Nandini Bhatt, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft works in Experiences and Devices division Intune team. With over a decade of experience as a program manager, half of which is with Microsoft, Nandini has built a unique set of skillset and expertise in running programs for Microsofts commercial Cloud Services, including Office 365, Microsoft Intune, Azure and hybrid cloudprograms that are fueling the industry-wide transition in both the public and private cloud.
Deck 7: What is your favorite part of working at Microsoft, Nandini?
NANDINI BHATT: Great culture driven by empathy.
D7: Women in the field of technology are definitely in the minority, so why did you decide to pursue a career in technology?
NB: I come from a relatively middle-class family back in India, and growing up I didn’t have engineers or doctors in my family. Technology has always fascinated me and whenever I met somebody who was an engineer, the first question I would ask them is “what do you do… tell me more about your work...”
I specifically remember this one incident when I was around ten and had met a distant friend of my father who was a civil engineer. The way he’d described his work, the passion he showed for his work and how working in the field of tech had changed his life for better – made me want to pursue my career in tech.
Another thing that’s made me pursue technology is also my mom. I learned a lot from my mom just like everybody else. My mom wanted to pursue Bachelors in science but couldn’t complete her studies because she was married and family had become her primary responsibility. But growing up I saw that passion in her. She has always motivated me to do whatever made me happy and that’s where I felt like I really need to pursue my dreams. If tech is my passion, then I should do that. That’s how I ended up doing my bachelor of engineering.