Hatim Hussain Taj

Summary

CAREER SUMMARY -------------- Results-oriented professional with 10+ years of extensive experience architecting, designing and developing software solutions on diverse platforms and technologies. Outstanding analyst and developer/team member with strong logic and technical skills, offer exceptional creative problem-solving expertise, proven high performer with consistent track record of meeting deadlines and delivering in extremely stressful, fast-paced team environments. * Design and develop software solutions for national and international clients on Microsoft and open-source platforms. Interface with US-based project management team on several long-term projects for some of the largest commercial organizations in the US and UK. * Perform all usual SDLC tasks, including requirement gathering, system analysis, database design, prototyping, drawing up functional and technical specifications, programming, integration, team-management, quality assurance, deployment and end-user training. Offer process improvement insights and suggestions resulting in improved and better streamlined solutions. * Frequently selected to solve challenging technical issues despite the presence of more-experienced technicians on staff. * Effective interpersonal skills; work well as a team member with people at all levels of an organization. Equally capable working independently. * Solid verbal and written communication skills from management, engineer/IT team, and end-user perspectives. * International experience, having lived and worked in 3 countries; exposed to and appreciate varied cultures, social milieus and ethos. * Highly organized and efficient; pay meticulous attention to detail; quick learner. * Frequently recognized for outstanding work performance, innovation and initiative. * Mentor several colleagues and co-workers just starting out or switching careers. TECHNOLOGY PROFILE ------------------ Platforms and Technologies: ASP.NET 2.0/ 1.1, ADO.NET, AJAX, ASP 3.0, PHP, HTML, DHTML, JavaScript, CSS, XML, XSLT, IIS 5.1/ 6.0, ColdFusion, Active Directory Services, SharePoint Services, Windows Services, WebParts, VSTO, MS Project, WinForms, COM/ActiveX, Client-Server Programming Languages: C#, VB.NET, Visual Basic 6.0 Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows XP/ 98, MS DOS 6.22, Unix Development Tools: Visual Studio 2005/ 2003/ 6.0, Dreamweaver RDBMS: MS SQL Server 2005/ 2000/ 7.0, MS Access, MySQL Enterprise Reporting and Analysis: Crystal Reports 8 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ----------------------- IT Consultant, Apr 2006 to Present SELF-EMPLOYED, Udaipur, India Consulting to US-based company on online payment solution for leading UK-based organization. Developed website content management systems and e-commerce solutions using Microsoft and open-source technologies. Major projects include: * Online payment solution developed for UK-based leading global provider of prepaid, stored value card solutions, having subsidiaries in North and Latin America. Developed critical code modules, solved complex technical issues and challenges, directed development team. Developed in .NET 2.0, this system comprises a web interface, windows service component for intercepting SMS messages and third party validation routines. Backend implemented on MS SQL Server 2005. Deployed on web farm for high availability load balancing. Senior Software Engineer, Mar 2005 to Apr 2006 ADVAIYA SOLUTIONS PVT. LTD., Udaipur, India Designed, developed and supported web applications for leading commercial organizations in the US. Interfaced with and reported directly to US-based project management team at INS. Developed project management tools and products. Gained reputation for devising clean, fast, elegant solutions to diverse technical challenges that often required on-the-job learning. Made presentations on key project lessons, development standards and best practices. Mentored freshman colleagues. Major projects included: * Web-based CRM-support system developed for one of the largest commercial banks in the US, with assets in excess of $10 billion. This long-term, multi-phased project was aimed at managing customer feedback and grievances, thus resulting in improved service and better customer experience. Also included several auxiliary modules and features. Having audience size of several thousand users across hundreds of geographical locations. Deployed on IIS 6.0, running on MS Windows 2003 Server with MS SQL Server 2000 backend; Active Directory Services used for role-based security. Data access, security and exception management implemented through separate layers. User tier comprised an ASP.NET intranet application, a windows service and 2 console applications. Prepared the Technical Specifications document, database and component design, developed majority of code components, offered real-time support during UAT and managed on-time delivery. Offered architectural and process improvement inputs that were much appreciated. Lead Developer/ Analyst, Oct 2004 to Mar 2005 WISDOM BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, Kuwait Web-enabled existing MS Access systems by migrating them to ASP.NET, introducing new and better features, thus making the applications more user-friendly and functional. Implemented multi-layered application architecture. Worked on bi-lingual applications with bi-directional GUI. Major projects included: * Real Estate Management System – a generic solution for managing data on portfolios, estates, units, tenants and rental receipts as also to automate computing of rent accrued. Software Engineer, Aug 2001 to Oct 2004 CLUSTER SOFTWARES, Udaipur, India Developed several commercial applications software on Microsoft technologies. Clientele included leading Indian and US organizations in many industries such as manufacturing, retail, direct marketing, non-profit, hospitality, education and IT-enabled services. Led and managed development teams of up to 6 people. Introduced and implemented project execution methodologies, processes and standards that turned previously haphazard set-up into highly efficient operation. Major projects included: * General Ledger and Final Accounting System to facilitate the creation of accounts and account heads, capture of various accounting entries and to thus generate account statements. * Automated File Transfer System using FTP/ Email that runs as a background process and encrypts, compresses and transfers files stored on local/remote machines. * Image Manipulation System to allow users to connect to a secure web site, download image files from web server and manipulate them through standard image-transformation features. * Projects Information Management System for a leading NGO to track data on projects and related beneficiaries thus aiding decision-making and resource mobilization. * Order Processing, Billing and Inventory Management System for tyre-retread factory that helped the management exercise greater control over processes and improve efficiencies. Previous professional experience includes administrative position at Euro Printing Machinery Trading, Sharjah, UAE, sister concern of Ali Alhashemi Trading Est., Dubai, UAE, market leaders in the graphic arts industry in the Middle East. CERTIFICATION ------------- Microsoft Certified Professional, Aug 2000 * Designing and Implementing Desktop Applications with Visual Basic 6.0 EDUCATION/ TRAINING ------------------- Advanced Diploma in Network-Centered Computing, NIIT (Bangalore), Sep 2000 Bachelor of Commerce, University of Delhi, Mar 1997 PROFESSIONAL PROFILE -------------------- Technology Courses: Completed Microsoft Approved Courses in MFC Development and COM Development using Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0. Corporate Training: Completed training workshop in Migrating Lotus Notes Applications to .NET platform. Personality Traits and Attitude: * Versatile, hardworking individual; driven to meet or exceed expectations. * Commitment and exceptional work ethic. Languages: Excellent command over written and spoken English. Fluent in several Indian languages including Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and a smattering of Arabic. OTHER INFORMATION ----------------- * Awarded the K.S. Varkey Memorial Gold Medal (1993) in recognition for having stood first in the CBSE Class 12 Board Examinations at Our Own English High School, Dubai. * Amateur programmer since 1991. * Interests include sports, weight training, traveling and reading. * References gladly provided on request.

