Meet Dr Seema Verma, the associate professor and the pillar of strength at Banasthali University, Rajasthan. Dr Seema is the key driver of change and has lent her guidance to many new, interesting and developmental programs at Banasthali like the Gliding & Flying Club.She manages being a professor, an author, a wife,a mother and many more roles without any compromises!
Please read her take on a life well balanced in her interview with developerette.
Welcome Dr Seema and thank you for sharing your achievements and success formula with the students and professional women at developerette. Your initiatives, time management skills and keen interest in technology would certainly motivate every member of the group.
1. An introduction: Professional background, family and interests
Myself, Dr. Seema Verma, is working as Associate Professor in Electronics at Banasthali University. In addition, I am Accountable Manager in Banasthali Vidyapith Gliding & Flying Club. I did my Masters in Electronics from Banasthali in 1999 and then awarded with Doctoral Degree in Electronics in 2003. Currently, I am guiding couple of researchers in the areas of wireless sensor networks, security in cloud computing, Cryptography and VLSI design. I have authored 4 books and out of them, one has been published from Lap Lambert Publication, Germany. I have been into programme committees of various IEEE international conferences and m into editorial board of various Journals. Family: I am from an educated family. My dad was District Engineer in BSNL and mom is currently Principal in Govt. Secondary School, Rajasthan. My husband is a Banker in SBI. I am proud mom of a very cute son, DAKSH who is 7 years old. Interests: I am always interested in learning new things, technologies and always love challenges in life. I like reading and travelling a lot. I love meeting people. 2. What made you choose a career in IT education? Can you explain how you guided your career to be where you are today? From my school days, I started thinking of being a technocrate…well, I did my master in electronics and thought of doing research in technology. Later, when I became a research guide I took up the latest problem/challenge areas in technology and started doing research on them. Passion for learning was the driving fire behind where I am today. 3. How have you balanced your professional and personal demands simultaneously? I never mix my two aspects of life and I never go for one on the cost of other….well, it’s more of one’s passion for work and personal life which makes things smooth. 4. What are some of the challenges you face in your role and how do you deal with stressful days? There is challenges everyday in every role a woman has. Well, when it comes to stress, the best way to get out of it is to spend time with young brains, i.e. my students…..I am having a unique asset in the form of my students….And after a long hectic schedules, I usually take a break and go for a break with my family, especially my son….as he is the best medicine I have for any stress I come across….. 5. The girls in your college are aspiring women in technology. What is your advice to students to stay focussed? I always nurture and encourage them to learn technology, participate and give maximum in the development in technology…..I ask them to just choose the goal first n then learn the ingredients and focus…that’s it…..
Fresh out of college, after years of studying the core subjects, each one of wish to create something new and exciting. Develop that code which is highly appreciated, solves the problems, is extremely efficient etc etc.
But not all of us get to develop the main source and even be a part of that development cycle in industry. So, should you be unhappy on the testing role offered? Absolutely not!
Testing is a very responsible job. No product goes into the market unless it is thoroughly tested and gets the approval of the tester that it is good to go. This role is not easy and can be very interesting. As a tester, you know the behaviour of the software more than the developer himself. You are the first client. Testing the real time scenarios, you are a bridge between the market and the development. Trust me, it is very exciting.
So, how should you go about testing?
Here are some tips on better testing:
1. Understand what is to be tested.
Know the software thoroughly. Go through the document given by the developer.
2. Ask for more.
Discuss with developer about the software's behaviour, its implementation etc. The more you involve in it, the more bugs you can find.
3. Plan your tests.
Write down the plan of the tests. This should list all the tests. Be sure to do negative testing. Often, software works in normal cases. But goes for a toss in negative conditions. Include real time scenarios, customer situations. Think like a customer.
4. Implement your tests.
Choose an efficient testing tool or language. Plan your implementation well. Remember, tests should be as efficient as the main code you are testing. This is the most interesting part. Here, you get to do automation around the software, learn new products. Can be innovative as well!!
5. Identify the bugs.
Writing tests is not all. You need to understand the erring cases, identify the defects. Get them fixed. Critical defects are highly appreciated, because you are catching them before the software goes in market. This actually saves alot!
6. Get the bugs fixed.
Let the developer fix the defect. Re-test the fixed code. Feel free to say NO, if you are not happy.
Testing is really a responsible job role. Be proud to say you assure the quality of the software to be delivered!
An Indian way to say Hello with dignity, respect and love to everyone.
This is my first post here at developerette and I am quite excited about it. I really hope that typing here is completely a unique experience and more exposure to learn more. So am here.. doing some shadow postings here & there as well as writing something unique here & there.
