Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology
Let’s start off by learning a bit more about your life prior to Pega. Where are you from originally and what is your educational background?
I come from a place in India called Durgapur which is an industrial city in the state of West Bengal. I did my university schooling with a specialization in Science and Statistics from Bidhan Chandra Institution, both located in Durgapur. After that, I went on to study Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST).
On completion of my bachelor’s degree, I was recruited by Cognizant. I spent 15 years there before moving to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
What motivated you to learn how to use Pega?
After joining Cognizant in 2003, I was given the option to either learn Mainframe technologies or learn and work on a new BPM tool called Pega PRPC. I really wasn’t interested in the amount of coding that Mainframe involved so Pega was an easy choice. Pega was also a niche enough technology at the time that it provided me with ample opportunities to explore and learn the platform.
I never had a very formal training in Pega because everyone at that time was very new to the platform. We literally learnt Pega using the Pega Help files printed into a book format. I remember that it took me 4 days to successfully write and display a small screen in Pega version 3. The joy of being able to do that is still fresh in my memory. After the first successful implementation, projects lined up and we began to deliver. With all of the new challenges and new projects, I always remained motivated and my thirst for exploring new features never died.
"I have spent more than 16 years now working for more than 12+ projects in Pega. Pega is more than merely bread and butter for me, it has now become a way of life."
How has Pega shaped or impacted your career?
I have spent more than 16 years now working for more than 12+ projects in Pega. Pega is more than merely bread and butter for me, it has now become a way of life. It has given me tons of learning opportunities and immense exposure to new associated technologies. Most of all, working on Pega has allowed me to be part of several big digital transformation projects for which I have traveled across the globe.
With Pega releasing newer versions and extending into the world of robotics, big data, analytics, data science and machine learning, there is no dearth of learning opportunities. This also challenges me to continuously learn and achieve certifications to keep myself updated. I have already completed my CSA, CSSA, CLSA, CPDC and Data Scientist certifications.
With Pega, I have always seen an upward trend in my career and I firmly believe that I would not have been what I am today if I was not associated with Pega.
How is Pega changing the organization where you work?
I’m working with TCS for an organization that is on a journey to transform its multi-line and multi-label insurance business into a state-of-the-art digital insurer. Having complex processes and legacy application architecture made it difficult for them to provide the seamless, end-to-end, experience their customers and employees demanded.
What message or advice would you give to anyone who is considering a career as a Pega Developer?
Don’t even think twice – just go for it. I can vouch that you will never regret your decision in the future. The platform is very extensive and a lot of help is available online through Pega Academy. Once you have a good grip of the base Pega platform and understand the usage of the rules, it will become a cakewalk for you.
With Pega professionals being in demand across the world today, investing the effort and time to learn the platform and get certified will prove to be a life-changing experience. It will open many opportunities to build a great career!
"With Pega professionals being in demand across the world today, investing the effort and time to learn the platform and get certified will prove to be a life-changing experience."