Meet our Trailblazer Aparna Susarla, who has been with Transgrid for 15 years! Read on to learn more about her story!
06 December 2022
Role title: Software Asset Lead
Length of time at Transgrid: 15 years
Tell us about your role at Transgrid:
As a Software Asset Lead, I assist Transgrid in consolidating software environment, leading to more control over costs and the information needed to guide future investment decisions. With the latest Software Asset Management (SAM) technologies implemented recently, license deficits can be identified and addressed in advance, thereby minimizing the financial risk. Additionally, software metering and usage data allows IT and Business to forecast their future IT needs.
What’s your story?
I migrated from India to Wellington, New Zealand with my husband in 1995 and started my IT career in Barnardos, New Zealand and then Vector, New Zealand. I moved to Australia in 2008 and took up a role as Applications Analyst in Transgrid. My daughter was born in New Zealand and still considers herself a Kiwi though she is all settled and working in Australia.
I love volunteering and have been working in Not-for-profit/Charity Multicultural organisations in various Executive positions as well as looking after web and media developments. These roles have helped me to connect with various multicultural groups, understand challenges faced by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities and also gain insight into how NSW government is helping these communities.
Favourite career highlight?
Software Asset Management was always done as part of a general IT role. However, in 2017 the IT leadership team created a dedicated role for Software Asset Management. The major highlight for me was when I did a gap analysis of the Software Asset Management and implemented the processes and technology. With Software Asset Management, good technology platforms and visibility tools are key to understanding where people are storing things, where those devices sit, and the behaviours around how they work.
If you could speak to your younger self, what advice would you give her?
That it is important to speak up and voice your opinions. Do not justify and take responsibility for other people’s bad workplace behaviour. When you speak up that is when workplace culture changes.
Best career advice you’ve received?
Build supportive networks, remain resilient through change, cultivate your skills and never miss an opportunity to learn.
How can men support the careers of women in Transgrid?
- Recognize women's contributions in both public and private settings.
- Give more honest, accurate and specific feedback.
- Challenge gender discrimination.