Anil Agarwal, Developer in London, United Kingdom
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Anil Agarwal

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Cloud Architect and Azure Developer

Location
London, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
March 8, 2023

Anil is a cloud technology architect with more than 18 years of experience. He is committed to delivering top-quality results and exceeding his clients' expectations. With his extensive experience in cloud technology and passion for technology in general, Anil helps his clients achieve their goals and take their businesses to the next level.

Portfolio

AkzoNobel
Azure PaaS, SAP, Coupa, Azure Service Bus, Applications, Azure...
Tata Consultancy Services
Cloud Migration, Azure, IT Strategy
Virtusa
Azure, Pega, DevOps, Cloud Strategy

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Microsoft Azure, Cloud Architecture, Azure, Integration, Cloud Migration, Azure PaaS, Cloud Strategy, DevOps

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on is the migration of 1,000+ legacy Windows servers for a large banking customer, which transformed how the company operates.

Work Experience

Azure Integration and Solution Architect

2022 - 2023
AkzoNobel
  • Acted as an Azure integration architect on a project that involved adopting a new procurement system, Coupa, to process PO, GR, invoices, and other interfaces needed to send or receive data to multiple SAP systems globally.
  • Led a team of developers to create a middleware layer for the new procurement system, Coupa. The middleware layer, which utilized Azure Logic Apps, Service Bus, and Azure Functions, streamlined data transfers between Coupa and multiple SAP systems.
  • Gained experience working with SAP systems, helped execute a proof of concept to migrate these systems to Azure, and completed the project on time and within budget with all SAP systems, i.e., six environments, globally.
Technologies: Azure PaaS, SAP, Coupa, Azure Service Bus, Applications, Azure, Solution Architecture, Cloud Migration, Application Platform

Azure Evangelist

2021 - 2022
Tata Consultancy Services
  • Worked as a part of the company's Microsoft business unit (MBU) on strategic cloud implementation deals for banking, finance, insurance, and public service clients across the UK and Ireland.
  • Acted as an evangelist, assisted customers with cloud migration strategies, defined a digital transformation lifecycle from inception to operation, and provided expert guidance to help with technological and business process decisions.
  • Migrated 1,000+ legacy Windows servers for a large banking customer. Defined a road map and provided technical guidance to a government customer. Performed cost optimization exercises for multiple clients and delivered savings.
Technologies: Cloud Migration, Azure, IT Strategy

Senior Cloud Architect

2020 - 2021
Virtusa
  • Helped customers as a part of the cloud transformation team by providing various services, such as digital infrastructure, analytics and intelligence, customer experience, applications, DevOps, and security.
  • Created Pega's migration strategy for one of the largest UK banking groups. Performed a detailed comparative analysis highlighting the pros and cons of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS-based applications and reported results to the C-level executive.
  • Designed and ran a proof of concept for features unavailable in the bank's managed cloud, including a data migration strategy, file transfer process, support of highly confidential data, third-party connectivity, etc.
  • Designed and defined an end-to-end automated DevOps process for deploying applications in Azure using Azure DevOps.
Technologies: Azure, Pega, DevOps, Cloud Strategy

Azure Solution Architect

2018 - 2019
Cognizant
  • Assisted with numerous technical elements covering cloud advisory services, Azure landing zone design, implementation, and migration of servers.
  • Migrated 200+ servers from a customer data center to Microsoft Azure and performed data center consolidation.
  • Set up a landing zone and migration of multiple critical applications with over 6TB of associated data.
  • Defined high- and low-level design for the Azure environment.
  • Collaborated and discussed with different teams to enable the refactoring of applications using cloud-native components such as microservices, web apps, Azure Functions, containerization, etc.
  • Designed, built, and deployed an application with a mix of IaaS and PaaS components.
Technologies: Server Migration, Microsoft Azure, SQL, Azure Landing Zones, Data Migration

Solution Architect

2016 - 2018
FedEx
  • Joined the team of architects, as part of FedEx's culture of innovation, after the acquisition of TNT in 2016. Extended their on-premise infrastructure to Azure.
  • Worked closely with Microsoft experts to determine the best practices for cloud infrastructure, including security, network routing, and SCCM processes.
  • Provided guidance on Azure infrastructure design and implementation, including virtual networks, subnets, security groups, and VPN connections.
  • Implemented automated deployment and management processes using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates and PowerShell scripts.
  • Developed and implemented backup and disaster recovery solutions to ensure business continuity in the event of an outage or disaster.
  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless integration between cloud-based and on-premise systems and demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Proved instrumental in the project's success thanks to my expertise in cloud infrastructure design and implementation, as well as my ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams.
Technologies: Azure, .NET, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Cloud Migration, Azure Landing Zones, Data Center Migration

