Marlab’s Mahesh RG believes, ‘Organizations who share/exchange information grow much faster than those who keep it as secret’

Media 7 | December 1, 2021

Mahesh RG, Head Data Engineering at Marlabs Canada INC, discusses the data-driven strategy and its effectiveness in today’s world. Read on as he elaborates the importance of AI and ML in data analytics to achieve business growth.

The industry has two main challenges: what to do with the Data being deposited, and where to host with confidence either to consume or to lend it for better usage.

MEDIA 7: Could you tell us something about your career journey so far, and what made you want this position at Marlabs?
MAHESH RG:
I grew up in a village, graduated in a suburb and did my post-graduation. I entered the IT profession in 2006 with a passion for learning and discovery. I earned very quick success and recognitions in the first job at the product-based company where I worked for 4 years, got exposure to SaaS platform with various business focus areas, which made an impact to move to start up on niche platform building team, where worked for couple years before got an opportunity to become part of IT Services industry through Marlabs. I became part of the Datawarehouse team and from day one until now, after completing 9 successful years, the learning continued. Played various roles in my 17+ years career and handled various complex project delivery and solutions on Data Management which is my passion. Currently, at Marlabs, I am responsible for converting customer Data challenges and visions to Data solutions through strategy. I have been fortunate to work along with some of the best in the industry to continue seeking to believe.


M7: What do you believe is the biggest hurdle for businesses while adopting a “data-driven strategy” today?
MRG:
The industry has two main challenges: what to do with the Data being deposited, and where to host with confidence either to consume or to lend it for better usage, due to which companies are ‘Data-rich and information poor’. The main bottleneck which current generation of the business is facing is due to looking at the problem from technology angle alone whereas it has to be looked at organizational asset since every organization accumulated data should treat it as NEW SOIL and NOT OIL, as OIL is not sustainable whereas SOIL if nurtured timely would be re-usable forever.

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The future completely depends on the data of every business function/process. Without data, decision-making would be weaker and less meaningful.



M7: How important it is to build an effective data strategy to achieve business growth?
MRG:
Businesses are no longer run the same as 5 years before and COVID-19 influenced greatly to consider quick turnarounds with out of the box thinking. Organizations who share/exchange information would grow much faster than those who keep it as secret, that does not mean to publish everything open for the public, but with consideration of mutual benefits. Organizations driven by Data Czars would lead from the front for long term vision, gone are the days where Data was limited within LOBs which indirectly has added to slower growth.


M7: The future of the data analytics space seems exciting, how will data engineering change in the next few years?
MRG:
Future completely depends on the Data of every business function/process. Without data, decision-making would be weaker and less meaningful. In the last 5 years, most successful organizations embraced data to be appreciated as an asset. Meaningful and understandable data storytelling for the business is the key and hence it requires good deeper horizontal and verticalized data focus, every application irrespective of the size it started would become a Big Data in near future. Thus, data management was and will be the basis for every decision to be made in a growing organization.

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Businesses are no longer run the same as 5 years before and COVID-19 influenced greatly to consider quick turnarounds with out of the box thinking.



M7: Few years down the line, how do you see AI/ML changing the world around us?
MRG:
Multiple approaches have emerged to support on organization growth and AI/ML is one of them, AI/ML would be one of the enablers to the world and data around, it would definitely create new avenues for business improvements through narrative into efficiencies and developing new business programs.


M7: What do you read, and how do you consume information to stay at the top of your game?
MRG:
Every information regarding data management reaches through multiple channels I never fail to follow especially LinkedIn, Blogs (from leaders whom I follow) and industry reviews through Forrester, attending webinars and listening to Podcasts.

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Ikotek, the leading IoT original design manufacturer (ODM) and electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider, is announcing expansion of its executive management team with industry veterans and continue their aggressive growth plans for the company. Headquartered in San Diego, USA, Ikotek offers a one-stop-shop for IoT solutions across design and development, hardware build, testing and verification, product validation, software development, manufacturing and certification delivering high quality products and services to reduce complexity, speed up time to market, eliminate risk and reduce costs. The company has already designed, manufactured and shipped millions of IoT devices since its inception. Ikotek, the only US-based global ODM with a pure IoT focus, combines end-to-end design consultancy across program management, R&D, sourcing, testing and production at its own as well as third party manufacturing facilities to produce designs for our customers. With a wide variety IoT projects in progress, such as asset tracking, dash cameras, PDAs and handhelds, point of sale (POS) devices and hardware for smart grid and metering deployments, Ikotek’s core focus is on the enterprise market as it looks to develop solutions to take full advantage of IoT at scale. Led by Chief Executive Officer, Joe Peterson, who has more than 27 years of diverse experience across cellular and IoT industries in the US and international, Ikotek has gathered a team of industry veterans to amplify its vision of becoming the world’s most trusted IoT ODM. Recent additions to the US-based executive management team include: Bill Leunis, the Vice President of Finance, who brings extensive experience in finance, operations and general management in manufacturing and EMS organizations. Previously, he has headed Finance in divisions of large multi-national corporations ranging in size from 500 to 20,000 people. In addition, he has served as CFO of a company, leading all aspects from its acquisition to IPO for eight years after going public. Tim Newberg, the Vice President of Sales for the US and Canada, has joined with more than 25 years of experience and leadership in the wireless, broadband, consumer electronics and massive IoT industries. From hardware and software strategy to product marketing, sales and business development he has held senior executive positions at companies including Texas Instruments, Broadcom, Sequans, Rootmetrics, Polte and Sercomm. Steve Burrington, the Head of North America Engineering, is a 25-year veteran of large and medium-sized wireless product development teams. Previously he served as Vice President of Engineering at CalAmp for the company’s telematics products. He has extensive experience of getting a diverse range of products to market, via organic development and JDM partnerships. In addition, he has held Vice President of Engineering roles at Netgear and Sierra Wireless. These additions to the Ikotek management team have been supported by hires across the business and Ikotek now has more than 350 dedicated R&D employees and continues to add employees on a weekly basis. “We’ve seen an incredible uptake of new customers over the last year and we’re excited to bring our unique ODM capabilities and advantages to customers,” said Peterson. “Supporting our customers with quick time-to-market, leading IoT industry expertise and cost-effective services and solutions is critical during a time where digital transformation is growing across all industries. To help manage growth, commercial excellence and new customers, I’m thrilled to welcome these three leading IoT and ODM capacities to our management team. We aim to serve our customers with local experts in North America and Europe and APAC so we can ensure that Ikotek is close to our customers and has local understanding of their needs.” Ikotek targets mid-market IoT customers in response to increased demand for the design and build of products. The company’s ethos is to give customers a competitive advantage, through cost reductions and enable substantial savings to be achieved on their device design, manufacturing and certification costs. In addition, Ikotek is focused on taking customers’ projects from idea to market in record breaking time. In less than three months, Ikotek has provided end-to-end ODM services that took a complex IoT device to market including design, development and manufacturing. “Ikotek exists to turn our customers’ device dreams into IoT reality,” Peterson added, pointing out the ways in which the company can help are listed on www.ikotek.com. “We’re keen to become customers’ indispensable partner in taking their innovations from concept to high volume product launches across global markets.” About Ikotek Ikotek is The IoT ODM. With a wide variety IoT projects currently underway, our core focus is on the enterprise market as it looks to develop solutions to take full advantage of IoT. We cover technologies from cellular connectivity, including NB-IoT and 5G, to satellite connections and from well-established IT to relative newcomers such as artificial intelligence IoT (AIoT).

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