Eduardo Nicola F. Zagari

CTO / IT Executive / Analytics / Business Development / Technology & Innovation / Digital Business & Products

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Eduardo Nicola's bio

Over the past six years, has served as Executive of Digital Business Technology, commanding areas such as Web Development and Mobile, Analytics, Software Quality, Security, Infrastructure and Operations, with experience and involvement in strategic decisions of the company.

Expertise and experience developed in different segments such as Energy, Telecommunications and Media.

Experience in creating / structuring new business units and restructuring management.

Large experience in the conception, design and development of digital products.

Extensive knowledge of agile development methodologies and modern methods of cooperation between the areas of technology, integration and process automation for fast delivery of software and services, improving the quality and operating performance.

Skill in managing people, developing both professionals in leadership positions as specialists, increasing the motivation and commitment of the teams.

Technological knowledge in Programming Languages, Systems Architecture, Network Protocols, Real Time Systems, Distributed Systems, Web, Mobile, Machine Learning and Data Science.

Innovative approach and in line with business results.

Extensive experience with scientific research.

Graduate in Business Management from FIA/USP and Computer Networks by IC/Unicamp; Master Science degree in Automation by FEEC/Unicamp; Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Data Processing Technology from UFJF and CES/JF, respectively.

Specialties:

Business and Digital Products Development;
Analytics and Business Intelligence;
Strategic Thinking & Planning;
Collective Intelligence, Data Mining & Machine Learning;
Data Science;
Innovation;
Mobile Applications & Mobile Internet;
Cloud Computing & Virtualization;
Agile Methodologies;
Teams Management.

Experience

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2015 - Current

CTO

Minuto Seguros

2014 - 2014

Chief Data Scientist & CTO

YouFind Solutions

2013 - 2014

Chief Technology Officer

Abril Mídia

2000 - 2014

Professor

PUC-Campinas

2010 - 2013

Digital Platforms Development Manager

Abril Mídia

2009 - 2010

R&D Manager

Abril Mídia

2008 - 2009

R&D Manager

WebCo Internet S/A

1994 - 1999

Engineer

Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz

CTO

Minuto Seguros

Chief Data Scientist & CTO

YouFind Solutions

YouFind Solutions is a business consultancy driven on analysis of complex data from different sources and formats and in large quantities - Big Data.

Construction of Big Data Analytics Business Unit, redirecting Alphabase, a Database Marketing company, in an analytical consulting firm data driven;
Conception, design and development of three new digital products as new sources of revenue;
Leadership of the Churn Analysis Project for the Abril Subscriptions System to increase the retention of subscribers;
Design both vision and IT architectural structure of the company;
Leadership team of engineers and data scientists.

Specialities:

Management and Strategic Planning
Business and Digital Products Development
Project Management
Predictive Analytics
Business Intelligence
Natural Language Processing
Collective Intelligence / Machine Learning
Recommendation / Clustering Systems
Bayesian methods
Big Data / Data Science

Chief Technology Officer

Abril Mídia

Management of UX, Web & Mobile Development, Quality, Infrastructure, Operations and Security teams;
Support Company's digital strategy;
DevOps culture implantation throughout the Digital Department of the Company;
Creation of the Company's Agile Development Process, optimizing development processes;
Restructuring of Digital IT department.

Specialities:

Management and Strategic Planning
Project Management
DevOps
Team Leadership
Security
Infrastructure
Operations
Tech Support
Software Development
Agile / Scrum / Kanban
Analytics

Professor

PUC-Campinas

Professor of undergraduate and graduate of Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Systems Analysis Colleges;
Coach of the PUC's programming teams in ACM Programming Marathons 2004-2007 and Judge of the 2004 and 2005 editions of the South American stage of the Association of Programming Contest For Computing Machinery (ACM);
- Honorable Mention ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest - South America in 2006 and 2007;
Internship Coordinator of Computer Engineering Faculty from 2005 to 2008;
General Co-Chair of the 1st Latin American Autonomic Computing Symposium.