Delivery Lead

2014 - 2016
TNT
  • Joined a document service team as a cloud infrastructure architect to migrate various customs clearance applications to Azure.
  • Identified that their legacy system that provided electronic customs images was considered business critical but lacked disaster recovery capabilities. Also, vendor support for the legacy application had already ended, and documentation was limited.
  • Conducted a thorough analysis of the existing system, including its architecture, infrastructure, and dependencies.
  • Designed a cloud-based solution that provides scalability, resilience, and disaster recovery capabilities.
  • Implemented the solution using Azure VMs, storage accounts, virtual networks, load balancers, and application gateway.
  • Developed automation scripts to simplify the deployment and management of the solution.
  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams, including developers, testers, and project managers, to ensure seamless integration with other systems.
  • Demonstrated my expertise in cloud infrastructure design and implementation, as well as my ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Achieved the successful migration of the customs clearance applications to Azure, resulting in significant cost savings, increased resilience, and improved disaster recovery capabilities.
Technologies: Solution Design, Programming, .NET, Databases, Azure

Principle Analyst and Application Architect

2012 - 2014
TNT Express Delivery Service Depot
  • Planned, designed, and supported mailroom solutions for a £25 million per annum business with six scanning and record management centers across the UK.
  • Managed highly skilled technical teams and supported the development of our technical environment to meet the tactical and strategic needs of the business.
  • Oversaw the delivery of technical activities across design, development, and testing teams to deliver high-quality services within governed environments.
  • Maintained an innovative approach and kept up-to-date with ECM and RM market trends, researching new offerings and developing technical strategies to build capabilities and strengthen the business's market position.
  • Provided valuable insights and made strategic decisions that contributed to the business's success.
Technologies: Programming, .NET, Scanning, Data Extraction, Kofax, EMC Captiva InputAccel

Implementation Architect

2011 - 2012
United Utilities
  • Acted as a document management consultant and supported migrating and deploying inbound mail-room capture processes using IBML and Captiva platforms for United Utilities.
  • Set up infrastructure and developed capture processes and integrated them with dispatcher projects for automated classification and extraction of content before releasing it to multiple workflow platforms.
  • Set up EMC Captiva InputAccel, web, database, and reporting servers and business processes for the new InputAccel applications while transitioning knowledge to existing support teams for future development.
  • Provided significant cost savings and business benefits for United Utilities.
  • Acted as a senior developer and consultant, ensured a smooth transition, and shared my expertise with the support teams.
  • Helped establish a robust document management system that continues to benefit United Utilities today.
Technologies: Programming, VB.NET, Scanning, Data Extraction, Kofax, Microsoft SQL Server

Senior Associate Technology

2005 - 2011
Publicis Sapient
  • Provided expertise on Microsoft applications infrastructure services and solution management for Vertex. Led a team of five developers over four and a half years and delivered complex solutions with high quality and client satisfaction.
  • Conducted feasibility and cost-benefit, gap, and root cause analyses, and proposed business solutions, while being the single point of contact for client interaction. Validated processes and improved systems for optimization.
  • Reduced costs by 60% through automating processes. Recognized as the top 5% performer for client-focused delivery for three years and received an achievers award for efficient project delivery.
Technologies: Java, .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, Databases, COTS

Azure Well Architected Framework Assessment for Cost Optimization - NHS England, UK

https://www.england.nhs.uk/
As an Azure FinOps consultant, I recently worked on a cost optimization project for NHS England. The NHS was running a range of workloads in Azure, including web applications, databases, and machine learning projects, resulting in high costs. My primary responsibility was to review their Azure environment and conduct a well-architected framework assessment for cost, performance, and security.

As a result of the assessment, I identified areas where cost savings could be achieved without impacting performance or security. By working closely with the NHS team, he was able to implement recommendations and deliver savings of around 25-30% overall and up to 40-50% in some areas.

My work involved identifying underutilized resources, optimizing storage, reconfiguring networking, and leveraging Azure's reserved instances and other cost-saving tools. I also provided guidance on best practices for Azure cost management and FinOps.

Overall, my expertise in Azure cost optimization and ability to conduct thorough assessments and deliver cost-saving solutions helped the NHS to optimize its Azure environment and reduce its costs significantly while maintaining high levels of performance and security.

