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Sr. Enterprise Solution Infrastructure Architect

Streamwood, IL
March 08, 2018

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GARY SILVERS 630-***-**** - Streamwood, IL


Global, multi-datacenter architect with expertise in Availability, Capacity Planning, Clustering, Server Consolidation & Virtualization for multi-million dollar savings

Industry experience in Airlines, Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Investments, Retail Pharmacy, Restaurants, Telecom, Logistics and Warehousing. Domestic and International.


Senior Architect (Independent Contractor) Tango Technology Services Mar, 2016 – Current

Architect solutions to business opportunities including a platform and storage migration.

Pursued new sourcing and sales opportunities.

Coordinated multiple teams to ensure successful completion of designs.

Senior Enterprise Architect for JP Morgan Chase May, 2016 – November, 2016

Mphasis Technologies, Chicago, IL.

Independently identified over $500,000 in billing reductions; with another $2.6 million in architecture pattern exceptions, $2.7M in Storage Retiering; and $2.25M in P2V (Physical to Virtual) & V2V rehosting.

Influenced solutions to meet functional (FRs) and non-functional requirements (NFRs) that reduce firm wide cost; maintaining resiliency and security, leveraging standard building blocks and reference architectures.

Monitor book of work to completion and ensure project success.

Map current technology opportunities to new internal services or actionable initiatives

Senior Enterprise Architect for Walgreens 2014 - 2015

Q1 Technologies, Naperville, IL.

Created architectural deliverables that included detailed conceptual, logical and physical designs; documented functional (FRs) and non-functional requirements (NFRs) that included security, performance and availability needs; as well as seeing that they meet reference architectures or patterns.

Architected solutions that migrated applications from one datacenter to another

Designed a company-wide capacity planning and forecasting practice leveraging existing technologies.

Designed infrastructures that included, F5s, GTMs, LTMs; AIX, Red Hat Linux, VMWare, Windows; Oracle, SQL server; Ab Initio, BPM, ODM, WAS 8.5, Datapower and Pureflex / Pureapp servers, among others.

Enterprise Architect for McDonald's Corporation & HAVI 2010 - 2014

Xerox Business Services, LLC (acquired ACS, Inc.), Oak Brook, IL.

Architected global, multi-datacenter infrastructure (multi-platform servers, clustering solutions, storage, network, firewall rules, replication, etc.) solutions supporting critical business functionality after deriving business requirements. Created documentation including: Detailed Conceptual, logical and physical designs; Project workbooks for virtual machines (VMs) in both ESX private environments and public and private clouds, as well as physical servers; ROMs & SoWs with work efforts, risks, assumptions, scope, costs, etc.

Designed and implemented many world-wide, security related environments including: Microsoft's Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Novell Access Manager (NAM) and Novell Identity Manager (NIM), Cisco's ScanSafe, McAfee EPO, and Symantec's ECA.

Program managed the 2.5 year project to implement the three continent, primarily and secondarily redundant, implementation of authentication and authorization architecture for all applications. This involved supplier resources (engineers, portal, DBA's, PMs, Datacenter, etc.) as well as client resources (Application Architects, Developers, Business Owners, End-users, Executives, etc) that were globally distributed.

Designed Business Intelligence environments for Hyperion, Tableau, Microsoft's Customer Experience Insight (CEI) Market Analytics and Astute.

Evaluated F5 and Riverbed's Stingray with Application Firewall differences for front-ending the ADFS clusters. The results provided the needed functionality at a $1.2 million annual savings and was deliverable within the accelerated timeframe.

Senior Solutions Architect for McDonald's Corporation & HAVI (continued)

Leveraged Global Traffic Manager (GTM) for global fail-over. This project also included upgrading the previous Zeus Traffic Managers (ZTMs).

Implemented a multi-continent PoC for Cisco's Enterprise Content Delivery System (ECDS).

Started a 400+ Windows / Linux datacenter migration and upgrade project. This involved evaluating servers and VMs running on older hardware or home grown VMWare ESX clusters to migrate to UCS blades, VBlocks or standalone servers as required doing P2V preferably or P2P as required.

Solutioned to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Also prepared and responded to RFIs / RFPs

Senior Infrastructure Consultant 2008 - 2009

Sr. IT Infrastructure Internal Consultant at Discover Financial Services

Designed infrastructure (multi-platform servers, clustering solutions, storage, network, etc.) supporting critical business functionality after deriving technical business requirements from multiple business units.

Prepared executive level documentation of infrastructure designs.

Provided evaluations of many factors including Availability/Resiliency using RTOs / RPOs and cost summaries.

Infrastructure Architect – Consultant at IBM

Lead Infrastructure Architect - UNIX/LINUX (2003-2008) 2000 – 2008

United Airlines, Elk Grove Village, IL.

Empowered to identify and drive expanding opportunities for designing the entire distributed server environment to achieve maximum effectiveness.

Generated over $15M in savings over three years and an additional $2.5M in cost avoidance. Transformed ad-hoc, project-owned islands to an N-tier J2EE, PCI supporting, infrastructure.

