Women of Infor: Engineering director honored for promoting diversity in tech
Bhuvaneswari Subramani is a self-made #WomanInTech. A farmer’s daughter from a small town in South India, she was the first in her family to earn a college degree.
18 years later, she’s now a technophile, IT blogger, director of engineering operations at Infor GT Nexus, co-leader of the Amazon Web Services User Group in Bengaluru (Bangalore), and 1 of just 5 recipients across the globe of an AWS re:Invent 2018 Community Leader Diversity Scholarship.
“It has been a long journey, and it is mesmerizing to look back and relish how far I’ve come, but also to ponder how far #WomenInTech still need to go,” Bhuvana says. “I’m grateful and excited to promote diversity and enable the tech industry to be more inclusive.”
A passion for technology and training
Bhuvana attended an all-girls secondary school, then earned a bachelor's of engineering in computer science and an MBA in systems.
“I started my career as a developer in GIS- and GPS-based applications, packaging installers for the home-grown desktop applications,” Bhuvana said.
She joined GT Nexus in 2012, and now is director of engineering operations, taking care of DevOps including in cloud migration, build & release automation, ALM tools administration, and performance testing. Bhuvana's sojourn through the cloud triggered a keen interest in Amazon Web Services, Infor’s cloud infrastructure partner. She got certified and conducts many AWS training programs for colleagues and for professors and students at a local engineering college.
“With the AWS User Group Bengaluru, I have participated in many community-led learning events. I presented “A Migration Story: Agile to FDD in light of AWS” at the AWS Community Day 2017 in Bengaluru, and I was co-organizer of the AWS Community Day 2018 Bengaluru, where I presented a paper on “CI/CD Using AWS Developer Tools.”
AWS re:Invent diversity scholar
Despite Bhuvana’s success, diversity of women in tech in Bengaluru is sorely lacking. Of the 500 attendees at a recent AWS User Group conference that Bhuvana helped coordinate, only 15% were women. But she is working on that. Last fall, Bhuvana was chosen as 1 of 5 female user group leaders across the globe to receive a
Community Leader Diversity Scholarship to AWS re:Invent 2018.
“At re:Invent, I learned how to harness the power of community-led learning and how it can benefit a larger audience. I will continue to advocate for diversity through the AWS User Group Bengaluru. Our community is inclusive and whole-heartedly welcomes diverse cloud enthusiasts, from all walks of life, to be part of our journey.”
Bhuvana’s third passion is creative writing. She combined all 3 passions when she started blogging in 2009 about the tools and technologies she has mastered: : Blog on DevOps, Cloud Computing, SCM.
She also became the accidental blogger for the Chinmaya Balavihar Residential Summer Camp
for 11- to 15-year-old children, where she volunteered last year. She was writing daily summaries of activities for the parents, and they were so popular, they were transformed into a blog on the website.
“Basically, I enjoy writing on anything and everything that Inspires, influences, and impacts me either in English or Tamil, my mother tongue,” Bhuvana explains.
“I am a proud mother of two high-energy boys ages 12 and 8. Not wanting to be a bad mother, I try to balance our time together on the badminton court or swimming or their school projects rather than letting them fiddle with electronic gadgets. I try to blend my passion with the children’s interest, so we can have fun together.”
When she delivers guest lectures several times a year at her alma mater, “my boys are in the front row, witnessing patiently or reading their books.”
“My husband, Guna, also stands by me whenever and wherever he can, helping me flourish in my career.”
“I enjoy every bit of work I do, and I realized it’s relatively easy to balance work and family, but not beyond that. When I add on preparation for any technical presentations, which require lots of after-work reading or writing or coding, then it’s difficult to do everything fully. However, I can’t give up training and writing because that’s my passion — with a burning desire deep rooted in me.”
If she could go back and tell her 5-year-old 1 thing, she would say: “Practice makes perfect; so never give up!”
Being a woman of Infor
“When I joined the GT Nexus team, I found an amazing culture that was built up over years, and stood strong as the binding factor for the company. Early in my career, diversity wasn’t considered important. Now, I get to work with inspiring female leaders and reap the camaraderie of the Women’s Infor Network (WIN) community. I am honored when my peers see my success as theirs, and express their best wishes whole heartedly.
“What more could you want in a workplace than to take yet another bold step? And I am game for that!”
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