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My luck got me into IT: S Prabakaran

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My luck got me into IT: S Prabakaran

Born in Chennai, S. Prabakaran, CIO, Express Infrastructure Pvt Ltd lost his father at a very young age. After his father's demise, his mother raised him while she was working at FCI, India. Prabhakaran says his mother never tried to interfere in his career choices. "Starting from subjects, college, I decided everything on my own. This made me more independent. Growing up, I was not really focused and had no clear idea about what I wanted to do in life. I used to play cricket all the time and enjoy life."

S. Prabakaran completed his schooling in Chennai and went on to complete his graduation from Madras University. After completing his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, in 1989, Prabhakaran joined a Computer Diploma course from NIIT Chennai. Along with a Computer Diploma, he completed MCP (Microsoft certified professional), PGDCA. From St.John higher management school (madras university), he completed MBA in IT & Finance. Recently, he also completed the Online Blockchain Certified developers course from Blockchain.com.

He said that, "Growing up, I was only passionate about Maths, other subjects were not interesting to read at all for me, I studied them only for exams. Later, my Physics teacher motivated me to give importance to all the subjects and not only maths. Because I liked Maths, Computers became very easy to handle for me. I started growing interest in MIS and Statistics analytical with data."

Based on his NIIT certificate, S. Prabakaran was hired as an Assistant Manager in the IT department at MVR Industries Limited, a Chennai/ Singapore based MNC company. He was working there as a manager and was placed in Kollam, Kerala. He says at his first job itself, he got a lot of freedom and opportunity to move with management staff and provide and learn management requirements. "That was my first job and first time away from home. I remember staying at a company guest house. I managed factory production at Kerala- Cashew processing unit. It was a very interesting and big learning curve in my life. I studied a lot and developed a report using Foxpro, clipper programs. My teammates and I just worked a lot and we enjoyed it a lot as well. I remember all the cashew processing factory owners having a cinema theatre at Kollam and they used to give us new movie tickets every time."

Prabakaran says he can never forget young days. "We formed the ABC Cricket team with local friends and the same team played for more than 15 years. Every week we played tournaments. We really enjoyed our time on the playground. I can never forget those days." He still enjoys watching cricket tournaments in his free time. If not cricket, he likes to play Shuttle Kark with his son.

Prabakaran has worked as CTO at Colorplus for 12 years. He says, "Dr Shyam who was working with me as a CIO at Colorplus, guided me a lot. He was actually an MBBS Doctor. At his retirement age, he developed an interest in IT and joined Colorplus. Whenever I had any problem with the process or the important implementation of the project area, he helped me and advised on how to handle the difficult situation. His advice still helps me manage my work easily." Prabakaran has received many awards so far including Innovative CIO award, 2017 and Next CIO award 2017.

Prabakaran says his experience of working at Colorplus, helped him gain a lot of knowledge about retail + mall management. In the last 10 years working at Mall, he along with his team have developed and managed in-house ERP for mall management application including mall Property management, Lease Management, Rental /Energy Invoice management, Revenue share invoice management, 250+ Retailers interface POS sales data collection and management, Collection Receivable management, Food court management - MSR card systems.

"All the modules are developed in house with the help of a small development team, and Servers are managed internally, and all the DB, SQL Server designed and managed in house and successfully implemented. Mainly all the IT staff worked as a team, sharing all the inputs with me for more than 15+ Years as a team & family members," he said.

Prabakaran is passionate about supporting agriculture and the farming industry. He says he aims to support farming agriculture from home and support villagers which is almost complete. He likes to spend time reading and watching videos about agriculture, reading and studying new equipment and implementing new techniques. "I am very much interested in agriculture. So far, I have formed one agriculture farmhouse with 1500 Koya trees and 150 Sapota trees which I have purchased from Nellore. I spend my weekends and holidays managing this farm. I want to support village workers by providing them with a weekly, monthly agricultural job."

He says he wants to maintain smooth operations and setup of mall's IT. he believes in Simon Sinek's message that 'Leadership is not about being in charge, Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.' he says, "Everyone has own ideas and process, in this digital industry lot of opportunities will be available in future, so it is important to get in the industry with full confidence and try to reach the goal with help of your team. There is no age limit to learn new things in this industry. This is the only field where there are a lot of opportunities to learn and develop your skills."

Source: https://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/corporate-news/my-luck-got-me-into-it-s-prabakaran/82449511

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