Skip to main content

Sandesh Bhat

Vice President, India Software Lab


Full biography

Sandesh Bhat is the Vice President of India Software Labs (ISL) at IBM India. ISL is one of the largest development and innovation centers at IBM and has teams spread across five different Indian cities. As the leader, Sandesh is responsible for driving product development and technology innovation across several capability pillars including Analytics, Big Data, Social Business, Enterprise Security, Cloud Optimization, Smarter Commerce, Enterprise Mobility, Smarter Cities and Product and Service Innovation. He is also the leader for IBM Software Group cluster in India.

Having joined IBM in 1996, Sandesh has over 17 years of experience working with multiple client sets and in several countries. He has worked extensively with customers in the US, Canada, China, India and Europe, providing a consistent record of innovation and delivery.

Prior to this assignment, Sandesh served as Vice President of Messaging and Collaboration within IBM Software Group where he led a worldwide team responsible for development of several market-leading products in the areas such as web experience & portal, messaging, collaboration, social communication, mobile software and online collaboration services.

He has held a variety of leadership positions at IBM including Director of Development at IBM Lotus division, where he was responsible for product design, innovation and technology enablement supporting the ecosystem of Lotus products, collaborating with business partners, ISVs, customers and development communities. He has also  served as the Director of Technology and Innovation at the IBM CIO organization where he was responsible for the strategy and execution of product deployment, applications, emerging technology and innovation projects, including w3 – IBM's global intranet which has had revolutionary impact on over four hundred thousand employees in the company.

He has a Masters in Computers Science & Software Development from Marist College, New York and has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Mysore.