Listen to a conversation between Deepak Visveswaraiah, VP of Platform Engineering at Pega Systems and Chitra Gurjar from PM Power Consulting a s Deepak talks about -His early days growing up as a Bangalore native and how he started out in software development -Experiences as a C & Unix Programmer -His work across several domains like Nuclear Energy, Semiconductors, gaming and publishing -Co-founding a healthcare startup and learning key customer empathy lessons -Essential fundamentals of product engineering, writing your best 2 lines of code, user empathy & designing products for the enterprise -Investing time in learning & being adaptable -Transition to leadership roles learning people engagement and flourishing as leader -Lessons from driving innovation- future perspective design & doing a few things insanely well -Customer centricity; all about the empathy, and what customers really want from you -Hard lessons; from building a product the way “we engineers thought” -Building relationships with a mindset of establishing a relationship and not to sell or make a transaction -Balancing the sense of urgency with instant gratification and moving on the curve of constant change, a formula 1 inspiration -Defining moments in his career; being the first SVP in a global role outside of the US -Message for leaders and those aspiring to take up leadership roles Deepak Visweswaraiah is a leader in the technology industry playing global roles based out of Bangalore, India. He specializes in leading large engineering organizations, driving innovation and bringing products into the global markets. He has extensive experience in establishing Global In-house Centers (GICs) for multinational companies. Passionate about building next generation technology, transformative approach, business leadership and mentoring startups. Deepak brings 30+ years of experience in the enterprise software development industry. Deepak is currently Vice President of Platform Engineering at Pega Systems leading the core platform organization out of India.
In this conversation Pankaj Rai, Leader of Strategy, Digital & Innovation teams at WellsFargo shares his stories with Sivaguru from PM Power Consulting related to -Growing up in a small, but cosmopolitan city -How he was inspired by his Dad -Getting into IIT, IIM and a startup -The advice he got from his boss, when he moved from a consulting role to a lending advisor role -When he decided to focus more on earning than learning -The 4Es he learnt from Jack Welch -About taking leaps of faith, particularly when it comes to role or career transitions -On not having a fear of failure -Comfortably navigating in what might appear as chaos -Organizational strategy and culture -The significance of collaboration and why win-win is so natural -Importance of inclusion and diversity in deploying organizational strategies -Not having different ‘official’ and ‘personal’ versions! No version control challenges -Creating a personal priority list rather than a todo list -Being updated on what is happening from the network -His advice for IT career aspirants as well as mid-career IT professionals -3C framework that he recommends for everyone -Problem discovery more than problem solving, as a life skill -Moving from a deterministic, order taking world to an agile world Pankaj leads Strategy, Digital & Innovation teams at Wells Fargo where he is responsible for creating a culture of 3Es (effectiveness, efficiency and experience) in the operations across India and Philippines. Prior to this he was with Dell where he led the Global Analytics team of over 400 members in Bangalore, supporting all the segments in Dell, i.e. marketing, online, supply chain and product quality, contact centers, services and DFS. Pankaj started his professional career as a management consultant at Feedback Ventures and then went on to work in the financial services industry in India. He worked with ICICI and GE Capital in a variety of roles covering sales, risk management, six sigma and operations. He moved to Standard Chartered Bank leading the Program Management Office in their Singapore regional office where he helped grow their shared service centers in India and Malaysia. Pankaj has been actively engaged in D&I and sustainability initiatives and has been engaged with various industry forums including NASSCOM. Pankaj studied Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi and went on to complete his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is also a six sigma “Quality Leader” from GE. While at ICICI, Pankaj was among the 12 bankers selected for the British Council Chevening Fellowship (Young Bankers Program) administered at the London School of Economics in 1999. Pankaj’s wife Ritu is an artist and they have two daughters Pragya and Paridhi. He is also an avid marathon runner, cyclist and dabbles in badminton. Pankaj’s linked in Profile:
Chitra Gurjar from PM Power Consulting in conversation with Anu Kannan, Partner Technology Manager at Google as Anu shared her views on -Being a quintessential engineer -Starting her career in embedded systems working on set top boxes -Love for travel, meeting new people and developing relationships that have helped her personally and professionally -Handling different use cases while building software for tangible hardware -Walking the floors with her father to understand products and how they were used -Visiting customers and incorporating a “DILO” approach to building products -How she built a network of trust as a fellow of engineering Creating a culture of innovation -A peak into what automotive software could look like - Her message for aspiring engineers Anu Kannan is a partner technology manager at Google, an embedded systems engineer and mother to two young boys. She has had extensive experience in designing and developing software for tangible hardware in the course of her 17 year career where she built entertainment set top boxes, android based data capture solutions, and now working with automotive software on android. She recently completed the LEAD business program Stanford University on Innovation. Anu is a telecommunications engineer from RV College of Engineering Bangalore and has a masters degree in Computer Science from New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. She can be reached at
Today is a special day for us @ Software People stories where we are commemorating 100 stories completion and we decided to record with All three co-hosts Sivaguru, Chitra and Gayatri and talk about why podcasts and what makes them stay. Please expect some overlap conversations as this was a live conversation. Highlights of the conversation Sivaguru spoke about the origins of the podcast and how he wanted to capture the evolution of technology and the developments and it transitioned to real life stories and anecdotes that were never told Chitra spoke about her penchant for the platform and wanting to be an RJ and how it has been a very satisfying experience. She shares her chance conversation with Neeraja to come onboard. Chitra also shares how the platform has helped to get ideas and implement them in a sustainable way. Gayatri spoke about her interest in digital tools and ability to move away from her comfort zone and how nice it is to talk to people and connect with long lost relations. It is also wonderful to see emotions flow. She talks about listening to podcasts has pushed her fitness and hosting podcasts has made her a better listener. More information about this special day is here
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Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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