Data for Dollars | Rajesh Kalidindi from LevaData

Despite their best efforts, large companies managing global supply chains inevitably leave money on the table. Working with one such enterprise, Rajesh Kalidindi came to understand this problem well. “Procurement teams, which manage trillions of dollars out there, are managing massive spend complexity—lots of suppliers, lots of parts to keep on top of.

The market volatility does not make it any easier.” Remarkably, many of these teams are still using Excel and other rudimentary tools to manage this massive spend. It seemed a good opportunity to develop something better.

So Rajesh founded LevaData, a company that uses artificial intelligence to analyze procurement objectives alongside real-time market activity to generate predictions and customized recommendations.

On this edition of UpTech Report, Rajesh discusses his experience working with these supply chains, how he identified the problem, and the way he’s used AI to form a solution.

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Rajesh has over twelve years of experience managing strategic sourcing and supplier management for multiple commodities and third-party manufacturing operations. He’s delivered significant bottom-line savings through data-driven procurement practices for Cisco and Palm.

An MBA with concentrations in supply chain management and information systems from Michigan State University, he is a thought leader on fusing human with artificial intelligence for procurement innovation.

LevaData powers the world’s smartest supply chains. LevaData helps global enterprises improve supply chain performance by optimizing costs, mitigating risks and accelerating new product development.

LevaData’s Supply Management platform leverages the power of AI, Community Intelligence and Supplier Network to deliver competitive advantage to customers by continuously identifying opportunities and risks, recommending actions and assisting in the execution




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