In two decades as an IT consultant, Vikas Bapat has worked with U.S. business interests ranging from civil organizations, like the Chicago Police Department, to major corporations including Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young, and software giant Oracle. He spent many years stateside, working in the competitive, big-city environments of Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago, with the majority of his freelance career spent in the Windy City.
A multi-dimensional IT professional, Vikas is experienced in various industry segments including B2B marketplace, manufacturing (ERP) and utilities, especially using Oracle/SQL Server databases. In every role, from project lead to technical lead, technical architect and technical analyst jobs, he continually expanded and refined his considerable skill in delivering information technology solutions. Vikas also gained significant exposure to the work culture and best practices of highly successful international companies.
As Director, Vikas fulfills the CEO role at zCon, providing guidance to the project managers, pursuing business development opportunities and charting the company’s course to continued growth. He especially enjoys the professional development of employees, approaching it from a teaching perspective, and emphasizing they must learn and utilize positive communication skills and always strive to work intelligently.
Taking excellent care of customers is a key factor in zCon’s business culture, and something Vikas believes in wholeheartedly. The gratification of clients being happy and the satisfaction of seeing problems solved drive his customer philosophy—we worked hard to get your business and we’re going to work hard to deliver it.
A self-proclaimed news junkie, Vikas scours the Web for discussion channels, politics and presidential debates. He considers himself a foodie and, while mostly vegetarian, admits to a weakness for sweets. Vikas loves swimming and any kind of water activities, like those at Six Flags and Disney. A recent parasailing experience has him considering giving paragliding a try. He follows cricket, but his many years in Chicago definitely left their mark—he’s still a Bulls fan.
WHAT his CLIENTS are SAYING
– Vikas is by far one of the most competent and professional IT consultants that I have ever worked with.
Raymond Zipprich, C.P.A.
VP CFO and COO at SIM, Inc.
– I have worked with Vikas several times since I started Glenridge Solutions in June 2004. Vikas is both a technology visionary and a results-oriented leader. I would recommend Vikas to anyone looking for detailed technical knowledge and great results.
Gary Grant, CEO
Glenridge Solutions, LLC
Over the course of his career in IT consulting and product development, Rahul Khinvasara has worked with top-tier clients around the world including: Merck, Eli Lilly, Media One, General Motors, Kraft Foods, Nationwide Acceptance Corporation and Bristol Myers Squib. His considerable achievements in the uber-competitive information technology industry—which include a management stint with Ernst and Young, LLP— are not surprising. Rahul comes from a family of successful entrepreneurs and businessmen—it’s in his blood.
After living and working six years in the U.S., Rahul and his family felt the call of home and returned to India. Ready to take the proverbial leap, he joined forces with another experienced IT professional and the new partners leveraged their collective knowledge and business experience to launch zCon Solutions.
Business development and presales are two of Rahul’s primary responsibilities. His ability to both see the big picture and also dig out small details is essential in defining business requirements. After defining the scope of a project, he involves technical personnel to develop its architecture and then guides the team in fulfilling the clients needs. He has an instinctive skill for bringing the right people together and knowing what work will challenge them and expand their skill set. He strives to create an environment with opportunities for employees to try new things and encourages them to learn beyond their job requirements.
An exceptional communicator, Rahul’s ease with people and relaxed demeanor make it easy for him to build rapport with clients and colleagues alike. But don’t be fooled by his laid-back exterior—underneath is an extremely focused businessman with an inquisitive, analytical mind. Rahul has his sights firmly set on the continued growth and success of his company.
Outside of work, Rahul enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and children. A voracious reader, his library includes books on a diverse range of topics, from business bios and economics to engineering and mythology. He is currently learning Spanish in preparation for a pilgrimage trip, biking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago.
WHAT his CLIENTS are SAYING
– Rahul was among the most talented and capable technical expert in my team when I used to work for Ernst & Young LLP. He always sought new challenges and completed them on time. Rahul is a very dynamic and enterprising personality. I would love to have him on my team any time.
Bala Kalyan, Senior Manager
Capgemini Financial Services USA, Inc.
– My offshore development experience with Rahul and his zCon team has been outstanding. Rahul showed an immediate grasp, both wide and deep, of my client’s business challenges and opportunities.
