Experiences & Education

My passion is to bring customer empathy and partner focus to the core of product development. I love working with customers and partners to make them successful and bring their feedback back to the engineering teams to build better products.

 

All through my career, I have taken challenging projects and brought them to completion while caring for people involved. I firmly believe that to attract more customer, one needs to build the right product, and to build right product, one needs to ask the right (data-driven) questions.

 

Favorite Quote(s):

Change is the law, Growth is optional: Choose wisely. – By Dr. Kiran Bedi

Achievements

  • Track record of high performance and growth: strong promotion history and Exceeded commitment ratings
  • Launched 7 features in 6 months of joining Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL
  • Launched and Own AWS Database Blog, and broke the traffic records within the first 3 months of the launch of the blog
  • Open sourced elastic database client libraries
  • Windows tablets Certified through Mobile Operators networks: Nokia Lumia 2520 on AT&T, Verizon, and Rest of the world; Surface 2 on AT&T
  • Windows phones Certified through Mobile Operator networks: All Windows phones released in 2014 through AT&T, Verizon, CMCC, CU, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and AMX.
  • Products shipped: at Microsoft: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, RemoteFX, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Phone 8.1, Visual Studio 2012, and Windows 10.

Work Experience

Sr. Product Manager in AWS RDS for PostgreSQL and Owner of AWS Database Blog

AMAZON WEB SERVICES 

July 2016 - Present | Greater Seattle Area

Owner of RDS for PostgreSQL business.

  • Own product roadmap and business (financial, and adoption) metrics
  • Gather and manage customer requirements, and incorporate them into the product roadmap.
  • Work closely with engineering teams to track the implementation progress, prioritize and address any roadblocks.
  • Represent and evangelize RDS for PostgreSQL in different forums, like, EBCs, Customer meetings, Partner Summits, Conferences, and Internal Sales and account teams.
  • Support Business Development, Sales, and Account teams in selling-in opportunities.
  • Defined Go-To-Market plan and launched features: Support for new minor versions, 9.6.1, Logical Replication, and Amazon RDS PostgreSQL as a source for AWS DMS, RDS PostgreSQL HIPAA and FedRAMP compliance.

Owner of AWS Database Blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/database/

  • Defined the vision and direction for the blog, setup of the infrastructure, launching the blog, and coordinating the blog pipeline with different communities of authors inside Amazon.
  • Manage all incoming contributions
  • Gather metrics, share the results with key stakeholders on weekly basis, and adapt the strategies accordingly
  • Built an ecosystem inside the company to get consistent pipeline of blogs
  • Manage an Editorial Board to ensure a consistent tone for all the blogs published
  • Document the processes for authors and owners and keeping them up-to-date

Program Manager II in Azure SQL Database Elastic Tools

MICROSOFT 
March 2015 - June 2016 | Redmond, WA

Elastic Scale is the set of technologies used for scaling the database needs to meet the flexible customer needs. As part of this team:

  • Retired the SQL Federations features. Worked with last ~500 customers to help them migrate their applications from SQL Federations to our new solutions.
  • Open sourced elastic scale solutions. We were the very first in launching our library as open source in SQL Azure organization. As part of this project, I worked ground up with our management, legal, and engineering teams, starting from a dream to plan, and from plan to launch of open source project in the market.
  • Customer Engagement: Organizer of MVP Show & Tell for Database Systems team, and represent at multiple forums like TechReady, SQL Pass, SQL Saturday, SSGAS 2016, ISV Data Camps and many more.

Blogs:

  • Elastic database client library is open sourced! (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/elastic-database-client-library-is-now-open-sourced/)
  • Conversion of Sharded database setup to use Elastic Database client library (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/conversion-of-sharding-database-setup-to-use-elastic-database-client-library/)

Microsoft Virtual Academy Video Recordings: https://mva.microsoft.com/en-US/training-courses/elastic-database-capabilities-with-azure-sql-db-16554?l=lWyQhF1fC_6306218965
Speaker at SSGAS 2016: http://bit.ly/silviadoomra-ssgas2016
Speaker at 24 Hour of PASS, and SQL Saturdays.

 Program Manager II in Windows Partner and Customer Engagement Team

MICROSOFT 
Jan 2013 - March 2015 | Redmond, WA

As part of Program Management role in Windows Ecosystem team, managed the certification process for Windows and Windows Phone devices on Mobile Operator networks globally.

  • Managed a team of 5 vendor resources to produce compliance responses for key mobile operators and capability statements for rest of the world.
  • Manage triage and escalation processes for all incoming Technical acceptance issues
  • Drove integration of Microsoft Devices Group (ex-Nokia) blockers within Operating System Group plans
  • Own the engineering agenda to create efficiencies in Mobile Operator commercialization process
  • Own On-boarding of Top 100 apps on Windows platform for new feature introductions
  • Depth Engagement manager for Reliance Jio
  • Device Certified through Mobile Operators networks: Nokia Lumia 2520 on AT&T, Verizon, and Rest of the world, and Surface 2 on AT&T network

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) II in Visual Studio Fundamentals

MICROSOFT 
Sept 2012 - Jan 2013 | Redmond, WA

The VS Fundamentals organization is responsible for core, cross-divisional technologies, processes, and activities. VS Fundaments serves as organizational metronome, driving division-wide releases of Visual Studio, including project management, release management, VS Update & servicing, and broad tenets and product fundamentals. As part of this team, project I owned:

  • Ecosystem Tenet
  • VSIP (Visual Studio Integrated Partners) Program

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) II in Visual Studio Pro Extensibility

