Location: Laurel, MD
Years in role: 2
Years at company: 2
SPIRIT OF INNOVATION: ERP International, LLC supports mission-critical health IT systems nationwide for federal agencies. “As the CTO, I am tasked with inspiring, challenging and mentoring ERP’s technical teams,” says Pradheeshan Coomaraswamy. “We ensure that our technical leaders and top-performing staff members each have a detailed individual development plan.” However, Coomaraswamy notes that education alone doesn’t instill a culture of innovation. For that reason, ERP employees are given the time and resources they need to apply what they learn to real-world problems.
QUICK TIP: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: “My team and I focus on identifying the IT tools that can act as force multipliers and can enable our customers to realize performance gains,” says Coomaraswamy. For example, using a solution from Amazon Web Services, Coomaraswamy and his team developed a low-risk way to modernize a customer’s IT infrastructure. “We also moved high-cost equipment and software licensing costs to a pay-as-you-go utility computing model, resulting in annual cost savings of up to 70 percent,” he says.
ABOVE AND BEYOND: “On coming to ERP, I was tasked with increasing the technical capability and industry recognition for ERP’s IT services division,” says Coomaraswamy. “We partner with software and hardware vendors to access technology demonstrations and community release previews of new software and hardware before they become available in the marketplace. ERP was one of the early adopters of Windows 10.”