I don't know from where shall i begin ,OK let me begin right from the day 1 ,Initially i got the mail stating "Present your ideas for the superstar idea contest",for the first few days i ignored the mail thinking that it would be a spam or bogus mail then i thought ,"OK,let me reply to this mail "and just sent my idea after proper registration in the mentioned website of IBM ,even after registration i did not have the belief that this is the real contest and i ll get a response for the registration .To my surprise after a couple of months i got many calls from the representatives of the company stating that "My idea submission has been accepted and i need to give the details of the project in the form of presentation and it should be like a real presentation for which of course i can send it thru mail within the stipulated date .i have been given ample of time for submitting my presentation because of which i was able to submit it .i never thought that the process of evaluation will be transparent and all the people who presented their ideas will be organised in to virtual groups in which they will be given opportunity to learn new technologies thru webinars and they can also share their opinion about various concepts .
After some months i again got a call from the team stating that my idea has been selected for the next round of evaluation for which i have to prepare the prototype and they even gave me the freedom of choosing the location and time for the prototype presentation to the panel of their executives .i opted chennai and went to the mentioned branch in chennai on time ,i got good hospitality from the team because of which i was able to do the prototype presentation in a satisfiable manner in spite of fever i had on that day. Unfortunately my idea was not selected for the final presentation but i am happy about the opportunity given to me and the time ,resources and technology the company spared for me .
We know that we can can develop a Web Service client on RAD using WSDL
definition. Then we can deploy the client application on WAS server and
send request to server application (running on WAS or Message Broker). We
can make this Web Service client application as a stand alone
application as well then we do not need to deploy the same on WAS
server. I have created a BankClient in RAD to demonstrate the same. I
created a WSDL in message broker and developed a flow with SOAPInput
and SOAPReply node. This flow acts like a server flow running on Message
Broker. WSDL has four operations like- CreateAccount, CreditRequest, DebitRequest and CheckBalance. Here are the required steps to make a standalone client application:
Create a Web Service client application from WSDL as you generally do in RAD.
Create a new main class under Java Resources as shown in following screen shot:
It is required to create an object of *Proxy class in the main and
then call all the operation using that object as shown in following
Remember to create required variables to call operations.
Save the changes and if any error then resolve that.
Now the next step is to change the *Service.java file for WSDL location.
Right click on your WSDL file under ->Web Content->WEB-INF->wsdl and select properties.
From the Resources window , copy the location of WSDL as shown below:
Search for wsdlLocation variable and change the value of that
variable to this copied location of wsdl. Do not forget to add 'file:'
before 'C:\' and change the slash from '\' to '/' e.g. wsdlLocation =
Now add these 2 lines and update them as per your file structure.
Also update the wsdl path 'MalformedURLException' and
'logger.warning' as shown below:
Now it is required to add thinclient jar for webservices in Build path.
Right click on your Client application and select Build Path -> Configure Build Path.
Select 'Libraries' tab and click on 'Add External JARs....'. Select 'com.ibm.ws.webservices.thinclient_7.0.0.jar' from WAS installed location. Select 'Order and Export' tab and click on 'Select All' button. Then click on OK.
Now Client is ready to run as standalone application. Right click on
your Client application and select Run As->Java Application.
Note: If you are looking for artifacts then please contact me.
Please welcome Dr. J.Manjula, principal, GVG college for women, Udumalpet, Tamil Nadu. Dr. Manjula is a strong willed and courageus woman, on whose shoulders rests the ambition of the girls at GVG. She's a spirited professional, dedicated to her work, the well being of her staff and the future of her students. Above all, she is a progressive leader, who believes that nothing can empower the women of this country more than solid education and well defined career paths.
We are honored to have Dr Manjula speak to us about her powerful personal life, her devotion to the college and her advice to girl students across the country. Please read on.
Thank you ma'am for sharing your experiences with us, you lead by example in your personal and professional life, thus encouraging girl students and women IT professionals from all backgrounds.
Please tell us about your work and about your personal interests: Of the 35 years I've been associated with GVG, I've been the principal for the last 12 years. There are various achievements i'm proud of at GVG. Last year we crossed 340 placements. We were the first to get the NAAC accreditation and now have also been ISO certified. We're an autonomous college and so, have the freedom to design our own course curriculum. In the south, we are the leaders in development education and job skills and are enjoying the benefits of that.
Also I was rewarded the Excellence award conferred by the Rotary club. I have a son, who is settled in the States with his family. I am drawn to philosophy and am a member of the Art of Living society and follow Guru Mahan philosophy which provides me a lot of motivation. I devote all my time to the well being of the students, their curriculum, introducing new courses, the food at the hostel and other amenities.
