Ananda Rakhit, Chief Information Officer of NES Rentals

June 11, 2009

Among other topics, Ananda discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy

  • How to manage a virtual workforce
  • Focusing on hiring people with hard skills and teaching soft skills
  • Setting priorities to deliver projects on time and on target
  • The importance of building vendor relationships
  • How to properly evaluate vendors

Ananda Rakhit’s Biography

Ananda Rakhit is the Chief Information Officer at NES Rentals, a leader in the $25 billion equipment rental industry, and #1 in aerial lifts. In that capacity, he focuses on improving operational productivity with wireless applications and building business intelligence tools to support both daily operations and management strategy.

Prior to his time with NES Rentals, Ananda was a Vice President in R&D division of Automatic Data Processing, where he led an internet-based product development organization with global teams.

Prior to that, Ananda was a Vice President and CTO of Cadence Design Systems, where he defined architecture direction for consistent web-enabling of information assets through Portals and Web Services.

Prior to his time with Cadence Design Systems, Ananda began his professional career as a research analyst in the Financial Planning organization at United Airlines working his way up to a position of Director of Information Services Division where his accomplishments included leading development of and speech recognition applications, and building a flight planning system which saved United $100 million in fuel costs per year.

Ananda has a Ph.D in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson after receiving his BS in Mining Engineering and MS in Industrial Engineering from the Indian School of Mines.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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