Michael Cholowsky

Strategic Vision, Planning, and Implementation

Summary

Over 16 years of professional Information Technology experience. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Azure, Office 365, cloud migration and Microsoft licensing.

Handled complex long-term focused projects involving multiple disciplines and business units including negotiation and relationship management, tracking, troubleshooting and reporting of all technology related contract commitments made and ensuring compliance to negotiated contracts on an ongoing basis. Led the development of the technical solutions translating the business needs into technical requirements identifying gaps, strategic impacts, financial impacts and the risk in the technical solution and provided technical consultation and support and making recommendations and technology alternatives as well as continuously evaluating new technological developments and evolving business requirements.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2007 - Present

Director/Senior Consultant

Augmenit Technologies Inc.

Develop key relationships within organizations to enable the effective use of current technology to enable business strategy

  • Technology management consultant:
    • Work with Organizations to Develop and implement IT strategy
    • Oversee IT projects/programs
    • Mentor and develop staff 
  • Current projects
    • Office 365 transition including Skype for Business, email and file governance
    • ERP resilience project using Microsoft Azure technology stack
    • Windows 10 initiative including Azure Active Directory full AD syncronization
Nov 2005 - Apr 2014

IT Manager

Di-Corp

Responsible for solving business problems with technology solutions where appropriate. Navigated changes in Organization leadership and responded to reactionary organizational needs while keeping long term Technology strategy on course.

  • Business Resilience – Assessed business risks and implemented solution to reduce exposure from local and regional disasters; working with international suppliers and local support to architect the solution. Financed project while under budgetary constraints.
  • Unified Communications – Completed companywide replacement of traditional landlines with a fully integrated unified communication system utilizing Microsoft and SIP trunking technologies. Realized a over 80% operational cost reduction in service while enriching communication across the organization
  • Formalized Budgeting – Developed Technology strategy with Organization and forecasted financial requirements for IT Operations, Capital Projects and internal and external resources
    • Responded to organizational requirements - Reduced IT expenditures by +1MM dollars (50% reduction) in IT operational and Capital expense during economic downturn while maintaining all system and upgrading to Windows 7 (2009)
    • Used as a communication tool for Executive team for creating the yearly strategy
  • Managed internal Development teams including SharePoint and Business Intelligence initiatives Strengthened team dynamic with organization by changing from a SDLC to a SCRUM method of development
  • Regional mobility program – acquired mobility program from operations outsourcing full program improved service levels and reduced cost by 35%
  • Architected network and infrastructure including the implementation of corporate MPLS private network and SIPA private wireless segment
  • Facilitated the creation of organizations Information Architecture
  • Re-Platformed knowledge management system from Documentum to SharePoint

Mar 2000 - Nov 2005

Senior IT Consultant/Developer                        

Joe Software
  • University of Alberta - School of Business - Design of web based registration program
  • Diversity Technologies Corp. – Designed web application that integrated to all major business systems including Documentum
  • Alberta Milk – IT Project Manager and Network Administrator – Microsoft Windows server technology, assisted in implementation of SUN systems (ERP)
  • Rice Engineering – Microsoft CRM implementation, rebuild infrastructure, mentoring and knowledge transfer to staff
  • Landrex – Upgrade MS Dynamics ERP system, custom integration with in-house software
  • Development and support of product line including Microsoft Dynamics GP, Canadian Payroll and custom software integration

Skills

Skills
8
Vendor Management
Understanding vendor offerings leveraging what can be utilized for the improvement of IT operations
10
Budgeting
Create and manage IT budgets
7
Microsoft Technologies

Understanding of Current stack of Microsoft Technologies

8
Business Analysis
analysis of business process  
8
Business Continuity
Qualify risks and mitigate through technology and process 
8
IT Skills Management
Identifying areas of improvement in team settings
8
Performance Management
Mentor and develop IT staff
7
Scrum Development
short sprints of work in the areas of software development
10
Infrastructure Architecture

organize computer based systems 

8
Process Improvement
Identify problems with current state and recommend improvments
8
Negotiating
influence outcomes for the advantage of organization 
7
Microsoft Licensing
Understanding and knowledge of Microsoft Licensing
7
Enterprise Architecture

Conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organization


Certifications

Certifications

EqualLogic and VMware & Advanced EqualLogic

DELL
Configuration of DELL Equalogic storage arrays for VMware setup. Advanced course covered Equalogic architecture for storage and recovery.

ITIL V3

SkillSoft
Set of practices for IT service management (ITSM) that focuses on aligning IT services with the needs of business.

Leader Effectiveness Training

Gordon Training International
Down-to-earth communication and conflict resolution skills.

Certificate in Enterprise Analysis

York University
Studies focused in linking business strategy with a focus on the capabilities of an organization in its current state then developing a road map to execute and realize the strategy.

Fundamental of Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

CMC
This course teaches methods to determine the financial viability and impact of business decisions.

Problem Solving & Decision Making

Kepner-Tergoe
Program focuses on the fundamental skills of problem solving and also provides a deep dive into mastering decision making.

Management Skills for new Managers

CMC

Foundational skills to shift from being an individual contributor to a well-respected manager who can achieve team success.

Education

Education
Sep 2006 - Apr 2007

Masters Certificate of Business Analysis

University of Lethbridge

Studies focused in business analysis, tactics for understanding processes and mapping activities, design, technical planning, and business case development.

Jan 1999 - Dec 1999

Computer Systems Accelerated

N.A.I.T.

Specialized in Computer Programming and Computer Networking areas. Contributed to team projects, to create simulated real-world applications. Fundamentals in database design and application programming include VB and C++.