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Ishit Vachhrajani

Author: Ishit Vachhrajani

Ishit joined AWS in 2019 as an Enterprise Strategist. In this role, Ishit partners with enterprise executives on strategies to increase speed and agility, drive innovation, and create new operating models using the cloud to enable more of a focus on their customers. Prior to joining AWS, Ishit was Chief Technology Officer at A+E Networks responsible for global technology across cloud, architecture, enterprise applications and products, data analytics, technology operations, and cyber security. Over his 6.5 years tenure, Ishit led a major transformation of the technology function at A+E moving to the cloud, reorganizing for agility, implementing a unified global financial system, creating an industry leading data analytics platform, revamping global content sales and advertising sales products, and significantly reducing operational costs through automation and managed services. Prior to being promoted as CTO, Ishit was head of global products, applications, and data at A+E Networks. He has previously held leadership positions at NBCUniversal and consulting organizations. Ishit has been recognized with several awards including the CEO award called “Create Great” at A+E Networks. Ishit earned his bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation & Control Engineering with a gold medal for academic achievement from the Nirma Institute of Technology in India. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Development Program from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

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Surviving Digital Disruption: Back to Basics

Internet was the future and the dot-com boom was just around the corner. I had just landed a job as a developer before I even graduated. I was looking forward to learning Java, working on some e-commerce projects, and being a part of the next dot-com success story. Optimism was in the air. Then, on […]

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AI Explorations of a Former Media CTO (With No Prior Machine Learning Experience)

One of the challenges many enterprise leaders face is how to experiment and quickly create business value from machine learning without establishing large teams with specialized skillsets and infrastructure. As a CTO, I found that having access to Amazon Web Service’s pre-trained AI Services enabled our developers, even those with no prior machine leaning experience, […]

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How to Build Data Capabilities

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts—for support rather than for illumination.” —Andrew Lang When it comes to the data, it is culture first and capability second. In my previous post, I talked about how executives can create a data-driven culture in their enterprises. In this post, I am going to dive […]

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Time to Rethink Build vs Buy

I believe the fear that led to the deployment of large amounts of resources and budgets to remediate Y2K, followed by the dot-com bubble bust, had an unintended consequence. Many enterprises became extremely conservative when it came to building products, and defaulted to buying off the shelf wherever possible. Today, many enterprise IT teams are […]

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How to Create a Data-Driven Culture

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” ― Jim Barksdale Conversations about data-driven enterprises often focus on tools, big data, and the technological advancements that have made storing, processing, and analyzing data faster and cheaper. While these are all important, creating a data-driven culture […]

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Bias for action – Take the first step

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” ~Martin Luther King Jr. Most of the time enterprises have little trouble identifying which problems and opportunities to focus on but then succumb to analysis paralysis. The key question, which I have faced in the past as a CTO and now hear […]

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