Srini Chari, Ph.
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.
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, 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
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
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 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
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
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.
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 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
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 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 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.