Meet Sugandha Srikanteswaran, our panelist for Developer SuperStar 2012
Please share a little about your professional background, your family and your personal interests. Please add any unique hobbies that you'd like to share.
I have been associated with Enterprise Application Integration for over 15 years and have driven the evolution of Enterprise Information System connectivity within the WebSphere brand. Today, I lead Product Development, Client growth & Support for the WebSphere Connectivity & Integration portfolio at ISL. I also shoulder the key responsibility of organization development within this portfolio.
Outside of work, I spend a good part of my time with my daughter, reading books and watching TV. My husband and I love to travel and are currently venturing places with our little one. I like to share my travel pictures with a story tied to it. I haven’t been very diligent about it for few years now, but I can see it coming back. Besides travel, I like cooking and try out different cuisines.
'Building a Smarter Planet'. What are your thoughts on how IBM Software is contributing to this?
Never before has technology pervaded into our lives like the way it has in the last decade. From aspiring to be a well connected planet we have now transcended to be a smart one that interconnects virtually all things each of which can instrumented to accurately sense and respond to changes in it's ecosystem - a Smarter Planet. Today we have devices, people and process productively interplaying in ways unforeseen a decade ago, powered by smart-software that can now consume and analyze massive amounts of data from heterogeneous sources and effect actions that result in favorable outcomes for businesses.
IBM Software bridges the gap between a customer problem and capabilities needed to meet them. And what's more important is in translating these in to solutions to bring a difference to the world. On Nov 16, 2012,IBM announced Gurgaon and Chennai as the two cities in India to be awarded with IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant for 2013. This grant provides the city with access to IBM's top experts to analyze and recommend ways that will enable Gurgaon and Chennai to become even better places to live.
What do you think is the biggest technology trend to watch out for in 2013?
Pervasive Computing starting Mobility and pervading a whole range of smart devices and Big Data Analytics are key technology trends to watch out for.
Your thoughts on the IBM Developer Superstar initiative and what are your expectations from the IBM Developer Superstar finalists?
IBM Developer Superstar is a wonderful platform for professionals out there to realize their ideas using IBM products. It also gives us an opportunity to UNDERSTAND the new ways in which our products could be used and probably bring in additional insight to evolve them. It is also important to know how this program also helps identify for Global entrepreneurship program. My ask to the finalists is stay put, keep your focus on what you want to create and showcase, … enjoy the whole finale. You should be proud that you have reached this key milestone and I congratulate you on the same.
Words of wisdom for the developer community.
Instead of Words of Wisdom, let me share from my experience… The development process has changed over years and the Integrated Development Environments are providing foundation for easy development. So it becomes important that developers learn, try and become expert on solving complex problems. Application developers should try to build some domain expertise to complement their coding skills. This could help them add more purpose to their code , develop quicker with an understanding and can test them efficiently & effectively. Developers should try to experiment with new code constructs or languages to continuously bring in the efficiencies of these new additions to production.