Over 20 years of IT experience in designing, developing & maintaining enterprise Software
Solutions in the Life/Crop Sciences domain. Highly motivated, agile IT professional always striving to maintain a pragmatic approach to solving complex IT challenges.
AWS (EC2, ELB, RDS, S3, Cloudwatch)
AWS Serverless Architecture
RESTful API interfaces (JSON, XML)
Redhat Openshift 3.5.5
Maven, Ant, Gradle
Jenkins 1.x and 2
Spring core, Spring MVC, Spring Security & Spring Boot
Java/J2EE Design Patterns
JBoss AS, Apache Tomcat, Nginx
APM tools (Glowroot)
Project Lead/Architect - RDIS, 06/2016
to Current Syngenta – RTP,
Managed a team of consultants primarily focused on maintaining and enhancing the Track & Trace Platform leveraged by over 1500 users within Syngenta RDIS for managing its crop inventory.
The platform comprises 3 java web applications backed by oracle database, and integrated via Restful Web Services.
This is an assignment with a good blend of line management opportunities, and great deal of hands-on technical challenges.
As the Technical Lead for "Lift and Shift to AWS Cloud" initiative, successfully migrated the entire MINT platform from the HP managed infrastructure to AWS Cloud.
Manage the build and deployment infrastructure.
Continuous process improvements by embracing DevOps strategies.
Setting up and maintaining of 6 environments.
Automation of infrastructure/environment provisioning by designing and implementing Ansible playbooks.
Automation using Jenkins and Ansible resulting in a highly efficient, reliable and repeatable process for building, deploying and horizontal scaling.
Tomcat, nginx SSL configuration.
Setting up nginx Load Balancer.
Troubleshooting SAML Authentication issues.
Technical Business Consultant, 01/2015
to 06/2016 GlaxoSmithKline, RTP
As a member of the Customer Facing Group for analytics within R&D IT, I was accountable for identifying strategic opportunities within Computational Biology, Quantitative Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology Modeling & Simulation (CPMS) groups within R&D.
This involved thoroughly understanding the various business processes that represented the backbone of the cutting edge research carried out by GSK Scientists, and designing IT solutions in alignment with these business processes.
My years of Technical Lead experience combined with in-depth domain expertise positioned me uniquely in effectively liaising with both IT and Business stakeholders.
Some of my key accomplishments include,.
Partnering with Infrastructure Provisioning group for setting up HPC infrastructure for carrying out high-throughput analytics.
This initiative paid rich dividends by cutting down the re-analysis time of samples from rheumatoid arthritis patients by 75%.
Leveraged my comprehensive knowledge of GSK's Messaging infrastructure for resolving many critical issues blocking the production deployment of one of CPMS' flagship application.
As the sole IT representative aiding translational research, I was instrumental in setting up the necessary infrastructure for carrying out pilot programs that focused on evaluating platforms like tranSMART and eTRIKS.
As an Information Security Specialist for Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), carried out the threat modeling on its knowledge management platform eTRIKS.
One of the key aspects of this exercise was organizing threat modeling workshops remotely and in Europe.
The information security assessment report was successfully reviewed and accepted by the eTRIKS work package leads.
Team/Technical Lead - R&D IT, 01/2003
to 01/2015 GSK – NC
Led the design and development of a SOA-based, loosely coupled integration framework enabling integration among several vendor solutions and bespoke applications across research and clinical departments within GSK.
This was part of a major multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative across R&D that involved simplifying the approach to managing clinical data with the primary focus being data sharing.
Designed and implemented a robust integration layer for sharing data securely with speed and efficiency.
Worked diligently with vendors to realign their product designs with R&D IT's strategic initiatives.
Managed business stakeholder expectations without jeopardizing R&D IT strategic goals.
Made significant contribution to R&D Information blueprinting initiative.
Designed and implemented an overall strategic security mechanism for R&D IT web services
Led a multiyear strategic biology simplification program involved breaking apart tightly coupled, extremely complex 40+ web applications leveraging disparate technologies into two independent portals.
