Dr. Bhuvan Unhelkar


Qualification - BE, MDBA, MSc, PhD


About -

Professor of Information Technology, Univ. of South Florida

Bhuvan Unhelkar  has more than two decades of strategic as well as hands-on professional experience in the information and communi­cations technologies (ICT) industry.

Dr. Unhelkar currently leads the IT Department at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee campus. As a founder of Method Science and PLATiFi, he has demonstrated consulting and training expertise in big data (strategies), business analysis (use cases, BPMN), software engineering (object modeling, Agile processes, and quality), collaborative Web services, green IT (environment), and mobile business. Dr. Unhelkar’s domain experience includes banking, financial, insurance, government, and telecommunications.

Dr. Unhelkar has designed, developed, and customized a suite of industrial courses, which have been regularly delivered to business executives and IT professionals globally, including those in Australia, US, UK, China, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

He is also a specialist distance tutor for the Australian Computer Society and Australian Catholic University. Dr. Unhelkar’s thought leadership is reflected through multiple Cutter Executive Reports, various journals, and 21 books, including Big Data Strategies for Agile Business and The Art of Agile Practice: A Composite Approach for Projects and Organizations.

He is passionate about coach­ing senior executives; training, reskilling, and mentoring professionals (i.e., business analysts, Agile practitioners, testers); forming centers of excellence; and creating SFIA-based assessment frameworks to support these initiatives. Dr. Unhelkar was the recipient of Computerworld’s Object Developer Award (1995), the Consensus IT Professional Award (2006), and the IT Writer Award (2010).

Dr. Unhelkar earned his PhD in the area of object orientation from the University of Technology, Sydney. Subsequently, he designed multiple industrial and master’s degree courses in such areas as global information systems, Agile method engineering, object-oriented analysis and design, and business process reengineering and new technology alignment, which he has delivered to universities in Australia, US, China, and India.

Dr. Unhelkar has also supervised PhD research and presented/published numerous papers and case studies.

His current industrial research interests include Agile business analysis (CAMS and avoiding method friction), big data, and environmentally responsible business strategies.

  • Unhelkar holds a Certificate-IV in TAA and TAE
  • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP of the IIBA).
  • Engaging and sought-after speaker;
  • Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (for distinguished contribution to the field of ICT);
  • Life member of the Computer Society of India;
  • President of Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise (Florida)
  • Multiple Paul Harris Fellow,
  • Discovery volunteer at NSW parks and wildlife;
  • Member of the Society for Design and Process Science;
  • TiE Mentor.

Email: bhuvan.unhelkar@gmail.com

Current Status:

Working on my 22nd Book – all in the areas of Information Technology

Childhood / Young Days:

Shreyas Vidyalaya, Vadodara, Gujarat. Son of Shri Krishnarao V. Unhelkar, who retired as Station Master, Indian Railways, Vadodara.

Beginning of Career:

Started as Graduate Trainee Engineer in Telco, Pune. (Information Systems). Career influence= Shri S. D. Pradhan (ex Telco Boss, Pune)

Till today:

  • 29 years in Sydney, Australia; Consultant and Academic
  • last 4+ years at USF Sarasota-Manatee, Florida.


Bring to bear the ancient wisdom of India in the field of Information Technologies; express Thought-Leadership through books, conferences and papers; Mentor next generations globally.


Wife= Asha (originally Velankar from Satara, MH). Two children.




Not limit yourself to being a Marathi or an Indian; World is your stage! Being Marathi is a starting point, not the end-point. Struggling to succeed is a waste of time and energy. Go Direct.

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Major Acheivements & Honors:

  • Fellow of Australian Computer Society (FACS; Elected) 2002-
  • IEEE Senior Member 2017-
  • Life Member of Computer Society of India 2004-
  • Life Member of Baroda Management Association, India 2011-
  • D. Supervisions (7);
  • D. External Examinations (8);
  • Books (20; Scholarly=16, Textbooks=4);
  • Journal Papers (32);
  • Journal Editor (3);
  • Executive Reports (16);
  • Executive Updates (14);
  • Book Chapters (42);
  • Workshops & Tutorials (20);
  • Conference Papers & Presentations (94);
  • Other Publications, Interviews and Presentations (22).
  • Citations January, 2019 (1,024 – with h-index of 16, of which 8 since 2014; and i10-index of 24, of which 6 since 2014)