(Interview) Women in master data: Nagashree Devadas, Stibo Systems

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February 04 2020

Stibo Systems honors Women in Master Data Management and the great work by many in the industry to achieve gender balance and equity. This blog series brings you several interviews with some of the remarkable women in our industry. We hope the stories of these women will inspire you to chase your passion for master data and its related fields.

Nagashree Devadas is a Quality Assurance Manager at Stibo Systems, Bengaluru, India. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, information science. Nagashree manages the Quality Assurance team of Technology Consulting, India, and is a trainer in the application track of Stibo Academy, but also now and then assists with quality analysis and solution consultancy when needed.

 Nagashree

Why did you pick a career in master data?
I chose a job in the IT industry and that job happened to lead to master data. I had no prior exposure to master data management when I joined Stibo Systems more than nine years ago coming straight from university, and I honestly just needed a job. But I’m really glad I landed here. When I did, Stibo Systems was already a leading vendor in the Product Master Data Management (PIM) market, and it has been such an interesting journey to see the product and the STEP platform evolve to now cover the full Multidomain Master Data Management range.

What do you like most about your job?
I love the turn my career has taken in Stibo Systems. I started as a “Media Specialist”, then I was promoted to an “Application Consultant”. When I mentioned that I would like to explore software testing, all I heard from the management was ‘Yes, why not?’ and this was at a time when we had no testing department in India. It was pure trust - and the support received from everyone involved - that built confidence within me. I worked as a tester and went on to build and lead the team before managing the Quality Assurance team.

I also really enjoy the balance between being analytical and technical and being hands-on with the tool and at the same time helping customers solve real business problems.

What do you see as the biggest barriers for more women in the master data field?
I don’t see that there are any barriers that can stop women from excelling in this space. It’s simply a matter of interest.

What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in master data?
Go for it! Learn, explore, keep evolving with the technology and stay relevant. Knowledge, experience and confidence is all you need.

Does your organization work to promote gender equality? If so, how?
My organization chooses employees based on talent, not gender. If you suit the profile, then you get the job. It’s as simple as that. It does help women – and men – in the sense that it provides a flexible working environment to help people manage their work-life balance.

Share a fun fact about yourself
I love watching food videos even if it’s a dish I’m never going to make because it might include ingredients that are not even available in my region. For me, food is love.


Sherry Grote is VP of Marketing at Stibo Systems with over 20 years of experience from high tech and healthcare companies, seeing herself as a catalyst for growth. As a marketing professional through and through, writing the story of her life knowing that it only ends once, so anything that happens before that is simply called progress.



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