Mak­ing ma­chines come alive

FULL CIR­CLE IM­PACT Prod­uct life­cy­cle man­age­ment is a func­tion that em­ploys some of the best brains in the domain of soft­ware prod­uct devel­op­ment

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Proy­ashi Barua

Sourabh Verma is the quin­tes­sen­tial techie. A pro­gram­mer an­a­lyst, who is cur­rently work­ing for Te­qtron Inc, a Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany, he is pas­sion­ate about the hows and whys of elec­tronic gad­gets.

“Soft­ware de­vel­op­ers who are con­ver­sant with hard­ware def­i­nitely have an edge as the in­dus­try is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary,” says Ar­jun Sharma, a Delhi-based re­cruit­ment con­sul­tant who spe­cialises in the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor.

“For in­stance, if some­one is de­vel­op­ing a web ap­pli­ca­tion that in­volves a lot of se­cu­rity el­e­ments, it is vi­tal for them to know the type of hard­ware they are us­ing so that they can de­ter­mine if the ma­chine can ac­tu­ally han­dle the work­load,” he ex­plains.

Verma was in­ter­ested in his sub­ject much be­fore he made a con­scious choice to pur­sue it as a ca­reer. “As a child I loved to watch my dad make cool com­mon­sense gad­gets and re­pair our house­hold elec­tronic stuff,” he says.

Some­one who started play­ing with LEDs and cir­cuits when he was just 12 years old, Verma grad­u­ally started learn­ing pro­gram­ing and hard­ware in­ter­fac­ing be­came his favourite pas­time. “I used to read books, get help from my dad and dis­cuss my learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences on the few on­line fo­rums that were avail­able in those days. One of my first ma­jor achieve­ments was cre­at­ing a laser- based chat ap­pli­ca­tion which re­quired no in­ter­net, or wires. All it needed was two laser key­chains (cost­ing

50) and light sen­sors at­tached to the PCs.”

In his spare time, Verma loves to de­velop what he calls ‘boy toys.’ “Af­ter I man­aged to con­trol an RC toy car us­ing a com­puter, I ven­tured into this fas­ci­nat­ing world of boy toys that let me keep the boy in me alive. Now I am try­ing to do the same to a toy drone,” he shares.

A large part of Verma’s work to­day in­volves con­sult­ing in the domain of prod­uct life­cy­cle man­age­ment or PLM. In the con­text of the soft­ware in­dus­try, PLM has an in­dis­pens­able lever­age. To­day the prod­uct port­fo­lios of mega soft­ware com­pa­nies are ex­pand­ing at an ex­po­nen­tial pace. “Given this con­text it is crit­i­cal to have an in­fal­li­able sys­tem for man­ag­ing prod­uct up­dates, ven­dors and in­ven­tory. Ex­ports are also mul­ti­ply­ing and there is a need for prod­ucts to com­ply with the stan­dards of var­i­ous coun­tries. This need is ad­dressed by PLM, which is purely an IT func­tion. Most soft­ware prod­uct com­pa­nies have come up with en­ter­prise level so­lu­tions to carry out this func­tion and it is the job of con­sul­tants like me to se­lect and cus­tomise PLM packages ba­sis cus­tomer needs and their busi­ness spec­i­fi­ca­tions,” ex­plains Verma. Have you ever won­dered how Ap­ple man­age their prod­uct space of hun­derds of Items like iPad, iPod, Ap­ple watch, Ap­ple TV, OSX, iOS, Sa­fari, etc? They use the ser­vices of con­sul­tants like Verma to stay on top of their in­ven­tory, cost­ing, en­gi­neer­ing, doc­u­men­ta­tion, qual­ity man­age­ment, com­pli­ance etc.

Ex­plain­ing his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, he says, “When a soft­ware devel­op­ment project starts, we meet the busi­ness users and un­der­stand their ac­tiv­i­ties. Some­times, the client has clar­ity about the fu­ture state of his en­ter­prise sys­tems, else we cre­ate pro­to­types based on our ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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