Papuna Gagnidze, Network Engineering Developer in Rustavi, Georgia
Papuna Gagnidze

Network Engineering Developer in Rustavi, Georgia

Member since January 5, 2018
Papuna is a QA automation/DevOps Engineer with a Linux system administration and network engineering background. As a team lead in an agency environment, he has experience working on end-to-end tests, designing architecture, and implementing highly scalable systems using Dockerized microservices. Papuna has worked on mobile banking apps, cloud management platforms, navigation apps, and event management software throughout his career.
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  • GeoSTQB
    Test Automation, Software Testing, Quality Assurance (QA)
  • TulaCo
    Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, TestRail, JavaScript
  • SwitchFour
    JavaScript, WebdriverIO



Rustavi, Georgia



Preferred Environment

MacOS, Fedora, Docker, Git, VS Code

The most amazing...

...project I have worked on is Casting Networks, where I was in charge of automating the data validation process for the database migration team.


  • Co-founder and Partner

    2019 - PRESENT
    • Participated in conferences, cooperating with the industry's financial sector and public institutions.
    • Administered accreditation of training providers to supply courses that meet the syllabi of ISTQB.
    • Provided certification of IT professionals in Georgia according to ISTQB standards.
    • Assured large company managers about the effectiveness of ISTQB certified staff.
    • Implemented an internationally recognized certified tester scheme.
    Technologies: Test Automation, Software Testing, Quality Assurance (QA)
  • QA Automation and DevOps Engineer

    2019 - PRESENT
    • Managed a team of five senior QA automation engineers.
    • Implemented unit testing for performance using K6 load testing tool.
    • Maintained UI, API, and load testing frameworks for a large scale application with up to three million users.
    • Added reporting to Jenkins that contains information about the history of test runs, a curated list of failures, and graph statistics.
    • Wrote database tests using Mocha and Chai JavaScript frameworks.
    • Implemented optimized tests that validated big data up to four million records in extreme cases.
    • Collaborated with the database development and manual QA teams for testing implementation.
    Technologies: Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, TestRail, JavaScript
  • Mobile Automation Engineer

    2019 - 2020
    • Analyzed business and functional requirements and developed test scripts for iOS and Android Native applications. Automated test coverage of the core functionality increased by 75%.
    • Created data-driven tests by integrating a framework with Google Sheets API as a database and creating data tables as an external asset.
    • Implemented a simplified flow for the application version management by integrating a framework with Bitrise API.
    • Set up a CI/CD pipeline on a TeamCity server with parametrization to run any tests using specific builds on SauceLabs cloud devices. Built reporting with Allure reporter and integrated results with TeamCity.
    • Managed the application state using API calls within UI tests.
    • Trained the QA team on mobile automation processes.
    Technologies: JavaScript, WebdriverIO
  • QA Automation/DevOps Engineer

    2018 - 2019
    TBC Bank
    • Managed a team of QA engineers (ten testers) as a chapter lead.
    • Collaborated with automation consulting engineers to standardize end-to-end automation tools and processes.
    • Created JMeter scenarios and scheduled the virtual users to generate a realistic load on the server using JMeter (load generator machine).
    • Developed automation test scripts for web service (API) testing.
    • Implemented page objects and test classes using Selenium WebDriver, Java, and JUnit.
    Technologies: Jenkins, Apache JMeter, SoapUI, Java
  • QA Automation/DevOps Engineer

    2017 - 2018
    Product Savvy Consulting
    • Served as a project team leader working on highly available software for event management.
    • Migrated test plans into scripts for automated regression testing using frameworks such as Protractor and Calabash.
    • Designed architecture and implemented a highly scalable system using dockerized microservices with AWS ECS, ALB, and VPC.
    • Set up Jenkins as a continuous delivery pipeline which included automated build, E2E testing, and deployments in multiple environments.
    • Developed and maintained test cases for testing the applications after analyzing system specification documents.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bash, TypeScript, Jenkins, AWS
  • NOC Engineer

    2016 - 2017
    Delta Comm
    • Worked with field technicians and vendors to assist in resolving data circuits, voice, and data problems.
    • Monitored network performance using tools such as Cacti and Nagios.
    • Configured and maintained Cisco and Juniper routers and switches.
    • Analyzed and determined technical problems within LAN/WAN infrastructure.
    • Coordinated with other departments to resolve customer issues and to determine appropriate escalation paths where necessary.
    Technologies: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), Routing, Cacti, Nagios
  • Network Support Specialist

    2015 - 2015
    Delta Comm
    • Configured Huawei ONT and OLT devices for external customers.
    • Documented network problems and resolution for future reference.
    • Built and troubleshot common and specialized network configurations based on customers' needs.
    • Performed remote configuration and troubleshooting operations on network peripherals.
    • Used network management tools to analyze and monitor customer networks.
    Technologies: Paessler PRTG API


  • WorkTrip (Development)

    WorkTrip is a web-based and mobile event management software that serves as a centralized hub to communicate all of your event and travel details.