Redeployed assets, retired over 75 servers through consolidation, and reuse of hardware and software.

Initiated the first LINUX (SUSE & Redhat) / x86 and Itanium server “new” environments after extensive evaluation, cost justification and business case preparation. Redeployed the common enterprise UNIX database environment from HPUX to AIX based on extensive TCO / cost-benefit analysis.

Sized and designed a 700+ server VMWare ESX Wintel / Linux Consolidation effort.

Coordinated the upgrade of over 250 Unix servers from older, slower models to fewer, faster models. (Examples: HP R, K, L, N, V to L, N, Superdome; IBM R, SP2, SP3, S80 to p5x0, p5x5, p6x0; Sun v2x0, v4x0 with associated OS and DB release upgrades)

Replatformed an application from Laserdisc arrays to EMC Centera CAS.

Maintained a "license bank", and redeployed custom applications, licensed software and server resources to accommodate business requirements.

Provided the cluster design for the Unix Disaster Recovery initiative run by the Operations group.

Created and presented the evolving server infrastructure/cluster designs to senior management and IT organization bi-annually.

Increased the obsolescence index, thus decreasing maintenance and switch fabric expenses.

Recognized by peers and vendors as United’s expert on server-related hardware in terms of models, performance, cost/performance and configurations.

Led Capacity Management group during manager’s 6-month absence.

Senior Capacity Management Analyst (2000-2008)

Estimated project resource requirements; monitored performance and determined Root Cause Analysis related to performance issues; also developed forecasts; and provided recommendations to meet application needs.

Created a standard cost matrix for provisioning hardware and software.

Created a multi-vendor, cross-platform, comparative performance, server reference document to assist in migration, re-hosting and growth estimates.

Reviewed server and application performance periodically, creating standardized forecasts both by server and cluster, and by workload. Defined workloads as needed.

Managed the Capacity Planning monitoring software infrastructure. Maintained license inventory, reviewed data collection for accuracy, corrected and customized configurations, and kept maintenance log.

Supported and refined the web-reporting infrastructure by incorporating forecasts with daily/monthly usage reporting, including KPIs, on standard web pages.

Senior Consultant / Business Analyst for various consulting firms and clients 08/1995 – 2000

At MCI Worldcom, Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Performed application liaison functions between System Architects, DBAs, Change Management managers, testers, users and developers. Also, modeled, analyzed and mitigated gaps between current system functionality and the APIs between telecom ordering, feature and circuit provisioning, and installation tracking systems.

At Scudder Kemper Investments, Chicago, IL.

Performed system integration and testing analysis. Implemented an integrated SYBASE client-server system and an IBM legacy test system with over 500 different components.

At Baxter Healthcare, Deerfield, IL.:

Participated in business process, logistics, analysis and design decision meetings; modeled current mainframe and future mainframe/AS400 processes; performed gap analysis between legacy applications and the JDEdwards package, and created design and testing documentation.

At Allstate Insurance, Hoffman Estates, IL:

Contributed to legacy system migration analysis; provided Year 2000 test cycle planning, as well as planning and support for special business projection cycles; created production, test system support and quality control documentation.

Senior Systems Engineer – Consultant, Carpentersville, IL.

Performed application, database and process analysis for performance tuning, problem resolution and capacity planning.

For Levi Strauss’ European distribution warehouse, developed performance, application, database, and structural design models.

For Messe Frankfurt, conducted a performance and database review.

Created performance models for a number of banks and credit agencies, as well as for Pyramid and Siemens.

Built and analyzed both data and process models (DFDs, ERDs, APIs, etc.).

Ameritech Services, Inc., Hoffman Estates, IL. Pre 08/1995

Technical Analyst

Design, development, testing and implementation of system enhancements running on multiple platforms with multiple databases in different locations. Primary production support for major systems. Coordination of projects and software releases throughout SDLC including user availability enhancements. Ongoing disaster recovery and business resumption planning.

Led project team to update over 2500 COBOL programs.

Saved $70M in inventory costs with a team of twenty other analysts, enabling locations in five states to share stock within regulatory guidelines.

Reduced annual labor costs by thousands of man-hours. Redesigned data entry, process automation, and receipt interface audit controls addition.

Additional Technology Experience: CPlex, FileNet, Foresight, Glance, Hyperion, ILOG, Oracle E-Business Suite; HACMP, HP Openview (OVPA/OVPM), MC Serviceguard, Measureware, Perfview, Scansafe, Siebel, STRADIS, Sun N1 Grid, Symantec, Veritas Storage Foundations Suite & NBU, VMWare, Weblogic, Websphere; DB2/UDB EEE, Informix, Oracle (RAC), SQL Server; AIX, HPUX, Solaris, Windows; EMC DMX & VMax, HP 3PAR; Netapp; TSM, Avamar / Datadomain, SRDF, Timefinder

EDUCATION, Bachelors of Science - Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University.

ITIL Foundations v3 certified, ISO 20000 trained.

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