Established in 1997 at the advent of the Internet bubble, DHARA™ focused on software development projects, exclusively in the private sector. Industries we covered varied from Healthcare to Financial Services. Our consultants saw the Y2K crisis through, rode the dot.com frenzy and landed softly in its aftermath. Our experiences through the turbulent times of the Internet evolution and subsequent evolution of distributed computing, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and electronic commerce taught us the fundamentals of how to Architect, Design and Develop large-scale IT systems. During this phase, we also helped launch RFID into the commercial space (working with our customer GS1 US and MIT).
After 2007, we progressed to the Public sector, focusing on the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense (Defense Health Agency), Internal Revenue Service, US Air Force and Department of State. Our consultants acquired very specific domain knowledge in various segments of Public Sector Agencies, in addition to staying abreast of technology evolutions, such as SOA, Micro Services, Cloud Computing (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, VMWare vCloud), Cyber Security, DevSecOps, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
DHARA™ has a relentless focus on understanding customer requirements and providing the best value for customer, while ensuring tactical execution of projects are aligned with long-term and strategic objectives.
We bring the best talent to any customer engagement and pride ourselves on very high employee morale and very low turn-over. We hire self-motivated and talented professionals. Our recruitment of talent spans tech industry, academia and employee referrals. We believe in the adage – BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER. We place emphasis on organic staff growth, which is mostly accomplished through internal referrals.
DHARA™ is actively engaged in expanding our focus to next-generation technologies, with an eye towards its effective implementation for the Public and Private sectors. We are heavily invested in developing technology solutions that are relevant to specific industries and domains. We have established partnerships with leading technology providers to stay abreast of the latest capabilities on offer. Many of our employees hold multiple certifications from our partners which include:
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Mr. Sastry Dhara, Founder, President and CEO
Mr. Sastry Dhara is the Founder, President and CEO of DHARA™. He has a BS in mining engineering from Osmania University and a MS in Computer Science from Syracuse University.
He has over 25 years of technology industry experience, both as a hands-on technologist and successful executive and entrepreneur.
He built the company from his apartment in 1997, with a sole software development project at T Rowe Price. Various customer engagements in both Private and Public sectors were actively led by Mr. Dhara and resulted in repeat contract awards.
Mr. Dhara is currently actively engaged in increasing the business footprint for DHARA™.
Mr. Arun Simha, Chief Growth Officer
Arun brings over 25+ years of IT experience and design thinking to help provide strategic growth in small minority-owned businesses like DHARA™. Arun comes to us from Akima Corp, where for almost 3 years, he served as a director of IT solutions and programs and was heavily involved in strategic capture and innovative work powering some of Akima’s most critical, cutting-edge work in the federal government.
Prior to joining Dhara, Arun led highly successful campaigns in Capture and Solutioning that resulted in several notable IDIQ and contract wins worth several billions of dollars. Arun has worked for highly respected firms such as Akima, L-3 Communications, Accenture and Hughes and served clients such as NASA, NOAA, branches of the military, NGA, DHS and State Department. Arun is an ITIL Expert, life-long learner and actively engaged in the vibrant Washington DC-area Meetup community with focus on Analytics, DataOps and Artificial Intelligence.
Mr. Daniel Hughes, Vice President (Technology)
Mr. Daniel Hughes serves as Vice President of DHARA™. He is a U.S. Army veteran and an experienced project manager, senior enterprise architect, and information technology professional with more than 20 years of combined private sector and military experience.
Mr. Hughes education includes a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in IT (MSIT), both from the University of Maryland. He also has his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a Certified Enterprise Architect (CEA) from the FEAC Institute.
Mr. Hughes has a range of architecture and project management experience within the Air Force ISR community, White House Communications Agency (WHCA), Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO-CBRN), and other agencies. As a project manager and enterprise architect, he has helped organizations create current and future state architectures, business process analysis, strategic planning, and life cycle management for capital planning and investment control.
Mr. Hughes currently leads multiple efforts within the company and DHARA™ clients.
Mr. Chris Chin, Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Chris Chin currently serves as the CTO of DHARA™. He has a BS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and a MS in Software Engineering from George Mason University.
Mr. Chin has over 18 years of information technology experience working a myriad of roles in the Federal space. He has helped many prestigious agencies meet their mission objectives including those from all military branches within the DoD, various elite groups within the special operations community and DHS.
Mr. Chin is also a CISSP and served as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of a Defense software company before joining Dhara. He has a keen interest in the responsible application of technology to improve how organizations meet their objectives. His current focus is at the intersection of software, cyber security and cloud.
Mr. Craig Jensen, Chief Security Officer
Mr. Craig Jensen, Chief Security Officer, has a BS in Physics from Yale University and an MS in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University. He has an extensive IT background working as a software developer, IT project manager, Information System Security Officer (ISSO), and solutions architect.
His certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and SAFe 4 Agilist. He has extensive experience in all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC); has worked extensively in both the government and commercial sectors on numerous enterprise-wide projects.
Has recently worked for Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of State (DoS), and the United States Air Force on information security, disaster recovery and solution architecture projects.