  • Casting Networks (Development)

    Casting Networks is the leading provider of casting and audition management software to the casting industry. Casting directors and agents worldwide use Casting Networks to source and manage talent across film, television, digital, and commercials projects facilitating over a million auditions per year.

  • TPay (Development)

    TPay is an innovative payment method using QR payments and simple checkout procedures online. QR payments can be made with Android and iOS applications. Online checkout is available on the web for stores.

  • TBC Web (Development)

    TBC Bank's Internet banking enables you to check balances and view statements, transfers between your own accounts, to other persons and entities and to the state treasury, etc. TBC Bank's internet banking was named best for four times by Global Finance magazine in 2012-2015 years.

  • TBC Mobile (Development)

    TBC Mobile offers you the most innovative and easy way to manage your money on the go. It was the global winner of the best in mobile banking nomination by Global Finance magazine in 2019.

  • AVaStar (Development)

    The AVaStar platform provides the operating system to effectively plan and execute efficient AV and Technology services in a public or private venue. Anywhere staff needs to manage the presentation technology needs of meetings and events, AVaStar can improve revenue, decrease costs, protect your investment and enhance the customer experience.

  • ParkMyCloud (Development)

    ParkMyCloud is a policy-driven cloud cost optimization platform that turns utilization data into automated action. It provides an easy-to-use platform that helps enterprises automatically identify and eliminate wasted cloud spend.

  • WolfPack (Development)

    WolfPack reinvents the group riding experience. Gives you the ability to plan group rides, invite your pack, navigate together, and communicate, all from your Android or iOS device. For system monitoring and management, a web application is used.

  • Speaker at Extent Conference Talks (Other amazing things)

    Speaker about test automation at Extent Conference Talks in Tech Park Georgia. A possible solution for successful test automation.

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  • Speaker at DevOps Con Tbilisi (Other amazing things)

    Speaker about unikernels at DevOps Con Tbilisi in Ilia State University. Unikernels - Building Blocks of Future Applications.

  • Panel Discussions at TMPA Conference (Other amazing things)

    Member of panel discussions about the future of software testing and connecting academia and industry.


  • Languages

    JavaScript, SQL, Python, Bash, TypeScript, Java
  • Frameworks

    Appium, Selenium, Selenide, JUnit,
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, WebDriverJS, Chai, REST APIs, Paessler PRTG API
  • Tools

    Jenkins, Cucumber, REST Assured, Mocha, AWS ECS, Apache JMeter, Git, Gradle, Postman, Jira, VS Code, TestRail, Nagios, Cacti, WebdriverIO, TeamCity, Grafana, Kibana, AWS CloudFormation, Ansible, Vagrant, SoapUI
  • Paradigms

    Manual Testing, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), Automated Testing, DevOps, Testing, Test Automation, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Agile Software Development, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Load Testing, Microservices Architecture, Stress Testing, REST, Software Testing
  • Platforms

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, Linux, Fedora, MacOS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), AWS EC2, Firebase, Kubernetes
  • Other

    Mobile App Testing, Web Application Testing, AWS, SDET, Manual QA, QA Testing, AWS DevOps, Quality Assurance (QA), Agile Software Testing, UI Testing, API Testing, Network Engineering, QA Automation, Regression Testing, Integration Testing, Monitoring, AWS Cloud Architecture, QA Leadership, Test Design, Cloud Architecture, Configuration Management, Ride Sharing, Event Management, Routing, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IT Networking, System Administration, Applied Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Calculus, Networking, Cisco, Cisco Networking, Troubleshooting, Prometheus, Filebeat, QA Test Plan Management, ECS, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Web Performance, Performance Tuning
  • Storage

    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Database Testing, Microsoft SQL Server, Databases, Elasticsearch, AWS RDS, AWS DynamoDB
  • Industry Expertise

    Banking & Finance, Security, IT Security


  • Progress towards a Bachelor's degree in Informatics
    2016 - 2020
    Georgian Technical University - Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Undergraduate courses in Mathematics
    2015 - 2016
    Tbilisi State University - Tbilisi, Georgia


  • CCNP Routing and Switching
    MARCH 2016 - MARCH 2022
  • CCNA Routing and Switching
    JUNE 2013 - MARCH 2022

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