Shailender Kumar

Regional Managing Director,
Oracle India

"I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work."
-Thomas A Edison


EX: Biggest milestone in your life.
HIM: At Oracle, we are experiencing double digit growth in our cloud revenue and have doubled our customers in India. Even before the term ‘digital transformation’ became mainstream, internally, Oracle had started working towards making it a reality for our customers. Moreover, to help SMEs streamline operations, boost innovation and drive growth, we launched Oracle Digital Hubs. My efforts as a leader have borne fruit and today, India has emerged as one of the fastest growing cloud markets for Oracle globally. This is perhaps one of the biggest achievements in my career.

EX: Book(s) that have influenced your life.
HIM: ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business’ by Clayton
M. Christensen. 

EX: 3 habits you think are most important in order to be an effective leader.
HIM: Focus on challenging tasks, learn from people you admire and don’t neglect your health, but your health a priority.

EX: The best tech innovation according to you.
HIM: ‘Autonomous Database cloud’ is one of the best innovations the industry has seen. It heralds an era where technology will self-manage, self-secure and self-repair. This is a big shift in IT and we are leading it.

EX: Your upcoming career goals
HIM: Sustainability in an enterprise can mean small adjustments or a major reorientation. Information technology (IT) is itself not a big part of the problem, as it is estimated to contribute only a small percentage of global carbon emissions. But it can be a big part of the solution. In addition to data centre optimisation and other operational issues such as teleworking, companies can now leverage IT capabilities to facilitate sustainability initiatives across the enterprise in new areas, including fleet management, paperless billing, and construction and facility management,
among others.