Meet Ram. As a leader on the Digital Solutions team, he oversees the end-to-end architecture function within our tech org. His group focuses on modernizing our platforms and building solutions for our customers.
I sat down with Ram to learn more about what it’s like to be a part of his team and why he loves working in tech. Here’s what he had to say:
Tell us about your career journey, and what led you to Staples?
I started my career in product engineering start-ups after receiving my master’s degree in Computer Science. In 2011, I joined a large computer storage company as a leader of Enterprise Architecture, focusing on modernizing IT systems. I wanted to be part of an organization that is transforming its business and modernizing systems to the Cloud. I liked Staples’ customer-first mindset and the vision to be a data-driven company.
What do you love about your role?
What inspires me is being able to build relationships with business leaders and understand their vision to help our team architect solutions. Unlike born in the cloud startups, like Uber or Lyft for example, traditional enterprises have much more complexity with a mix of modern and legacy systems. Modernizing them is more challenging and something that has always motivated me. I also love learning new business domains, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to join Staples and learn a new industry.
Where did your passion for tech come from?
While I was attending college in India and majoring in electronic engineering, I fell in love with microprocessors and assembly language. Ever since, technology has been my passion. I always felt the need to be one step ahead in understanding emerging technology and how to apply it to build products or solve problems.
Fill in the blank. To be successful in tech, one should be _____________________.
Passionate, empathetic and a problem-solver.
Why should someone join your team?
We are a small team of experienced software architects who love to understand the business and solve challenging problems. Our goal is to be trusted advisors for the tech team and to have fun while doing it.
What is your favorite aspect of #StaplesLife?
It’s the people. I love their willingness to be collaborative and work with others outside of their individual teams.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
You don’t need a title to be a leader. I read this in a book 20 years ago and I truly believe in it. You can be a leader by being genuine, leading by example, and caring.
Every day our tech team is pushing the limits on how we shape new experiences for our customers. Interested in joining Ram and our world-class tech team? Check out our open roles.