Azim Zicar, Developer in Leicester, United Kingdom
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Azim Zicar

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Low Code Developer

Location
Leicester, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
May 13, 2020

Azim is a seasoned strategic advisor with extensive experience in spearheading the adoption of cutting-edge technologies across various sectors. Azim combines deep technical expertise with strategic acumen to craft sustainable blueprints for leaders who are at the forefront of technology adoption.

Portfolio

thyssenkrupp
Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Power Automate, Enterprise Architecture
University of Kent
Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Power Automate, Scrum, Agile...
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Scrum, Agile, UiPath, Agile Software Development, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET)...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Microsoft Power Automate, Microsoft Power Apps, Low Code, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Generative AI, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft Copilot, Azure Bot Framework, Microsoft Power Pages, Prompt Engineering

The most amazing...

...achievement in my career so far has been the creation of my own adoption framework and complete program for Microsoft Power Platform adoption.

Work Experience

Power Platform Adoption Specialist

2022 - 2023
thyssenkrupp
  • Achieved an 80% adoption rate within four months of the start of the adoption program.
  • Mentored and coached the permanent Power Platform technical lead.
  • Implemented a standardized approach to handling projects from ideation to delivery.
Technologies: Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Power Automate, Enterprise Architecture

Power Platform Adoption Specialist

2022 - 2022
University of Kent
  • Provided clear guidance and established a roadmap within four weeks of starting the position.
  • Used Agile and Scrum to enable the completion of multiple projects with accurate scheduling.
  • Mentored and coached the permanent Power Platform technical lead.
Technologies: Microsoft Power Apps, Microsoft Power Automate, Scrum, Agile, Enterprise Architecture

Lead RPA Developer

2020 - 2022
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Supervised the development of 15+ new projects that resulted in savings of £800,000+.
  • Acted as technical lead and advisor for the conception and expansion of the Robotics Centre of Excellence.
  • Expanded the service to leverage Microsoft Power Platform tools: Power Automate (Cloud Flows and Power Automate Desktop), Power BI, AI Builder, Dataverse, and Power Virtual Agents (chatbots).
Technologies: Scrum, Agile, UiPath, Agile Software Development, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), Jira, Microsoft Access, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Scrum Master, Trello, ServiceNow, Collaboration, Change Management

Lead RPA Developer

2019 - 2020
Fidelity Investments
  • Led a scrum team as the scrum master and lead developer for two major projects. Automated the processing of requests by interpreting data on the scanned input form and integrated the robot with the internal BPM tool.
  • Contributed to the overall governance strategy for the whole group. Some Scrum ceremony methodologies and documentation used in the scrum were used as examples by the governance manager and set as the standard for intelligent automation.
  • Integrated multiple applications with the RPA platform (Java, web, legacy, API, and SOAP).
Technologies: Blue Prism, Agile Software Development, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), Jira, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Scrum Master, API Integration, Trello, ServiceNow, Collaboration, Change Management

RPA Consultant

2018 - 2019
Fujitsu
  • Completed a project for a public body's finance department using UiPath. The robot was designed to read and reconcile invoices from PDF documents with system-generated banking data in spreadsheet format.
  • Set up standard templates for documentation for all future projects and agreed on development standards with management and the development team.
  • Worked with the pre-sales teams on POC and developed demos for clients.
  • Led the formation of the automation academy to train internal resources and assisted in the recruitment process by conducting interviews and designing the RPA exercise used on the assessment day.
Technologies: Blue Prism, UiPath, Agile Software Development, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Trello, Collaboration

Blue Prism Trainer

2018 - 2018
The RPA Academy
  • Delivered Blue Prism foundation courses to aspiring future RPA developers via web classes.
  • Worked with management and team to improve internal processes on engaging with students and evaluating exercises.
  • Took part in a webinar covering the Blue Prism exam and tips.
Technologies: Blue Prism, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), SQL, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Collaboration

Lead RPA Developer

2016 - 2018
Next Retail
  • Supported and coached a team of 10 responsible for over 60 automation projects.
  • Developed over 10 robots personally integrating with different technologies (mainframe, web, legacy applications) for multiple departments.
  • Created new templates and set development best practices and standards for all RPA developments within the department.
  • Worked with senior management to establish the team as the COE for RPA.
Technologies: Blue Prism, Agile Software Development, Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), SQL, Microsoft Access, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), API Integration, Trello, ServiceNow, Collaboration, Change Management

Mainframe Integration Object

Most processes being automated in the department involved interaction with the mainframe system. The RPA robot was initially integrated using surface automation. This proved unreliable as sometimes the data on the screen would shift.

I built a component object that uses Blue Prism's native ability to integrate with mainframe applications. Using code stages, I create basic functions like reading the data by getting the text and sending commands using the mainframe's native language. This improved an already fast process to achieve a 50% faster speed. It was so fast that throttling was needed to avoid overwhelming the mainframe servers due to the number of transactions being processed every second. Once the object was built, a major migration project took place to replace the surface automation object linked to all 30+ processed and instead link to the new component object I built.

Pre-sales Logistics POC Robot

After joining Fujitsu, I was invited to participate in the pre-sales meeting for an RPA project as the RPA expert. After reviewing the documentation sent by the client for the project they wanted to automate, I built a POC and brought this to the pre-sales meeting.

I explained how UiPath and RPA technology works and demonstrated a process that the logistics client was familiar with, which enabled the sales process to move further.

Blue Prism Self-management

While working for Next, a limited number of licenses were available for the Blue Prism/Thoughtonomy platform. Only one environment was used for development, testing, and production, which was not ideal, especially when this had to be shared between five developers.

To maximize half of the robot workforce's usage, I built a utility process that, with the use of environmental locks, enables conflicting scheduled processes to wait for the running process to finish before attempting to run on the robot. If this utility was not present, scheduling processes precisely to run them seamlessly was necessary. Due to this workaround, management could postpone purchasing additional costly licenses until they achieve some ROI from RPA.
2009 - 2013

Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Computer Science

Loughborough University - Loughborough, United Kingdom

DECEMBER 2023 - PRESENT

Prosci Certified Change Practitioner

Prosci

JANUARY 2022 - PRESENT

TOGAF 9

The Open Group

DECEMBER 2021 - PRESENT

Power Platform Solution Architect Expert

Microsoft

JULY 2021 - PRESENT

Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate

Microsoft

FEBRUARY 2019 - PRESENT

Blue Prism Accredited Professional Developer

Blue Prism

OCTOBER 2018 - PRESENT

UiPath Certified Advanced RPA Developer

UiPath

MAY 2018 - PRESENT

Blue Prism Accredited Developer

Blue Prism

NOVEMBER 2016 - PRESENT

Thoughtonomy Certified Practitioner

Thoughtonomy

Tools

Microsoft Power Apps, GitHub, Microsoft Copilot, Microsoft Power Pages, Jira, Trello, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Power BI

Platforms

Microsoft Power Automate, Microsoft Power Platform

Languages

Visual Basic .NET (VB.NET), SQL

Paradigms

Agile Software Development, Change Management, Scrum, Agile

Frameworks

TOGAF, Azure Bot Framework

Other

Blue Prism, UiPath, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Collaboration, Low Code, Prompt Engineering, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Generative AI, Scrum Master, API Integration, ServiceNow, Enterprise Architecture

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