Category: Best Practices
Posted by: bagheljas
Industry-leading Process uniquely establishes the People, Process, and Technology popularly known as PPT Models for the Deployment Model, Operating Model, and Center of Excellence for the enterprises for the new implementations of an Enterprise Data Platform. While for the existing Enterprise Data Platform, we review and revise these Models. The process consists of three phases Assess, Deploy, and Operate.

Enterprise Data Platform Lifecycle
I strongly believe in that Enterprise Data Platform Modernization is an Enterprise Journey, not a Milestone. Hence, the process loops back inputs from the Operating Model and Center of Excellence to review and revise PPT Models of the Deployment Model, Operating Model, and Center of Excellence for the Enterprise Data Platform. We highly recommend performing this minimum of twice a calendar year due to the speed and volume of innovations in the data domain.
Category: Best Practices
Posted by: bagheljas
Industry Leading Approach is to create an Enterprise Data Economy built on Data Collaboration, Data Democratization, and improved User Experiences for Data Research and Artificial Intelligence. It has ingrained Data Privacy, Security, and Resiliency capabilities. The solution design uses the following guiding principles those are from the article, Data Platform Innovation: Industry Leading Practices.

  • Cloud First while extracting the life of current IT investments
  • Utilize Data Ops to automation for Data Services and Backup & Restore Data
  • Utilize Distributed Data Architecture and Data Mesh for Data Democratization
  • Design for real-time use cases and ease of data research tools integration
  • Flexible Data Stores with anytime availability of the Raw Data
  • Identify and Use AI Tools to Handle Data Quality Issues
  • Utilize Data Hub, Data Fabric, and Data Navigation for ease of Data Discovery and Collaboration

Use Reference Architecture from the article, Data Platform Buzzwords: Introduction and So What?, to assess and design the Data Platform Target State Architecture.
Category: Best Practices
Posted by: bagheljas
Availability and Applications of Data have emerged as a business innovation engine of the present time and for the foreseeable future.

Data Platforms are a conglomerate of Business Requirements, Architectures, Tools & Technologies, Frameworks, and Processes to provide Data Services. Hence, the Data Platform Innovation foundation is from people, processes, and technology managing and utilizing an enterprise Data Platform. In the article, I have organized the emerging Industry Leading Practices into seven Pillars to maximize data value at speed in an enterprise environment.

Pillars - Data Platform Innovation: Industry Leading Practices
Pillars - Data Platform Innovation: Industry Leading Practices

  • Autonomy
    • Implement Data as a Product with an operating model that establishes data product owner and team.
    • Support Data Democratization utilizing Distributed Data Architecture and Data Mesh.
    • Enable end-to-end service delivery ownership to the Data product owner.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Create a raw Data copy availability to enable AI Data Models yet to be discovered.
    • Utilize AI Tools to manage Data identification, correction, and remediation of Data quality issues.

  • User Experience
    • Create and manage data literacy and data-driven cultural activities for employees to learn and embrace the value of data.
    • Enable data navigation and data research tools for employees.

  • Automation
    • Utilize DataOps at the heart of provisioning, processing, and information management to deliver real-time use cases.
    • Implement automatic backup and restoration of Data and digital twins of the Data estate.

  • Center of Excellence
    • Shift from stakeholders' buy-in approach to delivery partners' approach that finds and enables innovation.
    • Create Data Eco-System utilizing Data Alliances, Data Sharing Agreements, and Data Marketplace to develop an Enterprise Data Economy.
    • Publish Common Data Models, Policies, and Processes to promote ease of collaboration within and across organizations.

  • Data Security
    • Contribute actively to individual data-protection awareness and rights.
    • Communicate the importance of data security throughout the organization.
    • Develop Data privacy, Data ethics, and Data security as areas of competency, not just to comply with mandates.

  • Cloud Services
    • Cloud First mindset for quickly exploring and adopting innovation at speed with minimal sunk cost once that becomes mainstream. Let the business model drive the Cloud equilibrium.
    • Enable cloud for flexible data model tools supporting querying for unstructured data.
    • Enable edge devices and high-performance computing available at Data sources to deliver real-time use cases.
Category: General
Posted by: bagheljas
Shortly after earning a Master of Science in Operations Research and Statistics at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), I joined as a Research Scientist in the Artificial Intelligence Lab for the Computer Science Department. I developed an AI application for routing and scheduling crews that delivered operation efficiency of 36% for our customers and won numerous awards and national recognition.

Later, moving to the United States, I worked as a Software Engineer with companies such as AT&T and IBM. One key highlight was developing security architecture for single sign-on for over 200 mission-critical apps at AT&T. It was followed by a stint with NLM, where I delivered Data Integration between the NLM and FDA, Search Engine, and Conversational AI for self-service.

