"The fundamental challenge companies face today is reinventing themselves and their industries, not just in times of crisis but-
Gary Hamel
Leading The Revolution

Srini Chari, Ph. D., MBA

Srini has over 20 years of experience in information technology and is an authority on emerging computing technologies with a focus on high performance computing and cloud computing. Prior to co-founding Cabot Partners Group, Srini was president and CEO of TurboWorx, Inc., a bioinformatics software company providing workflow solutions for grids and clusters.

Before that, Srini spent 13 years at IBM, where his last position was Program Director, Emerging Businesses, Corporate Strategy. Srini was a start-up member of IBM's Life Sciences and Healthcare business unit.

Srini now consults extensively with business, scientific, and IT leaders, and serves on the board of several technology start-ups. His clients include IBM, Qlogic, HP, Morgan Stanley, Brocade, Harvard University, RPI, and government organizations. Srini has published extensively in professional journals, presented before leading professional societies and conferences, and has been quoted in leading business publications including Forbes, the Investor Business Daily, and Bloomberg.

A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering, he holds an MS in engineering and a Ph.D. in computational mechanics from the University of Texas, and an MBA with distinction in finance, management and international business from the Stern School of Business, New York University. In addition, he has completed Harvard Business School executive programs on strategy and leadership. He resides in Danbury, Connecticut and enjoys reading, racquet sports, swimming, and hiking.

Eleanor Haas

Eleanor Haas, an authority on business model design and on launching and growing innovative businesses and technologies, has advised companies on new initiatives and growth issues for more than twenty years.

In addition to her role at Cabot Partners, she is also managing director of The Calyx Group, a strategic advisory consultancy, which services clients in business-to-business media and content, marketing services, IT and financial services.

In 1999, she was a principal of eTechnologies Associates, a boutique investment bank focused on Internet and technology companies; before that, president of MarketQuest, a strategic advisory firm with clients that included Lucent, Sybase and Oracle. She also served as vice president-director of strategic in-store planning for The Howard Marlboro Group, an in-store marketing firm. Earlier, she headed The Haas Group, a business-to-business public relations firm with clients that included AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, Westinghouse Broadcasting & Cable and Crain's New York Business.

She has spoken at the New York Software Industry Association, MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC and Internet World, among others; taught as an adjunct at New York University; and developed and conducted corporate training workshops. She is a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC, New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA) and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

She holds a BA in French from Smith College.

Ajay T. Nair

Ajay is currently an analyst and Vice President of Operations at Cabot Partners. His areas of expertise include but not limited to technology, life sciences/healthcare, and financial services. He is also responsible for the coordination, implementation and delivery of all research and content created at Cabot Partners.

Prior to joining Cabot Partners, he held various management positions at some of the leading marketing communication companies developing, implementing and monitoring high impact communication programs targeted to key stakeholders. Some of his blue chip clients included AT&T, Sharp Electronics, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, T. Rowe Price, Prudential Securities…etc. to name a few.

Ajay combines a comprehensive understanding of the technology industry issues, especially in emerging computing technologies, with a focused, business-oriented approach. He believes that the best solutions are always found by asking the right questions and doing follow-up research to uncover the hidden gems. His strong work ethic, solid interpersonal skills and easy management style make him a true partner - an extended team member of the clients he serves.

He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Bombay, a Diploma in Business Management from the University of Bombay, a Post-Graduate Diploma from Xavier Institute of Communication Arts, and a Masters in Advertising/Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin.

Gord Sissons

Gord Sissons is a Principal Analyst at Cabot Partners Inc. and the founder of StoryTek.

He has more than 25 years of experience in IT with a background that includes product management, marketing, consulting and technical sales. He prides himself on being hands on and staying close to technology.

Prior to StoryTek, Gord was a marketing manager at IBM responsible for BigInsights, IBM’s Hadoop offering. He also held various roles at IBM / Platform Computing including Consultant, Director of Services and Pre-sales Engineering Manager.

In 2006, Gord founded NeatWorx Web Solutions Inc. and developed a software-as-a-service offering for registration and payment tailored to owner-operated clubs and associations. NeatWorx was acquired by IVRNET of Calgary Alberta in 2012.Between 1994 and 2004 Gord worked for Sun Microsystems and became a Director of Technology in 2000 responsible for Sun’s Canadian pre-sales technical organization, product sales and consulting services.

Gord is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario with a degree in Systems and Computer Engineering.

Ajay Asthana, Ph. D.

Ajay has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology (IT) strategy, architecture and solutions for complex business problems. He is the President of Pretium Analytics – a software and services company that builds business cases for IT solutions, and an Analyst with Cabot Partners focusing on information governance, value propositions, sales enablement and healthcare analytics.

Prior to Pretium, Ajay spent 15 years with IBM in their Consulting, Software, and Sales & Distribution organizations where he architected, developed and implemented IT solutions for clients with complex business problems. As an information economist, he successfully led a team to develop credible business cases for managing, tearing and disposing data to improve economics, reduce costs and mitigate legal risks. Ajay pioneered the business-driven development approach in healthcare to reduce development and implementation by introducing rigor in requirements gathering at the front end.

Prior to IBM, Ajay spent 9 years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and 2 years with Diamond Technology Partners (now PWC) optimizing supply chains and reengineering businesses to become more effective and efficient. Ajay has patents on transportation and distribution solutions and on developing value propositions using integrated process and financial modeling to improve win-rates and reduce sales cycle time.

Ajay has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University, an MS in Computer Science from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University (NYU), and a PhD in Information Systems from the Stern School of Business NYU. He resides in New Jersey and enjoys reading, travelling, swimming and hiking.

