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Allen K ...

    Allen K. Taylor

    800 Tranquil Sound Drive

    Cary, NC 27519

    (919) 602-8086


? Technology generalist with over 20 years of applications development experience using a

    wide variety of languages, frameworks, tools & operating systems

    ? System Architect/Technical Lead on projects focusing on agile, web-based and object

    oriented technology including Web Portals, Search Services, Content Management and


    ? Over 10 years of experience developing mission critical applications against Oracle


    ? Very Strong on the backend with expertise developing PL/SQL, tuning SQL queries and

    implementing data load/filter/transformation processes against relational databases

    ? Expert in the installation, configuration, customization & integration of Business

    Intelligence/Reporting tools and Web Portals

    ? BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington, 1988

    ? Brio Technology Certified Consulting Partner/Solution Integrator -- April 1999

    ? President of FrikShun --

Technical Summary

Programming Languages/Technologies: Java, Ruby on Rails, C#, Smalltalk, Python, PHP, Perl, Struts,

Tapestry, AJAX, Web Services, ASP, JSP, XML/XSL, C, C++, PRO*C, UNIX Shell Scripts

    Web/Application Servers/Portals: Apache, Tomcat, Lighttp, Mongrel, BroadVision Portal, Plumtree Portal, Oracle 10g Portal, Mambo Portal, Netscape IPlanet Directory Manager, Brio One Portal, Verity,

    Crystal Enterprise ePortfolio, WebObjects App Server, HAHT Scenario Server, WebLogic, MS Internet

    Information Server (IIS), Netscape Enterprise Server

    Integrated Dev Environments: Aptana Studio/RAD Rails, Eclipse, Visual Studio .Net, Visual Slick Edit, Oracle JDeveloper, Borland JBuilder, WebObjects, HAHTsite Workbench, VisualWave, Visual Cafe,

    ClassicBlend, Oracle Developer/2000, WindowBuilder, Motif

    Relational Database/Directory Tools/Frameworks: Oracle, MySQL, Hibernate, LDAP, SQL, PL/SQL,

    SQR, Toad, Embarcadero Rapid SQL, Sybase, SQL Server, DB2

    Information Management Tools: Verity Spider, Verity Intelligent Classifier/Extractor/Profiler, Inxight Analysis suite, Entrieva/Semio metatagger

    Business Intelligence Tools: Brio Enterprise, Brio.Report, Crystal Reports, Crystal Enterprise, SQR Server, QueryManager

    Source Code Control & Defect Tracking: Subversion, CVS, PVCS Version Manager, PVCS Tracker & Notifier, Visual Source Safe, ENVY, ProSTAR, RCS, DDTs

Experience Highlights

3/04 to Present: FrikShun, Cary, NC

    Environment: Ruby, Rails, PHP, Apache, Lighttpd, MySQL, AJAX, Agile Development, MapGuide, GIS

    Technical Lead: Technical Lead on projects to rapidly deliver web applications in the auto parts,

    medical and GIS spaces. The auto parts lookup and mapping applications are interesting as an auto

    part can be mapped to thousands of automobile applications. Providing an administrative interface to

    map these parts, and a search interface to perform application based lookups is a complex problem

    in UI dependency management. The built in AJAX components combined with the agile development

    concepts baked into Ruby on Rails made this a natural choice. Ruby on Rails was also utilized to

    deliver a web presence for Preston Medical Associates which allows them to track patient encounters

    and distribute appointment and newsletter communication via automated email. Another RoR app

    was delivered to integrate with, and extend the features of a JSP map viewer application deployed

    with the MapGuide software suite. Designed and developed a not-for-profit site

    “” in PHP/MySQL for the education and safety of children on the internet.

7/06 to Present: US Internetworking, Morrisville, NC

    Environment: Java 4/5, AJAX, C#, Visual Studio .Net, SharePoint portal, MS SQL Server, Ruby on Rails,

    Groovy, Struts, JSP, SOAP, XmlBeans, WSDL2Java, JUnit, JMeter, EasyMock, Tomcat, Websphere,

    Oracle 9/10, BroadVision Portal, Active Directory, Verity, Maven, Unix Shell Script, BroadVision Portal,

    Test Driven Development

    Principal Consultant/Technical Lead: Currently developing a custom application in C#/Visual

    Studio.Net to be deployed on an MS SharePoint portal for the purpose of enabling medical

    investigators to request research grants from a large Pharmaceutical company. Developed products

    and server side components to track global energy resources which are delivered via a BroadVision

    portal. Utilized JMeter to stress test BV portal components. The BroadVision portal is backed by an

    Oracle database with Verity search and Active Directory entitlement management. Lead architect on

    development of a content management system in support of bank credit card applications.

