Resume of Scot A. Becker by jau80560


									                                                                                       Scot A. Becker
                                                                                      Expert Resource
                                                                                       Data Architect

Primary Skills                      Summary
   Business Problem
    Analysis                        Scot is an expert level data architect with extensive database system analysis,
   Database System                 design, and implementation experience. He is a frequent author and speaker
    Architecture and                on data architecture topics, a frequent trainer in data modeling techniques, and
    Design                          one of eight people (worldwide) certified to instruct and consult using Object-
   Data Modeling                   Role Modeling (ORM), a natural language-based data and business rule
   Software Development            analysis and design technique. Scot is also the author of the Orthogonal
    and Methodology                 Toolbox, a free add-on to Visio for Enterprise Architects (see project history for
    Mentoring                       more details).

Techniques                          Scot is skilled in team leadership/mentoring/training, workshop facilitation,
                                    acting as a liaison between business users and technical staff, and
   Object-Role Modeling
                                    coordination of offsite (e.g. offshore) development efforts regardless of the
                                    chosen development process (e.g. “waterfall”, “agile/extreme”, or other iterative
   Entity-Relationship             techniques).
    (ER) Modeling
   Unified Modeling                Scot has extensive experience in requirements gathering and business rules
    Language (UML)                  analysis using a variety of techniques and artifacts, conceptual/logical/physical
   Rational Unified                database modeling in ORM/ER/UML, model validation/business rules
    Process (RUP)                   traceability analysis, “as-is” vs. “to be” software modeling and gap analysis,
   “Agile” techniques              and meta-modeling.
    (e.g. OpenUP)
                                    Scot has been an integral part of every phase (analysis, design, testing,
Analysis/Design                     implementation) of database projects using every common type of data store –
Tools                               transactional (OLTP), data warehouse (Kimball/Inmon), and Data Mart (OLAP).
   Rational Rose/
                                    Scot also has hands on database system construction experience to include
    Requisite Pro
                                    stored procedure construction and testing, OLAP cube design and
   Visio for Enterprise            construction, persistence and business logic layer development,
    Architects                      extraction/transformation/loading (ETL) design and implementation, report
   ER/Win                          development, database system troubleshooting and performance tuning,
   Power Designer                  database configuration and administration (e.g. DBA tasks), and application
   NORMA                           testing. Scot also has experience in object-oriented development techniques,
                                    user interface design and construction, and web/windows application
Database Platforms                  development in a variety of languages.
   MS SQL Server
   MS Analysis Server              In summary, Scot focuses on bridging the “business-technology gap” that
    (OLAP)                          seems to appear in many companies by simultaneously acting as a liaison
   Sybase SQL Server               between the two “worlds”, demonstrating/facilitating more formalized business
   Oracle                          functionality requests, building trust, focusing on delivering business value as
                                    quickly as possible, and developing/mentoring technical teams such that they
                                    are more aware of business needs and, often, the more advanced
Languages                           analysis/design/development techniques needed to meet those needs.
   VB/VBA/VB.Net
   ASP/ASP.Net
   XML
   C#                                                                     Page 1 of 8
                                                                                  Scot A. Becker
                                                                                 Expert Resource
                                                                                  Data Architect

Project/Employment History

Orthogonal Software Corporation
President/Principal Consultant (2001 to Present)

