CFO CHOICE | N Jayantha Prabhu
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N Jayantha Prabhu

N Jayantha Prabhu

Chief Technology Officer (CTO). – Essar Group

Full Name Mr. N Jayantha Prabhu
Current Designation & Role Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Responsible for managing team of 70 member’s staff for around 72,000 user base for 98 location and 5 datacenters across the globe. At the current assignment, in charge of IT Infrastructure & Technology Project Delivery / Strategy, Vendor Alliance, New Innovation, IT Procurement, New technology evaluation / Architecture, and IT Centre of Excellence.

Associated with the Essar Group since January 1999, and has been responsible for establishing the company’s technical vision and leading all aspects of the company’s technology development across all areas of Information Technology. He has rightly been the company top technology executive, playing an integral role in the company’s strategic direction, development, and future growth.

Is the principal owner of ESSAR Group Enterprise Architecture Board – IT Infrastructure & Technology and acting as Chairman –Global Technology Committee. He heads the IT Center of Excellence that is responsible for new technology evaluation, Innovation and project rollout at Essar. Recent drive includes complete ownership of business transformation through IT solutions and Innovations. Also leads IT Strategy managementacross the group and also has resulted into several successful M&A assignments at global level.

Current Company Name Essar Group
Past Company Names Lloyds Steel
No of Years in the IT Industry 22 years
City you live in currently and since when Mumbai, since 1 year.
Native Town/ City you belong Mangalore
Mother Tongue Konkani
Language you are proficient with Konkani, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, English, Hindi & Tulu
Educational Details Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer
Awards and Recognitions Received CIO 1.) CIO-100 Award 20102.) CIO-100 Storage Award 2011

3.) EDGE 2010 Award

4.) EDGE 2011 Award

5.) CIO-100 Award 2011

6.) CISO 100 Award 2010

7.) PCQuest Award 2011

8.) Microsoft Spotlight Award – 2012

9.) Express Security Strategist Awards 2011

10.) EMC award 2011 for Cloud Computing

11.) A member of the “Advisory Group” to the Ministry of Information and Communications of the Royal Government of Bhutan

12.) Jury member – The Frost & Sullivan

13.) NASSCOM Cloud Adoption Award – NASSCOM IT User Award 2012

14.) Advisory Member – Tech Target Magazine

15.) Member of HP Customer Advisory Board.

Gadgets you love the most and why Apple Devices for the innovation that is built in them for making them as simplistic as possible for the common man. It does not take rocket science for a normal person to figure out the iOS devices and become proficient in them. I believe that is should be the fundamental building stone of all technologies.The penetration of the technologies of today and the future be it a mobile device, a social media platform or ecommerce application will be the ability of people to use the same with simplicity and without any hand holding.
What makes you laugh 1.) Sharing jokes and humor when spending time with my Family and Friends when we are on outings.2.) Stand up comedies and sitcoms where you have various contemporary topics treated with Subtle humor.

3.) Light hearted comic movies.

Current book you are reading and what you love about it I am presently reading a Book called “Raving Fans” which is the improving the Customer Selling experience.
Books you enjoyed reading the most I enjoy books that give insight into life of the life of great personalities and their struggles with challenges and how they overcame them to achieve success. I am also a fan of books like “Five Point Someone” which take a light humor filled look at life which is something that we can relate to in our lives.
I like to spend a large part of my reading time in going through Magazine which are on Technology based themes. I am an avid reader of these magazine and like to keep myself updated on the trends in Technology in both retail and corporate domains.
Software company you admire and why Infosys – Run by group of extraordinary humans with an Nobel intention to produce extraordinary humans
Hardware company your admire and why DELL – Grew up within a span of last 10 years and stood beside giants like IBM and HP on basis on innovation models in the Asset Velocity and Supply Chain Management.
IT personality you admire and why Mr. Steve Jobs. I am truly a hardcore follower of Steve Jobs by virtue of his ability to transform innovations. He had spearhead Apple with his vision and propagate innovations through Apple devices for end customers. He has been the patron for Apple’s all IT innovations. His span of associating with Apple justified each and every wonder that Apple released in terms of devices in past 40 years. I wish to render similar innovative skills across within my deliverables with the uniqueness that Steve did during his tenure and lifespan
Your best moment in your career till date The day I was designated as CTO of Essar Group. It was a culmination of the hard work that I had put in for a continuous span of 14 years in Essar which took me from being a systems engineer to the CTO of the Entire Group.I was also a rewarding experience for my transformation across the various roles that I had performed over length of my career in Essar and for the success that I had achieved in these endeavors.
Your best moment in personal life When my son for selected for State Football team
Music You Like Soft music which has melody.
Movies You Like Transformer series of movies. I generally like movies where technology has enabled breakthrough in the movies have been presented to the audience. I have been captivated by James Cameron movies like Terminator, Avatar, Sanctum, etc.
Most Liked Travel Destination Maldives. The serenity of the ocean side location just relaxes me.
Why do you like your job Most dynamic field and lots of challenges / Innovations. I like the fact that my present job allows me to improve further and enhance my skills to the fullest.
Most favorite quote “Never say no, give a try instead”