About Mohammed Al-Mahdawi

Senior DevOps/SRE leader, CTO/Technical Director

Hi! this is Mohammed, it all started when my father bought me a PC because I got a high degree at school and since I had no brothers and sisters back then this PC became my whole life.

The internet was not good back then in my home town so you have to buy paper books and magazines to learn most of the things and I wanted to learn how this PC works!

I got books about how to build computers and about how to program them, my first programming language was Basic & QBasic then Visual Basic then C++, and so on.

I was a child and my uncle was a doctor and he is working as a hospital manager, he was taking me to the hospital to fix its computers(for free) because there was no IT section in the hospital back then.

Then my passion for these machines started to pay me off when I was able to sell the code that I wrote and get money by offering services and from then until now it becomes my career.

In this industry, I’ve occupied many titles: Owner, Founder, CEO, CTO, Team Leader, Consultant, Technical Manager, Senior Lead Developer, Senior Programmer, Senior Infrastructure Engineer, and so on.

I’ve built almost everything in this industry starting from simple plugins to architect, building, and leading big Microservices Multi-tenant SaaS projects that are run by teams.

I always take the company that I work with to the next levels! one of the many examples is in one of the companies that I worked in I found they have big awards web application they are maintaining for a government and whenever the awards time come the web application slow down and almost stop working I suggested to convert this monolithic application to microservices and replace the current database with scalable one and use Kubernetes as an orchestrator and the results was incredible, yep you are right because of this I got promoted to technical director 😉

The DevOps and the programming were in parallel in my life, I always think how to involve the computer to automate everything, I was doing DevOps since the first days of having a computer.

In my college(here is the surprise I had a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering!), I was the best student in the computer class and my final project was a desktop application written in Visual Basic called “Multiuse” I put everything in this app starting from a simple “Word” clone to Mechanical Engineering related capabilities like dynamic calculations and strength of materials equations solvers with drawings and so on, it wons the best programming project!

After knowing everything about computers I started to explore servers and the internet and the cloud and here we are you are reading my story so I probably succeeded in what I love!

You know what I’ll stop here, I’ll not put my entire history on the internet you know the social engineering and other creepy stuff, want to know more about me don’t hesitate to contact me 😉

2004-2011 - Computer Science(self-taught)

I studied everything about computers' hardware & software also many computer languages(e.g. Basic, QBasic, C, C++, Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Basic .NET, etc.).

2011 - Mechanical Engineer

Don't be confused, what you are reading is correct, I got my Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering but my hobby and my work that makes my living are in the computers field.

2012 - Mechanical Engineer(few companies)

After my graduation and getting my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, I've worked as a Mechanical Engineer in a few companies. Meanwhile, I kept working on my computers hobby after working hours.

2013-2014 - Founder(MOSTASHAROON)

I've established my own MOSTASHAROON company.

2014-2016 - Author(Envato)

I've published few of my WordPress plugins on Envato market exclusively using this account and non exclusively using this one, by doing so I've got more clients, not just the ones that bought my plugins but much more others that contacted me directly through MOSTASHAROON and asked me to built custom plugins, projects, or taking care of their infrastructure. Also at this time I've started publishing few of my plugins on WordPress.org.

2016 - mid of 2018 - Web/Mobile/Desktop Applications' SENIOR LEAD DEVELOPER/SRE/DevOps Engineer(AppsArtisans & MOSTASHAROON with other local companies)

I started to containerize every app that runs on my servers and my clients' servers and migrate legacy servers to clusters also I started to accept building web apps, frameworks, CMSs, and mobile applications from clients using Node, Go, PHP, React, and Vue, also I discovered the amazing Cordova(and its relatives!) and Electron world for building cross-platform mobile and desktop applications, and all that encourages me to create a company specializes in building apps which is AppsArtisans.

10/10/2018 - SRE/DevOps Engineer/FULL STACK DEVELOPER ON THE INCREDIBLE AVENTUM

I maintained a few clusters/servers/DevOps workflows for my clients also in my spare time since I suffered from creating a dashboard with a backend server for each client's application that I had and could not find my needs and my clients' needs in the current Headless CMSs so I decided to create my own Headless-CMS Aventum!

03/01/2019 - Technical Director & SENIOR LEAD DEVELOPER & DEVOPS/SRE & MICROSERVICES PROJECT LEADER(LARSA IT LLC)

I've worked on many governments and enterprise projects while I'm working at Larsa I was working as Technical Director so I gave consultancy to everything, new projects acceptance, technical interviews, managing Larsa's and its clients' clusters & infrastructures, every DevOps & SRE, leading developers also I built Larsa's Microservices Multi-tenant SaaS project which is the biggest project that Larsa ever made and it is the infrastructure for the current and upcoming Larsa's projects.

03/01/2021 - DEVOPS/SRE(Akaunting)

I've worked as a DevOps engineer at Akaunting, some of the milestones we achieved together were building backup & migration solution that suits their needs, building a CI/CD platform that suits their needs converting their cloud service from a legacy application running on a single server that hardly attached to it and can't handle anymore the fastly growing size of the user base to a highly available, volume-less respectful cloud-native citizen application that can scale to handle any number of user base and can migrate with clicks to any cloud vendor(removing the vendor lock-in) and automate any everything around this process.

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Testimonials

My clients love me! But don’t just take my word for it – read testimonials!

Every year when the time comes we start nervous and worry about what will happen with our international award system, it is a big Java application that almost stop working when the load on it becomes high, with the help of Mohammed we don't worry anymore! Our app now can scall to serve millions of concurrent users!
We have a special case, our SaaS application is complicated, with hundreds of plugins, so nothing from the usual CI/CD tools worked for us, we were doing everything manually, testing, building, deploying, and so on for the main app and for each plugin! Mohammed build a CI/CD platform for us! yes, what you read is correct! he build a CI/CD platform for our use case, and now everything is automated!
Our infrastructure was a mess, the downtimes were something usual, multiple servers to manage, broken backups, outdated apps, and so on, when Mohammed came everything changed! Even though Mohammed takes care of everything but we like it when we log in to the cluster dashboard(yes we have a cluster now!), the monitoring solution, the backup solution, we really can sleep well now!
We have big enterprises and governments clients with millions of users, and we used to build a standalone app for each system they wanted, and the cost of maintaining too many standalone apps is too high and came with way too many problems, Mohammed saw this issue and suggested us to build a microservices multi-tenant SaaS platform that serves all our clients needs, he architect, lead, and built this platform and now after three years of happy clients without issues it is the most successful platform that we ever made!