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IT Manager / Software Test Engineer

Seattle, WA
April 16, 2016

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Patrick Stewart-Fowler

Seattle • W *****206-***-**** •


Experienced Information Technology Leader with 20+ years’ experience engaging with internal/external clients in developing strategic and effective technology solutions to support company growth. Extensive and successful tenure as an FTE and contractor with Microsoft. Core competencies include:

Strategic IT Support

System Conversion/Integration

Software Testing


Technical Program Management

Training Implementation

IT & Business Consulting

Effective Communication

Customer Service & Support

RFP & Negotiations

Vendor Management

Business Analysis


KVICHAK MARINE INDUSTRIES, Seattle, Washington 2010 – Present

Privately held mid-cap worldwide leader in design and construction of aluminum vessels; merged with Vigor Industrial in April 2015 to add Kvichak’s building and design capabilities to their core, going from 125 to 2,500 FTEs.

Information Technology Manager

Reporting to the COO/VP/Owner and responsible for a complete rework of the IT infrastructure including hardware, software, domains and DNS, migrating existing systems, updating the desktop workspace and hardware, and renegotiating broadband and phone services. Leading a small IT team and contractors, manage all IT budgeting and forecasting.

Virtualized all production servers to Microsoft Hyper-V. Repurposed existing physical servers into a 5-node Windows Server 2008R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster, backed against an HP 4500 G2 Virtualization SAN. This process allowed for a fourfold capacity increase without additional server hardware purchases.

Migrated from Exchange Server 2003 to 2010, Microsoft SQL 2003 to 2008R2.

Maintained an ERP system based upon OpenEdge SQL (Encompix .1), existing SharePoint 2007 Farm.

Deployed PKI solution into new Windows 2008R2 Domain, SolidWorks ePDM Vault to support 3D modeling Document Control, Attendance Enterprise time keeping, new SharePoint 2013 Farm.

Upgraded Primavera P6 Professional r6 to r8.3 (based upon Oracle WebLogic).

Other software used - Crystal Reports 201, Access 2010, Project 2010, full Microsoft Office 2010 Suite.

CLIENT: MICROSOFT, Redmond, Washington 2003 – 2010

Software Test Engineer, Contractor through Longtop International, 2009-2010

Product: Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) / Identity Lifecycle Management (ILM). Responsible for preparation and running of all test passes, Development, Beta, and Release milestone testing, deploying Exchange 2007–2010, SharePoint 2007-2010, IIS6 & IIS7, SQL 2005-2010 in the Testing Topologies.

Developed a Microsoft Hyper-V solution that reduced Build Verification Tests (BVTs) topology deployments from 23 hours to 45 minutes and doubled the pools of available topologies on existing hardware. The result added the potential to run BVTs 4x in a single day vs. the prior schedule of a run every 7-10 business days.

Duplicated the process to include Full Test Pass (FTP) topologies in the 9 supported languages and built out two full topologies, resulting in performing FTP runs 2-3x weekly vs. 1-2x monthly on existing hardware.

Software Tester II, Contractor through Minecode, subsequently purchased by Longtop, 2006 – 2008

Product: Visual Studio 2008–2010. Contracted into this new position created to coordinate lab resources among multiple teams for software testing, which ran on an internal Microsoft proprietary software automation harness. Responsible for creating, supporting, and installing test runs, and troubleshooting for several MS products in various stages of development (SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008-2010, Silverlight, .Net 2.0-4.0); Bug regression testing across all architectures. Participated in Daily/Weekly Scrum reporting. Leveraged in-depth knowledge of networking, multi-domain environments, operating system setup & configuration, as well as application installation to provide QFE & NDP deliverables on tight schedules.

Ensured test runs adhered to Divisional reporting requirements for milestone Test Passes.

Oversaw conversion/upgrade of groups’ needs to new QA standards, new versions of automation harness and Universal Installer; earned the title of the “Go To” person for test run needs.

Created and refined installation steps and package; Maintained source code check-ins enlistments for multiple branches on Edge servers as part of automation infrastructure; Projected, scheduled and balanced machine resources for up to 5 product lines across 3 labs.

Created documentation of entire project for future team reference and training; Provided daily, weekly and monthly testing & regression status to all teams.

Software Tester II, Contractor through Volt Technical Services, 2003-2006

Product: Exchange Server Product Group, Deployment division. Specializing in Foreign Connectors and Migration area. Executed test plans during all pre-release and release phases of product. Involved in Service Pack and QFE deliverables for domestic and foreign corporations.

Tested migration of email accounts between Exchange and Foreign Mail Systems; Created foreign server topologies with IBM Domino and NetWare Servers; Ran Automated Testing and Topology roll outs.

Refined existing and developed new test plans for Exchange Server 2003 and SP1 products.

Consolidated 80 older servers with failing hardware onto 20 new servers running 3-8 virtual servers each

Revived 32 machines into production that were previously unusable due to incorrect hardware configuration.

Created and maintained bank of Microsoft Virtual Server topologies as well as physical topologies.

Product: Windows Server 2003 - Service Pack 1 for x86 and x64 architectures. Final component and UI testing in 18 languages, focusing on both functionality and User Experience.

Manual testing for 95% of test cases due, in part, to areas’ inability to effectively automate.

Retained past ship date to further test an MS internal tool (Web-based ASPX against SQL) that increased knowledge and proficiency with SQL and scripting.

MICROSOFT, Redmond, Washington 1991 – 1999

Software Test Lead – Windows 98, 1996-1999

Responsible for developing and implementing test plans and matrices for various Windows 98 projects inside the framework of Microsoft’s implementation of Agile / Scrum for SLDC, assembling and leading teams of contract testers, and monitoring Newsgroups and filtering submitted issues for development and resolution, as follows:

Setup: Interviewed and hired over 100 contract testers; Managed a team of 30 contractors. Implemented main hardware lab inventory structure for improved tracking of computers and hardware components to facilitate location and usage to reproduce incoming problem reports.

Application Compatibility Reproduction: Led 15+ contract testers representing 8 languages; Partnered with Internet Explorer Development and Testing teams for issue resolution, including Windows 98/SE updated product code. Focused on Product Support issues, new features and technologies under consideration and included in Service Pack and OEM Service Release.

Windows 98SE/OSR System Integration: Led 2 contractors focused on tracking stability, regression and functionality testing of Internet Explorer (IE5 and IE4.01SP2), DUN and Online Services included in Service Pack 1 and OEM Service Release.

Senior Product Support Engineer – Operating Systems Support, 1991 – 1996

Responsible for front line phone support, problem mentoring, call coaching and escalation in MS-DOS ver. 5.0-6.x, Windows 3.x, Windows for Workgroups 3.x, and Windows 95/98.

Resolved highly complex issues and cases, resulting in career advancement and selection to represent PSS team in Testing and Development for Windows 98.


MCSA Windows Server, 2008R2 & 2012; MCDBA SQL MCSE SharePoint 2013

Associate of Arts Degree, English, Centralia Community College, Centralia, Washington

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