HERE IS WHY I LIKE WHAT I DO
The third article from a series of personal opinions on how Everteam Global Services Employees in the Middle East feel about the products and solutions they ultimately participate in designing, is with Georges Zorba. Georges is a project Manager at Everteam UAE. Here is our interview with Georges telling us more about moving from Everteam Lebanon to Everteam UAE, all experiences he went through and details about Everteam UAE jobs!
I am a graduate from the American University of Science and Technology (AUST), where I studied Computer Science to follow my passion for programming, software design and engineering. My passion grew with Everteam when I started working for their offices in Beirut in 2008 where I stayed for 3 years before I moved to Dubai.
MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO
I started of working as a Lead Software Engineer on various projects like correspondence tracking, document management and high volume scanning for the Directorate General of the General Security in Lebanon and Bank of Beirut. I was also given the opportunity to work on projects for companies outside Lebanon like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Lebanese Embassy in Qatar, also a project in the UAE before I moved there to work on Nakheel’s Enterprise Agreement ECM Project. Overall I was getting a diverse work experience with clients from various sectors with different needs. I moved to the UAE in the position of a Technical Team Leader, that’s when the nature of my work slightly changed as I was more involved in leading the analysis along with the implementation of everteam’s ECM projects. Few months later, I was heavily involved in the implementation of the biggest and most advanced projects at Dubai smart government and other governments in Dubai.
Being an employee at Everteam is as good as being a customer since we are very much valued and appreciated as employees. My hardwork at Everteam did not go unnoticed. I was later promoted to a Project Manager, to lead projects with various prestigious clients, such as Office of H.H The Crown Prince of Dubai, Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department (Dubai), Sharjah e-Government and so on… My day-to-day tasks definitely changed from when I first started. I was given additional responsibilities and a team to lead and support for running projects. I had to manage the functional, technical and operational aspects of my projects, including time and budget monitoring, following up with the clients, conduct regular progress meetings to keep them informed about the project status, issues or risks identified. In short, I was performing all Project Manager’s duties to the fullest extent. It wasn’t long before I gained higher management’s trust at Everteam, which greatly motivated me, making me keep pushing my limits to offer our customers the best services efficiently and effectively.
FROM BEIRUT TO DUBAI…EVERTEAM UAE JOBS?
There was only so much the Lebanese market could offer in terms of exposure and growth in experience. Everteam, being a multinational company could very well allow me to be exposed to international markets where I will face bigger challenges and larger opportunities in the IT field. It was what I wanted. Therefore whenever there was going to be a vacancy in any international office for Everteam (whether the UAE, KSA, Qatar, France or any other office), I knew I would want to go for it. That’s what happened, I applied for the position of a Technical Team Leader and so my journey in the UAE began.
SO HOW IS THE MARKET IN UAE DIFFERENT TO LEBANON?
No doubt that the UAE is one of the pioneers in technological innovations. They are always the first in introducing new products and services making them a vital business hub for IT companies. The plan on creating a ‘Smart Dubai” is well underway as various initiatives have been made to contribute to a Smart Economy, Smart Living, Smart Governance, Smart Environment, Smart People and Smart Mobility dimensions. Everteam promotes efficient, seamless, safe and impactful solutions to contribute to smart cities, so the UAE is a perfect market. The fast-growing enterprise UAE market allows me to work with high level enterprise clients, governments, semi-governments and private sectors. The interaction happens with people from all over the globe who are specialized IT experts who can contribute to the growth of your career with the high professionalism they have and continued modernization activities.
HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THINGS IN UAE’S MARKET?
With the UAE being a pioneer in innovativation and technology, we have to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies too. It comes without mentioning that Everteam is always on the lookout for integrating these new technologies into its products. It is my duty to work along this mindset and to always look for initiatives to develop new ideas into our ECM products. Everteam exists in various companies around the gulf, we don’t only have resellers, but we also offer the support and service needed after the solution is implemented, so our clients do not go through the hassle of dealing with disputes with sometimes very annoying resellers. By doing that we facilitate large projects like “Dubai Smart Governments” and so on. I make sure that our clients are always satisfied with our work by offering a high level of professional support as it is vital for our continuity and at the same time necessary to open new business opportunities with prospect clients.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
I plan on working harder to gain more experience in project management and operation management as it is a critical position especially in our field where we have big projects with reputable companies to deliver our best of breed solutions on time in high standards. I will continue to develop my knowledge by catching up with the latest software trends and platforms such as blockchain, and to get the necessary certifications so we can start implementing them with our solutions.