Last year, we launched a new series to introduce you to our talented and hard working team mates. They’re behind the success of our client’s projects – working diligently to ensure we exceed our customers’ expectations.
This month, we sat down with our Architect and ecommerce expert, Praveen Manchana.
Praveen, tell us a bit about yourself.
Praveen: In terms of my background, I have been working with Microsoft Technologies for close to fifteen years now. I started as a junior developer at Dodo and from there I worked in a variety of roles across different technologies for roughly 9 years before moving onto Sitecore.
I started working with Sitecore five years ago, and my first project focused on ecommerce. I was privileged to spend time at Bunnings working on their Homebase project, including Click & Collect. From there, I worked with a couple of different Sitecore partners on other ecommerce projects, including Baby Bunting and Bridgestone.
After Bunnings, I joined another Sitecore partner for a time, where I worked on the Baby Bunting project. Again, this had a Sitecore commerce focus.
And eventually I landed at Aceik. I’ve been here a little over a year now.
You’ve spent a lot of time working on commerce projects. What do you love about it? Why the focus on Sitecore commerce?
Praveen: I have been with working with Microsoft technologies for fifteen years and to customize or add changes is a lot easier. It is a technology that I am really familiar with and it is easy to get into and learn about it. Extensibility is really good. You can achieve those customizations a lot easier, faster and cheaper using Sitecore commerce than other technologies.
Tell us about why did you decide to join Aceik.
Praveen: At the time I joined Aceik, it was really small. I wanted to be part of that growth journey. I wanted the opportunity to invest my time and energy into growing Aceik.
What are you working on at the moment?
Praveen: I’ve spent the last 9 or so months working on RACQ – trying to stabilise the environment and also working on compliance changes. Excitingly, I’m now getting involved in their rebuild project including shifting to the latest version of Sitecore.
I have seen your “deploying Sitecore on Kubernetes” blog posts and obviously, a meetup group covered the same topic not long ago. Why are you interested in that particular aspect of Sitecore?
Praveen: Sitecore had never supported containers for production use in the past. With the recent launch of Sitecore 10, they officially started supporting containers. If you run into problems and if you raise a support ticket, Sitecore will help us now. With Sitecore moving towards containers and Kubernetes, if we did not move along, we will be left behind.
Tell us about yourself outside of Aceik hours.
Praveen: Most of my time outside of work is catching up with family and friends. I love my barbecues by the way. I probably go through like two or three gas bottles every summer.
I found this really nice Middle Eastern recipe for chicken kebabs. I love it. All my friends and family, they love that as well. So, every time I am doing a barbecue they go, “Okay, make sure you do that.”
If someone wants to develop a career and follow in a similar set of footsteps as yourself, what advice or tips would you have for them?
Praveen: Set goals clearly and early. At the beginning of my career, I did not set my goals properly. I did not know what I wanted to do and I was not clear, but I think it is often the case with most of the developers. At the start of your career, you feel confused. You do not know what you want to get into. You do not know what your passion is. But as you work through a few years into your career, you will understand where your interest lies and you have to make sure that you steer in that direction. I definitely did that. I like technical things and I always made sure throughout my career when went into different roles they are all tech focused. I went into a tech lead role, but even then, I was hands on and never moved away from coding because I like it. If I was not coding, I would probably get bored.