   CRM System Business Analysis, Staff Development & Mentoring
    Food Company, Business Analysis Mentor, Data Architect
    Led requirements gathering sessions used to form a high level conceptual model for a CRM system to
    support corporate sales and marketing efforts. Also brought on board to mentor staff developers, analysts,
    and designers in business analysis techniques to include use cases and ORM.
   Career Counseling
    Outplacement Services Agency, Consultant
    Led mock-interviews and other professional skills development exercises for IT executive and management
   Legacy System Redesign
    State Government, Software Architect
    Analysis and requirements gathering of a legacy system for a large division of the state government as a
    pre-cursor to an approximately $50MM replacement effort. Activities included use case development,
    assisting in the development of a candidate enterprise architecture, and general analysis process
   Federal System Interface
    State Government, Data/Software Architect
    Analysis and requirements gathering of a federally mandated system interface for a large division of the
    state government to eliminate the loss of over $20MM in federal funding. Activities included requirements
    gathering facilitation and use case development, development of a candidate solution design, general
    analysis process mentoring, data analysis, and various other analysis/testing tasks in the resulting system.
   Business Intelligence System
    Behavioral Health Insurance Company, Data Architect
    Analysis and design of extensions to an existing data warehouse/mart business intelligence platform. Work
    performed includes requirements gathering, design overview documentation, ETL specifications,
    dimensional modeling, conceptual/logical/physical data modeling, data analysis/troubleshooting, various
    implementation tasks, and general mentoring.
   Consumer Web Application
    State Government, Data Architect
    Analysis, design, and construction of an online system for state residents to pay for licensing/registration
    fees. Work performed includes requirements gathering, writing of use cases and related analysis artifacts,
    database modeling, design, and construction, stored procedure construction/testing, ETL work, QA, and
    general data/software architecture consulting.
   Consulting and Mentoring
    Loan Servicing Company, Data Architecture Mentor
    Consulting, data model validation, and general data architecture mentoring.
   Legacy System Replacement
    Country Government, Data Architecture Subject Matter Expert
    Analysis and requirements gathering for the replacement of a legacy system that gathers human services-
    related data. New system will be geared towards improved workflow, metrics, and outcomes, better
    integration with state systems of record, and improved technical architecture.
   Analytic Environment Design and Implementation
    Credit Card Company, Data Architect                                                               Page 2 of 8
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    Analysis, design, and construction of an ad hoc analytic environment used primarily to determine the
    profitability of credit card accounts meeting various criteria. The overall architecture included a staging area
    for the import of disparate legacy file formats, an operational data store aimed at operational reporting, data
    cleansing and business rule enforcement, and a data mart structure intended for the bulk of the reporting
    needs upon periodic snapshots of account data. Later stages of the project will include an OLAP
    component as well as an interactive query environment where users can save account populations of
    interest to facilitate time-series analysis. Also providing data architecture mentoring, Object-Role Modeling
    training, and general software architecture guidance.
   Retail OLAP Reporting Solution
    Retail Kiosk Company, Data Architect
    Analysis, design, and construction of a reporting solution for an interactive, online retail kiosk using kiosk-
    originated data as well as imported point of sale and inventory data from each retail customer. The
    company in question is a start-up and as such the work I am performing is subject to tight budget
    restrictions, aggressive timelines, and requires agility in order to quickly produce reporting functionality that
    helps drive the closure of product sales.
   Web Service Solution Platform
    Marketing Services Company, Information Architect
    Business analysis, database design, and XML schema design for a web services solutions platform that
    delivers marketing services information to internal and external client applications. Duties included
    conceptual/logical/physical database modeling, business analysis verification, web service design
    coordination and review, XML schema design, authoring sample web service response/request XML
    document instances, and assisting the development and QA staff during the implementation phase of each
    component‟s iteration. Also provided data architecture mentoring, Object-Role Modeling training, enterprise-
    wide RUP deployment assistance, and general software architecture guidance.
   Enterprise Data Architecture Design and Planning
    Credit Card Company, Data Architect
    Analyzed mainframe SAS data access which included hundreds of SAS programs and just under a
    thousand input and output files and designed a data architecture strategy to replace that mainframe data
