Today we continue our Meet Zaloni series by introducing you to Jayanta Bora, Engineering Manager at the Zaloni campus in India.
Jayanta hails from Nagaon, Assam, India. He is a lover of nature, animals, and people. He believes in sincerity, simplicity and honesty. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies - mostly action movies, and listening to music - especially old time melodies. Jayanta is a dedicated advocate for sustainability and recycling, and is extremely conscious of waste of food, water and precious resources.
After receiving his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering, he began his career as a software developer at PVI Computers. Today, Jayanta is an Engineering Manager at the Zaloni Campus in Guwahati, India.
Q. Where did you begin your career?
I began my career at PVI Computers, Assam. PVI is a small organization that deals with computer education and customized software application development. In my role as a Software Developer I honed my skills in VB, MS Access, and Java/J2EE (Servlet, JSP).
Q. When did you join Zaloni?
I joined Zaloni in April 2011 as a Technical Lead.
Q. What does a typical day in your life (at Zaloni) look like?
My day can be best described with the words - "Collaboration and coordination amongst multiples". My day starts with analyzing and planning projects and people. As a lead I have to plan and manage both resources and projects cautiously so that the resources are properly allocated amongst the current projects. The ability to do this requires thorough knowledge of current project requirements, skill sets of all resources, a keen sense of wit, and skillful analysis. I also spend part of my day attending meetings, checking the status of projects assigned to me, and making sure that I am up to speed on all requirements. This ensures smooth functioning and timely delivery of each project.
"Multiples" also includes looking into vendor related chores and issues and resolving them on time.
My team, being an inseparable part of the "Multiples" - I keep a constant focus on how I can provide them the best training, motivate them, and keep them focused on the professional development tasks that will help them progress in their careers. Apart from managing my existing team, I also spend time working with our HR team to identify candidates and interview new recruits - Zaloni is growing quickly and recruiting top talent to join the company is essential!
So, this is just a small glimpse into what some of my days look like.
Q. Please tell about your role at Zaloni
As an Engineering Manager my role involves:
Managing Projects as a Project Manager
Executing Projects as Technical/Development Manager
Resource Management for a team of 68 + team members.
Vendor Manager for vendors
Q. What are some of the common use cases you see?
As Big Data technologies mature, I have seen a shift towards Hadoop and cloud related services - either for faster and aggressive results OR for cost cutting. Some of the common use cases which I have seen following this trend are:
Batch processing, primarily ETL applications (which was earlier done with RDBMS) using technologies like Hive, MapReduce
Stream processing through Hadoop using distributed technologies like HBase, Spark, Flume, Kafka
Visualizing Big Data so as to gain meaningful insights into unstructured data space
All the use cases, however are mainly focused on achieving performance and quick visualization over processing a variety of data from different sources.
Q. What do you hope your team will accomplish in 2015?
My vision for my team in 2015 is to:
- Continue to increase the number of Bedrock implementations
- Develop and deliver quality strategic projects for both company and team growth
- And internally, I would like all of my team to not just be SME’s, but to become certified SME’s. This will serve to bolster customer confidence that all Zaloni employees that work on their implementations are experts in their respective areas.