Experts of Katalyst: An Interview with Praveen Minumula
Are you looking for solutions to scale your business, but not sure where to turn? Meet Katalyst Technologies’ very own Chief Technology Officer, Praveen Minumula. When he’s not managing our company’s technology strategies, he’s helping companies just like yours solve some of their trickiest business challenges. Get to know Praveen as he shares his expertise on cloud computing services, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).
If you are a company experiencing the nuances of growth and scalability, you may be asking yourself, “How do I scale my business without disrupting my current customer’s experience or incurring high costs?” From costs and implementation to maintenance and support – business leaders can often face a state of confusion when determining the next move to propel their business forward.
And that’s where our CTO, Praveen Minumula, and his team come in.
Praveen is well-equipped to help you maneuver through the noise with the best-in-class cloud computing platforms, like Amazon Web Services (AWS), a pioneer cloud computing platform that is solving scalability issues for businesses of all sizes. Being the tech whiz that he is, Praveen has recently partnered with AWS on behalf of Katalyst Technologies to ensure we continuously provide top-level technology solutions for our customers.
In celebration of the newly-formed partnership, we’ve decided to sit down with Praveen to discuss exactly what AWS is, what problems it solves for businesses, and what types of businesses would benefit from it. Read on to learn more from our in-house technology expert, Praveen:
A. I am the Chief Technology Officer at Katalyst Technologies. I have been in the IT industry for 15 years, and I started my career with Katalyst after graduating with a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University in 2003. I am responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company. I develop IT vision, strategy, technical roadmap, and lead teams in effective execution. I am responsible for the company’s IT initiatives, infrastructure, operations, and software delivery.
I have expertise in architecting solutions for the cloud by designing and deploying secure, scalable, highly-available, and reliable applications, while optimizing for cost. I helped migrate complex internal and customer applications to cloud solutions such as AWS.
Q. Can you describe the concept behind AWS as if I knew nothing about it or the market?
A. If I were to explain cloud computing in a very simplified language, it is like subscribing to a service like electricity that is delivered to your home; you pay for what you use instead of generating your own electricity.
Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining your datacenters at a significant cost, companies can acquire computers, storage, and databases as they need them, and only pay for what they use. The prospect of being able to provide servers on demand, rather than waiting several weeks, helps companies innovate and release their products to market quicker.
Another popular example is the Pizza as a Service analogy:
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In this example, the “Made at Home” column shows you all of the items you need to have to make a pizza at home. This is comparable to needing your own data center by finding a site that is accessible, has redundancy in power and telecom infrastructure, and allows you to build your network, servers, storage, and security. If you compare that to the dined-out column on the right, you can see that you don’t need to worry about making the pizza at all. You show up, order what you want, and pay for what you have consumed.
Q. What problem has AWS solved for your clients so far?
A. We have customers ranging from startups to enterprises. Cloud is one of the key enablers for business to stay competitive and allow startups to disrupt as they are redefining entire industries. For example, one of our startup customers had a couple of proof of concepts they wanted to build but were not sure which would work. Instead of investing thousands of dollars in equipment, they were able to test each proof of concept within a smaller time period for just a few hundred dollars. We were able to help them get to their answers much more quickly and at a much lower cost.
Many of our customers need help to set up their infrastructure and deploy the custom applications that we develop specifically for their business. By partnering with AWS, our customers can focus on their customers and the execution of their business strategy instead of setting up and monitoring infrastructure to support their applications. We do the heavy lifting for them with minimal disruption.
We also provide services to large enterprise customers who use AWS for their infrastructure. We help them to migrate, design, configure, manage, and monitor their infrastructure.
Q. What types of companies would you suggest AWS to and why?
A. AWS powers Startups, Enterprises, and the Public Sector. AWS has helped startups like Airbnb, Lyft, and Yelp scale without having the constraints of how quickly they can provision datacenters.
Enterprises like Netflix, Kellogg’s, Expedia, GE, Dole, McDonald’s, and Shell moved their infrastructure to the cloud so that they can focus on their core business.
Public Sectors such as PBS and the US Department of State, leverage AWS cloud for their infrastructure. https://aws.amazon.com/
Q. Why did you decide to partner with AWS?
A. Katalyst is an early adopter of cloud technologies. We migrated some of the business-critical applications from on-premise network to AWS beginning in 2012. Because AWS has been a leader in the public cloud for several years, we decided it would be a great partnership that ultimately benefits our customers in the end. We have several AWS certified engineers who architect solutions for clients, which optimizes availability and security while optimizing cost.
Being an AWS partner grants us access to an innovation sandbox and AWS resources for qualified proofs-of-concept to help the company further innovate. The partnership also provides access to training and access to solutions architects to improve our team’s skills further.
Being an AWS partner allows our team to constantly be focused on customer success and help them take full advantage of the business benefits AWS has to offer. With deep expertise, we are positioned to help customers at any stage of the cloud adaption journey and to help achieve business objectives.
Q. What is the main takeaway you would like our audience to gain from this interview?
A. There are two main points I would like our audience to take away from this. First is that cloud computing has leveled the playing field for any aspiring young company. It used to be that IT infrastructure was traditionally accessible by mostly large enterprises with deep pockets. That is no longer the case as cloud computing has opened the door for small and young companies to run like large enterprises.
Second is that cloud computing platforms can provide an opportunity for enterprises to innovate like startups. Innovation is a must for business when trying to compete in today’s world.
As you can see, with cloud computing platforms like AWS, Praveen and his team remove the burden of infrastructure operations and allows businesses to focus on what is most important: their business. Gone are the days of drowning in the complicated and expensive physical components of business as usual. With cloud computing at the forefront, Praveen has helped individuals, companies, and government entities compute and store resources in a secure, reliable and cost-effective manner.
Not only is Praveen our go-to person for any and all tech-related activities, he is also known around the office for his humility and humor. In true Praveen fashion, he leaves us with the witty quote below:
“If you have applications that are old enough to order a drink, it is time to modernize them and migrate to the cloud!”
Well said, Praveen. Well said.
If you have any questions related to cloud computing, AWS, or to hear another joke, feel free to reach out to Praveen at https://www.linkedin.com/in/minumula/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
Katalyst Technologies is a best-in-class software, technology services, and solutions provider. Katalyst’s business and technology experts are highly skilled and work seamlessly across multiple industries, geographies, and technologies. Katalyst’s core area of expertise is Digital & e-Commerce, Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply Chain Management, Engineering and Manufacturing, Professional Services, and e-Publishing. Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, Katalyst has additional locations in the U.S., U.K., and India. Learn more about Katalyst at https://katalysttech.com/.