Sikandar Iqbal

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About

Hi there, I am Sikandar a Pakistan based Application Developer and a DevOps Engineer working in IBM. I've been developing apps since my academic years at Bahria University, Islamabad. As cloud computing was evolving at time of my graduation I became cloud geek and started working in the field of DevOps and automation and now I am a skilled DevOps Engineer with 4+ years of hands-on experience supporting, automating, developing and optimizing mission critical deployments in RedHat OpenShift/Kubernetes and AWS, leveraging configuration management, CI/CD, and DevOps processes.

DevOps : Devevlopment & Operations

Dedicated to optimization, experienced DevOps/Application Developer understands the melding of operations and development to quickly deliver code to customers. Has experience with cloud and monitoring processes as well as DevOps development in Windows and Linux systems.

  • Birthday: 24 Dec 1994
  • Website: www.sikandariqbal.net
  • Phone: +92 311 5117085
  • City: Islamabad, PK

With implementation of CI/CD in OpenShift using KNative Tekton I also have been working in IBM AppConnect and IBM API Connect as an Integrations specialists in one of our project at IBM.

Skills

An estimate of my skillset on each Technology I've been working on.

OpenShift/Kubernetes 85%
Docker 90%
Jenkins/Tekton 80%
Ansible 85%
NodeJS 80%
Linux-Bash 75%
Note: These are the current stats of my skillset on each technology and as I'm progressing in my career my expertise and these stats are also changing.

Resume

Sumary

Sikandar IQbal

DevOps/Application Developer Engineer with 4+ years of hands-on experience supporting, automating, developing and optimizing mission critical deployments in RedHat OpenShift/Kubernetes and AWS, leveraging configuration management, CI/CD, and DevOps processes.

Education

Bachelor of Computer Science

2013 - 2017

Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Created a startup, an Android application for three campuses of Bahria university with collaboration of MSIT, BUIC (IT department of Bahria university) for the student's to access their student portal through smartphone

  • Enable offline storage and access
  • Decreased user friction when accessing important portal details
  • Circumvented Captcha Restrictions
  • Was used by approx 3000 students across all university campuses in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad

For Final year project, built an indoor navigation system to identify the location of a smartphone inside premises

  • Developed App using Unity and Android Studio for Android OS
  • Implemented custom Java Library to interact with onboard Wi-Fi systems
  • Used Augmented Markers to help newly arrived customers navigate the building
  • Acquired Indoor location using Wi-Fi RSSI
  • Used FIND API to located and localise mobile in the building

Professional Experience

Application Developer

2020 - Present

IBM

  • Automated deployments on OCP using Knative Tekton and brought deployment time down by 50%
  • Built a customized solution in NodeJs for ElasticSearch logs collection. (Using ElasticSearch Scroll API)
  • Automated and created OCP CronJobs to backup PostGreSQL database, alerts on full PVC storage utilization, uploading Kibana logs after extracting from ElasticSearch
  • Automated API Connect API(s) deployment using Jenkins and Github webhooks and brought manual deployment time down by 80%

DevOps Engineer

2018 - 2020

Zigron, Pakistan

  • Built and deployed Docker containers to break up monolithic app into micro-services, improving developer workflow, increasing scalability, and optimizing speed
  • Actively managed, improved and monitored AWS cloud infrastructure (EC2, VPC, RDS, Lambda, S3, ELB and more) for a client
  • Configured and Deployed Ansible for configuration management to existing Infrastructure
  • Incorporated security into DevOps pipeline (DevSecOps)
  • Automated SOAR (Security, Orchestration, Automation, response) with SIEM

Full Stack Engineer

2017 - 2018

Ennovayt, Pakistan

  • Built and managed Student portal (Android App) for Bahria University, Islamabad
  • Designed and developed efficient and maintainable software according to the business objectives and needs of the company’s various clients
  • Developed components using Restful APIs with programming methodology standards
  • Integrated app-based solutions with databases, file systems, and cloud-based systems
  • Immediately attended to all reported customer issues regarding app-based and software solutions; delivered software patches when needed

Certifications & Courses

Services

Since beginning my journey as a Developer nearly 3 years ago, I've had startups, consulted for agencies and startups, and collaborated with talented people to create digital products for both business and consumer use. I'm quietly confident, naturally curious, and perpetually working on improving my chops one design problem at a time.

DevOps Consulting Services

Offer end-to-end DevOps consulting services based on the modern methodologies designed to deliver high-quality software faster

Configuration Management

Provide configuration management because it helps you automate otherwise tedious tasks and allows an organization to increase agility

Monitoring & Backup

Help you set up a continous monitoring infrastructure to monitor and identify compliance issues and security risks throughout each phase of DevOps and IT operations lifecycles

End-to-End Testing

Provide testing of a software product from beginning to end to ensure the application flow behaves as expected

DevOps Automation

Bringing automation across the software process chain which will ensures effective resource utilization, timely deliveries and also save man-hours which will bring innovation and creativity in team eventually

Maintenance and Support

Providing dev-ops support for cloud services, including management, maintenance and monitoring to meet the needs of the service. Providing support for web application stacks across multiple languages and frameworks.

Testimonials

Not a more lethal combo exists than that of Talent plus Hardwork, this guy defines just that. A passionate team man being extremely loyal towards his work, willing to touch skies. During my engagement with him at Ennovayte, he always surprised me with his creative mindset and sheer problem solving skills. You can't ask for more in a professional individual.

Mehdi Azhar

Cloud DevOps - TeraData, Pakistan.

Had the pleasure working with Sikandar at Zigron. A very honest and dedicated person who knows how to get things done. i have seen him transitioning from core DevOps to Security within days. His eagerness to learn things on the fly and then applying them to projects is commendable. Wishing you all the best for your future. I am sure you are going to achieve amazing things due to your competency, honesty and dedication.

Muhammad Larosh Khan

Security Operations Center Analyst - NourNet, Saudia.

We’ve joined our hands on several projects, and Sikandar is one of the best people I had as a partner. Sikandar's multitasking ability was unlike I’ve seen before and made an applause-worthy increase in our company’s growth level. I am impressed by Sikandar's ability to handle any situation calmly and patiently, even with the toughest clients. Sikandar's ability to work through the crisis and develop new ways to achieve the targets was always inspiring. I am delighted to work and learn with such professionals. Sikandar will be a valuable asset to any company.

Asad Ur Rehman

Technical Support | AMS - IBM

Sikandar worked with me on chatbot project. The project was very challenging but the way he worked was extraordinary. His dedication and commitment had proven his true professionalism. I wish him good luck for upcoming projects.

Qamar Iqbal

Application Developer iOS - IBM

I had the opportunity to work alongside Sikandar in one of the project at Ennovayt when we both were starting our careers. He was a real pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with him again. He’s definitely the kind of Developer you can trust with a project from start to finish!

Ahmed Khattak

Software Engineer - RemoteBase

Contact

Inquire about my services and availability or send a friendly hello! :)

Location:

Islamabad, Pakistan

Call:

(+92) 311 511-7085

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