Member Spotlight: Persistent Systems

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Persistent SystemsPersistent Systems builds software that drives our customers business, for enterprises and software product companies with software at the core of their digital transformation.

Anagha Vyas, VP, Enterprise Digital Transformation and Ken Montgomery, VP, Marketing, answered our member spotlight questions on behalf of Persistent Systems below.

What motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning?

What motivates me is the opportunity that each new day brings. A blank check with endless possibilities waiting to be discovered.

Tell us about your company culture.

At Persistent Systems, we have a terrific culture built on shared values of respect, fun, hard work and exploration. Even though we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, we still have the spirit of an entrepreneur. In fact we call it INtrepreneurialism, meaning people within Persistent are encouraged to come up with new ideas, ways of doing things… it’s a start-up mentality with the backing of a big company.   And let me say this about our culture. It doesn’t matter if you’re a brand new employee or a senior executive, we consider everyone to be in this together. In fact, our egalitarian Persistent Team at Urban Farmsethos is so important for us that you’ll often see our founder and CEO Anand Deshpande having lunch with employees in the cafeteria. Let me share something; we recently surveyed our employees and this response I think sums it up perfectly:

“As they say, leadership values and ethics are visible because the leader lives them in his actions every single day! Anand sir really inspires us. Let me share a small story with you. One fine day, I was having lunch with my team members at the cafeteria. It was just another day. But suddenly we noticed something – Anand sir was at the cafeteria, and he was searching for a place, holding the plate in his hands! He walked up to us and sat next us like a common employee! I was like thrilled…A CEO of the company does not reserve a place for himself, and like a common employee searches for a place and eats the same food that I eat, and is so approachable! This created a sense of trust, friendliness, and mutual respect. This taught me a lot of things. Approachability and collaboration really are the unique characteristics! I too am proud to be a part of Persistent family. And, I too agree that humility and respect are the two important values that ultimately help catalyze the success of a company and its people.”

How awesome is that!

What are three things you use every day in your job?

Phone. Laptop. Sense of humor.

What trends/insights are you finding in your field/market?

Enterprises are increasingly being driven by software. At Persistent Systems, we see eight digital technology trends as game changers for software-driven enterprises in 2016 and beyond.  The trends fall into three major categories.

  • The first two trends (Mobile User Experience and Internet of Things) pertain to the interactions among the enterprise, people, and devices.
  • The next three trends (Adaptive Security and Data Governance, Data Lakes, and Interactive Analytics at Scale) relate to the lifeblood of today’s software-driven business – data, along with the analytics performed on this data to obtain insights and drive business actions.
  • The final three trends (Machine Intelligence, Blockchain, and Containers) describe enabling technologies that are broadly applicable to various aspects of digital transformation across different industries.

The full report created by our thought leaders, which includes additional material on how businesses can leverage these trends to drive their digital transformation, is available for download here.

persistent systemsWhat advice do you have to give to emerging talent in your field?

IT is (as always) in the throes of a transformation. It has become core to every business. Businesses are driven by software. And the new technology trends are fast, incremental, multiplatform and device agnostic. You have tremendous opportunity for independence and creativity in this field. I would advise to follow the Agile mantra of Fail Fast, to Succeed Sooner.

To get a good start, boost your technical profiles by learning the right technical skills. Familiarize yourself with all the tools and technologies in your domain of choice. And then specialize in a select few of these tools. Set yourself apart.

Participate in local technical events like Hackathons and coding competitions. Demonstrate your skills while networking with peers and potential employers.

What benefit(s) attracted you to the Columbus Chamber?

Columbus is a great city. It’s vibrant, it’s got a great collective personality and there’s this great sense of “let’s get things done” that fits in perfectly with how we approach life at Persistent. Of course with so many great universities all around, there is a tremendous pool of talent. Those universities also bring such a great youthful energy.

What business challenges keep you up at night?

Currently my focus is on establishing the Persistent brand in the Midwest. Opportunities, problems and ideas for tapping the business potential keeps me up.

Tell us about organizations/charities that you are passionate about.

We are blessed with employees who are passionate about contributing to the community.  Innovation fuels the contributions that our employees make to charitable organizations. At our annual hackathon ‘Semicolons’ employees create innovative solutions and compete for the prize money to be donated to the winning teams charity of choice. In 2015 the Columbus chapter of the American Cancer Society was the winning charity. Check out a video of the event here.

Additionally, as proponents of the farm to table movement we contribute to the Urban Farms of Central Ohio volunteering at the Clarfield Urban farm.

If you could choose any song to represent your company, what song would it be?

I like Frank Sinatra… So I think “The Best is Yet to Come!”  OK, something more modern would be Pharell  Williams’ Happy!

What Columbus business person do you most admire? 

I admire the gutsy genius of Tanisha Robinson!

When you are not working, where in Columbus do you like to spend your time?

Let’s be honest, this list wouldn’t be complete without Jeni’s ice cream!  And of course the Columbus Zoo is awesome… But I also just like walking around High Street downtown, taking in all the unique stores, places to eat – especially the great farm to table movement… the arts are great… and  of course Dublin itself is such a quaint place to be.

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