Welcome to my blog !!
I’m Bharat S Raj, an Independent Technologist, blogger, data enthusiast and traveller.
I completed my primary education from Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir (Girinagar), Kochi in 2013. I graduated from Amity University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) and a PGDM degree in Marketing and Analytics (Gold Medalist) from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai.
I currently work as Associate Principal – Infrastructure, IT Service Excellence at Sutherland. I’m part of the IT Service Excellence Team that is responsible for building and developing partnerships across IT and the business by engaging the business and IT to have service-centric dialogs to promote and deliver outstanding service. Currently working on creating innovative solutions in ServiceNow to solve issues as part of ITSM processes to improve service delivery and customer satisfaction.
As an intern, I have worked with corporate including Amul, Sobha Ltd & Sutherland in various roles. I have also been a consultant for startups like Rareitis.com and Baanyan Tree.
If you were to ask me, what I’m good at, I don’t have an answer for you. In my short career, I have had multiple hats.
It was in 2015, I joined Sobha Ltd as a digital marketing intern. During my two months, I learned a lot of concepts, especially in social media marketing. I got myself certified in Google AdWords and Google Analytics. I went on to become a Front End Website Developer (HTML/CSS/JS) and found that I was just at the bottom of a huge mountain of opportunities. In the past 3 years, I have worked on SEO strategies, Email Marketing tools (MailChimp), WordPress Blogging, HubSpot and content marketing.
While diving deep into the digital space, I realised the tremendous opportunity that Analytics has in shaping the future. I went on to learn Analytics with the aid of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms like Coursera.org and edX.org. I successfully completed online courses offered by Johns Hopkins University and HarvardX. I learned two new tools – R and Python.
Later, when I joined Great Lakes in 2016, I joined the Analytics Committee at the institution. I was fortunate to have been taught analytics by Dr. P. K. Viswanathan, one of the top Analytics professors in the country. I actively participated in data hackathons, conferences and even organised “Data Tales”, a machine learning competition in the institution. I went on to learn courses in Advanced Analytical Model, Optimization Techniques, Data Visualization using Tableau & PowerBI, Big Data Analytics, and Financial Risk Analysis in my two years. I was presented with a Gold medal and a scholarship of INR 1.5 Lakhs for my outstanding contribution to the Institution for the year 2018.
Organising events also became a passion when I first organised a TEDx event in Kochi in 2015. When I joined Great Lakes, my journey with TEDx continued and I was once again the co-organiser of TEDx at Great Lakes. I helped the institute organise TEDxGLIMChennai twice in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, I organised TEDxCovelong – a first of it’s kind TEDx event on the beach. During the course, I had an amazing opportunity to work with people like Digital Marketing Blogger Deepak Kanakarju, Data Scientist Sudalai Rajkumar, Actress Gautami Tadimalla, Beatboxer Bharadwaj Balaji and so on. When people ask me, why I organise TEDx, there is only one reason – “I wanted to provide opportunities for people and make people’s life better”. I also help translate TED Talks into my regional language (Malayalam).
That is the same reason, I have this blog. I wanted to share my ideas and thoughts to people who care about the world around.