IBM iSeries Applications Software and Database Developer/Project Management. Always delivering more than expected.

Greater Chicago Area
Information Technology and Services

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JAMES A. NASTI's Overview

  • Senior Programmer Analyst at Trade Associates Group
  • Senior Applications Developer at Newark Electronics
  • Manager Applications Development at Kraft Foods Farley Division, Chicago, IL
  • Senior Programmer Analyst at The Stiffel Company
  • Senior Programmer Analyst at Dominicks Finer Foods

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JAMES A. NASTI's Summary


I am a solutions driven IT professional with applications development and database management expertise on AS/400 and iSeries. I have extensive experience in:
• managing all stages of SDLC deliverables: business/user/IT requirements, scope, use case diagrams, work flow diagrams, quality assurance, implementation, user training.
• evaluating end-user requirements and applying to complex information management solutions.
• managing analysis, design, programming, quality assurance, and user training on many applications.
• working well with users and technical staff to quickly assess and assimilate business requirements, and effectively target resources to critical needs.
• conducting joint application development (JAD) sessions throughout SDLC to meet deliverables and to resolve issues.
My experience covers financials, manufacturing, retail, distribution, and insurance.
My work ethic is always deliver more than expected.


Applications software developer,
Project manager,
Data analysis,
Data management,
Technical writing,
Legacy programming,
End user reporting,
Change management,

JAMES A. NASTI's Experience

Senior Programmer Analyst

Trade Associates Group

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Wholesale industry

2012Present (2 years)

Senior Programmer Analyst

Trade Associates Group

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Wholesale industry

20122014 (2 years)

Senior Programmer Analyst

tag - Trade Associates Group Ltd

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Wholesale industry

20122014 (2 years)

Applications Software Developer

Kingsway America

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; KFS; Insurance industry

20022011 (9 years)

• Design and implement technical solutions for the company
software package utilizing RPG III, RPG IV, ILE and CL programming languages
related to commercial auto insurance applications.

• Manage projects utilizing the systems development life cycle to
include the waterfall and agility models and the joint application
development technique involving user interviews, specifications,
testing, and user training.

• Create technical documentation when implementing applications
and solutions which includes business specifications, technical
specifications, test scripts, and user training documentation.

• Provide support to user community within a help desk format to
resolve issues and enhance productivity.

Major accomplishments:

• Project lead Certificate of insurance project that created the mass automation of commercial policy renewal reducing the annual renewal processing time of over 100,000 commercial policies by 75%.

• Project lead Database expansion project enhancing commercial policy processing to accommodate thousands of endorsements and increasing processing efficiency by 50%.

Data integration of iSeries with Kingsway client server migrating the data of over 900,000 private lines policies and over 100,000 claims against private lines and commercial policies.

• Developed over 1,500 query applications that provide production processing, reporting and data downloads for all departments across the enterprise.

Senior Applications Developer

Newark Electronics

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry

20002002 (2 years)

• Designed and implemented customized applications interfacing IBM mainframe and AS/400 platforms utilizing a real-life ETL cycle.

• Managed projects that used the waterfall model for the systems development life cycle and involved interviewing users, writing business and technical specifications, creating test scripts, and training users.

• Provided programming solutions for mission critical software applications utilizing all AS/400 facilities, RPG and CL programming languages and third party midrange software.

Major accomplishments:

• On time completion of a four month project that involved the design of data migration applications from AS/400 data base to Siebel data base management system within a real-life ETL cycle.

• Project lead for the programming and implementation of a customized data interface between the mainframe and AS/400 BPCS databases utilizing real-life ETL cycle.

Manager Applications Development

Kraft Foods Farley Division, Chicago, IL

August 1998September 2000 (2 years 2 months)

Company Profile:
Formed in 1870 by Gunther Farley, Farley's & Sathers Candy Company, Inc. was created as an umbrella company to roll-up many small companies, brands and products under a common management team. In August 1996, Farley Foods was sold to Favorite Brands International and was eventually acquired by Nabisco, and then shortly afterwards, Nabisco itself was merged with Kraft Foods, an international packaged food and beverage manufacturer with revenues over $40B.

Project management of applications development for the largest company warehouse operating BPCS software on an AS/400 platform and utilizing RPG and CL programming languages.

Project Leader of BPCS implementation at the Trolli plant location in Creston, Iowa.

Managed the pallet project interfacing bar code scanning with the BPCS software package resulting in streamlined product warehousing, inventory control and order shipment.

