Dr Raj Vishnu

Business and Technology Coach

Dr. Raj Vishnu (also known as Prasad Raj Vishnubhotla) has 44 years of R&D work experience in Computer Science, of which 34 years was in USA. From 1997 thru the end of 2015, he was leading software architectures for IBM USA in the areas of Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Business Process Management, Stream Processing, Big Data, Cloud PaaS and Cloud Marketplaces. Raj authored 6 patents issued to IBM in business process optimization, data mining and analytics.

Before working for IBM, Raj was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Ohio-State University, Columbus for 8 years, and later while pursuing entrepreneurship in high-performance computing for 3 years, also taught in Computer Science at University of Texas, Austin as an Adjunct Associate Professor. In his early career, Raj worked for 10 years at India’s National Software Center in T.I.F.R., Mumbai, building multi-processor software. His work on Multiprocessor Operating Systems at T.I.F.R. was published as a book by Prentice-Hall International in 1984. During these years, Raj also obtained his Ph.D. from TIFR.

Since 2016, Raj has been active as a mentor and business & technology coach for startups. Raj is also an angel investor. He was a member of Central Texas Angel Network in Austin USA during 2014-16, and has been a member of Hyderabad Angels in India since October 2016. He invested in 9 startups so far with 2 successful exits. Raj wants to utilize his experience with startups to contribute to healthy growth of startups. Raj is also incubating a few startup projects under the banner Tatpurnam Enterprises.


Chief Architecting data mining and analytics product for eCommerce at IBM which became the analytic component of IBM's WebSphere Commerce product.
As a lead architect from IBM's Information Management division, spearheading a stream processing initiative across IBM's research and software divisions. This cross-divisional effort later became IBM's InfoSphere Streams product.
Chief Architecting a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product SmartCloud for Application Services at IBM. The cloud deployment operational experience from this product later became the basis for the initial deployment of IBM's Bluemix product.
Co-authoring a book on Multiprocessor Operating Systems based on the work at T.I.F.R. published by Prentice-Hall International in the C.A.R. Hoare Series in Computer Science.


IBM (USA) Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for eCommerce Analytics.
USA National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award for research at Ohio-State University on Advanced Programming Systems.
IEEE (USA) Outstanding Paper Award for a publication on verification of distributed programs from his Ph.D. thesis at T.I.F.R.


Doctor of Philosophy (P.h.D.) in Computer Science, T.I.F.R. & Bombay University, June 1981 - May 1984
Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Computer Science, I.I.T., Kanpur, Aug 1972 - July 1974
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Mathematics, I.I.T., Kanpur, Aug 1970 - July 1972


Mentor and Business & Technology Coach (Jan 2016 - ongoing)
Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Austin (May 1997 - Dec 2015)
HyperSoft & Adj. Assoc. Prof. of Comp. Sc., UT Austin (Aug 1994 - May 1997)
Micro Electronics & Computer Tech. Corp., Austin (Aug 1992 - Aug 1994)
Assist. Prof. of Computer Science., Ohio-State Univ (Aug 1984 - Aug 1992)
Scientific Officer, National Software Ctr., TIFR, Mumbai (Aug 1974 - Aug 1984)

  1. Dynamic Optimized Datastore Generation and Modification for Process Models (with B.M. Parees, J.G.Thorpe), US Patent 7,882,142, Issued: Feb 1, 2011.
  2. Unified Relational Database Model for Data Mining Selected Model Scoring Results and Model Training Results where Selection is Based on Metadata Included in Mining Model Control Table, (with Albert Yao), US Patent 6,970,882, Issued: November 29, 2005.
  3. Storing Data Mining Clustering Results in a Relational Database for Querying and Reporting, US Patent 6,718,338, Issued: April 6, 2004.
  4. Method and System for Simplifying the use of Data Mining in Domain-Specific Analytic Applications by Packaging Predefined Data Mining Models, US Patent 6,820,089, Issued: November 16, 2004.
  5. Metadata System for Managing Data Mining Environments (with Albert Yao), US Patent 6,823,334, Issued: November 23, 2004.
  6. Method and System for Data Mining Automation in Domain Specific Analytic Applications, US Patent 6,636,860, Issued: October 21, 2003. Additional claims filed as part of US Patent 6,799,181 with the same title on September 28, 2004.

20+ research publications in the form of a book, book charpters, journal and conference papers.