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Kunal Mittal

(Chief Technology Officer, Cloud/SaaS/Big Data Architect)

Kunal has 20 years of design and development experience and most recently working as CTO for MindBody, Inc - a leading SaaS company in the Health and Fitness industry.

In his spare time, Kunal is an entrepreneur who guides startups in defining their technology strategy, product roadmap and development plans. With strong relations with several development partners worldwide, he enables companies of all sizes build appropriate development partnerships. He generally works in an Advisor or Consulting CTO capacity, and serves actively in the Project Management and Technical Architect functions. Kunal's core strengths are in architecting solutions and driving delivery using Open Source, Big Data, SOA, SaaS and Cloud technologies/platforms. Kunal has filed multiple provisional patents for various technology startups.

  • Consulting CTO and development partner for several start-ups in the SaaS, Cloud Computing, Web 2.0 and SOA space
  • Author or Technical Reviewer of 40+ technical books on Java, J2EE, WebLogic, SOA, and every major mobile platform (iPhone, BlackBerry and Android).
  • Speaker, Burton Catalyst 2011, "Integrating Corporate Apps with SaaS Apps for Single Sign On & User Provisioning, at Sony Pictures Entertainment"
  • Speaker, Burton Catalyst 2009, "Using Identity Virtualization to Mitigate Risk at Sony Pictures Entertainment"
  • Speaker, BEA World 2007, "Grow Your Business Effectively with Information on Demand: Sony Pictures Entertainment"
  • Panelist, BEA World 2007, "SOA, BPM and Web 2.0"
  • BEA Award for Liquid Portal Innovator for my Sony Pictures Television, on behalf of Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2006
  • Speaker, BEA World 2006, “Bridging the Gap with a Sales Portal: Sony Pictures Television”
  • ITIL V4 Foundation Certified (95%).
  • Producer for "The Sixty Fifth Art", a comedy feature film set in Victorian England (in pre-production).
  • Executive Producer for "Wings of Legacy", a short film about dance and disability.
  • Launched a boutique winery in the Paso Robles region, called LXV Wine. LXV Wine is inspired by the 64 Arts of the Kamasutra.
  • Licensed Private Pilot with Instrument Rating.

  • Author of "Blackberry for Work" (ISBN: 1430226269).
  • Author of “Pro Apache Beehive” (ISBN: 1590595157).
  • Co-author of “BEA WebLogic Server 8.1 Unleashed” (ISBN: 0672324873).
  • Co-author of “Sams Teach Yourself JavaServer Pages 2.0 in 24 Hours, Complete Starter Kit with Apache Tomcat” (ISBN: 0672325977).
  • Author of a white paper on “Web Services and the Real Estate Industry” (ISBN: B000066UGB). Re-published in “Web Services Business Strategies and Architectures” (ISBN: 1904284132).
  • Technical editor for “Pro Android Web Apps”, “Advanced BlackBerry 6 Development”, “Android Apps for Beginners”, "Pro Android Games", “iPhone for Work”, “Pro (IBM) WebSphere Application Server 7 Internals”, “Pro Javascript RIA Techniques: Best Practices, Performance and Presentation”, “Pro Android 2”, “Mac OS X Snow Leopard for Power Users”, “The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 with ActionScript”, “Pro Struts and Ajax", “Pro Tomcat 6”, “, Pro Agile Java EE with Scrum and XP”, “Beginning JSP, JSF and Tomcat Web Development: From Novice to Professional”, “Beginning Apache Struts”, “Pro Java Programming 2nd edition (Tiger)”, “Design Patterns for Web Services in Java” , “Teach Yourself J2EE in 21 Days, 2e”, “BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1 Kick Start”, “BEA WebLogic Workshop: Building Next Generation Web Services Visually (7.1)” , “BEA WebLogic 7.1 Bible, 2nd. Edition”, “Java 2 Enterprise Edition 1.4 Bible”, “Java Database Bible”.
  • Technical editor and co-author of “Java Database Bible” (ISBN: 0764549243).

