I'm a passionate Techno-Functional IT Professional & a Co-founder from India. I aim to make a difference through my simple solutions.
- A Techno-Functional IT Professional, AI / ML Consultant, and Imminent AI/ML/Quantum Computing Consultant having 18+ years of comprehensive experience in global delivery and implementation of customized solutions, leading research & development efforts across the technological spectrum catering to multi-platform requirements; 11+ years in Program/Project/Product Management; 4+ years in Program Director role
- Lead teams of 100+ members of multi-technology, i.e. .Net, SharePoint, PHP, Android, iOS, QC and R&D
- Worked with clients in USA, Australia, UK, Netherlands, South East Asia, South Africa and India. Also visited the UK, France, Netherlands, and Kuwait for projects
- A Digital Archivist having comprehensive experience in Conservation of heritage Papers, Media, Sculpture, Buildings and Artefacts for Internationally Renowned Archives using Digital Techniques
- Having a Valid USA Visa (B1/B2)
ManagementPMO / Projects, Funding, Resources, Budgeting, Infrastructure, Conflicts & Resolution, Quality, Planning, and Risk management
Team ManagementPlanning, Allocation of tasks, Monitor, Mentor & Motivate, Career planning, Personnel training, Recruitment
Software Development Life Cycle
Initiation, Planning, Execution, Tracking, Deployment, Implementation of Agile methodology, Waterfall model
Technology Change ManagementEvaluation of alternatives, Selection, Piloting, and Implementation of the Technology and Processes for the smooth transition of technology in an organization
DomainsHealthcare, ERP, Inventory, Archives, Vehicle Tracking, Security, Shopping, CMS, Recruitment, Hotels, Banking, Accounts, Insurance, Education, Real Estate, Tendering
IdeasExplores the ways in which an amalgamation of Quantum Computing with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can give performance gains.
Co-founder & CTO @ Xporium
Dec 2016 - Present
➟ Co-founder at Xporium.com (http://www.xporium.com/). It was selected in Bootstrap category of TNW Conference 2017 at Amsterdam, Netherlands
➟ Currently based out of India - responsible for moving Xporium from its initial ideation stage to its completion phase. Its a virtual exhibition centre and digital connection platform!
Head IT @ Sabarmati Ashram Preservation & Memorial Trust (Gandhi Ashram), Ahmedabad
May 2013 - Present
➟ Gandhi Heritage Portal (http://www.gandhiheritageportal.org/): Build and maintain the world’s largest authentic web portal on the life and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi
➟ Lead multi-technology projects; created and maintaining one of the largest Digital Archives on the life and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi. This includes digital copies of manuscripts, books, photographs, films, Virtual Reality, 360° virtual tours, architectural documentation, 3D modelling of buildings and artefacts
➟ Envisaged, initiated and accomplished technological multi-lingual Web, Desktop, Mobile applications, and digitization projects. Envisaged and initiated projects for conservation and preservation of the history of Mahatma Gandhi
➟ Development of Project Plans, Budgets, Timelines/Milestones, Risk Assessment, Technical Specifications, Software Architecture, Web Security and Tracking of Projects
Project Manager/Lead | TCM Head @ Silver Touch Technologies Ltd, Ahmedabad
Oct 2010 - May 2013
➟ Ministry of External Affairs, India (https://www.mea.gov.in/): Lead the complete SDLC with security and high-performance requirement of the current portal of Ministry of External Affairs, India
➟ eTurns (https://www.eturns.com/): Lead the highly technical project. It is one of the well-known Cloud-based Remote Inventory Management System in the USA
➟ Delivered multi-technology projects of the various domain; Achieved CMMI level 5 with 1.2 frameworks as head of TCM and PCM being part of core SEPG team
➟ Team Management ranging from 20 to 100 resources across multiple departments including .net, Share Point, DNN, Drupal, Mobile (Windows, iPhone, Android) for on-site & off-site projects
➟ Development of Project Plans, Budgets, Timelines/Milestones, Risk Assessment, Technical Specifications, Software Architecture, Web Security, Web Standards, Flowcharts, and Presentations, etc.
➟ Motivation, Personnel Training, Skill Upgradation, and Career Planning
Project Manager @ DIGICORP Information Systems pvt.ltd, Ahmedabad
Jun 2008 - Sep 2010
➟ Lead highly complex projects and products including Visa Application System for Kuwait and e-Tendering
➟ Achieved timely delivery, efficient utilization of staff, delivery commitment and highly satisfactory management, team and clients.