    Developed suite of web services clients to synchronize bank card product and pricing data with

    internal Oracle database. Implemented controls and modified code in existing applications to bring to

    compliance with American’s with Disabilities ( ADA ) standards. Implemented an application to

    enable clients to dynamically create customized small business credit card offerings. Designed and

    Implemented an internationalization framework for Canadian credit card applications. Integrated the

    Canada credit card app with TransUnion’s Fraud prevention web service ( Identicate ). Developed

    several Ruby on Rails/Groovy on Grails apps in support of internal tools and as pre-sales opportunity

    prototypes. USi utilizes an agile development methodology with a focus and rapid development

    cycles and test driven development.

11/05 to 06/06: Glaxo Smith Kline, RTP, North Carolina

    Environment: Verity K3 Spider, Verity Intelligent Classifier, Verity Extractor, Plumtree Portal 5.0, Inxight

    Analysis suite, Entrieva/Semio, Lotus Notes, Documentum, ODBC

    Technical Architect R&D: Technical Architect responsible for building searchable document

    collections using Verity’s spidering technology against web, file system, odbc, Notes and

    Documentum data sources. Technical Lead on project to build a transformation process that will

    allow R&D hierarchical document classifications to be expressed as Verity Taxonomy structures.

    Technical Lead on pilot of metadata extraction and analysis software. Implemented several vendor

    solutions to extract metadata from raw document text and insert back into the Verity index for

    improved document searching, categorization and summarization. Technical Lead on project to

    design and implement a “Browse” application to navigate the R&D Corporate Taxonomy. This

    application is tightly integrated with the Plumtree Portal used as the corporate Intranet at GSK.

7/04 to 11/05: CARQUEST Auto Parts, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Environment: Oracle Portal 10g, Java, Tapestry, Eclipse, OFBIZ, Tomcat

    Software Consultant: Lead Architect/Developer for a Payroll Budgeting product. Product captures

    time and attendance at storefronts and analyzes past sales to predict future staffing needs.

    Development/Deployment env is open source java utilizing the Tapestry and Open for Business

    frameworks running on a Tomcat server. Product is made available to end users via the SSO

    integration with an Oracle 10g portal.

    Lead Architect Developer for a Database of Vendor Parts. Vendors transmit xml files containing parts

    data via sftp. Data is then parsed and loaded into a Parts Data Warehouse. Developed java

    programs to fetch data from ftp server, parse xml and load parts data to an Oracle base and then

    allow users to view parts data via a web application.

1/02 to 7/04: GlaxoSmithKline, RTP, North Carolina

    Environment: Plumtree Corporate Portal 4.5, Plumtree Gadget Dev, Oracle 8i, Verity, IIS, C#, .Net, Java,

    JSP, ASP, Toad, Visual Slick Edit, Oracle JDeveloper, XML/XSL, PVCS ( VM, Tracker & Notifier )

    Web Portal Consultant: Technical Lead/Architect for the Delivery team focusing on developing

    common gadgets/portlets and managing infrastructure for GSK’s Intranet and Extranet portals.

    Responsible for delivering portal components that can be used by Content Maintainers as well as re-

    used by Business IT Groups. Responsible for delivering any framework changes to the Plumtree

    code base to deliver a custom user experience across the enterprise. Lead architect on infrastructure

    interfaces to other functional areas such as eSearch and Extranet. Developed process for passing

    user credentials to secure searches on the Verity back-end. Worked with eSearch team to create an

    eSearch portal community and portlets which front the Verity back-end. Developed Brio reports to

    analyze eSearch usage metrics.

    GSK is a global community and , as such, all deliverables must be internationalized for each target

    locale. We are utilizing the PVCS versioning and tracking software for Software Change

    Management. Most development is performed using Visual Studio.Net ( C# ) or JSP.

11/03 to 02/04: Nortel Networks, RTP, North Carolina

    Environment: Visual Studio .Net, C#, .Net Framework 1.1, Oracle 8i, Smalltalk

    Web Consultant: Ported and enhanced a legacy client server application which manages the flow of

    Orders through Nortel’s Billing Systems. The application was ported from a non-supported flavor of

    Visual Smalltalk to a .Net Web Application using Visual Studio .Net.