GVG is a college of excellent reputation. How do you maintain that? The key is the focus on the girls. Even after they go to other countries for higher education, they never forget theor alma mater. We train them on life skills and not merely books. Once they graduate from GVG, the girls are knowledgeable individuals who have strong careers and are excellent home makers. All that is important for women, and we ensure there is plenty of focus on both angles. Various topics of empowerment are discussed with the girls like Cancer, Female Infanticide, Mental and Physical strength etc. Technology like Campus-i is used to detect, understand and eliminate the root cause of illnesses that are common to this area like anemia. This incomparable focus is what drives parents from faraway towns like Kanyakumari etc to leave their wards in the safety of GVG. Be it hot water, amenities, clean drinking water, activities or studies, there is no compromise on quality.
My aim is to give the best to the girls so they don't feel deprived because of being born in a small town with less opportunities. When they join companies, they are clearly identified as GVGians!
Companies like IBM have contributed greatly by providing opportunities and a stage for success to the students. More interaction from professionals is required for the girls to learn and grow and take up responsible positions in the corporate world.
What are some of the challeges the girls face in building careers in IT and how do you guide them? The big question is Career or Marriage? My answer is to win at both. I alsways give my example to parents and the girls, that I am a widow, lost my husband in a drowning accident and came out of the tragedy strong and empowered only because of my job. If I did not have a career and the financial indipendance to fall back on, my obstacles would have multiplied manifold. When the doctors declared my husband dead, my first words were, thank God I have a job in my hands and I will survive this. Education is a bigger gift than Gold and parents need to understand that. A job provides financial, mental and emotional well being to a woman. The other challenge is Communication. The girls here are shy, so we encourage them to face the crowd even if for 2 minutes and speak. The practice on a regular basis, helps them overcome their hesitation.
What is your advice to girls who aspire to succeed professionally?
I was sent to colleges in Haryana and Goa and other cities for mentoring and realised that girls everywhere need to focus on education and jobs rather than getting married first. I believe that we need to help the weaker students by spending time on the areas they are unable to cope with. 0 and 80 are just numbers and I don't criticize for poor performance. If you have the will to learn, the percentages will improve as well.
Values are critical. Be a good human being, that's primary. We do not allow the use of mobile phones and discourage the girls from friendships and relationships which lead them away from education.
Lastly, Make decisions in personal relationships that make your parents and teachers proud.
Meet Sargam Singh, the star at IBM Software Labs who's grown and succeeded by plugging away challenging situations at work and home. Sargam talks about her role at IBM as a Development Manager and at home as a mother and wife in an interview with us.
Thank you Sargam for sharing your mantra with the developerette group. We are certain that your experience will encourage new mothers to not only build careers in IT but also confidently take positions in leadership.
Please tell us about your work: the role you have at IBM, your responsibilities and your team.
I have 14+ years of industry experience and have been with IBM for last 7 years. I joined IBM as a Project Lead on WebSphere Application Server Test team. Currently, I am a Development Manager with IBM India Software Labs and am responsible for development and delivery of WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) product out of India. Besides this, I lead the Asia Pacific Tech Sales Support for WSRR and am a member of the World Wide Agile Leadership Team.
I manage a team of 11 people, out of which close to 50% are women. It is a very high potential team and I see a good diversity in the top performers. In my opinion, women can bring in a different kind of perspective, and are often able to capture softer aspects of people capabilities which makes them great team player and leaders.
Tell us about your family and how you integrate your work and family?
My husband works with an IT multinational as a Program Manager. Besides us, I have a daughter who is 12 now and my mom-in-law who is with us. Both me and my spouse are in a high pressure jobs but it is the strong family support system which makes managing everything so simple. Coupled with this, IBM's work-life integration culture makes it possible to deliver the best both at work as well as for my family. I make sure that I am available for every important occasion and at any time when my family needs me the most. However, there are challenges at times, when work demands more time and my family has been amazingly supporting, including my little daughter who is growing up to be a responsible teenager.
What are some of the challenges you have had to face to keep both aspects balanced? There have been times in my career when taking some great opportunities called for a decision which impacted my family. Soon after I joined IBM, I had to leave for US for an extended period of 6 months. I made that decision after a lot of deliberation as it meant leaving my daughter behind for that long. My husband was a big support and stood by me all through. That period was very tough for me but I emerged out of it as a winner, both at personal and professional front. My husband and daughter joined me in US for 2 weeks after my assignment ended and time and distance had in no way impacted my bonding with my daughter. In fact, she looked much more confident and independent. On the professional front, those 6 months provided a boost to my career by opening up newer opportunities.
So this is one such instance, and there are times when we have to make such tough choices. We need to understand this delicate balance and take a call depending on what is more important at that point in time. Opportunities have to be grabbed, and if you want to excel professionally, you need to have your goals defined. Family interest must come first, but women often live in a self created notion that things will break if they are not around. So create a strong support structure and when faced with a challenge which calls for a decision, talk about it to your family and they will be your biggest strength to take it head-on.
