Ashish Pujari has over 15 of experience in software engineering, IT strategy, and consulting. As a Director of Technology at IRI, Ashish leads the design and development of business analytics solutions for retail and CPG clients. He has successfully engineered highly scalable platforms for retail assortment optimization, pricing and trade analytics, and statistical modeling. Prior to joining the retail industry, Ashish was a Lead Technology Architect in finance, brokerage, banking, insurance, and communications domains for clients in Europe, North America, and Asia. He specializes in big-data analytics, cloud computing, algorithm development, application and database design, and decision management and visualization technologies. He also has vast experience with Agile methodologies and offshore development best-practices. During his early career, Ashish was a core team member in the first reference implementation of a BPML engine. Ashish has also contributed to open source projects and is an active member of several technology communities and user groups. He earned a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Analytics at the University of Chicago. His research interests include parallel and distributed systems and machine learning.