About Me

 

 

I’m a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation.  These days I spend my time helping open source software developers and customers recognize the value and benefits of working on the Cloud with Windows Azure, open source software and devices.

Open Source Blog:  http://softwaresoapbox.com
Big Data Blog :  http://datavida.com

Resumé

Brian Benz
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Phone +1 702 953 0613 email: brianbenz@brianbenz.com

 

Summary of Qualifications:

I’m a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation.  These days I spend my time helping open source software developers and customers recognize the value and benefits of working on the Cloud with Windows Azure, open source software and devices.

I currently work with vendors, community members, and internal Microsoft resources to produce and present code, demos and content (blog posts, presentations, tutorials, demos, screencasts, etc.) around the following MS Open Tech areas of focus:

-LAMP offerings (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, MediaWiki, phpBB, Symfony)
-PaaS Services (LucidWorks (Solr as a Service), MongoLab (MongoDB as a Service), Cloudant (CouchDB as a Service))
-OSS Mgmt/DevOps Technologies (Chef, Puppet, Nagios, Zabbix, Jenkins, Hudson, Eclipse and other Java Dev Tools, Zookeeper)
-BI, integration and Big Data (Jaspersoft, OData, AMQP, OSS Integration with Hadoop)
-Other cool stuff (ActorFx, Reactive Extensions, ASP.NET MVC, Web API, Web Pages, SignalR and the Entity Framework projects, and Katana)

I’ve given talks and met with the community at several conferences (ChefConf 2013, EclipseCon 2013, Lucene / Solr Revolution 2013, ApacheCon 2013, MongoDB SF 2013, and MongoSV 2012)

I have 20+ years IT and business experience, with a deep background in open source starting in the late 1980s. I’m also a frequent speaker and author for open source, big data and the cloud.  My prior experience includes developing and delivering big data solutions on open source and proprietary platforms for IBM, Deloitte and others.

 

Skills Matrix (In alphabetical Order)
IT and Leadership Skills Experience Technical Skills Experience
Application & Project Audits 17 years Altova XML / Database Tools 8 years
Agile / Scrum Methodologies 7 years Data Modeling Tools 9 years
Analytics 17 years Hadoop 2 years
Application Development 17 years IBM DB2 19 years
Application Migration / Upgrades 12 years IBM Identity Insight (Entity Analytics) 5 years
Building and Leading Teams 14 years IBM InfoSphere Data Architect 5 years
Business Integration 12 years IBM DataStage 5 years
Business Intelligence 6 years IBM QualityStage 5 years
Cloud 2 years IBM Information Analyzer 5 years
CRM 17 years IBM Information Server (IIS) 5 years
C-Suite Presentations 17 years IBM Initiate MDM 1 year
Data Analysis / Data Modeling 22 years IBM Lotus Notes and Domino 18 years
Data Quality / Data Profiling 22 years IBM MDM Server 4 years
Data Governance 12 years IBM MDM Server for PIM 1 year
ECM / Content Management 22 years IBM WebSphere 7 years
Encryption and PKIs 13 years IBM Websphere Portal 2 years
ERP and Financials 22 years Informatica MDM 2 years
ETL / EAI / CDI / Data Integration 22 years Java / J2EE 9 years
Governance 12 Years JavaScript / VBScript / ASP 9 years
IAAS/PAAS/SAAS 2 years Joomla / Drupal / WordPress 4 years
Information Management 17 years Microsoft Exchange 6 years
Maturity Assessments 6 years Microsoft Office / Project / Visio 19 years
MDM (Master Data Management) 6 years Microsoft SQL Server / Azure 9 years
Messaging Migration 17 years Microsoft Visual Studio / .NET 8 years
Project Management 17 Years MySQL 5 years
Proposal / RFP / RFI Development 22 years NoSQL Databases / Applications 5 years
Roadmap Development 22 years Oracle 11 years
Sales / Solution Selling / SSM 17 years OS – Windows / Linux / AIX/ System z 17 years
SOA 6 years PHP 5 years
Social software / Collaboration 18 years Web Portals / Wikis / Social Software 9 years
Solution Architecture 22 years Web Service / SOA tools 8 years
Solution Delivery Estimation 17 years Windows Azure 2 years
Technical Writing 22 years XML / XSL / XSD / DTD / SQLXML 9 years


Experience:

 

Senior Technical Evangelist
Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.  11/2012 to Present

Responsibilities: Promoting and demonstrating open source software solutions on the cloud using Windows Azure IAAS, PAAS and SAAS platforms.  Enabling collaboration between Microsoft product groups, open source software communities and associated third parties to enable interoperability between Windows Azure, LAMP, NoSQL, big data,  virtual machines, functional languages, integration technologies, search platforms, Web frameworks, and Web sites.