Developed enterprise wide programming of Telxon scanning devices for inventory control.

Managed a staff of junior programmers to support the IT helpdesk and to improve solution turnaround.

Developed a software change management system for the IT programming department staff.

Senior Programmer Analyst

The Stiffel Company

January 1994January 1997 (3 years 1 month) 708 North Kingbury Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Company Profile:
The Stiffel Company manufactured quality lamps for over 68 years and redefined the concept of lighting and lamps used for home décor since its inception in 1932. Stiffel continued its operation until 2000, when it had to close due to financial problems.

Maintained the Business Planning and Control Software (BPCS) package on an IBM System/38 utilizing RPG II, RPG III, CL, and SQL programming languages.

Key Accomplishments:
• Successfully developed and implemented the interface of the BPCS database and electronic data interchange (EDI) X.12 protocol using customized data integration programming with third party Preminos software. This implementation was required to accommodate large scale ordering, billing and shipping for Sears.
• Successfully developed and implemented the interface of bar code scanning with the BPCS software package database which resulted in streamlining order shipments and updating inventory real time.
• Developed and implemented the interface of manufacturing shop floor labor reporting and payroll processing that reduced payroll errors by 100%. This process involved more accurate entry of shop floor labor directly to the BPCS database and more accurate assessment of labor costs with payroll.

Senior Programmer Analyst

Dominicks Finer Foods

19901993 (3 years) 333 Northwest Highway, Northlake, IL 60164

Company Profile:
Dominick's Finer Foods, Inc. is a grocery store chain and subsidiary of Safeway Inc. with locations mainly in the Chicago area, Illinois, USA. Dominick's distribution center is located in Northlake, while its management offices are located in Oak Brook. This company currently has approximately 150,000 to 200,000 employees and annual sales of over $1,000,000,000.

Maintained the Infinium/S2K company software package on an IBM System/38 utilizing RPG II, RPG III, CL, and SQL programming languages.

Key Accomplishments:
• Project leader integrating the IBM 360 main frame and the IBM System/38 Infinium software package database to interface human resources and payroll data for 300 grocery store locations.
• Project leader of a completely customized subsystem that tracked paid time off for 27 union and 3 non-union employee groups covering a 300 grocery store chain. The data captured from this tacking subsystem was interface with payroll processing and human resources data in the Infinium/S2K software package database.

JAMES A. NASTI's Skills & Expertise

  2. RPG III
  3. RPG IV
  4. ILE
  5. AS400
  6. SDLC
  7. Application Design
  8. ETL
  9. Data Analysis
  10. Change Management
  11. Programming
  12. iSeries
  13. IBM iSeries
  14. RPG II
  15. OS/400
  16. CLP
  17. Hawkeye
  18. Embedded SQL
  19. Data Warehousing
  20. SDA
  21. Aldon
  22. Business Analysis
  23. BPCS
  24. Data Modeling
  25. Organizational Development
  26. Databases
  27. Data Integration
  28. Leadership Development
  29. Program Management
  30. Coaching
  31. Data Marts
  32. Process Improvement
  33. Query
  34. Technical Writing
  35. Data Management
  36. Application Development
  37. Requirements Analysis
  38. Analysis
  39. Insurance
  40. Quality Assurance
  41. Manufacturing
  42. Financials
  43. DB2
  44. SQL
  45. EDI
  46. ERP
  47. Software Development
  48. Systems Analysis
  49. FTP
  50. Access

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JAMES A. NASTI's Education

Harper College

Certificate, Web Design and Maintenance


The Harper program on Web Design and Maintenance was a 2 month duration which involved the study of HTML, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Web usability. The final project involved the building of our own personal website, from inception to implementation. My final project was the web site with the url http://www.jamesnasti.net.

Benedictine University

Masters Management Information Systems, Computer Science


DePaul University

Certificate, Computer Science


This program was formally entitled the Computer Career Program designed for mid career transition to computer science and the academic equivalent of 18 semester hours completed in 8 months comprising 6 months classroom instruction and 2 months independent project work.

Northern Illinois University

Bachelors, Meteorology and Earth Sciences


Activities and Societies: Student Director, NIU campus weather center at Davis Hall. Weather Forecaster, WNIU FM local campus radio station. Weather Forecaster, NIU Campus Cable TV Station. NIU Meteorological Society

St. Michael Catholic School

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