Now that you have overcome the initial challenges, what is your advice to young mothers who wish to succeed in their carers? I feel that single thing which can guarantee success is the "right attitude". I would say two things here -
Firstly, create a strong support structure, both at work and at home. At home, you need to have the confidence that things can go on even when you are away. At work, you have to build a strong team and backup which can stand by you in case of any emergency. Both these are easy to do if you have the right attitude which naturally wins love and support from people around you, be it your family, or colleagues or even a household help.
Secondly, keep your high level goals clear, both on personal and professional front. There will be times when your family needs you more and you cannot let your professional life impact that, and there will be occasions when you will have to sacrifice family time for tackling challenges on work front. The key to success is being able to successfully maintain this delicate balance. Risk Taking choices come every day in everything we do, personal or business, in many forms. It is a matter of having the confidence in your judgements and stand up for what you believe in. Would you suggest development as a good career for women? Certainly yes. Women often shy away from technical path for different reasons. However, women have an innate quality of dwelling deep into details of things without loosing sight of the bigger picture. This can play an important role in ensuring a very successful technical career for women. Excellence is a state of mind and it comes naturally to them. Making excellence critical in the small steps can lead to great results for the larger agenda in your personal and work lives.
Some DB2 customers have reported experiencing an instance crash due to a SIGKILL (kill -9) signal being sent to thedb2sysc process. When a kill -9 signal is sent to db2sysc, a DB2 instance crash is the expected behavior. However, the instance crash of a production system can have a significant business impact. The example described in this section illustrates this type of scenario.
Assume that you have a DB2 instance named db2ins95. To begin the scenario, issue a ps command, as shown in Listing 6, to list the DB2 processes for your db2ins95 instance.
[db2ins95@Server ~]$ db2 "connect to sample"
Database Connection Information
Database server = DB2/LINUX 9.1.5
SQL authorization ID = DB2INS95
Local database alias = SAMPLE
[db2ins95@Server ~]$ db2 list tables
Table/View Schema Type Creation time
------------------------------- --------------- ----- --------------------------
ACT DB2INS95 T 2010-03-22-12.37.09.890866
ADEFUSR DB2INS95 S 2010-03-22-184.108.40.2068864
CL_SCHED DB2INS95 T 2010-03-22-12.37.09.641766
DEPARTMENT DB2INS95 T 2010-03-22-12.37.09.654181
DEPT DB2INS95 A 2010-03-22-12.37.09.716163
EMP DB2INS95 A 2010-03-22-12.37.09.749817
EMPACT DB2INS95 A 2010-03-22-12.37.09.887997
EMPLOYEE DB2INS95 T 2010-03-22-12.37.09.717494
EMPMDC DB2INS95 T 2010-03-22-12.37.15.079208
EMPPROJACT DB2INS95 T 2010-03-22-12.37.09.876485
Listing 8 shows kill -9 being issued against the db2sysc process and the DB2 instance crashing.
[db2ins95@Server ~]$ kill -9 8588
[db2ins95@Server ~]$ db2 list tables
SQL1224N The database manager is not able to accept new requests, has
terminated all requests in progress, or has terminated your particular request
due to a problem with your request. SQLSTATE=55032
[db2ins95@Server ~]$ db2 connect to SAMPLE
SQL1032N No start database manager command was issued. SQLSTATE=57019
Listing 9 is an example of the resulting entries in the db2diag.log file after the instance crash. These entries indicate that the instance crash occurred due to SIGKILL being issued by a user or application.
DB2 support has also documented several problem reports where a customer has accidentally deleted tablespace containers while performing operating system maintenance activities. In some cases, this has resulted in the loss of a significant amount of data. This type of scenario also results in the tablespace becoming inaccessible. The example described in this section illustrates this type of scenario.
As in Case 1, for this example assume that you have a DB2 instance named db2ins95. To begin the scenario, connect users to SAMPLE database, as shown in Listing 15.
db2ins95@Server root]$ db2 "insert into table1 values(1,'a'),(2,'b'),(3,'c')"
DB20000I The SQL command completed successfully.
[db2ins95@Server root]$ db2 "select * from table1"
3 record(s) selected.
[db2ins95@Server test]$ db2 connect reset
DB20000I The SQL command completed successfully.
To simulate what would happen if the tablespace were accidentally deleted, issue an rm command, as shown in Listing 19.
[db2ins95@Server test]$ db2 connect to sample
Database Connection Information
Database server = DB2/LINUX 9.1.5
SQL authorization ID = DB2INS95
Local database alias = SAMPLE
[db2ins95@Server test]$ db2 "select * from table1"
SQL0290N Table space access is not allowed. SQLSTATE=55039
The tablespace has become inaccessible because its container was deleted, and all the data you inserted in the table is lost!
pdadmin sec_master> acl create cont-acl
pdadmin sec_master> acl modify cont-acl set user root T[OSSEAL]rwx
pdadmin sec_master> acl show cont-acl
ACL Name: cont-acl
User sec_master TcmdbsvaBRl
User root T[OSSEAL]rwx
Now, the ACL is defined to give the root user read, write, and execute permissions, but not the deletion (that is, the "d") permission bit. The last step is to enforce the policy on the object, as shown in Listing 23.
