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I am a senior systems engineer with extensive experience in large-scale deployment, migration, administration, monitoring and support. My focus is procedural efficiency and security. I have experience and personal interest in team leadership, advanced monitoring and awareness, analysis, communications solutions, project leadership, RCA, troubleshooting, open source solutions and the use of technologies to advance the process of business.

Skills

  • Linux, Solaris and AIX
  • Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, CentOS and SUSE
  • Python, BASH, APIs and Frameworks
  • Zabbix, InfluxDB, Syslog, Grafana and Kibana
  • CI, Containers and Orchestration
  • Technical writing and documentation
  • Networking and hardware
  • MySQL, Postgres, SQLite and InfluxDB
  • Team management and Agile
  • Procedure development
  • Project leadership

Employment

These roles have provided experience in UNIX administration in the data center and in cloud products. I have experience with various scripting languages and frameworks. I have a strong understanding of their use in heterogeneous environments for automation, deployment, migration, and administrative tasks. I have experience with project architecture, management methodologies and systems analysis.

Jun 2019 - Present Target Corporation Brooklyn Park, MN
Senior Engineer
  • Private Cloud

Nov 2016 - May 2019 Bitwise IO, Inc. Minneapolis, MN
Senior Systems Engineer
  • Test-bed deployment and evaluation of OpenHPC
  • Full CI pipeline design and implementation
  • Docker image optimization & Kubernetes deployments
  • Distributed supply chain system design and POC
  • CentOS, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Git, Docker, Ansible, Jenkins, Kubernetes

Bitwise is a small consultancy and software development company with a large impact. Projects varied from individual to large teams, all coordinated with Agile. End to end development from project planning to production deployment.

Jul 2013 - Oct 2016 Code 42 software Minneapolis, MN
Senior Cloud Engineer, Operations
  • The care and feeding of enterprise storage and compute clouds
  • Monitoring, Awareness, Reporting, Tools and Analysis.
  • Architecture and Direction
  • Monitoring of more than 120,000 hard drives and the systems that spin them
  • Processing and dissemination of monitoring data as layered, targeted awareness
  • Tech: Ubuntu, Red Hat, Gentoo, Zabbix, MySQL, JVM

Operations at Code42 is a small, tight-knit group of experts in every segment of cloud administration from RAID hardware to global-scale configuration management. Working with, and for, this team is the highest level of creative solution design and implementation I have seen, and on a massive scale. My primary duties include holistic management of monitoring, data collection, analysis, issue detection, alerting, remediation procedures, active and passive awareness, reporting, RCA and documentation.

Jul 2010 - Jun 2013 Thomson Reuters Eagan, MN
Senior UNIX Systems EngineerContracted by Talent Software ServicesJan 2011 - Jun 2013
  • Large Network and Domain Migrations
  • Physical and network migrations from 1 to 250 servers. Storage migrations for up to 1000 servers. Thousands of servers in all.
  • Migration scripting for Multiple OSs
  • Tech: SUSE, Red Hat, Solaris & AIX.

This role included all prep and migration tasks for the UNIX platform. This includes allocation and verification of all network resources, strict migration windows, verification of all OS-level functionality, and OOB functionality. OS reconfigurations were entirely scripted as part of the position. This included TCP/IP, domain, NFS, TSM, VMware, and postfix reconfiguration.

Systems Engineer, AnalystContracted by Talent Software ServicesJul 2010 - Dec 2010
  • Solution analysis and forecasting. Internal customer reporting and analysis of trends and opportunities.
  • Strategic technology research. Software platform and hardware research to forecast use cases and suitability within environments.
  • Management of hardware solution implementation, storage growth and migration projects.
  • Tech: SQL, VBA, Excel, Access, Visio, Hadoop, iSCSI, Fusion IO, Sharepoint

Primary focus was strategic team operations related to capital expenditures for infrastructure and application technology. I was tasked with developing and publishing reports and presentations to analyze trends and opportunities for the team. At the same time, I worked with my teammates administering solutions to distribute workload and gain an understanding of the environment.

Feb 2006 - Jul 2010 IBM Global Services Minneapolis, MN
L4 Systems Management Specialist/SMEContracted by Pomeroy IT Solutions & CDI Corporation
  • Administration of Unix and Windows systems in an enterprise datacenter of over 2000 servers
  • Linux and Windows implementation and support for web, application and infrastructure.
  • VMWare deployment and template creation.
  • Management of multi-team, interdependent procedures
  • Managed the configuration and security requirements for all server installations
  • Coordinating infrastructure, software and procedural changes throughout the environment
  • Tech: Red Hat, Windows Server 2k-2k8, Veritas, IIS, Scripting, Ghost, HTML tools, Dell PowerEdge, HP/Compaq Prolient, IBM xSeries, Data remanence, NAS and SAN storage

I provided support for several IBM customers ranging from OS and application support to L4 management of procedures and training. I managed the implementation of project solutions ensuring that business needs were met from a technical standpoint. I provided tools and training to deployment and support teams as well as troubleshooting HW, application and OS issues.

Education

2003 - 2006 University of Phoenix BS IT

ITIL focus with emphasis on management and devops.

1993 - 1997 Harding University Undergrad

Anthropology and computer science. Development focus.