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Altimetrik launches Digital Business Academy to address digital talent needs 

Digital Business Academy

Through this Academy, Altimetrik aims to enable enterprises to create culture and talent capability to effectively adopt the Digital Business Methodology for scale, consistency, and speed

India, October 05, 2023 — Altimetrik, a pure-play digital business company, announces the launch of the Digital Business Academy (DBA), a comprehensive program designed to enable enterprises to successfully mature as Digital Businesses with the help of the Digital Business Methodology. The Academy, tailored for all organizational levels, including the CXO leadership suite to engineering professionals, offers crucial talent enablement, guaranteeing efficient digital adoption across all business functions.  

The company also intends to extend the DBA framework to students, equipping them with the necessary skills for digital business methodologies and develop digital talent right from the start. This involves diverse approaches, offering students real-time scenarios, data sets, and immersive environments to comprehend and transition into DBMs. Furthermore, Altimetrik plans to establish academic credits related to this domain and a comprehensive curriculum supported by coaches who will guide and mentor the students throughout the learning process.

At the core of this program is a unified solution focused on the Single Source of Truth (SSOT), the central enterprise data repository, providing a singular and comprehensive view of a business and its customers by leveraging AI and ML technologies. This offering aims to create digital practitioners at scale, commencing with learning, adoption, and internalization at the enterprise level. This initiative introduces a three-pronged approach: Assessing the Benchmark, Digital Talent Enablement, and Internalize & Evolve, facilitating a seamless transition into the digital era.  

Organizations globally are facing significant challenges in bridging the digital skills divide. ManpowerGroup’s 2023 Talent Shortage Survey reveals that an unprecedented 77% of employers encountered difficulties in recruiting for positions, marking a 17-year peak. The most sought-after skills are in the fields of IT and data. 

Altimetrik’s Digital Business Academy addresses industry challenges by bridging talent gaps, facilitating seamless digital adoption, leveraging cutting-edge technology, increasing agility, empowering data-driven decision-making, fostering innovation, encouraging interdisciplinarity, improving customer experiences, and optimizing ROI. DBA provides professionals with indispensable skills and expertise to help businesses navigate the complexities of digital landscapes, fostering innovation, efficiency, and sustainable growth.

Commenting on the launch, Raj Sundaresan, CEO at Altimetrik, said, “The launch of the Academy signifies a strategic move aimed at catalyzing unprecedented growth in revenue, and profitability within the industry. Through meticulous streamlining of skill sets, focus on more agile sprint-level, outcome-driven engagements, and a comprehensive enhancement of our overall discipline, we have successfully helped our customers transform into digital business.” 

He added, “In response to the consistent demand from business leaders seeking accelerated growth, we recognize the need for evolving in-house teams’ skills to meet these ambitious objectives. The DBA stands as a solution to this challenge, offering companies the opportunity to embark on transformative learning journeys tailored to various roles and business scenarios. Through this Academy, we aim to set a new standard for talent enablement in the digital age. Altimetrik has nurtured over 5,000 practitioners worldwide. Now, we extend our infrastructure and platform to empower companies to bolster their teams effectively.”

Digital Business Academy has a wide array of offerings, including:

Creation of Practitioners: DBA enables the development of practitioners proficient in Digital Business Methodology through virtual curriculums and coaching. The program includes self-paced coaching, time-based learning journeys, and essential knowledge checks, culminating in a practitioner’s challenge and acknowledgment.

Meaningful Learning Journeys: DBA facilitates meaningful learning journeys across roles and business scenarios. The program incorporates Skill Index Measures, Custom Roadmaps, Role-based Access, and detailed Tracking and Analytics to ensure effective learning outcomes.

Continuous Engagement: DBA enables engineers to become practitioners through continuous engagement programs. This approach emphasizes the importance of real-world implementation tailored to specific audiences.

The DBA aims to bring Capability Centers, Learning Platforms, and Engineering Infrastructure all under one wide ecosystem. 

About Altimetrik

Altimetrik is a pure-play digital business company. We focus on delivering business outcomes with an agile, product-oriented approach. Our digital business methodology provides a blueprint to develop, scale, and launch new products to market faster. Our team of 5,500+ practitioners with software, data, cloud engineering skills help create a culture of innovation and agility that optimizes team performance, modernizes technology, and builds new business models. As a strategic partner and catalyst, Altimetrik quickly delivers results without disruption to the business.

