Hazem Mahsoub Soliman

[Downloadable resume here: as pdf and as docx]

Mountain View, California
(408) 940-9333, (408) 475-8307

Professional Summary:

  • 20 year professional experience in software development/ management with a focus on Internet-based applications and leading edge technologies.
  • Established 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]

  • Co-founded Heuristic Technologies, built a great team that provided software design, development and consulting services to our clients.
  • Worked closely with clients, successfully analyzed business needs and designed suitable solutions with focus on great user experience.
  • 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 FMCG 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]

Technical Manager [2006- 2010]

  • Co-founded the company, as an outsourcing development center for a sister company in Silicon Valley. Built a great development team and achieved a great work environment with very low turnover rate.
  • Leveraged the skill set of the development team 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 automatic test scripts, test cases and test plans, test and tested Office 2003, especially Excel and SharePoint. Used Test Wizard, Script Driver, RAID and Product Studio.

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/ Cairo]

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, Perl, JavaScript, and DHTML.

Internet Egypt [Garden City, Cairo]

Instructor/ Web Developer [1996]

  • Conducted Internet courses to cover latest technologies and tools.
  • Developed Home Pages for clients and provided customer support.


Several courses in agile methodologies & tools, software engineering, UNIX, Java, Frameworks, Professional Communication Skills

Statistical Studies and Research Institute, Cairo University [1994]

Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering [1992]

Communications and Electronics Engineering

  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Software Engineering as selective subject and graduation project

Core Competencies:

Google App Engine, NOSQL, SQL, Cloud Computing
Java, JEE, eclipse, WebSphere, Portal Framework, Hibernate, Spring, JSP/Servlets/JSF,
Design Patterns, UML, CASE Tools, C/C++
Project Management, MS Project, Agile, Kanban, Scrum, LeanKit, SaaS
Team Management, Mantis, Bugzilla, VSS, CVS, SubVersion, ClearCase, ClearQuest
Business Analysis, UI/UX, Usability, Internationalization
Windows, Linux, English, Arabic, German