Hazem Soliman

Cell: (650) 390-3714
E-mail: hazem@mahsoub.comhmahsoub@gmail.com

Professional Summary:

  • 15+ year professional experience in software development/ management with a focus on Internet-based applications and leading edge technologies.
  • Started an outsourcing development center from the ground up. Achieved a great work environment and very low turnover rate.
  • Reputation for strong analytical and problem solving skills. Acknowledged as creative and insightful with a record of responding quickly with novel plans and solutions.
  • Continuous expansion of technical and managerial skills and experience. Keeping a great balance between the managerial high-level perspective and staying up-to-date with new technologies.

Professional Experience:

Heuristic Technologies [Cairo]

Principal/ Technical Manager [2010 - Present]

  • Worked closely with clients, successfully analyzed business needs and designed suitable solutions with high usability.
  • Complemented Google Analytics platform by an application that helps marketers better manage online marketing campaigns. Was great opportunity to master Google’s cloud platform, i.e. Google App Engine, and NOSQL.
  • Automated data acquisition and reporting process through architecting and designing a highly flexible application, customly developed for merchandising field. The new analytics results and insights are now irreplaceable.
  • Successfully managed and delivered development projects, using agile methodologies and tools.
  • Provided consultancy to other IT companies, enhanced their development process, adapted main features from agile methodologies, and made it more suitable to SaaS.
  • Provided consultancy in Internet Marketing and Web Design.

NetSignature, Inc. [Cairo]

Director of Development/ Chief Technology Officer [2006- 2010]

  • Achieved great work environment and very low turnover rate.
  • Leveraged the skill set of the technical staff by managing a cross-training program to research advanced topics and exchange knowledge among the team, in addition to the individual skill buildup plan.
  • Enhanced performance and security of various complex applications, such as mobile payment solution, by reviewing and refactoring existing designs.
  • Achieved company’s competitive edge by continuously experimenting and recommending new technologies, tools, and frameworks.
  • Enhanced process and documentation in preparation for CMM certificate.
  • Increased productivity and quality of developed software by applying a light weight development process and relevant document templates.
  • Designed several internal tools and processes to measure and enhance performance of development.

IBM [Cairo]

Solution Lead/ Architect [2004- 2006]

  • For our client, Sony Entertainment, led development, as 1 of 4 solution leads/ architects, of a large project, 30 developers and 20 testers, using .net and video editing technologies.
  • Led an e-Government project, as 1 of 2 solution leads/ architects, leading 10 developers, and using latest web technologies, such as Portal framework, JSF, J2EE.
  • Key member in system design and architecture. Investigated and selected new technologies, third party frameworks and design patterns.
  • Key member in planning and estimating complexity and effort for various project tasks.
  • Managed developers, successfully prioritized, scheduled, and assigned various tasks resulting in timely implementation.
  • Gained great experience in J2EE architecture and design patterns, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Studio, DB2, portal framework, JSF, Hibernate, Spring Framework, Rational ClearCase, Rational ClearQuest, RAD, RDM.

Microsoft [Redmond, Washington]

Software Engineer [2002- 2003]

  • Member of International Office team, testing Office 2003 in Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, and Hindi in addition to patches for earlier versions.
  • Created test cases and test plans, and manually tested Office 2003, especially Excel and SharePoint. Used RAID and Product Studio to follow up bugs till they’re closed.
  • Automated test cases by creating test scripts using Test Wizard and Script Driver.

Barnes & Noble.com/ fatbrain.com [Santa Clara, California]

Senior Software Engineer [1998- 2002]

  • Increased sales by $8 million annually, by leading a project to develop a portal system that streamlined receiving orders from a learning web site into fatbrain’s order-placing system.
  • Managed four developers, successfully prioritized, scheduled, and assigned various projects resulting in timely implementation and increased productivity.
  • Increased productivity by developing coding standards that were adapted company-wide.
  • Gained experience in Design Patterns, UML, and using CASE tools designing and modeling IX project.
  • Re-modeled fatbrain’s database, to achieve scalability and as part of transition efforts, after Barnes & Noble.com acquired fatbrain.com, to make both web sites run off the same catalog.
  • Increased productivity by modularizing several functional areas and turning them into reusable APIs for the whole web site, such as standard dynamic headers and footers.
  • Utilized ASP/MS SQL to build several web-based tools such as: an internal tool for sales employees, to add and manage customers’ discounts; a web-based wizard to build and manage Approval System as part of FindITNowTM solution for partners.

SAQQARA Systems, Inc. / STANDARDATA [Sunnyvale, California]

Software Developer [1997- 1998]

  • Designed and developed several applications, such as proprietary log analysis application for an online catalog, using C, memory management, manipulation of various data structures, and text parsing,
  • Developed several web applications using ASP,MS SQL, JavaScript, and DHTML.

Internet Egypt [Cairo]

Instructor/ Web Developer [1996]

  • Developed Home Pages for clients and provided customer support.
  • Lectured and trained Internet courses.

Military Service [Cairo / Alexandria / Ismailia / Fayed]

Reserve Officer, Field Engineer [1993– 1995]

Computer Related tasks:

  • Gained Experience in database programming to complement Raytheon Inventory systems with needed reports and internal tools.


Workshop in agile methodologies & tools [2008]

Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform, SE 5.0 [2006]

Workshop in Professional Communication Skills [2002]

Statistical Studies and Research Institute, Cairo University [1994]

Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering [1992]

Electronics and Communications Department

  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Senior Project: Office Automation Software built by Turbo C ver. 2.0

Other Skills:

Excellent command of English and German. Arabic is mother tongue.

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