CIO Profiling

Darshan Appayanna Chief Information Knowledge and Security Officer, Happiest Minds Technologies

Academic excellence: Graduate from National Institute of Technology, Warangal

Highlights regarding your work/ implementations in 2016: In 2016, paperless office and digitization were big initiatives for us. We were able digitize and implement paperless workflows in the areas of travel and expense management, PO process, employee self-service processes. The other significant area was in the mobility space. A new Happiest Minds Mobility app was released that provides leave management, approvals, timesheet management on the go.

Your plans for 2017 from technology and projects’ point of view: Further automation and introduction of Bots would be key focus areas in 2017. Building an open collaborative ecosystem using technology will be the goal.

Your success mantra: Need to be the pioneer in trying new technologies that can make work more efficient and easy for the customers. Be the change!

Your favorite piece of personal technology: My cameras!

Hobbies you like to pursue in your free time: Travelling, Meeting people, Biking, Cycling, Playing Squash, Skiing

Information about your family: My wife, Deepa is an interior decorated and a fashion consultant. I have two young daughters whom I love to spend time with.

One good book you read recently: I don’t read books!

Favorite holiday destination and why: Any adventurous place, most recently skiing in Gulmarg and Scuba Diving in Andaman’s

Social network you are most active on: Facebook

Cuisine that you prefer all the time: Chinese and Dosas

Favorite sport: Squash

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