Work Experience

MindBody, Inc, San Luis Obispo, CA (12/15 – Present) CTO and Acting CISO

Products and Technology

  • Responsible for Product Management, Technology Delivery, User Experience, Production Infrastructure, Project Management Office, Production Security & Corporate IT
  • Acting CISO, CIO and Head of Product
  • Total Budget Responsibility of 60+ million; delivered within 1% of budget last 24 months
  • Helped the company through multiple M&A in the last 12 months

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Culver City, CA (11/03 - 11/15) Executive Director of Enterprise Technologies

Enterprise Technologies (07/08 - 11/15)

  • 12+ million dollar budgetary responsibility in 2012-2013.
  • Lead the definition of an outsourcing and centralization strategy for Application Development and Maintenance; demonstrating how the company could save 35+ million dollars over 5 years. A combination of my plan and a plan from TCS is currently being implemented at Sony Pictures.
  • Heads the Identity Management (IDM) and Security program. Responsible for the implementation of a robust and global IDM strategy and compliance with Sony's Global Information Security Policy. Responsible for all IT security policies, strategies, technologies and implementation/operational support. This includes DR and BCP planning from a IT security perspective.
  • Experience integrating User Identity between traditional on-premise applications/directories and several different SaaS applications.
  • Heads the Enterprise Engineering group that is focused on best practices, reusable architectures and the definition and implementation of the Service Oriented Architecture Strategy.
  • Leading the adoption of Open Source platforms, and running the engineering for Portals, SOA, Web 2.0, Collaboration, Content Management and Mobile strategies. These include the migration from WebLogic to JBoss and Stellent to Alfresco. Participate in a Customer Advisory Board for Alfresco ECM.
  • Leading efforts to build an offshore, managed services program for several engineering and architecture initiatives to drive cost savings.
  • Defining metrics and processes to effectively measure the quality of work done by centralized IT groups; including the definition of a Sig Sigma, New Product Introduction (NPI) process.

  • Domestic TV Line of Business (11/03 - 07/08)

  • Led a mid size development and QA team of employees and contractors on the implementation of several Sales, Marketing, and Research applications for the Domestic TV business group. Responsible for all aspects of decision making where it pertains to technology and applications for the line of business.
  • Report directly to the Divisional CIO and work closely on the budgeting and planning process. Responsible for the overall IT budget for the line of business.
  • Developed technology strategies and led implementation efforts to create a more effective Sales Tracking application with on demand capabilities to access complex data such as availability information, ratings information and other data critical to be able to sell TV product and Ad spots.
  • Responsible for the technology due diligence activities for several acquisitions around Ad Sales vendors, and user generated content (video) companies.
  • Budgetary, management and technical responsibilities for a 14 million dollar Sales and Availability system, involving several different departments, a large data mart development and a complete front-end reporting and deal data entry and tracking application.
  • Served as the PM and Architect for a project to replace the Domestic TV B2B site that serves as a portal for all syndication and PPV marketing and programming content. All SPT customers (station groups, affiliates) connect to this site to get up to date broadcast schedules and formats, marketing content, promotional materials etc.
  • Architected a solution to integrate Nielsen Ratings information with IMDB product information to allow the Cable Sales team to access competitive information as part of the sales process.
  • Architected the re-design of the sales, financial and distribution mainframe system to enable the support for new sales models, real-time availability calculations using a data warehouse, and a more integrated workflow/tracking system.
  • Architected and led the efforts to build a Contract Management Process and system for the Creative and Business Affairs teams to manage the lifecycle of new TV product from concept to pilot to development.
  • Working directly with the CIO to build an offshore support team in India using leading vendors such as TCS and Wipro.
  • Technical advisor for an enterprise SOA initiative – from requirements, use cases to implementation and adoption. Started and led an informal education “Community of Practice” for cross functional teams to discuss adoption of SOA.
  • Participated in an initiative to transform the IT division into a Services based model, using ITIL principles. Part of a core team to implement the Incident Management, Change Management and Problem Management processes.
  • Member of an enterprise Architecture Working Group that is responsible to make recommendations to a Architecture Governance Board, led by the VP of Architecture.
  • Member of the IT Leadership group, a group of IT thought leaders at Sony Pictures. Member of the Team Innovation Leadership group, that serves as a catalyst for business-it alignment efforts.
  • Architected solutions to expose existing business applications on mobile devices such as the Blackberry and iPhone.
  • Architected the conversion of several Lotus Notes databases into J2EE applications that integrated with the Portal.
  • Architected several reusable component, across the LOB and the enterprise – ad hoc query, Stellent, etc.
  • Implemented several projects for Sony Pictures Television using WebLogic Portal.  This site is the primary B2C, B2B and B2E application for the Domestic Television business group.
  • Project included Portal development, J2EE application development, and integration with Stellent for content management, Business Objects for report and several databases.

