Employee Highlight: Piyush Malik


SpringML: What is your current position at SpringML?

Piyush – In my current role as SVP & Head of Google Business Unit, I’m responsible for Client Strategy, Sales and Engagement Success for key enterprise accounts. Being a trusted advisor and partner to my clients in achieving their transformation journey and  business objectives has remained my guiding principle for the past three decades. I started at SpringML as Vice President of service delivery which was essentially the west coast delivery head role for the Salesforce practice. As SpringML pivoted, I took on the Google Delivery leader role when we established Google Cloud practice from scratch and grew it to a respectable number rapidly much bigger than our Salesforce practice in the past 2 years and earned premier partnership certification with Google in machine learning and Data Analytics. I have had the privilege to lead delivery and engaged with over 70 clients across  a wide variety of industries with projects ranging from Einstein Analytics, Cloud Strategy & Planning, Cloud Migration to GCP Architecture & Roadmapping to Machine Learning and Data Science engagements.

SpringML: What’s the first thing you do when you come into work and last to wrap up the workday?

Piyush I start each day with gratitude. Getting up early on a weekday irrespective of when I sleep at night, checking messages and getting a headstart on the day to plan each day for 15 minutes  before my morning client calls has become a routine. If I am not travelling to a client site, I try to end the day after dinner with some light reading or catching up on the news.

SpringML: Before joining SpringML, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Piyush Despite being in the  industry for the past 30 years, I have not changed jobs as frequently as today’s generation considers normal. Yet, I have been privileged to travel  for business to a variety of client locations or conference venues around the world. The most fun I had was while setting up a new competency area in Advanced Analytics and Big Data for IBM about 9 years ago when I was globetrotting frequently and visited 10 cities in a span of 2 weeks and got to see 2 wonders of the world on 2 consecutive weekends! ( in case you are wondering,  they were the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India)

SpringML: If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Piyush – One mentor would not be enough for the multifaceted dimensions we need to develop to be happy  in life. I have had a few mentors in my professional life already starting from my first job out of school (and I am still in touch with them to date), yet I am still searching for more.  I believe that one needs to have a set of mentors spanning profession, industry, business, finance as well as spiritual dimensions akin to personal Board of Directors. 

SpringML: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Piyush – Let me give two here:

  1. My parents used to say, “Hard work trumps talent and never goes waste”  and I completely agree there.
  2. When I started hiring for the first time in my career, my manager Mike gave me a tip on how to hire the right “Attitude is better than Aptitude”

What are 3 words to describe SpringML?

Piyush – Agile, Collaborative, Customer-Obsessed

SpringML: Best vacation you’ve been to?

Piyush – Hawaii !!

What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?

Piyush – If you are like me,  then you have several apps you’ve downloaded but not yet used.  For the longest time, it was Groupon App that I downloaded a few years ago but I ended up using it for the first time last month. Earlier this year,  I downloaded the standalone UberEats app but am yet to use it!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Piyush – Travelling and Volunteering for a variety of Non-Profit causes. Some pics below:

Employee Highlight Piyush Malik
Employee Highlight Piyush Family Pic
Employee highlight Piyush Malik

How do you find a work/life balance?

Piyush Balance is an oxymoron – I believe in integrating work and life together and finding time for what’s  most important.