    access with a staging, operational, mart, and OLAP cube data store architecture. Provided detailed
    planning and execution steps for that architecture, interviewed staff candidates, made hiring
    recommendations, and mentored the recommended new hires. The proposed architecture is currently being
    implemented and I am providing occasional consulting, mentoring, and model validation/review services
    throughout its implementation. Other duties (for other projects in the same department) included assistance
    in enterprise architecture planning, model review and validation, and data modeling best practice mentoring.
   Corporate Initiative Consolidation
    Major Manufacturing Company, Data/Software Architect
    Consolidated 4 global corporate initiative databases that track cost-cutting/sales growth efforts. The
    business problems addressed were: provide a consolidated/accurate view of cost-cutting results when
    projects span more than one corporate initiative, eliminate redundancy across initiative efforts, integrate
    cost cutting estimates with corporate finance operational planning, and retain original functionality. Roles
    performed were business analyst/workshop lead, data architect, software architect, mentor, team lead, and
    developer. Tasks performed include: Object-Role Modeling of existing (as-is) systems, consolidating the as-
    is models into a Corporate Initiative Enterprise model, OLTP database design and implementation,
    persistence/business rules layer stored procedure construction and testing, user interface design, ETL
    coding, mentoring offshore developers, design and construction of the reporting data marts, OLAP cube
    construction, report analysis/design/construction, data synchronization with replicated lotus notes
    databases, ASP driven reports/report generators, and various troubleshooting/performance tuning tasks.
   Orthogonal Toolbox v1.0 & 1.5
    Orthogonal Software Corporation, Designer/Developer
    Written entirely in C#, this add-on to Visio for Enterprise Architects (as shipped with Visual Studio .Net)                                                                   Page 3 of 8
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    extracts ORM\ER meta-data from the largely undocumented COM API into an XML import, provides
    browsing of model elements, and has ORM model bulk-import facilities. This add-on is used in a number of
    ways such as generating DDL scripts in Visio Professional, custom data meta-model reporting, custom data
    repository feeds, generating XML schemas, and as the import mechanism into NORMA, an open source
    ORM modeling tool currently available as a Community Technology Preview.
   Six Sigma Project Tracking
    Major Manufacturing Company, Data/Software Architect
    Design and development of a global web-based application to track various process improvement projects
    that use the Six Sigma method. This system was a reengineering effort combined with many new features.
    Roles performed were business analyst/workshop lead, data architect, software architect, mentor, and
    developer. Architectural features include: a Microsoft SQL Server central operational data store (ODS), a
    Microsoft Analysis Server (OLAP) database with approximately 20 cubes for both static reporting and Ad-
    Hoc OLAP analysis, distributed Lotus Notes databases for document storage and distribution,
    synchronization between the Lotus Notes databases and the ODS, extraction/transformation/loading (ETL)
    for both initial system migration and ongoing reporting across the new and (other) legacy systems, a MDX-
    based report generator written in Excel/VBA, and business rules enforced via a stored procedure-based
    persistence layer. Code written included: virtually all ETL scripts, the SQL-based persistence layer, all MDX
    code, the Excel/VBA report generator, and all views/other data extraction layers. The analysis/databases
    design was performed using Object-Role Modeling.
   Advanced Hierarchy Management
    Major Manufacturing Company, Data Architect
    Requirements analysis and design of a corporate web-based application for managing dynamically created
    hierarchies. Meta model features include: run time tree design and implementation, user-defined attributes
    of any scope and complexity, ad-hoc tree derivation, dynamic system interfacing, full temporal tracking (of
    both business and system dimensions), meta-model-defined data validation rules, meta-model-defined
    queries and extracts, and meta-model-defined linkages between trees. This system also had advanced
    effective dating and security capabilities. Also authored stored procedures for the entire data access and
    business rules layer.
   Consulting and Mentoring
    CRM Value Added Reseller, Data Architecture Mentor
    Training, consulting, data model validation, and mentoring.
   Consulting Services
    Major Manufacturing Company
    Used conceptual data modeling as an analysis bridge between use cases and UML design and
    implementation models. Determined and participated in end-user workshops, functional specifications, use
    cases, object diagrams, data models, concept documentation, and team level project management.
    Involved in the hiring decisions for the remaining members of the team (QA analysts, programmers, etc.).
    Acted as counsel to project management team on data architecture as well as other project matters.
    Member of project planning sub-team. Reviewed design and analysis artifacts – such as class diagrams,
    interaction diagrams, use cases, et al.