Rahul has an uncanny ability to take in the big picture, diagnose the problem, and almost immediately sketch a technical solution which he then communicates with ease.
He’s a very effective leader. His developers and engineers clearly admire him and regularly draw upon his vast technical knowledge … the entire experience was a pleasure from start to finish. I absolutely will be sending more USA business clients to Rahul and zCon
Brian T. Mickley
Business Analyst, P & I Architect
Edwin C. Winder
Edwin joined zCon Solutions as Advisor and with his extensive experience in Sales and Strategy currently helping zCon Solutions for market positioning in the Enterprise Solutions Services market in North America.
The founder of FlexPoint Global, Edwin is an information technology industry veteran with many years of proven executive leadership. Prior to FlexPoint Global, Ed served as Executive Vice President of KeyTone Technologies with a focus on sales, marketing and corporate development. Prior to KeyTone, Ed served as CEO of Clearpace Software (now RainStor), then a UK based Big Data software company and provided sales and management consulting services to clients through Winder & Associates.
Ed has board experience at both public and private companies as well as non-profits and currently serves as a Trustee on the community board of Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Ed graduated from Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and completed the Stanford Executive Program.
Over the period of last four decades, Mr. Ashok Ranade has been working in Business world with great amount of knowledge and commitment towards his work. Long back in 1973, he graduated from IIT Bombay, and further in 1975 completed his Master degree in Business administration from University of Pune. Later in 1977 he became the Graduate member of Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering.
Even after so much of academic achievements he decided to pursue Executive Diploma in Systems Management in IIM Ahmedabad. Further he completed various certifications in SAP Associate, SCM Procurement, MCP, Enterprise Project Management and Supply Chain Management. He has worked with plentiful companies in India, USA and Canada in last 40 years of his life. From last 18 years, he has been working in various training, consulting and management positions for implementation and support of ERP systems in USA and Canada.
He believes that, “It is important to be able to see the trends and pursue it with total commitment. You need to see which pawn is having or going to have an exponential growth in the first part of the chessboard itself. Generally, people tend to ignore the movements of businesses and people in these first few squares of the chessboards. But, this is where you need concentrate and grab what the trend is going to be”. Being an advisor to zCon solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Ashok Ranade is helping organization in various ways. Using his extensive experience in business world, he is giving us valuable advices related to digital marketing, industry relations, etc.
Apart from his professional life, he is extensively involved with activities of IIT Alumni. He is a former Director of IIT Alumni in Canada and currently he holds the chair in the Advisory Committee for IIT Alumni in Canada. He said, “this is the place where you get to meet your friends from past and this is where you can get involved in innumerable activities apart from routine business work life”
Ganesh joined zCon Solutions in October 2014 and as a Principal, he is responsible for working as a bridge with Sales, Pre-Sales and Technology Delivery Team. With his extensive experience in Start Ups, Product Management and Management Consulting for Fortune 500 companies, Ganesh is helping to make sure growth plans for zCon Solutions followed up with efficient sales and pre-sales team and new avenues for generating business.
Prior to joining zCon Solutions, Ganesh was the Co-founder and Director for SmartLeaven Technologies and responsible for Delivery Management, Product Management, Pre-Sales and Client Engagement across multiple solution streams and products in Enterprise Mobility and Data Analytics.
On the personal front, Ganesh likes connecting with people from different spheres of life, discussing innovations that impact our daily life, has a passion for sports especially lawn tennis, enjoys reading autobiographies, likes to try different cuisines (preferably Vegetarian) across continents and spends quality time with family on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Chitra possesses an exceptional blend of left-brain and right-brain skillsets typically located at opposite ends of the professional spectrum. She combines the keen intelligence and analytical ability of a computer science engineer with the empathy, compassion and understanding of a counselor or social worker. It is this unique combination of character traits which make Chitra the ideal human resources manager for a thriving, fast-growing IT company.
Earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Chitra laid a solid foundation for a career in the IT industry. She relocated to New York to pursue her master’s degree in computer science and, after completing the master’s program she spent the next six years working as a senior software developer for a Connecticut-based interactive media company.
