About Me

Jain Ashutosh

open source enthusiast | regular blogger | daily runner

My Career

Learning new Skills.

Exploring new development paradigm and how to apply in enterprise environment. Focus - configuration management with Nixos ; native graph database Neo4J and google cloud platform.

Jan 2020
Taking a break from active work to learn the new tech.

Director Enterprise Applications

NTT Data is a global systems integrator and consulting group. Responsible for selling and customer engagement for packaged enterprise applications such as ERPs and BI solutions from SAP, Oracle or Microsoft.

April 2017
NTT Data Service (Palo Alto-CA)

Sr. Director Business Development

Method360 is a small consulting service out of SF focused on Big data, BI visualization and Financial Services. I was responsible for building new business in and around Bay Area. I reported to VP business development who in turn reported to founder / CEO.

April 2016
Method 360 (San Francisco-CA)

Client Partner

Bristlecone is a Supply chanin consulting firm based out of Bay Area. They are a fully owned susidiary of Mahindra Group. That makes them a sister company of Tech Mahindra. As client partner, I was responsible for delivery of customer projects on west coast. In all , I handled 17 accounts on west coast. Around 25 % of Bristlecone's total revenue. I reported to VP client engagement who in turn reported to CEO.

March 2014
Bristlecone (San Jose -CA)

Director-SAP Practice

Wipro is among the largest Indian systems integrators. As practice director based out of Mountain View, I was responsible for interlocking SAP practice with High Tech customers on US west coast. The work involved chasing and running large integrated deals that had SAP as one of the core technolgies. Working with other practices to build value propositions, present the proposals and single point contact for all the SAP related delivery issues. Worked for an quarteyly revenue and bookings target with customer sat being the key performance metric.

July 2009
Wipro (Mountain View- CA)

Sr. Project Manager

As part of Global Technology Services IT , I was responsible for implementing business systems for Applications on Demand group. IBM AoD was an application hosting business built on IBM's acqusition of 'Corio' who finessed 'pay as you go model' for hosted enterprise apps. We implemented a manufacturing approach for service delivery using SAP as back bone integrated with number of home grown technologies. Together with strategic outsourcing , AoD later transformed into what we now know as IBM cloud business.

December 2005
IBM (San Jose-CA)

Sr. Consultant

As a Sr. Consultant, based out of San Jose CA, took a leadership role in proposal work for Solectron, HP and DNR (WA). Led solution design and delivery at Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) and Department of Natural Resources, State of WA (DNR). Conducted post-merger systems integration study for Tellabs and Advanced Fiber Communications (AFC) & contributed in Deloitte's Fast Track SAP delivery method and SMB solution for high tech.

October 2004
Deloitte (San Jose- CA)

Program Manager

Led SAP implementations at Welspun-Wapi. Built the offshore delivery model at GSK-London and turned into a platinum account for Satyam in one year. Led the SAP upgrade project for TRW at Sterling Heights Michigan.

April 2001
Satyam (London- UK)

SAP Implementation Team Member

Larsen & Toubro is an engineering giant in India. Started as a sales engineer and later leveraged my sales processes knowledge to design, implement and rollout SAP for the cement group.

Dec 1995
Larsen & Toubro (Mumbai- India)

Project Manager, Construction Engineer

Part of mahjor railway projects in East India.

Nov 1990
Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) (Calcutta- India)

Linkedin Endorsements

IT Solution Design

PMO and Biz Dev

IT strategy

Business Process Design

Solution Architecture

Program Management

Enterprise Architecture

Enterprise Software

SDLC and Dev Ops

My Projects

Business Transformation Project

Hilmar Cheese Company is among the largest cheese manufacturers in North America. From an IT standpoint, Dairy Industry poses a unique set of challenges. Milk is not only a highly-regulated product, both raw material as well as finished product are perishable and industry operates on thin margin. They need to continuously evolve their products and at the same time keep strict control on cost to hedge themselves in commodity markets. They embarked on Business Transformation Project in early 2014 with an objective to streamline manufacturing, order to cash, quality management, materials management, plant maintenace and finance with SAP business suite on HANA for back office, Salesforce for customer relationship and SAP Integrated business planning for demand , supply & milk planning. They hired Bristlecone as their IT partner to help them realize this implementation. I managed the project as program manager running five broad tracks. The role included project planning , financials , resource management, Integration leadership and weekly reporting steering committee.