Partner & Principal Consultant (1998 - 2001)

   Item Master System
    Major Manufacturing Company, Data Architect
    Requirements analysis support, data architecture, and software design role of a corporate item master system
    containing all items sold, purchased and inventoried. This system was a re-engineering effort of a legacy
    system.                                                                Page 4 of 8
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                                                                                  Data Architect
   Goods/Services Database
    Major Manufacturing Company, Data Architect
    Requirements analysis support, architecture, and software design role of a master corporate product catalog
    of all items sold, purchased and inventoried. Supports localizable languages on attribution and supports many
    of the company‟s eBusiness initiatives as a foundation repository.
   Packaging System
    Major Manufacturing Company, Data Architect
    Requirements analysis support, data architecture, and software design role of a corporate product packaging
    information system that tracks various package configurations from the individually wrapped product (within
    boxes inside a case on a crate etc.) up to the pallet.
   Training, Model Validation, and Mentoring
    International Pharmaceuticals Company, Data Architecture Mentor
    Training, consulting, data model validation, and mentoring services for a pharmaceutical sales system
    (services rendered at the client location in London, England).
   Channel Partner Catalog System
    Major Manufacturing Company, Data Architect/Team Lead/Mentor
    Requirements analysis support, data architecture, and team lead/mentor role of a corporate channel partner
    catalog configuration system. This system stored customer-specific product attribution for use in their web
    sites, printed catalogs, and other sales materials.
   Credit Rating and Product Data Warehouse
    Major Financial Services Company, Data Architect
    Transformation of a conceptual and logical data model into a physical data warehouse design used to score
    customer credit ratings, track product offerings, and customer use of said offerings.
   Buyer Metrics: Procurement Data Warehouse
    (Civilian Agency for the) United States Navy, Data Architect
    Designed an operational data store that tracks financial, payment, vendor and procurement performance, and
    open requisitions. Also analyzed and proposed eventual data mart cubes, trained military and civilian
    personnel, assisted in data extract, transformation, and loading (ETL), advised the project leader on issues of
    design and documentation, advised and trained entire team on data modeling techniques and
    implementation, and advised on data quality assurance.

Strategic Advantage, Inc.
(A mental health research company owned by Charter Medical Corporation/Magellan Health Services)
Programmer/Database Analyst/Database Administrator (1995 to 1998)

   Decision Care™
    Designed and implemented a database system to track the contents of and patient answers to several mental
    health-related questionnaires. Design included an input database containing raw scanned questionnaire data,
    a data scrubbing and analysis staging area, and an operational data store.
   InfiniFax™
    Designed and implemented the data layer of a fax-back questionnaire system that scored patient results and
    provided feedback to the doctor/questionnaire administrator within five minutes. The automatically faxed
    report included patient‟s answers, the patient‟s score along 9 key symptoms, a meta-data generated
    diagnosis explanation paragraph, and a bar chart.
   SA-45™
    Assisted in the creation of a web-based questionnaire delivery and reporting system.
   Report Generation Engine
    Designed and implemented a GUI report generation API using embedded graphing controls.                                                                Page 5 of 8
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   Res-Q™
    Designed, implemented, configured (hardware), and supported a kiosk-style questionnaire delivery and
    reporting system. Patients would answer the questionnaires using a touch screen terminal. System also
    included various multimedia elements and secured administration interfaces/reporting.
   General Duties
    Database implementation, maintenance, administration, and troubleshooting. Install, upgrade and maintain
    data server software and hardware. Manage data security, backups, and disaster-recovery. Network
    integration of database systems such as replication, interfaces, etc. Occasional LAN administration. Manage
    database optimization and performance tuning.

    Data modeling and database design, system design and legacy system integration. Design production and
    testing procedures, software troubleshooting, beta testing and debugging with some customer service. Writing
    of database and Internet/Intranet applications. Writing internal applications, frameworks, and utilities

    Management of database staff and consultants, evaluate vendors, software support and training, technical
    expert in project design to both technical and non-technical audiences. Research into emerging trends,
    security issues, and optimization.