8/01 to 12/01: L & M Brokerage Co, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Environment: Business Intelligence/Reporting, Oracle 8i, IIS, Visual Basic, Windows NT, ASP, Toad,

    Embarcadero, PL/SQL, ETL

    Business Intelligence Consultant: Provided Business Intelligence systems expertise in order to

    facilitate an installation of Crystal Enterprise. Wrote custom ASP/CSP to tailor the CE Security Model

    to L & M’s existing security architecture. Integrated and customized the CE ePortfolio web portal into

    L & M’s web application infrastructure to meet corporate standards. Setup and Maintained the IIS

    Web Server to provide URL forwarding and HTTP aliases used by the web applications. Developed

    reports using the Crystal Reports designer to track key business indicators. Wrote PL/SQL modules

    and Triggers ( using Toad & Embarcadero Rapid SQL) to implement an ETL process to move data

    from the transactional database to the new datawarehouse/reporting base. Developed application in

    Visual Basic 6.0 to facilitate email notification of error conditions.

6/01 to 8/01: Novartis Animal Health, Greensboro, North Carolina

    Environment: Business Intelligence/Reporting, Brio Enterprise, SQL Server, Windows NT, Visual Basic 6.0

    Business Intelligence Consultant: Provided Business Intelligence systems expertise in order to

    facilitate an upgrade of Novartis’s reporting environment from Brio Enterprise 5.x to version 6.x and to

    address key technical issues with their reporting architecture. A Visual Basic application was

    developed to update report scheduler job, action & report parameter tables in the SQL Server


3/00 to 5/01: Nortel Networks, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

    Environment: Java (WebObjects), JavaScript, ASP, JSP, IIS, Netscape Enterprise Server, HTML, Oracle 8, LDAP, Brio Enterprise, Brio Portal, Win98/NT/2000, Unix ( HP UX )

    System Architect/Technical Lead: Led a team of six developers on BRDS the Billed Receivables

    Dispute System. BRDS is a web-based application written in Java (WebObjects) which allows for

    input and reporting of customer disputes against invoices. Invoice and Dispute data is stored on an

    Oracle 8i database running on the HP UX unix platform. Used Java LDAP api to access Nortel’s

    corporate directory server in order to facilitate automated email notification of disputes. Was the sole

    administrator for a Brio One Portal reporting environment. The Brio One Portal was used to integrate

    the application, Brio Enterprise reports and other content used by the Accounts Receivable group.

    Set up and maintained secure access model ( SAM ) software on departmental servers to achieve

    single point of logon to Nortel’s intranet. Enhanced all web applications to accept user’s intranet

    global id/password. Installed, configured and maintained the IIS Web Servers and Netscape

    Enterprise Web Servers on both WinNT & 2000 platforms to provide URL forwarding ( load balancing )

    and HTTP aliases used by the web applications. Implemented Active Server Pages ( ASP ) and Java

    Server Pages ( JSP ) to retrieve user data stored in web session to pass to web based & client server

    applications. Wrote interfaces to SAM to provide access to applications and reports to external

    customers. Completed an upgrade of all Brio version 5.x reports to version 6.2. Performed Win2000

    validation for all applications and reporting tools.

    12/99 to 5/00: Nortel Networks, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Environment: WebObjects, Java, JavaScript, HTML, IIS, Netscape Enterprise Server, Oracle 8, LDAP, Brio Enterprise, Brio Portal, Win98/NT

    System Architect/Technical Lead: Led a team of three developers on the Program Performance

    Monitor project. The Program Performance Monitor is a web-based application written in Java

    (WebObjects) designed to track and report metrics (key indicators) of program performance.

    Performance indicators are tracked at the Task, Project, Organization and Program level.

    Performance metrics are captured for budget, schedule, critical path task completion and resourcing.

    The metrics are used to highlight programs or projects, which are in jeopardy and to provide historical

    trending information, which can be used to better plan future projects. The Brio One Portal was used

    to integrate the application, reports and other content used by the IS organization. Installed,

    configured and maintained the IIS Web Servers and Netscape Enterprise Web Servers on the WinNT

    platform in support of the application runtime environments ( DEV, TEST, PROD ).

