About

An all-round professional with extensive experience in building  consumer facing applications and leading digital initiatives. Strong technical background with ability to visualize, architect and manage platforms, products and re-engineering efforts that drives revenue and market share. Have built teams from scratch and scaled them to > 150+.

CURRENT INTERESTS
My current interests are around Platforms, Serverless architecture, In-Memory Databases, Data Science Infrastructure, and Infrastructure as Code.

On a day to day basis i work with my teams to Build a Platform using Cloud Native, Serverless Technologies that primarily addresses event driven workloads. My job is to drive the platform strategy and support my teams in architecture, design, development and deployment of the following.

  • Polyglot Storage Infrastructure (S3, Dynamo, PostgreSQL, MapD and Redshift).
  • Data Processing Engine that can handle fast and big data using AWS EMR and Spark.
  • IoE Infrastructure. We support not only sensors but also things like iRobot in our platform today. Node Red and Roomba are our best friends 🙂
  • Blockchain Support (Ethereum and Hyperledger). Have done a thing or two with Azure Blockchain as a Service and IBM Blockchain as a Service.
  • Data Science Infrastructure for AI and ML. Done some work with R, SparkML, AWS ML and H20. Currently exploring options to integrate Tensor Flow within the Platform.
  • Chat-bot Ecosystem using Azure Bots as a Service (though my preference is Alexa, Lex and Polly). We are moving away from a text only BOT to a Voice based infrastructure supporting Google Voice and Alexa.
  • API Infrastructure using AWS API Gateway and Lambda.
  • UI Rendering Engine using Yeoman.IO. Though our folks are strong believers of Angular, we are seriously exploring React at this point. 😦

My world revolves around the following technologies today: AWS, S3, Lambda, Dynamo DB, Elastic Search, Kibana, AWS IoT, Kinesis, EMR, Hadoop, HDFS, Spark, Spark ML, H20, AWS ML, Redshift, Postgres, Azure Blockchain as a Service (Ethereum), AWS Lex, API Gateway, Cloud Formation Templates, Jenkins, Java, Scala, Python, Qliksense, HTML5, Yeoman.Io, AngularJS, D3, NodeJS and NodeRed

CAREER TRANSITION SO FAR
I started my career as a developer and always wanted to be a hardcore technical person during the initial days of my career. After working for about 9+ years, it was a conscious decision from my side to transition and learn the managerial aspects of this business. I took up my IT Project+ and PMP Certifications as part of my transition exercise, learnt People Management from some of the best managers during my transition.

As part of the transition my interest moved towards the process aspect. I started practicing and implementing extreme Programming, Scrum and Kanban Practices in the teams I worked.

The Corporate world didn’t allow me to stay as a Development / Engineering Manager for a very long time. I had to take up other roles. For couple of years, I was involved in building a Business Group. Had a chance to build a very special group of around 150 people. I would say it as one of my best achievements in my career.

I was really lucky to solution, architect, build and manage complex Framework development engagements multiple times. Over a period, apart from Delivery, my interest moved towards Pre-Sales and Solutioning.

Due to my back pain problem, I moved out of Delivery. I am not involved in Revenue Targets, PnL, Gross Margin, and Budgeting etc. atleast for now…

I am fortunate to work/have worked with some of the best talent in the last 19+ years. Working with great people has helped me work on all the aspects of software development and that’s what I really enjoy (Not restricting myself with any aspect).

ABOUT BLOGGING
I started writing this blog 10 years ago, to capture all the good links I used to read (there were not many bookmarking sites available at that time). Graduated from posting link posts, I started using this space as a way to express my learning’s on Software Development. My blogging frequency has definitely come down now. I at the most post a blog entry per month.
I am active in twitter (you can follow me @polyglotpro)

REACH OUT TO ME
If you are looking for someone to discuss/consult anything related to Digital Business Models & Transformation, Architecture & Technology Trends and Data Engineering and In-Memory Computing, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to discuss with you.

As always, Happy Learning!!!!

~ Prakash Jothiramalingam (Prakash J)