Specialties:

Teams Leadership
MPLS
IPv6
Mobile IP
Software Development
Project Management
Software Engineering
System Architecture
Design Patterns
PostgreSQL
Algorithms and Programming C / C ++ / Java
Shell Scripting
Operating Systems Unix / Linux
Distributed Systems

Digital Platforms Development Manager

Abril Mídia

The main project I've been heading is the Alexandria Platform, a System of RESTful Systems for the management and publishing of Abril's digital assets, built to support the construction of digital products and services multi-brand and multi-platform, from conception to launch. Among others are the Search System, AA, Content Management, News Importer, Web Publishing, Named Entity Recognition, Tablets Readers, Clicks Counter etc;
Creation of OpenFriday Initiative, through which more than 30 innovation projects and / or improvements were incorporated into the Company's products or development processes per year;
Optimization of migration processes of current products, reducing by 50% the average construction time of new products or digital services (reduction of time-to-market);
Automation of creating multi-platform products, using the same content management system to different platforms, such as Web and mobile;
Managing the development of new sites and digital products.

Specialities:

Management
Team Leadership
Web Development
Software Development
Project Management
Agile Methodologies / Kanban / Scrum
Software Engineering
System Architecture
Design Patterns
REST
Hadoop / Big Data
Analytics
UX
Social Networks
MySQL / MongoDB / PostgreSQL
Java / Ruby / Rails
Cloud Computing
Semantic Web
Natural Language Processing
Collective Intelligence / Machine Learning
Classification / Bayesian Methods / SVM
Recommender Systems

R&D Manager

Abril Mídia

'Abril Digital' Innovation Management, having carried out projects such as:
- Augmented reality project of commemorative edition of 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission on 'Veja' Magazine (2009);
- Magoo Project, a mobile application of digital magazine for tablet with customized content (2009);
- Named-entity recognition system for the Company's Websites (2010).

Specialities:

R&D
Semantic Web
Natural Language Processing
Collective Intelligence / Machine Learning
Classification / Bayesian Methods / SVM
Recommender Systems
Social Networks
Team Leadership
Web Development
Software Development
Methodologies Agile / Scrum
Software Engineering
System Architecture
Design Patterns
Git
MySQL
Ruby / Rails

R&D Manager

WebCo Internet S/A

Design and implementation of content categorization, recommendation and clustering systems for social networking digital products;
Scrum Master in the agile Web development process in the Livestream product's team .

Specialities:

R&D
Web Development
Collective Intelligence / Machine Learning
Classification / Bayesian Methods / SVM
Recommender Systems
Social Networks
Team Leadership
Software Development
Agile Methodologies / Kanban / Scrum
Software Engineering
System Architecture
Design Patterns
Git
MySQL
Ruby / Rails

Engineer

Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz

Participation in the Control Center Modernization Project of the CPFL System, on constructing the Operation Management System's new API and on developing the Real-time scheduler for the Advanced Network Analysis Functions;
Computer engineer on design, development and deployment of the 4 automated functions in the 1st Power Substation in South America, S/E Ribeirão Preto Centre, with command, protection and control systems fully digitized;
Development and deployment of electric arc analysis algorithms for Control Center, which are generated when maneuvering the disconnectors under load, avoiding interruption in the power supply and simplifying the internal processes for preparation of preoperative studies.

Specialities:

Algorithms
C Programming
Systems Integration
Shell Scripting
System Architecture
Operating Systems Unix / Linux
Real Time Systems
Real Time Scheduler Tasks
Power Systems
Network Analysis Functions

Education

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Fundação Dom Cabral

Business Administration and Management, General

2012 - 2012 Expansion of understanding and of integrated vision of the Communication business. Enlargement of the World view, the understanding of the macro environment. Awareness of the meaning of entrepreneurship, orientation to results and processes and strategic business vision. Knowledge of the main modern concepts of management and business administration. Ability to obtain financial results in a sustainable way. Focus of the market, customers and competitors, current and potential. Leading high performance teams. Use technology as a competitive edge, with innovation and creativity. Proactive approach to the challenges of organizational change.

FIA - Fundação Instituto de Administração

Business Administration and Management, General

2011 - 2012 A current and accurate insight into business management, aimed at improvement and expansion of executives' management skills in developing and leading the implementation of competitive strategies.

Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Computer and Electrical Engineering

1992 - 1996 Dissertation titled "Scheduling of Real-Time Analysis Functions in Modern Power Systems Network Control Centers"

Centro de Ensino Superior de Juiz de Fora

Informatics

1988 - 1991 Bachelor of Technology with emphasis in Systems Analysis.

Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora

Electrical Engineering

1987 - 1991 Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, having completed the three emphases / qualifications (Professional Certifications): Power and Energy Systems, Control and Automation Systems and Electronic Systems.

Skills

A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

Software Development

Agile Methodologies

Operating Systems

Programming

Scrum

Software Engineering

Linux

Distributed Systems

C

REST

Algorithms

Java

Computer Science

Integration

Team Leadership

Git

Architecture

Ruby

R&D

MySQL

Shell Scripting

PostgreSQL

Python

Security

Semantic Web

Web Development

Management

Collective Intelligence

MongoDB

Data Analysis

Big Data

Analytics

Machine Learning

Classification

Social Networking

Hadoop

Design Patterns

MPLS

System Architecture

Bayesian methods

SVM

Natural Language Processing

IPv6

Mobile IP

Cloud Computing

Mountain Bike

Data Mining

Recommender Systems

Predictive Analytics

Data Modeling

Testimonials

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Daniel Tiziani

Solution Architect (.NET/Sharepoint)

Eduardo foi um otimo professor durante o meu tempo na PUC Campinas, quando pude ver o comprometimento com as aulas e com os alunos. Recomendo como profissional

Rafael F. Buzon, PMP, CSM

Agile Coach

Nicola is a wise and sagacious manager, that inspires people and transforms the environment he is at. He knows how to be straight on his decisions, setting a flow free, but also knows how to deal with complex problems as they emerge, at the right time. I'd wish I'd had more time to learn more from him.

Felipe Farias

Data Scientist at YouFind Solutions

It was a privilege to have Nicola as my direct manager at Youfind. He has an rare and important balance between leadership, technical expertise and business vision. He was always open to hear me, but also direct my efforts in the most productive way. I hope to have the opportunities to work with him in the future again.

Margot Pavan

Digital Strategist at Valor Econômico

Working with Nicola is a great pleasure because in addition to be a huge professional he is a full time researcher. Everything he does is pure innovation. He embraces the most daring ideas and turns them into reality with method and rigor. I learned a lot about web-semantic, entity recognition, tagging and managing content publishers with him. It would be a great pleasure to work together again.

Celso Telles

Owner at P. Bastos Consultoria e Projetos Elétricos Ltda

Eu conheci o Eduardo Nicola quando eu era Gerente da Divisão de Proteção da CPFL. Ná época ele estava envolvido no desenvolvimento das Funções de Análise de Rede (FAR) do Centro de Operação do Sistema Elétrico da CPFL, funções essas que ajudariam os operadores a tomar decisões em tempo real. Apesar de ser um Engº novo, na época, era uma pessoa bastante dinâmica, focada e objetiva.

Marcus Vinicius Ferreira

Lead Operations Engineer at Nubank

Nicola is the most competent researcher and developer to work at webco.

Everton Rosario

Android Engineer at UOL

Real good teacher in one of the most important area in TI: Operational Systems and Race conditions.

Paulo Rebelo, MSc, CSM, CSP

Project Manager | ScrumMaster | Management 3.0 Licensed Trainer

Nicola is not only a great manager, but a professional who can teach you a lot, in all fields of Computer Science. He has always been highly committed to the company, searching for new insights, innovation and great solutions. He organized and structured very well your team with high qualified professionals. I plenty recommend him and it should be very nice to work him again in the near future.

Celestino Gomes

Desenvolvedor no Hotel Urbano

I had the privilege of working with Nicola on a couple IT positions at Webco and Abril. Nicola is an efficient, well educated, innovative and dedicated employee. Precise strategist. Nicola is a very good team player, with good sense of humor. Nicola is probably one of the best R&D engineers I have ever met in my life and one of the smartest people I have ever worked with. When you get to connect with him, you'll discover an amazing person with unique skills!

