Automation Renaissance Part 3: Hiding Complexity with Automation featuring Prakash Kota, SVP and CIO, Autodesk

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Everybody loves saving time and money, which are natural results of automation. There can be fear around automation and it taking jobs away, however, the truth is that automation can make jobs more meaningful by reserving people’s time for tasks requiring good judgment. Today our return guest, automation expert, and CIO of Autodesk, Prakash Kota, sheds light on what automation is unlocking for an improved employee and customer experience across the spectrum of product innovation. From increasing business efficiency, to increasing sustainability around product development, automation is paving the way for a better tomorrow.

Tune in to learn:

  • How has the evolution of Autodesk been driven by automation? (04:06) 
  • Why is it so important to be selective about what you automate? (12:46) 
  • What kind of culture fosters a citizen-development mindset? (14:46)
  • How does Autodesk use Salesforce to provide the best customer experience? (21:18)
  • Automation brings sustainability benefits, especially with physical product creation (25:41)
  • Finding the balance between Independence & Innovation and Commonality (35:31)



Catch up on the full three-part Automation Revolution:
Automation Is Just the Beginning for Business — Here’s How the IT Leaders Are Taking It to the Next Level.


About the Guest:

Autodesk CIO Prakash Kota is responsible for the company’s global infrastructure, enterprise operations, and workforce collaboration and productivity services. Millions of Autodesk customers around the world depend on Autodesk products for their business livelihood. Kota’s team ensures they have access to their products and entitlements in a reliable, resilient, and highly available environment. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from the University of Madras in Chennai, India.

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