Gautam Bhat is a Senior Technical Staff Member and an Associate Director with IBM’s GTS Labs. In this worldwide leadership role he is responsible for driving hybrid cloud solutions for clients and the development of Cloud offerings and cognitive solutions. Gautam is TOGAF certified and an Open Group Distinguished IT Specialist and leads IBM's IT Specialist Profession for India/South Asia region comprising of about 50,000 IT Specialists.   Gautam is a co-chair for the Open Group's SOA Certification project comprising of several industry representations (participants) from Infosys, TCS, CTS, American Express, Siemens and IEEE . This group has published several white papers since 2013.   Gautam is an IBM Inventor, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology Team and a Business Facilitator for IBM's Technical Leadership program (which was ranked top 10 by LearningElite) and is also a Sales Advisor for IBM's Global Sales School program.   Gautam has several publications, patents and conference presentations to his credit and is a regular speaker @ Enterprise Architecture forum in The Open Group. He is frequently invited to talk on CAMSS at several International conferences such as Systems Engineering conference, OpenSource conferences and like. Gautam is a chief mentor in the area of career growth, technology and leadership. His protegees vary from school/college students to fresh graduates to mid-line professionals to veterans. He believes in result-oriented mentorship and invests sufficient time on this giveback activity.