This month, we delve into the life of our Director of Big Data Analytics, Manisha Sule. She’s doing big things for us here at Linux Academy, so get to know her, her background, and what Big Data really is!
Who are you?
MS: As Director of Big Data Analytics at Linux Academy, my responsibilities include leading the development of a robust data analytics platform that provides data-driven insights across the company. Data is generated and used by every department in any organization, but what makes data invaluable is the process of analyzing that data and deriving insights which were previously not known. Having joined a year ago, my job is to leverage the latest technology around Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence and create solutions using data. The ultimate goal is to help Linux Academy create better learning experiences for our students and also to help the Linux Academy staff to do their jobs better.
I also have been appointed as a member of the Big Data Advisory Board at Dallas’s Southern Methodist University (SMU) for the upcoming academic year.
What is Big Data?
MS: Famously characterized by 4 Vs (volume, velocity, variety and veracity), the term “Big data” does not just imply large volumes of data, but is also indicative of data in various formats originating from wide range of sources and at large speeds. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are dependent on large amounts of data. Needless to say, the Big Data revolution is what fuels the popularity and availability of AI and ML solutions.
What did you do before this?
MS: I was working with IBM’s Spark Technology Center, when I decided to make the move to Linux Academy. At the Spark center, I was fortunate to witness the development and rising popularity of Apache Spark. As an evangelist for Apache Spark, I worked with various clients to help them understand the technology and its applications. Before IBM’s Spark Center, I worked in software engineering roles at IBM Commerce and Sterling Commerce building highly available, distributed and scalable software for the B2B commerce industry.
What’s your favorite part about working here at Linux Academy?
MS: The innovation and challenges. Building infrastructure and solutions from scratch. The freedom to explore and experiment, and the highly rewarding environment when you deliver results. Exceptionally motivating leaders that bind the company together and a company culture that gets rave reviews from all. Plus the true faith that our work impacts careers and lives for the better.
What do you like to do in your free time?
MS: Hanging out with family and friends, reading, music, cooking, Kathak, training for half marathon, and keeping up with the fast moving technical advancements in the field of Big Data Analytics.
MS: Simple home-made Indian food from my mother’s kitchen.
MS: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” -Roman philosopher, Seneca
Favorite past time?
MS: Walking trails with the hubby and kids.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and why?
MS: Stop time… my kids are growing too fast! #DreadTheTeens
What’s something you’re really excited about right now?
MS: Cloud Assessments for sure. It is an absolutely amazing product, brought together by sheer hard work and passion from the team at Linux Academy. It is guaranteed to be a learner’s paradise, and a solution to an employer’s hiring and training nightmare. As we re-launch this tool and the team works to add more features, more content, and more AI based analytics to it, this product will only get more amazing by the day!