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									Thomas Ludwig Kast Resume                                                       tomkast@yahoo.com
Thomas Ludwig Kast, PMP
3520 Lake Grove Ave
Lake Oswego, OR
Home phone: (503) 636-0139
Email – tomkast@yahoo.com

Manager -- twenty years of experience in information technology.
    PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification
    Experience implementing CMM (Capability and Maturity Model) and RUP (Rational Unified Process)
    Expert in aligning IT to the needs of business
    Experience with TOGAF and BPMS
    Solid experience managing cross functional teams

EXPERIENCE


The Bank of New York (Dec. 2000 – March 2004)
   Vice President

    Managed 15-member team (developers and business analysts) to work cohesively and efficiently to deliver the Inform platform
    for Bank eCommerce applications: http://ii.bankofny.com. The Inform platform includes a portal and set of shared services to
    be leveraged by eCommerce applications bank-wide.
     Created project plan, monitored progress and reported on project milestones.
     Held regular meetings with analysts and developers.
     Delivered client-facing Inform portal.
     Delivered twenty-two services included security, event logging, scheduling, software distribution, file transfer/client file
         delivery, report archival, fax/email and a two-phase-commit transaction service.
     Made strategic acquisition of source code to speed time to market for scheduling service.
    Delivered portal and shared service infrastructure currently used by 70% of the client-facing applications at the Bank.
    Significantly decreased costs and increased both predictability and quality through shared services, standard implementations and
    repeatable process.

    The Inform platform features a reporting application, Inform Reports. Tasked with joining an existing team as a technical project
    manager, led a 5 member development team to develop, test and deliver a high-profile client-facing, front-end and back-end
    enhancement for Inform Reports.
     Joined team in the construction phase.
     Mentored front-end team on J2EE best practices.
     Guided back-end team on performance metrics and tuning/analyzing test results.
     Led team through system testing and performance tuning.
     Reported on project status, risks and dependencies throughout construction, testing, production delivery and post-production
        monitoring.
    Delivered a successful major release for the high-profile, client-facing Inform Reports – on time, on budget and on scope.

    As part of the next generation for Inform Reports, the Bank chose to replace a large enterprise reporting application with a buy
    solution: Crystal Enterprise. Selected by Senior Vice President to be responsible for product evaluation, led 25 member team to
    achieve predictability in application performance, scalability and availability for this high-profile, high-risk, client-facing project.
     Created project plan, monitored progress, delivered weekly project status to sponsor.
     Front loaded performance testing to increase predictability across all key areas of functionality.
     Worked with product staff to create more technical service level descriptions.
     Led technical staff through performance test planning, execution and analysis.
     Provided lucid performance data to top executives to drive license negotiation.




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Thomas Ludwig Kast                                                                             tomkast@yahoo.com
  Discovered critical performance and scalability issues in Crystal Enterprise 9 that were addressed in version 10. Significantly
  reduced project risks, drove down costs and added predictability in the hardware provisioning process.

  Tasked with creating, integrating and managing the QA team.
   Managed 4 QA staff.
   Mentored team on the CMM SQA role.
   Created integration test and system test templates and project milestones.
   Hired a QA manager, transitioned role.
  Succeeded in creating and integrating a QA team into the software development lifecycle.

  Bank needed to reduce redundant technology implementations and develop a repeatable process to deliver software for the 192
  member division. Senior Vice President assigned technology convergence task with goal of increasing predictability and quality.
   Developed a four-point plan: common components, process milestones, standards for tier-based functionality, and common
       support model.
   Worked with technical and functional representatives from each department within the division to gain consensus.
   Led weekly meetings, published results, reported on status, goals and deliverables
  Succeeded in implementing technology convergence initiative. Delivered predictability, efficiency and decreased time to market
  for all application projects in the division. Published common components and best practices, significantly improving access to
  key knowledge resources across the division.

  Chosen to participate in Bank-wide CMM roll out with quarterly reporting to CIO.
   Mapped all CMM Key Process Areas through level 5, to CMM groups.
   Created standard CMM groups: Software Product Engineering, Software Quality Assurance, Project Analysis,
      Software Configuration Management, Subcontract Management and Software Engineering Process Group.
   Empowered CMM groups to meet the requirements of the CMM.
   Translated CMM requirements into manageable milestones.
  Helped the CIO deliver on commitment to bring the Bank to CMM level 2 on an organizational level.




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Thomas Ludwig Kast                                                                               tomkast@yahoo.com
   Following the World Trade Center disaster, helped Bank reestablish “normal” operations.
    Purchased PC’s, inventoried software licenses, and re-established long-cycle development and production support
       for 196 employees over 25 projects and 8 teams at new locations.
    Leveraged the transition as an opportunity to increase homogeneity in technology across the Bank division including
       creation of a single image for PC software development teams across the division. The Bank realized significant
       cost savings.
   Reestablished Bank operations.

