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I am a cloud application architect, cloud infrastructure architect, DevOps architect, and software development team lead focused on enterprise adoption of modern cloud technologies. I have a proven successful consulting delivery track record in full and part-time roles over the past 10 years. I have over 15 years of IT experience with over 10 years of personnel management experience. I am a respected team leader and forward thinking technologist. I can easily communicate with business stakeholders at any level to bring efficient, innovative and repeatable technical solutions to business problems. I have years of experience selling, designing and implementing secure, maintainable and resilient systems which deliver business value and achieve regulatory compliance.

In addition to enterprise architect duties, I have worked as a software development team lead in Agile & Scrum environments and helped organizations modernize software development activities. I drive modern DevOps practices through CI/CD and systems automation, enabling developers and infrastructure teams to rapidly iterate. I'm confident in AWS, Azure and GCP and am experienced with the latest CI/CD and DevOps technologies and patterns (Serverless, Containerization, Service-Oriented Architectures and 12-factor application design.

PROFESSIONAL experience

Cloudreach, Inc.
2018Present

Cloud Architect (AWS, Azure, GCP)

  • Enterprise application and infrastructure architect consultant for large healthcare, financial, and technology companies.
  • Led infrastructure design, implementation and adoption for enterprise customers on public clouds (AWS, Azure, GCP).
  • Led Public Cloud Operating Model and Governance High Level Design for customer public cloud adoption to expand on and align with previously defined Enterprise Architecture Frameworks.
  • Designed solutions with security and compliance as defined by CIS, NIST, GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS, DFARS and FISMA.
  • Developed reference architecture and patterns for business units to easily consume validated solutions.
  • Led application and infrastructure rehost, refactor, and replatform efforts to public cloud.
  • Drove adoption of modern DevOps culture through automation, testing, infrastructure-as-code, decoupling monolithic applications/infrastructure, and left-shifting responsibilities.
  • Led project delivery teams on implementation of designs and acted as a liaison between delivery resources and clients.
  • Worked with C-suite, board of directors and other internal stakeholders on tactical strategy targeting business outcomes.
  • Worked with Public Cloud Solutions Providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, GCP), internal and 3rd-party partners to align business requirements with measurable outcomes.
  • Delivered measurable efficiencies and positive business outcomes for customers validated by frequent return business, referrals and rapid company growth.

Core Competencies in Role:

Architecture Diagrams using LucidChart, Visio, Gliffy, and DrawIO. AWS, Azure, GCP. Infrastructure as Code (Python, CloudFormation, Terraform, ARM Templates). Immutable software and infrastructure. Networking. Regulatory Compliance. Cloud Governance. Containerization (Kubernetes, Docker, ECS, EKS, AKS, OpenShift). DevOps. Automation (Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Linux). CI/CD (Azure DevOps, AWS Code Suite, Jenkins, Travis, Bamboo, CircleCI).

Cloudreach, Inc.
20172018

Cloud Systems Developer Lead

  • Managed a team of engineers with project-focused delivery in Agile and Scrum environments.
  • Led pods of internal team members on professional growth through coaching, goal setting, and guidance.
  • Architected, developed and implemented solutions for customers in AWS, Microsoft Azure, and GCP.
  • Contributed significantly to multi-million dollar increases in company revenue, repeat business, and triple-digit company growth year-over-year.
  • Built custom cost-control, automated compliance and auto-scaling infrastructure-as-code for customers using Terraform.
  • Specialized in infrastructure modernization, application refactoring, cloud adoption, and DevOps culture adoption.
  • Security and compliance-first design methodology through automation, testing, and immutability.
  • Worked with technology partners and customer technology teams to deliver high-performing, highly-scalable, and cloud-optimized products that deliver business value.

Core Competencies in Role:

Infrastructure as Code (Python, CloudFormation, Terraform, ARM Templates). Immutable software and infrastructure. Networking. Regulatory Compliance. Cloud Governance. Containerization (Kubernetes, Docker, ECS, EKS, AKS, OpenShift). Serverless (Lambda, Azure Functions, Cloud Functions). DevOps and DevSecOps. Automation (Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Linux) and CI/CD (Azure DevOps, AWS Code Suite, Jenkins, Travis, Bamboo, CircleCI).

zEngineering, LLC
20082017

Owner, Chief Architect

  • Founded and managed successful private consulting firm.
  • Delivered cloud application and infrastructure consulting to small and medium businesses in the midwest region.
  • Outsourced and managed project resources, scaled self-sustaining consulting firm.
  • Specialized in AWS and Azure migrations and adoption with focus on .NET replatform and SQL Server migrations.
  • Sales, Pre-Sales and Project management engagement with customers from design to delivery.
  • Handed off and onboarded recurring customers to Cloudreach.

Core Competencies:

Sales and Pre-Sales Business Development. Project Management (Waterfall, Agile, Scrum). Application and Cloud Infrastructure Architecture. Networking. Infrastructure as Code (CloudFormation, Terraform, ARM Templates). Immutable software and infrastructure. Containerization (Kubernetes, Docker, ECS, EKS, AKS, OpenShift). Automation (Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Linux) and CI/CD (Azure DevOps, AWS Code Suite, Jenkins, Travis, Bamboo, CircleCI).

OSU College of Engineering
20162017

Application Architect, Infrastructure Manager, Software Development Manager

  • Acted as lead software and infrastructure architect for The College of Engineering Application Development Team.
  • Managed personnel and conducted performance reviews including coaching and professional development activities.
  • Managed full suite of legacy applications and provided application development and architecture consulting to internal College of Engineering business units.
  • Managed all College of Engineering public and intranet Drupal and PHP environments with over 250+ public-facing websites using a combination of open-source and proprietary tooling.
  • Drove adoption of application DevOps culture internally throughout the development cycle (SDLC) in automated application testing and frequent deployment.
  • Provided cross-role functions such as PaaS & IaaS datacenter migration, business unit regulatory compliance consulting, and program management.

Core Competencies:

Regulatory Compliance. Security Governance. Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Linux (RHEL and CentOS), Kubernetes, Docker, OpenStack, VMware

C#, Ruby on Rails, PHP/Laravel, Bash, Powershell

The Ohio State University
20042016

Senior Systems Manager, Infrastructure Architect

  • Served as a working manager and team lead for IT groups in the Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Engineering.
  • Managed several different operations groups and acted as a chief information systems architect for 10 business units.
  • Worked with hardware and software solutions vendors like Dell, HP, Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and CA Technologies on design, cost, implementation and maintenance.
  • Managed IT budgets and spend for multiple business units and cost centers.
  • Managed federal and government compliance for academic and funded research initiatives (NIST, CIS, DFARS, etc.)
  • Implemented ITIL and transformation and IT business unit consolidation for Engineering Technology Services (ETS)

Core Competencies:

Dell, Cisco, VMware, Hyper-V, Active Directory, Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, Microsoft System Center (SCOM, SCCM, SCVMM), SQL Server. MySQL, MariaDB. PostgreSQL. Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Powershell, Bash.

Education

The Ohio State University
2012

BS: Computer Science & Engineering

Focused on enterprise software development and distributed information systems. Performed CS course tutoring and mentoring. Participated in additional federal and government computer science research as an undergraduate focusing on artificial intelligence, image recognition, neural networks, cross-discipline with Math, Statistics, and other engineering disciplines.

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Azure 70-534 Architect

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect