Get to know: Salil Dighe
Salil Dighe, CEO, Meta Byte Technologies
As technology is getting smarter in every sphere of business and life, we believe big data and analytics, governance, risk and compliance are the technologies to watch in the year ahead.
What’s your career history to date? How did you end up working in Dubai?
I started my own IT business in Mumbai in 1992 and three years later, I sold my stake in the firm and moved to Kuwait after landing a job there. In 1999, I got a chance to work in Dubai with Schlumberger and in 2005, I joined Nokia to manage the Enterprise Security business here in Dubai. Prior to setting up Meta Byte Technologies in 2012, I had the opportunity to work for Varonis.
If you could improve one thing about the channel business what would it be?
The channel community in the Middle East needs to evolve in tune with advancements of technology in products and solutions, which requires reseller partners to evolve and arm themselves with new sales and technical skills. This is crucial if reseller partners are to complement their traditional business, which has come under margin pressure.
What do you dislike most about working in the Middle East IT market?
There is nothing to dislike, everyone is trying to survive but someone needs to be the best. We at Meta Byte Technologies strive to be the best and are bringing in the innovation to the business side of IT by virtue of the quality of intelligence and the passion to think differently.
What products or technology should the channel be watching next year?
IT is evolving faster and always changing. What matters the most is how the global and local business challenges are addressed. As IT is getting smarter in every sphere of business and life, we believe big data, analytics, governance, risk and compliance will be trends to watch in 2015.
What is your proudest career achievement to date?
After years of working in the regional IT sector, establishing Meta Byte Technologies in Dubai’s Internet City is one of the proudest achievements for me thus far.
What is the biggest challenge facing the Middle East IT channel?
The biggest challenge the IT channel faces is the lack of availability of right skills sets. In addition, partner attitudes to change from box pushing to adding real value.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Help others without any expectations and don’t believe in what others say.
Which IT company, other than your own, do you most admire and why?
I respect MetricStream Inc for its innovation in the governance, risk and compliance thought process and the company’s leadership in that domain.
What is the biggest mistake you have ever made since working in the IT market?
There is none that I can recall that come to mind.
What is your favourite thing about the company that you work for?
It has to be the creative thinking, thought leadership and innovation that Meta Byte Technologies is offering the enterprise segment in the Middle East market.
What sort of interests do you have outside of work?
Outside my work, my passion is wildlife photography and scuba diving. I try to do these activities whenever I have free time.