Welcome back to our employee-centered series, Beyond the Data! This month, we’re venturing to our India office to feature Sr. Data Engineer, Ajay H N.
Fun Fact: Ajay loves to take spontaneous trips with his wife Manasa. Prior to COVID, they made a fun habit of taking unplanned trips to less crowded locations, typically anywhere with mountains and beautiful forests.
Tell us your name, where you’re from, and a little about you.
My name is Ajay H N and I currently live in Bengaluru, Karnataka, (India) with my wife. I am originally from Halebidu, well know as Dwarasamudra – Capital of the Hoysala Empire.
By now you might be wondering what ‘H N’ in my name stands for. Here in our state, some names don’t have a surname, instead, we have initials indicating origin and father’s first name. So ‘H N’ stands for Halebidu Nanjundappa (my Father).
I completed my primary education in my hometown and secondary education in JNV. I got a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from SIT. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I started my career as a Software Engineer. Since Jan 2020, I’ve been part of the phData family as a Senior Data Engineer.
What does "Sr. Data Engineer” mean? What do you actually do on any given day?
Data Engineer is an ETL/ELT (E: Extract; T: Transform; L: Load) expert who helps to build the solution around data, to ensure the availability of data based on when, where and how queries.
A Sr. Data Engineer on the other hand is the one who helps to build the best practices around the solution based on their experience. They are also the ones to train their team. As a Sr. Data Engineer at phData, I spend my day doing one or more of the following tasks:
- Plan my week and day
- Gather and understand client’s requirements and propose possible solutions
- Interact with my project team to discuss project status
- Implement and demo the solution
- Learn something new
- Share my knowledge and guide the team
- Gather with the team leads to discuss and implement best practices (from a technical/process standpoint)
- Volunteer and participate in fun activities to keep the mind fresh
- Hangout with the DE India team
Tell us about the Data Engineering team. What is it like working with them every day?
I’m part of the DE India team. It’s a small, but mighty team of 18 experts. We have members from the associate level to Sr. Solution Architects. These young minds are lead by Hiresh (Director of DE India) and Noor (Asst. Director of MLE India).
Due to the pandemic, we are missing our team hangouts and interactions, but we still meet virtually every Friday morning to get to know each other better. We also meet on Project Knowledge sharing sessions, to learn more about what is happening in other projects.
We have members who are multi-talented, like Rahul (who is a self-learned Guitarist), Hiresh and Shravan (they read a lot!), and Mandar (who is very jovial). My experience with the team has been fantastic since the day I started at phData. I love that I can reach out to anyone in the company and they’ll respond quickly with no barriers.
How long have you been with phData? What past experiences have prepared you for your job at phData?
What is the one thing you want customers to know about phData?
What are the most exciting things you’re working on and how do you see them positively impacting our customers?
How do you like working from home? Do you have any WFH tips that have helped you during this challenging time?
I really like phData when it comes to work ethics, especially how employee-friendly they are. I’ve always wanted to work from home but without knowing the difficulties I might run into, never jumped on the opportunity. Now that we are officially a remote-first company, I see many advantages and disadvantages to WFH.
To talk about advantages:
- It’s flexible, work from anywhere
- No commuting
- Eat home food whenever I want
- More time for family and friends
Anything repeating becomes boring, hence some of the advantages have become disadvantages over time. To talk about disadvantages:
- WFH has reduced our physical activities, as we don’t travel much
- Missing team hangouts, virtual hangouts don’t give the same feel as in-person
- Difficulty finding a quiet place to work in home
- Too many interruptions, now that kids are home
Here are some of the tips I think can help overcome these issues:
- Have a dedicated room for work
- Increase workouts to keep physically fit
- Have a dedicated time for breaks to spend more time with family or personal work
- To avoid power-cut issues, have a power backup