US Department of Veterans Affairs
Software Architect & Development Lead
Principal Engineer at Blackbox Enterprise Solutions
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Software Architect & Development Lead
I am a partner at Blackbox Enterprise Solutions; an IT Services company based near Salt Lake City, UT. My formal technical expertise and training is in Software Engineering. I'm currently working on a contract at the Department of Veterans Affairs, providing architecture support, and designing and developing J2EE applications and services for healthcare systems that store Veteran health information. The majority of my work experience has been designing and developing Java Enterprise applications using the various technical approaches.
As part of Blackbox business development efforts, my responsibilities are to help Government Prime contract holders develop technical approaches to meet requirements defined by the Government and ultimately win new work. Blackbox is currently teamed with several T4 Primes on different opportunities for which I analyze technical requirements and devise technical approaches that answer to the government requirements. I’ve support proposals for many VA projects, such as, Repositories, VLER, and My Health-e-Vet. My support to these efforts generally includes developing win strategies and themes, helping the Prime Contractor understand the technical nature of the problem, defining and writing to the technical solution, developing concept graphics, and identifying the value proposition that the technical solutions being presented provides.
I'm a progressive thinker. I like trying new things and new technologies. I don't mind working on the bleeding edge but tend to choose technologies that have been proven. I have a great passion for what I do and consider myself one of those lucky individuals that likes going to work each day.
My goals are to continue developing my skills, provide excellent technical leadership and direction to the organizations that I serve, take advantage of opportunities for professional growth, and provide a superior value to my clients.
Work with Repositories Program management to develop Architectural Strategies for enhancing Program service offerings and positioning within the enterprise. Develop architectural approaches for providing solutions to the enterprise and present these solutions as requested by Program Management. Work with Repositories customers to help facilitate integration with Repositories services. Documented Program Architecture, System & Software Architectures, and System Interfaces for the Repositories Program projects.
Support modeling of new clinical data and domains and support and facilitate the integration of clients utilizing those domains. Provide technical direction and architecture and design support to Repositories application teams. Develop enhancements to Repositories Clinical Data Service (CDS), Pathways Service, and supported the implementation of the new Federating Patient Data Service. Support Agile Methodology processes within and across multiple scrum teams.
Support modernization and maintenance of Repositories applications by ensuring dependent libraries are up to current versions. This modernization included a major update of all Repositories web-service application infrastructure from utilizing XFire+Axis to use an Annotation-Driven Spring+Apache CXF approach. Additionally, enhanced application ORM persistence infrastructure to support enhanced date handling, XML XPath based restriction and extraction, and dynamic query handling. Introduced and implemented integrated testing enhancement across all project teams which automated integration testing using SOAPUI.
Support Integrated Test and Production environments. Analyze and provide recommendation to production support staff in support of issue resolution. Support application capacity testing and resolve capacity, concurrency, and load related application issues when identified.
Blackbox Enterprise Solutions is my consulting company. Blackbox Enterprise Solutions has been primarily engaged as contractors to the Federal Government, but we've also worked as a consultants on projects in the private sector. The focus at Blackbox has been to work with government management to build excellent development organizations. I work full time for Blackbox Enterprise Solutions and I'm currently sub-contracting to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Provided Application Architecture and Design services to the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) program's Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) Veterans Authorizations and Preferences (VAP) team. The VAP provides enterprise services for authorizing the release of Private Health Information to external partner systems. Provide technical and development direction to teams interfacing and developing the VAP system. Implement and provide support for development (Agile) process.
Technical and development lead supporting the development efforts for the Clinical Data Service (CDS) v3 and Health Data Repository at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information.
Supported the design and implementation of the Clinical Data Service v1.0 and Health Data Repository - Interim Message Store (HDR-IMS) stand-alone Java Server application. The application is responsible for storing and retrieving standardized and computable clinical information that comprises the Veteran’s Electronic Health Record (EHR). Supported client as technical lead on the project by providing direction to developers, mentoring developers, helping them to overcome obstacles.
At Think Tools, we developed tools used by businesses and governments when making complex decisions. The software that we created included a thick MFC/C++ client application and SOAP web services implemented in Java and hosted on an Apache Tomcat servlet container. My responsibilities at Think Tools included design and development of the client application modules, implementation of the SOAP service layer, and design and implementation of modules within the Java business layer.
At Metiom, we developed Java web based application used by companies for procurement of goods. I was responsible for the design and implementation of dynamic web modules under development during my tenure there.
During my short stint at North Systems, we worked on various application used for sales and and customer relationship management. I was responsible for the design and implementation of the dynamic portions of various web application modules under development at the time.
At Experior, we were developing a Java Swing application thick client application and J2EE server application for persisting contractor licensing information. The thick client was deployed throughout the country at training centers and connected to the centralized server application. I was responsible for designing and implementing both client and server applications.
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