Niaz is a CLSA based in Memphis, Tennessee with extensive experience developing BPM applications using Pega PRPC including Pega 7.x and 6.x.
Principal Pega Lead Systems Architect
North South University
English and Bengali
Tell us a bit about your Pega journey - What was your motivation to pursue CLSA certification?
While working for RBC Bank in Toronto, I had the opportunity to try out Pega for the first time since they were willing to train newcomers to the platform. As I continued forward in my Pega career I had many conversations with more experienced Pega developers who had been working on the platform for a long time. Their general feedback was that the CLSA process would be hard to complete. However, I’m used to learning new technologies and thought it would be the best path for my career.
What were the most significant obstacles that you faced on your path to become CLSA certified? How were you able to overcome those obstacles?
Learning all of the Pega specific terminologies and going through all of the learning materials were the biggest challenges I faced. At the end of the day, it just comes down to being willing to study.
The volume of materials to study was extensive. I had studied 4-5 hours everyday apart from my regular work schedule but it was worthwhile in the end.
"As a Pega consultant, I can now go to clients and implement change using the Pega platform.”
What message or advice would you give to anyone who is considering a career as a Pega CLSA?
Apart from the time needed to study, a Lead Architect must equip himself/herself with knowledge of different technologies being used in the real world. It is not only about studying the material itself; it is about understanding how various elements of the Pega platform are all connected within a very large implementation.
The world of technology is constantly changing and evolving. Every now and then we hear about new technologies in the Software Engineering world that evidently do things better than the ones that we used before. An architect needs to be curious and ask - why? This is essential in order to understand how these emerging technologies can be utilized in the real world while designing and leading a project.