Leadership Team

Amit Babaria

Chief Executive Officer

With over 20 years of experience, Amit has the requisite experience to lead this company into becoming a name to reckon with. He is the founder of CIGNEX Technologies, Inc., a company that he co-founded 15 years back with a focus of providing open source based solutions to customers. He used to manage the Americas region, which contributed 90% of the revenues of the company. In 2011, CIGNEX was acquired by Datamatics and was renamed to CIGNEX Datamatics, Inc. Before CIGNEX, he was a Sales Executive for a boutique consulting firm called Challenger Systems.

Amit has an MBA in Marketing from JBIMS, Bombay and an Electrical Engineering Degree from VJTI, Bombay. He is married to Dharti and has 2 girls Simran and Jiya. Amit is an avid hiker (and wants to hike Half Dome every year), loves to play poker with friends and is a total sports buff.

Munwar Shariff

Chief Technology Officer

With over 25 years of experience in the technology world, Munwar is the brains of the company and responsible for defining emerging technology based services, products and solutions. He is the co-founder of CIGNEX, where he used to head everything technology — may it be technology implementations, technology partnerships, technology trainings and technology book publishing. A huge reason for CIGNEX being able to grow to a very successful company can be attributed to the fact that he was able to identify the trends before the trends became a trend, whether it was the move from proprietary to open source, or identifying the next big open source portal vendor or the ECM vendor or the move of big data projects from small pilots to huge business driven implementations. Before CIGNEX, he has worked in companies like TCS, Satyam and Challenger Systems in leadership roles.

Munwar authored five technical books. He has an Engineering Masters degree from NIT, Surathkal. He is married to Nafeesa and has a son Amaan and a daughter Muskaan. Munwar loves to play tennis if he ever gets free from reading about new technologies.

Arun Nithyanandam

Chief Revenue Officer

With over 17 years of experience, Arun is the Head of Sales for the company and would be responsible for bringing in what we need the most – revenue. Prior to Cappius, Arun was the first employee of CIGNEX and has performed a variety of roles in the company, right from being a developer to architecture to Project/Program and Product Management.
But what differentiates him from every other person is his change of discipline to come into Account Management and Sales and completely changing the way things were done at CIGNEX positively. His love and passion to make relationship care about customers and think of them as friends, his ability to understand customers from both the technology and business perspectives and being a conduit between the delivery team and the client is what sets him apart from other Sales people.

Arun is a computer engineer.  He is married to Sangeetha and has a daughter Advika. Arun loves to read whatever he can get his hands on and loves to talk about any topic that interests other people.

Surya Putchala

Lead, Big Data Analytics

With over 26 years of experience, Surya heads the technology initiatives at Cappius in the areas of Big Data, Advanced Analytics and High Performance Cluster Computing, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing. Prior to Cappius, Surya was Founder and CEO of ZettaMine Technologies. Surya is the creator of a Data Science Platform called “ZettaMine”, Commercial Analytical MDM application called “epaCUBE” and Procurement Optimization solution called “SolPro”.

Surya has held senior leadership roles with reputed firms such as GE capital, Cognizant, Accenture and HCL. Surya is passionate about building customer solutions in Data Science (Machine Learning, Statistical Analysis, and Natural Language Processing), Big Data (Hadoop, Spark, Storm, NoSQL) and helping customers with Technology Transformations (Strategy, Value Articulation, Architecture, Assessments, Portfolio analysis and rationalization).

Surya is the Vice President of TDWI (India Chapter), Gardener of “Hyderabad Hadoop Users Group”, Founder of “Hyderabad Data Science Group”. He graduated from IIT Kharagpur.