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Enterprise Architect, PM, Project Manager

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53228, United States
September 21, 2019

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Resume of: Thomas Nieman



Sr. Consultant, Digital Enterprise Architect, Cloud

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Mapping application dependencies, building repeatable architectures moving

remote applications to new public, private and hybrid cloud models.

Enterprise and Solution Architecture for multiple platforms and

applications under an "80% Cloud" directive primarily GCP, AWS & Azure .

AS400, Linux, Windows, DevOps, Data Protection, Monitoring, DR, Business

Continuity, Micro-services (SAP, Kubernetes, Docker, etc.) for legacy apps.

Continues to always be a development resource writing tools (prefer python,

perl & C/C++) for containerizing legacy applications, automation and custom

reporting needs. Extensive use of Github, sourceforge and other code

repositories. Also writing "scratch" code and participating in various

coding user groups.

Long history of development in financial industry using neural networks and

machine learning. Currently knee deep in "tensor flow" and "keros" back

testing index options with linear regression and linear progression


Tom's personal minimalist Cloud Multi-Vendor reference website:

Aurora Clinical Labs - TEKsystems Consultant

Sr. Consultant, Architect, Storage Engineer, DevOps

10/2018 - 2/2019

IT infrastructure and software generalist contractor on small "Seal Team"

concept support group.

CISCO MDS, HPE 3PAR 8440's, EMC Data Domain DD6800 targets, HPE Data

Protector, VDP.

Lansweeper, What's Up, VMware 6.5, 5.5, Solar Winds, Splunk, Ansible, AIX,

Linux, Windows.

Transition and Transformation to Microservices Architecture: Docker,

Kubernetes, etc..

Aurora Health Care - Experis Consultant

Sr. Consultant, Architect, Storage Engineer, DevOps

1/2018 - 7/2018

EMC XtremeIO, HDS VSP & Cisco Storage/SAN (MDS 9710) supporting EPIC, PACS

(Picture Archiving and Communications System) Merge/McKesson on AIX, VMware

and IBM Mainframe infrastructure. Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) to Virtual

Tape Library (VTL) and EMC Networker to Data Domain infrastructure.

Providing Switch, Storage and host migration support for project completing

in July 2018.

Customized proprietary Aztecura LLC web enabled zoning tools to provide

support for mass migrations that included a requirement of nearly 2000

zones per switch.

Provided Enterprise Architecture support for storage in a federal style

governance archetype.

Completed a governance modeling exercise to help identify process risk.

Provided feedback from the "street" on common practices and rationale.

Perl, Python web support.

Aztecura LLC

Sr. Technical Consultant, Developer, DevOps, Cloud

2017 - 1/2018

Business opportunity parlaying past consulting experience in Water, Energy

& IT Automation and monitoring into new technologies. Extracting water

quality data from various end-points and building automation and data

acquisition capability into the cloud.

Building SCADA into Cloud enabled technologies into the renewable energy

industry in conjunction with Interstate Batteries (Interstate PowerCare


Building machine to machine networks with inexpensive hardware and

container based code. Low voltage security systems, video verify (live

look), and access control solutions.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) opportunities,

converting legacy Perl websites to Python and Cython to take advantage of

Web Scraping, ETL and new technologies using Tensor Flow.

IBM - Artech Consultant

Cloud Managed Services - Solutions Architect, DevOps & Project

2015 - 2017

Transforming Managed Services (MS) and Strategic Outsourcing (SO) arm of

IBM into a DevOps culture. Implementing software & infrastructure solutions

(Chef, Ansible, Splunk) to 14 global data centers.

Various security & network projects (multi-factor authentication,

penetration testing, network documentation) across multiple domains.

Governance modeling and workshops for ITSM, DIACAP, LEAN, SAN, etc. .

Discovered a huge performance and customer satisfaction issue that affected

50 customers and over 700 VM's that had been poorly provisioned months

earlier. Managed change.

Implemented multiple SLACK channels for various towers to move toward a

DevOps culture.

Security Electronics

Project Manager/Solution Architect

2014 - 2015

Supporting pre-sales, sales and Implementation projects for customers

primarily in Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The business is involved in CCTV,

access control, security, networking, storage and Media centers for a wide

range of government and public entities. Developed and managed "quote to

cash" online systems for all Security Electronics products.

Awarded contract to upgrade all Oak Creek WI public schools for access

control and networking (including classroom renovation).

