Omer Ayfer

Oakland, California, USA jobs@ayfer.net www.omerayfer.com
Omer Ayfer v0.1

Summary

I am an IT generalist who thrives when given ownership of strategic challenges that can be met using technology. I have more than 17 years of experience as an engineer, with a preferred focus on Linux, networking, security, storage and cloud technologies; and over 9 years of experience managing staff, projects and budgets. As of late 2015, I am happily employed at a biotechnology company where I find my severe allergy to inefficient processes is a boon to the organization.

Relevant Work History

Veracyte, Inc. South San Francisco, CA (2015 - present)

Director, IT Operations

Sequenta, Inc./Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. South San Francisco, CA (2014 - 2015)

Associate Director, IT/Director, IT

Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. Hayward, CA (2002 - 2014)

Director, IT and Communications (2008 - 2014)

Sr. Information Systems Engineer (2007 - 2008)

Programmer/Analyst I through IV (2002 - 2007)

Skills

My most valuable technical skill is the ability to translate company-wide requirements into effective IT solutions.

My most valuable soft skill is communication, including distilling technical content for non-technical audiences both in presentations and individual meetings.

I enjoy an even split between time spent on managerial and engineering tasks, and mostly held roles that required hands-on expertise in:

I have strong technological preferences but also believe any major style (e.g. vmware or Xen, Oracle or MySQL) can work well when correctly implemented and managed.

Examples of taste: I prefer vi over emacs, Ansible over Chef or Puppet and have recently come to terms with Python being better than Perl. I use Mac OSX on my laptop and Fedora on my workstation, with access to a Windows virtual desktop. All things being equal, I prefer CentOS and Ubuntu LTS for servers. I am a big fan of free and open source software.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Leadership Development Program
Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego, CA

Miscellaneous

I enjoy giving guest lectures (especially about information security) and have most recently done so at Merritt College in 2015, where the course materials I developed became part of a two year curriculum.

In May 2010, I served as a Grand Awards Judge (Computer Science) at Intel ISEF in San Jose, CA. As a result, I have higher hopes for the future of the CS field.

While I was unemployed as an entry-level job seeker just after the dot-com crash, I co-authored a book:
"Kim Korkar Linux'tan?" (Who's afraid of Linux?), 2003, an introductory book about Linux in Turkish