"Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish"- Steve Jobs (2005)
A non-descript farewell message on the back cover of the Whole Earth Catalogue-1974 edition, when it became the closing line of Mr. Jobs' commencement address to the Graduates of Stanford, went on to inspire many. And these words can best summarize my ideals.
It has been my constant endeavor to strengthen my technical skills as well as venture beyond the confines of my academic curriculum and classroom lectures. The fulfillment, the enrichment and the mere experience of each of these endeavors have been both a source of tremendous inspiration and a guiding force in sculpting my academic objective of pursuing a Master's degree in Management Information Systems.
Working with Accenture, as an Associate software engineer, for the last 7 months has been an absolutely amazing & enriching experience to me. Taking on the challenges given to me from day one to completing close to twenty-five projects till date, my knowledge has increased many folds. My seniors have been appreciative of my capabilities of handling the tasks and have been increasing my responsibilities. I have also been currently nominated for the AO for BPO Hall of Fame (an award given to outstanding achievers in Accenture). Averaging almost three projects a month, while working on wide ranging projects from Client Service Reporting, Master Contract Repository, Ariba Procurement Tool to Process & reporting tool and HR portal, has given me an opportunity to learn the various aspects of management systems. It has enhanced my knowledge of how corporations use technology to address Business problems.
One of projects assigned to me, was to test the Archiving functionality of Document Flow Manager (DFM) tool which involved moving of old cases from Primary DB to Secondary DB. Image and Meta data had to be archived separately, for which different batch jobs had to be executed- one for moving from the primary to secondary and the other for running a batch job on the primary to delete the cases. Apart from the build team based in Argentina, this functionality was new to the entire team & the documents present with us were outdated. Complexities involved understanding the location of data in the DB; getting the complex database query's right & checking multiple databases which contained enormous amount of data. This experience not only highlighted the importance of information management but also made me aware of the various challenges involved in dealing with the critical data of an organization. Locating & assimilating new information rapidly, apart from having to break down & understand complex content compelled me to think out of the box. This not only increased my problem solving capabilities but helped my team achieve results & completing the project in a record four days time. My ability to reach & defend independent conclusion has also helped increase my intellectual maturity
Currently, I am working on a project for Schlumberger on Process & reporting tool which is an Accounts payable vendor management solution that seamlessly integrates invoice processing, e-mail handling, document image capture, query resolution, and reporting. I took this opportunity to understand the project requirement by analyzing the documents, creating system test plan, preparing test cases and ABD test scripts for various functionalities and building a functional model of the system. This methodological paradigm has reduced the project complexity by a great extent and helped my team to perform product, regression and integration tests efficiently. It has also taught me strategic leadership with the ability to cope with complicated personalities effectively in a competitive & bureaucratic environment.
During my Undergraduate degree program, the areas which were of special interest to me centered on Computer Networks and Database Management Systems. I have always wanted to understand these concepts thoroughly, while being more...
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