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Avaya looks to drive digital transformation in India with new R&D team

By Ashton Young
Tue 14 Feb 2017
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Avaya is reinforcing its commitment to India’s digital transformation.

The business communications, software, systems and services provider recently announced a new leadership team to drive product innovation in its research and development (R&D) centers across Pune and Bangalore.

The new team will help to ensure India remains a pre-eminent role in Avaya innovations – the country already being home to Avaya’s largest R&D center, providing more than 30 percent of worldwide product and solution development from its locations in Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

According to Avaya managing director for India and SAARC, Vishal Agrawal, innovation has been in their DNA since inception, being founded to develop superior communication solutions that help enterprises achieve their digital objectives.

“Our aim is to help drive growth in India by digitally transforming enterprises and organizations and by continuing to recruit, retain, develop and reward our people,” says Agrawal.

“These changes in the leadership team will enable us to accelerate our business momentum in the country by strengthening our position in the R&D sector.”

Agrawal affirms the new roles will enable Avaya’s R&D team to make more defined assessments of rapidly changing customer needs and accelerate the pace of innovation in creating solutions, helping to further strengthen ties with their major customers and partners across the country.

New roles and responsibilities

Patrick Peisker, who is elevated to Director of Customer Engagement Solutions from Product Management Director, Cloud Enablement, will be based out of Pune. He will head the Contact Center business unit in India, while encompassing product management. In his new role, Patrick will look after development, quality assurance and operations across R&D sites.

Raman Adlakha, who was previously R&D Director for Core Platforms and Endpoints, is moved to R&D Director Team Engagement Solutions. Raman will be leading the Team Engagement group, working on collaboration platforms providing UC Infrastructure solutions for enterprise and small and medium business customers, and also Avaya desk phones and phone apps, which are available for all major mobile and desktop operating systems.

Vivek Jaiswal, who is elevated to Senior Director and R&D Lead for the Avaya Networking Team will be based out of Bangalore. He will be responsible for all R&D teams from Avaya Bangalore, which includes engineering teams responsible for development and testing across Avaya Fabric Networking Portfolio. Vivek will provide strategic leadership for developing and enhancing Avaya Networking innovative solutions.

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