CTO IS Director in Chicago IL Resume Walter Frantz by WalterFrantz


Walter Frantz is a Senior Executive integrating technical and business acumen to formulate IT strategies with significant bottom-line benefit. He improves resource allocation and enables corporate objectives through best practice implementation and introduction of new technologies. Walter trains and mentors professionals in classroom and hands-on settings, expanding staff expertise, capability, and system utilization.

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									WALTER FRANTZ                                                             312-636-9610  director@august-counsel-ltd.com
                                                                                                        Chicago, IL 60611

Senior Executive integrating technical and business acumen to formulate IT strategies with significant bottom-line benefit. Improves
resource allocation and enables corporate objectives through best practice implementation and introduction of new technologies.
Trains and mentors professionals in classroom and hands-on settings, expanding staff expertise, capability, and system utilization.

Advances the performance of municipalities, Fortune 500 corporations, and mid-sized companies via IT enhancements…
 Headed $5M deployment of Oracle financial software for the City of Chicago, acting as liaison between technical personnel and
  project managers while providing progress reports to city management.
 Certified best practices and efficiency for Dow Jones & Co.’s Sun systems, correcting inconsistencies and optimizing usage.
 Exceeded Z-State SLA objective for a financial client, producing 100% application scaling and a 1000% increase in concurrent user
  transactions by tuning and reconfiguring Weblogic software.

Generates sustainable savings by eliminating operational inefficiencies and conducting meticulous vendor evaluations…
 Cut $500K by correcting network deficiencies in an application platform matrix costing 400 labor hours per week.
 Rescued failing store matrix, eradicating 50 hours of weekly downtime among 150 locations within five months and reducing $50K in
  waste per week; transitioned business to a 24x7 operation in support of $750K+ daily volume.
 Delivered $200K savings on the design and construction of a Sun, four node, HA cluster through astute vendor research and
  negotiation, cost analysis, and resource management.

                                   Masters Program, Operations Research ▫ DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
                 BS, Industrial Management ▫ AKRON UNIVERSITY | BA, Music Performance ▫ KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
         Certifications: Sun Star Fire System Administrator ▫ Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center ▫ Oracle Database Tuning
                                  Oracle Symmetric Replication ▫ Oracle CASE Tools ▫ Oracle DBA I/II

Partial Client List

FISA NYC              General Motors            City of Chicago               Hostcentric Inc.              Neoglyphics/Zefer Media
Ameritech             General Electric          Allstate Financial            New Logic Corp.               Washington Mutual Bank
Xerox Corp            Dow Jones & Co.           Pratt & Whitney Corp.         Simonson Technology           Citadel Investment Group

Professional Overview

Corporate Director & Consultant                                                                       August Counsel Ltd: 1996-Present
Guides corporate IT strategies and provides solutions for complex technical challenges, building infrastructures and mentoring staff on
usage optimization. Communicates value creation to executives and ensures high ROI for recommended changes. Excels in multi-
national project administration, offering astute budget/resource oversight and personnel management. Contract assignments include:

Design Mentor, Project Manager – General Electric (2005-Present)
Currently formulating and coaching a multimillion-dollar platform migration impacting major data centers. Headed application and
development, engineering, and administration teams through various project stages. Contract extended to handle additional
assignments and scope.
 Implemented best practices for design, build, and run groups as well as data centers in accordance with Institute of Electronic and
   Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and Sun standards, resulting in performance and reliability increases and cost reduction.
 Advised and mentored multiple groups on new Oracle Sun Ops Center software.
 Designed and led testing and deployment of new Sun datacenter software into GE lab environments.
 Partnered with business units and vendor support groups to identify project milestones and assign task accountability.
 Supplied business and technical presentations on Solaris 10, virtualization techniques, and Sun storage disciplines.
Sun Cluster Architect/Instructor – Chicago Board of Trade (2005)
Tasked to mentor staff members in evaluation, installation, configuration, and operation of Sun Cluster software on multiple platforms.
 Provided classroom instruction and hands-on training spanning platform validation, preparation and software loading procedures,
  device configuration, file system creation, data services, resource groups, and cluster administration/operation.

Head Technical Architect – Citadel Investment Group (2004-2005)
Managed a 200 terabyte migration from legacy systems to EMC Celerra Filers and DMX Storage in five US data centers.
 Evaluated files and configurations to ensure accurate and timely data transfers for 500+ end-users.
 Created data migration software and oversaw its application.

Operations Research Manager – FISA NYC (2003-2004)
Tapped to architect operations methodologies and provide system platform analyses for the New York City operation, evaluating and
selecting vendors for a new payroll system; developed ROI and cost-constraints for third-party applications.
 Supplied in-depth research of IBM rational tool suite with a focus on future production scaling, Oracle data sizing, capabilities, and
   capacities in the production environment; provided ERP software research and recommendations to the city.
 Assessed production network capacity and cost analysis based upon a 30,000 user software algorithm.

Enterprise Architect – Allstate Financial (2002-2003)
Acted as lead architect for project, moving five Sun E10K domains to new Sun E15K platforms with two additional domains.
 Coordinated system implementation and evaluated methodologies for performance improvement.
 Authored software and system run book for management standards via web-based dashboards.
 Analyzed and tuned file systems on new platforms and aligned Solaris kernel to improve efficiency.
 Assisted array administrators in the design of new Hitachi 9960 array volumes and file performance statistics.
 Contributed to the disaster recovery plan between Northbrook, Illinois and Hudson, Ohio.

Sun Training Center Architect – Simonson Technology (2001)
Supervised creation of a high-priority Sun Microsystems training center, designing and deploying office infrastructure in less than four
weeks. Directed $100K budgets, schedules, and resource allocations, supplying training for 30 personnel and ensuring quality control.
 Crafted corporate network, e-mail, DNS, and domain registration; managed 32 Sun Ultra workstation installations in two classrooms
  with connections to EMC disk array using Brocade SAN multiplexer.

Project Manager, PeopleSoft HR – General Motors (2000)
Led an eight-member team supporting PeopleSoft programmers during GM’s global human resources consolidation project.
 Liaised between the support group and GM internal management on issues related to Unix, Oracle, and Citrix infrastructure
  oversight; contributed methods and designs for Oracle databases and Citrix designs.

Technical Infrastructure Architect – Ameritech (1996-1999)
Engaged for three contracts over a four-year time frame with assignments including a CDMS data warehouse project and data merger
implementation for Ameritech, SBC, and Verizon.
 Selected to lead and construct Unix infrastructure for a new Verizon control office during Ameritech/SBC data merger project,
  finishing development and deployment of systems and DNS in two months.
 Presented with outstanding achievement award from Corporate VP for 100% completion of retail infrastructure restoration project.
 Functioned as Sun E2000 systems administrator/analyst, supporting 30 developers for CDMS data warehouse project.

Other: Pre/Post Sales Consultant, Oracle Corp.; Technical Project Manager, Unisys Corp.

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