Next, I worked at Aol as an Operations Architect, a key role in enabling billing and subscription services and setting up enterprise standards and best practices. While at Aol, I earned a Master of Science in Technology Management at George Mason University and a Chief Information Officer Certificate at United States Federal CIO University.

Over the last ten years, I have led consulting, solution center, and pre-sales at SRA International / General Dynamics Information Technology, CenturyLink / Savvis / Lumen, and IBM / Kyndryl. Notable Accomplishments in Apps and Data Space:
  • SRA International / General Dynamics Information Technology: Executed the modernization of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine adverse event reporting system (The Largest Program in the World) to enable self-service and green initiatives to deliver digital reporting and remote work options.
  • IBM / Kyndryl: Onboarded a large new logo client in the insurance industry to adopt Hybrid Cloud, DevOps, and API-driven managed services to deliver on-demand one-click Guidewire Apps environments, reducing the environment delivery timeline from 45 days to 8 hours.

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Category: Buz Words
Posted by: bagheljas
Modern Enterprise Data Platforms are a conglomerate of Business Requirements, Architectures, Tools & Technologies, Frameworks, and Processes to provide Data Services.

Data Platforms are mission-critical to an enterprise, irrespective of size and industry sector. Data Platform is the foundation for Business Intelligence & Artificial Intelligence to deliver sustainable competitive advantage for business operations excellence and innovation.

  • Data Store is a repository for persistently storing and managing collections of structured & unstructured data, files, and emails. Data Warehouse, Data Lake, and Data Lakehouse with Data Navigator are the specialized Data Stores implementations to deliver Modern Enterprise Data Platforms. Data Deduplication is a technique for eliminating duplicate copies of repeating data. Successful implementations of Data Deduplication optimize storage & network capacity needs of Data Stores is critical in managing the cost and performance of Modern Enterprise Data Platforms.

    • Data Warehouse enables the categorization and integration of enterprise structured data from heterogeneous sources for future use. The operational schemas are prebuilt for each relevant business requirement, typically following the ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) process in a Data Pipeline. Enterprise Data Warehouse Operational Schemas updates could be challenging and expensive; Serves best for Data Analytics & Business Intelligence but are limited to particular problem-solving.

    • Data Lake is an extensive centralized data store that hosts the collection of semi-structured & unstructured raw data. Data Lakes enable comprehensive analysis of big and small data from a single location. Data is extracted, loaded, and transformed (ELT) at the moment when it is necessary for analysis purposes. Data Lake makes historical data in its original form available to researchers for operations excellence and innovation anytime. Data Lakes integration for Business Intelligence & Data Analytics could be complex; best for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence tasks.

    • Data Lakehouse combines the best elements of Data Lakes & Data Warehouses. Data Lakehouse provides Data Storage architecture for organized, semi-structured, and unstructured data in a single location. Data Lakehouse delivers Data Storage services for Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence tasks in a single platform.

    • Data Mart is a subset of a Data Warehouse usually focused on a particular line of business, department, or subject area. Data Marts make specific data available to a defined group of users, which allows those users to quickly access critical insights without learning and exposing the Enterprise Data Warehouse.

  • Data Mesh:: The Enterprise Data Platform hosts data in a centralized location using Data Stores such as Data Lake, Data Warehouse, and Data LakeHouse by a specialized enterprise data team. The monolithic Data Centralization approach slows down adoption and innovation. Data Mesh is a sociotechnical approach for building distributed data architecture leveraging Business Data Domain that provides Autonomy to the line of business. Data Mesh enables cloud-native architectures to deliver data services for business agility and innovation at cloud speed. Data Mesh is emerging as a mission-critical data architecture approach for enterprises in the era of Artificial Intelligence. The Data Mesh adoption enables the Enterprise Journey to Data Democratization.

  • Data Pipeline is a method that ingests raw data into Data Store such as Data Lake, Data Warehouse, or Data Lakehouse for analysis from various Enterprise Data Sources. There are two types of Data pipelines; first batch processing and second streaming data. The Data Pipeline Architecture core step consists of Data Ingestion, Data Transformation (sometimes optional), and Data Store.

  • Data Fabric is an architecture and set of data services that provide consistent capabilities that standardize data management practices and practicalities across the on-premises, cloud, and edge devices.

  • Data Ops is a specialized Dev Ops / Dev Sec Ops that demands collaboration among Dev Ops teams with data engineers & scientists for improving the communication, integration, and automation of data flows between data managers and data consumers across an enterprise. Data Ops is emerging as a mission-critical methodology for enterprises in the era of business agility.

