Our Team

Combined 60+ years delivering IT and business services.

Meet Our Team

Our founding partners have a combined 60+ years delivering IT and business services. This experience is channeled into our processes, environment, and culture – helping clients and consultants achieve their business and career goals.

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Ajit Bharwani CEO

Ajit currently serves as CEO. Ajit has an intriguing background having grown up in Okinawa, Japan, where he spent many weekends and summers during middle and high school working in his father’s light manufacturing and retail business. That’s where he developed his passionate entrepreneurial spirit and developed the intrinsic value of “customer service”. After graduating from Washington College in Maryland, he headed westward to Silicon Valley to begin what would be an enthralling career. Ajit spent the next 12 years at Spire Systems and quickly took on managing a third of their global talent acquisition business. His continued aspirations drove him to a role at TRUGlobal as their Global VP building and driving the offshore delivery teams.

Danny NguyenChief Technology Officer

Danny Nguyen is Chief Technology Officer at NextPhase.ai and is responsible for technical direction and strategy for the company’s delivery platform. He has over 27 years of experience in Cloud Managed Services and IT Operations as a technical engineer and senior leader. Danny has deep expertise in Cloud Architecture & Integration, Cloud Migration & Transformation, Enterprise Applications Management, Data Center Optimization, Data Management, and Software Engineering. Danny has led many important projects and initiatives successfully throughout his career helping companies and their customers leverage technology to accelerate their journey and growth on cloud systems.

Prior to joining NextPhase.ai, Danny served as Vice President of Global Infrastructure at Velocity Technology Solutions where he led all aspects of cloud operations consisting of over 300 global resources responsible for IT Service Delivery Management of enterprise systems including SAP, Oracle, JDE, Infor, and BI solutions on private and public clouds. He also served as Sr. Director of Unified Communication Technologies at Xerox where he was responsible for a variety of areas, including the application and infrastructure services for more than 200 clients in Healthcare, Government, and Commercial industries, as well as managing the Corporate Messaging and Collaboration systems used by all Xerox employees. Danny has also held key leadership positions at IBM, PeopleSoft, Affiliated Computer Services Inc., and Corio.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems from San Jose State University and several technical certifications.

Zoila Rollins Sr. Client Partner

Zoila has over 16 years of sales experience and team leadership in Silicon Valley helping customers on their business transformation journey. Zoila has extensive experience across the pillars of Hardware, Software, Professional Services, Managed Services, SaaS and Business Analytics.

She has experience working on large enterprise projects in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. Zoila successfully managed a major global software & services deployment including multiple enterprise applications. Her focus for all customers is to help improve their business outcomes and grow both top and bottom-line revenue. Prior to NextPhase, Zoila held leadership roles at Computer Associates, SHI, Verizon Business, Oracle, and Hitachi Vantara.

Zoila holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Finance from California State University, Hayward.

Sanjeev Mohan Sr. Advisor – Data Technology & Analytics

Sanjeev Mohan started his data and analytics journey at Oracle where he worked on emerging technologies and building cutting-edge solutions. He was quickly bitten by the big data bug. He, now, researches and implements modern cloud native architectures that evolve with changing trends and technologies. Until recently, he was a research VP analyst with Gartner where he was known for his prolific work and thought leadership. He regularly speaks at conferences on topics pertaining to end-to-end data pipelines. When not immersed in data, he can be found gallivanting all over the world.

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Deepa NairSenior Manager, Product Marketing

Deepa Nair is Senior Manager, Product Marketing at NextPhase.ai. She leads the marketing function at Nextphase.ai for cloud data management and analytics solutions. In this role, she is responsible for understanding customer requirements and market trends, develops market segmentation for different product offerings, driving product strategy and direction, developing market positioning, and ongoing communications with customers and partners.

Deepa brings 10+ years of experience in Product Marketing, Product Management, Branding, Influencer marketing, and messaging. This includes a focus on areas such as Cloud Platform, Cloud Migrations, ERP Cloud, Data Analytics, and optimization across multiple cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, and Snowflake. She has a proven ability to work with cross-functional teams from sales, marketing, and product development. Deepa has been involved in creating and implementing marketing campaign strategies, creating sales enablement kits, product lifecycle management, coordinating events, and managing social media activity.

Deepa has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from MK University and is an AWS Cloud Solution Practitioner.

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Bill Draper PRESIDENT

Bill is an accomplished, skillful business leader with over 27 years of experience working with or within Fortune 500 companies. His expertise and boundless knowledge have helped solve some of the most difficult business and technology challenges of the day. Bill has led strategic client projects across global enterprises including; cloud solutions, data analytics, and enterprise insights. He has extensive knowledge in Executive Management, Sales, Services, Product and Account Management, and Technical/Business Consulting roles. Before NextPhase, Bill held executive roles at PeopleSoft/Oracle, Evolve Software, Softscape, and Parature. Bill was instrumental in launching global consulting services for Oracle/PeopleSoft in the Asia Pacific where he built and managed delivery for their off-shore development teams. His widespread experience and hands-on interactions with C-level executives as well as senior business and operation level staff helped drive sales within these organizations to record numbers. Bill’s comprehensive background and tenure have made him an SME within these industry verticals; Financial Services, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Retail, Consumer Products, Technology, and Professional Services. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brent ColquittVP , Customer Success

Brent leads our customer success, professional services, and solutions architect teams. He is responsible for driving customer goals, product utilization, business transformation, and revenue expansion by ensuring the engagement, success, retention, and growth of our customers.