José Geraldo Paiva

Gerente na CPFL

Eduardo Nicola is a dedicated professional, responsible and competent. I had the opportunity to work with him in the knowledge area of software for simulation and expert systems for electric power system, when new technologies were developed for application in CPFL Operation Center, with the result that generated increased activity in the quality of operation.

Fernando Salles

Sr. Software Development Engineer at Samsung Electronics

Eduardo was an excellent teacher, with a solid technical background and extremelly dedicated to his classes. Moreover, he was very easygoing, respectfull and always available to answer the students questions. Eduardo really made a difference in my formation as a Computer Engineer.

Alexandre Ramal

Founder at Wave Info

Nicola had lead the construction of a huge platform for content management and publishing using many innovative methods, programing language and people at same time, and had success on chalenge to put Editora Abril on the way to still on top of content distribution companies for next years.

Mio Kishi

Senior Software Engineer at Samsung Electronics

Nicola and I have worked at CPFL, a major power distribution utility in São Paulo state, in its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system. I had the priviledge of seeing the result of his steady and humble work, which allowed CPFL's SCADA system to estimate the power grid states at unsupervised substations in real time, by running advanced network state estimation algorithms.

Nicola has a natural talent to lead. He's not only highly skilled and competent, but also personally cares about each team member. he's always eager to hear their complaints and opinions, and express his. He's always in a good mood and provides an open, fluid and healthy work environment.

Petter Andrietta

Service Manager at IBM

Eduardo was my Operating System professor at PUC Campinas. During the time I had classes with Eduardo he always focused on teaching his students on the best way. Eduardo is an excellent professor who's concerned to go deeper on the disciplines he's teaching.

Leonardo Campos

PMO - Agile Project Manager at Editora Abril

Eduardo Nicola is an excellent Manager.
In the last 2 years he has lead a team of approximately 40 people to the development of an extremely important software to Abril, called Alexandria, using Agile approaches.
In the mean time he has showed deep understanding of the product needs, playing a role similar to "Toyota's chief engineer", unifying everyone's views of the cited above software.
He has helped to amplify learning in the teams, by several means: Incentives to experimentation (a day in the month when teams can work in their own ideas), tech talks, in house trainings and public courses and so forth.
Nicola has also a great degree of Technical knowledge, which helps him to give valuable opinions whenever required to do so.
I highly recommend Eduardo Nicola.

Paulo Sássi

Consultor em Assuntos Regulatórios & Iluminação Pública

““Eduardo Nicola é um profissional dedicado, profundo conhecedor da área de estudos do sistema elétrico. Tive a oportunidade de trabalhar com o mesmo na EDP, quanto este atuava na área de operação do sistema elétrico, sempre demonstrou pró-atividade e conhecimento técnico. Ressalto que o Eduardo sempre demonstrou interesse e habilidade no trabalhalho em equipe.”

Nicola has a very good understanding of computer science problems and is able to build very clever solutions (he once developed a really nice automated content filter for BlogBlogs). Besides that, he is able to actually talk with people and work with groups, rare skills among computer science professionals.

Osni Paulo Silva Oliveira

Senior Software Engineer at Elo7

Zagari was one of the best teachers I have ever had. Highly demanding and knowledgeable, but also very didactic and patient, he managed to teach a quite difficult subject (Operating Systems) to students with almost no background on the matter, while maintaining it interesting to more advanced students. He is respected and well liked by all students, and has been a role model of teacher for myself.

Vânia Susaki

Redatora (freelancer) na Contentools

Trabalhar com o Eduardo Nicola era estar em um ambiente agradável, por mais que a tarefa fosse complicada ele sempre estava de bom humor. Trabalhamos em algumas ações conjuntas e toda dúvida que eu tinha ou explicação me eram dadas com atenção por ele. Recomendo ele como profissional e colega de trabalho.

Paulo Martins

R&D Director at Daitan Group

Nicola and I worked together at CPFL where we had a chance to develop SCADA systems in mid 1990's (still in operation) including the integration of complex network analysis algorithms. It was really a wonderful time where I had a chance work with such talented and self motivated professional as Nicola, especially at those 'romantic' years where we had to build everything from scratch.

