SpringML: What is your current position at SpringML?
Piyush – In my current role as SVP & Head of Google Business Unit, I’m responsible for Client Strategy, Sales and Engagement Success for key enterprise accounts. Being a trusted advisor and partner to my clients in achieving their transformation journey and business objectives has remained my guiding principle for the past three decades. I started at SpringML as Vice President of service delivery which was essentially the west coast delivery head role for the Salesforce practice. As SpringML pivoted, I took on the Google Delivery leader role when we established Google Cloud practice from scratch and grew it to a respectable number rapidly much bigger than our Salesforce practice in the past 2 years and earned premier partnership certification with Google in machine learning and Data Analytics. I have had the privilege to lead delivery and engaged with over 70 clients across a wide variety of industries with projects ranging from Einstein Analytics, Cloud Strategy & Planning, Cloud Migration to GCP Architecture & Roadmapping to Machine Learning and Data Science engagements.
SpringML: What’s the first thing you do when you come into work and last to wrap up the workday?
Piyush – I start each day with gratitude. Getting up early on a weekday irrespective of when I sleep at night, checking messages and getting a headstart on the day to plan each day for 15 minutes before my morning client calls has become a routine. If I am not travelling to a client site, I try to end the day after dinner with some light reading or catching up on the news.
SpringML: Before joining SpringML, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Piyush – Despite being in the industry for the past 30 years, I have not changed jobs as frequently as today’s generation considers normal. Yet, I have been privileged to travel for business to a variety of client locations or conference venues around the world. The most fun I had was while setting up a new competency area in Advanced Analytics and Big Data for IBM about 9 years ago when I was globetrotting frequently and visited 10 cities in a span of 2 weeks and got to see 2 wonders of the world on 2 consecutive weekends! ( in case you are wondering, they were the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India)
SpringML: If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
Piyush – One mentor would not be enough for the multifaceted dimensions we need to develop to be happy in life. I have had a few mentors in my professional life already starting from my first job out of school (and I am still in touch with them to date), yet I am still searching for more. I believe that one needs to have a set of mentors spanning profession, industry, business, finance as well as spiritual dimensions akin to personal Board of Directors.
What are 3 words to describe SpringML?
Piyush – Agile, Collaborative, Customer-Obsessed
SpringML: Best vacation you’ve been to?
Piyush – Hawaii !!
What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?
Piyush – If you are like me, then you have several apps you’ve downloaded but not yet used. For the longest time, it was Groupon App that I downloaded a few years ago but I ended up using it for the first time last month. Earlier this year, I downloaded the standalone UberEats app but am yet to use it!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Piyush – Travelling and Volunteering for a variety of Non-Profit causes. Some pics below:
How do you find a work/life balance?
Piyush – Balance is an oxymoron – I believe in integrating work and life together and finding time for what’s most important.