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Michael Woodall

Chief Growth Officer of Financial Services

Michael Woodall, as the Chief Growth Officer of Financial Services at Altimetrik, spearheads the identification of new growth avenues and revenue streams within the financial services sector. With a robust background and extensive expertise, Michael brings invaluable insights to his role.

Previously, Michael served as the Chief of Operations and President of the Trust Company at Putnam Investments, where he orchestrated strategic developments and continuous operational enhancements. Leveraging strategic partnerships and data analytics, he revolutionized capabilities across investments, retail and institutional distribution, and client services. Under his leadership, Putnam received numerous accolades, including the DALBAR Mutual Fund Service Award for over 30 consecutive years.

Michael’s dedication to industry evolution is evident through his involvement with prestigious organizations such as the DTCC Senior Wealth Advisory Board, ICI Operations Committee, and NICSA, where he served as Chairman and now holds the position of Director Emeritus. Widely recognized as an industry luminary, Michael frequently shares his expertise with various divisions of the SEC, solidifying his reputation as a seasoned presenter.

At Altimetrik, Michael plays a pivotal role in driving expansion within financial services, leveraging his expertise and Altimetrik’s Digital Business Methodology to ensure clients navigate their digital journey seamlessly, achieving tangible outcomes and exponential growth.

Beyond his corporate roles, Michael serves as Chair of the Boston Water & Sewer Commission, appointed by the Mayor of Boston, and is actively involved in various philanthropic endeavors, including serving on the board of the nonprofit Inspire Arts & Music.

Michael holds a distinguished business degree from Northeastern University, graduating with distinction as a member of the Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society.

Anguraj Kumar Arumugam

Chief Digital Business Officer for the U.S. West region

Anguraj is an accomplished business executive with an extensive leadership experience in the services industry and strong background across digital transformation, engineering services, data and analytics, cloud and consulting.

Prior to joining Altimetrik, Anguraj has served in various positions and roles at Globant, GlobalLogic, Wipro and TechMahindra. Over his 25 years career, he has led many strategic and large-scale digital engineering and transformation programs for some of world’s best-known brands. His clients represent a range of industry sectors including Automotive, Technology and Software Platforms. Anguraj has built and guided all-star teams throughout his tenure, bringing together the best of the techno-functional capabilities to address critical client challenges and deliver value.

Anguraj holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Anna University and a master’s degree in software systems from Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani.

In his spare time, he enjoys long walks, hiking, gardening, and listening to music.

Vikas Krishan

Chief Digital Business Officer and Head of the EMEA region

Vikas (Vik) Krishan serves as the Chief Digital Business Officer and Head of the EMEA region for Altimetrik. He is responsible for leading and growing the company’s presence across new and existing client relationships within the region.

Vik is a seasoned executive and brings over 25 years of global experience in Financial Services, Digital, Management Consulting, Pre- and Post-deal services and large/ strategic transformational programmes, gained in a variety of senior global leadership roles at firms such as Globant, HCL, Wipro, Logica and EDS and started his career within Investment Banking. He has developed significant cross industry experience across a wide variety of verticals, with a particular focus on working with and advising the C-Suite of Financial Institutions, Private Equity firms and FinTech’s on strategy and growth, operational excellence, performance improvement and digital adoption.

He has served as the engagement lead on multiple global transactions to enable the orchestration of business, technology, and operational change to drive growth and client retention.

Vik, who is based in London, serves as a trustee for the Burma Star Memorial Fund, is a keen photographer and an avid sportsman.

Megan Farrell Herrmanns

Chief Digital Officer, US Central

Megan is a senior business executive with a passion for empowering customers to reach their highest potential. She has depth and breadth of experience working across large enterprise and commercial customers, and across technical and industry domains. With a track record of driving measurable results, she develops trusted relationships with client executives to drive organizational growth, unlock business value, and internalize the use of digital business as a differentiator.

At Altimetrik, Megan is responsible for expanding client relationships and developing new business opportunities in the US Central region. Her focus is on digital business and utilizing her experience to create high growth opportunities for clients. Moreover, she leads the company’s efforts in cultivating and enhancing our partnership with Salesforce, strategically positioning our business to capitalize on new business opportunities.

Prior to Altimetrik, Megan spent 10 years leading Customer Success at Salesforce, helping customers maximize the value of their investments across their technology stack. Prior to Salesforce, Megan spent over 15 years with Accenture, leading large transformational projects for enterprise customers.

Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University. Beyond work, Megan enjoys playing sand volleyball, traveling, watching her kids soccer games, and is actively involved in a philanthropy (Advisory Council for Cradles to Crayons).

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