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Work in Information Technology

Prior to 2007, starting in 1998, I worked in IT (Information Technology) at two different companies, and concluding with a stint as an independent consultant.

In fact, before this, I had had a strong background in computers and programming. My undergraduate major included a minor in Computer Science, and even in middle school and high school I’d been at the forefront of the emerging PC hobbyist world, having learned programming on my uncle’s Apple II computer in 1979 or so.

I was an “early adopter” with respect to PCs, windows, and the internet. I wrote and published my first website in 1995 (bear in mind the WWW was only 3 years old at that point), when working as a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. The website provided the syllabus, curricular materials and support to my students.

When financial difficulties in the late 1990s impelled me to seek a better-paying job, computers seemed like an obvious place to go. So I talked my way into my first position, in the IT department of a fortune 500 company, and did fairly well.

Brief Work History

Self-Employed IT Consultant, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Business Systems Analyst, June 2006 – September 2007

  • Supported database reporting systems migration to up-to-date platforms for IT customers

HealthSmart Pacific, Inc., Long Beach, California

Business Systems Analyst and Database Administrator, May 2005 – June 2006

  • Administered several types of legacy and development database systems
  • Participated in a team that developed and deployed an in-house, intranet-based pharmacy billing system
  • Designed and deployed data transfer routines to support migration from legacy (COBOL) to data warehouse

ARAMARK Uniform Services, Burbank, California

Various positions ending as Data Analyst, June 1999 – February 2005

  • Designed and deployed an in-house data warehouse reporting system to support marketing and national accounts
  • Prototyped customized electronic billing solutions for important national customers ($1m+ accounts)
  • Supported marketing and national accounts with ad hoc database reporting and database domain knowledge
  • Designed and deployed data transfer routines to support migration from legacy (COBOL) to data warehouse

Current Skills and Competencies

Although I’ve been “out of the industry” for 12 years now, I work hard to maintain my skills with respect to computers, programming and the internet.

Essentially as a hobbyist, I maintain my own Ubuntu Linux servers, from “root” to user interface. I maintain multiple blogs using the WordPress toolset (including this site you’re reading right now), I started a personal “Wiki” using the Mediawiki toolset, I have a prototype “geofiction” web-based GIS system in place on the OpenStreetmap (Open source GIS) platform, and I continue to experiment with everything from machine-language programming to database design to designing operating old-school text-MUDs.

I would classify my current strengths as follows:

  • general linux systems administration
  • LAMP stack deployment / WordPress installation
  • database and data query design (SQL programming)
  • ad hoc data migration and data warehousing
  • mediawiki platform installation maintenance
  • GIS data manipulation using OSM (OpenStreetmap) platform

Portfolio

All of the following links connect to my own work.