Get to know: Paulo Pereira at Nutanix
Paulo Pereira, Vice President, Pre-Sales and Systems Engineering EMEA, Nutanix

Get to know: Paulo Pereira at Nutanix

Describe your current job role and business model?

As the Vice President for Pre-Sales and Systems Engineering for Nutanix in the EMEA region, my role is integral in leading the pre-sales and systems engineering teams, focusing on aligning our advanced technology solutions with our customers’ diverse business needs. A key part of my job is to drive customer success and support our sales teams in understanding and addressing the unique challenges and objectives of our clients.

Nutanix operates as a 100% channel-led organisation, which means our business model is deeply rooted in working collaboratively with channel partners to deliver our solutions. This approach allows us to leverage the strengths and local expertise of our partners, ensuring that our customers receive the best possible service and support tailored to their specific regional needs.

This strategy is underpinned by our hyper-converged infrastructure technology. We provide software-defined storage, computing, and networking services that are not only flexible and scalable but also efficient. Our hyper-converged infrastructure simplifies data centre operations, enabling businesses of all sizes to customise solutions that meet their specific needs.

What are the strengths that you bring to this role?

One of the key strengths I bring to my role is my extensive 24-year experience in the field, encompassing multiple cultures and countries. My international experience, including living in and managing teams across diverse geographies, has been instrumental in shaping my approach. This journey, marked by 16 significant years at Cisco, has endowed me with a deep and broad understanding of the pre-sales landscape.

This progression through various roles has not only equipped me with a comprehensive skill set but also provided me with invaluable insights into every facet of pre-sales operations. My experience in professional services further complements my pre-sales expertise, enhancing my ability to understand and anticipate customer needs more effectively.

Please describe expectations and pain points of customers?

A primary concern is managing IT needs within increasingly tight budgets. Today’s businesses are under pressure to enhance performance and drive innovation, often with limited financial resources. This situation demands a delicate balance between cost efficiency and high-quality performance.

Another significant challenge is the complexity of integrating with multiple cloud providers. The shift to a multi-cloud environment, while beneficial for flexibility and scalability, introduces complexities in integration and security. This is further complicated by the need for diverse skill sets unique to each cloud provider, adding to the resource strain.

Furthermore, the rapid advancements in AI have led to a growing expectation for IT teams to leverage this technology. Businesses are looking to their IT departments to use AI for data analysis, predictive insights, and process automation. Nutanix addresses this need with solutions like GPT-in-a-Box, a turnkey AI solution that enables effective implementation of GPT capabilities.

How can a channel partner disrupt the regional market?

Our channel partners are playing a pivotal role in disrupting the regional market, particularly through their proficiency in delivering multi-cloud and AI solutions. The market is showing an increasing eagerness for these technologies, and our partners are at the forefront of this transformation.

Firstly, with the multi-cloud solutions that Nutanix offers, our channel partners are equipped to address a growing demand for flexible, scalable, and efficient cloud infrastructures. They are disrupting the market by helping businesses seamlessly integrate and manage multiple cloud environments.

This capability is especially crucial as organisations look to optimise their operations and reduce costs, while still maintaining high levels of performance and security. Our partners’ expertise in multi-cloud solutions positions them as valuable allies for businesses navigating the complexities of modern cloud infrastructures.

Secondly, the AI solutions provided by Nutanix, such as GPT-in-a-Box, are another area where our channel partners can make a significant impact. As businesses increasingly seek to leverage AI for data analysis, predictive insights, and process automation, partners delivering these advanced capabilities will enable organisations to implement AI solutions effectively, ensuring full control over their data and applications.

This expertise in AI is not just a market differentiator; it is a significant change, allowing partners to meet the evolving needs of businesses in the region.

In essence, by offering high levels of proficiency in multi-cloud and AI solutions, our channel partners are not just participating in the market – they are actively reshaping it.

Which non-competitive business do you admire?

In the realm of non-competitive businesses, I greatly admire SpaceX. Their groundbreaking work in space exploration and technology is not just innovative but inspirational. As someone deeply interested in astronomy and the universe, I am fascinated by how SpaceX has revolutionised space travel, making it more accessible and sustainable.

Their vision of making life multi-planetary and their achievements, like reusable rockets, are a testament to human ingenuity and the relentless pursuit of seemingly impossible goals. It is this kind of forward-thinking and boundary-pushing innovation that resonates with me, both personally and professionally.

Which aspects of your job role are rewarding, which challenging?

One of the most rewarding aspects of my role at Nutanix is the opportunity to work with a diverse range of customers and partners across the EMEA region. This diversity is not just geographical; it encompasses a wide array of industries, business models, and cultures. Each day brings new interactions, fresh perspectives, and unique challenges, making my job incredibly enriching and fulfilling. The chance to build and nurture these relationships, understanding their unique needs, and helping them achieve their goals is what I find most gratifying.

The challenge, however, lies in keeping pace with the ever-accelerating speed of technological advancements. The IT landscape is constantly evolving, with new trends, tools, and methodologies emerging regularly. Staying abreast of these changes, while ensuring our solutions and strategies remain relevant and effective, requires continuous learning and adaptation. It is a demanding aspect of my job, but it is also what keeps it exciting and ensures that I am always growing professionally.

How do you like to de-stress off work?

After a day at work, the best way for me to unwind is by spending time with my family. My wife and four kids are the heart of my relaxation routine. Engaging in activities with the kids, sharing our day’s stories over dinner, or just enjoying a peaceful evening together, these moments are my way of reconnecting with what is important. They help me relax and offer a perfect counterbalance to my professional life.

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