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Brian Alikhani is an experienced information technology professional and the head of global IT at AVID Center.
Brian Alikhani is a highly experienced professional in the IT industry with multiple degrees and a history of success to back up his expertise. He currently serves the AVID Center as their head of global information technology, where he leads in executive level planning, management, refinement, and the execution of strategic technology operations and visions. Through these responsibilities, he helps drive client service, improve cost management, and optimize returns on investments.
Alikhani is also in charge of aligning information technology with business strategy. He does this by prioritizing IT initiatives, fostering innovation, and coordinating the evaluation, management, and deployment of current and future development teams and IT systems across the organization. In this way, he serves as a model of collaboration, innovation, and customer service.
During his time with AVID, Brian Alikhani has mentored a cross-functional team to deliver world-class global IT services. He has also developed metrics and KPIs, balanced scorecards, and leveraged enterprise architecture and ITIL V3 to ensure their alignment with business goals, evaluate performance, and identify gaps. He is responsible for the development, design, and implementation of infrastructure and applications associated with several 24/7 processing centers in locations all over the world.
Other achievements that he has made with AVID include the design of an IT service delivery which adapts well to software systems of a diverse set. He is also responsible for boosting the company’s bottom line and managing their best practices as well as orchestrating the selection, evaluation, and implementation of commercial cloud-based and SaaS solutions for core business applications.
The total past professional history of Brian Alikhani has combined to make him the industry expert that he is today. This includes an extensive educational career and a number of major positions with impressive responsibilities and achievements.
With a number of degrees and many different technical proficiencies, he has made sure to get the most out of his education. He started out by performing his undergraduate studies at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. Here he earned his Bachelors of Science degree with concentrations in both Computer Science and Mathematics.
Afterward, he went on to study at the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ for his graduate program. Here he gained his Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Technology Management.
Still not finished, Alikhani then enrolled at Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from here with his PhD in Computer Science and a GPA of approximately 3.9. His dissertation focused on the “Rapid Implementation of ERP systems.”
On top of his many degrees, Brian Alikhani also holds a large number of technical proficiencies. These include the following examples:
- Business Objects
- Cloud Computing and Virtualization Solutions
- Crystal Reports
- Disaster Recovery
- Infrastructure Projects
- Microsoft Axapta
- Microsoft CRM
- Microsoft Exchange Server
- Microsoft GP
- Microsoft SQL Server
- OBIEE/Hyperion Business Intelligence
- Oracle Agile (PLM)
- Oracle EBS
- Windows Server
Alikhani’s Early Work Experience
He got his first real start in his professional career in 1986 as a Senior Engineer with LSI Logic in San Jose, CA. He held this position for six years, then went on to become the IS Manager with ASAT in Fremont, CA in 1992. He spent the next four years here, leaving the company finally in 1996.
In 1997, he joined the Apollo Group at the University of Phoenix in San Francisco, CA as their IT Director. This position lasted until the turn of the new millennium, and Alikhani left in the year 2000. Additionally, a year before that in 1999, he became a part-time faculty member with the University of Phoenix in San Jose, a position in which he served for seven years until 2008.
Alikhani’s Work with Lexar, Inc.
After leaving his position as IT Director with the University of Phoenix in San Francisco, he joined Lexar, Inc. in Fremont, CA as the Director and General Manager of IT. Here he directed global technology operations for the publicly traded, $1 billion consumer electronics company through their period of rapid growth and their eventual acquisition by Micron.
With Lexar, Brian Alikhani proved instrumental in helping the organization successfully spin off from its parent organization as well as build out its technology. He also developed the company’s technology strategy and led the project delivery in preparation for their acquisition and merger.
On top of this, he oversaw the company’s IT operations encompassing their enterprise system implementations, solutions design, business application development, client/server migrations, process automation, and voice/data. He also led a team of 18 members, including contractors, IT professionals, software engineers, DBAs, supervisors, and leads.
Alikhani’s Work with Corsair, Inc.
He left Lexar, Inc. in August of 2006 to join Corsair, Inc. in Fremont, CA. Here he became the Director of Corporate IT and led transformative business initiatives to position this $650 million hardware manufacturing company as a strategic and respected business partner for key clients. This was accomplished primarily through a realignment of IT and business units as well as through many internal improvements.
Over the next four years, Alikhani spearheaded the company’s vision and strategy for technology, building an IT roadmap to directly support business growth in several countries across the globe. These included 12 distribution centers, five call centers, and hundreds of retail and e-tail locations.
Brian Alikhani was also in charge of directing continuous migration to constantly improve company systems, thereby enabling consistent achievement of same-day shipping SLAs. He also authored a strategic three-year technology plan to centralize all IT operations and standardize business technologies.
This position lasted until October of 2010, when Brian finally joined the AVID Center.
For Brian Alikhani, the future mainly involves continuing to offer his current services as an experienced and dedicated professional in the information technology industry. The key to his success so far has been a combination of his knowledge of the industry and his ability to use the latest IT tools to help his clients accomplish their goals. Moving forward, he plans to continue improving upon his knowledge by keeping up to date with the latest developments within the industry.
For Alikhani, this means continuing to help the AVID Center in its mission to accelerate learning readiness in students from the elementary level through to higher education at the college level. AVID stands for “Advancement Via Individual Determination,” and the AVID Center is dedicated to serving all students across 16 different countries and territories. Their focus is on the least served students in the middle of academics, and they work by raising the expectations of their students. In doing so, these students rise to the challenge to better ensure their chances of receiving a complete and high quality higher education.
In addition, Brian is also planning on getting a job within his current industry as either a CIO or another high level executive. He explains that he wants to be able to utilize his skills to their fullest capacity in order to excel in the information technology industry to the best of his ability. In this way, Brian Alikhani hopes to continue learning and excelling at his professional career while simultaneously moving forward in his field.
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