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Suhas Chatekar
Head of Innovation at Collinson Group

  • Focus: Contributions are valued by peers
  • Accountability: Thoroughly contributes in all areas
  • Sense of Urgency: Consistently responds in a timely fashion
  • Team: Frequently supports and responds to peers
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Level: LEVEL 02

12 month points: 24 ptsView details

Total points: 24 pts

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Summary

• 15 years of experience of building teams and architecting, designing and delivering software
• Author of Learning NHibernate 4 (ISBN - 1784393568)
• A problem solver, good at going from an idea to full implementation through PoC, validation, design & architecture
• A firm believer in “API first” design philosophy. Has very good understanding REST APIs and associated design principles along with traditional SOAP/RPC
• Pioneered new types of architectural diagrams in order to visualise aspects of software architecture which are otherwise very difficult to express
• Collinson Group’s in-house SME of Blockchain technologies
• Leading and mentoring teams for several years
• Expert level knowledge of .NET having used it for 10+ years, professional level hands on knowledge of JavaScript (mainly NodeJs and couple of Single Page Application Frameworks i.e. Aurelia and Angular) and Java (mainly Android development), learning Scala, big data and Hadoop ecosystem
• Several years of development experience of MS SQL Server. Good hands on experience of leading NoSQL databases like CouchDb, Couchbase and ArangoDb
• Strong TDD, BDD and automation experience having introduced, implemented and mentored these practices in various teams
• Has worked in different domains like stock trading, instant messenger security, loyalty and retail

Experience

Head Of Innovation

Collinson Group

March 2018 - Present

I work with senior business leaders and CXOs to help establish Collinson as an innovative and forward-looking organisation. This includes identifying new and emerging technology trends, regulatory/commercial changes that present an opportunity or threat to Collinson. I work with business stakeholders to validate the opportunities and threats by launching the appropriate proofs-of-concept and pilots.

I also help business leaders solve critical business problems by applying innovative new technology. My current areas of focus are - chatbots, blockchain & Open Banking/PSD2.

I provide the vision and roadmap for an innovative Identity-as-a-Service product. I presented the idea for this product by building a proof of concept, got the budgetary approval to build an MVP. After the successful MVP, I was given a dedicated team to further build the product as per my roadmap. My team recently delivered version 1 of this product.

I lead multiple cross-functional teams working on innovation projects and Identity-as-a-Service product.

Innovation Lead

Collinson Group

January 2017 - Present

I bring my vast technology experience to the digital innovation function to solve critical business problems that keep our leadership team awake. I also help business stakeholders understand the emerging & new trends in digital customer experiences and the impact it can have on the effectiveness of product/proposition.

Modus operandi is to perform short and to-the-point proofs-of-concept to validate ideas in a truly fail-fast manner to better understand how a particular emerging technology can help us solve critical business problems. Some of the proofs-of-concept that I undertook are - geofencing/geolocation, chatbots etc.

I also own an innovative Identity-as-a-service product in the capacity of product manager. I presented the idea for this product by building a proof of concept, got the budgetary approval to build an MVP. After the successful MVP, I was given a dedicated team to further build the product as per my roadmap.