Live Area, LLC, Hawthorne, CA (05/2003– Present) Founder, CTO
  • Live Area is the LLC that Kunal uses to provide movie production and IT consulting services.
  • Founder, CTO of a startup in the Spend Management space that provides a solution for Enterprises to manage and optimize the money spent on employee cell phone reimbursements.
  • Working as a SaaS and Cloud Computing Advisor to a startup called AnalytixOnDemand that provides a BI/SaaS solutions to different verticals with an initial focus on Healthcare and SalesForce.
  • Working with Bodhtree Consulting, an offshore development company to form a SaaS Center of Excellence.
  • Mobile Experience: Extensive experience building applications for blackberries and iPhones.
  • Storage/Archival solution: Served as the Advisor to a company that is launching a new product in the storage and archival space. This product will solve traditional problems with tape backups using a 3 tiered storage architecture of Flash memory, solid state hard disks and Blu Ray. I am focused on the definition of the product requirements for the Digital Media space.
  • Web 2.0 - Twitter like application: Served as the Consulting CTO for a startup to help them define their product features, technology strategy and implementation plan for a Web 2.0, Twitter like application in the Investor Relations space. This application will be available on the Web, IPhone, Blackberry and as desktop widgets.
  • Web 2.0 - Evite like application: Served as the Consulting CTO for a startup to help them define their technology strategy and offshore development strategy for a Web 2.0 application that is a mix of Twitter, Evite and Web 2.0 social networking type features. This application will be available on the Web, IPhone, Blackberry and as browser widgets.
  • Offshore partner with Bodhtree for a start-up called Popcorn Home Entertainment, that focuses on DVD delivery with Video of Demand services. Responsible for Project Management, Technical Implementation and delivery of the system that will process orders and shipments from the users on a cable box through the delivery of the DVD to the customer.
  • Chief Information and Technology Officer for a social networking start-up. Helped build a social technology based on Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 paradigms; filed provisional patents around security and access. Coordinated and managed an offshore vendor for the development to the Alpha release stage.
  • Managing offshore projects with niche Indian software companies such as Bodhtree and CoreObjects.
  • Authored and edited several books and articles. See list of publications .
  • Helped a financial services firm in India, diversify into IT and establish a WebServices consulting organization. Developed initial business plan, and marketing strategy. Secured initial three clients to establish positive cash flow immediately.
  • Worked with Infosys Technologies Ltd, in Pune, India on a Web Services initiative to develop Web Services awareness. Helped define consulting methodology, sales and marketing methodology and consultant technical awareness programs to develop a Web Services practice.
  • Implemented a BEA WebLogic Portal and BEA WebLogic Integration project for Novartis in Mexico. Was responsible for overall architecture of a BEA deployment, using Portal, Integration and WebLogic Server. Developed several Webflows, input processors and pipelines. Managed teams for the consulting firm and Novartis developers on this project.

