Resume of: Thomas Nieman
JOHNSON CONTROLS - APEX CONSULTANT
Sr. Consultant, Digital Enterprise Architect, Cloud
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
Lansweeper, What's Up, VMware 6.5, 5.5, Solar Winds, Splunk, Ansible, AIX,
Transition and Transformation to Microservices Architecture: Docker,
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
Completed a governance modeling exercise to help identify process risk.
Provided feedback from the "street" on common practices and rationale.
Perl, Python web support.
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
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
and EMC VNX to HDS VSP.
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
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
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
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
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
Worked with G-10 (group of 10) on configuration items (CI) for various
Performance and Capacity Management resource for all product lines in
Hewlett Packard - Direct Hire
Sr. Storage Consultant, Pre-Sales Solution Architect, Post Sales Engineer -
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
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS (Partial)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee Area Technical College - Milwaukee
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)
APPLICATION MAPPING, SERVICE CONFIGURATION VALIDATION AND DOCUMENTATION. M
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
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).