the Cloud Practice will help me make it happen. By 2014, we see
80% of our revenues to be directly or indirectly influenced by cloud.
What I Learnt Along the Way
You don't have to strive for perfection, but first meet customer expectations.
In general Humility, Humanity and Integrity will keep you happy.
Changing Days: Lessons Learnt
Increased Monitoring, Visibility - IT Productivity and Expenses from the
Design Stage. Cloud is pushing more responsibility to the IT Service
provider. Businesses have realized IT is not their core competency and
they can delegate that responsibility (both systems and services). Cloud
is the latest step to make it happen.
Trends to Watch Out For
Cloud based services and software-as-a-service is happening and real.
The migration to cloud technology augurs for more work for the IT
industry in the coming years, similar to Y2K it will not be an option -
the competition will force adoption. The key to winning Cloud based
opportunities is to make the case for adoption quantitatively and not
just qualitatively.
My Advice If You are Starting Out
As we all know the new trend which is coming up in IT is Cloud. Cloud
knowledge and exposure will be a necessity for IT Engineers and
Architects. It will be one of many general skills that will be expected.
So start now.
Must Focus Areas For the Future
Cost estimation and predictability for Cloud based solutions.
ROI Estimations for Cloud migrations.
Effective and Efficient Management of Cloud Deployments.
Do We Need Certifications?
It all depends. I am generally not a certification type, I like to read,
install and try out tools and technology. If we are speaking purely
about cloud technology one could consider specialization courses for
AWS, and Azure.
Books/ Websites I Recommend
Try to look at the respective doc pages for AWS, Azure, etc. A
whole bunch of books help give a broad perspective (refer to
site). However I personally have benefited from assimilating success
stories from various sites. Nothing like real examples that provides
confidence and depth.
Last But Not Least
Never underestimate the importance of software design patterns and
practices. Cloud is a technology that still requires good technical
fundamentals to get the best out of it.
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