Areas Of Expertise:
- Project Management
- Project Planning and Governance
- Cloud Migration
- Data Migration
- Telecom OSS/BSS Transformation
- Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communications), Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), India
- Post Graduate Diploma (International Business Strategy), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, India
About Akhilesh Das
Akhilesh is an experienced, logical, data-driven & outcome focused Project and Delivery management professional with cross segment multi-channel delivery experience varying from Telecommunications, Product (Websites and Mobile Apps) Development, Digital Transformation, Data & Cloud Migration. He is adept at identifying customer pain points and providing robust and future proof solutions by focusing on delivering key outcomes, building exceptional teams, strategic decision making and quickly adapting to new learnings.
What Akhilesh brings
- A natural leader who is adept at providing direction and program leadership to multiple teams.
- Adept at Identifying, monitoring, and implementing controls to mitigate key risks on the project.
- Ability to build high-performing teams by following servant leadership, mentoring, and coaching teams.
- Experienced in strategic decision making in a fast-paced environment delivering complex end to end business and technology projects with creative business solutions, leveraging diverse methodologies across.
- Dexus Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
- NSW Department of Communities & Justice
- Royal New Zealand Navy
- ATOS Australia
- George Weston Foods
- Royal Australian Navy
- Vodafone Enterprise UK
- CNT Ecuador
- British Telecom
As Senior Project Manager at Dexus Holdings Pvt. Ltd., Akhilesh led the Project Management team to setup the governance and testing frameworks, identify key process improvements and add robust project management process, plan and schedule their Cut Over for the Registry Migration Project which would migrate the current registry system tries to Boardroom and MS Dynamic 365 platform (budget 1.5M) thereby enable the completion of the integration of a recent acquisition into Dexus Business.
As Planner/Scheduler at NSW Department of Communities and Justice, Akhilesh successfully helped the Stronger Communities Cluster, plan their Business Transition activities to adopt the PaTH Program (Single ERP Platform across NSW Government, budget ~200M). In this role, Akhilesh interacted with senior Government stakeholders to identify the critical tasks and durations, document their internal and external dependencies to develop the Stronger Communities Cluster Business Transition Schedule which helped them track and monitor their progress and align with the PaTH Program Delivery Schedule.
As Senior Project Manager/Engagement Manager at NSW Department of Communities and Justice, Akhilesh successfully delivered application upgrades for apps built on Pega with multiple integrations and started the migration to Pega cloud for these applications from on-prem. (budget ~$6M) for the NSW Department of Communities & Justice, he generated $800k worth Change Requests by identifying opportunities for customer value addition. He managed and led a team of seven resources with a mix of onshore and offshore resources and engaged with senior stakeholders within Atos and within DCJ during the lifecycle of the project. Akhilesh helped DCJ identify new opportunities to solve few of their current operational problems which led to $15M of new projects. He was presented with Gold Accolade for outstanding customer support.
As Senior Project Manager/Engagement Manager at George Weston, Akhilesh delivered 5 Key Strategic SaaS Projects worth $2M in total for George Weston which helped improve GWF’s operational efficiency by reducing their OPEX by 20%. He identified and implemented 10 key process improvements helping the team to improve its agile delivery capability by helping them improving their quality and velocity by 30%. Akhilesh led a Product Development team as a Scrum Master in which Akhilesh, built up, coached & upskilled Product Development team of 5 freshers based in Sydney & Malaysia to develop and deliver a proprietary product using Scrum Methodology and Agile Software Development Methodology.
As Senior Project Manager/Engagement Manager at the Royal New Zealand Navy, Akhilesh Delivered 3 SAP Integration projects worth $1M, which helped improve the operational efficiency by 30%. He managed the team that worked on implementation of the new SaaS based Product and engaged with Senior stakeholders within partners and Royal New Zealand Navy ensuring proactive risk and issues identification, communication and mitigation and providing an integrative view of various project metrics through different project status reports to enable better decision making. Akhilesh also delivered 5 Application Development projects worth $3M in total which in turn helped improve the OPEX for Royal Australian Navy by 40%. He streamlined processes considering lessons learnt and current trends helping improve efficiency by 30%.
As Senior Project Manager/Program Manager at Vodafone Enterprise UK, Akhilesh delivered the OSS transformation and Data Migration projects worth $15M with a diverse geographical team of about 50 members. He engaged with multiple stakeholder and customer teams in order to identify the correct data source, building strategies with technical teams to ensure appropriate data cleansing strategies so as to improve the efficiency of the ETL process by 30% release on release. Akhilesh reduced the migrated data delivery issues to production by 50% pushing the adoption of Agile Practices, reduced issues internal team issues 70%, by identifying and improving the key communication issues and handover processes between application teams. He was awarded $500 USD special bonus in June 2017 for managing UAT and Postproduction Support team at Vodafone Premises.
As Senior Project Manager/Program Manager at CNT Ecuador, Akhilesh delivered BSS and OSS transformation and Data Migration projects for CNT Ecuador worth $12M with a diverse geographical team of about 50 members. He led a cross functional team of 15 members onsite and was given an award for outstanding support at customer site for over 4 months supporting UAT and postproduction activities, overcame the language barrier by identifying resources who could be trained in Spanish so as to directly communicate with customer thereby leading to reduction of 35% of issues which were being logged in due to miscommunication due improper translation.
As Senior Project Manager/Program Manager at Tom Brazil, Akhilesh Successfully led and managed a team of 15 testers to deliver 8 high-quality software releases, resulting in zero production defects for the last four software releases. He achieved an increase of 10% in efficiency and productivity per release by defining processes for Knowledge Sharing within the team, thereby creating zero dependencies. Akhilesh was awarded $500 USD special bonus for Delivering High Quality releases with 0 Production Defects for TIM Brazil in July 2012.
As Senior Project Manager/Program Manager at AT&T, Akhilesh successfully led and managed a team of 55 testers to deliver 12 high-quality software releases for AT&T, resulting in zero production defects for the last four software releases. He reduced the production defects by 25% within a year, by setting up procedures for Root Cause Analysis for Production Defects and Implementation of Lesson Learned and created 3 process documents which helped in defining critical business process for their Broadband customers. He was also awarded with Certificate of Appreciation as “Mr. Round the clock” by AT&T Management for providing continuous 24 hours testing support over multiple releases in 2010.