➟ Manages 20 to 25 peoples in a total of various department including .Net department in the project, on-site and staff augmentation model for Local as well as Off-shore clients
➟ Implemented project-management methodologies to manage mulch-lingual Web and Desktop starting from client communication, requirement gathering and getting sign-off to project deployment, training and maintenance
➟ Conducts regular project reviews and communicates the status of projects in both formal and informal way
➟ Achievement of a high degree of customer satisfaction by connecting with customers; helped customers attain achievable development plans, schedules, and project outcomes, ensuring success with difficult IT projects
Project Lead @ Corporate Munim by Nutec Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Ahmedabad
Jul 2007 - Jun 2008
➟ Envisioned and created a proof of concept showing how various layers in the existing product can be de-coupled, thus allowing greater flexibility, scalability utilizing cutting edge Microsoft technologies
➟ Interviewed and mentored developers, imparting knowledge about the existing architecture increasing their efficiency. Implemented a process to maintain developer documentation
➟ Requirement gathering, analysis, and Scoping. Analysis of existing product for migration
➟ Managing a team of .NET professionals and handling day to day tasks of resource management
➟ Define and develop a framework based on n – tier architecture and Developing Windows Forms and Custom Controls using .net
➟ Development and management of Database and its components including Stored Procedures, Functions, Triggers, Transactions, etc.
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD in Computer Science | Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya, Gandihnagar
Certificate in Quantum ComputingThe Coding School & IBM
Jul 2020 - In Progress
Artificial Intelligence | Tech Mahindra
Feb 2020 - Oct 2020
M.Sc.(IT) | Karnataka State Open University
2004 - 2004
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) | Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences
2008 - 2010
GNIIT | National Institute of Information Technology
1999 - 2003
Virat, an exceptional IT expert where I got a chance to work with and explored lot many areas during project work in machine learning and artificial intelligence. He is having tremendous knowledge and expertise especially in Computer Vision area. A person with multi-talented, smart-working with positive attitude, highly reliable, trustworthy, excellent at communication with wonderful convincing skill. Along with strong technical skills he also having very good analytical ability and well organized approach to delivery. He is very much committed professional. It was great pleasure to working with him and looking forward to continue this through out my career.
Ramesh Babu Gonegandla - Lead Python Developer at IBM
Virat and I worked in some IT projects together. Apart from the exceptional technical knowledge he has, the other qualities which I saw were his keen interest, attention to details, persistence, and ownership. I would love to work with him again and would be more than happy to vouch for him.
Amit Makhij - Regional Credit Manager heading Gujarat with extensive experience in Credit Risk
I've worked with Virat while he worked at Digicorp as an Project Manager. A very supportive person to work with. Few of his qualities that I would like to point out would be: - Open to work on new technologies and always upgraded about upcoming stuff.. - Good Team Player. - Technically sound - Quality conscious
Supriya Agnihotri Jagani - Founder at Propeller.in & Principal Designer at Digicorp Information Systems Pvt. Ltd.
I worked under leadership of Virat in DIGICORP Information Systems when we started an enterprise level project in eProcurement domain. Though due to technology mismatches our interaction was limited, I always found his skills of "keeping things simple" so fascinating. In spite of complexities of the project, he motivated the team by showing flip side of the coin. I wish I could have worked more with Virat to learn many such management goodies at early stage of my career. I would strongly recommend Virat for project management.
Vishal Shukla - Entrepreneur, BigData Expert & Author
Virat is a great individual and a project manager. One of the best project managers, I have worked with. He is going to be an asset to any organisation, which is smart enough to hire him.
Abhishek Desai - Founder of CricHeroes
Virat is a true visionary with phenomenal communication skills. He is articulate, friendly, and approachable. He brings an extensive IT knowledge to the core of the business infrastructure. His experience, and leadership provided the fundamental foundation in improving services that we provide to our clients. As a project manager, his door was always open to all. He provides the leadership needed to meet the business objective, He is a tremendous asset to an organization.
Dhruval Shah - Project Management at Healthtech India
I got an opportunity to work with Virat at Silver Touch way back in year 2010. we worked closely on many of ASP .net professionals hiring. The best thing about him is his team management skill. He motivates the team like anything which differentiates him from other leaders. He is sound on technical aspects also. As a person and a friend also he is the BEST. My best wishes will always be with him.
Ashok Gayakwad - DGM - HRM at Xcelris Labs Ltd.
Virat is one of the most dedicated professionals through his work at Silvertouch Pvt Ltd. Perfectly organized, honest, great and highly motivated person with a very strong problem solving skills. Virat is a multi-skilled manager, Great strategist with a great skill to execute projects smoothly, Is able to manage big teams efficiently. He is not only a dedicated and wise team player but also an inspiring project manager with strong technical skills.
Darshan Atwal - Sr Technical Architect at L&T Technology Services Limited