Himan is the newest Business Development Manager to join the ClearPeople team. Coming straight from Microsoft and armed with over 9 years of experience in the IT industry, he has been at the forefront of cloud technologies. We interviewed Himan to get to know more about his role and life outside of work.
Hi Himan, how are you?Very good indeed, thank you!
Tell me about your first week...
It’s been great actually! In my first week I’ve been focused on reviewing our opportunities in order to generate more value for our customers. I’ve been engaged with the Microsoft chaps to talk through the best in-class solutions we have on offer for our clients to get the most out of their technology investments, with the view to meeting with them personally to agree on next steps as to how we can get some great projects out there. I’ve also been getting to know the team and doing the rounds!
Can you tell us about your background and how long have you’ve been in the IT industry?
I’ve been in the IT industry for about 9 years now. I started my career with a very small company based in Bournemouth. Actually, if you take a step back I was born and bred in India. I came here to do my masters in Birmingham and then headed to Bournemouth. I lived on the beach for about three years [queue massive grin!] so it was fantastic - a great night life and all that good stuff. I worked there for about three years and then transitioned to Hitachi Data Systems. I was responsible for Net-new acquisitions for Hitachi for two years and then migrated to Microsoft for around three years to drive cloud revenue, predominantly on Azure, but of course you talk about Office 365 and EMS, among others.
If you had all of your clients on speaker phone right now, what one piece of advice would you give them?
Don’t be afraid of the Cloud! Because as you know, a lot of companies are hesitant to take that step.
What do you do for fun outside of work?
I love hanging out with the team and with friends. I like camping as well – I went glamping with my wife a few times last year, taking camping to the next level! I play an instrument as well, it’s an Indian instrument called the tumbi - it only has one string.
If you could sing one song on X Factor, what would it be?
Mate, I’m not a singer. But I’m more of a dancer! Put a song on and I’ll be movin’! I’m not a singer in any way, shape or form. When we all go clubbing one day I’ll show you guys some moves!
[We’re holding you to this, Himan!]
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title would be?
That’s a good one – probably Slumdog Millionaire!