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World’s youngest solutions architect

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15-years-old Muhammad Saqib belongs to Karachi. He cleared one of the most esteemed tests in the world of technology, i.e. Solutions architect-Associate level test by AWS (Amazon Web Services) and bagged the title for being the youngest in the world and first Pakistani to do so.

AWS is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by the online store Amazon.com.

Saqib told More Magazine about his success and the passion behind it that his father brought a computer for him when he was merely 2 years old. As time passed he started developing an interest in technology and by the age of 5, he could manage to break all the passwords his elder brother would put on the computer.

Saqib says, “I somehow managed to get through them and bypass all the security measures applied by him. My family started praising me in front of relatives and friends which motivated me to do something big in the field of technology. Then my father enrolled me in the Basic Networking Course on my brother’s recommendation. I gained so much from that in the field of networking and was encouraged to gain Advanced Networking skills.”

When the teenager was 10 years old, he got enrolled in CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate).

“Unfortunately, I was not allowed to sit in CCNA exam due to age limits. I was disappointed. May be it was in my fate and then I moved to the programming field where I got a chance to learn major Web development languages which includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, and MySQL Database.” he said.

This was not the end. He did some freelancing projects for web development. Later his instructor Nadeem Akhter suggested him to Clouddall CEO Adnan Ahmed.

Luckily Saqib was appointed as a Technology Expert (R&D) in Clouddall Inc. Then the new journey started and the Clouddall CEO provided him with all the training material required to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Certification.

Saqib’s boss believed in him and kept on motivating him to do something bigger which children of his age do not do. That is the reason Saqib did very well in the test and scored 90% marks in the exam. Thus he passed this certification at the age of 14 and worked on many projects such as Hosted Desktops Solutions (Access Your Desktop From anywhere) with Single Sign in, Infrastructure Migration to the cloud, Nested Virtualization on the cloud, etc.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2016 on page no. 12

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