Languages and Tools Experience
Visual Studio.NET (VB.Net, ASP.Net, C#), (Microsoft and Sybase) Transact-SQL, MDX, Microsoft Visual Basic
(VB)/ Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)/VB Script/Microsoft Excel Macro Language/Word Basic/Basic, Active
Server Pages (ASP), Oracle PL/SQL, ISO standard SQL, HTML, XML/XSD/XSLT, Pascal, Microsoft Access,
FoxPro, Authorware, Visio Solutions Development, JavaScript

Rational Rose, Requisite Pro, Visio for Enterprise Architects and Technical, NORMA, ER/Win, Visual SourceSafe,
VisioModeler, InfoModeler, Power Designer, Oracle Designer, Visual Studio.Net Enterprise Architect, SharePoint,
Dot Net Nuke

Systems and Database Experience
Windows 3.x/95/98/ME/2000/XP/Vista, Microsoft Windows NT 3.x/4.x (Workstation and Server), Microsoft
Windows 2002/2003 Server, Microsoft SQL Server 6.5-7.x/2000/2005, Microsoft (OLAP) Analysis Server, Sybase
10/11/12/ASE/IQ, Oracle 7.x-10.x, MS-DOS 3.x - 6.x, Novell 3.1x, various UNIX flavors


   Publisher of (an ORM related portal/web log)
   “A Visual Studio Enterprise Architect ORM Primer for Experienced VisioModeler Users”, the Journal of
    Conceptual Modeling, (August, 2001)
   “A Review of Information Modeling and Relational Databases: From Conceptual Analysis to Logical Design”,
    the Journal of Conceptual Modeling, (April, 2001)
   “Conceptual Data Modeling in an Object-Oriented Process”, the Journal of Conceptual Modeling,
    (February/April, 2001)
   “Perspective and Abstraction”, The Data Administration Newsletter, (December, 2000)
   “Arguments against the Use of ORM (and their Rebuttals)”, the Journal of Conceptual Modeling, (June 2000)
   “Case Study: Delaying the „Entity or Attribute‟ Decision”, the Journal of Conceptual Modeling, (April 2000)
   “An Argument for the Use of ER Modeling”, the Journal of Conceptual Modeling, (August 1999)
   “Data Schema Normalization”, the Journal of Conceptual Modeling, (June 1999)                                                             Page 6 of 8
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   “Building a Better Data Model”, The Data Administration Newsletter, (December, 1998)
   “Normalization and ORM”, the Journal of Conceptual Modeling, (August 1998)
   “Common Model Fragments: People and Organizations”, the Journal of Conceptual Modeling, (April/May
   “FoxPro In Cyberspace”, FoxPro Advisor (April, 1997)
   “Introduction to Client-Server Programming in Visual FoxPro”, VFUG Newsletter (October, 1996)
   Compiled the “VFUG Visual FoxPro Frequently Asked Questions”
   Numerous (over 10) newsletter articles for the VFUG Newsletter
   Numerous (over 30) articles for the Journal of Conceptual Modeling
   Full publication list available upon request

Speaking Engagements

   Presented “Conceptual Data Modeling in an Object Oriented Process” at the 2001 DAMA International
    Symposium in Anaheim California
   Presented “Conceptual Data Modeling in an Object Oriented Process” at Data Management Association,
    National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.
   Guest lecturer for various college courses
   Seminar/Training Instructor (local, national, and international) in Object-Role Modeling

Professional Memberships

   Member, Data Management Association (DAMA), MN chapter
   Member, Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
   Member, American Electronics Association (AEA)
   Member, Twin Cities .Net User Group
   Member, Object Technology User Group (OTUG)
   Former Editor, Journal of Conceptual Modeling (JCM)
   Former Officer, Virtual FoxPro Users Group (VFUG)
   Active member (past and/or present) of the Visual FoxPro, Microsoft SQL Server, data modeling, and ORM
    (Internet) communities.
   Member, DNRC


   Certified Object-Role Modeling Consultant (1 of 8 worldwide)
   Visio Object-Role Modeling Expert
   Certified Object-Role Modeling Trainer, Train-the-Trainer
   Certified Visio Trainer, Train-the-Trainer
   1996 Universal Thread Visual FoxPro Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

1991-1997        Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering   University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology

Studies focused on system analysis and design, logic design, computer programming, sequential logic, and
computer hardware design, construction, analysis, and implementation.                                                              Page 7 of 8
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                                          Data Architect


References are available upon request.

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