Mr. Araf Karsh Hamid - Co Founder / CTO, MetaMagic Global, NJ, USA
Araf Karsh has with over 25 years of experience leading the design and development of mission-critical, object-oriented and web-based applications for premier organizations including Bank of America, CIBC, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Dept of Energy. Karsh has an established track record leading production software organizations and bringing new products to market using leading edge technology.
He has extensive knowledge of service-oriented architecture, Micro Services, Containers (Docker), Blockchain and key foundational technologies. He is well versed in building highly scalable and high performance distributed applications using Java technologies.
Training, mentoring and motivating his people is his first passion. He says chess taught him the importance of doing this, a pawn (or a rookie) can become the king when it reaches the other end, the challenge is to take it that far. But he is also known to demand a lot from his teams and again he uses a chess metaphor to explain that the worst enemy of a strategist is the clock.
Karsh focuses on Designing & Architecting innovative solutions for business problems which will be cost effective while using leading edge technologies. He uses his leadership skills in team building, technology research, while managing the creative aspect of software building, motivating and empowering team members to come up with new innovative solutions.
Mr. Ketan Gote - Co Founder / CDO, MetaMagic Global, NJ, USA
After getting his Masters in software development from Pune, Ketan started developing software products for a security provider. As he likes to call himself, he is a full-stack guy and security provided him the opportunity to work the entire stack and come up with pervasive and sustainable security designs and products.
Ketan joined IBM and worked on large projects servicing customers in North America. He worked across multiple products and technologies and started specializing in SOA and scalable architectures. He put this expertise to use to help customers translate futuristic concepts into real-world solutions and before he knew, he was the resident SME for a whole lot of things for his team and clients.
While Ketan is a hard-core techie at heart, he realized he had a strong desire to share his knowledge and ideas to brain-storm, train and mentor. And as things turned out, he has the skill to do so too and rose rapidly in the organization, taking on a mix of technical and people management responsibilities. His knowledge sharing includes both in-person and blogging for the community at large.