How did you first get interested in tech?
Actually my major in university was construction, and my master’s was a combination of IT project management and construction technology. Through those programs I ended up using a lot of advanced design software and a bit of HTML. And during my master’s project I really discovered my passion for software coding and technology. For the last 18 years, I’ve been working with IT application development, data development, business intelligence and advanced analytics.
What was it about PepsiCo that made you want to join the tech team here?
I asked some very specific questions during my interview. Advanced analytics is something that has always fascinated me, and it’s one of my strengths at this point in my career, so I wanted to know how advanced PepsiCo’s tech was. And I was quite happy to find out that PepsiCo was already implementing a lot of advanced analytic models, whereas most organizations are still trying to test the waters with these models. PepsiCo’s acceptance and adoption of the latest tools was very telling to me. It was my driving factor to join.
What are some examples of those advanced programs?
In analytics, for example, PepsiCo is already adopting ML Ops, or machine learning models, to integrate development and operations functions of our programs, making us faster in terms of our time to market. And on the business intelligence side, we are working on the latest tools, Power BI or Tableau. These are some of the best programs in the market, and the adoption of these tools far advanced in PepsiCo.
How is working in tech at PepsiCo different from other companies you’ve worked at?
The data team and analytics team sit in the same organization, which wasn’t the case in my earlier organizations. There was always a struggle in terms of collaboration between these two teams because they had different priorities. But with any work you do on analytics, data is the backbone, so that collaboration is key. At PepsiCo, these teams are in the same organization which allows us to work toward a common goal and get things done faster.