MICROSOFT 
April 2011 - Sept 2012

Visual Studio Extensibility involves features that help customers and partners to make Visual Studio extensible. Apart from the automation for the features assigned like Visual Studio for Extension SDK, VS Update, and VSXray, I also had an opportunity to accomplish the following:

  • VS Pro Stress Driver – This task involves managing a virtual team of 12 people: 6 in China and 6 in Redmond. My responsibilities included:
    • Managing the team and making sure that Stress tests are executed on weekly basis
    • Gathering and reporting weekly results to top management
    • Improving the automated system to reduce the time taken in weekly executions
    • Conducted trainings of China team to keep them up-to-date with the tools used in Redmond
    • Designed and Implemented Reporting tool to make analysis efficient
  • Drove Test Cleanup of the existing test bed which resulted in removal of 50% tests
  • ZRB Driver for the Extensibility
  • Designing automation code for new framework from scratch
  • Worked with Resharper (third-party extension to Visual Studio) in driving performance, and memory improvements

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) in Remote Desktop Licensing

MICROSOFT 
June 2008 - April 2011 | Hyderabad

RD Licensing is a feature for the issuance and tracking of licenses required for accessing any RDS feature. Achievements:

  • Automation for features in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows8.
  • Drove Test Improvements which resulted in reduction for execution time of jobs from 2.5 days to 1.25 days.
  • WTT Job migration to Redmond from IDC
  • Drove Stress framework automation
  • Customer Focus
    • Author of MSDN blogs (http://blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/tags/Author_3A00_+Silvia+Doomra/default.aspx)
    • Driving TechNet and Newsgroup
    • Author of ‘Direct from Source’ for CAL Forwarding deprecation
    • POC for the feedback and issues received from customers in public forums and incorporating them to improve the feature
    • Drove the project for: ‘Increasing traffic on MSDN blog site’ from scratch

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) in Remote Desktop Service AppCompat (RDS AppCompat)

MICROSOFT 
April 2010 - Aug 2010 | Hyderabad

RDS AppCompat handles all the application compatibility related issues in Remote Desktop Services Environment. In this short span, I was responsible for driving the testing of application analyzer tools, RDS Compatibility website and virtual lab. Also, I am author of MSDN blogs for ‘RDS Application Compatibility’ and have been POC for MVPs (Microsoft Valued Partners) for getting feedback for this project.

Volunteer

Teacher at ILP (Indian Literacy Project), Hyderabad

May 2010 - July 2010 (3 months) | Education

Organized summer camps for rural kids and taught them Mathematics and English.

Judge for Imagine Cup at Microsoft 

April 2013 | Science and Technology

www.imaginecup.com

TEALS Teacher at Quincy High School 

August 2015 - June 2016 (11 months) | Education

Taught Intro CS at Quincy High School.

In News

  • http://qvpr.com/qhs-microsoft-partner-up-in-the-classroom-through-unique-program/
  • https://www.tealsk12.org/2016/05/14/computer-science-volunteer-opens-opportunities-for-rural-teens/

Featured Videos:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE3STSnj2cU
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocq2V800w2g
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STSJ3eiFdoI

Mentor & Sponsor at Global Give Back Circle in collaboration with Magic Bus

January 2016 | Education

Mentored and Sponsored a girl in India for her higher education.

Vice President of Marketing at Network of Indian Professionals – Seattle Chapter 

June 2011 - November 2011 (6 months) | Arts and Culture

Responsibilities:

  • Weekly Newsletters
  • Facebook profile and website
  • PR – event profiles in newspapers and sites like seattleindians.com, yelp
  • Events like: Monthly mixer, Yatch Party, End of summer bar-b-q, Diwali Gala (Fashion Show, location, menu, logistics) and many partner events.

Independent Coursework

  • Cross Group Collaborations
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Dale Carnegie Course: Skills for Success

Education

Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Project Management from University of Phoenix 

2012 - 2014

Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) – Information Technology from Punjab Engineering College 

2004 - 2008

Recommendations

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) II in Visual Studio Fundamentals at Microsoft

By Jim Warner, Software Engineer at Microsoft
December 21, 2013, Jim managed Silvia at Microsoft

“Silvia is driven, well organized, and a great collaborator! Before transitioning to a program management role full time in the Windows organization, she did an awesome job as a test engineer in the Visual Studio organization working with program management to help lay the groundwork for the VSIP (Visual Studio Industry Partners) program for the Visual Studio 2013 product release; this program is used to collaborate with Microsoft external partners who build the vast array of extensions for the Visual Studio product. It was really great working with Silvia and it would be great to work with her again.”

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) in Remote Desktop Licensing at Microsoft 

By Harish Shanmugam, Software Development Engineer 2 at Microsoft
June 22, 2012, Harish managed Silvia indirectly at Microsoft  

“Silvia joined our team right out of college but ramped up to her role very quickly. During the 10 months that we worked together, Silivia clearly came across as an extremely passionate and dedicated professional.”

Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET) in Remote Desktop Service AppCompat (RDS AppCompat) at Microsoft 

By Bhaskar Swarna, Principle PM Manager at Microsoft 
July 13, 2012, Bhaskar managed Silvia indirectly at Microsoft

“Silvia helped drive setting up, testing and adoption of the Remote Desktop Session Host application compatibility community website for our team. Silvia is a go getter and operates in a very structured, detail oriented and deligent manner. You can be assured that anything passing through her would be of high quality.”

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