So I’ve finally decided to take the plunge.

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” — E.L.Doctrow

I’ve meant to write a blog since blogspot.com days but somehow never pulled the trigger. So…

Who am I?

I am Siva Sundaresan. I’m from South India, from the lovely, cultural capital Madras(yes, I prefer Madras over Chennai). I was born & raised in Madras, and I am a proud Tamilian. I moved to the USA in 2008 for my education, and after graduation, I work here now, having lived in Arizona(Go Sun Devils !!), Utah, and currently Austin, TX.

Why should you carry on reading?

Fair question. I’ve been in software development & automation for over 11 years now. I’ve worked on e-commerce, cloud computing, and I’m currently in the InfoSec industry. I am not an expert or a 10xer by any stretch of the imagination. However, I believe that I have a unique vantage point, having worked on these various niches, varied software architectures, unique testing setups, DevOps & CI/CD pipelines, developing & testing distributed systems, ethical hacking, and so on. I aim to share my experience with these posts and get better through sharing and learning.

Who‘s my target audience?

“All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed” — Sean O’Casey

The stage is set, the lights are dimmed, and I have my mic !!

Although I’m not targeting any specific demographic, I’d be thrilled and consider it a job well done if newer folks entering the Software Automation field can pick up a thing or two from my experience/posts and can build on some of my automation methodologies, making it better.

What next?

Well, the sky is the limit. I have a lot of ideas I want to write about. A series on software automation (test automation & DevOps), a series on demystifying software concepts like BlockChain, distributed systems, NoSQL databases, time series data, a series on testing system at scale using tools such as Docker, K8s, Gatling & Locust.io.

I also invest in equities both in the US and Indian markets. I will be writing on personal finance, investing, fundamental analysis of stocks, technical analysis of stock charts, and so on.

I’m a sucker for productivity techniques, so there’ll be a good mix of posts on hyper-productivity, problem-solving, techniques on setting goals and achieving them, need for meditation, mental health, etc.

Ohh & one more thing …

If you have made it this far, thank you! I am a big football(the OG sport) junkie.

Manchester United is the greatest football team on this planet, and I am a proud RedDevil!

You’d see an odd post on MUFC, soccer tactics, team formations & a recap of important games.

Finally, I’ve recently been on a mission to start my days on a lighter note to maximize productivity. On that note, I’ve begun sharing tech-related humor with the #SivaStandupJokes hashtag. Check them out on LinkedIn & Twitter. I’d appreciate any feedback.

So brace yourself, reader, if you revisit this space in the future, you will find insightful content on the topics listed above laced with a touch of humor !!

Software Engineer on a mission to make Test Automation great again ! I also want to raise awareness on personal finance and investing in the equities market !