Roman Kharkovski

I currently work as a Principal Architect at Qarik where I am responsible for assisting customers with the design, development, and implementation of business applications on Google Cloud. With over 29 years of experience in the IT industry, I have had the opportunity to work for some of the biggest names in the field. I previously served as the Google Lead Architect for the Manufacturing Industry Solution and earlier as a Customer Engineer. Prior to that, I was the worldwide lead on the WebSphere competitive team at IBM and worked as a full-time architect and developer for a regional systems integrator.

Throughout my career, I have built and deployed cloud-native solutions, traditional on-prem software systems, provided technical leadership, mentored and trained engineers and technical leaders, advised CxO level executives and their staff on IT technical strategy, software and system architecture, software development, SRE, and security best practices.

I was born and raised in Russia and in 1999 moved to Pittsburgh, PA where I currently reside with my wife and three sons. I hold an MS in Computer Science from Moscow National Research Nuclear University MEPhI.

In my free time, I enjoy participating in triathlons, running, cycling, kayaking, SUP surfing, ping pong, pool, DIY home renovation, photography, and reading (audio books and podcasts). Fun fact - between business and personal travel and have visited 46 countries and 28 states in the US.