Data Center Migration to Azure Cloud

Headed a successful migration of the company's entire data center to Azure, consisting of over 100 servers and 650TB of data. During the project, I thoroughly assessed the on-premise infrastructure, identifying workloads and dependencies that needed to be migrated to Azure. To meet the company's business needs, I designed the Azure infrastructure, including virtual machines, storage, and networking services. Additionally, I identified and implemented the necessary security and compliance controls to ensure a secure and compliant infrastructure.

Also, I oversaw the migration execution, which included preparing the on-premise servers for migration, replicating the data to Azure, and configuring the migrated workloads on Azure. Furthermore, I ensured the ongoing health and performance of the Azure infrastructure by implementing monitoring and optimization tools and processes.

SAP Integration with Coupa Through Azure | Global Supply Chain Management

Designed and implemented the integration between AkzoNobel's SAP systems and a Coupa SaaS product using Azure technologies, achieving seamless data exchange that met the business requirements. I acted as an Azure architect and consultant.

My task included defining the integration requirements, designing the integration architecture, setting up the Azure environment, and deploying, monitoring, and maintaining the integration.

Working closely with AkzoNobel's IT team, I understood their business processes and data exchange requirements between SAP systems and the Coupa SaaS product. Based on the requirements, I designed the integration architecture using Azure Service Bus and Azure Logic Apps, ensuring it was secure and scalable.

I tested the integration to ensure the seamless data exchange met the business requirements. After successful testing, I deployed the integration to production and provided documentation and training to AkzoNobel's IT team to help them maintain and troubleshoot the integration.

Lloyds Banking Group | Pega Migration to Azure | Automated Deployment

Played a critical role in successfully migrating Lloyds Banking Group's Pega applications to Azure as a cloud solution architect. I started by managing a study program to create an effective strategy for the migration, comparing in detail the implementation of Pega on different cloud providers, like IaaS and Azure and AWS PaaS, and SaaS, i.e., Pega Cloud. This study phase was completed within defined timelines and resulted in savings of circa £1 million per year.

The team I managed consisted of over ten members, including cloud and DevOps engineers, security engineers, Pega developers, testers, and business analysts, both onshore and offshore. I designed and ran a proof of concept for features unavailable in the company's managed cloud. Also, I created high- and low-level designs for the proposed solutions and took them through the governance processes.

Additionally, I architected DevOps build and release pipelines to provision standard enterprise-approved resources, built complete migration and mitigation solutions for on-premise Pega environments to Azure, and drove the DevOps adoption and implementation of toolsets and best practices for automation, configuration, and release management.

Metropolitan Police London | Azure Landing Zone Build and Application Migration

Worked with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) while a lead solution architect for New Signature. They chose me to be their cloud hosting service provider.

My role involved assisting with various technical elements, such as providing cloud advisory services, agile application development, Azure design, implementation, migration services, and cloud-managed services to support new cloud operating models like DevOps.

One of my primary responsibilities was provisioning Azure environments, including sandbox, development, staging, and production environments. The MPS had previously engaged with another company for their subscription and on-premise connectivity to the Azure platform but was unhappy with the overall progress and readiness of the cloud platform. Therefore, I had to ensure that all their subscriptions and environments were ready regarding best practices, security, governance, and access-related requirements.

Working with such a large government organization was both exciting and challenging. In just seven to eight months, I delivered multiple projects, which enabled New Signature to win more business with the MPS.

On-premise Platform to Azure Application Migration

Migrated a crime reporting information system (CRIS) from its current on-premise platform to the newly hosted Azure platform during my time as a lead solution architect at the MPS via New Signature. This system is used by over 50,000 officers.

I oversaw various aspects of the project, including defining the high- and low-level design for the Azure environment. I collaborated closely with the AMS teams to facilitate the refactoring of the application using cloud-native components such as microservices, web apps, Azure Functions, and containerization.

Additionally, I was involved in designing, building, and deploying the application with a mix of IaaS and PaaS components. I also created a one-click deployment script using JSON and ARM templates and developed build and release pipelines to deploy the application in the development, test, and production environments.

FedEx (TNT) | Roadmap for Cloud Migration

Worked on an exciting project with FedEx after they acquired TNT in May 2016. Their culture emphasizes technology as the central nervous system behind all business processes, enabling continued innovation.

In this project, I discussed with Microsoft experts to decide on cloud best practices around security, network routing, SCCM processes, and more. As part of my role, I participated in design discussions at the enterprise and application levels, evaluated various services offered by Azure through POCs, and worked with teams to ensure Azure services' consumption efficiently and reliably.

