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Currently I am an application architect at Dow Jones & Co., the parent company of The Wall Street Journal where I focus on front-end engineering, systems integration and performance optimization.  Besides my regular work at Dow Jones, I have introduced and implemented tools and technologies like internal blogging, Subversion, WordPress as a CMS, issues/bug tracking with JIRA, and the Jitterbit integration platform. I have also participated in a corporate-wide effort to reorganize vertical functions into shared global services and more recently have started to promote standards-based design and programming styles.

Since 1995 I have worked for clients large and small, including my own consulting business as well as donated work to a number of non-profit organizations, so I tend to thrive when I get to wear many hats. I have telecommuted at companies like Merck and Lucent Technologies and interfaced with geographically dispersed team members.

When you speak to one of my clients or coworkers you will definitely hear that I am meticulous about my work, that I care about the quality of the final product and that I have a passion for innovation and early adoption of technologies.


Application architecture, object oriented design, agile methodologies, front-end engineering, systems integration, performance tuning of hardware platforms.


JavaScript, DOM, Ajax, Spring, C#, ColdSpring, PHP, ColdFusion, Java, Oracle, MSSQL, MySQL, Apache, JRun, HTML, XML (XHTML), Wordpress, bbPress. Red Hat Linux and Windows server administration. Experience with Ext JS, jQuery and Prototype JavaScript libraries.

Work experience

Dec 2004Present

Application Architect

Technical leadership role in the web development team responsible for the Dow Jones Indexes online properties.


  • Performance tuning of public facing web infrastructure.
  • Establishment and promotion of coding standards and guidelines.
  • Actively participate in resolution of production infrastructure issues.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend technologies for future projects.
  • Design and development of global single sign-on registration and payment systems.
May 2008Present

Founder / Principal Consultant

Betancourt Consulting

Developed Ajax functionality for The Smart Show's Neederator, Episode Guide, Amazon and Yelp search pages.

Mar 1996Nov 2004

Founder / Principal Consultant

CMB Systems, Inc.

Provided systems architecture, project management and programming services to a number of companies, among them are AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Merck & Company, Foster Wheeler, Metro-North Railroad.

Jan 2004Oct 2004

Sr. Application Developer


Application Architect


Internet Strategy Manager


Software Developer

Contract developer at AT&T


Tim Cronin

“Even though we're a small outfit, Claude gave us fast accurate service. He also explained things in a way that even a luddite like myself could understand”

Richard Toothill

“Claude did outstanding work for Merck implementing a change management web-based application. He took a very simple requirements statement and transformed it into an intuitive and useful web-based application. I was particularly impressed with his abilities to integrate a well design GUI with backend logic and business rules, master both aspects of the project. Claude was also fun and kept the work environment enjoyable.”

Sandy Scioffi

“I have known Claude for many years, and highly recommend him as an excellent IT Professional. He is highly articulate and knowledgeable in technology, and able to work well with users to understand their needs. Claude is extremely reliable with great work ethic and I would put alot of trust in him to service any of my clients. He's a great team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Claude would be an asset to any IT team or initiative.”

Bhavin Patel

“Claude was an excellent colleague to work with at Foster Wheeler. As a Senior Developer at Foster Wheeler, his approach, direction & solutions to problems were cost effective and strategic. He is an enthusiastic, driven person who is dedicated to make projects successful.”

Ashish Mehta

“Claude is a very creative and resourceful IT Manager who can take any challange and figure out a solution in most optimum way. Great person to work for and work with.”

Victor Salicetti

“Claude is a great team member to have on your team. Highly knowledgeable in his field and great team player. I would have him on my team again in a second."


Jan 1995

Computer Programming