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Kristof Kovacs 🧑‍💻

CV of Kristof Kovacs / Software Architect and Devops Consultant

Kristof Kovacs
Software Architect & Devops Consultant

Hello, I’m Kristof, a human being like you, and an easy to work with, friendly guy.

I've been a programmer, a consultant, CIO in startups, head of software development in government, and built two software companies.

Some days I’m coding Golang in the guts of a system and other days I'm wearing a suit to help clients with their devops practices.

Some companies I've already worked with #

Career timeline #

gantt dateFormat YYYY-MM-DD axisFormat %Y todayMarker off Senior Consultant & Partner - Priority Queue Consulting: 2015-01-01,2022-12-31 Head of Software Development - MAG: done, 2013-01-01,2014-12-31 Software Architect & CTO - partnerSYS: done, 2007-06-01,2011-12-31 Software Architect & CTO - Mobile Planet: done, 2006-01-01,2010-12-31 Software Architect & CTO - Online Projects: active, 2005-08-01,2021-09-30 Senior Consultant - Qualysoft: done, 1998-07-01,2006-08-31 Software Developer - Medimon: done, 1994-05-01,1998-06-30 Freelance Programmer: done, 1993-01-01,1994-04-30

Why the overlaps? Since my 30s, I often co-own the companies and fulfill roles in multiple, the way Elon Musk is CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX (not to compare myself).

Senior Consultant and Partner, Priority Queue Consulting #

2015 – currently

Priority Queue is a boutique DevOps consulting firm specializing in planning, managing, developing and operating bespoke web applications and high-performance backend systems, building on the vast industry experience of its consultants.

  • Put together and trained DevOps teams and infrastructure for various clients.
  • Developed mission-critical algorithms and software in Golang, Erlang, C and Python for government and industry.
  • Helped scores of early-stage startups to build the right software architectures in Europe, Asia and America.
  • Advised numerous organizations with their DevOps/DevSecOps technologies and practices, in government and industry.

Head of Software Development, MAG Zrt #

2013 – 2014

MAG Zrt was a Managing Authority through which EU funding of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) were channelled through to different projects and regions.

  • Increased in-company satisfaction with the IT directorate by creating a fast-time-to-market LAMP team, which in quick succession released several intranet applications that improved all employees' work environment and streamlined internal processes.
  • Increased the legacy developer team's productivity multi-fold by reorganizing team structure and bringing in-house as much know-how as was possible.
  • Introduced modern Agile methodologies and reformed the relationship of the development and operatons departments based on DevOps best practices.

How it ended? I left when the Managing Authority was folded into the Ministry of National Economy, and the IT directorate was folded into the National Infocommunications Service Company (NISZ).

Software Architect and CTO, partnerSYS Inc #

2007 – 2011

I was responsible for the development of the company's main product, Custom-R™, a Customer Relationship Management and Sales Force Automation (CRM/SFA) software, similar in features to, but on-premises. The software is being used at Renault and Ford, among other companies.

  • Responsible for all technical and HR decisions regarding product development.
  • Coordinating the development efforts of programmers in Hungary and India.
  • Managing operations of the company's own high-availability cloud solution (this was before IaaS was widely available).

How it ended? The company was sold to an international investment group.

Software Architect and co-founder, Mobile Planet Ltd #

2006 – 2010

Mobile Planet was a an early mobile phone software development and entertainment company, whose three main products were a WAP Adventure Game Engine (called WAGE), a Twitter™-like mobile community product called "Mizu?", and a mobile soccer manager game.

  • Unveiled WAGE, the first WAP-based game engine at Nokia Conference 2005 in Barcelona.
  • Our “Soccer Manager” online multiplayer game was voted “Best WAP game” at Mobil Show 2006.
  • WapStocks voted “Best business application on mobile phones” runner-up at Mobil Show 2006.

How it ended? With a partnership buyout: I sold my shares to my business partners.

Software Architect and co-founder, Online Projects Ltd #

2005 – 2012 2015 – 2021

Why two dates? After leaving the company for a stint in government between 2013-2014, I rejoined in a few years, before leaving the CIO role again in 2021.

Disclosure: Although I'm not involved in day-to-day management, I still own part of this company.

Online Projects is a software development company that specializes in delivering fast and customized software solutions by building on top of field-tested open source products like (formerly) Drupal, vTiger and the Zend Framework, and (currently) WordPress, Symfony and Laravel.

  • Gained experience with various sectors (finance, energy, FMCG, retail, telecom, media, education, etc).
  • Created an educational massively-multiplayer stock trading simulator that was later acquired by the Hungarian Stock Exchange.
  • Lead the development of multiple very high-load backends and webapps, amongst them a smart-metering solution with Sagemcom.
  • Lots of experience in managing distributed development teams and in business administration.

How it ended? First time, because I got an offer for a government position that I was eager to get experience with. Second time, I wanted to focus more on my other business.

Senior Consultant, Qualysoft Ag #

1998 – 2006

As a senior consultant, project manager and developer, my responsibilities were technical team leadership, IT project advisory, programming, keeping in touch with key accounts, and supporting the sales team. During my time at the firm, I worked in Hungary, Austria, and Germany.

  • Participated in more than 15 successful projects (General Electric, Renault, Chrysler, Infineon, etc).
  • I was involved in the development in two Austrian stock trading systems (Erste Bank, Meinl Bank).
  • Worked on high-tech gear such as the wearable computers of Xybernaut Ag.
  • Introduced the agile programming development methodology. (This was new and groundbreaking back then.)
  • Built the IT infrastructure for a successful ISO 9001-2002 audit.
  • Military developments in Germany.

How it ended? I left the consulting firm for a life of entrepreneurship.

Software Developer, Medimon Ltd #

1994 – 1998

Medimon was developing mission-critical medical software for radiology stations; planning, designing, developing and maintaining complete hospital radiology systems in several Hungarian and foreign hospitals.

  • Development of multiple generations of the same software (DOS, Windows, UNIX).
  • First European commercial implementation of the DICOM medical communication protocol.
  • Development of Hungary’s first tele-radiology system.
  • Exhaustive quality assurance, because repeating radiological examinations increases the X-ray dose in patients.
  • Successful installations as far away as Mogilev, Belarus.

How it ended? An unrefusable offer from a consulting firm turned me into an international consultant.

Freelance Programmer #

1993 – 1994

Disclosure: I started working commercially at 16.

Software development by commission for various companies.

  • Developed an early Videotext service for Hungarian cable TV networks.
  • A communication protocol for 2400 baud modems, with error correction.
  • An OS-independent real-time disk encryption starting from MBR.
  • A small antivirus software. (And a 25-byte virus for a challenge.)
  • Participated in a specialized CAD software for "prefab" buildings.
  • Security "audits" of various copy-protection schemes.

How it ended? I got a job offer at an interesting medtech company.

Professional Certificates #

  • 2021 - Critical Incident Management - Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • 2020 - Diplomatic tradecraft for Non-diplomats - Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • 2013 - IT Benchmarking - Stanford Center for Professional Development

Additional Information #