Meet Raj Biyani
Raj Biyani, a 17-year Microsoft veteran, is the former Managing Director of Microsoft IT India, where he led the 1,200+ member engineering center from 2010-2015. Featured in a Harvard Business School case study "Microsoft IT India", under Biyani’s stewardship the Microsoft IT India leadership index improved from 51% to 99%.
Biyani is a tireless advocate for increasing the value-add and impact of multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in India, and towards that end, co-produced a documentary featuring MNC leaders in India, “Inventing the Zero, Reaching for Infinity: The story of India and its IT industry,” that was telecast on CNBC.
Before relocating to India, Biyani worked on several engineering teams within Microsoft product groups, including the Windows Marketplace team (precursor to the Windows Store). As General Manager in Microsoft IT, Biyani helped shape and accelerate Microsoft IT’s cloud strategy through the internal evangelism and adoption of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, including developing and deploying the first Windows Azure LOB application. Biyani recapped the learnings on moving to the cloud in a book he co-authored “To the Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise” – the Why, What, and How of enterprise cloud adoption, which highlights the key lessons learned and shares a 4E conceptual framework (Explore, Envision, Enable, Execute) for CXOs to leverage.
During his 17 years at Microsoft, Biyani was awarded several US patents, one EU patent, and established himself as a thought leader by authoring and co-authoring ten “ThinkWeek” papers for Bill Gates.
Biyani holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
He delivered the keynote address at Goshen College’s 117th commencement ceremony in 2015.
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