   Managed a 15 member team to complete a price-performance, platform-evaluation project.
    Coordinated a large team with participants from various areas of the bank as well as vendor participation.
    Maintained project time line, completed all deliverables, including executive summary and presentation on time, on budget
         and on scope.
    Compared price performance of BEA WebLogic on the Intel/HP/Microsoft platform with the existing Sun/Solaris platform.
    Discovered a 3/1 price performance advantage for Bank on the Intel platform.
    Reduced hardware costs for Bank on existing platform by increasing alternatives.
    Senior Vice President and myself delivered presentations on project findings at BEA eWorld 2003. Added strength to the
         relationship between BEA and Bank.
   Project was a key accomplishment in lowering hardware platform costs. Project also significantly drove down risks by proving
   that the application under test (production application) could port across operating systems and hardware vendors without
   recompiling.

Environment: BEA WLS 5.1, BEA WLS 6.1; BEA WLS 8.1 PLATFORM; IBM UDB, IBM MQ, IBM DB2/UDB; SYBASE DB;
RATIONAL ROSE; SUN SOLARIS, SPARC; MS IIS, MS SQL SERVER, MS OFFICE; GRINDER 3, CRYSTAL
ENTERPRISE.


Hollyer and Schwartz, (now Fair Isaac) (July 1999 – Nov. 2000)
   Systems Architect

   Build Manager for insurance portal, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, was responsible for the following:
    Coordinated 25 developers to facilitate daily builds.
    Integrated IBM Visual Age for Java, V.A.J. binary repository and built-in V.A.J. build system for existing development
        team.
    Prototyped unique claim number generator EJB for compatibility with mainframe claims-handling system.
    Worked on both insurance provider and client member portal teams.

   Architect for a government portal, was responsible for the following:
    Chose software packages for universal user management and single sign on.
    Architected Servlet/EJB sign in and registration on WebLogic Application Server.
    Stress tested WebLogic Application Server/Oracle.
    Architected data replication system between application service providers.
    Hiring /interviewing developers, architects and project managers.

   As Lead Developer/Architect for a real estate auction web site, was responsible for the following:
    Developed ASP pages.
    Integrated creative HTML design work with ASP functional development.
    Conducted performance testing on multiple servers for production releases.
    Hired/interviewed developers, architects and project managers.
    Designed and managed component level testing for an eight-person development team.
    Developed stored procedures in SQL Server 7.
    Designed server-side ASP to communicate with MAOI Java classes running on WebLogic.




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Thomas Ludwig Kast                                                                          tomkast@yahoo.com

   Environment: BEA WEBLOGIC; IBM WEBSPHERE; ASP; ADO; IIS; SQL SERVER 7.0; VISUAL J++ 6.0;
   JDK 1.2.2; JAVASCRIPT; VISUAL CAFE ; VISUAL INTERDEV 6.0; VISUAL SOURCE SAFE 6.0;
   MOAI/LIVE EXCHANGE 3.0; DREAM WEAVER 2.0; PERFORMANCE MONITOR; RADVIEW
   WEBLOAD;ORACLE 8i;SOLARIS.

Peterson Worldwide – Navgan Consulting employee (Jan. 1998 – April. 1999)
Lead Developer

   As Lead Developer for a Market Conduct Examination System, was responsible for the following:
    Developed reporting application using Visual Basic 5.0 and Excel 8.0 objects for a set of standards established by the NAIC
       (National Institute of Insurance Commissioners) including trend analysis, financial analysis, timeliness, random sampling
       and graphing.
    Developed data migration functionality from a Mainframe environment to ACCESS.
    Developed software to track documents, archive documents and record history of data manipulation for automated inclusion
       in reports.
    Developed ACTIVE X business objects to deploy application on corporate Intranet. The tool is used as a stand-alone VB
       application and on the corporate intranet.
    Environment: VISUAL BASIC 5.0; COM/DCOM; ACCESS; EXCEL; ASP; IIS; INTERNET EXPLORER; VB
       SCRIPT.

   As Software Engineer on an insurance workflow system, was responsible for the following:
    Designed a suite of ACTIVE-X business objects called The Master Control Program responsible for all security, document
       tracking, stage updating and automated email. Components were deployed in a stand alone executable on Citrix Winframe.
    Environment: VISUAL BASIC; ORACLE; CITRIX WINFRAME.

gopherworld.com Service Company (Sept. 1995 – Dec. 1997)
   As Architect and Web Master for delivery business, was responsible for the following:
    Designed business system including order taking software, accounts payable, payroll and automated general ledger.
    Developed weekly, monthly, and quarterly automated reporting.
    Designed and maintained web site that advertised delivery restaurants.
    Managed three full-time programmers.
    Environment: HTML; FTP; TCP/IP; INTERNET EXPLORER; NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR; UNIX; MAC; WINDOWS
       95; EXCEL 4.0/5.0; VISUAL FOX PRO 5.0; VISUAL BASIC 5.0.