Accomplishments: I currently work with vendors, community members, and internal Microsoft resources to produce and present code, demos and content (blog posts, presentations, tutorials, demos, screencasts, etc.) around the following MS Open Tech areas of focus:

-LAMP offerings (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, MediaWiki, phpBB, Symfony)
-PaaS Services (LucidWorks (Solr as a Service), MongoLab (MongoDB as a Service), Cloudant (CouchDB as a Service))
-OSS Mgmt/DevOps Technologies (Chef, Puppet, Nagios, Zabbix, Jenkins, Hudson, Eclipse and other Java Dev Tools, Zookeeper)
-BI, integration and Big Data (Jaspersoft, OData, AMQP, OSS Integration with Hadoop)
-Other cool stuff (ActorFx, Reactive Extensions, ASP.NET MVC, Web API, Web Pages, SignalR and the Entity Framework projects, and Katana)

I’ve given talks and met with the community at several conferences (ChefConf 2013, EclipseCon 2013, Lucene / Solr Revolution 2013, ApacheCon 2013, MongoDB SF 2013, and MongoSV 2012)

 

Solution Architect
Stream Integration 1/2012 to 10/2012

Accomplishments: Planned and delivered MDM, Analytics, Data Models, and Information Governance solutions to government and business. Estimating effort and costs, preparing, delivering and presenting professional service proposals and SOWs.

Responsibilities Defining, planning, and implementing MDM, Analytics, Information Governance solutions. Developing and enhancing Stream Integration’s solution and service marketing materials for delivery to customers at conferences and online. Participating in the IBM Information Governance Council on Stream’s behalf.

Benefits: Customers realized enhanced value from Stream Integration’s MDM, Analytics, Data Governance and Information Governance solutions.

Solution Architect
Perficient 9/2011 to 1/2012

Accomplishments: Planned and delivered Enterprise Data Warehouse, SOA, MDM, Analytics, Data Models, Data Governance and Information Governance solutions to several Perficient Customers. Prepared and delivered proposals and SOWs.

Responsibilities Defined, planned, and implemented SOA, EDW, MDM, Analytics, Data Governance and Information Governance solutions.

Benefits: Successfully plannned and delivered several solutions on time and on budget.

Team Lead /IT Architect
Deloitte Recap 5/2010 to 9/2011

Accomplishments: Leveraged 20+ years of software development and database architecture experience to develop the Deloitte Recap Web site (www.recap.com). Deloitte Recap provides analysis of more than 20 years of historical life sciences industry data ranging from alliance formations to intellectual property ownership and clinical trials. The Web site delivers advanced real-time analytics based on more than 50GB of data in 300,000+ documents to thousands of customers using IBM Lotus Domino and XPages.

Responsibilities defining, planning, and implementing the Deloitte Recap Web site, systems and infrastructure architecture, application development, system administration, application migration/upgrades, and user/developer mentoring and training. Managed Data Internal Governance initiatives related to acquired People, processes and Technology. Planned and Implemented customer and analytics Data Modeling / Data Quality / Data Cleansing Initiatives internally and externally.

Benefits: Numerous new and complex real-time life sciences analytics products, tools and services were delivered to customers.

Solution Architect
DataVida 3/2009 to 5/2010

Accomplishments: Founded DataVida (datavida.com), a company providing independent consulting and implementation services to clients worldwide for Custom Analytics, Information Governance, and Master Data Management Solutions, including Information Governance plans and Maturity Assessments, Solution analysis and comparison, data profiling / data quality analysis, extraction and cleansing, data modeling, XML, DTD and schema design, XBRL solutions, data integration strategy, SOA Governance, Data Delivery, Presentation and Reporting.

Worldwide Principal Consultant
IBM Corporation 9/2007 to 3/2009

Accomplishments: Delivered threat and fraud intelligence (TFI) solutions to governments and organizations worldwide using IBM’s Identity Insight (Entity Analytic) Solutions and Master Data Management (MDM) offerings. Principal consultants work with customers, business partners, IBM sales, project managers, and legal and implementation teams to manage relationships and ensure customer satisfaction during IBM product and service engagements. Responsibilities include estimating solution budgets and resources, drafting and negotiating contracts, managing solution delivery and customer expectations during implementation, and cultivating customer references. Developed tools for estimation and planning, and contract templates.

Benefits: The implemented systems have delivered benefits ranging from preventing terrorism and saving lives to discovering money laundering schemes and avoiding mortgage fraud. The estimation tools have reduced the cost of producing a solution services estimate by 70-80% while improving estimate accuracy and reducing sales cycles. The contract templates have reduced misunderstandings by clearly defining common implementation issues and their related assumptions.

