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Saptak Sen is a lead in the partner solution engineering team at Hortonworks working with the company’s partners to integrate their solution with Hadoop, plan and execute technical components of joint GTMs, and ensure technical readiness of partner field. He also contributes tutorials and other posts to the company’s blog. Before joining Hortonworks in 2013, Sen was the technical product manager for the Azure HDInsight Service at Microsoft. Before that, he was primarily focused on distributed computing and high performance computing for about 12 years, working in various roles at Microsoft, including program manager, solution manager and technical evangelist. He teaches the Big Data Professional Certificate course at University of Washington. Today, he’s also a frequent speaker at conferences and meetups.

Work experience

Jan 2016Present

Adjunct Faculty

University of Washington

Teach the Big Data Engineering Professional Certificate Course covering architecture and implementation of Streaming, Interactive and Batch Big Data applications with Spark, Hive, Kafka, Storm, NiFi, YARN and other related technologies

Dec 2013Present

Lead, Partner Solution Engineering

  • Lead depth and breadth partner sales and technical readiness for ISVs, SIs and OEMs
  • Spearheaded Hortonworks Community Connection to be one of the popular sites for Big Data technical community on the internet through gamification techniques
  • Developed joint roadmap based on customer scenarios, collaboratively architected, supported development, developed test plans and supported joint marketing by developing technical materials like presentations, blogs, webcast and compete materials for the following partners: Microsoft, Dell-EMC, Johnson Controls and IBM
  • Drove HDP on Azure and Hortonworks Sandbox to be one of the most popular offerings on Azure Marketplace
  • Developed Reference Architecture and proof of concept solution for Enterprise Datawarehouse Offload, Single View of Customers and IoT scenarios
  • Worked with Hortonworks' partners to develop and implement joint technical alliance strategy
  • Perform benchmarking of new releases to identify bottlenecks and its corresponding solutions 
  • Bootstrapped the Developer Advocacy Platform for Hortonworks and propelled Hortonworks Sandbox as the most popular Hadoop environment among all Hadoop vendors leading up to the recent IPO
  • Taught 2-days Apache Spark tutorial at Hadoop Summit
  • Developed and published over 60 tutorials published at
Jul 2009Nov 2013

Senior Product Manager

Microsoft Corporation

Big Data, SQL Server Product Management at (4 years 5 months)

  • Engaging with customers, partners and competitors to identify their scenarios and opportunities to evolve our offerings.
  • Work closely with Engineering team on roadmap, feature, product release, documentation, demos, field/partner readiness and Go-To-Market strategy.
  • Managing and Supporting worldwide Microsoft Big Data Technical pre-sales and services field.
  • Providing outbound teams with technical content, demos, labs for digital, events and technical readiness of partners and customers.
  • Performing in depth and hands-on technical and business competitive analysis of the" Big Data" and NoSQL technology landscape.
  • Providing architectural consulting support to Account teams on strategic opportunities.
  • Leading the design and development of vertical scenario based solutions to demonstrate the capabilities of the Microsoft platform.
  • Regular speaker at PASS Summit, TechEd North America, TechEd Africa, TechReady, Microsoft Executive Briefings, Microsoft Data and Decision Science Summit, Strata and many other workshops and conferences.
Dec 2007Jul 2009

Solution Manager

Microsoft Corporation
  • Collected Voice of Customers, established Customer Segmentation and Value Proposition HPC Online Service.
  • Documented scenarios HPC Online Service Mapped HPC Online infrastructure scenarios to the appropriate Microsoft Online platform technologies.
  • Developed prototype of HPC Online Service Platform on Windows Azure Developed Operational Roadmap to merge Computational finance Lab and ISV POC operations and implemented the plan.
  • Created COGS model and operations roadmap of HPC Online Service for scale
  • Managed a team to operate HPC ISV POC Service and HPC Compfin Service.
  • Enforced plans and processes to ensure security and availability of the service
  • Managed the budget allocated for the service in FY08/FY09
Oct 2005Dec 2007

Developer Evangelist

Microsoft Corporation
  • Created and executed a multi-year business plan to develop the HPC ISV ecosystem worldwide.
  • Provided architecture guidance to HPC ISVs to help them port their applications from UNIX to the Windows HPC Platform.
  • Generated the requirements, scope and specification for the Remote Clusters Provisioning and Access Infrastructure.
  • Managed a team of developers to implement the solution to allocate, provision HPC and provide remote access to clusters for ISV engagements from a pool of 236 nodes.
  • Created and deliver the five day hands-on workshop targeted to ISVs on developing solutions for the Windows High Performance Computing platform. Conceptualized, created and manage a worldwide virtual team of Microsoft field and SI partners called Compute Cluster Commandos who engages on strategic ISV and Enterprise Engagements.
  • Delivered talks and labs at 16 conferences last year including TechEd US/EMEA, Worldwide Partner Conference, Intel Developer Conference, Microsoft Academic Summit, Techready3/4/5, Intel Engineering Summit, NCSA Private Sector Program Annual Meeting, Microsoft Research Techtalk, etc. Awarded Microsoft Goldstar Award for his contributions in FY07.
  • Invited as keynote speaker at the prestigious industry conference“ International Conference on High performance Computing 2004”. For a list of all keynote speakers please see the conference website: hipc2004/industry. html.

