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Monica Bajaj

Monica Bajaj

Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software

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19 Years

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Executive

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Conflict solving
Cross-functional collaboration
Collaboration
Dev Processes
Leadership
Remote
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Scaling Team

I am Monica Bajaj, Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software. My main focus at Ultimate Software is driving the entire product line from Development, QA, Release and Documentation for Ultipro Perception product which is based on Human Sentiment analysis . My niche is building engineering teams (Development and Quality) from inception and taking them to the next level. My experience spans across various technology industries in the area of Network Storage (NetApp), DevOps, Network Security(Cisco) , Business Intelligence and Analytics, Supply Chain Management and SaaS industries

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Scaling a Team Globally Across Multiple Sites
20 November

Monica describes the fundamental ingredients she’s found for successfully scaling distributed teams.

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Career Path
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Monica Bajaj

Monica Bajaj

Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software

How to Be an Effective Leader While Scaling Teams
16 November

Monica speaks from a wealth of experience about leading during times of growth.

Leadership
Scaling Team
Career Path
Remote
Internal Communication
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Monica Bajaj

Monica Bajaj

Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software

How to manage off-site and on-site teams together
4 April

Monica Bajaj discusses how she was able to improve the culture of communication between remote and on-site teams.

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Internal Communication
Managing Expectations
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Monica Bajaj

Monica Bajaj

Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software

Onboarding and mentoring new employees
4 April

Monica Bajaj talks about how she approaches onboarding new employees, to help them settle in quickly to their new organization.

Onboarding
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
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Monica Bajaj

Monica Bajaj

Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software

Constant collaboration between Product Management & Engineering
4 April

Monica Bajaj talks about how to avoid and resolve conflict between product management and engineering teams.

Conflict solving
Collaboration
Product Team
Reorganization
Managing Expectations
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Monica Bajaj

Monica Bajaj

Director of Engineering at Ultimate Software

Experience

Senior Engineering Manager - Security Business Unit

Cisco

Apr 2011 - Jan 2013

• Quality Leader for Next Generation -Cisco ASA CX Context-Aware Security product (Platform and Management) and IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) and CX as an integrated solution. • Grew the team by 4X in less than a year (to 16 engineers) with members in San Jose, Austin (TX), and India. • In-depth knowledge of Agile methodology. Scrum master for the automation team to perform inline automation for the next generation product. Increased the automation coverage from minimal to 50% within the first year.

Board Member - Technology & GDPR Compliance

Women in Localization

Mar 2018 - current

Responsible for GDPR, Compliance and overall Technology for WL Women in Localization is the leading professional organization for women in the localization with chapters spanning multiple continents. It's mission is to create a strong place for women to develop their careers in localization and provide mentorship.

Director Of Engineering

Perforce Software

Jan 2017 - Dec 2018

• Engineering Head for VCS Server and Clients spanning multiple continents. Platform supports 100K plus developers across multiple industries including Gaming and DevOps industries • Engineering Efficiency: Introduced CI/CD, preflight testing resulting in 80% improvement in release predictability and enhanced regression coverage by 90%. • Agile test automation: Introduced test automation using Squish Framework for Client side automation. Increased coverage for client by 40% and 80% for server in one year. Reduced multi-platform test cycle from 4 weeks to 3 days. Increased release frequency by 50%. • Localization & Globalization: Introduced formal localization process for product & documentation. Initial focus on APAC region to increase penetration in key geographies

Senior Engineering Manager- Enterprise File Services

NetApp

Jan 2013 - Jan 2017

•Head of Quality, Enterprise File Services across multiple geos (including Managers and Engineers), focused on delivering the Clustered Data ONTAP solution to the customers. •Led the engineering group for Enterprise File Services - ONTAP product line. Grew the team by 3X to 50+ members in both US & India: • Implemented Agile Test methodology and improved automation coverage from 15% to 70% over a span of 2 years. • Reduced inter-operability testing cycle from 2 months to 1 week.

Director Of Engineering- Data Sciences

iTradeNetwork, Inc.

Jun 2005 - Apr 2011

•Responsible for building an On Demand contract management product line for Manufacturers and Distributors which generated an incremental $5M in annual revenue. •Focus on optimization and data science for forecasting Spend, Procurement and Traceability for distributors and manufacturers. Data scale of $16B in annual transactions, around 500 million product order lines and $50 billion worth of supply chain data was processed annually. •Provided leadership, manage and built the engineering group comprising of a globally distributed team of 20 plus engineers and QA managers. •Formalized engineering processes: agile development and testing, bug triages ,quality process and test automation

Engineering Manager

Aventail Corporation (Now Sonicwall)

Apr 2004 - Apr 2005

• Owned program releases and projects from inception to completion including monitoring of release milestones, bug triage, escalations. • Managed and build globally distributed team (managers and QA engineers (10 domestic / 15 offshore)) to integrate the Quality efforts and application interoperability of the product with third party applications. • Represented Engineering Quality in cross-functional teams during the entire software development life cycle. Successfully shipped three major releases of flagship product. • Built an Automation Team to harness and evaluate product releases prior to shipment which led to the reduction of the release timeframe.

Senior Systems consultant

System Logic

Jan 2002 - Jan 2004

Senior Member Of Technical Staff

NetApp

Jan 2000 - Jan 2001

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