Venu Murthy

Cloud architect and developer

Living on the edge has been the quintessence of my life!

In my decade long, rich and exciting experience, I've been fortunate to work on the technologies dictating the future and applying these learnings to get the holy grail of "customer satisfaction". 

From being able to lead the management of mission critical applications for various leading enterprises to migrating legacy systems to the cloud, I've been fortunate imbibing the nuances of various domains.

After leading the maintenance of mission critical applications for a large Multinational bank, I moved ahead in similar role for a leading safety certification agency in the world, followed by spearheading ThoughtWorks into the cloud. I single handily migrated a large user base from legacy systems to the cloud several years ago and automated all the processes using the most happening programming language-- Python. Due to the flawless and precise automation nothing else was left for me to do manually and hence I moved on to exploring the world of Public and Private Clouds!

Marrying the beast Amazon web services (AWS) Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) to the Private Cloud enabler or as some say "Linux of the Cloud"--OpenStack is the effort I am leading. Which will make the conceptual Hybrid clouds a reality and allow Enterprises with Private Cloud to be able to burst into public clouds when the need arises.

Under my leadership we also Open Sourced the "Software Defined Environments" using OpenSource Software such as OpenStack, Go CD, Linux, Chef and such recently.

The Interview

I came to find ThoughtWorks by

the interview call and joined this company due to the challenging interview.

My geeky passion is

"Automate Everything"... using whatever it takes... python if possible :)

The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is

There is no dearth of opportunities if you question the "Status Quo".

The thing I’m most proud of from my time here is

I was able to innovate the ground breaking driver which allows Private cloud enabler--OpenStack to burst into public clouds. ThoughtWorks believed in this idea and we were able to OpenSource the solution in 6 months!

One of the most interesting stories I recall from my time at ThoughtWorks was when

our assumption that a solution already existed in OpenStack that allowed for it to burst into public cloud, and realising that it did not exist and we could build one!

The most interesting thing I’ve learned on the job is

automating the setup of environments in one click.

The thing I love most about my work is

its always on the bleeding edge of technology allowing me to learn something new every hour if not every minute.

If I could fix one of the world’s problems, I’d put my powers to use on behalf of

averting suicides
(which unfortunately happens at the rate of two/minute.)

With ThoughtWorks, I’ve visited

Chicago, Pune, Denver, Vancouver, Madison.