Portfolio

ISADEX Corporation

http://www.rentquest.com

Data driven rental property website developed for ISADEX Corporation, US. RentQuest.com is an advertising-based web site where US-based renters can research and interact with property managers during their search for rental housing.
* Implemented several new features aimed at improving the revenue model. Fixed several bugs in existing code.
* Implemented feature to display featured home page listings on rotational basis.
* Implemented feature to verify email ids of users registering.
* Wrote routines to safeguard the site from possible SQL Injections.

skills used: Javascript, ASP, SQL Server 2000

David Stanley Redfern Ltd

http://www.davidstanleyredfern.com

Comprehensive online corporate identity site and partner-collaboration system developed for David Stanley Redfern Ltd, a leading UK-based overseas property investment company. Below is a select list of features developed in this solution:

* Property listing website
* Google Earth and Google Maps in order to geocode and display satellite imagery and interactive maps for various property developments
* RSS feed, URL Remapping, meta data, email notification features in the site
* User section where users can manage their saved searches and other customized details
* Web crawler to scrape and import data from other sites
* XML feeds to export data to partner portals
* Window utility to process outlook mails, extract relevant information for database insertion.
* A global client database concept is also included where all the property enquiries from different portals are processed and stored in database.

skills used: Javascript, C#, ASP.Net, SQL Server 2000

Large commercial bank in US

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Web-based CRM-support system developed for one of the largest commercial banks in the US, with assets in excess of $10 billion. This long-term, multi-phased project was aimed at managing customer feedback and grievances, thus resulting in improved service and better customer experience. Also included several auxiliary modules and features. Having audience size of several thousand users across hundreds of geographical locations. Deployed on IIS 6.0, running on MS Windows 2003 Server with MS SQL Server 2000 backend; Active Directory Services used for role-based security. Data access, security and exception management implemented through separate layers. User tier comprised an ASP.NET intranet application, a windows service and 2 console applications. Prepared the Technical Specifications document, database and component design, developed majority of code components, offered real-time support during UAT and managed on-time delivery. Offered architectural and process improvement inputs that were much appreciated.

skills used: Dhtml, Javascript, C#, Database, ASP.Net, SQL Server 2000

Provider of prepaid card solutions

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Online payment solution developed for UK-based leading global provider of prepaid, stored value card solutions, having subsidiaries in North and Latin America. Developed critical code modules, solved complex technical issues and challenges, directed development team. Developed in .NET 2.0, this system comprises a web interface, windows service component for intercepting SMS messages and third party validation routines. Backend implemented on MS SQL Server 2005. Deployed on web farm for high availability load balancing.

skills used: C#, ASP.Net, SQL Server 2000

Work Flexibility

Location flexibility

Within Udaipur.
Within Rajasthan.
Within India.
Would temporarily relocate.
Would permanently relocate.
Can telecommute.

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