iRise Inc., San Francisco, CA (05/00 – 05/02) Senior Consultant / Technical Architect
  • Internal Applications for iRise - Architected various internal applications such as a recruiting application, time and expense application and an ERP application to manage consulting projects and consultants. Developed the technical architecture, and led the development team. Created mobile interfaces to the application, and Web Services wrappers using WebLogic Workshop and Apache AXIS. Worked with BEA Integration (AI, B2B and BPM) and WebLogic Portal. Used a hybrid of RUP and XP and Rational Rose tools for design and implementation on projects. Was responsible for requirements analysis, estimation and responsible for on-time project delivery.
  • Broadband Industry - Architected and developed an e-commerce application to be used to sell different types of self install kits for Cable Modems and DSL. Created an Enterprise J2EE architecture across numerous IT departments and consulting firms working on several IT projects. Was responsible for the project plan and timeline management. Interacted closely with the client to setup development, QA, and production environments, licensing issues and other administrative functions required for a successful deployment.
  • Entertainment Industry - Delivered a detail proposal and technical architecture for various clients in the Entertainment industry. These proposals ranged from applications for a trading system for the entertainment stock market and a digital asset licensing system for sound and music clips. The technical architecture was based on the use of J2EE technologies and MVC architecture and Struts, to be deployed on WebLogic The proposal included a detailed project plan with risk analysis, testing strategy and a high level functional design.
  • Supply Chain integration / Logistics - Helped a startup architect a supply chain platform using the J2EE architecture with best-practice design patterns, optimized EJB usage, for deployment on WebLogic. The application integrated with a rules engine and various reporting systems such as Crystal Reports. Used Struts as part of the MVC development framework.

Nextera Interactive, San Francisco, CA (12/99 – 04/00) Engineer / Consultant
  • Frisbee League Management Site - Developed various algorithms and utilities for managing a Frisbee league. These included complex ordering of players and drafting of teams. Architected a J2EE framework including an XML exchange layer to be used by other developers to develop a web application for the management of the league. Developed a reusable MVC framework which resembles what Struts is today.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL (06/99 – 12/99) - MIS Specialist
  • Responsible for developing intranet and custom applications for the “Supervision and Regulation” department in order to assist in the supervision and control of various banks that fall under the mid-west district of the FRB.
  • Designed and developed intranet applications in Java, using the SilverStream and WebLogic application server and a MS SQL database.
  • intained the department intranet on a day to day basis using (HTML, JavaScript, DHTML, Photoshop, and Acrobat).

Beloit College Beloit, WI (08/96 – 05/99) - NT 4 Administrator and Teaching Assistant
  • Managed NT 4 servers operating as file/print/application servers. Initiated UNIX-NT integration. Responsibilities included writing PERL scripts for accounts/directory synchronization and performing day to day administrative tasks such as directory replication, backups, and domain management. Installed FTP and HTTP servers and a UNIXshell.
  • Provided one-on-one as well as group tutoring help to students of introductory and intermediate level in CS and Physics classes in C++, Algorithms, and Digital Systems. Mentored students on Java, C++ pointer manipulation, sorting, searching and graph algorithms, and NPCompleteness.


  • Cloud & SaaS Platforms: Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, Identity Management in the Cloud etc.
  • J2EE Platforms such as JBoss, Tomcat, WebLogic, AquaLogic and some WebSphere.
  • Open Source and Collaboration Platforms such as LAMP, Alfresco, Drupal, Facebook, WordPress, Twitter etc.
  • Extensive SOA and Web Services experience on different technology stacks.
  • Web 2.0 Platforms such as Blogs, Mashups, Facebook API, and other Social Technology.
  • Architectural Experience: Python, DJango, Ruby on Rails, .NET, RIA (Silverlight, Adobe Flex/Air), Blackberries & iPhones mobile development.
  • Development Methodologies such as Waterfall Model, RUP, and Agile Methodologies such as Extreme Programming and Scrum.

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