Tech Trailblazers

Tech Trailblazers: Shilpi Karan Anand

  • Name: Shilpi Karan Anand

    Role: Senior Oracle Apps Technical Consultant, Version 1

    Education: Master’s in computer application, GGSIP University and Bachelors of Computer Science, Delhi University

    What does your typical day look like?

    I start my day with checking emails and making a to-do list for the day. Twice a week I would have a team call with all team members working on various projects led by our Technical team manager wherein we provide update on the progress and any potential blockers on project work.

    Then I get started with priority tasks from my list which can include development, testing, documentation work, analysis, research, reaching out to peers, guiding team members on their tasks, etc. I have daily standup calls with project technical team members and weekly call with functional team members.

    I have weekly afternoon 1: 1 call with my direct report to talk through the progress made, any blockers, pressing tasks, plan for next week, etc.

    What are you currently working on?

    I am currently working on Upgrade of EBS R12.1 Implementation to R12.2 version for our pharmaceutical client.

    What inspired you to join this company in particular?

    I had heard about the Core Values and Profit Share scheme of Version1 from one of my friends who happened to be a Version1 employee. And when I came across job opening matching my skillset, I knew I had to give it a go. I could see those core values reflecting during the interview process itself. I remember HR talking to me about the Honesty and Integrity aspect of Core Value. Version1 employees live the core values on a daily basis.

    Did you always want to work in this industry (tech)?

    My interest in programming developed in high school while studying Computer Science. And I knew I had to continue studying Computer Science at University and work in IT field. So yes I can that I always wanted to work in IT industry.

    What’s your favorite part about your work?

    My favorite part about the work is challenges. While I was working in Support I was given the opportunity to work on challenging tasks every now and then (it was upto me to accept the challenge or to pass it on). For example, I got to support a new application just after its go-live. It was a new technology for me and a new functional area.

    This not only increased my technical and functional knowledge but I also improvised on my interpersonal skills as I got to interact more with developers from client side. This is just one example. In my case, that’s what keeps me going. I am also able to take up new and challenging tasks in project work.

    What would you say to other people considering a job in this industry (tech)?

    Change in technology is constant, don’t be afraid to learn new stuff. One can do very well in IT industry if he/she has good analytical and logical skills.

    How do you see this technology impacting on our lives?

    Technology has both positive and negative impact on our lives. While it has made communication and learning (amongst other things) easy, it has also impacted being sociable and making face-to-face contacts in a negative way.

    Who inspired you to work in this field?

    It wasn’t a person who inspired me to be in IT. But my interest in programming led me to work in this field.

    What do you consider to be the most important tech innovation or development in recent years?

    When I think about some tech development in recent years, its IoT that interests me.

    What tech gadget could you not live without?

    Just my smart phone.

    About the author

    Brendan is a Sync NI writer with a special interest in the gaming sector, programming, emerging technology, and physics. To connect with Brendan, feel free to send him an email or follow him on Twitter.

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