Meet an Intuit Engineer – Simon Behar Yutkewich

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Simon is a Senior Software Engineer at Intuit. Simon and his team helped develop Argo CD (Continuous Delivery), an open source delivery tool for Kubernetes that has decreased deployment time by 80% and is used by over 170 companies today.

How would you describe your role to another engineer?

SBY: I work on an open-source project that greatly simplifies deployments on Kubernetes. Argo CD is used by hundreds of companies to take time back for development. Besides working on features, I am also responsible for reviewing and discussing community requests.

What is the most rewarding part of your role? When do you feel most fulfilled? 

SBY: The most rewarding part of my job is by far to see the large impact my work can have. When I see hundreds of other institutions ranging from industry, to academia, to research use the software I work on, I realize that what I do is not trivial.

What made you choose Intuit and why were you drawn to the company?

SBY: Intuit’s culture and ease of mobility.

What was the challenge you were facing and how did you discover Argo CD as the solution to help overcome it?

SBY: We were trying to find a tool to manage our deployments. It is a ubiquitous problem, so we knew there were good tools available to do it.

What do you hope to see in the future for the Argo project? 

SBY: I hope to see Argo as a household name among DevOps/Infrastructure engineers, Argo can be to Kubernetes as Ruby is to Rails.

What are some of the most exciting applications of Argo CD you’ve seen from other companies? 

SBY: Large scale adoption by MLB.

The team was awarded the Top End User Award from CNCF – what does that type of recognition mean to you? 

SBY: It is the recognition that the team absolutely deserves for working hard every day to put out as best a product as possible, and to engage with the community to make sure our interests are aligned.

Looking back at some of the successful innovations and projects you’ve worked on in 2020, what are you most excited for in 2021?

SBY: All of the Argo projects are successful innovations. I am most excited to see where they go in the future.

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