Vignesh Sukumar

Vignesh Sukumar

Senior Manager, Data Engineering at Optimizely

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6 Years


Manager of Managers

Management Experience

Scaling Team
Sharing the vision
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Data team

Hi everyone, I'm Vignesh Sukumar, Senior Engineering Manager at Optimizely leading their Data Platform. I've been fortunate to help build several Engineering organizations in startups in my previous roles. My recent experience has been around growing engineering organizations from startup size to post-IPO/acquisition while leading technology transformation initiatives and product delivery execution. I particularly enjoy and excel working in environments that require tight collaboration and influence across cross-functional BUs including Sales and Customer Success. I'm keen on pushing myself to be a better leader in every circumstance, and am happy to share my experience and learn from the Plato Community.

Hey, I'm available every Friday at 11:30 PM (GMT)

Next time slot available
  July 3, 2020
  11:30 PM (GMT)

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Senior Manager, Data Engineering


Mar 2016 - current

Leading multiple teams building Distributed Systems (streaming real-time analytics), Data Infrastructure, Analytics, Targeting Systems, Site Reliability Engineering & Personalization.

Customer Advisory Board Member


Feb 2017 - current

Influenced Company Product Roadmap on Apache Zeppelin / Data Science Notebooks. Highlighted different analytical use cases for Zeppelin.

Sr. Staff Engineer

Platfora (Acquired by Workday)

Feb 2013 - Mar 2016

First Big Data Analytics platform native on Hadoop & Spark. Gartner calls "Platfora the gold standard in the Magic Quadrant for BI & Analytics". Acquired by Workday in July 2016. • Managed the Hadoop Ecosystem Engineering team responsible for making our data analytics platform open and scalable across cloud platforms (AWS/EMR, Google Cloud & Azure). • Built core large scale data analytics features (ingest, aggregation tables, transformations, data quality, security and governance) that were vital for first GA & M$+ deals.



Aug 2011 - Feb 2013

What fun building the web's file system! Founding engineer in the cloud storage group responsible for all Box user file uploads, downloads and at-rest storage architecture. • •Built and mentored a team of 7 engineers; developed team roadmaps for key business initiatives. • Conceptualized and built a large scale, distributed Map-Reduce style job processing system that runs directly on the live storage clusters. The system crunched 5PB+ of data for a vital HIPAA compliance certification that enabled the first 1M$+ sales deals. • Won the Box Hackathon Challenge for an exciting proof-of-concept of a cloud backed mobile device.

Technical Lead

NetApp, Inc

Jun 2004 - Aug 2011

• Delivered innovative features in NetApp's Clustered OS (OnTap) and the Write Anywhere File Layout (WAFL) file system. • Built the NetApp's Volunteer Network program and served as the Executive Sponsor for key partnerships.

Management Trainee/Software Engineer

Verizon Data Labs

Jul 2003 - Jun 2004

Software Design Engineer Intern

Microsoft Corportation

May 2002 - Aug 2002

Interned in the Terminal Server Group; added IPv6 and IPsec modules support for the Windows Terminal Servier

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