Today we are talking to Prakash, the CIO at AutoDesk. And we discuss the ratio between being bold and being reckless, tips for having an MVP Mindset to keep things simple, and ways to break down walls between teams to build a culture of collaboration.

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

PRAKASH KOTA, is Autodesk’s Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for Autodesk’s global infrastructure, enterprise operations, and workforce collaboration and productivity services. Millions of Autodesk customers around the world depend on Autodesk products for their business livelihood. Kota’s team ensures they have access to their products and entitlements in a reliable, resilient, and highly available environment.

Kota has led several successful initiatives that strengthened Autodesk’s core business operations making it agile, cost effective, and stable. He transformed his teams from an engineering and operations focus into end-to-end service oriented teams that deliver value faster to business units. He is passionate about the digital transformation of Autodesk and aligning the employee and customer experience. He has accelerated this transformation for employees by providing IT services on demand through a self-service portal and also through the implementation of modern cloud employee collaboration and productivity tools. He has redefined IT Operations for the digital agenda to enhance operational agility and accelerate the transformation of IT and business processes.

He has introduced automation services such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and most recently robotic process automation which has led to savings, increased productivity, accuracy, reliability, and scalability.Kota has been with Autodesk for 11+ years and has held many roles within IT including, Director DevOps, Sr. Director of Enterprise Operations, and Vice President of Enterprise Infrastructure and Operations. He Holds a master’s degree in computer science from Oklahoma State University, and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from the University of Madras

ABOUT AutoDesk:

Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything.

Over 100 million people use Autodesk software like AutoCAD, Revit, Maya, 3ds Max, Fusion 360, SketchBook, and more to unlock their creativity and solve important design, business and environmental challenges. Our software runs on both personal computers and mobile devices and taps the infinite computing power of the cloud to help teams around the world collaborate, design, simulate and fabricate their ideas in 3D.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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