Sailaja Bhagavatula: It still doesn’t feel like I’ve been here for such a long time. Each day at Accenture has challenged me to do more, experiment in new areas and with new technologies, and build amazing relationships with colleagues from all over the world. In my initial days, Accenture was still setting up its operations in India. And I was probably among the first 100 people to join our Bengaluru office. Over the years, I have seen us grow from 100 to 100,000 people. During my career, I have also witnessed rapid changes in the IT industry—from Y2K and mainframe to Internet, cloud and now the digital and post-digital eras. Taking full control of the wheel, I went on to play diverse roles—setting up centers of excellence for emerging software-as-a-service technologies, managing delivery for large-scale projects and driving client-centric innovation programs.
Today, I am enjoying the most exciting phase of my career. As the CloudFirst practice lead in India, I am responsible for all the exciting work we do for our global clients using cutting-edge platforms such as Salesforce, Workday and Pega. And, as the I&D sponsor for India, I am passionate about driving our market leading Inclusion and Diversity programs that help Accenture in its mission to create and foster a ‘culture of equality’ driving innovation.