Rama Prasad, VP of the IT solutions design group at CNA, offers an example of how such regulations can provide challenges for IT staffs.
"State departments of motor vehicles
require insurance companies to send them particular sets of information," he
..."Our job is to take care of business needs," says Rama Prasad, VP for a CNA IT solutions group.Rama Prasad is VP of CNA's solutions design group"When the business decides what to do, we figure out how to do it," says Rama Prasad, VP for the solutions design group within the IT department at CNA.
On average, his
group handles over fifty projects a month.
One of his
projects is the data sets required by various state departments of motor vehicles."We're designing a system and a process under which the states can change their minds about the data they want, and we can address that very easily.
"Our job is to take care of our business needs today and tomorrow as well.We design systems in such a way that it lowers the cost of total ownership and the cost of maintenance."Prasad
grew up in India.He received his BSME in 1982, just before he moved to the U.S. and began an MSCS program at the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Armed with his
1985 MS, he
worked for companies in several fields: Sprint, Ameritech
, a dot-com, and then Sears
.In 1995 he completed an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).A year ago he joined CNA.Working in IT for an insurance company isn't too far removed from the telecom and retail work he had done before, Prasad finds.
"My simple advice to people starting off is, first and foremost, to get a solid educational foundation," Prasad