I assisted the information security team with assessments of the customer on the designed Azure architecture. Also, I selected migration approaches to lift and shift workloads to Azure or architecting a greenfield development and/or production platform for new applications. I drove the quality of the onboarding plan and reported to the business about implementation and ongoing cost estimates. Additionally, I documented and shared technical best practices and insights with engineering and the architect community.

Various Projects for TNT Business Solutions

Led the planning, designing, and supporting mailroom solutions for a £25 million per annum business comprising six scanning and record management centers across the UK. I worked as a technical architect, and this role required me to balance managing our highly skilled technical teams with supporting the development of our technical environment to meet the tactical and strategic needs of the business.

In this position, I maintained an innovative approach while managing the delivery of all technical activities across our design, development, and testing teams, ensuring that we kept high standards and delivered high-quality services within governed environments.

With my extensive experience and understanding of trends in the ECM and RM market, I researched new offerings brought to market and formalized technical strategies that leveraged these developments to build the capabilities that helped our business achieve a stronger position in the market.

The clients I worked for were:

• HMLR
• Durham and Darlington NHS Trust
• UCHW
• Ministry of Defense
• National Archive of the UK
• PPI Claim Line and Stanton Fisher
• Newham Council
• Lloyds Bank
• Ipsos

Well Architected Assessment for Cost Optmisation - NHS England

https://www.england.nhs.uk/
As an Azure FinOps consultant, Anil recently worked on a cost optimization project for NHS England. The NHS was running a range of workloads in Azure, including web applications, databases, and machine learning projects, which were resulting in high costs. His primary responsibility was to review their Azure environment and conduct a Well-Architected Framework assessment for cost, performance, and security.

As a result of the assessment, Anil identified areas where cost savings could be achieved without impacting performance or security. By working closely with the NHS team, I was able to implement recommendations and deliver savings of around 25-30% overall and up to 40-50% in some areas.

Anil's work involved identifying underutilized resources, optimizing storage, reconfiguring networking, and leveraging Azure's reserved instances and other cost-saving tools. He also provided guidance on best practices for Azure cost management and FinOps.

Overall, Anil's expertise in Azure cost optimization and ability to conduct thorough assessments and deliver cost-saving solutions helped the NHS to optimize their Azure environment and reduce their costs significantly while maintaining high levels of performance and security.

Languages

SQL, Java, VB.NET

Frameworks

Windows PowerShell, .NET

Paradigms

DevOps, Azure DevOps, Automation

Platforms

Azure, Azure PaaS, Pega, Oracle, Application Platform

Other

Microsoft Azure, Cloud Architecture, Integration, Cloud Migration, Cloud Strategy, Computer Science, IT Infrastructure, Applications, Data Migration, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Certified Trainer, Architecture, Networking, Programming, SAP, IT Strategy, Server Migration, Cloud Security, Azure Databricks, Azure Data Factory, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Coupa, Solution Architecture, Azure Landing Zones, Solution Design, Scanning, Data Extraction, Kofax, EMC Captiva InputAccel, COTS, Machine Learning, Azure Service Bus, iPaaS, Data Center Migration, Data, CI/CD Pipelines, IaaS, SQL Server 2015, FinOps, Costs

Tools

Terraform

Storage

Databases, Azure Active Directory, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server 2016

2003 - 2005

C Level Diploma (Equivalent to Master of Technology Degree) in Computer Science

Department of Electronics and Accreditation of Computer Classes (DOEACC) - New Delhi, India

1999 - 2002

B Level Diploma (Equivalent to Master of Computer Applications Degree) in Computer Science

Department of Electronics and Accreditation of Computer Classes (DOEACC) - New Delhi, India

1995 - 1998

Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics

University of Rajasthan - Jaipur, India

DECEMBER 2022 - DECEMBER 2023

Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate

Microsoft

DECEMBER 2022 - DECEMBER 2023

Microsoft Certified: Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty

Microsoft

FEBRUARY 2022 - FEBRUARY 2024

Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate

Microsoft

JANUARY 2022 - JANUARY 2024

Microsoft Certified Trainer

Microsoft

SEPTEMBER 2021 - PRESENT

Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals

Microsoft

MAY 2021 - MAY 2023

Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate

Microsoft

MAY 2021 - MAY 2023

Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert

Microsoft

JUNE 2020 - JUNE 2023

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Microsoft

AUGUST 2018 - PRESENT

Microsoft Certified Professional

Microsoft

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