Rafael Lachi

Security Manager

Nicola is very determined and skillful developer, which is a very powerful combination once his goals are to achieve a united and sustainable platform to support the whole business initiatives (quite aggressive and ambicious goal I might add). Acting as a manager I've seen his team implementing kind of meritocracy policy, which endorses a mature and proactive behavior among the team members.

Darlan Venturelli

Analista em TI na Presidência da República

O Zagari foi meu professor da disciplina "Sistemas Operacionais" e "Laboratório de Sistemas Operacionais" durante o período da graduação em Engenharia de Computação.
Com certeza está entre os melhores professores que tive no período da graduação!

Ricardo Maekawa

in-house SEO consultant / product manager

Eduardo Nicola is a teacher and an excelent manager. One of the best that i knew in my professional life. He has lots of energy, focus on results, and still is very funny! You will have a great moments if win the opportunity to sit around his table.

Julio Cesar de Melhado e Lima

Product Owner at Geekie

We worked together and had good moments developing solutions to Abril. Nicola is a high energetic professional and very capable computer engineer! Recommended!

César Kallas

Engenheiro de Computação

Eduardo Nicola was a very good teacher at Puc.

Maximiliano Machado

IT Consultant at Editora Abril

O Nicola é um profissional muito competente, com profundo conhecimento em sua área de atuação, liderarando sua equipe de forma simples, mas objetiva e focado nos resultados. Tem facilidade em relacionar-se com as demais áreas auxiliando a sua equipe na solução de conflitos e no alcance dos objetivos.

Otavio Ferreira

CTO at Emprego Ligado

I can highly recommend Nicola, as we've worked together in the MIH group of companies, in Brazil, for the past few years. His contribution and deliverables on the fields of algorithms and software architecture are impressive. It has been a pleasure working with him. Keep up!

Fabio Correa

Solutions Architect at Amdocs

When you are at the university, there are lecturers/professors that you will remember for life. In my case, Nicola is one of them. He was friendly, with a sharp mind and excellent didactics. Able to connect to and handle a class full of students from many different backgrounds and attitude. All of this without losing the ability to provide the necessary knowledge to all of them. Funny, serious, benevolent or dictator, he knew how to use these many facets for the educational profit of his students. I recommend Nicola as a professor to any university or educational institution that values the quality of the education provided to its students.

Alex Zanetti de Lima

VP Engineering at GetNinjas

Nicola is an amazing manager, in a constant quest to find the best ways to achieve company's results, always respecting his employees, being fair in his decisions and embracing huge challenges. He has a strong technical background and uses it well in his leadership position. He is very kind and responsible, and knows how to extract the very best of each person and motivates everyone around him. All the great things he has achieved so far at Abril are direct results of his outstanding work and commitment, and only demonstrates how far he can still go as a leader!

Rosana Veroneze

Ph.D. Student at UNICAMP

Zagari was my professor at PUC-Campinas in 2002. He taught me Operating Systems. He was my teacher more demanding. I had to study hard to take good grades and I liked it! He was the teacher who most inspired me at graduation. Classes were very good, I learned a lot and I had fun too. Zagari is funny!
I admire his intelligence and his way of teaching! As his ex-student, I am grateful to him!

Rosa Cristina Tiritilli dos Santos Camargo

Strategy and Development of Businesses / Competitive Intelligence / Strategic Planning

Nicola is a kind of professional that is good to work. At the same time that he´s very concentrate, he has a great sense of humor. I noticed that he manages to work well under pressure, delivering what is necessary.

Thiago Chaib F. Jorge

Professional Services Consultant at Unify

Eduardo was my professor at the University and I remember how dynamic and interesting the classes were. He was able to make students become interested by a subject that was required in order to complete the studies and obtain the diploma.

Luis Cameroon

Solutions Engineer / Architect

Zagari is truly a pleasure to work with. He has excellent leadership and a natural team builder. Zagari is able to quickly put people at ease and works collaboratively to ensure the organization's goals are reached.
Thanks for your help and trust. I will do my very best to surpass your expectations.

