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Vishal’s career spans 22 years in IT infrastructure, ERP implementations & development. He currently heads the IT Division of an Oil and Gas US based conglomerate in MENA and Asia region. His domain experience spans Oil & Gas, Shipping, Process & Discrete Manufacturing and Retail. Vishal has won several distinguished awards including the CIO-100 award twice. He is an MBA in IT having specialized certifications in PMP®, ITIL®, Oracle and trained on Microsoft Azure Cloud Infrastructure Solutions as well as undergone Management programs. He participates in BlockChain related technology events and is an avid writer on the subject. Vishal heads the Finance function for CIO-MENA group, a non-profit group catering to the varied needs of CIOs in the MENA region.
We've recently spoken with Mr. Sood about the event and his views on the Cloud, here's what he shared with us:
“Cloud is extremely important to Manufacturing & Oil & Gas industries, since they are among the most capital-intensive industries across all domains. Investments into IT are increasingly considered secondary and IT is always expected to deliver more with shrinking budgets.
At difficult times of recession, Oil & Gas industries take most time to enter and come out of the recession. This leads to quite a lot of strain on capital expenditure in IT and often IT Departments are unable to keep pace with the new and emerging technologies for want of budgets.
Going the Cloud route completely eliminates the strain, since IT can adopt new technologies or upgrade infrastructure without the need for costly capital expenditure. From testing proof of concept to production deployment can be done at a fraction of the cost of buying new hardware or software licenses. Companies can choose to rent Cloud services for shorter or longer period of times, and still have the flexibility to pause usage at the click of a button and optimize rental plans. This offers un-paralleled flexibility to IT teams making them truly agile and leaner at the same time.
No other technology in the recent past has been able to offer such broad spectrum of offerings, at such lower entry points.
Cloud has been growing and will surely grow further in the coming months and years and does look to stay around for a good enough time. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. “