  • Data Security needs no introduction. Enterprise Data Platforms must address the Availability and Recoverability of the Data Services for Authorized Users only. Data Security Architecture establishes and governs the Data Storage, Data Vault, Data Availability, Data Access, Data Masking, Data Archive, Data Recovery, and Data Transport policies that comply with Industry and Enterprise mandates.

  • Data Hub architecture enables data sharing by connecting producers with consumers at a central data repository with spokes that radiate to data producers and consumers. Data Hub promotes ease of discovery and integration to consume Data Services.

Category: Buz Words
Posted by: bagheljas
In simple words, digital transformation is all about enabling services to consume with ease internally and externally. Everyone is busy planning and executing Digital Transformation in their business context. Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination. Digital Transformation 3As Agility, Autonomy, and Alignment give us a framework to monitor the success of an enterprise's digital transformation journey.

  • Agility: Enterprise services capability to work with insight, flexibility, and confidence to respond to challenging and changing consumer demands.

  • Autonomy: Enterprise Architecture that promotes decentralization. The digital transformation journey needs that enterprises provide Autonomy at the first level to make the decisions by services owners.

  • Alignment: Alignment is not a question of everyone being on the same page - everyone needs to understand the whole page conceptually. The digital transformation journey needs that everyone has visibility into the work happening around them at the seams of their responsibilities.

    • The digital transformation journey without 3As is like life without a soul. Continuously establish the purpose fit enterprise 3As to monitor innovation economics.

05/09: Resume

Category: General
Posted by: bagheljas
Jaswant Singh
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Apps, Data, Cloud, and Integration Technology Executive

Key Accomplishments:
  • Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) Platform: As the Head of Big Data Practice at CenturyLink Technology Solutions (formerly Savvis Inc), I led the delivery of strategy, implementation, and managed services. The Big Data platform solutions that my team provided were instrumental in driving business growth for a leading financial services company and a leading omnichannel retailer.
  • Cloud Computing Evangelist: Delivered keynote on Best Practices for Developing and Deploying SaaS at SaaSCon; created Cloud Adoption Strategy framework for Enterprise Hybrid IT Strategies.
  • Site Reliability Engineering: At Aol, I deployed a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), led the implementation of DevSecOps for the Core Access Operations Apps portfolio for business agility, and authored the book Getting Started with Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager.

Core Competencies:
  • Leadership: Global Management, Profit & Loss (P&L), Financial Engineering, Coaching & Mentoring, Enterprise Architecture, and Analytical Problem Solving
  • Data & Cloud: Data Ecosystem, Data Democratization, Data Platform Architectures, Data Stores(Warehouse, Lake, LakeHouse, DataMart, DataMesh), Data Security, Data Hub, and Data Fabric; Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Container as a Service (CaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Serverless & Cloud-Native Architectures with Azure, AWS, GCP, OCI, IBM Cloud, VMWare, and OpenShift
  • Apps & Automation: Apps, Software, System, and Infrastructure Implementation, Rationalization, and Migration & Modernization; Release Automation (Continuous Integration/Delivery/Deployments and Testing Automation), CI/CD Pipelines, DevSecOps, Service Automation, Resource Provisioning Automation, and Infrastructure as a Code (IaaC)

Leadership Capability Throughout The Entire Business Lifecycle

IBM / Kyndryl, Inc
Jun 2018 - Present
Client Technology Leader @US Financial Services
  • Responsible for CTO advisory initiatives to Kyndryl & Client C-Level executives for co-creating integrated solutions from idea to go-live to deliver enterprise excellence
  • Provided mentoring and thought leadership for Digital Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, Apps & Cloud Migration & Modernization, DevSecOps, and Information Technology Outsourcing and Insourcing Initiatives plan and execution. It has produced over $225M in revenue
  • Created a framework for assessing app portfolios to develop cloud disposition plans, roadmaps, and business opportunities.
  • Onboarded new logo-integrated client in the insurance industry to adopt Hybrid Cloud, DevSecOps, and API-driven managed services to deliver on-demand one-click Guidewire application environment (US Largest Implementation). The solution reduced the environment delivery timeline from 45Days to 8Hours
  • Designed enterprise security and compliance mandates solution to deploy Corporate Apps in the Azure Cloud for a strategic outsourcing client in the fintech industry
  • Architected Cyber Resiliency and Disaster Recovery solution that delivered 20% TCO savings and enabled an application-based disaster recovery for a strategic outsourcing client in the insurance industry

