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Josip Šaban

Josip Šaban

Zagreb, Croatia
Member since November 9, 2016
Josip is an experienced database guy who's developed websites, created banking DWH systems, and led development teams to deliver great products which are still in production today. He has an advanced knowledge of the entire SQL Server stack and a working knowledge of .NET, Business Objects, R, BizTalk, Microsoft Project, and MS Project Server. Along with his primary expertise, he is also a proficient technical writer and team lead.
Josip is now available for hire
  • Microsoft Office, 15 years
  • SQL, 12 years
  • Microsoft SQL Server, 10 years
  • Waterfall Development, 10 years
  • C#, 8 years
  • Microsoft Project, 5 years
  • .NET, 5 years
Zagreb, Croatia
Preferred Environment
SQL Server Management Studio, Visual Studio
The most amazing...
...thing I've done was to redesign an old database design—increasing the performance tenfold while adding many new features on top.
  • Quality Manager
    Erste Bank
    2015 - PRESENT
    • Planned and supervised IT education.
    • Led proof-of-concept activities for testing new technologies and/or development methodologies.
    • Implemented SPOC for all the demand activities of two major clients.
    • Designed and implemented a summer student program.
    • Created IT recruiting tests and held interviews.
    Technologies: SharePoint, Microsoft Office
  • Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
    Hypo Alpe Adria
    2013 - 2015
    • Analyzed and documented business requests.
    • Developed the implementation strategy and BI architecture, based on SQL Server technology stack.
    • Managed and executed IT projects—leading a team of consultants.
    • Conducted hands-on development of important and/or more complex database modules.
    • Held education sessions for internal company employees.
    • Deployed new features to production—effectively fulfilling the role of a release manager.
    Technologies: SQL Server, SAP Business Objects
  • Business Intelligence Consultant
    Alfatec Group
    2009 - 2011
    • Worked as the team lead in the project of creating a new data warehouse for one of the largest banks in the country, based on Oracle and Data Integrator.
    • Implemented a business-objects reporting system in the third largest tobacco company in the world.
    • Developed a first production-level data warehouse in cargo and shipping industry in the region, using SQL Server Analysis Services and PowerPivot.
    • Created teams and ensured that people worked effectively together.
    • Held internal and external educational sessions.
    Technologies: BO Data Integrater, Oracle, SQL Server
  • Business Intelligence Consultant
    2007 - 2009
    • Designed and developed a web solution for distribution of EU funds in Slovenia based on SQL Server and ASP.NET.
    • Designed and developed a high-availability DWH solution for parsing, testing, and reporting on call records for the largest Slovenian telecompany.
    • Organized the company's presales technical conference, focusing on Business Objects and SQL Server.
    Technologies: ASP.NET, Informatica, SQL Server
  • Software Engineer
    2004 - 2007
    • Developed an ASP.NET application for primary health care.
    • Implemented BizTalk, as a part of a key integration project in the country's largest telecom company.
    • Constructed a web application for the country's chamber of commerce.
    • Held technical education sessions for the company's junior staff.
    Technologies: ASP.NET, SQL Server, BizTalk
  • IamOnDemand (via Toptal) (Development)

    I'm currently writing blog content on the topics of machine learning, cloud, and relational databases (ghostwriting).

  • American Taekwondo Association (via Toptal) (Development)

    I migrated an Oracle database to SQL Server in order to support a new web application.

  • Technical Writer for Project Management (via Toptal) (Development)

    I wrote a software development lifecycle guide (SDLC) for a software company that needed to map its development processes in a formal document.

  • SQL Server 2016 Always Encrypted: Easy to Implement, Tough to Crack (Publication)
    Security has always been a primary concern for database experts, and with the advent of new, decentralized services, it’s become even more crucial. Microsoft addressed the need for an added level of security in SQL with the introduction of Always Encrypted functionality in SQL Server 2016. In this blog post, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Josip Saban explains how Microsoft’s Always Encrypted concept works, how it’s implemented, and why developers can’t afford to ignore it.
  • Languages
    SQL, T-SQL, C#, R
  • Tools
    Microsoft Project, Microsoft Office
  • Paradigms
    Waterfall Development, Agile
  • Storage
    Microsoft SQL Server, RavenDB, PostgreSQL
  • Misc
    Team Leadership, Quality Assurance (QA), Project Management, Project Management Professional (PMP), Microsoft Project Server, Informatica, SAP BusinessObjects (BO), BizTalk, ITIL 3 Foundations Certified
  • Frameworks
  • Platforms
    Oracle, SharePoint
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in General Management
    COTRUGLI Business School - Zagreb, Croatia
    2011 - 2012
  • Master of Science degree in Computing
    University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing - Zagreb, Serbia
    1998 - 2004
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