This section describes how you can use TAMOS to monitor or track operations performed against DB2 processes and resources.
For example, in the scenario described in Case 1 above, a kill -9 was issued against the db2sysc process. If such a situation were to actually occur, you would likely want to know who was responsible for the action. The fine and granular level of auditing provided by TAMOS can help you do so.
TAMOS provides three levels of auditing:
The following example illustrates resource level auditing. Assume that as described in Case 1, the policies shown in Listing 25 are in place for your system.
With the above policies, the ACL db2-acl protects the db2sysc from being killed.
Now, as shown in Listing 26, create a POP with a specification that all actions on the protected object will be audited. This tells TAMOS to track when a SIGKILL is issued against the resource regardless of whether or not the user is allowed to kill thedb2sysc process.
Listing 30 is an example of the resulting entries in the audit.log file after the attempt to issue the kill -9. Although the user was not allowed to kill the process, the action is tracked and does not go unnoticed. You could also use the pdosaudview utility provided by TAMOS to view the audit report.
*** START OF NEW RECORD ***
Timestamp Tue 23 Mar 2010 11:59:25 AM EST
Audit Event An authorization decision was made.
Audit View Deny
Audit Reason Resource Audit
Audit Resource Type File
Accessor Name root
Accessor Effective Name db2ins95
Audit Action Check Access
Audit Permissions kill
Audit Qualifier Checking resource access control policy.
Policy Branch Name Server.in.ibm.com
Protected Object Name File/home/db2ins95/sqllib/adm/db2sysc
System Resource Name /home/db2ins95/sqllib/adm/db2sysc
Accessor Process ID 19970
Running Program System Resource Name /bin/bash
Audit Outcome Success
Audit Uniqifier 0
The above record shows that a kill was issued against the system resource, /home/db2ins95/sqllib/adm/db2sysc. The Accessor Effective field shows that the user who issued the kill was db2ins95.
This article introduced you to the IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems (TAMOS) solution. It provided an overview of how you can install and configure TAMOS, and showed how it can be used to protect DB2 processes and resources on UNIX and Linux operating systems. Once you understand the concepts of TAMOS, you will be in a better position to provide security to your system resources on top of that provided by the native operating system.
Every database management system must be able to protect data against unauthorized access and modification. This also holds true for IBM DB2 Database for Linux, UNIX, and Windows® (DB2). DB2 uses several mechanisms, such as authentications, authorizations, and privileges, to meet this need. However, to protect its resources (such as processes, containers, system files), DB2 mostly relies on the native operating system.
Tivoli Access Manager for Operating System (TAMOS) is an IBM solution that uses a centralized policy management approach to protect resources on UNIX or Linux operating systems. Therefore, you can use it to provide an extra layer of security in addition to that provided by the native operating system.
Following is an overview of the topics covered by the article:
Introduction of TAMOS along with an overview of how to install and configure
How to use authorization policies to protect DB2 resources
Real-world scenarios that throw light on potential security loopholes of the database management system as well as the native operating system on which it is installed, and how you can use TAMOS to close those loopholes
How to track and monitor the operations against DB2 processes
The UNIX and Linux operating systems pose several security concerns from an enterprise perspective. TAMOS addresses these concerns by providing operating system-level access control for UNIX and Linux operating systems. The TAMOS centralized policy management technique prevents unauthorized access, and monitors accesses to sensitive data and resources.
TAMOS is implemented as a series of daemons, kernel extensions, and control files for either the UNIX or Linux operating system. The TAMOS kernel extensions intercept all the system calls. The centralized authorization daemon named pdosd then participates in all authorization decisions when a system call is made.
The flow chart in Figure 1 demonstrates how TAMOS implements the security layer by intercepting the system calls at the kernel level.
There are several prerequisite system requirements that must be met before you can begin to install and configure IBM TAMOS. However, a detailed description of these prerequisites is beyond the scope of this article.
The example in this section describes the first type of installation — how to perform a GUI mode installation of TAMOS, and specifically on a Linux server. The examples in later sections of the article also assume use of the Linux operating system.
To begin an interactive GUI-mode installation, locate your TAMOS CD and run the program with the name:install_amos_platform, where platform represents the name of your operating system. This program begins the installation process by launching the installation wizard. For the example installation on a Linux system described in this article, the install program is ./install_amos_linux.
Figures 2 and 3 show sample screenshots from the TAMOS installation wizard.