Artur Varejão

Project Leader - Amdocs

I had Zagari as my degree project supervisor. His guidance was very valuable at a time i had my project was into a point of no return and no soulution. His accuracy to evaluate projects helped finding a way out of that situation with a very creative and efficient way to follow with the project. The results was magnificant, and overachieved my expectations.

Gui Komel

Product Manager at BTCJam

Nicola == Chuck Norris on steroids (how can you tell when Chuck is *not* on steroids?)

- Great leader: I've seen people refusing better positions just to keep working in Nicola's team
- Bullshit free: No guesses, when he says something it is because he has studied the matter
- Picks the right fights: all the rest goes to /dev/null

João Augusto Charnet

Sr. Software Architect at Thomson Reuters

Very instructed and didactic professor. His knowledge really made a difference in his classes.

Maryan Madi

Consultora de RH na Treelog S/A Logística e Distribuição

Eduardo Zagari é um dos poucos profissionais que consegue aliar, de forma harmoniosa, o domínio técnico com a habilidade de gerir pessoas.
Sua marca é a constante preocupação em desenvolver projetos de valor para a organização e que sejam, ao mesmo tempo, capaz de desafiar e desenvolver o seu time.
Da oportunidade de ter sido sua Consultora de RH, gostaria de ressaltar que é um profissional de excelente relacionamento, que faz a diferença onde atua.

Thais Viviane Fuzel

Quality Analyst at Itaú Unibanco

Eduardo Nicola F. Zagari foi um excelente professor e um dos melhores que tive o prazer de conhecer. Ele gosta do que faz e isso se nota logo no início. Consegue passar a matéria com muita simplicidade e ainda deixa um gostinho de quero mais ao final da aula.

Leonardo Hilário

Planning and Project Manager Advertising LATAM

Very good and focused professional. Always in good mood, very organized and keep the team constantly motivated. R&D is his middle name!
Hope we can work together again.

Fabio Bulgarelli

Project Manager Specialist

Para uns: Zagari, para outros: Nicola, e para aqueles que puderam conhecê-lo um pouco mais: Du. Professor de extrema competência com quem tive a felicidade de ser aluno. Métodos claros e explicação perfeita, combinados com o domínio do conteúdo. Avaliações justas e à altura do conteúdo apresentado, cobrando e exigindo do aluno um algo mais, um "q" de superação e dedicação nos estudos, algo que está em falta no atual cenário da educação brasileira. Professores como este são aqueles que marcam o aluno positivamente e mostram que além de decorar é preciso aprender.

Cassiano D'Andrea

SW Development Manager & Co-founder at Tagview Tecnologia

I have had the pleasure of working with Eduardo Nicola -- a highly skilled manager and very proactive professional -- for almost 2 years now, providing services for his company (Editora Abril) and would recommend him for any software develoment management or technical position, given his deep knowledge of this area.

Carlos Tobar Toledo

Dr at PUC-Campinas

Eduardo Nicola is a very interested lecturer and professor. He has continually participated in planning and organization of the Computer Engineering Faculty with several contributions. He is also respected by the students.

Walter Rodrigues Junior

Associate Consultant at ESG COMPASS (On-campus)

I have worked with Zagari in the last two years and I have had the oportunity to see him employing his acadademic knowledge in the service of problem solving in the software development field. He leads his team truely inspired in the agile software development practices and has promoted such a thought in the group.

Luke Quinn

Fine Artist & Engineer

Very knowledgeable, outstanding teaching methods and always updated with new technologies, Eduardo teaches not only the regular agenda but includes in his lectures what the market truly wants and demands nowadays and the future.

Michel Bottan

CTO at Precifica

Prior to work with Nicola, he was known for been a very friendly person with a great sense of humor.

Later on he had become technology manager of the team that I was member of. His friendly personality was fundamental to establish an open dialogue with all team members and to create healthy and great environment to work.

Glauco Sampaio (CIRSC / C|CISO)

Information Security Manager at Banco Original

Trabalhar com o Nicola sempre foi muito tranquilo, ele procura entender e endereçar as necessidades de todas as equipes envolvidas nos projetos que está atuando.

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São Paulo Area, Brazil

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