Oladapo Babalola’s Full Circle Story at Zone

By 17 August 2023No Comments
Oladapo Babalola, DevOps Engineering Manager at Zone

My name is Oladapo Babalola, and I hail from Oyo State. I embarked on my IT journey back in 2015 and have since gained invaluable experience working across diverse industries, including fintech and the banking sector. Over the years, my roles have spanned various technical areas, such as Network Engineering, Storage and Database Administration, Systems Administration, and my current position as a DevOps Engineer.

Beyond my professional pursuits, I am also the proud founder of daas.ng, a pioneering mentorship platform in Nigeria dedicated to nurturing the next generation of DevOps Evangelists. Collaborating with my co-founders and friends within the DevOps and IT community, we provide free mentorship to aspiring individuals, fueling their growth and success.

While I find solace in indoor activities, my passion for technology comes to life through my love for gadgets, particularly large displays and impressive speakers. Additionally, I am an avid traveler, always seeking new places and thrilling adventures to explore—my genuine admiration for honesty and appreciation for good food round out my personal values.

My Role at Zone 

I lead the dynamic TechOps Unit at Zone, overseeing four vital units: Monitoring, AppAdmin, Systems Integration, and DevOps. This leadership role has been an exhilarating experience for me, as it marks the first time I am managing a sizable team of 12 highly skilled Engineers. Together, we are driven by a common goal—to facilitate seamless integration of Zone with financial institutions in Nigeria and beyond.

Working with this talented team is truly rewarding due to the remarkable diversity that exists within our ranks. We come together as a cohesive unit, harmonizing our efforts to realize the vision of a blockchain decentralization structure. In this pursuit, we diligently adhere to the finest engineering skills and practices, ensuring that our solutions are robust and innovative.

The Culture at Zone 

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of technology and finance, I find immense fulfillment in the collective effort we invest to drive progress and achieve excellence. Our united determination to conquer challenges and create meaningful impact makes leading the TechOps Unit at Zone an inspiring and fulfilling experience.

Zone’s unwavering commitment to the best engineering practices and cutting-edge technologies ensures that we are always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. This relentless pursuit of excellence and the continuous drive to improve our solutions excites me, as it guarantees that each day brings new challenges to conquer and innovative solutions to develop.

Zone’s culture embraces a spirit of innovation. We foster an environment that encourages creative thinking, empowering team members to explore new ideas and challenge the status quo. This culture of innovation propels us to stay ahead of the curve, pioneering groundbreaking solutions that reshape the future of blockchain decentralization and financial technology.

The Journey so far  

The past year at Zone has been an incredible journey of growth and fulfillment. It has provided me with numerous opportunities to push the boundaries of my leadership skills and engage in meaningful collaborations with engineers from around the world.

One of the most rewarding aspects of this experience has been interacting with diverse engineers, exchanging ideas, and collectively troubleshooting complex challenges you won’t find documented on the internet. This collaborative environment has been immensely enriching, as it nurtures an atmosphere of continuous learning and innovative problem-solving.

Beyond the day-to-day experiences, being part of the audacious initiative to deploy cutting-edge blockchain solutions for ATM and POS use cases has been an absolute dream come true for me. Witnessing these solutions come to life and make a tangible impact in the real world has been nothing short of exhilarating.

Throughout this transformative journey, Zone has been a catalyst for my personal and professional growth, propelling me forward as a leader and empowering me to embrace ambitious opportunities. As I reflect on the past year, I am filled with gratitude for the support, encouragement, and opportunities that Zone has provided. I eagerly anticipate the future challenges and accomplishments ahead.

Change the future of payment with us

Zone presents an exciting opportunity to be part of a purpose-driven organization, an avenue to collaborate with diverse talents, drive innovation, and make a meaningful impact in the financial technology sector. If you are passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology, embracing challenges, and contributing to a transformative mission, then Zone is the perfect place to thrive and grow professionally.

In summary, I am Oladapo Babalola, an IT professional with a multifaceted career, a founder of a transformational mentorship platform, and a technology enthusiast who enjoys venturing into the world while savoring life’s simple pleasures.

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