Sandeep Shilawat Joins Octo as Vice President of Cloud Technology

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Cloud expert and former ManTech executive will lead Octo’s Cloud Center of Excellence, guiding strategic planning, implementation, and best practices.    

RESTON, Va., August 8, 2023Octo, an IBM company, announced today that Sandeep Shilawat has joined the company as Vice President of Cloud Technology. In this role, he will be responsible for leading the development of real-world solutions and driving business outcomes while heading Octo’s Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE). Tasked with optimizing cloud and on-premises infrastructures that support mission objectives, the CoE increases performance, enhances reliability, and maximizes availability of hybrid cloud while establishing best practices and ensuring security.

Shilawat comes to Octo as a respected technology innovator and strategic advisor widely recognized for his deep expertise in the U.S. Federal markets. With a wealth of technical leadership experience in cloud, DevOps, data collection and analytics, 5G, and enterprise applications and solutions, he has contributed to the success of organizations including ManTech, Fannie Mae, InfoZen, and others.

Shilawat was instrumental in creating ManTech’s cloud Center of Practice and launching its proprietary cloud computing practice. He holds provisional patents for three cloud based innovations focused on multi-cloud management, cross domain cloud data management, and secure cloud for the tactical edge.

Prior to his tenure at ManTech, Shilawat was program manager for the NASA WESTPrime program at InfoZen, overseeing cloud and web services operations for NASA while managing cloud operations for InfoZen.

“Throughout my career, I have aspired to solve complex mission problems through innovation, hybrid cloud, and emerging technologies,” Shilawat said. “Octo, with IBM, is a prime place to practice innovation that serves important missions. It is part of their DNA, as it is part of mine.”

Sujey Edward, Octo’s Chief Technology Officer, said, “Sandeep holds profound expertise in technical leadership and systems engineering with a focus on cloud technologies that are the present and future of IT and integral to the success of our Federal Government customers. We are excited to have him join our CTO group as we create hybrid and other cloud solutions that integrate best practices and exceed expectations.”

Octo’s CEO Mehul Sanghani said, “We are extremely pleased to have Sandeep join Octo in this important capacity as we build on existing cloud capabilities and further integrate with IBM. With Sandeep’s history of success in the industry and the marketplace, we will be even better positioned to provide at-scale hybrid cloud offerings, for which IBM is known and respected.”

Shilawat earned an MBA in finance from George Mason School of Management, a master’s in transportation systems engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the College of Engineering Pune, India. He holds certifications in TOGAF, ITILv2, PMP, PgMP, SAFe/Agile, 5G, and multiple cloud technologies, including AWS, AZURE, and Google. A prolific writer and white paper author, he is a regular contributor to Forbes and SIGNAL and frequently presents at conferences and forums in the Washington, D.C. metro region.

About Octo

Octo, an IBM company, is a technology firm dedicated to solving the Federal Government’s most complex challenges, enabling agencies to jump the technology curve. We don’t just modernize. We create lasting change through best practices that help agencies implement and integrate at-scale, next-generation technology and innovation. We provide Artificial Intelligence, DevSecOps, Cloud and Infrastructure, Data Management and Analytics, Cybersecurity, and Low-Code/No-Code. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Octo delivers proven technology vital to the intelligence community and health care, defense, national security, and civilian agencies that directly impact our nation. Visit


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