After Hours: Anish Kanaran, Epicor
Anish Kanaran, Regional Channel Director (MEA) at Epicor
Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick.
How did you come to be in your current role?
I have been with Epicor since August 2011 and this is my second innings at the company. I worked for Epicor in the UAE from 2005 to 2007 and I then moved to Microsoft Saudi Arabia. In 2011, when I was approached by Epicor for my current role, it excited me as I had already worked with most of the senior executives across the globe and I knew that it would be great to work with them again.
What is your management philosophy?
Passion (love what you do); excellence (always try to make it better); and teamwork (together we always achieve and deliver the best).
What was your first computer, and when did you first use it?
My first computer was an IBM PC and the year was 1986.
What would you say is your greatest achievement in your professional career?
My greatest achievement is my hands-on experience and expertise of all the major global ERP solutions such as Epicor ERP, iScala, Microsoft Dynamics, ORION, BaaN, Intuitive ERP and SAGE that I have acquired during the last 20 years of my professional career.
What would you say the biggest mistake you have made in your professional career?
Just like all of us, I also have an entrepreneur somewhere hidden within me and, at one point in time, I had the opportunity to go ahead and pursue my entrepreneurial dream but I chose not to, and I believe that was the biggest mistake in my life.
What is your fondest memory of working in the Middle East IT industry?
Working on an ERP project for one of the biggest telecom vendors in Saudi, in particular, is my fondest memory in the Middle East’s IT industry. It meant that I had to work very closely with the local community, and I made friends for life with some of the excellent people I worked with.
What technology do you think will have the biggest impact on the market in 2015?
Mobility will continue to be a top trend to watch during 2015. This disruptive technology is changing the way people work and engage with their enterprise applications — bringing productivity gains, flexibility and actionable business insights to drive increased profitability and success.
What’s the best way that you deal with stress?
I am a yoga enthusiast and I believe that it’s the best way to kill stress.
Number of years in the industry: 20
Favourite food: Sushi
Holiday destination: Miami, Florida
Music: Indian Classical
Dream car: Maserati Ghibli S
Movie/Book: Straight From the Gut, by Jack Welch
Piece of advice: Be yourself and deliver the best