A software engineer who believes good ideas can change the world.
Open source technologies and standards are powerful enablers for sharing knowledge and providing opportunity to all peoples irrespective of economic strata. Leveraging useful technologies including open source can help reduce stress on societies and can be used to build more sustainable economies.
Alolita is interested in seeing more change and transparency in organizations and nations by leveraging open source, open standards and collaborative knowledge models. Her experience has taught her the importance of being a “knowledge bridge” to help lower barriers, to create new markets and to increase awareness of new ideas. She has worked on many projects to enable “positive change via open technologies” in the US, the Indian subcontinent, and Asia. She believes that open source, open standards, open data and content in every language, in every region can generate unbounded opportunity. Adoption and development of open, innovative technologies can generate continuous economic prosperity and opportunity for everyone.
At Amazon Web Services (AWS), Alolita has led AWS’ open source observability engineering and provided product vision for projects including OpenTelemetry, Prometheus, Open Metrics, Cortex, Grafana, FluentBit as well as downstream products including AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry (ADOT) and managed services for Prometheus and Grafana. She has led open source strategy, engineering and ecosystem development for AWS search services products such as Open Distro for Elasticsearch (now known as OpenSearch). She has led open source strategy, collaboration and engineering across several technology areas including observability, search, data analytics using machine learning and NLP. She has been instrumental in establishing Amazon’s open source programs and initiatives including opensource.amazon.com and opensource.aws, aws.github.io, AWS credits program for open source projects, open source compliance, and security best practices as part of Amazon’s core open source team.
Prior to AWS, she has managed engineering teams to build web products and services for front-end features engineering, internationalization and localization architecture and development, NLP at organizations including IBM, PayPal, Twitter and Wikimedia Foundation. Please see her LinkedIn profile for more details.
She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science. She also completed post-graduate work towards a Ph.D in Computer Science at the George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Technology Boards and Open Standards
Alolita is an active contributor in several Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open source communities and co-chairs the CNCF Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for Observability. She also serves on the governance committee of the OpenTelemetry project. She is a core contributor to OpenTelemetry, a Cloud-Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) open-source project building an observability framework for cloud-native software. She contributes to the OpenTelemetry specification and leads the Prometheus workgroup in OpenTelemetry to ensure interoperability and full compatibility between OpenTelemetry, OpenMetrics and Prometheus data models and metrics implementations.
Alolita is a board director of the Unicode Consortium which serves a vital role in language standardization and in bridging the digital divide. Alolita wants to see all languages fully represented on the Web. She believes the way forward depends on the adoption of open source, open data and open standards. Unicode and standardized, open source language components like ICU, CLDR, webfonts. Alolita believes the Unicode Consortium serves a vital role in language standardization and bridging the digital divide. Alolita is an invited expert on the W3C Internationalization working group and chairs the W3C Indic International Program (IIP) taskforce.
Alolita has served as an officer and board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and is a passionate advocate of open source, open standards and the open web.
She has also served on the advisory boards of Wikitongues and the Software Freedom Law Center (India).
Alolita contributes to the OpenTelemetry specification and leads the Prometheus workgroup in OpenTelemetry to ensure interoperability and full compatibility between OpenTelemetry, OpenMetrics and Prometheus data models and metrics implementations. She also contributes to the Collector agent and related components such as the Prometheus Remote Write exporter, Prometheus receiver and k8s metrics related processors.
Alolita also participates in the TODO group, ASF projects like Lucene, Solr, OpenNLP as well JS projects such as GlobalizeJS.
Alolita contributes to open source language technology projects, in multilingual content communities to build languages technologies using open standards. She has been working with open source software and has promoted open source adoption for more than two decades.
Alolita co-founded India’s first open source business conference LinuxAsia in 2004 and ran the conference from 2004-2008. LinuxAsia helped establish a deep foundation for open technology innovation and collaboration across India’s top universities, central and state governments and the IT industry.
While at Wikipedia, Alolita created the Open Source Language Summit in collaboration with Red Hat to seed and accelerate development of Indic language computing tools and technology to support Indian language scripts on Wikipedia and other open platforms. The summit was held twice a year. Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2013
Books, Writings, Talks
Open Sources 2.0: Alolita is one of the co-authors of Open Sources 2.0 – The Continuing Evolution published by O’Reilly Media.
Linux For You (LFY): Alolita was one of the initial chief contributing editors for Linux For You (now known as Open Source For You), India’s first open source monthly magazine from 2003-2008. She also published a monthly column on technology trends in open source in LFY.
Conference and Publication Profile
Bio: Alolita Sharma is co-chair of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Technical Advisory Group for Observability, member of the OpenTelemetry Governance Committee and a board director of the Unicode Consortium. She contributes to open standards at OpenTelemetry, Unicode and W3C. She has served on the boards of the OSI and SFLC.in. Alolita has led engineering teams at Wikipedia, Twitter, PayPal and IBM. Two decades of doing open source continue to inspire her. You can find her on Twitter @alolita.
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