Creative Minds At CA- Kiran Diwakar

CA Technologies is extremely proud of the caliber of its employees and celebrates their individual achievements. For us, our employees are our assets who play a great role in determining the company’s success and we believe in valuing, nurturing and retaining them. Hence, we like to support their innovative ideas and concepts that hold the potential to become ‘the next big thing’.

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Creative Minds At CA” blog series, we are celebrating several of our innovative employees who have brought pride to the organization through their prodigious work.

Meet Kiran Diwakar, our ‘Creative Minds At CA’ blog contributor. He is a Senior Director for Product Management at CA ITC. He is a highly driven and self-motivated individual with a large experience in the design and implementation of enterprise management technologies and the corresponding management solutions.

He holds 18 patents with the USPTO, ITIL v3 Certification, Pragmatic Marketing Certification, and a Professional Trainer Certification. Kiran was elected to and is part of the Council for Technical Excellence (CTE) within CA Technologies, a body of top <1% technical staff, chartered with mentoring and developing future technical leaders and providing expertise and perspective to executive management.

Kiran is also a part of the Patent Review Board which reviews patent applications made by employees for different areas including virtualization, mainframes, cloud, security etc.
Currently, Kiran is responsible for the overall strategy, life-cycle management, business and roadmap for enterprise-class management products in the Infrastructure Management, Application Performance Management & Analytics space. He has received multiple awards and recognition for his innovations.

What interests you in the innovation industry?

We asked Kiran what is it about the technology innovation industry that interested him and what did he want to achieve in this area. He said, “I always had a drive and fascination to make improvements in processes and find solutions to problems. From the beginning of my career, my seniors and colleagues have been inspiring me to invent, improve and evolve. I began doing the same and when I received my first patent which was an improvement to an existing automation product, I was thrilled. The fact that my work was considered unique enough to be recognized by USPTO for a patent was a driving force for me to continue on the path of innovation.”

What inspires you to innovate?

To succeed in something, one requires a goal and then an inspiration that can drive them towards achieving that goal. We asked Kiran as to what were the driving forces, which helped him achieve 18 patents. He said, “The spirit of competitiveness and doing something that is perceived impossible is the first factor. Each time a competitor comes out with a new product, I begin to think about ways to create a better product and outdo the competition. Apart from finding solutions to existing problems, speaking to the sales team and customers about the problems they are facing also acts as food for thought and helps to innovate a solution.”

Did you ever have a Eureka moment or was this a dedicated effort?

Innovation as a process itself is very unpredictable. Some people tend to have a ‘Eureka’ or ‘light bulb’ moment while others continuously put in efforts to think and come up with ideas. We asked Kiran as to which one was it for him. He said, “I never had a Eureka moment. It has always been a dedicated effort to think about problems and possible solutions. Previously, I used to work singularly but with passing years I have learned to work with different product teams and work collaboratively to come up with the best solutions.

How do you work on these innovations while balancing out the regular work?

On being asked as to how he manages to think of these innovations with other everyday tasks at work, this is what Kiran had to say, “I like to work on solutions when I am alone and not distracted by emails or calls. I make it a point to create some time every week to meet and talk to people outside of my work and discuss their views on different products and issues being faced by them.”

How and why do you find this process rewarding?

We asked Kiran as to what did he find rewarding in this whole process. He said, “Apart from the monetary benefit that I got as a patent bonus, the confidence I have gained from being able to invent and the recognition I got for it is most valuable to me. The fact that the product industry recognizes CA and I am recognized as an inventor is very satisfying. Also, this opens up many opportunities in the company.”

What would you suggest to other innovators?

Kiran has great experience in the field of innovation and we wanted him to share some tips and suggestions with other aspiring innovators. This is what he had to suggest, “Generally, people tend to undermine the work they do and do not realize that their work is unique and worthy of getting a patent. Innovation does not have to be a complicated or fancy idea. An improvement to an existing product or process is also considered as an innovation. Hence, I would suggest other engineers to not undervalue their work. Also, collaboration with other teams is very important. Talking to people about an idea helps get clarity, hence meet new people. Lastly, one needs to have a clear and defined problem to come up with a solution. Hence, understand the product and the problem, clearly map the situation and then start working towards a solution.”

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Kiran Diwakar, Senior Director, Product Management

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Creative Minds At CA- Sai Eswar Garapati

CA Technologies is extremely proud of the caliber of its employees and celebrates their individual achievements. For us, our employees are our assets who play a great role in determining the company’s success and we believe in valuing, nurturing and retaining them. Hence, we like to support their innovative ideas and concepts that hold the potential to become ‘the next big thing’.

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Creative Minds At CA” blog series, we are celebrating several of our innovative employees who have brought pride to the organization through their prodigious work.

Meet Sai Eswar Garapati, our ‘Creative Minds At CA’ blog contributor. He is working as a Senior Data Scientist in Agile Operations Business at CA. He designs machine learning and statistical models to help customers discover valuable insights from their Apps, Network, and Infrastructure. He has been a part of the CA family for more than five years.

What interests you in the innovation industry and what is your dream innovation?

We asked Sai what is it about the technology innovation industry that interested him and what did he want to achieve in this area. He said, ” Nowadays every company is a software company, and with this, there is a vast amount of data generated but with very little actionable insights. This challenge excited me to leverage my background in machine learning and statistics to incorporate artificial intelligence in our products which will enable us to move from descriptive insights into predictive insights. My dream innovation is to have our products enabled with Artificial General Intelligence using Deep Learning. It’s an ambitious goal but I shall put in my best because I envision our customers concentrating only on their business and relying on us for the rest.”

How did you achieve this?

We wanted to know what were the steps that he took to achieve this goal and progress in Adaptive System Provisioning. He replied, ” Me and the team were trying to understand how one of our customers is using our products to identify pain points and we figured that they are having downtimes because of huge loads. We then developed a deep learning model which can predict the capacity for the future and enabled them to avoid downtimes. We then showed the results to that customer and validated the model, and they were delighted with the results. After recognizing the IP in this and the novel way in which we solved the problem one of the PRB members suggested us to pursue it for a patent.”

Who helped you with the project and how?

Everyone has a support group that helps them in their journey towards a goal. We asked Sai as to who helped him make this project successful? “Filing a patent is a long process and it requires continuous motivation to follow up. I and my co-author, Ashish Kumar Singh, helped in motivating each other during the multiple review cycles. The PRB members, Sumeet Mathur and Sudhakar Anivella were instrumental in giving constructive feedback and helped us to add additional dimensions to our patent.”, said Sai.

How long did it take to complete the book and were you recognized for it in any way?

We asked Sai as to how long did it take him to complete the patent process and in what way was he recognized for his commendable work? He replied, ” The PRB process took three months and drafting the patent with attorney took another three months. We got it validated with customers and their feedback on its effectivity was the most fulfilling part for me. Besides that, I was recognized as the youngest inventor in CA and received multiple citations from other thought leaders like IBM and Verizon.”

               

What would you suggest to those innovators who are considering CA as an employer of choice to join our organization?

“The leadership always recognized and encouraged me in experimenting and finding new ways to solve difficult problems and helping make CA a thought leader in Artificial Intelligence powered Operational Intelligence (AIOP). I feel grateful to my Manager Tribhuwan Yadav, Architect Rajat Kumar Mishra and all my colleagues at CA for their encouragement which motivated me to achieve another four patents.

CA has an excellent Publication and Patent ecosystem which encourages innovation and empowers to think outside of the box. I recommend CA to all those innovators who love to express their unique ideas and plan on achieving their visions.”

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Sai Eswar Garapati- Senior Data Scientist
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Creative Minds At CA- Sharath Kumar M N

CA Technologies is extremely proud of the caliber of its employees and celebrates their individual achievements. For us, our employees are our assets who play a great role in determining the company’s success and we believe in valuing, nurturing and retaining them. Hence, we like to support their innovative ideas and concepts that hold the potential to become ‘the next big thing’.

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Creative Minds At CA” blog series, we are celebrating several of our innovative employees who have brought pride to the organization through their prodigious work.

Meet Sharath Kumar Madenahatti Nanjaiah, our first ‘Creative Mind At CA’ blog contributor. He is working as a Senior Principal Architect, specializing in product and big data. Sharath is part of the Agile Operations team working on the CA App Experience Analytics Project at CA ITC. Sharath joined CA back in April 2018.

What interests you in the innovation industry and what is your dream innovation?

We asked Sharath what is it about the technology innovation industry that interested him and what did he want to achieve in this area. He said, “With the advent of Web 2.0, I noticed that there is a huge volume of data that is getting generated in an exponential manner. I have a keen interest in deriving meaningful insights from huge data volumes (Big Data) that shall be of real help to others in this field. I have a habit of constantly exploring new technologies that assist in getting insights in real time. That’s how I landed up exploring ‘Elastic Stack’, which is the subject of my book. My work at my previous organization assisted me with the same.”

How did you achieve this?

We wanted to know what the steps were that he took to achieve writing a book on such an individualized concept. He replied, “I started working on solving different existing problems using ‘Elastic Stack’ in my previous organization and thus gained good expertise on it. I also presented some of these cases and delivered talks in various conferences like the Oracle Code Event, where only a few selected experts from different organizations are provided an opportunity to present. Post this I was approached by Packt Publishers, who requested me to contribute to the book ‘Learning Elastic Stack 6.0’. I was excited about this opportunity and started working on it. The book finally got released in December 2017.”

Who helped you with the project and how?

Everyone has a support group that helps them in their journey towards a goal. We asked Sharath as to who helped him make this book a reality. “Balancing a job and writing a book is very difficult and challenging due to the time constraints. However, with the emotional support from my parents, sister, good friends and a few ex-colleagues, I managed it and completed it on time. I am a pet lover and my lovely pets Guddu and Milo have assisted me in this journey as well by taking off the stress.”, said Sharath.

How long did it take to complete the book and were you recognized for it in any way?

Writing a book can be an extremely lengthy process but once published, it surely yields the fruits of labor. We asked Sharath as to how long did it take him to complete the book and in what way was he recognized for his commendable work? He replied, “It took me 5 months to complete the book. The book is now available for purchase at most of the known e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Packt, Flipkart etc. Since its launch, the book is featured consistently on Amazon’s Top 100 Best-Selling Books in the category of ‘Databases & Big Data’, ‘Data Processing’ and ‘Data Modelling and Design’. The book was also recognized as ‘One of the best Data Processing books of all time’ and ‘One of the best Elastic Search books of all time’ by Book Authority, ranking at number 1 in both the categories. Based on the popularity of the book, recently the video version was launched as well by Packt Publishers. It goes without saying that all of the hard work certainly paid off!

              

What would you suggest to those innovators who are considering CA as an employer of choice to join our organization?

Leadership at CA embraces and fosters innovation and creative thinking. I would like to thank the entire leadership team and my manager Kiran Kadarla for their encouragement, the opportunity to experiment and recognition I’ve received, which has motivated me to keep getting better at my work.

I strongly encourage prospective employees and future innovators to join CA and make use of CA’s rich ecosystem that encourages developing innovate solutions for the growth of its clients, self and the organization. 

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Sharath Kumar M N– Sr Principal Architect
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