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Afaq Shakoor Information Technology Consultant Cell#: +92 333 2205284 Email: afaqshakoor@gmail.com


Afaq Shakoor – Information Technology Consultant

Contents Synopsis .....................................................................................................................................................3 Capabilities.................................................................................................................................................3 Services Offered .........................................................................................................................................4 Portfolio as Project Manager .......................................................................................................................5 Achievements in Project Management .........................................................................................................6 Achievements in Technology .......................................................................................................................9 Contact Information..................................................................................................................................10

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Afaq Shakoor – Information Technology Consultant Synopsis Outfitted with extensive experience in the field of Information Technology dating back to 1991, have been managing projects of high-profile global clients for the past 10 years. During the professional career of project management, managed portfolios for established solution providers as well as start-ups with cutting-edge innovative media solution products. Headed the Project Management Group, implemented formal processes for meeting the needs of the organization to handle increased workload, improved quality, and project portfolio status visibility to management for effective resource utilization and prioritization of tasks. Worked as a core team member of the CMMi Process Implementation Team as a member of the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG). Headed the Software Development group and enforced processes and policies resulting in improved productivity, quality and credibility enabling a higher ranking in the business automation industry. Managed a number of software development and re-engineering projects for international and domestic clients of the public and private sector covering a wide range of technology platforms. Extensive experience of working in each phase of the Software Development Lifecycle from analysis and design to coding, testing, implementation and support of simple and complex business application systems.

Capabilities Possess excellent planning, organizing, and communication skills, and can easily adapt to any working environment. Ability to interact concisely and professionally among managers in multiple divisions, project teams at multiple locations and project sponsors with different needs, expectations and personalities in order to analyze business needs / processes and produce functional / technical requirements used to define a solution and generate deliverables. Proficient with Software Development Life Cycles, including: team building, coordinating team members, interactive system design sessions, presentations, technical mentoring, deployment, user training, technical writing / documentation and support. Skilled in designing IT solutions that require integration between Legacy systems, client server applications and vendor specific package conversions.

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Afaq Shakoor – Information Technology Consultant Services Offered Project Consulting is provided with the expertise to complete a challenging program or project, such as coaching of junior or less-experienced personnel by a qualified, experienced project management professional. Or, it fills a gap in the project management organization for estimating, planning, project initiation or kickoff. Working as an extension to an organization, experience is provided for assistance with a single project consisting of a small staff or dozens of projects with hundreds of staff. Proven capability to improve the existing project management practices and then transfer complete responsibility to your internal project manager(s). Project Health Check service is provided to evaluate the overall state of a project and fast track it back to health. It checks for customer satisfaction, provides recommendations for improvement, and implements actions or project recovery and/or rescue, thus reducing project risk. A Health Check process is typically fact gathering, assessment of project’s current status, determination of root cause of identified or perceived problems, and developing a recovery plan to manage the transition to stability. IT Requirements Assessment service is provided to analyze the business processes and propose a technology solution to truly add value to the business in terms of increased productivity, transparency and seamless execution with greater control. A strategic information system plan is developed by determining the business goals and objectives as laid out by the top management, and a plan is prepared to implement the system using the bottom-up approach. Business Applications Development service is provided by engaging experienced team of technologists, and managing the software development lifecycle from inception to implementation. This service is offered with the IT Requirements Assessment service, or separately if your team has developed detailed business requirements specifications which are used as input to the technical design and development. Technology Consulting is provided for IBM AS/400 shops housing legacy systems and mobilizing plans of modernizing application systems to latest platforms or developing a handshake of new application systems with core legacy application modules. Assistance is provided in setting up the profiles, configuration and security for a reliable information system environment with the required controls to minimize vulnerabilities.

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Afaq Shakoor – Information Technology Consultant Portfolio as Project Manager 

Personal Album, Vodafone (USA, Germany)

Preserve Share Publish (PSP) Media Management, PixSense Inc. (Pakistan)

Pakistan Customs, Federal Board of Revenue (Pakistan)

Registrar Transfer Agent (RTA), Central Depository Company (Pakistan)

Website Content Management, Simply Wireless Inc. (USA)

Real Estate Owned, IndyMac Bank (USA)

Utility Bills Post-Payment Processing, Citibank (Pakistan)

Pakistan International Airlines Bank Reconciliation, Citibank (Pakistan)

Enterprise Automation, Employees’ Old-age Benefits Institution (Pakistan)

Foreclosure Claims Processing, Countrywide Home Loans (USA)

