Disciplines and Skills of a Seasoned Veteran
Being a self-motivated, creative problem solver with a high aptitude and desire for learning new technologies and best practices allows me to develop, maintain, and confidently incorporate my knowledge into real-world scenarios and projects. I draw upon that experience and knowledge to help guide my decision making and planning processes as well as to raise my overall level of competence and effectiveness
I started my career as a front-end developer and became proficient in building dynamic, data-driven websites, then began learning more of the middleware and back-end aspects of the development process to enhance my front-end development skills. Eventually leading to me learning, maintaining, and securing a company network, servers and systems administration, printers, phone systems and more.
I was hesitant at first to embrace wearing so many different hats. However, this has not only helped introduce me to so many different technologies, roles, processes, security practices, and other aspects of business than I ever could have imagined, but has also challenged me to be resourceful in finding answers and creative solutions on my own. The role changes have also helped to break up my day and keep things interesting so I don't feel pigeon holed or as if I am stagnating in a single area of my duties.
As An IT Director...
I have overseen all IT functions, operations, implementations, and security of new systems and policies regarding multiple networks, servers, systems, peripheral devices, disaster recovery plans, and more. I research, procure, coordinate, implement, and integrate a wide-array of technologies, solutions, tools, and vendors based on various requirements, budgets, infrastructures, and timeframes. I help onboard new hires, create new accounts, manage and maintain access permissions and priviliages, and set up environments that allow others to work, collaborate, and accomplish their daily tasks as well.
Employees come to me for advice and answers to a variety of technological questions pertaining to such things as the performance and security of software, systems, integrated development environments, routers and other peripheral devices, vpn recommendations, email delivery, and more.
As A Full Stack Developer...
I have experience and skills sets in many different disciplines that support and augment each phase in the web development life cycle. I have designed and developed countless front-end projects including custom CMS solutions, seo best practices, wrote middleware applications to retrieve, manipulate, and store data, as well as wrote back-end server-side code and queries to process data from various database platforms. I have helped to conduct usability studies, studied user experience, human computer interaction, information architecture, and other front-end development techniques, theories, technologies, code, applications, and integrated development environments.
As An ISO...
I have helped write, develop, implement, manage, and maintain Information Security policies and disaster recovery models for company and clients. Configured and hardened servers, systems, and databases. Identified physical and virtual threats, assessed vulnerabilities, and implemented control strategies to minimize risks. Provided recommendations and instruction on standards compliance, information encryption, filtering of data, data loss prevention, monitoring, and threat avoidance.
Big and Small
I have been fortunate enough to work with clients of all sizes, each presenting their own unique challenges, varied goals, and requiring their own elegant and appropriate solutions.
From household names to emerging small businesses and others in between, a portion of the project goals are typically the same; Consistently and effectively deliver a high quality project experience that not only accomplishes the objectives and goals - but also exceeds expectations while meeting requirements, budgets, and deadlines.
The list of clients may be missing some names and is in no particular order, but it should help illustrate the variety of projects, clients and teams I have worked with.