This set the stage perfectly for eventual decommissioning of one of the portals as a result of a strategic realignment within the business.
This also produced significant cost saving and enabled R&D IT to offer R&D enhanced support for the portal that was retained.
Led the design and development of a web-based 3-tier application with a highly sophisticated user interface and robust server-side components for managing sample, subject and associated treatment information in a seamlessly integrated fashion.
This tool was developed in an agile fashion involving continuous feedback from several stakeholders representing different business groups (RNA Profiling, Histology, Quantitative Expression) within early stage R&D.
This resulted in a highly streamlined data capturing mechanism incorporating standard data models across aforementioned business groups.
As an Agile Coach, trained team members in Agile Development, Continuous Integration & Test Driven Development.
Designed a roadmap for porting the existing thick client (java swing) application to a web-based application.
Designed and developed sophisticated UI widgets by leveraging AJAX.
Enabled integration with several R&D applications by designing and developing multiple integration points (java APIs, web services, DB views & DB materialized views).
Managed teams in the US and India carrying out agile development, and team in China developing a fixed cost module using waterfall approach
Jointly led the design and development of a java development framework that packaged the most mature open source software development tools with the goal of standardizing agile software development across Molecular Discovery Research (MDR) IT.
This successful framework enabled project teams to focus on the project deliverables since a standard set of well-researched software development tools were readily packaged and made available to them.
This also paved the way for developing a core set of reusable libraries that expedited the process of developing secure web applications using technologies that were compliant with MDR IT's technology roadmap.
Identified the most popular, time-tested software development components.
Played an active role in packaging the various software development components into a highly flexible software development framework.
Designed and developed extremely well-tested reusable Java widgets and libraries speeding up in-house software development within R&D.
Trained project teams in speeding up adoption of Aries.
Led the development of an intuitive web application that enabled hundreds of scientists from different groups to piece together sample/subject/associated treatment information with experiments conducted on different platforms in downstream systems.
An equally compelling feature of this tool is the highly sophisticated web front end that allowed scientists to formulate dynamic SQL-like queries for retrieving aforementioned data in an integrated fashion.
Managed the software development team comprising of Software Developers with little or no prior domain expertise.
Designed and developed a very intuitive and responsive query interface leveraging AJAX.
Designed and developed a metadata driven database that was the query engine for this web application.
Designed and developed integration points with other data-sources via the traditional DB Links, Materialized Views approach and also the emerging approaches like web services.
Led the migration of a Ruby On Rails web-based visualization tool to java/j2EE platform.
As a member of the Web Application Development Standards (WADS) working group within R&D IT, made significant contributions to the design and development of WADS specifications that primarily focused on secure web application development.
These WADS controls continue to ensure that the web applications developed within R&D IT cannot be exploited via the
OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities.
Programmer Analyst - Bioinformatics, 01/2000
to 01/2003 Glaxosmithkline – King of Prussia,
A major reengineering effort involving migration of a complex, hard to maintain CORBA interface to a java web application.
This was the beginning of large scale java adoption, and decisive move away from CORBA within SmithKline Beecham.
Evaluated Java Remote Method Invocation(RMI) for the possibility of replacing CORBA interfaces with RMI interfaces.
Performed successful pilot that paved way for full blown migration to RMI.
Trained team members in developing APIs leveraging RMI.
Programmer Analysts, 01/1995
to 01/1999 Patni Computer Systems Limited – Pune, MH,
As an onsite developer, provided support for flagship product of Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) that specialized in CAD/CAM engineering.
Designed & developed several major enhancements in c/c++ to the product that involved meticulous planning and coordination with PTC's worldwide development teams.
Maintenance involved fixing several critical bugs in a timely fashion.
1995 Malnad College of Engineering - Hassan
Sun Certified Java developer
Threat Modelling - Aspect Security Inc
Developing messaging solutions using IBM Message Broker
Cloudera Administrator Training for Apache Hadoop
Served as the VP of Education at GSK's Beecham Toastmasters Club