Why do you love your job?
I am passionate about finding and growing talent. I love to challenge people to achieve their potential. It also feels really good to meet with clients who see value from our work. It might sound a little corny, but I genuinely care about customer service and what drives me is seeing satisfied clients.
What attracts you to the custom software development industry?
I wrote my first line of a code as a mechanic. I loved the ability to create something from writing a line of code and I was hooked. Software development is a sea of knowledge that is constantly growing and continuously challenging. Perhaps what I like most is the idea that in software there are a million different possible answers to one problem.
What’s your earliest techie memory?
I remember the first Hello World program and thinking, “Wow. I told it to do this and it did it. This means you can create anything. It’s limitless.”
Share your favorite “early adopter” story.
I was fortunate to be one of the first few engineers in the world to work with IBM on the beta release of DB2. I was addicted to trying to understand the DB2 optimizer. I spent late nights for months testing and documenting different scenarios. This then led to an opportunity to teach others. I taught DB2 performance and tuning courses which was a very humbling and rewarding experience.
If you could pick a superpower or be a superhero what would you choose?
They’re not technically superheroes, but I would like Steve Jobs’ unique ability to understand customers and foresee the future. I also admire Bill Gates for building a successful enterprise then leveraging it to help the world. And well, ok I wouldn’t mind being Rooney, Van Persie, or Valencia from Manchester United.
What phrase or expression do you use over and over again?
It’s a running office joke that to me everything is a triangle. When I talk about the balance among cost, budget, and time, of course I use a triangle to illustrate the concept. Even if there are more than three areas to discuss, I limit them to three so that I can draw a triangle. 😉
What gets you up in the morning?
Seeing my son Aadam.
Live to eat or eat or live? If you live to eat, what would be your last meal?
Live to eat and my last meal would be a Porterhouse Steak from Ruth’s Chris.
What do you think it takes to be a great developer?
A true love and passion for technology, discipline, and commitment to quality work.
With what type of colleagues do you enjoy working?
I like working with people who are passionate, honest, and care about the result of their work.
With what type of client do you enjoy working?
My favorite clients truly understand what it means to be a partner and invest in us just as much as we invest in them. We have deep respect for one another. We build one another up. We mutually understand that we both have to be strong to win together.