This section explains how to configure TAMOS on a UNIX or Linux operating system after you perform a native installation. When you use Installshield multiplatform to install, TAMOS is already configured as part of the installation process. However, if you perform a native installation, you still need to configure TAMOS after the installation.
The command you use to configure TAMOS after a native installation is pdoscfg. Following are the required configuration options that you must specify with your initial configuration:
branch — policy branch to which this system subscribes
suffix — user registry suffix under which users associated with TAMOS are created
registry_ssl_cacert — certificate of TAM user registry server
admin_name — the name of the Tivoli Access Manager administrator
admin_pwd — the password for the Tivoli Access Manager administrator
The term DB2 resources refers to DB2 processes, containers, system files, etc. that are present on the operating system where DB2 is installed. TAMOS uses various access controls such as Access Control Lists (ACLs) and Protected Object Policies (POPs) to protect these resources. It uses the static mode of creating objects in a policy database to protect them. Every DB2 resource that has to be protected must be explicitly created as an object in the policy database and must have an ACL/POP attached to it.
[root@Server ~]# whoami
[root@Server ~]# su - db2ins95
su: cannot set user id: Operation not permitted
The example in this section has shown you how to create objects and apply policies to them. Specifically, it showed you how to protect DB2 resources by controlling whether a root user can switch to a DB2 instance user. This ability to control root account use is one of the key features of TAMOS.
Meet Bhawana, the energetic and bright woman of substance at IBM who dons many a hat on a daily basis to juggle her work in Tech Sales for Rational
and her role as a mother to her young daughter. She manages her work on
a tight schedule and we were lucky to capture some of her tricks in an
interview with her.
Please read on to know more about a career in tech sales for women,
meticulous time management and putting a child to bed on time…daily!
Thank you Bhawana, for sharing the details of your life and work with
us. You certainly have taken the road less traveled by women and are a
deep source of motivation!
Tell us about your role at IBM
At IBM, I am the Brand Architect for Rational. There are 3
aspects to my role: Understand a customer’s requirements/pain points,
analyze what solution would work the best for them and then design the
solution and its implementation. Rational has many products in its
portfolio and it’s my job to propose the one that would work the best.
What are the top 3 things about being associated with Rational
1. I love the challenge! As always there are many ways of achieving
the desired and it is stimulating to think of what could be the best,
the most optimal solution. I
2. You really need to know your stuff..It’s not just selling a
box…it’s talking about technology. You need to be convincing which is
only possible if you know the Rational portfolio.. breadth and depth. It
needs you to constantly read, learn, try.
3. On a lighter note, people in my social circle (daughter’s school
especially) take me seriously. I am able to live having my own identity,
somebody with some grey matter and not just a Mrs. Gupta or Jiya’s mom
How do you manage a demanding role as this and your family life?
I have processes set for daily routines which require minimum
intervention during the week when I am busy with work. Weekends are
completely home time. Saturday mornings devoted to restocking house with
groceries. Sunday mornings are breakfast outings coupled with a movie
I have an eight year old daughter, Jiya. This means I need to cater to
her various needs all the time.. It’s my role to keep things balanced
and stay focused on her and my work. Time management is the key to this
and I follow it strictly. 7pm to 9pm is the time I spend with my family
listening to her endless stories while eating. Post that, it is routine
homework, storytime and finally bedtime at 8.30 pm. My ‘me’ time start
at 9 pm till about 11pm, when I devote uninterrupted time to reading and
updating myself to stay ahead at work.
All in All it’s a balance between professional and personal needs. One
doesn’t really have to stop doing anything. You have to strike the
balance. It could take time, there are trying phases as well (no
household help) but it all still works out with some help from the
spouse and colleagues. Colleagues also play a big role in helping you
manage this balance.
Would you recommend a career in tech sales to women and aspiring students?
Although I chanced upon a role in tech sales, I would still recommend
it. The moment you hear sales, you associate men with the role. That is
why, I think it’s important for women to join this field to explore
their boundaries. You have to travel which is challenging for a women
with kids. Ultimately what matters is how determined are you to make it
work. If you have the energy, the grit and the determination, I say you
must go for it! Do something different and strive harder than the
others and prove that women can really multitask.
Hi I am Dhivya from the Team VIVID WINNERS and we got the ALL
GIRLS TEAM AWARD in the TGMC'10 contest. Now I am doing Final year IT in Mepco Schlenk
Sivakasi. I like to share about our project details. Our project is INFORMATION KIOSK which
aimed at developing an information kiosk for Sivakasi (which is in TamilNadu, India)
that is of importance to a person to know more information about the city. This
system will be more useful for the tourist and the person who is new to the
city. It also has some useful links like matrimonial, employment opportunity,
e-governance and also e-agriculture. One can also read the daily newspaper. The
tourist can view the route from the main bus station in Sivakasi to their
desired location. IBM TGMC contest make us to gain more knowledge and we feel
proud to share our experience.
