In his early career, Abhai received the IBM Chairman's Plateau Award, IBM Outstanding Contribution Awards, and Bell Labs Project Excellence Award, among other honors. Abhai was a member of a small IBM team that started IBM India, which now has more than 50,000 employees. He was the General Manager of IBM India responsible for establishing and growing the IT Professional Services for global clients. He is a co-author of a book on Business Innovation, has published 22 technical papers in international journals, and spoken at various conferences. He received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.