Instaclustr Insights provide meaningful insights into team members work life. This time it is Anil Inamdar, Director – U.S. Consulting Sales & Delivery. Anil is based out of San Francisco Bay Area, California.
What does your role at Instaclustr entail?
My role at Instaclustr is to scale out our U.S. consulting practice. We already have an established managed services and support team, and our consulting practice is well-suited to complement them. My job is to position Instaclustr as a one-stop shop for open source technologies— providing end-to-end strategy, architecture, development, training, support, and managed services.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My typical day involves working with the sales team on proposal work, attending consulting sales calls, creating new consulting offers, coming up with sales and marketing approaches to sell consulting, recruiting the right talent, talking to customers, and more!
How’d you first get interest in IT?
During my college years, I came across the statement X = X + 1 while browsing an article on programming. Mathematically, it did not make sense—but I found out that it’s an assignment statement in Fortran language. I was intrigued and took Fortran as one of my elective subjects. I was hooked since then.
And your formal education followed in that path?
My formal education took a few twists and turns, but I was always closely associated with IT and related subjects. I completed my B.S. in Physics and then my MBA in Operations Research.
When did you join Instaclustr—and why?
I joined Instaclustr in early November 2019. What impressed me about Instaclustr is its unique business model. I was already very familiar with the open source technologies that Instaclustr delivers, and I knew many businesses faced two problems while using open source technologies. Firstly, they often had to support the product themselves, with very little help from the open source community. Secondly, they could get paid support from companies, but that tended to come with proprietary features and licensing fee charges. What makes Instaclustr different is it’s true open source play—customers leverage pure open source software with no licensing, while the support and managed services provides the reliability, scalability and expertise that enterprises require.
What’s been your favorite part about Instaclustr since joining?
The best part so far has been meeting so many talented people in the organization – sales, marketing, product, consulting—every team. Traveling to Australia was also one of the highlights—though regrettably I missed out on seeing kangaroos in the wild!
In your opinion, what makes someone a good fit to be a software engineer?
I believe that a good software engineer requires three attributes:
- Inherent curiosity and willingness to solve problems
- Business domain knowledge (usually, and best, acquired through experience)
- Sound technical knowledge in the relevant field of interest.