CenturyLink Inc / Lumen Technologies
Oct 2011 - May 2018
Senior Director - Global Advanced Services Solution Center
  • Directed large cross-organization matrix teams for multi-million-dollar complex solutions design and implementations in Apps, Data, Cloud, DevSecOps, SAP, Big Data, Apps & Infrastructure Rationalization, Data Center Migration, Consolidations & Modernization, Integration, and Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
  • Managed and built high performing team of pre-sales and post-sales solutions architects delivering Digital Transformation across global enterprises strategic initiatives plan and execution that produced over $600M in revenue
  • Created Cloud Readiness Assessment and Big Data Practice that brought opportunities in Digital Transformation
  • Strategic Large Deal Pursuits (LDPs) and Onboarding go-to-person that produced 100% success rates

SRA International / General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc
Mar 2010 - Sep 2011
Chief Architect – Cloud and SOA Center of Excellence
  • Cloud and SOA Center of Excellence Leader to provide thought leadership for conceptualizing, creating, and implementing optimized IT solutions in response to the SOWs, RFPs, and RFIs of over $15M that involved technology strategy, rationalization, modernization, integration, development, and operations strategic initiatives plan and execution that produced over $315M in revenue
  • Developed Enterprise Cloud vision & strategy and provided technical leadership to engineering and operations stakeholders
  • Designed & Delivered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (World’s Largest Program) Apps modernization roadmap that enabled self-service and green initiatives to support paperless reporting and remote office

Previous Professional Experience
Before Feb 2010
  • Operations Architect @{America Online (Aol Inc)}
  • Software Architect@{United States National Library of Medicine, Lockheed Martin Management Systems Designers (MSD) Inc}
  • Co-Founder@{StrategiesTool, Suchna!, Baghel Corporation}
  • Senior Software Engineer@{AT&T, IBM Global Services}
  • Research Scientist@{Founding Member@Mumbai Educational Trust’s Institute of Software Development & Research, and Artificial Intelligence Research Lab, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay}

Industry Publications
  • Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies & Design Study Group, Cloud Migration & Modernization Solution Design Options, and Industry Leading Practices, Presented at IBM Your Learning
  • Getting Started with Oracle SOA BPEL Process Manager, ISBN 978-1-84968-898-7, Packt Publishing
  • Web Application Security Implementation and Industry Best Practices Handbook, Presented at SRA University
  • Best Practices for Developing & Deploying SaaS, White Paper, Presented at SaaSCon, Santa Clara, California

Professional Education
  • United States Federal CIO University
    Certified Chief Information Officer
  • George Mason University
    Master of Science degree in Technology Management
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
    Master of Science degree in Mathematics, Specialization in Operations Research and Statistics
Category: General
Posted by: bagheljas
Enterprise Applications Rationalization is a process to create business-driven application system architecture. That demands continuous input and collaboration across business, technology, and operations. We often find that enterprises lack support from business owners for the Enterprise Applications Rationalization. The Applications Disposition Strategy from applications architectures and runtimes only is a recipe for disaster down the line.

So What?
Enterprise Applications Rationalization is the mission-critical journey for any enterprise. Not doing it can put an enterprise in the same boat as Aol and Yahoo in a matter of time. The III-Phase approach enables an enterprise to stay relevant in the marketplace with the end-to-end alignment from a business model to the application runtime.
Identifies Initiatives to adopt technology innovation to prepare for startup disruption and improve the competitive landscape.
Build roadmaps for Business, Applications, Systems, and Enterprise Architecture for delivering Phase-I initiatives and issues solutions.
Enterprise Applications Portfolio mapping into Retire, Retain, Replace, Rehost, Replatform, and Rewrite (SixR) in alignment with the objectives established in the previous Phases.

03/30: SixR

Category: Buz Words
Posted by: bagheljas
Enterprise Applications Rationalization (EAR) produces an Applications Disposition Plan (ADP) for starting or continuing an enterprise Journey 2 Cloud(J2C). The Applications Disposition Plan refers to the following SixR:
  • Retire: Either the Business Function can be served by another Application in the Portfolio or Not in Use
  • Retain: Presently Optimized keep As is or Not in Scope or No Business Value in Changing Deployment
  • Rehost: Lift-n-Shift or Tech Refresh to Infrastructure As a Service(IaaS) Deployment
  • Replace: Replace the business function with Software As a Service(SaaS) Deployment
  • Replatform: Replace the systems architecture with Function As a Service(FaaS), Platform As a Service(PaaS), or Container As a Service(CaaS) Deployment
  • Rewrite: Rewrite with Cloud Native, or Open Source Architectures and Technologies
Category: General
Posted by: bagheljas


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