CLOUD City

Kalaiselvan P
Kalaiselvan P
Head –
Cloud
Engineerin
g and
Enterprise
Architectu
re,MindTeck
The Journey : Early Days to How I Got Here

For me, its been a constant endeavor to explore new possibilities and go after it with a proper plan. I always tried to work on my positives, and make sure I align myself with what comes naturally that I could further specialize. I think, this helped me in seeing the new opportunities and take up new challenges.

Decisions That Mattered

My decisions are always very simple but focused in terms of "what I want to achieve". There was a time, when things didnt work for me and so Ive to look at what is in front of me, and see what I could do with that. Ive been very clear that I do what I would like to do, and so I enjoy what I do, and in the process I realized the best comes out of me.

The Turning Points

There has been times, when I felt I could have done things better if I had been on a different track. Be it a technology track or just a career track of option that I may find it more exhilarating. I was muddled. But, once I realized that what I wanted to do and made a point to stick with it, until I see the success in the field which I was looking for. This is my careers inflection point.

Work and Role: Then and Now

Ive always tried to be a developer to keep myself close to the technology and see it myself how I can leverage it before I recommend to anyone else. On top of this, its the tile that has changed over a period of time, but in terms of what Ive been able to offer has always remain focused. Driving the initiatives is always my strength and Ive been able to setup and establish the idea to larger scale in the past.

So, in my current job, as a head- enterprise cloud computing, in responsible for setting up and building the cloud capabilities within my Mindteck and so our customers could leverage for their future technology adoption. We help our customers realize the benefits of cloud and work closely with them to identify and build a road map to leverage cloud based opportunities right from private cloud to public cloud. We are recognized by Amazon as a solution integrator and we offer services mainly on Amazon backed cloud solutions to our customers.

Ive held multiple leadership positions in the past a practice lead in building IT services and also have extensive experience working in a product development in the past, but in a different environment and different business altogether.

Two Years Down the Line

I would still stick around talking more about the new technology innovations that may help our customers. Its my ability to continually keep pace with the technology growth and be the early adopter to see the real business benefits. So, I foresee I would become connoisseur in Cloud, Mobile and Analytics space which I strongly will to drive the growth for coming years.

What I Learnt Along the Way

There are quite a lot of lessons - Willingness to fail is the key.
Success is the ultimate goal, but without failure you cant achieve. So learn to accept failures, and build it for success.

Changing Days: Lessons Learnt

There has been dramatic change in terms of the field of business that we deal today in comparison to what we were doing earlier. The technology innovations always fueled this growth and even the customers were quick to adopt the technology that helped them to solve their problems. Could you ever imagine that you could build your data centre virtually with such a minimal investment 10 years back? If anyone had thought of this, would have certainly laughed at him/ her. Ive been lucky enough to see the initial days of the programming (with HTML, Javascript, and VB etc) and the solutions which we built on cloud and mobile today. The key message is change is good for the industry.
Its all about how quickly you could endorse the new changes for your own benefits.

Trends to Watch Out For

The trends that I have seen are more to happen in the coming days mainly in cloud and mobility space. There has been lot of growth in terms of application and IT enablement which had led to the accumulation of large number of applications and thus business data. Its important for anyone to be able to manage them, monitor them and utilize them in the best possible way without much of cost. So, cloud based on utility computing model and mobile which allows you seamless access information anywhere, anytime is transforming the business model for our customers. If you are a developer or engineer who have not exposed to these emerging technologies, Im sure your career may soon be in jeopardy unless you act on it today and build your skills around it.

My Advice If You are Starting Out

I strongly endorse his/ her desire to move into this as I feel its a good decision at the right time. So if you haven't started looking at Cloud and Mobile seriously yet, please go back and talk to your career mentor before things get worst for you.

Must Focus Areas For the Future

Though the cloud and Mobile being future to move, it also brings in lot of challenges like privacy, security, compliable, control over the asset, agility, interoperability etc. These are known challenges as there are multiple players in this eco system, and they all don't operate under common understanding which makes things more complex. So anyone who specializes in building capability around these challenging areas will certainly be able to build their career successfully.

Do We Need Certifications?

Certifications are good - these are the tool that helps you to assess how much we really understand more than we talk. So you could find many certifications in this spectrum again which you could perhaps attempt it like:
  • VMWare certifications on virtualization,
  • IBM certification on Cloud Architecture and
  • CA certifications on Cloud Enablement would be a right choice for one to pursue.
Books/ Websites I Recommend
  1. 1. AWS site has very good materials, white paper and documentation that easily takes you through the best practices in cloud domain. http://aws.amazon.com/architecture/
  2. Microsoft MSDN site has a good book written on migrating applications to cloud. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff728592.aspx
I personally recommend the books below:
  1. Cloud Computing Software Services Theory and Techniques Syed A Shah (1439803153)
  2. Wiley-Cloud Computing Principles and Paradigms 2011
  3. Cloud Security A Comprehensive Guide to Secure Cloud Computing 0470589876
  4. Enterprise Cloud Computing Technology Architecture Applications (052176095X)
Last But Not Least

I think, if you made Cloud as your career - believe me, you made a right choice. If you haven't done yet and still exploring it, please do it today!



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