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Krishna C. Mukherjee

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Krishna C. Mukherjee is a thought leader, an inventor and a technology pioneer. He is a Microsoft veteran who was involved in the creation and development of Office and Windows. Over the years, Mukherjee has contributed energy and talent towards the success of Microsoft. His outstanding contributions have helped Microsoft to become an industry leader. [1]

Education[edit | edit source]

Mukherjee possesses an excellent educational background. He completed his high school education at Don Bosco school in Kolkata, India. He qualified to study science and engineering at the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). He earned his Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and his Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He specialized in AI and Robotics[2]. [3]

Early Career And Work at Microsoft[edit | edit source]

In 1988, Microsoft recruited Mukherjee from IIT Kanpur to create the architecture, design and develop software products. Mukherjee joined Microsoft at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. He worked as a Lead Architect and Engineer for Microsoft. He played a pivotal role in developing Microsoft’s most famous products: Office and Windows. He designed key features for Office, Windows and Visual Studio. These features include Page layout, Printing, Spelling and Grammar, WordBASIC, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE), Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), Component Object Model (COM), AutoFormat, Office Assistant and IntelliSense. Mukherjee’s outstanding contributions helped Microsoft to become an industry leader. [4]

In the late 1990s, manual filings took a significant amount of time. Insurance and other businesses had to deal with substantial amounts of paperwork. Time and effort required to complete the paperwork drained significant resources from corporate offices. In 1996, Mukherjee moved on to Wolters Kluwer in Manhattan, New York City. Here, he invented the Intelligent Filing Manager (INTELLIFM) to solve the high-volume forms publishing problem. INTELLIFM is an innovative system that allows users to perform filings in the 50 states of USA and Washington DC. It implements a dynamic and an adaptive Question and Answering (Q&A)[5] component that allows the users to answer filing-related questions in an efficient manner. It automates complex workflows in a user-friendly way. INTELLIFM represents the beginning of the now widespread use of AI[6].

Wolter's Kluwer, Bloomberg, and BVAL[edit | edit source]

Mukherjee functioned as the Chief Information Officer of Wolters Kluwer. He directed cross-functional teams to develop the award winning e-commerce sites CTAdvantage.com, CTInsuranceAdvantage.com, CTLienSolutions.com, hCue.com and MediRegs.com. Mukherjee’s software architecture transformed the way enterprises operated. He essentially created the Software as a Service (SaaS) model for transacting business on the Internet or “the cloud”. This model has revolutionized the way software is developed, delivered and consumed today[7].

Mukherjee’s automation of business workflows inspired the creation of new user-interface frameworks for Windows and open-source platforms. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) and Silverlight were developed under his leadership. During his professional career, Mukherjee has been a driving force behind various products that have solidified Microsoft’s domination over the home and office software markets.[8][9][10]

During the 2000s, Mukherjee directed the development of strategic software applications for global financial institutions such as Citadel LLC, Bloomberg LP and UBS AG. One such application is the Bloomberg Valuation Service (BVAL). It is a new standard in valuation that provides credible, transparent and defensible prices for a broad spectrum of financial instruments, including derivatives and structured notes. When it comes to pricing: traders, portfolio managers, risk committees, boards, regulators and ultimately the investor depend on the result. In BVAL, a rigorous process is applied to the data to generate prices that are rigorous, transparent and defensible. BVAL starts with the highest quality data integrated across a wide cross-section of market contributors. The data is scrubbed, cleansed and verified with every input and the output is tested for quality and consistency. Outliers, errors, and inconsistencies are scrutinized and resolved. Mukherjee created the BVAL pricing framework with well-defined architectural components. BVAL produces snapshots of security prices at designated times across the globe. The prices can be viewed on screen and can be consumed by calling services. Mukherjee researched and developed quantitative algorithms to price liquid and illiquid securities using market data and models[11]

Auto-pay and Omni-Channel Retailing[edit | edit source]

Mukherjee’s exceptional knowledge of technology has motivated him to create innovative e-commerce and mobile applications for online reservations of parking, space management and omni-channel retailing. In 2012, he created an automated payment feature referred to as AutoPay. The AutoPay feature enables customers to make reservations and purchases online using their bank accounts or credit cards. The customers can set up instructions to arrange for the payments to be taken out at regular intervals. After the instructions are set up, the payments are automatically deducted from the customers’ accounts. AutoPay is convenient, economical and secure. It helps customers to avoid paying late fees and improve their credit scores. Companies, in turn, get paid on time. Thus, AutoPay has created peace of mind for both customers and businesses. [12]

Icon Parking Systems (Icon) is the leader in providing parking services in Manhattan, New York City. It has more than 300 locations in Manhattan and the neighboring areas. More than 40,000 cars are parked daily at Icon's locations. Icon’s customers use Mukherjee’s AutoPay feature for paying their bills. By offering this feature, Icon was relieved of the burden of processing cash and paper checks. The company became efficient and highly profitable. Since then, many brands choose to offer AutoPay with their services. Today, this feature is used worldwide across various industries[13].

Mukherjee currently resides in New York. He serves as a Senior Executive of KWI[14]. He directs the design and development of cloud-based products for large enterprises. Further, he offers strategic management consulting services for premier organizations. [15]