Contracts for Milwaukee area businesses providing CCTV, access control,

Media and AV solutions for various customer needs.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) - Clearbridge Consultant

Sr. SAN & Storage Engineer

2014 - 2015

In support of a server, network and storage Data Migration for Xerox and

their customer (State of Texas). Data migration from IBM SVC/DS8300, 3PAR


Also implementation of new HDS technology (VSP G1000 and GAD). Created

advanced expert systems (graphviz, perl and excel) to dramatically reduce

the prep time for hundreds of servers in migration.

Automated existing program lifecycle systems to report usage, capacity and

performance metrics.

Johnson Controls Inc. - Kforce Consultant

Sr. Consultant, DevOps Project Manager, Solution Architect


Project scope was to integrate the acquisition of "Energy Connect" into the

JCI portfolio for the Building Automation Systems (BAS) division known as

"Building Efficiencies" (BE - Now BT&S).

Corporate Global Infrastructure (GIS) demanded a secure integration into

their Business Hosting platform which in many ways defeated the ability to

collect data from Energy Connect customer's remote sensors and deployed


Gained a great deal of new experience on Software Defined Data Center

(SDDC), Azure, VBlock, Cisco, EMC and many other technologies for

integration and support.

Ingestion mechanisms from remote sensors, into "BIG Data" backend. MS

Service Center.

Developed custom tools for baselining, dashboarding, performance & capacity

planning and reporting. Perl, Python, PowerShell, Excel, et al. Converged

networks, Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, VCops,

Service Center Operations Manager, customer implementations.

Leveraged my considerable project, program and portfolio background as a

Governance and Architectural expert to conduct several governance and IT

Strategy & Architecture (ITSA) workshops to help the business develop a

strategy and begin defining IT governance models for this and other


Tractor Supply Co. - Collabera Consultant for IBM

Sr. Consultant, Sr. Storage & SAN Architect and Engineer


Application dependency mapping, Storage & SAN Consulting to move to new


Deep diving on configuration and ways to improve performance at new DC

MillerCoors - TEKsystems Consultant

Sr. Consultant, Sr. Storage & SAN Architect and Engineer

2012 - 2013

Engaged for 18 months as a Storage & SAN Architect and Solution Architect

in support of a project known as the "SAN refresh program", which upgraded,

migrated and standardized the Servers, Switches and Storage infrastructure

(virtualization) for eight breweries and a single corporate location across

North America. Responsible for three of the five process groups (planning,

execution and monitoring & controlling).

Much of the planning consisted of workload baselining and performance

testing which were key elements to the success criteria of this engagement.

Updated existing hardware to Brocade switches, HP P6350 storage and VMware

5.5 for it's improved virtualization, Fault tolerance (FT) and High

Availability (HA).

Also responsible for Performance and Capacity Management (PCM), Networks

(IP & FC), Security, and the supporting software and script development (C,

Perl, Python & Excel VB), as it all relates to virtualization and Cloud


Received additional training and became very proficient in the transition

and transformation (TT) of services to operations for Cloud Computing and

Automating the Virtualized Data Center.

Expertise in the three main cloud service models (at the time): Software

as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a

Service (IaaS).

Additional critical success factors and skills required for this engagement

were: Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Information

Technology Service Management (ITSM), Information Technology Strategy &

Architecture (ITSA, LEAN Methodologies) expertise.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) - Entelligence Consultant

Sr. Consultant, Pre-Sales Principal Technical Consultant (PTC), Storage &


2011 - 2012

Lengthy engagement providing expert program support for HDS customer

projects implementing their new product (VSP enterprise storage array) and

providing architecture and migration services from any other storage vendor

(EMC, HP, IBM, etc.) to the HDS arrays.

One big project was for Mapfree (2nd largest public company in Spain) and

Telefonica (Phone company of Mexico and central and south america) in a

joint venture to consolidate, migrate all services (many hundreds of TB's)

from seven countries in the americas to the Miami based Cloud (IaaS) and

then replicate that data on to Brazil for business continuity and backup.

As part of the project I configured an HDS VSP storage platform in each

location to migrate via FCIP over Cisco Nexus and MDS infrastructure, using

Universal Replicator, Shadow Image and HDS TSM to perform on the

infrastructure side. I also created custom tools to pull data on demand

and verify (web portal, perl & mySQL), and report (Excel VB), ending up

automagically in MS PowerPoint dashboard slides.

Another customer success story I was responsible for was GMO a hedge-fund

in Boston with High Performance Computing (HPC) requirements that pushed

the existing infrastructure way beyond it's best Storage Performance

Council (SPC-2) ranking. I was the primary consultant performing the root

cause analysis (RCA) and PCM study. It is from several deep-dives on the

storage requirements and VMware infrastructure I discovered a bug in the

Hitachi configuration tool RAIDCOM. The virtual switches (VSD) on the

backplane were way over-subscribed and the VSD's were improperly configured

with RAIDCOM in a fashion that caused the over-subscription. Also after

diving on the VMware side, I was able to conclude that different

configuration inputs (CI) are required for VMware whether Virtual Desktop

Interface (VDI) is on the same cluster as other VM's or not.

