Meet Seema Kumar, our next 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 a part of the IT industry for over 12 years now. I started off my career as a software developer and spent my initial years programming on C, C++ and Java/J2EE for several customer projects. Upon joining IBM, I transitioned into the role of a product consultant where I picked up deep expertise in several of the WebSphere middleware products. As I started working more closely with customers and business partners, helping them solve their critical business problems, I realised I could be more effective if I had a chance to also understand the business side of things. I henceforth took up a role in Product Management and in this role I leverage my technical skills as well as business skills to shape the product portfolio and be relevant to our customers.
I have been with IBM for over 7 years now and throughout my career have managed to strike a good balance between work and fun. I enjoy travelling and my work often gives me a chance to visit new places and meet new people.
'Building a Smarter Planet'. What are your thoughts on how IBM Software is contributing to this?
I believe IBM is well positioned today to take up the enormous task of 'Building a Smarter Planet'. As an organization that is spread across various technology disciplines and with presence across the globe, we have the right mix of people as well the right intentions to make the world a smarter and better place to live in. IBM Software has made all the right investments across various areas including Cloud, Social, Mobile, Analytics, Security and many more emerging technology areas to address the needs of a smarter planet.
What do you think is the biggest technology trend to watch out for in 2013?
While it is very difficult to call out any one specific trend to watch out for, I feel the one trend we definitely cannot ignore today is Mobility. There is a proliferation of mobile devices and tablets which provides people with a lot of flexibility including making online purchases, booking tickets, banking transactions, social networking, location based search for services and much more. For a developer the mobile app development opportunity in itself is huge but this also opens up several other several other areas for technology innovation. Integration with enterprise applications, analytics offerings, e-commerce and cloud platforms are equally interesting areas that are being explored.
Your thoughts on the IBM Developer Superstar initiative and what are your expectations from the IBM Developer Superstar finalists?
The Developer Superstar contest is an amazing initiative by IBM developerWorks as it encourages developers to think out of the box and come up with innovative application ideas. It is also a great chance for us to see how the IBM technologies are being embraced by the developer community. Its a great opportunity for developers to profile and showcase their expertise as well as enlist IBM support in pursuing their future goals.
Words of wisdom for the developer community.
The developer community in India is one of the most vibrant communities globally. While the adoption of new technologies, programming languages, etc is fairly rapid here, we can still do a significant job of giving back to the community as a whole. Increased community activity in terms of technical forums, blogs, conferences, etc encourage better collaboration and leads to innovative ideas. Developing simple solutions to complex business problems, leveraging the right set of tools and technologies should be what everyone should aspire for.