Think retail, think technology

10 years ago, I started my journey at Target as a senior software engineer in Bangalore.

Over the last decade, I have been a part of the technology modernization initiatives that have enabled us to work in a nimble and agile manner. For instance, we have moved away from older methods of creating reports in legacy DB2/DataStage and using WebFocus technologies with waterfall approach to actively adopting newer technologies like Teradata/Hadoop in agile methodology.

At Target, we are building advanced tools to gather insights into how we can enhance the shopping experience of our guests. The adoption of DevOps/CICD models in BI was one of the newer initiatives that I was a part of. The BI systems team (Shankar and I from Target India along with Nathan, Randy and Jeremy from Minneapolis) helped identified potential use cases for this implementation. We used technologies like VmWare, Teradata Express, Docker, Chef, Jenkins and CloudBee to deliver this project using agile methodology.

Today, BI is enabled with the CICD framework – defined from development to PROD server. We have seen several benefits like:
-More agility for product deliverables by enabling unlimited deployments into PROD servers
-Automatic code accuracy is maintained – what we do in PROD is being tested in DEV
-Automatic surety of the code version – the version of the code running in PROD is also available in the Version Control System (VCS)
-Auto-test and approval facility for a functionality that is changed/created
-Auto-backup of code(s) for any backout purposes
-Auto-communication to the right audiences on final deployment status

The fact that we work as an extension of our Minneapolis headquarters gives us the scope to collaborate with partners in the U.S. and learn more about the global retail landscape. This helps me gain immense knowledge and experience and I am able to contribute to other enterprise-level technology modernization initiatives.

As exciting as this field is, it is also one of the most dynamic industries. So you would agree that it’s extremely important to keep ourselves updated on the latest tools and technologies. And, that’s precisely why every Target team member is empowered with high-tech machines and can upskill themselves on-the-job through platforms like Pluralsight and Code Schools. In my capacity as a lead BI engineer, I also support the L&D team as a technical trainer. This gives me the chance to support the larger team build the right skillsets.

Well, these are some of the career experiences that make me want to come back to work every day. If you are an engineer and retail excites you, Target is the place to be!

18 Replies to “Think retail, think technology”

  1. awesome… i know about Target earlier also but now with this blog, I could understand it in a better way..kudos Target

  2. Its great to read how Target is evolving and making full use of the cutting edge technologies to improve its guests’ experience both in store and online. Your role in enabling Target to achieve those ambitious goals is commendable. I wish you best of luck in future endeavors at Target and beyond. They’re definitely lucky to have you 🙂

  3. Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Heather

  4. Thank you Basit. Its really fun and challenging here to learn new technologies and see how these tools and Technologies are enabling new functionalities for Target. Encouraging for me to see how our work impacted our team members work to finish their work from hours to minutes :).

  5. I have computer iT experience as Sewell as sales.
    I also have stocking and mfg experience

  6. I look forward and excited to work for your company and work as a team member and to meet new people

  7. Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  8. like to a pary of team looking for full time job as retail menarge job i wotking at menards warhouse as forklifter briver stocker orpuller customer servicer sawman and work at lowes warhouse as warhouse supvicer forklifter driver customer servicer ben in retail know it very well

  9. Hello,

    We’re glad to hear you’re interested in Target! Our current openings are posted on target.com/careers. You can learn more about the application process by visiting our career site and searching for positions that interest you, or applying in person at any of our stores or distribution centers.

    Thank you,
    Amanda

  10. How does a store level team member go about submitting application “bug” issues to the IT team for review, researching and potentially correcting?

    I was an IT professional, thus I can explain the issue(s) in such a way that the IT staff will understand the issue(s), how they occur, how to replicate them, etc.

    I am sincere about wanting to share these issue(s) and ideas before the big Holiday shopping season starts and these bugs cause huge delays in daily task execution,

  11. Hello,
    Thank you for contacting us. Please feel free to reach out to our guest services team at 800.591.3869 and they should be able to assist you with any questions.
    Thank you!
    Erika

  12. Everyday this planet we live on is more and more into technology…and TARGET is on the money…

  13. People are getting tired by too much of technology and computerization. Lets NOT completely replace people with robots and computers. We need Human presence, assistance and care, costumer service provided by REAL PEOPLE, not mere tape RECORDINGS or self- service provided by computerized machines.
    Anna

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