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iSeries Administrator

Schaumburg, IL
March 16, 2020

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Paul G. Cree III



Datacenter Systems Architect with long professional experience in every aspect of running the larger infrastructure picture, managing multiple data centers and systems, concentrating on System i. Progressive career holding various positions in software development and management including IT Director. Have knowledge all areas of datacenter management, including IBM Storage, FC SAN switches, networking, virtualization, contracts and vendor management. Can fully design, implement and maintain virtualized System i servers on any current hardware. Have 10 years experience with Vision Solutions replication products. Have 20 years experience with various disaster recovery and business continuity methods, performing and planning and leading those efforts.

Current Skills:

·AS/400 System Administration

·Mimix High Availability, using VSP to manage multiple systems and green screen.

·Power 9, Power 8 system management using HMC V9 or older Classic version.

·VIOS Servers and Virtual Fiber channel.

·AS/400 Operating system upgrades

·SAN Administration using IBM V7000 Gen3 and V9000.

·Fiber Channel network administration using IBM Brocade or Cisco MDS switches.

·Knowledgeable in all aspects of AS/400 system security administration.

·Programming and use of CL, RPG, RDI, DBU, PDM, SQL

·Full knowledge of BRMS and BRMS networking.

·AS/400 System admin tools: Enforcive, CCSS/Helpsys Message monitoring.

·Setup and Administration AS2 data exchanges using GXS Bizmanger.

·Setup and Administration of IBM MQ.

·Setup and Administration of Globalscape EFT Server for FTP data exchanges.

·Constantly improving skills via Educational Events, User Groups, and self-study.

Nippon Express USA, Inc. – Des Plaines, IL July 2008 to Present

System Architect

System Operations Manager over a team of 3 (local and remote), however preferring a more technical role I chose to be the Lead System Architect. Since then I have continued to lead and mentor others in my group.

Managed System Operations team for System i platforms to maintain security, update system software, message notification system for application error reporting, and data replication to secondary systems with Mimix. Made sure systems were prepared for DR exercises and performed same, including switches for hardware upgrades. Participated in five (5) datacenter moves including planning and actual performance of tasks. Planned and implemented hardware upgrades every 3 years and worked with all vendors to make it happen.

·Transitioned IBM Pureflex Power 7 to stand-alone Power 8 and Power 9 systems in two datacenters

·Trained additional system operator from scratch

·Implemented SD-WAN infrastructure project replacing MPLS network at 60 branches with software defined WAN solution.

·Implemented IBM Pureflex systems with X nodes and a Power node for AS/400. Setup all in-chassis networking for a 160GB datacenter backbone network.

·Implemented Bsafe (now Enforcive) Security software for the System i to improve system security and auditability

·Planned and created Single-Signon environment for corporate System i user access. This eliminated password issues on system for a large base of users. Maintenance programs were also created for this to ease administration.

·Responsible for maintaining and managing exchange of data with all trading partners. Due to the nature of the business there a large variety of ways in which the data is exchanged.

·Managed AS2 data exchange infrastructure using GXS Bizmanager with interface to Trusted Link EDI product.

·Managed and maintained our Websphere MQ setup for exchanges that required this.

Nippon Express USA, Inc. – Des Plaines, IL and New York Oct 1996 to June 2008

Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer

Hired on as application programmer for their accounting and business systems due to previous experience. Progressive growth changed my role gradually to include many areas as I learned more about the business and the systems.

·Team member for major re-write of company’s core business software as part of Y2K effort.

·Developed Company’s first customer facing business web site on System i using BCD Websmart product.

·Grew into role as AS/400 system administrator

·Participated in company’s early DR efforts at IBM Recovery center using tape restore

New York Subways Advertising/Gannett Outdoor – New York City 1990 to Aug 1996

IT Director

Managed small IT department after M&A by Gannett. Programmed IBM System/36 and AS/400 systems used for accounting and space inventory systems.

Kalinowksi and Cree Software – New York City 1981 to 1990


Created and modified customized accounting software for clients utilizing IBM Midrange systems (Sys/38, Sys/36) in New York area.

Education and Specialized Training

BA, Liberal Arts

St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD

Professional Affiliations

Member, Common User Group

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