Panawe Batanado is a software engineer and educator with extensive experience working with large corporations across both the US and Canada. He is an expert in developing supply chain software solutions, training people how to use them, and managing teams. When Panawe is not writing software, you can find him enjoying a game of tennis or spending time with his family.
How did you get started in this career?
I first started working as an electrical engineer in 2003 for a company called Togocel. I worked there for 6 months, mainly on software development for task automation. After that, in 2004, I worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Sherbrooke; I assisted students in labs for SQL, database modeling, Java, C++, and XML, among other things. In 2006, I began working for Manhattan Associates as a principal software analyst, where I designed, developed, and implemented supply chain software. I also gained management experience since I trained and supported clients in addition to managing employees.
When you were starting out, was there ever a time that you doubted this career path? If so, how did you handle it?
I have felt confident in my choice of career path since college. My degrees are in related fields, especially my Master’s degree in computer science in software engineering. I’ve always been passionate about computer science and software development, and I think that my career path demonstrates that.
What was your most enjoyable job?
My most enjoyable job, so far, is my current position at Manhattan Associates. The software I work with is constantly changing and evolving, so I never find myself getting bored. I also enjoy traveling to work with clients and have traveled across the United States and Canada to assist large corporations.
What do you consider the most difficult part of your job? What is the toughest decision that you’ve had to make in the last few months?
The toughest part of my job, on a day to day basis, is communicating supply chain software information from my superiors to the employees who work under me. Sometimes it’s challenging to ensure that I’m communicating clearly and that they understand what their tasks are.
The most difficult specific task, for me, would be having to determine if an employee isn’t a good fit for our team. I generally have a very good relationship with everyone I work with, and when it is determined that an employee is a poor fit for the company or there is an incident where they have to be let go, I often tend to take it personally.
What do you think it is that makes you successful?
I consider myself to be very driven and ambitious, and I think that is the reason for my success. Although I spend a significant amount of time working, I think that I have a good work-life balance and make sure to spend time with family and friends. I believe that balancing work and your personal life is critical to overall happiness and success.
What has been the most satisfying part of your career?
The most satisfying part of my career is managing a team and having everyone work cohesively. I enjoy working with others and appreciate that I am able to have a good relationship with all of my employees. It’s fulfilling when everyone works together to complete tasks efficiently and successfully.
What does the future hold for you? What are you most excited about?
I am currently working at Manhattan Associates and I enjoy my position. I hope to continue to progress in my field, develop effective programs, and manage my employees in the best way possible.
What books have inspired you?
Recently, I have found Elon Musk’s book very inspiring. I liked how the book explored the competitive aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as questioning what the future holds in terms of advancing technology.
What is the best $100 you’ve spent recently?
The best $100 I recently spent was taking my wife out to a nice dinner. I value spending time with family and think it’s important to strike a balance between work and other aspects of life.
Leave us with one interesting fact about you.
I am from Togo, Africa.