Ajikuttan Balan

Program Manager

Sector: IT-Software

Member Since, July 9, 2024

About Me

  • Academic Level Master’s Degree
  • Experience 16
  • Gender Male
  • Industry Management
  • Date of Birth 30 04 1983

Description

Dynamic Program Manager with 16 years of expertise in orchestrating successful IT migrations. Skilled in driving project success through strategic planning, technical proficiency, and exceptional team leadership. Extensive experience in managing global IT projects and cloud programmes, delivering on-time solutions to enhance programme efficiency and reduce costs. Proven track record of developing and directing steady-state teams in IT and technical support, providing expert leadership and strategic vision to create, grow, and establish world-class and industry-leading organizations. Currently pursuing EMBA from IPL Batch EMBA2023A.

Education

  • EMBA (2023 - 2024) Institute of Product Leadership

    Executive MBA

  • Bachelor of Engineering (2003 - 2007) P.D.V.V.P College of Engineering

    Information Technology-University of Pune

  • Kendriya Vidyalaya (1989 - 2001) C.B.S.E

    10th and 12th

Work & Experience

  • Wipro (2022 - Present ) Program Manager

    Ensure compliance with programme management framework, cloud migration framework, and internal processes. Managed 12 Cloud Transformation workstreams/projects. Migrate 44 On Prem DBs to Azure Cloud following the Change management processes via migrations. Monitor quality and financial deliverables as per programme. Manage resource identification, mobilization, tracking, and coordination in alignment with the resource team to onboard the resources for the project/programme. Ensure 100% on-time adherence to identified customer milestones and deliverables. Coordinate milestone and CR billing record maintenance, presentation of reports back to customer, PgM, PMO, delivery management, and finance management teams.

  • Commvault (2022 - 2022 ) Project Manager

    Monitor and deliver backup and recovery projects. Pilot teams using a project life cycle for clients in India. Collaborate with teams on SOWs. Ideate detailed project plans for engagement as per standards of project management methodologies. Coordinate with technical lead, sales team, and resource management teams to deliver major milestones and schedule resources. Share timely communication on progress to stakeholders, customers, sales, and delivery. Issue milestone completion forms and follow up with customers and partners to meet invoicing milestones and to accomplish overall organizational revenue recognition.

  • ePlus (2019 - 2021 ) Project Manager

    Manage teams using a project life cycle for clients in India and ASEAN. Chair internal/external kick-off calls with project stakeholders to gain agreement on scope, deliverables, and delivery timelines. Conduct project weekly meetings with the client on location or online. Collaborate with teams on SOWs. Present detailed project plans for engagement as per standards of project management methodologies. Assist technical lead, sales team, and resource management teams to deliver major milestones and scheduling of resources. Share timely communication on progress to stakeholders, customers, sales, and delivery teams.

  • Mphasis India Pvt. Ltd (2016 - 2019 ) Project Management Lead

    Oversee project documentation, project briefs, stage reports, highlight reports, and business cases for multiple projects. Monitor risk and issues management, quality checks, and change management. Coordinate network project planning, resource allocation, monitoring, estimation, and budget management. Successfully deliver projects on time and within budget.

  • Capgemini India Pvt. Ltd (2011 - 2016 ) Project Manager

    Provided exceptional management and administrative/leadership support to project teams. Delivered IT projects within the agreed tolerances of time/budget with high customer satisfaction. Managed and directed the project team from start to completion. Led global project teams of varying size and complexity for data migration and application automation projects for a UK-based client with great success. Created and maintained project plans and forecasts, with full ownership of customer concerns and swift rectification of the same. Proactively reported delays, concerns, or instances requiring a higher level of authority to proceed to senior management. Supervised project reporting, project reviews, and project steering meetings with excellent results. Developed a dashboard tool to track the progress of migration phases, improving project efficiency and effectiveness. Conducted weekly status calls with senior leadership teams to provide project status and highlight risks and issues, ensuring timely resolution. Directed a team of resource management members on project allocation, optimizing resource utilization. Maintained excellent communication with verticals within the company for resource allocation, ensuring seamless project delivery. Piloted internal application development initiatives and completed them within the deadline, exceeding expectations. Maintained project records and assets with the utmost professionalism. Monitored assets such as software and hardware for external clients, ensuring high-quality service delivery. Delivered project status reports and performed health checks with the highest level of accuracy. Conducted various asset refreshes and routine maintenance in association with Field Engineers with minimal disruption.

  • Reliance Globalcom (Now Global Could Xchange) (2009 - 2011 ) Project Coordinator

    Project Coordination

  • Convergys India Pvt. Ltd (2007 - 2008 ) Microsoft Support Engineer

    Microsoft Support Engineer

Expertise

PMP
ITIL V3
Azure Cloud
Product Management

Honors & awards

  • 2019 Best Employee of the quarter (thrice)

    This was given to me based on the quarterly performance.