Adoption of the latest digital technologies, research to innovate and fostering in-house skill improvement are three prime drivers for business success. Dr. Subramanian (Subi) Krishnan, vice president, and general manager of Apptio India explains to Baishakhi Dutta of EFY Group how their new CoE will help them achieve the same. Excerpts follow…
Q) Which technology is the most promising when it comes to innovation and solving real-world challenges? How does Apptio enable the same for the industry?
Cloud is on the rise and one of the biggest trends in technology– According to Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 17.5 percent in 2019 to a total of $214.3 billion, up from $182.4 billion in 2018.
Organizations today are transforming themselves into digital companies. Cloud is one of the key components to enable this transformation. The technologies that are the most promising today are the ones that enable businesses to go digital while optimizing their spend on cloud and infrastructure. Let’s be honest, the CIO budgets are not really on the rise and they are under pressure to optimize their spend while enabling their organization to go digital. Therefore solutions, like the ones provided by Apptio, help technology leaders make smart decisions as they plan, analyze, optimize, control, and collaborate their investments and enable a successful digital transformation for their organizations.
Q) Talking about the evolving designs, security, and services, how are you coming up with effective designs to make the solutions much better?
Continuous innovation is the only answer for companies to stay competitive and provide solutions to their customers with changing business needs. We are constantly evaluating the latest technology and innovating around it and bring them into our products to provide value to our customers. For example, we make use of data science and machine learning to help our customers optimize their IT spend to enable a successful digital transformation. Acquiring new technologies and integrating them into the core offering is another approach we have been using. Our acquisition of “Cloudability” is an example of the same
We are also looking at global talent to bring in the best of minds from across the world to fuel this innovation. The opening of the Bangalore COE was driven by this idea as well.
Q) Do you think ‘Design in India’ is yet at the pinnacle or there are more grounds to be covered? What are the extra doable?
The opportunities to innovate in India are boundless. The combination of a growing economy with a growing talent base is really potent. Apptio’s investment in the Bangalore COE is a recognition of this fact. We want the Bangalore CoE to be one of our leading centers of innovation that creates new and value-added products for our customers globally. So, in my view, there’s a lot of potentials. If there is one thing I would say, it would be for India to continue to increase its investment in universities in order to bring academia and industry together into a collaborative partnership to innovate for the future.
Q) W.r.t. edge vs cloud–where do you think will we see faster development in the next year or two?
In the next year or two, we will see faster development in the cloud because every company around the world is using cloud or planning to move to the cloud in some capacity. So cloud clearly is an area of growth.
Q) How would you advise an aspirant on the right steps to follow while applying for a job in the electronics design sector?
I would change the question into applying for jobs in the technology sector. I would recommend that they do internships in technology companies during their studies to get a good perspective and experience into what is happening in the industry today. I would recommend that they do projects that are focused on solving real-world business problems. And finally, I think it’s important to have a ‘go get it done’ attitude which pretty much can accomplish anything.