Evening from my balcony..

I still remember the discussion I had with my instructor at IMS Pune when i got invitation for interview for an MBA course. I was in dilemma to go or to decline. But I was also sure of one thing that I never wanted to go back to same IT sweat shop as manager. So people around me convinced me about my mediocre abilities and RoI concept of investment for MBA course. I was not very excited about the prospects but dont know why i opted for the course and decided to leave my IT job to pursue the MBA. Rest is history. I won’t say I am disappointed but it was a good break.

So here i am working with Government and Public Sector domain since last 7 years. God has been kind to me so far. Journey has been exciting professionally. Best part of my job is that I get to solve problems and find solution to civic problems using technology.And most importantly I am loving it. Best part is that I am working with best in industry and there is so much to learn, absorb and deliver.

High point in my career so far is to make presentation to Liam Fox and his business delegation on his visit to Pune, managing Smart City inauguration by PM and sitting next to Mr Ratan Tata when he awarded WCCD Platinum Certificate to Pune.

Working as Engagement Manager, I have chalked out City Digital Strategy which will be launched by Hon CM on 15th Feb. Pune is the first city in India to have its comprehensive digital Strategy in place. It was extensive learning experience while working with experts from Tel Aviv and Barcelona.

In last three years we have delivered many initiatives like PMC CARE (Citizen Assistance Response and Engagement) framework. It completed two years in Jan 2018.On 15th Feb we will launch city collaboration portal and city app as CARE 2.0.

Other flagship initiatives which are live as on date are as follows :

  1. City Portal : punecity.gov.in
  2. City GIS : gis.pmc.gov.in
  3. City Open Data: opendata.punecorporation.org
  4. City Performance Dashboard : bi.pmc.gov.in
  5. DBT : dbt.pmc.gov.in
  6. City App : PuneConnect
  7. Toll Free Assistance : 1800 1030 222

But beyond that there is lot of work which we have done in making Pune more Cashless City. We have delivered Cashless Strategy and executed it.Last 3 years were amazing in terms of exposure. Also I got opportunity to manage program unit managing more than 13 vertical tracks covering end to end IT Strategy, Citizen Engagement, Infra/Cloud, Enterprise Architecture, India Stack. Today I can proudly claim that no city is even near to Pune in terms of service delivery and Digital Strategy. Lot of city delegation also visit us to learn from what we have achieved in last few years.

On Smart City front we have assisted PSCDCL to setup integrated City Operations Centre which is currently executed by L&T, IBM, Google and RailTel. Entire Project cost was 140 Cr. Today 150+ wi_fi hotspots with IoT sensors are up and running. Google Station has powered the solution. Also Visual Messaging Display, Environmental sensors are installed across the city. There are few more projects which we have executed under Smart solutions or city.

I manage team 11+ Team members and we are doing well.Now i am also looking after Pune region for PwC. It feels good to work for city you love.Never thought I will ever come back to Pune and serve the city. Even today this city makes me nostalgic. My Office is exactly opposite to IBM office at Yerwada and behind Nyati. Now TCS is not operating from Nyati and Godrej Building as they have shifted to Hinjewadi.

Pune airport is no more what it used to be 8 years back. Seems like time is running fast. Feels like am getting old with each passing day.