M. R. Pamidi, Ph. D.

MR is a Principal Analyst and covers analytics, IoT, cloud computing, next-gen data center technologies (hardware, middleware, storage, networking), security, mobility, and virtualization. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry in enterprise hardware and software marketing, product management, product marketing, and pre- and post-sales activities. He has held senior management and marketing positions or consulted for 802 Secure, Amdahl (acquired by Fujitsu), AOL/Netscape Security Solutions (acquired by Red Hat), Applied Materials, C3DNA, CA Technologies, Cisco, Huawei Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Infravio (acquired by webMethods), NetApp, Pyramid Technology (acquired by Siemens), SGI, Sensitel, Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle), and Supertek (acquired by Cray Research).

MR has authored numerous competitive intelligence reports, FAQs, product brochures, Sales Briefs, and white papers on a wide variety of topics – location-based services, M2M, middleware, mobility, operating systems, security, software, storage, web services, and wireless. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IT Newswire an online publication providing detailed insight and analyses on advanced information technology issues to over ten thousand readers.

MR has a BS (ME) from the University of Indore, an ME (ME) from the Indian Institute of Science, a PhD (Biomechanics) from West Virginia University, a Certificate in Bioscience Business and Marketing from the University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, and attended the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is based in Silicon Valley, California.

Himanshu Choksi

Himanshu Choksi is a Partner at Cabot Partners and is a successful business leader with experience as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and corporate executive in the internet, digital health, IoT, software, communications and semiconductor sectors. As a growth and profitability consultant, he has advised senior management at large and small companies in areas such as corporate innovation, business strategy creation and execution, investing, M&A, business development, marketing, product and business launch, and equity fundraising. Throughout his career, he has brought useful and innovative solutions to market at organizations such as Intel, Bain & Co., AT&T, OneBox, Decide.com and via his investments for Pacifica Fund. He is the holder of four U.S. patents. Himansu earned a B.Tech degree at the Indian Institute of Technology where he ranked 1st in his major, an MS in Materials Engineering at U.C. Berkeley where he was a Regents Fellow, and an MBA at Stanford University where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Ravi Shankar, Ph. D., MBA

Ravi is a Principal Analyst at Cabot Partners and covers cloud computing, strategic outsourcing, high performance computing, operational cost analytics, and product management. Ravi’s specialties include business case modeling, Total Value of Ownership (TVO) analysis, strategy formulation, competitive analysis, and product marketing. He has over 38 years of experience in sales, marketing, operations, consulting, and engineering disciplines.

Ravi started his career at Nuclear Energy Services as a product engineer designing products for the nuclear industry. Then over the next 26 years, he was at IBM in sales, marketing, service analytics, offering/brand management, competitive benchmarking, strategic outsourcing engagement support, and cloud operations. Then he moved on to Anthem, a major health insurance company. At Anthem, he focused on healthcare IT and creation of private healthcare exchanges. After Anthem and prior to joining Cabot partners, Ravi was part of ISG, a nationally known IT consulting company as Principal Consultant for emerging technologies. In that position, he consulted with Fortune 500 clients to develop and implement their cloud transformation strategies. As part of ISG Research, he also authored multiple articles and white papers in cloud computing.

Ravi has a ME from Indian Institute of Science, Ph.D. in structural mechanics from Oklahoma State University, MBA from University of Connecticut with finance as the major area of concentration, and Advanced Business Certification in healthcare finance and insurance from University of Connecticut.

Charlie Burns

Charlie Burns is a Principal Analyst at Cabot Partners and covers emerging and evolving technologies including cloud computing, high performance computing, converged platforms, and IT product marketing and management. Charlie’s specialties include infrastructure cost evaluation, market analysis, and product management and marketing. He has over 40 years of experience in technical support, sales, marketing, product management, IT market research and consulting.

Charlie started his career at IBM in technical support of large clients and over 26 years he moved through various positions in sales, marketing, product planning for mainframes, and product management for fault tolerant and high availability offerings. Then Charlie moved on to the role of analyst covering data center issues in storage and large systems at Gartner in 1993 and to Giga Information Group in early 1998. He returned to Gartner in early 2000, to define and implement value-rich partner relationships with Gartner’s largest IT provider clients. This yielded significant new business with the marketing and product management teams of those IT providers.

In early 2006, Charlie joined Saugatuck technology as an analyst focusing on emerging technologies and became one of the earliest experts on the challenges and hidden costs of cloud computing. After Saugatuck was acquired by Information Services Group (an internationally known IT consulting company) in August 2015, Charlie continued his focus on infrastructure costs and IT provider assessments and identified the major challenges confronting traditional enterprise IT organizations.

During his time as an IT Analyst, Charlie has individually authored or contributed to hundreds of pieces of subscription research and client-specific reports providing deep insights into market directions, product capabilities, and provider strategies.

Mr. Burns has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio.

Vince Ostrosky

Vince Ostrosky is a Partner at Cabot Partners. He has a deep understanding of existing and emerging technologies across Financial, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Chemical and Industrial markets. He has held senior management positions in many leading technology companies including HPE and IBM, driving effective strategies in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Mergers & Acquisitions and Back Office Management. His consulting career includes leadership roles at Blackstone, Education Corporation of America, CSC and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

As an operational executive, Vince has re-architected and scaled business models to accommodate organic growth and accelerate inorganic growth at numerous companies. In addition, as President and CEO of Selectica, Inc., Vince reconfigured the board of directors, defeated a hostile take-over, defended patent litigation, and repositioned Selectica in the CRM “Software as a Service” market.

Vince earned an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School, holds degrees in engineering and business from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated with honors and was nominated to the Academic All-American Football Team. Vince lives with his family in Ridgefield, Connecticut.


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