Senior Consultant
IBM Corporation 3/2006 to 9/2007

Accomplishments: Provided services to clients of the IBM Identity Insight (Entity Analytic) Solutions Group. Delivered threat and fraud intelligence (TFI) solutions to foreign and domestic government and corporate clients. Customer projects included Information Governance plans and Maturity Assessments, data modeling, data profiling / data quality analysis, extraction and cleansing, SOA Governance, XML, DTD and Schema design, and Data integration strategy

Solutions included border security for foreign governments, money laundering detection for banks, and fraud detection for foreign and domestic stock exchanges. Created several XML-based ETL / data quality analysis tools. Advised and supported Analytics product engineering and QA. Assisted in the development of MDM and Analytics implementation processes. Produced extensive product and project documentation.

Benefits: Every solution implementation exceeded expectations, resulting in benefits such as safer international borders and less bank and stock fraud. The XML-based ETL tools and processes helped deliver projects on time and on budget, as well as enhancing solution offerings and implementation processes.

Systems Architect
Bechtel SAIC Corporation 3/2004 to 3/2006

Accomplishments: Responsible for email and data archival and compliance-based data governance based on Federal Government regulations. Plannned and completed multiple governance and implementation projects with tight deadlines and complex deliverables. Provided guidance and training to development and admin teams. Designed, implemented and managed a customized Software Configuration Management (SCM) process. Planned and managed the migration of applications and email to new systems and platforms.

Benefits: The application and mail archiving system provided access balanced with security for previously inaccessible data and exceeded regulatory requirements for security and accessibility. The SCM process improved the quality and efficiency of software development and assisted in achieving CMM level 2 certification for the IT group.

Solution Architect
Benz Technologies, Inc. 9/1994 to 9/2004

Accomplishments: Owned and operated an IT Consulting and Training Business / IBM Business Partnership. Leveraged more than 20 years of technology industry experience to provide services to various projects to companies worldwide.

Clients included IBM, Wachovia Bank, Panasonic, Lexis-Nexis, John Wiley and Sons, NEC, BellSouth, Bell Canada, and Air Liquide.

Solutions Included data governance, data quality assessments / data profiling, data modeling, business intelligence, business partner management, Maturity Assessments (CMM), competitive intelligence, content management, corporate budgeting, CRM, custom documentation, custom training materials, enterprise information delivery, group faxing, help desk support, agreement tracking, asset tracking, Infrastructure migration and upgrades, mailing list management, new business opportunity evaluation, process management, product development, project proposal management, repair (RMA) tracking, resource planning, software configuration management (SCM), system and infrastructure audits, Web applications, Web newsletters, Web portals, Web service development, workflow, and XML content syndication.

Responsibilities included solution budget and resource estimation, sales, project management, consulting, systems and infrastructure architecture, implementation, application development, system administration, messaging/application migration/upgrades, and customized user/developer training. Authored/co-authored three technical books and numerous articles. Presented dozens of IT seminars and lectures at conferences worldwide.

Benefits: Numerous complex IT solutions were delivered on ime and on budget. Thousands of IT professionals have read my books and articles, attended my seminars, and used my advice and techniques to successfully deliver IT solutions.

Project Manager, Systems Development
Air Liquide 3/1993 to 9/1995

Accomplishments: Managed a staff of seven developers and administrators that implemented a messaging and groupware infrastructure, and migrated messaging systems. Created applications for sales and lead management, collections tracking, safety information (MSDS) distribution, and help desk support. Developed the corporate intranet. Managed an eight-person team to customize a data warehouse and operations system. Planned, developed and implemented a distributed accounting system for order entry, invoicing, inventory, purchasing, payables and general ledger.

Benefits: The new systems resulted in a 35% cost reduction by increasing process efficiencies. The implementation of the new messaging and groupware systems reduced travel and administration costs by exploiting new ways of communication and access to information within the company and with customers.

Early Career – Sales, Analyst, Developer, Systems Administrator
Various Companies 3/1983 to 3/1993

Accomplishments: In my early career (1983-1993) I developed my technical, leadership and sales skills while working for several companies, in Canada (Seaboard Life Insurance, Sunny Hills Hospital, MicroAge), the UK (NatWest Bank, County Unit Trusts), and Australia (AMP Society, Agoston Douglas and Partners).

Books:

-Technical Editor of the XPages Extension Library Guide (IBM Press, May 2012)
-Author of the XML Programming Bible (John Wiley & Sons, Sept 2003)
-Author of the XML Programming Bible (John Wiley & Sons, Sept 2003)
-Co-Author of the Notes and Domino 6 Programming Bible (John Wiley & Sons, Apr 2003)
-Co-Author of the IBM Redbook “XML: Powered by Domino” (IBM, Nov 2000)

Certifications:

IBM Initiate MDM Master Data Services Professional
IBM certified instructor (CLI)
IBM e-business solutions architect
IBM e-business solutions advisor, IBM Lotus Notes/Domino principal application developer (PCLP)
IBM Lotus Notes/Domino systems administrator(CLP).

Citizenships:

USA
Canada

Languages:

Fluent English, Basic French, Some Spanish

Contact

brianbenz@brianbenz.com

Open Source Blog:  http://softwaresoapbox.com
Big Data Blog :  http://datavida.com

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