For Flipkart, data scientist are as critical as software engineers

For Flipkart, data scientist are as critical as software engineers

Walmart-owned Flipkart introduced around 100 robots in one of its delivery hubs in Bengaluru this year to help sort packages and streamline its supply chain.

And this is just the beginning of the journey into the future for one of India’s largest e-commerce players, also its largest homegrown one.

Phanimohan Kalagara, senior vice-president of product and engineering at Flipkart Online, believes innovation and experimenting will play a major part in the firm’s success. “Intelligence in the software we are building will continue to become our key component,” Kalagara said.

In a conversation with Quartz at the fourth edition of the TIE global summit, in New Delhi, he spoke about new technologies and jobs of the future in the e-commerce field. Edited excerpts:

What is that one job in tech at Flipkart which will be most critical in the near future?

From a technology perspective, the data scientist.

Previously tech was all about software and product managers…A data scientist is one who focuses more on data engineering and data mining…So it is a new job family itself. This job has doubled (in number) in the past decade and will be critical, along with software engineering and product management.

What will be the most important e-commerce technologies in future?

Blockchain will be

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