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Andrew Schneider

Hands on Software Architect

Summary

  • Unique blend of systems engineering and software engineering expertise.
  • I am a hands on system architect, who enjoys defining the big picture, and getting involved with  development hands on development
  • I thrive in a fluid environment that requires high level conceptual problem solving to be tempered with realities what is feasible during implementation.
  • I enjoy being on the cutting edge and having an opportunity to work with others who are excited by the work they do.

Work History

20142017

Senior Architect

Ellucian

Responsible for converting an on premise Oracle based data warehouse system for thousands of universities to a cloud based solution on Amazon Web Services.

  • Formulated the overall system architecture consisting of a JSON data lake feeding a data warehouse.
  • Evaluated Selected the ETL tools and selected Pentaho.  
  • Evaluated data warehouse technologies ( Hadoop, Redshift, Vertica) and selected Vertica. Created end to end proofs of concepts and trained staff.
  • Create proof of concepts with R and Tableau with different machine learning algorithms.
  • Mentored team in the use of SCRUM. Mentored team in systems engineering and test driven development.
  • Rescued a system administration project that was in trouble by implementing a Node.js/Express/Angular system administrative application. 
20112014

Chief Architect

Ventraq
  • Responsible for high volume & high velocity call detail record processing forr major telcos (Vertizon, T-Mobile, ATT)  using Netezza MPP.  Included custom ELT and BI tools developed in house.
  • Implemented IBM Streams proof of concept to compare and contrast similar processing occurring in the Netezza data warehouse.
  • Prototyped conversion of MPP application to run on Cloudera Hadoop. Studied up to speed on machine learning algorithms.
  • Mentored organization in use of SCRUM.
Jul 2008Mar 2011

Principal Software Engineer

General Dynamics
  • Built decision support system for intelligence analysts using Ruby on Rails that front ended massive intelligence data warehouses.
  • Refactoring a mission critical Ruby on Rails application that was implemented by an inexperienced team. 
  • Mentored an world-wide team of developers in the use of Ruby on RailsTechnology.
20062008

Senior Software Engineer

Computer Science Corporation

Senior J2EE developer for CSC on the Air Force DCAPES Program. DCAPES is an operational web based application that allows planners to define requirements for military forces, and match those requirements with libraries of force package Applied business rule technology to a J2EE application for the Air Force DCAPES programs. .Successfully implemented the automatic sourcing component that provides recommendations to planners on potential solutions. Formulated the solution as a classic state/space search engine, using business rules to provide heuristic constraints on the search. Relevant skills in this assignment include BEA Weblogic, Eclipse, Ant, Ibatis, Oracle, Junit, and Haley Business Rules.

20022006

Chief Architect

EM Software

Formerly the Chief Architect at EMSoftware Solutions. Responsible for setting overall technical direction for the SNAP product, managing and mentoring the R&D organization, leading technical sales efforts, and strategic planning.SNAP is a specialized application server aimed at the requirements of distributed command and control systems, and features facilities for creating common operating pictures.

19832001

Senior Architect

Template Software
  • Materially contributed to IPO of software company through creation of SNAP product
  • Lead many successful fixed price agile development projects for command and control.
  • Guided development of a product for distributed command and control
  • Lead R&D effort in collaborative decision making

Skills

Communications

Strong analytical skills, greate communications skills, and a hands-on programmer. Entrepreneurial spirit, independence, self-motivation, a team player with the highest standard for innovation and technical excellence. Effective presentation skills for trade and customer meetings.

Architecture / Design

Proven ability to grasp customer business issues that translate into development priorities. Experience designing innovative systems for product development. Strategic thinker able to cross the chasm . Experience building and managing a technical team.   Ability to thrive in a non-traditional rapid development mode.  

Agile Development Expert

Expert in agile development. Certified Scrum master. Successfully mentored many teams. Have been applying SCRUM like techniques since the mid eighties. Test Driven Development expert and mentor.

Artificial Intelligence

Knowledge Based Systems Worked in AI firm for 20 years apply KB concepts to templates for distributed decision making product for a successfull IPO.  Model Driven architectures based on model execution not code generation.

Data Warehousing

Hands on experience with the use Netezza, Vertica, and Redshift MPP database technlogy. Expert at Dimensional modeling. Developed call detail record processing with IBM Streams to offload Netezza MPP workload.

Hadoop

I have been studying Hadoop technology for over two years. converted a Netezza MPP application to Cloudera Hadoop.   Evaluated both PIG and HIVE and settled on HIVE.   Using Cloudera Impala for analytic queries. 

Machine Learning

Studying books on machine learning algorithms, taking online courses.  Goal is to develop data science credentials. Anxious to learn more!

Web Development

Node.js/Express/Agngular development skils. Strong Ruby on Rails developer Firm believer in Behavior Driven Development. Excellent back end skills, and good eye for front end design.  J2EE as well.

Training & Mentoring

Love  mentoring others. Successfully developed and produced multiple training courses. 

Education

19831981

N/A

University of Maryland

Graduate study in Artificial Intelligence

Interests

Friends and Family

Portrait Photography ( I wish I had a fine arts degree)

Outdoors ( Hiking, Biking, Swimming, SCUBA, Desert South West)

Aviation ( But my eyesight ruled out the airforce)

US History ( especially mid 1800's and WWII era)

Live Theatre ( Broadway Shows, etc.)