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I was born on August 10th, 1974 in Pilkhuwa, a small town in Dist. Ghaziabad Uttar Pradesh famous for Handlooms and also called "Handloom Nagri". My father is engage in our family business of Handloom and my mother is a house wife.

I have "Not Forgettable" memories of my childhood, spent most of the time in my home town till my graduation. When I was a child I had a dream to become a Chartered Accountant because of tons of CA's have been given by my home town. I was always a topper in Accountancy and Mathematics. I used to play Street Cricket, Badminton, Playing Cards, Marbles and UP's most famous "Gilli Danda".

I have a very interesting school time. You will surprise that there was a system in our home town where we can reach 5th standard in just 3 years. It was really interesting being all the classes A, B, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th can be passed in just six month each and I studied like that. One more interesting thing about our school we have to carry gunny bag to school to sit. As such in our home town there were no options available that time for sports, hobbies, travel, etc.

Being a small town I had study in lots of schools and colleges. I have study in Sarvodya Inter College from 6th to 10th standard. Being commerce was not available from 11th standard onward; I study in another college from 11th to 12th standard. And then I completed my Graduation from SSV (PG) College, Hapur about 13 km from my home town. Same time I did one year diploma cum training in computer application.

Practically I would like to say that my first job was with BLB Limited. There I join as an IT – executive and reached the highest level of IT department. I have work there for almost 13 years. Those are wonderful memories which I can't forget. I have Lead a team of IT & Networking Executives as the Chief Information Officer with BLB LIMITED, my responsibilities include smooth and glitch free functioning of the overall IT Department of the company with mission critical & real time business environment. I was also responsible for the IT compliances. I was reporting to the Chairman of the Company. I have been vastly successful in introduction and implementation of latest IT resources and technologies in the company and contributed significantly to the overall growth and profitability of the company by innovative ideas of cost reduction and resource optimization.

During my stint with BLB Group, I led the Program Trading Project and got the first algorithm trading approval from the stock exchange. I had also represent BLB in the computer committee of regional stock exchange.

Currently I am working with IIFL - India Infoline Ltd as Vice President – Technology & responsible to manage IT infrastructure for IIFL which consist a network of over 2000 business locations spread over more than 450 cities and towns across India.

Role & responsibilities at at IIFL:

Responsible to manage & provide IT support to:
10000+ desktops (Branches only)
5000+ VoIP network on Nortel
1000+ Internet VPN connections
500+ MPLS connections (512kbps to 8mbps)
300+ VSAT connections
200+ Physical Servers, 50+ Virtual Servers & 30+ Cloud servers
250+ L3 & L2 devices
100+ E1 links
20+ Very high speed Point-to-Point Lease line (10Mbps to 100Mbps)
5+ Datacenters
Implantation of DR/BCP.
Consolidation IT infrastructure from physical to virtual/cloud.
To reduce IT cost drastically
To provide High availability without using high level clustering licenses from Microsoft
To provide business next generation technology
Automation of IT process i.e. BOD/EOD process.
Standardization of IT practices.
Planning & monitoring of CAPEX & OPEX related to IT.
Leading the IT team of 250+ includes outsourced team.
Vendor management, product evaluation, negotiation and SLA monitoring.

The India Infoline group, comprising the holding company, India Infoline Ltd (NSE: INDIAINFO, BSE: 532636) and its subsidiaries, is one of the leading players in the Indian financial services space. India Infoline offers advice and execution platform for the entire range of financial services covering products ranging from Equities and derivatives, Commodities, Wealth management, Asset management, Insurance, Fixed deposits, Loans, Investment Banking, GoI bonds and other small savings instruments. It owns and manages the website, www.indiainfoline.com, which is one of India's leading online destinations for personal finance, stock markets, economy and business.

India Infoline has been awarded the 'Best Broker, India' by FinanceAsia and the 'Most improved brokerage, India' in the AsiaMoney polls. India Infoline was also adjudged as ''Fastest Growing Equity Broking House - Large firms' by Dun & Bradstreet. A forerunner in the field of equity research, India Infoline has won recognition for its top-quality, independent and incisive research and is acknowledged by none other than Forbes as 'Best of the Web' and '…a must read for investors in Asia'. India Infoline's research is available not just over the Internet but also on international wire services like Bloomberg, Thomson First Call and Internet Securities where it is amongst one of the most read Indian brokers.

A network of over 2000 business locations spread over more than 450 cities and towns across India facilitates the smooth acquisition and servicing of a large customer base. All our offices are connected with the corporate office in Mumbai with cutting edge networking technology. The group caters to a customer base of about a million customers, over a variety of mediums viz. online, over the phone and at our branches & franchisee.

Wife: Rashmi Goel. She is a house wife.

Son : Kunal Goel. studying in 5th standard and Tejas Goel studying in 3rd standard.

I can say that Hardworking with dedication can take you to the highest level of carrier in your professional life. Same time you need to balance your professional and personal life.

Management may find the IT solution costly before the implementation but once you show the results, it truly justifies with the ROI.

We should explore Cloud computing.

I live in present. Try to make your day the most beautiful day of your life.

Favorite Sportsment : Kapil Dev & Sachin Tendulkar

Favorite IPL Team : Mumbai Indians

Favorite Singer : Kumar Sanu

Food : Nandlal Da Dhaba in Darya Ganj, Delhi & Govinda in ISKON, Mumbai.

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