12/99 to 3/00: Performaworks, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Environment: Java (Visual Café), Brio Enterprise, WebLogic, Brio.Report, SQR Server, WinNT

    Brio Consultant: Contributed to product designed to enhance employee performance via satisfaction

    surveys, employee development and employee incentive plans. Primarily responsible for installation

    of Brio servers/software and integration of Brio reporting architecture into customer's product.

    Customer's product is written in Java (Visual Cafe, WebLogic) with a SQL Server backend.

    8/99 to 1/00: Nortel Networks, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Environment: Java (Web Objects, Visual Café), WebLogic, Visual Source Safe, JavaScript, Perl, HTML, Oracle 8, Brio Enterprise, Win95/NT

    Consultant Software Engineer: Developed modules (Perl) to enhance a web-based time sheet entry

    and reporting tool to include project management features. Sole developer on a project implemented

    in Java (Visual Café, WebLogic) to enhance a web-based customer satisfaction (CSAT) survey

    creation and reporting tool. Developed an add on UI to include software delivery satisfaction (DSAT)

    components for the Information Systems organization. The DSAT project was implemented in Java

    (WebObjects). Developed web-based reports using Brio Enterprise 6.0 in support of multiple projects

    across IS.

    5/96 to 8/99: Nortel Networks, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Environment: Java (WebObjects), Smalltalk/Visual Works/VisualWave/ClassicBlend, JavaScript, IIS, Netscape Enterprise Server, Objectory, HTML, Oracle 7, Brio Enterprise, Win95/NT, HP-UX, Macintosh

    System Architect/Technical Lead: Led a team of six developers on a project to re-engineer and

    enhance several legacy financial systems using Java (WebObjects), ObjectShare's VisualWave and

    Applied Reasoning’s ClassicBlend to provide Web access, platform independence and millennium

    compliance. Brio Enterprise is being used to facilitate distribution and web access to reporting

    components. Developed an Order Tracking System to manage the workflow of claim resolution

    activities across multiple organizations within NORTEL's billing system. Responsible for the design,

    development, configuration management, packaging, distribution, & support of Smalltalk applications.

    Utilized Classic Blend to provide a Java web interface for the Smalltalk client/server applications.

    Extended java components to provide support for features not included in the Classic Blend product

    ( such as Cut & Paste ). Installed, configured and maintained the IIS Web Servers and Netscape

    Enterprise Web Servers on the WinNT platform in support of the application runtime environments

    ( DEV, TEST, PROD ). Authored user manuals, guide to system security and application test plans.

    Maintain departmental web pages, administer Brio On-demand and Broadcast servers and provide

    WinNT server administration support across the organization.

    1/97 to 3/97: GLAXO Wellcome, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Environment: Smalltalk/Visual Works 2.5, ENVY, Oracle 7, SQLPLUS, Windows NT

    Consultant Software Engineer: Delivered system to manage the ordering and disbursement of

    pharmaceutical inventory. Responsible for the design, development, configuration management,

    packaging, & distribution of Smalltalk applications.

    9/95 to 5/96: Imonics, 8000 Regency Parkway, Cary, North Carolina Environment: OS/2 Warp, Sun OS, ParcPlace Smalltalk/VisualWorks 2.5, Digitalk Smalltalk/WindowBuilder Pro, Rational Rose ST, Recoverable Queuing Services, Encina, Sybase, SQL


    Consultant Software Engineer: Participated on a large scale hospital billing & collections project.

    Primary responsibility was the development of a Workflow Manager and Process Editor designed to

    automate the billing and collections process. Designed and developed a Contact Editor and Lookup

    application to track calls to insurance carriers, patients and their guarantors regarding payments due.

    Have also been responsible for global testing and bug fixes.

2/95 to 9/95: IBM, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

    Environment: IBM RS6000, IBM PC, OS/2 3.0, AIX 4.13, Motif 1.2, VisualAge/IBM Smalltalk 3.0, C, DB2, OS/2 QueryManager, MS Windows

    Consultant Software Engineer: Completed a port VisualAge/IBM Smalltalk to the AIX/Motif platform.

    Developed extended widgets (Grid control, Embedded Shell) in IBM Smalltalk to support

    controls/parts that are not native to Motif. Have been providing AIX/Motif expertise to solve platform

    specific problems. Primarily responsible for addressing problems with the VA Application Builder and

    general widget usage. Validated the DB query parts for AIX against a DB2 database.

