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Deepak Ghodke, Country Manager, India, Tableau Software

November 09, 2015
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Deepak Ghodke heads the India operations for Tableau Software, a global company specialising in data analytics. Prior to this, he worked with Hyperion. In fact, his association with Tableau started while he was at Hyperion. “I was asked to attend a company presentation of a new partner that was coming on board. Tableau’s work impressed me and I was hooked. Soon after Hyperion got acquired by Oracle, I joined Tableau in 2008,” says Ghodke.

As country manager, he primary focus is on expanding Tableau’s outreach, and ensuring that the company is known in the Indian market and has a broad mindshare. He drives the strategy for new customer acquisition, enabling them to see the benefits of data and its insights. He believes that with India’s intelligent and enthusiastic young population, there is huge scope for using data to arrive at meaningful decisions. Ghodke is of the view that data analytics can help revolutionise the telecommunications sector. “There is a huge amount of data in the telecom sector, often at the transactional level. However, the outcomes that people see from such data are unfortunately very static. Even though telecom is such a data-driven industry, the tools to effectively utilise this data do not exist. For example, a telecom operator’s decision to set up infrastructure in a place so that it can reach the broadest market can be aided by data analytics.”

Ghodke’s management style involves focusing on the strengths of each member of his team so that they can be aligned with the team and the company’s goals. His biggest strength is that he keeps himself informed about the developments within his team, his organisation and the larger market. “This could also be a weakness because then it takes a little longer to take calls on certain things,” he says. He stresses the need to be adaptable to change through constant learning.

A mechanical engineering graduate from IIT Bombay, Ghodke also holds a master’s degree in non-traditional manufacturing from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He loves to read, both fiction and non-fiction. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas has been his favourite book for a long time. Among contemporary authors, he likes Malcom Gladwell, especially The Tipping Point, for its anecdotal style. Ghodke also enjoys travelling with his family comprising his wife and 13-year-old daughter, and plans to visit various parts of the country they haven’t seen yet. Uluru in Australia is also on the family’s travel radar.


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