USA-based clients - Y2K Compliance Projects on IBM AS/400 

International Paper

Liz Claiborne

Polo Ralph Lauren

Reynolds Metals

Country Wide Home Loans

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Afaq Shakoor – Information Technology Consultant Achievements in Project Management PixSense Inc. As a pioneer and leader in mobile media solutions, PixSense empowers mobile operators to build customer loyalty and drive revenue from user generated content by eliminating the barriers to mobile media sharing. The flagship product, through its rich, intuitive Web and phone interfaces, provides users the ability to rapidly preserve and share full resolution mobile photos and videos with anyone – on any phone, website, or PC. As head of the newly established Project Management Group: 

Managed multiple projects shedding the product managers of the project management responsibilities, and focus more on innovative product ideas and research.

Formalized software development and project management processes from Planning and Requirements Management to Release Management and closure.

Established central project repository and resource pool, for optimum resource utilization and up to date projects status visibility to stakeholders at all management levels and the project team.

Granted project plans and documentation access to the project team members to overcome the verbal communication from Product Managers to developers and testers.

Provided each team member future work visibility for at least 3-4 weeks.

Established a formal communications path for all team members, enabling each member to be assigned tasks and priorities from a focal point instead of being managed by multiple supervisors.

Established a weekly projects portfolio reporting mechanism for the managerial staff, giving visibility to the progress of each project, its health, and resource utilization.

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Afaq Shakoor – Information Technology Consultant Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL) Fully ow ned s ubs id iary of Federal Boar d of Rev enue , P akis tan

Federal Board of Revenue is an autonomous government body responsible for optimizing revenue by enhancing the capability of the tax system to collect due taxes by application of modern techniques. Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited (PRAL) was established as the IT setup of FBR, to serve the needs of the board in terms of automation solutions by implementation of nation-wide infrastructure, development of mission-critical application systems, technical advisory and operational support. As the Head of Software Development of Pakistan Customs: 

Directed the technical and business analysis teams to fulfill needs of the business as determined and prioritized by the Automation team.

Established process of project planning versus the previously practiced method of ad-hoc assignments, increasing visibility to the Automation team as to the amount of effort required for each request and availability of resources.

Maintained project status and published regular status report for the board members and compay management.

Established a formal software development methodology to undertake re-engineering projects, the most critical one being the conversion of user-intensive application modules from conventional legacy system to the intuitive web-based application using Microsoft Technologies.

Provided technical leadership and mentored the team members in advanced features utilization of the IBM AS/400 system. Worked with the technical team to implement an improved system in terms of performance, usability and scalability.

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Afaq Shakoor – Information Technology Consultant Systems Limited Appraised for CMMi Level 3 in 2006, it was established as the first software house and computer bureau services in Pakistan, provided effective computing strategies and automated processes within public and private sectors of Pakistan. Internationally the company operates as Visionet Systems Inc, and has established itself as a key player in critical market segments of United States, providing services and products to a growing list of corporate clients many of which are counted among Fortune 500. As the Software Development Manager: 

Performed a critical role in the CMMi Level 3 compliance, by membership in the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG), and implementation of formalized project management, software development, and quality assurance processes across the organization.

Primarily organized, planned, controlled and made optimistic utilization of development resources. Conducted reviews and inspections of technical designs and provided technical insight to the architects for design improvements. Reviewed and approved project artifacts generated at all stages of the project execution.

Lead a group of Project Managers engaged in diversified software development projects for high-profile international and domestic clients of the public and private sector.

Mentored and trained the project management team in all phases of projects from inception to implementation and support.

Consolidated and communicated status of ongoing projects to the upper management.

Coordinated with the Sales and Marketing teams to maintain projection of the future workload of projects in order to synchronize delivery capacity.

Managed a number of software development and re-engineering projects for international and domestic clients of the public and private sector.

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Afaq Shakoor – Information Technology Consultant Achievements in Technology Possess excellent troubleshooting skills on the IBM AS/400 iSeries and ability to provide guidance to technical teams of various technology platforms. Project Management Tools Proficiently used Microsoft Project for planning, tracking and resource allocation for organization projects portfolio. IBM AS/400 iSeries Developed applications (from minor fixes / major modifications through creating complete software systems), utilizing the RPG and COBOL languages. Includes: CL/400, CLLE, SQL/400, DB2/400, Sub-Files, and application development utilities such as SDA, RLU, ICF and DDM file. Developed Java batch process executing as a service on the iSeries. Worked with the system administrator to configure the system, implement security and create system operations procedures to maintain maximum system availability. Performed system monitoring to determine and resolve performance bottlenecks in terms of disk and CPU utilization.

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