Brent has 25 years of experience as a business and technology leader. Before joining NextPhase, Brent held leadership and executive positions in companies like The Capital Group, Nestle, Warner Brothers, Adobe, and Velocity Technology Solutions. Brent’s successful IT career started 25 years ago with an SAP implementation and has continued into the public cloud space. As a strategic thought partner, he was responsible for leading digital transformations, hyper-scale migrations, and system right-sizing, while maintaining a high customer NPS. Brent provided key PS leadership during Velocity’s pivot from the private cloud to Amazon Web Services (AWS), ensuring successful customer moves to AWS and new customer digital migrations. He is also an accomplished speaker, presenting at SAP Sapphire, SAP Tech Ed, SAP ASUG, AWS, and conducting numerous webinars and public engagements.
Brent has loved technology his whole life, setting up his grade school’s first audio/video conferencing system at age 11 – still during the sneaker-net era. Through his business career, he has always been an advocate for automating processes, to reduce time, and increase consistency.
He enjoys e-bike riding (and still peddles), spending time with his family (as an empty-nester), watching the NBA (Go Lakers), and has finished 6 marathons (now retired!).

Brent holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from California State University, Fullerton.

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Vikas Sripathi Director – Data Cloud Services

Vikas is a professional thought-leader in the ever-expanding Analytics field for over 10 years, providing ground-breaking solutions for Fortune 500 companies such as Procter and Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, Unilever, TE Connectivity, Rite Aid, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. His innovational work has spearheaded a broad range of strategy and analytics engagements providing the roadmap for strategic initiatives like Analytics transformation engagements, Marketing Personalization Strategies, Data Migrations, BI Implementations, Sales Performance Analytics, Advanced Analytics engagements, and Insights.

Through these career-defining engagements, Vikas has always worked directly alongside Vice Presidents of Marketing, Sales, Chief Digital Strategy/Officers’ and deeply within Supply Chain executive management teams. Vikas’s complex vertical expertise interlock with his broad hands-on Analytics background to provide him a unique competence especially within these industries; FMCG & CPG, BFSI, Manufacturing, Retail, and Pharmaceutical industries. Vikas holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Boston. He also holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

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Michael Connolly GTM STRATEGY ADVISOR

Mike has over 25 years of experience as a business leader, spanning functional areas such as Consulting, Pre-Sales, Solutions design, Product Management, and Marketing and Business Operations. He has spent his time focused on Managed Services, Professional Services, and Education.

Mike has extensive expertise in Enterprise Applications, Video Collaboration, and Cloud Services across multiple industries including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail and Healthcare having worked on large engagements in the US and Europe. Over the past 3 years, Mike has focused on working with customers and partners to help shape and define their cloud roadmap with a focus on areas such as Data Analytics, Cloud Migrations, and ongoing management and optimization across multiple cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Before joining NextPhase, he held key roles at Velocity Technology Solutions, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software, Polycom, Corio (acquired by IBM) KPMG, and PeopleSoft (Oracle). Mike holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Trinity College Dublin.

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Doug Jett ADVISOR

Over 22 years of sales management and executive leadership experience in Silicon Valley have provided Doug a strong understanding of emerging business trends and processes as an Advisory Board member for NextPhase.ai. Doug’s demonstrated track record and tenure of strategic and tactical planning having successfully managed global software & service delivery teams delivering business and technology transformations leveraging Oracle, SAP, and the multiplicity of applications orbiting those ERP pillars, including their Cloud-based applications and infrastructure offerings. The majority of his background has been spent operating out of Silicon Valley’s demanding, fast-paced, and multi-tasking environment operating in organizations ranging from $25M to $500M. Doug’s considerable experience includes being a senior executive at numerous technology start-ups that have gone public and or having been sold to large global public companies. Before his Advisory role at NextPhase, Mr. Jett held executive leadership positions at Apolis, SRS2 Inc., Proxicom, Luna Information Systems, and Eastman Kodak Company”.

Blog

The 360 Customer View Is Imperative for the Banking Industry

Data Transformation   A radical transformation is taking place in the banking industry that involves investing and adopting modern, complex technologies. One of the key objectives is to deliver a much better customer experience. In Banking, data applications are a crucial resource, and by leveraging new technologies, such as machine learning...

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How Can Banks Leverage a Data Cloud to Improve Client Services?

There is a direct correlation between client retention and the quality of service rendered by the organization. Businesses that prioritize a secure and efficient client engagement process tend to deliver a higher quality user experience and get a higher customer satisfaction rating. With the increased adoption of data analytics, and...

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The Banking Industry and Its Move to the Data Cloud

With data compliance and security being front of mind, the banking industry has been unwilling to move past private data management infrastructure for a very long time. However, in the face of emerging technologies, alternative business solutions, and a radical change in customer and regulatory expectations, the banking industry has...

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