Additional critical success factors and skills required for this position

were: Extensive IP and FC networking background, Security background,

Programming, scripting and Agile development background, advanced

communication skills, advanced customer relationship skills.

IBM - Artech Consultant

Storage and SAN SME, Pre-Sales/Post-Sales Solutions Architect

2008 - 2011

This engagement was for 2 1/2 years in support of a large IBM customer in

the HealthCare industry who was required to have regular DOD audits.

My extensive background with DISA, DIACAP and other DOD security audit

disciplines and methodologies allowed me to easily create tools to

seamlessly translate infrastructure reports into custom automated

spreadsheets to help satisfy the audit process.

I became the U.S. Subject Matter Expert (SME) for IBM SVC. I had become a

regular escalation resource across all industry groups.

As subject matter expert I trained additional support staff on ITSM, ITIL,

LEAN, IP and FC networks, storage and SAN technologies.

US Bank - Modis Consultant

Server Architect


Worked with G-10 (group of 10) on configuration items (CI) for various

infrastructure solutions.

Performance and Capacity Management resource for all product lines in


Hewlett Packard - Direct Hire

Sr. Storage Consultant, Pre-Sales Solution Architect, Post Sales Engineer -

North America

1999 - 2008

Eight + years of progressive experience. Consulting with customers to

provide expertise in the areas of assessment, strategic planning, design,

implementation, performance and steady state operations of IT software and

infrastructure projects.



Milwaukee Area Technical College - Milwaukee

Cisco Partner

Brocade Certified Fabric Professional

Brocade Certified System Designer

McData Certified Master Designer

McData Certified Storage Network Designer

McData Certified Network Implementer

McData Certified Professional

HP Certified HP-UX System Administrator.

HP Strategy & Architecture (Business & IT)

TAS - Targeted Account Selling

Foundation Certification IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

Foundation Certification IT Service Management (ITSM)

domain expertise


& A

Data Center & Cloud - Automation, DevOps, OpsDev

Data Center Virtualization, Consolidation

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Deep Learning,

pattern recognition, data science, linear progression, regression, machine-

to-machine MTM & SCADA. TensorFlow, Theano, Keras, etc. Neural Networks

since late 90's in C.

Extensive Application, SAN / Storage and Data Migration experience. Array

based, network based & application based (TDMF, XCOPY -H, etc.) and custom


Project, Program & Portfolio Management

Functional, Technical, Management & Industry group experience.

Communicate, Influence, Lead, Motivate, Negotiate, Manage & Solve

MS-Excel monster

Services and solutions creation and sales (pre-sales and implementation)

SAN/Storage, Enterprise, Mid-Range and Back-up & Recovery Solutions

Cisco, Brocade, HPE, IBM, HDS, EMC +

Vendor management (Third party performing organizations)

Assessment, planning, design, recruitment and management of contract

resources. Staff augmentation & consulting management.

Customer needs assessments, Strategy & Architecture Assessments, etc.

AIX, HP-UX, Linux (RedHat, Suse +), Solaris, VMware, Windows OS Support

Perl, Python, Kotlin, Bash, C, C++, Visual Basic, etc.

Software tools and database development.

Backend web programming (Perl, Python, CSS, HTML, PHP, ETL)

Project scoping, RFP, SOW, procurement, staffing, augmentation.

Web scraping and interactive website development (eg. day trading systems)

ETL (Extract, Transform & Load) ingestion and data preparation expertise.

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Solutions (DR)

Virtualization, converged, Hyper-converged and Unified Computing Solutions


Cloud Management and Systems Management Solutions

Governance modeling, ITIL, ITSM, ITAM, LEAN, & Service Management

Strategy & Architecture workshop - Rapid Onsite Assessment Delivery (ROAD)

Network & Security - Expertise in layer two and layer three routing and


CCTV, access control, security, networking, storage, AV and Media

Security & Compliance (SOX, HIPAA, DISA, DIACAP)

Cyber Security, Hacking, Cracking,

DOD Auditor for DISA, DIACAP & other various STIG's.

Content & Knowledge Management Solutions

Big Data Analytics, Database Design, See AI above.

Infrastructure Assessments & remediation

Workforce staffing solutions (Global), recruitment, staff augmentation and

3rd party support (call center).

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