Since accepting the challenge of developing and managing zCon’s human resources program, Streamlining HR tasks and processes to sync with and support the company’s growth, Chitra has seen the staff nearly triple, growing from 35 to more than 100 employees. Her team, comprised of core HR specialists and hybrid HR-administrative personnel, is sure to expand as zCon is forecasted to double its workforce in 2014!
Chitra’s overarching goal is to build an employee culture that fosters long-term retention and her background as an IT professional has proven invaluable, allowing her to see situations from the employee’s perspective. She makes a dedicated effort to interact with employees in a non-formal manner, building rapport so they become confident and comfortable speaking with her about any issue.
Chitra continues to focus on further developing the company’s training programs to achieve the goal of zCon as a learning organization. Also on the horizon are plans to implement a social awareness program. Envisioning a workplace with a friendly, family environment, Chitra hosts fun, interactive company events as a way to make employees feel at home at zCon. These activities are more than morale builders, they are a chance to entertain employees, offering them time to take a breather and just relax.
In her time off, Chitra enjoys traveling and is a voracious reader. She confesses her choice of reading material has shifted as of late, from fiction to HR-related books, which provide insights on her business. She looks for opportunities to volunteer and finds it fulfilling to bring a change which improves someone’s life. She has two teenagers and several spoiled felines who keep her busy and ensure there is never a dull moment at home.
WHAT her CLIENTS are SAYING
– More than academics and high qualifications … you put your finger on the pulse of the people and understand human values. I truly appreciate your excellent communication, and your transparent and proactive personality with lots of knowledge and wisdom.
Kiran Savargaonkar, Director
SRI Management Consultants
– Once you tell Chitra something—even the smallest detail—it doesn’t get “lost”. She is perfect about that … she always makes sure to capture all the elements of a project or program and combine them to complete the bigger picture. She’s a real asset to the team.
Vikas Bapat, Director
zCon Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
– Chitra is skilled in working with different types of employees and eliciting the best work from them … a good listener and motivator, very open minded and ready to adopt new challenges. She is meticulous in following up on duties assigned to team members and keeping management apprised on the status. Management can relax after assigning work to Chitra, confident in her abilities.
Rajesh Doble, former Delivery Manager
zCon Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
As Delivery Manager, Pritesh plays a essential role in building and maintaining zCon’s client relationships, and ensuring the smooth progression of projects, from inception to completion. His hands-on, customer-centric style—and reputation as a multi-talented problem solver—has earned him positions of increasing responsibility during his seven-year tenure with the company.
After graduating from North Maharashtra University with an engineering degree in electronics and communication, Pritesh completed a six-month post-graduate program in embedded systems. He spent a year with zCon as a software trainee before signing on full time as a programmer analyst in 2007. Joining the company at the ground floor, Pritesh continues to grow with zCon, evolving through team lead and delivery manager roles in the professional journey to his current position.
He provides input at every level of the project life cycle, from assisting the pre-sale team and gathering business requirements, to developing the scope of the project and estimating costs. The point person for client management and communications, his positive, professional handling of client accounts frequently results in new sales and the retention of existing customers. His business philosophy focuses on constant improvement and superior service. Pritesh endeavors to ensure the client’s level of satisfaction remains consistently high throughout the project, from start to finish.
Always willing to lend a hand whenever debugging is needed, and recognized as the best technical helper in the company, Pritesh embraces the challenge to problem solve in both business management and technical areas. He is motivated by new technology and enjoys delving into different domains, understanding business functionalities and, ultimately, helping clients develop an ideal solution using cutting-edge technologies.
As zCon continues to grow, Pritesh has his sights set on working on projects with larger teams, building leadership and management skills, and further refining his client processes to ensure the highest level of performance and customer satisfaction.
Outside of work, Pritesh enjoys world travel, outings with his family and playing sports, often spending Sundays competing at his favorite—badminton. He is an avid reader and hopes to someday fulfill his lifelong dream of making a backpacking trek across Europe.
WHAT his CLIENTS are SAYING
– Pritesh and the crew at zCon have provided us with service that we can rely upon and trust. I have hired them several times and would not hesitate to do so again.
