Today we’re having a chat with Pramod, one of Logward’s software engineers, who will soon lead the Procurement Cloud team. Together we talk about designing software, solving problems, and what Procurement Cloud at Logward is.
Thank you for the interview! Let’s start with the reason that led you to software engineering, and what you like most about it, too.
I’ve always been good at logical reasoning, so I wanted to study something where I could use these strengths. Before choosing computer science I considered electrical engineering, but I thought that I would be better at computer science. What I like most about it - I love to solve problems and software engineering gives me the opportunity to do so regularly. This motivates me to keep going every day.
When and how did you start working at Logward?
I started in November 2020. I was exploring new opportunities when I was approached by a recruiter who told me about an exciting and growing company. After this, I did my research about it, spoke to a few people at Logward, and here I am.
You’re becoming responsible for our Procurement Cloud. How do you feel about this new responsibility?
I’m very excited about the new opportunity. Until now, I’ve been more of an individual contributor managing certain features in our product portfolio. So, this gives me a chance to bring more to the table and keep learning new things.
Could you explain what is the new product offering 'Procurement Cloud'?
Cloud Procurement involves the Allocation Management tool, which enables customers to manage their capacity allocation and improve their relationship with carriers. It helps get competitive prices by analyzing customers’ procurement process and allows them to handle multiple tenders for spot quotes. These are the main features that fall under the Procurement Cloud umbrella. Additionally, we provide analytics and insights to our customers so that they have a better understanding of their data, rely on accurate forecasts, and manage their operations more efficiently.
What is the most challenging feature you’ve worked on at Logward?
Allocation Management. I’ve been working on Allocation Management since I joined the organization, since all our big customers use it extensively, and it’s one of the most important tools we have at Logward. For this reason, we developed a lot of new features over the past year. This would be my most challenging feature yet ;)
What would you say are the most important skills needed to design software?
It’s mostly about analyzing problems - the big picture of a problem. This is a big plus for any software designer, but it’s equally important to also be able to translate this into a solution. Lastly, communication and soft skills are important to be a leader in the field.
Since you told us that you love to solve problems, which steps make up your problem-solving process?
I solve problems through examples. First, I find different examples and I try to work out the logical part of the problem using these examples. Then, I try to find solutions for these examples, transitioning to a general solution. The last step in my process is figuring out how I can generalize the solution to make it work in different scenarios.
Where do you see the strengths of your team?
Logward’s major strength is its people. We are a small team, so we are very close, and we know each other very well. This is a strength because it makes us very agile and allows us to achieve results at a much faster pace.
What sparks your creativity?
I thrive in an environment where I’m challenged, this helps me be creative.
How many programming languages do you know?
I know about 6 languages. The first one that I learned is Java, when I was in college, and the other ones just came along in time.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to play badminton and watch TV series – I like sitcoms and action shows. I also enjoy hanging out with my family and friends.
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Snow or sand? Snow
Fruits or vegetables? Fruits
Nights out or nights in? Nights out
Train or bus? Bus
Big city or small town? Small town
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