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Thomas Ludwig Kast                                                                             tomkast@yahoo.com

Digital Audio Self-Employed (Jul. 1984 – Feb. 1994)
    As New England Digital audio engineer, performed video post-production audio and record production.
     Managed team of engineers.
     Managed construction digital audio suites in Chicago and Johannesburg, South Africa
     Trained users on-site internationally, including South Africa and as an instructor at Columbia College Chicago.
     Responsible for operating digital audio super computer.
     Sound effects and programming for major label record production and general market advertising.
     Composer for Ballet including The Jeoffrey Ballet and the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre.
     Environment: NEW ENGLAND DIGITAL SYNCLAVIER; SMTP; SSL CONSOLE; MAC; OPTICAL WORM
        DRIVE; DAT; HALF INCH VIDEO; 24 TRACK TAPE; 32 TRACK DIGITAL TAPE.


Consulting in Finance and Software Development (Jan 2003 to present)
   Battery Venture Capitol
        Presented on the enterprise performance management software market. Delivered framework defining market segments and
         associated requirements/features (July 2003)

    Sun Microsystems
        Presented to Sun EVP and direct reports on the value of Java and the scope of Sun Software in the enterprise. (January
         2003)
        Presented to Sun EVP and direct reports on Sun’s future on the Intel platform from both Sun hardware and Sun software
         perspectives. (November 2003)

    BEA Systems
        Presented at the 2003 eWorld show on price performance analysis. (February 2003)

    Mortgage Bank
        Reviewed 14 frameworks and presented on a chosen framework. Based on the Bank’s unique organizational needs, chose
         TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework). Delivered an executive summary. (July 2004)

    Life Insurance Co.
        Worked with current state application owners, documented current state architecture. Documented future state architecture.
         Worked with stakeholders to insure that architecture conformed to enterprise-wide standards and business requirements.
         Delivered document walkthroughs. (Aug – Oct 2004)


EDUCATION
   University of Phoenix (BSIT in progress, graduation pending June, 2005)

    Certifications:
    Project Management Professional (PMP)
    Microsoft Certified Professional ID #1424983, Visual Basic 5.0, Visual Basic 6.0
    SUN Java 2 Programmer
    SUN Java 2 Developer
    SUN J2EE Enterprise Architect
    SUN Solaris Certified Systems Administrator
    SUN Solaris Certified Network Administrator
    SUN Java University: Optimization, Enterprise Java Beans

    Bank Training:
    Bank: CMM implementation Training Program
    Bank Project Management Training Program


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Thomas Ludwig Kast                                                       tomkast@yahoo.com
   Bank: Worldwide Custody Training Program
   Bank: Advanced Anti-Money Laundering


SKILL SET
Application Server
BEA WLS 5.1, BEA WLS 6.1, BEA WLS 8.1, BEA PORTAL 8.1, BEA INTEGRATION 8.1, WEBSPHERE
APPLICATION SERVER 5.0.2, WEBSPHERE APPLICATION SERVER 5.1, WEBSPHERE PORTAL 5.0.2, CRYSTAL
ENTERPRISE 9, CITRIX WINFRAME, MOAI/LIVE EXCHANGE 3.0,WEBSPHERE

Databases/Queues
IBM UDB, IBM MQ, IBM DB2/UDB, SYBASE DB, MS SQL SERVER, ORACLE 8, MS ACCESS,VISUAL FOX PRO
5.0

Development Tools
WSAD (WEBSPHERE STUDIO APPLICATION DEVELOPER) 5.1, WSAD EMS, VI, TEXPAD, ECLIPSE, ANT,
CHECKSTYLE, CVS, CLEAR CASE, HARVEST, JUNIT, HTTPUNIT, RATIONAL ROSE, MS OFFICE, VISUAL
CAFÉ, VISUAL INTERDEV 6.0, VISUAL SOURCE SAFE 6.0, DREAM WEAVER 2.0, FIRECRACKER

Operating Systems
SOLARIS 7, SOLARIS 8, MAC, WINDOWS 95, 98, NT, ME, XP, 2000, 2003, DOS

Platforms
SUN SPARC, HP INTEL

Web Server
MS IIS

Security
NETEGRITY SITEMINDER, PKI, VERISIGN, SECURE ID

Load Generators
GRINDER 3, LOAD RUNNER, WEB LOAD

Languages
JAVA, SHELL, VISIO, ASP, JSP, JAVASCRIPT, HTML, XML, VISUAL BASIC 5, VISUAL BASIC 6, VISUAL C++,
SQL

Microsoft
VISUAL BASIC, VISUAL C++, ADO, VISUAL J++ 6.0, COM/DCOM,

Protocols
FTP, TCP/IP, HTTP, HTTPS, T3, T3S

Browsers
INTERNET EXPLORER, NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR, OPERA

Performance Monitoring
WILY INTERSCOPE,PERFORMANCE MONITOR

Video Post-Production
NEW ENGLAND DIGITAL SYNCLAVIER, SMTP, SSL CONSOLE, MAC, OPTICAL WORM DRIVE, DAT, HALF
INCH VIDEO, 24 TRACK TAPE, 32 TRACK DIGITAL TAPE.




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