Web Marketing Coordinator
Harvey Building Products
– He leads a hard-working team which is extremely customer focused. Their first priority is always ensuring customer deliverables are met.
Ken Attard, VP Operations
– Pritesh is one of the rare individuals who absorbs complex information quickly and is proactive in providing services. There is a commitment to quality and care I really appreciated. I highly recommend him and the team we are working with.
Peg Hendershot, Executive Director
Career Vision/Ball Foundation
– …totally dedicated to his work…maintains good customer relationships by giving clients the latest and the best. His time and resource management makes him a perfect team leader.
Vikam Pendse, Subject Matter Expert
Sr. Program Manager
Rajesh amassed considerable technical knowledge and developed exceptional leadership abilities over his 18 years in the IT industry, building a solid foundation for his role as zCon’s Senior Program Manager. His diverse background information technology, including supporting U.S. and U.K. clients, and his ability to mentor and motivate teams are key factors, as he supervises every phase of the project life cycle. His drive, determination and commitment to excellence is reflected in both the in the confidence of zCon’s directors and the kudos he receives from satisfied clients.
His leadership style focuses building strong, requirements-based project teams; identifying the best-suited team members for each project, then assigning tasks capitalizing on their strengths, while also challenging them to expand their technical skills and refine core competencies. Rajesh is motivated by mentoring young professionals one on one, as well as partnering them with senior team members, ensuring they are provided opportunities to learn and grow.
Rajesh’s major projects cover a wide spectrum of industries and interests, from adventure sports (TruSnow) to social networking (1HappyLife), to construction estimation (Methvin). In field of healthcare his experience includes: GINotes, Diagnetsis, Broadleafhealth, MiniEMR, TedOutcomes. In addition to managing projects, he helps HR in managing technical sessions and supports the sales team in pre-sale activities, as a key contributor of requirements analysis and feasibility studies.
He strives to remain current and conversant in industry trends—an ambitious endeavor in the always-evolving world of information technology. He recently completed a challenging, one-year fast-track program, earning an executive MBA in Internet Technology from Synergy University, a major accomplishment and outstanding complement his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Shivaji University.
He participates in numerous non-technical professional development sessions with industry colleagues to stay motivated and foster continued professional growth. His goal is to move into taking part in management decision-making processes as he continues to grow within zCon.
In his leisure time he enjoys traveling and sharing adventures with his 8-year-old daughter, such as their recent tiger safari trip. An avid train buff, Rajesh hopes to one day travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway line’s epic trip, traversing Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok.
WHAT his CLIENTS are SAYING
– Rajesh constantly proves himself to be highly conscientious and committed to doing whatever it takes to successfully complete his work. He goes above and beyond, staying very late—without complaint—to meet necessary deadlines. His communication skills are excellent and I appreciate Rajesh’s thoroughness in understanding requirements and ensuring his work meets our client’s objectives. The code he delivers is well tested and consistently great quality.
– I wanted to personally thank you for your work with the teD outcomes program; in particular, when I had erased so much data and you were willing to talk to me from home, then make sure everything was restored. This is just an example of your dedication and proactivity with us. I have little doubt your future is bright as you have all of the things necessary for success…good training, communication skills and the desire to make things work.
Thomas E. (Ted) Dreisinger, President
Therapy Advisors, LLC
Being a delivery manager at zCon, Ameya plays significant part in project and product delivery management, which includes everything right from the initiation of the project, relationships with regulars, uninterrupted headway of the project and accomplishment of the project. His myriad knowledge of Information and Technology, Systems management avails an advantage to him to drive projects techno functionally. After graduating in Business administration, Ameya completed certification in Systems Management and post-graduation in Information and Technology.
Prior to joining zCon, Ameya has 18 years of experience in delivering large scale programs in IT Software, Product development and Product testing for large, medium and small firms in Healthcare IT, e- Governance, Education, Finance and Accounting domains with end to end SDLC. Ameya has worked with numerous major clients across domains in various capacities right from Requirement gathering, analysis, Product / Project development and implementation & Support. Besides, software development, imparting training is his specialty.
In his spare time, on his personal front he enjoys travel, likes to try different cuisines across continents and outings with family and friends. Game of Cricket, Indian Civilization and Indian Politics are his areas of interests.