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.
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.
Michael Connolly VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT SERVICES
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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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