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Work experience

Aug 2009Present

IT Consultant / Senior Project Manager

Concerto Consulting Inc.

Concerto Consulting, Inc. is a new business startup providing IT consulting, project management and business technology solutions in Orange County.  We help small to medium size businesses save money and drive efficiency by orchestrating their technology requirements from an on-site business model to the "cloud" based with technology delivered as a utility via The Utility Company - a national franchise.

Feb 2009Jul 2009

Business Development

Grow the franchise operation's revenue to include LiveScan Fingerprinting as a new profit center. Helped develop a local online marketing strategy for attracting local customers.

20072008

Director, IT Project Management (PMO)

Established the IT Project Management Office chartered with reporting all functional business group project & program updates, delivering projects and streamlining processes utilizing Lean Six-Sigma techniques. Articulated business benefits and alignment of the project/program with core business strategy including technology roadmap. Drive continuous process improvements and cost savings within the group. Led the initial effort in developing an IT strategic plan and proactively improve the IT mergers & acquisition process with senior management.

20032007

Center Project Manager (Strategic Role)

Led the IT Project Office with an 18-member team of project managers, architects and consultants in delivering projects and establishing project management best practices. Work with external consulting firms on new project proposals and prioritization process.

20012003

Group Manager, IT Applications Services

Directed a 75-member team across 7 remote manufacturing locations with a $12M budget in support of all North American manufacturing systems. Contributed to senior management strategic planning initiatives related to quality systems, skills alignment, and IT resources planning. Developed a legacy systems decommissioning strategy in alignment with Oracle ERP implementation.

19942001

Manager, IT Applications Services

Managed a 17-member Technical Information Systems group in the Diagnostics Division with a $1.2M budget. Led the support, development and enhancements of business-critical multi-language labeling system and technical data management system. Established strategic direction for business information systems as a technical member of group’s executive steering committee. Additional employment history includes Administrator of Technical Information Systems at Beckman Instruments, Consultant for Execusoft, Member of Technical Staff for Hughes Aircraft, and Programmer for Beckman Instruments.

Education

BS

Certifications

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Portfolio

Summary

  • Seasoned IT executive with 20+ years of professional leadership role, project management professional, designing cutting-edge technology solutions for business units, implementing transformational enterprise-class applications and thinking outside of the box as an entrepreneur.
  • Work with senior management in implementing a project & portfolio management solution – centralized collaboration & communications – reduce emails, eliminate spreadsheets & regulatory e-discovery risks.
  • Develop a Cloud/SaaS Roadmap & Strategy with the goal is reducing KTLO expenses, technology refresh cycles, pilot and implement small quick win projects for business units. Hybrid clouds, virtual services and desktops can provide tremendous efficiency and cost savings.
  • Lead a project proposal and planning phase for implementing EMR solutions including transition of existing clinical systems and manual processes.
  • Provide management support in transitioning existing business applications including addressing people, system and data. Goal is to make it a win-win for everyone, especially the people.
  • Work with senior management in developing an IT Mergers and Acquisition roadmap with business development – so people, process and technology are clearly defined as part of the integration strategy.
  • Finally, technology has to drive business growth, efficiency, cost savings and innovation in the new world.

Recommendations

“During the period that I worked with Mike I saw him mature into an excellent project manager and then move into upper management. Mike provided a tremendous amount of help in guiding his project managers on various IT projects within my organization and I was always happy with the services that he and his project managers provided. I would highly recommend him for any IT management role.” - Vice President, Information Technology.

“I reported to Mike Patel for a little over a year and found him to be personable and approachable. Mike is very skilled at conceptualizing and communicating strategies. He was instrumental in establishing Beckman Coulter's first PMO in the IT organization.” - Senior Project Manager.

“I reported to Mike for several years found him to be a good leader. Mike stays current on the latest tools and techniques and encourages the adoption of new technology and standards as they fit within our needs. He always had a vision for improving our processes in support of the Business.” - IT Group Manager.

“I found Mike to be a great asset to work with on a software collaboration tool.” - Group Manager, Software Engineering.