Vikas Parikh, 2015 Honoree

IT director, acquisitions and integrations
General Electric
Fairfield, Texas
New IT titles:
Senior application architect and IT leader for Asia.
A job responsibility you'd like to eliminate:
Generic project management that requires limited business and technical expertise.
Skills you'll hire for in 2015:
Architects and technical hands-on expertise.
Coolest project:
Sourcing big data analytics and cloud implementations for acquired applications.
Fast ROI project:
We successfully implemented an indirect IT sourcing program for a company we had acquired, Lufkin Industries, within four months. This was done across 56 sites in Romania, the U.S. and Canada. Such a project would normally take 15 months. The quick completion led to a potential savings of $12 million.
Most innovative idea from your staff:
Analytics on social media content, adding value to the stock-picking decisions for the equity research portfolio team.
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