Developer Consultant

Microsoft Enterprise Services at Microsoft Corporation
  • Provided technical direction and leadership in architecture, design, development and deployment of Microsoft solutions on numerous projects.
  • Worked directly with customers to define and scope strategic.NET solution implementations.
  • Fostered and maintained relationships with key technical resources in product groups, regional MCS, and support organizations.
  • Provided direction, instruction and understanding around complex.NET concepts to customers and theirtechnologypersonnel.
  • Worked with Business Development during project envisioning to characterize technical alternatives and scope opportunities.
  • Written Statement of Work and reviewed these project artifacts when created by other stakeholders.
  • Provided support for new proposals for customer projects and reviewed the same.  
  • Recognized as one of the Subject Matter Experts in designing and architecting HPC solutions on Windows.
  • Was invited to deliver a lecture on the future directions of HPC and Windows 64-bit platform at the Asia Pacific Commercial Software Initiative Summit, 2004 at Singapore. This lecture was attended by senior Directors and General Managers from Microsoft regional subsidiaries.
  • Provided consulting services from Microsoft to I2 Corporation, Unilever, Convergys, Honeywell Corporation, Times of India and other customers to design, architect, develop, deploy and fine-tune performance of HPC solutions to meet their business needs.
  • Was awarded the“ Going the Extra Mile Award” in 2005 by Ravi Venkatesan, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, India for his outstanding performance. Resulting solution from the engagement with Prodapt won in the Microsoft Solution Builder Contest 2003. Case-study was published in. NET Magazine Asia Edition.
  • Won the Worldwide Microsoft Office System Solutions Contest for the most innovative solution.
  • Was awarded the Microsoft Goldstar Award in FY06 for his outstanding performance.

Sr. Project Manager

Myzus Infotech
  • Managed a team of software architect and developers to deliver the key components of the flagship product.
  • Architected Java and XML based webservices infrastructure using J2EE and SOAP for the content aggregation system and transcoding proxy targeted to the Telecom operators. Telecom Providers can use this platform to provide its subscribers highly optimized access to any resources on the Internet through channels like Voice(POTS), WAP Phone, HTML Browser and handhelds like Palm and PocketPC.
  • Conceived and implemented the bot engine which can be trained to navigate and scrape information from complex javascript enabled websites once it is trained by the user.
  • Managed a team of developers to implement the project to make Myzus accessible from Windows CE devices.
  • Conducted training/workshops for my colleagues on topics like XSL and SOAP. 2 recommendations available upon request

Founder and CTO

Sensation Infotech
  • Founded Sensation Infotech to develop a document management system and deliver several services project for the telecom industry.
  • Designed and implemented Web based Directory Enquiry System for Calcutta Telephones(BSNL).
  • Designed and implemented Web based Document Management and Collaboration portal for West Bengal Telecom Circle(BSNL).
  • Designed and implemented Inventory Management System for West Bengal Telecom Circle Designed and implemented Customer Complaint Booking and Tracking System for Calcutta Telephones.
  • Designed and implemented Virtual Calling Card Accounting System for Calcutta Telephones Designed and implemented Patient Management System for the Genetic Labs, Calcutta Organized and conducted e-commerce workshop at IIT Kanpur
  • Designed and implemented web based document sharing system" SensatioNet" This product was ratified by Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Certified ISV status was conferred to Sensation.
  • Founder member of Linux Users' Group, Kolkata

Chief Technology Officer

AAL Infotech Infotech
  • Founded AAL InfoTech, delivered several projects after hiring and mentoring the brilliant team.
  • Interviewed and hired the team of developers, architects and project managers. Oriented, trained and motivated the team in web related technologies, modeling software projects, etc.
  • Lead the team to deliver three mid-sized projects.
  • Managed to control HR turnover very efficiently, even at the height of dot- com boom.
  • Was transferred to Ivest Pvt. Ltd., another group company of Assam Asbestos Ltd. with the responsibility to jumpstart the technology initiative of iVest.
  • Kick-started the technology initiative of iVest. Designed the xml-based stock-brokering system for Ivest on Microsoft Windows 2000 platform.
  • This solution was designed to enable the investor to invest from the comfort of Internet. The system was built around ASP, COM +, MSMQ and Microsoft SQLServer 7. 0. 2 recommendations available upon request