    11/93 to 2/95: NORTEL, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Environment: HP 9000, Macintosh, HP-UX, ParcPlace VisualWorks, ENVY, CRC, Oracle 7.0, Silverrun, Motif 1.2, C, Symantec C++, Pro-C, PL-SQL, UNIX Shell Scripts, sqlplus

    Consultant Software Engineer: Developed applications in VisualWorks/ParcPlace Smalltalk, Pro-C, &

    PL/SQL for the scheduling component of NOM (a Networked Order Management system) using CRC

    (Class-Responsibility-Collaborator) design methodologies. NOM is a large scale, object-oriented,

    client-server based system with applications running on Macintosh & HP-UX clients accessing data in

    a Central Order Database (Oracle 7.0 DB server). Designed/implemented an automated activity

    notification tool to facilitate inter-person/inter process communication on the NOM project. The front

    end of this tool was developed in Motif/Pro-C for the HP-UX clients and Symantec C++ for the

    Macintosh clients. Was responsible for DB table design and creation and other miscellaneous DBA

    activities for our group. Used the tool Silverrun for all data modeling. Received NT bonus for

    outstanding performance.

    4/92 to 11/93: SpaceLabs Medical, Redmond Washington Environment: Real-time embedded system, DEC Alpha, Ultrix, MIPS 3000, VxWorks, Motif 1.2, C, Cadre Teamwork, Builder Xccessory, Centerline Codecenter

    Senior Software Engineer: Designed/developed embedded Motif applications in C language for PC

    medical vital signs monitor. Designed custom widgets (Keyboard, Key, Menu). Applications are coded,

    tested, debugged on DEC stations running Ultrix UNIX. Target hardware is based on dual MIPS 3000

    processors and runs VxWorks OS. Used Cadre's Teamwork for all design and data modeling. Did

    some GUI prototyping with BX (Builder Xccessory). Designed and implemented internationalization

    processes/tools to enable software to be easily translated into multiple-languages -- was submitted

    for patent. Received bonus for outstanding performance.

11/89 to 3/92: IBM, Issaquah Washington

    Environment: IBM PS/2, OS/2 1.3, Presentation Manager, C, OS/2 DatabaseManager, ESQL, Distributed Automation Edition

    Senior Associate Programmer: Technical lead on manufacturing application enabler project co-

    developed with Boeing for 777. Product was developed in OS/2 PM (C language) for the PS/2. This

    was a client/server application with an OS/2 Database Manager server. Took product through

    complete software life cycle including verification of National Language Standards compliance.

    Primary responsibilities were data access authorization methods, NLS compliance, and resolving

    technical issues brought up by customers (Boeing & IBM internal). Received award for providing

    client/server expertise to Boeing on a related project. Received Boeing Special Recognition Award for

    rapidly developing expertise in new technologies.

6/87 to 11/89: IBM, Rockville Maryland

    Environment: IBM RS6000, RT/PC, AIX, ADA

    Associate Programmer: Developed real-time token ring network management functions as part of an

    air traffic control system designed for the FAA. Responsible for development of error, performance,

    and processor monitoring software. System is coded in ADA on the RS6000 for the AIX Windows

    environment. Awarded for extra hours put in to meet project milestones.


Brio Technology Consulting/Solutions Integrator


    Seattle University, Seattle Washington

    Courses taken towards Masters in Software Engineering

University of Washington, Seattle Washington

    BS in Computer Science June 1988, Cum Laude, GPA 3.7 out of possible 4.0

Wahkiakum High School, Cathlamet Washington

    Diploma June 1983, GPA 4.0 out of possible 4.0

    Other Education

    HAHT Commerce: Brio Technology:

    HAHTsite for Java Developers Custom Application Design using Brio 6.0

    Customizing HAHT Shop and Track Partner Certification Week

    Oracle: Northern Telecom:

    Developer/2000 Foundation WebObjects Development

    Developer/2000 Forms 4.5 Administrating Internet Information Server

    Advanced SQL Query Development Knowledge Systems Corp: Bellevue Community College:

    Smalltalk ENVY development environment Advanced C Programming

    Introduction to VisualWorks Smalltalk

IBM: Microsoft:

    AIX Windows/Motif Applications Programming Visual Basic 6.0

    AIX Programming Environment & Tools OS/2 Presentation Manager Application Programming

    Knowledge Based Systems Development OS/2 Presentation Manager Prog. Environment

    Object Oriented Development using C++ OS/2 Application Programming

    Advanced ADA Programming OS/2 Programming Environment

    Advanced Software Engineering

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