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In this episode we talk with Abhijeet Jhala (AJ) who works as a Cloud Solution Architect with ISVs.

He talks about how he has the “coolest job” since he has to solve a business problem only once but can be reused many number of times. We talk about how he was instrumental in solving a business problem which was – making a parking gate “smart” using Azure and its IOT capabilities. He also talks about how having a breadth of technical experience and a hip pocket skill helps him be a “problem solver”

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AJ’s journey on how he got to where he is today

  • AJ talks about how he started off with Oracle and how he started off with a blank state in Azure when he joined Microsoft but quickly mapped & translated the syntax from Oracle and AWS to Azure
  • AJ talks about how he has the coolest job by working with industry solutions in the ISV space. AJ solves a business problem once but the solution he develops can scale – thanks to partners who help amplify his solution to 100-1000s of customers

Interesting projects that AJ has worked on –

  • A leader in parking management wanted their Kiosks, gate to be intelligent and dynamic fare based system. The challenges were the parking were 5 levels underground and had no internet connectivity. Azure IoT was used to solve this business problem – including OCR, Azure edge camera for License plate reading. This also gave them additional value added services like – differential pricing based on demands, monitoring the parking spots, categorize the car by frequent customers and more.

AJ defined what a “good day” and a “bad day” is for him –

  • Good day:
    • True business impact which tangible results than just a technical solution
    • Seeing his impact in real world
  • Bad day:

    • Unhappy Customers

AJ’s advice to anyone who is starting off in the Cloud Solution space –

  • Categorizing oneself as a pillared solution category expert – may not be a good idea. The real world doesn’t work that way – they do not hear solutions or products, what they want is industry problems. In order to solve this he had to stop wearing the hat of a “pillared solution expert” model. He now prefers calling himself a “problem solver” rather than a Data & AI Architect or Apps & Infra architect with a “hip” pocket skill.

AJ’s advice to keep himself abreast of all the changes happening in the cloud world –

  • He is more of an audio/visual learner
  • Azure Mechanics, Azure Academy, and Channel 9 video contents are something that he goes back to for an update on the features.
  • For day-to-day updates he prefers following updates blog

How to get in touch with AJ

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