President and CEO of iDashboards in Troy. Malik is co-founder of iDashboards, a business intelligence dashboard software firm. He holds two patents in the area of data visualization for dashboards. A specialist in the field of enterprise dashboards, Malik has worked with hundreds of businesses and global organizations to address their specific needs and build dashboard solutions for organizational scorecards, finance, operations, customer service, quality control, and supply chain. He has authored the first book on dashboard best practices, Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT, and has written numerous articles and given presentations on the subjects of enterprise dashboards and data visualization. Malik earned his bachelorís degree in electrical engineering from IIT in India and his masterís degree in operations research from Virginia Tech.

WHERE BORN: "Patna, India."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My mother. She brought me up with her unique combination of affection mixed with discipline and toughness. She never let me be complacent with any achievement. This taught me to always strive for more and be competitive."

LAST BOOK READ: "The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Striving, optimist, compassionate, integrity."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Iím in the data visualization and presentation niche of business intelligence. This field is very competitive, which is creating a spate of innovation. The good outcome will be much-improved software and solutions for business users to derive business intelligence from rapidly increasing data volumes. It is really an exciting time to be in this field."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My latest ultra-mobile laptop from Dell that weighs under three pounds and has the latest hard drive technology Ė solid state HDD, with no moving parts and amazing speed."

FAVORITE PLACE: "A serene small lake with a boat to row into the middle and enjoy the peace, far from the maddening crowds."

FAVORITE HOBBY: "Playing tennis."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Well-marinated, well-spiced, and well-barbecued meat."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I have a flair in choreographing dance to disco music but Iím getting too old for that now."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "Someone who came from a humble background, had to fiercely compete at every stage of life, and prevailed against many odds through hard work and strong faith. I have always believed in prayers, patience, and good timeless values."