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Mainframe Programmer

Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
September 26, 2018

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John Olson

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Plymouth, MN. ***41



A position that utilizes my knowledge and experience and provides me with versatile and challenging responsibilities.


Proficient or familiar with a vast array of programming languages, concepts and technologies, including, but not limited to: COBOL, IMS DB/DC, CICS, IDMS, VSAM, TSO/ISPF, JCL, FTP, Fileaid, Intertest, Expediter, MVS, Syncsort, BAL, C++, Fortran, RPG, DYL, File Manager, CA7, Tandem, MS Office, TPL, Regex, SQL.

Strong leadership and communication skills. Particularly skilled at understanding end user needs and translating those needs to IT staff. Excellent at assimilating and using new technologies quickly.


Software Engineer, Sep 2014 - Current

J. C. Olson and Associates Plymouth, MN

Consulting for a Minneapolis based company specializing in Business Application Modeling. All work performed from a home office. Responsible for writing Application Models while keeping in daily contact with the clients business analysts to discuss deficiencies in specifications or potential for an improved Model. The tools utilized are TPL ( The Pattern Language ), Regex and SQL. Able to become very proficient in these tools after a 32 hour course with very little assistance afterward. Wrote the most models for the year at this client site and saw that my models were being used as templates for other programmers.

Mainframe Developer, 1986 - 1998

Data Base Ideas, Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN

Consulted exclusively for a Mortgage Securitization firm for over 12 years. Responsibilities during this period included programming, business/systems analysis, project lead, project manager and application manager duties. Systems utilized Cobol, IMS / DBDC and VSAM. Communication skills and financial/investment system knowledge were critical to the successful implementation of quality systems, on time and within budget. Managed a team responsible for all mainframe applications while systems were being converted to a client server based system.

Lead Programmer, 1984 - 1986

J. C. Olson and Associates Plymouth, MN

Lead programmer/analyst developing an Automatic Execution system for a large Wall Street firm. Responsibilities include analysis, design and programming using Cobol, IDMS, VSAM and CICS. Extensive interaction with the client was necessary during all phases of project. Lead Programmer on a trading system project using Tandem computers.

Programmer, 1982 - 1984

CICS (Consultants In Computer Software) St. Paul, MN

Member of a team responsible for developing an International Banking system for a large financial institution. This application used Cobol, IDMS and VSAM. Took the initiative to write and test the entire JCL stream incorporating CA7 during off hours.

Programmer, 1979 - 1982

IDS, Minneapolis, MN

Member of a team responsible for developing, enhancing and maintaining a securities system used by this major mutual fund and insurance company. Systems were written in Cobol and BAL, using IMS, VSAM and CICS.

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