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I am an extremely goal-oriented Project Manager and a Technology Consultant with over 25 years under my belt. I pride myself in being a top-tier manager who can talk the talk, due to the fact that I have worked in the trenches for years as well as managed some of the greatest IT teams in the industry. Currently I build online applications, websites and networks for companies. I am always in the market for something new and interesting.
Design and Implementation of Enterprise-level IT Solutions, Business Management and Efficiency Consulting, focused on Productivity and Streamlining Processes. Have worked with companies ranging from the local Phoenix area to Sydney, Australia, assisting with anything from network design and security to application building and database administration.
Project Manager for Active Directory and Exchange migration spanning 70 international offices and 80,000 users worldwide. Developed a 6-month global migration plan to change users from the NT domain structure to Active Directory. Much time and care was taken in planning as most of the development internal to Yahoo! was done on UNIX and java to stay true to the open-source nature of the company. Java servlets needed to be modified and tested separately to insure that the new security topology would flow properly. Project managed the Data-Center migration from the in-office 25,000 sq ft data center to the production data center 25 miles away. Needed to maintain 100% uptime for services on Windows and Unix boxes to ensure data consistency and service levels. Implementation of Citrix and VMWare Server Virtualization through VDI and xSphere in production lab environment in order to facilitate the migration efforts and consolidate hardware. Implementation of Windows DFS in order to keep all users that were being migrated connected to the documentation that was needed during the transition. Setup and management of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) in order to inventory applications and create reporting for migration effort. Used reports to create application specific packages to migrate current users to new platform with zero downtime. Hardware and software changes due to the new infrastructure required a deep level of decommissioning for systems. Old legacy applications needed to be taken down due to security changes. Users from all over the world were given access to the DFS links in order to access help documents and start to look at migrating their application into the DFS structure. DNS modifications were needed to replicate changes to all sites. Large NAS solutions from EMC and NetApp were used across the company for many different applications and access was absolutely critical during the migration.
Project Manager and Lead Developer of an intranet portal with a scalable database in SQL Server and web-application as a replacement for an existing manual faxing process. Communication with all levels of the business from file clerks to C-level executives. Requirements gathering for the application. This workflow and documentation development ensured the company was adequately prepared for a comprehensive investigation of documentation and financials. This documentation had yet to be managed electronically before. Through the process of development, review, and documentation, I uncovered nearly $4.5M in lost revenue or overpaid rents spanning a period of 3+ years and increased process efficiency by 75%. Focused specifically on data migration from a AS400 database system and created a custom ETL solutions to export data from the old system into a SQL database for reporting. AS400 systems were decommissioned due to age and migration to newer systems. Worked in conjunction with the VP of Sales on the constant flow of information from acquisitions of competitor billboards across the country. Moved application to global data center in New York with zero downtime to clients.
Developer of first real-time web application, called BART (Broker Assessment and Risk Tracking) designed to interface and modify the core legacy DOS-based system, creating an efficiency gain of 300% and saving FNBA over $15K a month in personnel costs. Was appointed Lead Liaison for the bank to work with Accenture in the migration efforts into a new Mortgage Application System, from the old DOS based MortgageWare into SQL Server. Lead a team of 15 Accenture consultants and many bank employees to make sure that the migration was done to the highest level of efficiency and that all internal needs were addressed. Developer of first ASP.NET application that is capable of sorting then analyzing data to produce a scoring model and subsequent scorecard for mortgage brokers. Helped in the redesign of the Active Directory trees that would allow for security rights to be replicated faster and easier. Interfaced and enhanced many internal systems that utilized J2EE development platforms and other development methodologies. Migration and translation of data from multiple sources, specifically larger financial institutions, which contained loan performance data in non-standard formats and merged them into a larger unified system for translation and compilation.
Duties ranged from the organization of a start-up company, assistance in the creation of the Multi Family Data Exchange (the new data standard for the apartment industry), and management of all aspects of company technology including website development, licensing, purchasing, and overseeing all full-time employees. Accomplishments include the development of first online booking engine for the apartment industry and the backend software responsible for the check availability feature being used by many multi-family housing communities. Designed and implemented new Active Directory architecture, separating out production and development form each other to make sure that security was maintained and data was kept from unauthorized users. Designed a real-time communication application for the apartment communities. It allows that corporate office to send directed communication to a specific community or a group of communities. Architected the first set of Virtual Servers for the company in order to keep costs down but yet meet the needs of the business in interfacing with over 40 different Apartment Management Systems. Create a java based management system to monitor and keep track of all installations of the software on the internet using XML and database calls to local systems to see if communications were up and running. Created the structure of the global database that took the best of breed from all the different property management systems and allowed for aggregation of multiple legacy data from different systems into a open standard data structure for the apartment industry Designed from the ground up a data integration system that would take raw data from multiple Property Management Systems at different apartment communities around the country and send them securely to a central host, which in turn ran translation routines to standardize the data and prepare it for public viewing on different websites.
Responsible for the direct supervision of 85 staff members across the country and the management of technology needs for a combined total of 8,000 staff members. Project management of system rollouts and the integration of employees assumed through multiple mergers/acquisition. Created and oversaw a cumulative $20M technology budget spanning 7 separate offices. Other accomplishments encompass the formation of a Core Project Management team major site designs, including the facilities, telephony infrastructure, and computer technology of a 75K sq ft call center built out of a warehouse in the Scottsdale Airpark and the integration of staff/technology of 3 acquired offices within 30 days while maintaining maximum efficiency. Lead a team of 7 executives, called the Acquisition Team or A-Team, that was primarily responsible for the integration of new businesses and competitors into the corporate fold. In a 15 month period we were responsible for 13 different acquisitions, both friendly and hostile. With the assistance of a team of six, Active Directory infrastructure was designed, tested and implemented over 30 offices and 18,000 users. Implemented strategy on office closures to reduce risk of data tampering, hardware theft and other shrinkage. Researching and evaluating many software and hardware solutions in order to reduce the support costs of 7500 employees across the United States. Responsible for one of the groups that worked with the non-standard MLS data from across the country and lead designs of translation systems to standardize the data for a centralized repository that could be used for Realtor.com, the National Association of Realtors official website. Integration of many software solutions in order to facilitate a large Customer Service organization in the Scottsdale and Thousand Oaks facility. As the company acquired new interests, these software solutions needed to be adjusted and molded to fit the expanding infrastructure and product base.
Responsibilities as a Systems Engineer extended from overseeing all hardware and software for 54 stores and 3 corporate offices to streamlining old manual processes into web-enabled applications. Achievements include the development of the Kids Korner identification application (KidTracks) still in use at many Frys Food Store locations and the creation of a web-based inventory control system allowing stores to update supplemental orders in real time.
Started with the company in the Home Health Care division designing the first remote database (Microsoft Access) that was able to pull the information from their legacy AS400 system handling all of the billing to different insurance companies. Worked with different areas of the hospital including ICU, Pediatrics, Emergency and Burn Units to link their systems for ease of data transition. This was a very new concept for the hospital as they depended more on paper than internal systems to transfer data to other departments.
Developed systems for mailing to their customers the newsletters and merge mailers for communications. Contributed to the creation of a hybrid design system that used the flexibility of CAD with the color designing tools of desktop publishing to design jewelry on a computer for the customer. Worked with the staff at tradeshows to digitize the images of the stock and created a virtual portfolio of stock that the staff could take around to dinners and client meetings.
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