My team mate Jothi wants to share the project submission process "We submitted our project as in the format
specified by TGMC. And at the time of the submission we didn’t think that we
will go this much. But we won the all girls team award . During the face to
face evaluation we were really very happy to get a chance to share our
experience with IBM TGMC. "
What Kanthimathi and Senbagareka(my team mates) felt when we were there in the felicitation ceremony is "Our Eyes gleamed with surprise when we came to know that we are one among the finalist in the felicitation ceremony . We were inspired by the video played in the begining of the ceremony.The thoughtful speech given by highly experienced people in IBM was awesome.We were out of the world when our names were pronounced in the Felicitation ceremony.That was one of the best moment in our life.And we were very proud to receive the “ALL GIRLS TEAM AWARD”. The price we won is always a memento reminding our great time in DELHI."
I want to thank my guide Prof.T.Revathi who supported us to do this project. She gave us lot of ideas to do this project. She referred the scoring criteria for the project submission and told us to use Ajax, to take backup of the database and to make the website available in the local language too. She also mailed us some reference web pages to do those things. And also she helped us during SRS preparation. She taught us about the OOAD concepts.
I also want to thank our department staff Mr.A.S.Karthik Kannan who gave us some ideas and corrections in our project to make our project the Perfect One. I like to thank Dr.K.Vijayalakshmi and Mrs. S. Kavi Priya who helped us to complete our project on time. I like to thank my entire department Staffs since they all encouraged us to do this project because of that we got energy during our tough time.
It's been seven years now since I entered the IT world and the journey so far has been so eventful that I won't go with common tag line - 'Time just flies......' :)
Setting up yourself and excelling in this competitive world and at the same time balancing your responsibilities at home does demand a lot from you. Every modern girl dream of standing on their own feet and be economically independent. That's the dream one chases for first 20-25years of one's life. I won't deny that, same was my dream too. I completed my Masters in Computer Technology and fortunately got a good break in good IT company. We all know that change is law of nature but the pace with which technology changes is really tuff to catch up with latest. One needs to regularly brush up their skills very frequently and that does demand a good amount of time from you.
So, that was about my professional role, going toward personal me, I am happy to share that despite being daughter and sister, I have the responsibilities of being a wife, daughter-in-law and most importantly mother of two small kids. If one starts counting the responsibilities that comes with that package, it won't be possible. Here, comes in picture what we call in IBM - Work/Life Balance. I would say, the stage I am in right now, is the most crucial and difficult stage. There are challenges in your professional life that you can not leave taking up as well as in personal life that you can not get rid of. There's testing time all through the way. You are being tested for your patience level almost daily. No wonder, we find many cases of Stress and frustrations in such situations. But, the key here is how we sail in these testing times, how we balance out things, how to set a demarcation between professional and personal life and coming out a winner in both area.
This is the phase when the most precious thing that you can think is - TIME. One needs to make best use of the time available. Time management is the key. There are some other important skills that comes as good help. These are : - Delegation of non-important work. - Focusing on key areas. - Saying 'No' to things that are really not in your area and you are not willing to go for that. - Spending some time for self only, when you can do some thinking/planning on course of action you really want to pursue. - Choosing the right direction. - Networking.
- Open for brainstorming, discussion with peers, seniors, family whenever you are in delima.
So, I would like to conclude with the note that one has to be wise enough and face the challenges in right spirit to grow and excel in area and role you are in no matter what's that.
I am Neha Jain and I am a part of the IBM India Software Labs since July 2009. I graduated in Bachelors of Computer Science & Engineering in 2009. The 2.5 years in more in IBM have been a rewarding journey and I look forward to being a much more active participant in the community of developers around the globe. I am a part of the WebSphere group and have been in the test team and currently a part of development team. I have presented at several internal conferences like RTLE(Regional Technical Leader's Exchange), WIT(Women In Technlogy) forums and DeveloperWorks webinar on SOA Governance. I have authored a couple of developerWorks articles. Besides this I am an IBM Certified SOA Associate and an Oracle Certified Programmer for Java Programming (formally known as SCJP).
I try to bring a lot of passion to the work I do everyday and not do it as a chore. Besides that my art hobbies and my faith keep me on track and help me maintain a balance.
As women, creation is something we have been endowed with naturally, similarly creating a new piece of code from scratch or improving something in an existing code, or solving problems for customers who are facing issues bring immense joy, something which can only be felt when you do it.
As freshers from college we have immense amount of hopes accompanied by some fears about the corporate life ahead. As women in technology, it is our responsibility to carve a niche for ourselves. If we keep on complaining and pitying ourselves, the world will see us in that light. But if we stand up and be a change, we are bound to be treated with the same respect. Respect in work comes in the way you face the challenges ahead of you and in the way you code, create or manage to be a change. And this spirit to never give up no matter what comes from a balance in all aspect of our lives.
