Swapnil Pawade | Chronicling a Cloud Professional’s Journey from Boot Camp

Swapnil PawadeJune 3, 2022

Back in 2011 when I was in my final year of engineering, InfoCepts’ tough-to-get-in reputation weighed heavy on my mind as I prepared for their off-campus recruitment. Their rigorous selection process including an aptitude test, analytical interview, case study interview, HR interview, and a managerial interview lived up to the stories my friends and I had heard. However, I jumped with joy when they called me to confirm that they had selected me.

And so began my professional journey with InfoCepts on March 26, 2012, as a boot camper. First day in, I realized that the selection process was a teaser of things to come with various technical sessions packed into a 9 to 5 schedule for weeks. I was part of InfoCepts’ largest boot camp back then with 40 other associates. We were trained on technologies like SQL, MicroStrategy, Informatica, and HTML/CSS, and received a crash course in Corporate Communications and Etiquettes. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed, but when I look back, it was all worth it. I made great friends during my time in the boot camp and thoroughly enjoyed being there.

For our convocation ceremony, we were taken to Sahas Camp where they planned various team building and adventure activities like boating and rock climbing. This was followed by induction and in one of the sessions Shashank asked us if we knew what Big Data and Hadoop were. I did not have the faintest idea what they were. Hadoop was a very niche but rapidly evolving technology at the time. Shashank’s inspiring address at the camp paved the way for the rest of my career.

I was allocated to a project for a leading customer experience company headquartered in the US, I spent 4.5 years working on this project. I was part of the support team that managed the client’s content mining platform. My efforts on this project included scripting, automation, morning/afternoon/morning shifts, weekend shifts, 12-hour shifts, 8-hour shifts, and back-to-back shifts with zero regrets. It fuelled my curiosity for big data platforms and the fact that our client had a great product played in my favor. I got the opportunity to learn finer aspects of their product and how they operate on massive data scales. At one point I was flown to the client’s US location for a short stint. While on this project, I kept improving my big data skills on the side and once I grew confident, I placed a request to be moved to a project where I could use my new-found skills.

My manager took notice of my skills, experience, and interest and allocated me to a leading global media company’s project. Working as part of a small team, I was impressed by the cutting-edge technology stack used in the project and the sheer volume of data running into billions of rows and terabytes. Here, I got the opportunity to implement real-world Hadoop, Hive, and Spark use cases while honing my Python and Scala programming skills. My team and I eventually implemented a complete data warehouse on Hadoop using Hive & Spark, which became my first big data project. A few more years into the project, the paradigm started shifting from on-premise big data implementation to cloud implementation. It effectively meant that it was time for me to do what I love most, learn a new technology stack. Subsequently, we migrated all the big data infrastructure to AWS, and we started building use cases on AWS using a variety of AWS services.

Our media client’s eagerness to adapt to changing technology trends presents abundant and exciting new challenges for us to solve. I am very thankful to my managers for their unwavering support during this phase of my career. When I look back on my 10 years at InfoCepts, I realize how far I have come – It amazes me on how much my skillsets and InfoCepts has grown during this time. InfoCepts is a home away from home that motivates me to keep marching ahead.