Billing Simplification Project

Farmers Insurance is among the top ten life and auto insurance providers in USA. Their old billing system 'EasyPay' was lacking features expected by modern consumer and had integration challenges for realtime information. Farmers contracted Wipro in 2008 to help simplify the billing processes and implement scalable, future proof IT infrastructure. They decided to implement SAP IS insurance to help transform the billing landscape. The project was assembled into multiple peripheral teams such as Mainframe Dev, Systems integration bus, Testing and Finance with SAP in the center. My role was to manage the SAP Dev team for complete billing functionality and integration. The project involved major customization to SAP FS-CD module and implementation of SAP Biller Direct to meet the needs of Auto, Home, Fire and commercial business lines. Roll out was planned state by state to meet different business needs for each of the US states. My main responsibilities were - : release scope planning; resource allocation and development followup; daily status reporting; supporting testing; production deployment; bug triage

Project SCORE

IBM's services business is spread among two major business groups - Global Business Services (GBS) and Global Technology Services (GTS). GTS is primarily focused on technical services such as cloud infrastructure, application hosting, data center operations , desktop support and call centers etc thru strategic outsourcing (SO), e-business (eBus) and Applications on Demand (AoD) divisions. AoD provided PAY AS YOU GO hosting solutions for the enterprise software such as SAP, Oracle, JDE, PeopleSoft, and Ariba. AoD was built on IBM's acquisition of Corio, an enterprise applications services provider that had around 150 global customers hosted in various data centers. AoD later morphed into IBM cloud business. As a part of AoD IT services, I was responsible for streamlining 'Quote to Cash' and 'Contract to Procurement' processes. SCORE was IBM's 18th independent SAP implementation. I joined IBM in Nov 2005 specifically for this project and was involved from conceptualization, estimation, business case, funding rounds, vendor management and execution.

Flex Implementation

Department of Natural Resources, State of Washington manages the sate trust land, waterbodies. DNR now oversees five million acres of forest , aquatic bodies, agricultural and commercial land for more than 200 million in annual financial benefits for public schools, state institutions and county services. In late 2004 , DNR contracted Deloitte to implement SAP to manage land and water assets from both rent-outs and financial reporting. They also wanted to manage the financials such that every asset is mapped to a specific set of beneficiaries. Deloitte suggested to implement SAP Flexible Real Estate Management for around 70 % fit of the requirements. Spillover requirements were implemented thru regular ERP implementation ( SD, MM). My role on this project was Assets Team Lead. The key challenge was to format the huge volume of assets into SAP relevant data sets. Flexible real estate management was fairly new module at that time and this was one of the largest Flex project ever for SAP. To meet the requirements , SAP provided us the code of next version even before general availability.

SAP Upgrade

TRW is a major auto parts supplier focused in active and passive safety systems (acquired by ZF Friedrichshafen AG in 2015). TRW was among the first to implement SAP in early 90s. They had SAP version 3.1h running for their five different implementations. One for each plant. After initial analysis and looking at the new business requirements, we decided that SAP DIMP4.71 (Discreet Industries and Mill Product) was the best fit though there was no direct upgrade path from 3.1h to DIMP4.71. This meant that we need to double hop the upgrade from version 3.1h to ECC 4.6 and then from 4.6 to DIPM7.1. We accomplished double hop for five parallel implementations along with full new documentation in 8 months.


Manufacturing ERP systems (MERPS) was the mega program undertaken by GSK to bring all their production to SAP. MERPS ran five wave each with an outlay of around 150 million pounds. The program was led by Accenture, SAP SE and CapeGemini. Towards the end of first wave they realized that they need a low cost SI for huge customization and integration with legacy system. Satyam Computers (now part of Tech Mahindra) was brought in as development partner in 2000. I was the first man on ground from Satyam in GSK. We started small with a team of 8 onsite senior consultant and went on to build one of the largest SAP engagement for Satyam. The peak team size reached to 45 consultants onsite in London and 150 developers in India.

SAP Implementation

Welspun India Ltd. is a fully integrated textile manufacturer. Welspun textiles' two primary divisions are - Welspun Cotton yarn and Welspun Synthetics. Welspun contracted Satyam Computers in 1998 for SAP implementations for both the divisions. Welspun cotton yarn went is first in 1998. The second implementation was delayed for system stabilization. In 2000, they decided to implement SAP ERP for the synthetics division. I was assigned Project Manager role to carry out this end to end implementation. Project team was co-located at their Vapi manufacturing facility. ERP implementation for process industry is quite a challenge. Though we had a template from previous implementation, it was a totally new team on both Welspun as well as Satyam side. We managed to bring in many new features that were retrofitted into cotton yarn business. We started on SAP 4.0b but moved on to migrate the landscape to SAP 4.6 as the new version was made available before realization phase. Project scope included all the ERP modules FI, CO, SD, MM, PP-PI, COPA and Assets Accounting.

ERP Implementation

Larsen & Toubro is a major technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services conglomerate, with global operations. L&T addresses critical needs in key sectors - Hydrocarbon, Infrastructure, Power, Process Industries and Defense - for customers in over 30 countries around the world. By mid nineties , L&T was a major manufacturer of cement reaching an annual capacity of 12 million tons per year from its 5 manufacturing facilities. L&T had multiple ERP implementations for its heavy engineering and equipment businesses. In 1997, they decided to implement SAP for the cement business. The project team was co-located in Mumbai-India. I was part Sales and Distribution module as a core user