We might settle for lesser roles or become lax in work, college or elsewhere under the pretense of being a "poor woman", But we have to stand up as a "strong woman" who earns that respect.
As women we are natural motivators, and we should use this trait to become a teamplayer and help the team bind cohesivally.
Another important aspect is that we might become so overly concerned about the code and the technical depths that we forget to build our overall personality and presentation skills. Remember, it is very important to communicate what you do and sometimes bragging about your abilities might just help others know better about your achievements.
Today we are no short of examples of successful women leaders, CEOs and enterpreneurs in technology. IBM's new CEO, Ginni Rometty is an inspiration for each of the young girls out there. Quite a few times, when we might feel limited by our own abilities and start the comparsion and fall into an endless loop of self-pity, the best thing would be to live a life true to ourself and bring out the immense potential which each of us have been blessed with.
As freshers when we leave our homes to live in a completely new city- everything from managing your daily routine to your work might seem a Herculean task. But if you decide to be in harmony with yourself, everything will just fall in place. I personally take out time to exercise and cycle in the morning followed by a winning day at work and back home to decide whats cooking for dinner. Add to that the project deadlines, the unresolved defects, the bug in your code, the certifications you plan to do. The key is not to get boggled down by all this, but let these things fuel your path to success and enjoy every experience.
A career in technology is indeed a rewarding one for women. There are so many support groups and programs focused on women that you will almost never feel alone. Today competition has given way to collaboration. So with our inherent abilities to create, solve problems and look at things from a bigger perspective, we ought to become assets for our teams charting their path to success along with ours.
Meet Kalpana, the immense source of inspiration at IBM India Software Lab. Kalpana has a rich pool of experience and has a calm demeanor, even on her busiest days! Director at IBM ISL and a mother to her 24 year old son, Kalpana integrates work and family beautifully while ensuring she gets out for a walk and enjoy mystery novels to de-stress.
Kalpana is passionate about contributing to women's growth in technical field and she extended her warm support to talk to us and provide encouragement to be positive, brave and above all..happy! Read her interview to know more.
Thank you Kalpana for opening the group with your valuable words.You are certainly our pillar of strength!
An introduction: Professional background, family, interests
I have 29+ years of industry experience and have been with IBM for last 19 years. I have been with India Software Lab(ISL) since its inception in 2001 and have played key leadership roles across functions in growing the lab to its current level. Born and brought up in Bangalore, I have completed my Masters Degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1982, after which I embarked on an 11-year career with PSI Data Systems. Family - I am married to a Chartered Accountant, have a son who is 24 years old and stay with my extended family which includes my mother-in-law. I like listening to old hindi music and read a lot and mostly fiction.
What made you choose a career in technology? Can you explain how you guided your career to be where you are today?
When I was in doing my undergraduate degree, I had a friend who was always talking about a post-graduate degree course in Engineering in the premier Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bangalore and that she was applying for it. So I just went along, took the entrance test, got through it and joined the Bachelor’s course in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. I also went on to do my Masters in Engineering from IISc itself. Thereby, a chance discussion and a lot of encouragement and support from my parents, my father in particular, took me along this path and here I am enjoying a career in technology!
How have you balanced your professional and personal demands simultaneously?
I like the current term a lot better - "Work Life Integration" than the work life balance. It has been a challenge given that we work in a global company. I try to keep the week-ends for my family and be there for important events or testing times. I ensure I am there when I am most needed. The flexibility work options provided by IBM are useful. I also built a good team with the team members having a strong mutual trust - this team contributes to each one managing work and life.
Our health tends to take a back seat due to work and personal commitments. What are your suggestions for nutrition and fitness? I believe that if the woman in the house stays fit and healthy, she can then ensure the others are healthy too. Health is one area where we must lead by example. Personally, I try and make time for walking, and I try to walk a lot! Also, have been interested in Yoga and have picked it up in the last couple of years.
Any advice on women who choose to pursue a career in technology?
Given our education and experience we have the skills to take up a career and be successful. But the challenge has been on who we think is responsible for our career. Personally I feel we are equally responsible as our manager and the organization. But first and foremost we have to decide “to want a career” and learn to look at work as not a physical place but a state of being, of integration with our regular flow of daily life. Career in technology is great place to be today - given the changes that are happening and how much technology is influencing our daily lives and also the various business. Opportunities are many. Go for it. In addition, Focus on Personal Excellence, never be satisfied with what you know, Integrity, Positive Attitude are important; try to maintain good relationship with people you work with; Never hesitate to ask someone to teach you what you want to learn and keep continuously learning.
Director, WebSphere Adapters and AIM Development, India IBM Application & Integration Middleware Division, IBM India Software Lab, IBM Software Group
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