Jay Parry

Summary

Jay Parry is a business & IT professional with extensive experience in diverse industries; acting as Director/CTO/VP at well-known companies like Bell Canada, Netfirms and Curomax. He has a deep understanding of operations, project management, & the IT leadership function. Jay's passion is helping organizations effectively develop and implement solutions that make sense and yield measurable results. He is a creative strategist who naturally sees process improvement, finds lost opportunities, and has the experience and know-how to help companies succeed. A senior level professional with vision, Jay has used his deep academic grounding to help companies transform the chaos that resides in many development organizations into one where the process produces superior products - on-time and on-budget. Jay holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Work History

Work History

Contractor/Project Manager

TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority

·Brought in to build a process and team to cleanse data in the TSSA Legacy systems that lack both data validation and process management facilities

·Project is managed in conjunction with an ERP (Oracle) implementation project

Oct 2006 - Oct 2007

Vice President, Research and Development

Showcare/AR Systems Inc

·Hired to implement an SDLC process that would bring the development and releaseprocess under control and raise the quality of the deliveries significantly

·Changed the work profile from 75% firefight to <10% within 8 months, placed focus on design, reusability, reliability and quality

·Managed up to 15 concurrent software projects in a co-ordinate effort delivering products on-time and on-budget

·Led the process on product evolution and technology adoption – responsible for project managing to ensure both tactical and strategic needs were being met.

·Continued evolution of the product toward a true SaaS model

·Responsible for the external data centre and maintaining a 99.9% availability

·Upgraded the software development process (SDLC) from a service/reaction orientation into one that focuses on requirements gathering, proper (integrated) design, quality assurance and implementation processes

Dec 2005 - Oct 2006

Vice President, IT Development

Curomax (now DealerTrack)

·Designed and implemented an SDLC process to improve quality, ensure on-time/on-budget delivery and control releases – increasing productivity, quality and ensuring on-time delivery ofhigh quality software

·Created a long term strategy for the products based on the primary principles of object oriented development to prepare for a 50% growth in team size

·Re-organization of the development environment into multiple installations for development, testing, client QA and production.Included hardware purchases and migration strategy to maximize impact of the new investment

·Key player in the ongoing security reviews of facilities and applications

May 2004 - Dec 2005

Senior Technical Solutions Architect (Director)

http://www.exchangesolutions.com

·Recruited to take over the largest customer at ESI

·Focused on stabilization of the application, implementation of processes, quality improvements and a new product release methodology to ensure high quality software being produced on-time and in budget

·Led the team on the development of a real-time “Gift Card” solution for Esso Canada – including data centre selection, equipment selection, technical framework (and networking) design along with the implementation and co-ordination of work between the POS vendors, data centres, network providers, etc.

·Technical consultant to clients advising them on the market, technology, security and trends to ensure solutions are the best they can offer their customers

·Participated in market and opportunity analysis for my customers.Analysis is based on complex statistical models, segmentation, demographic and behavioral patterns

·Customers included Imperial Oil of Canada, GM and, as well, a member of the business development team building new customer proposals (The Source, Blockbuster,…)

May 2001 - May 2003

Vice President, Development

InQuent Technologies

·Inherited a “dot-com” team and application – mentoredthe team and lead the design renewal of the application utilizing strong and flexible object-oriented, distributed design focused on transactional integrity, ease of maintenance, ease of upgrade and fully scalable

·Transitioned internal processes to industry best practices including effective business requirements gathering, QA cycles and product implementation methodology

·Managed a team of 15 developers and a budget of$1.5M - $2M

·Successfully implemented 5 major upgrades (affecting 12000+ customers per release) in the application over 2 years – all on time, on budget and with ever improving quality levels (support calls dropped by an order of magnitude over the 2 years)

·Defined and implemented development, quality assurance and release processes for lifecycle product management plus oversaw the development of implementation standards

Sep 1995 - Sep 2000

Director, Development

http://www.descartes.com

·Key player in the evolution of the company from a service based technology company of 50 people to a software application company of 600+ employees

·Progressed from lead software engineer to the development leader for the “flagship” product –our enterprise wide ERP solution for the Consumer Packaged Goods industry

·Responsible for the entire Waterloo development team (grew the team from 6 to 60+ people through direct hiring) plus co-ordination of work to other labs around the world

Jul 1982 - Sep 1995

Various

Bell Canada/Sygma

·Progressed from maintenance developer to senior developer/architect working in the Network Services area focused on internal applications supporting project scheduling, budgeting and capacity/exhaust calculations

·Developed an automated equipment scheduling and EDI procurement process with Nortel which took utilization information and calculated equipment exhaust and replacement strategies, automatically scheduling the work and ordering the equipment from Nortel

Education

Education
Jan 1991 - Oct 1994

M.Sc.

University of Western Ontario

Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence

Thesis:

Algorithms to calculate weights for the nearest neighbour problem

The development of a new and innovative approach for the calculation of attribute weighting values in machine learning (predictive analysis).

Sep 1978 - May 1982

B. Math - Honors

University of Waterloo