Paul Thomsen

Paul Thomsen

Product Manager at 1E

Location
Greater Seattle Area
Industry
Computer Software

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Paul Thomsen's Overview

Current
  • Product Manager at 1E
Past
  • Solutions Engineer at 1E
  • Sr. ConfigMgr (SCCM) Engineer at Microsoft
  • Sr. Integration Specialist at Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • System Manager at Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Application Programmer/Analyst at MDS Health Group
  • System Manager at hospitals in British Columbia (Shaughnessy and Royal Columbian)
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Paul Thomsen's Summary

I'm building and telling a better computer management story!

I work at 1E on our efficiency products to bring our products to market by applying my research, analysis, testing, and technical evangelism skills, often with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr, or SCCM).

Previously I spent 50+% of my time traveling to work with organizations and partners of all sizes (mostly in western North America). That included organizations with SCCM hierarchies with 300,000+ clients and thus 1E products on that scale.

I spent 12 years at Microsoft serving Microsoft customers and the community in a variety of roles, including engineering, project leadership, testing ("dogfooding"), data analysis (SQL queries), scripting, administration, technical writing, blogging, conference presentations, training, and reporting.

Specialties: technical analysis, design, troubleshooting, testing, training, technical writing, presentations, SQL queries (T-SQL), scripting (vbscript), programming (C#, C, Visual Basic, .NET), project planning, project leadership, program management.

Paul Thomsen's Experience

Product Manager

1E

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Bellevue, Washington, USA

I'm responsible for Integration and Technical Enablement. That means I ensure our products have the APIs, SDKs, documentation, sample code, and other resources needed to enable our customers, partners, consultants, and other technical specialists to integrate our products with each other and with other technologies or products to build solutions.

Other duties include technical evangelism, competition analysis (products and technologies), solution innovation, technical research, technical background for developers, input on product roadmaps, and related activities.

Solutions Engineer

1E

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

April 2011August 2013 (2 years 5 months) Bellevue, Washington, USA (and mobile)

In this role I was a road warrior working with 1E customers (who are usually also Microsoft ConfigMgr (SCCM) customers) of all sizes (thousands to 100's of thousands of clients). This was throughout North America, but mostly western USA and western Canada.

- 1E's products provide IT efficiency in terms of content distribution optimization, power management, software license rationalization, datacenter server optimization, and user-driven deployments
- my role helped organizations to understand and quantify the benefit of these solutions in their diverse environments
- additional duties included 'trusted advisor' input on client health, infrastructure, and future technology topics
- member of the 1Excellence Club (top 15% of the division), and 'MVP' for my region (out of 16 great contributors), for 2011

Technologies / products: AppClarity, Nomad, NightWatchman, WakeUp, Shopping, ConfigMgr, SQL Server, Windows Server, Hyper-V, VMware

Sr. ConfigMgr (SCCM) Engineer

Microsoft

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MSFT; Computer Software industry

February 1999April 2011 (12 years 3 months) Redmond, Washington, USA

- part of the team running ConfigMgr (SCCM) in production at Microsoft for Microsoft IT (280,000+ clients), including as third party solution engineer, client health lead, v.Next technical analyst, patch management service lead, and related duties
- Testing (dogfooding) ConfigMgr v.Next, ConfigMgr 2007, and SMS 2003 prior to release at very large scales
- Customer liaison (conference presentations, webcasts, blogging, 1-on-1 meetings and e-mails, community support, etc.)
- 3 trips to Hyderabad, India

My first 3.5 years at Microsoft were as a technical writer on the SMS product team, and included customer liaison work as well. The writing included various SMS 2.0 technical papers (e.g. SMS Security Essentials) and many SMS 2003 core documentation chapters.

Technologies / products: ConfigMgr, SQL Server, vbScript, Active Directory, Hyper-V, WMI

Sr. Integration Specialist

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

April 1993February 1999 (5 years 11 months)

integrated a variety of computer technologies into existing production systems and business processes. This included SMS 1.x, beta testing SMS 2.0, and PATHWORKS (PC to minicomputer networking).

During most of this period I also ran New Barbarian Technologies after hours, doing computer magazine and book technical writing and editing, training, and presentations at conferences. Mostly on SMS 1.x, but also programming, networking, and operating systems (OpenVMS, Windows, and UNIX). Most of the training was done in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.

System Manager

Ontario Ministry of Education

April 1990April 1993 (3 years 1 month)

VAX/VMS system management, LAN support, PC support, etc.

Application Programmer/Analyst

MDS Health Group

December 1988April 1990 (1 year 5 months)

programming production medical laboratory systems in MUMPS, and some VAX/VMS system management

System Manager

hospitals in British Columbia (Shaughnessy and Royal Columbian)

December 1983May 1988 (4 years 6 months)

VAX/VMS system management, and programming in VAX Basic (LOB apps and system utilities)

Paul Thomsen's Publications

  • BackOffice Magazine (SMS (ConfigMgr) columnist for 3 years) in the '90's

    Authors: Paul Thomsen

    BackOffice was a Microsoft predecessor to System Center - a suite of datacenter applications, though not all computer management oriented. The magazine addressed the suite.

Paul Thomsen's Skills & Expertise

  1. Professional Services
  2. Business Intelligence
  3. Programming
  4. C#
  5. Technical Analysis
  6. System Deployment
  7. Project Planning
  8. Technical Writing
  9. Troubleshooting
  10. .NET
  11. Testing
  12. Leadership
  13. Hyper-V
  14. SCCM
  15. C
  16. Program Management
  17. Visual Basic
  18. Training
  19. Systems Management
  20. System Center
  21. VBScript
  22. VMware
  23. Cloud Computing
  24. Microsoft Technologies
  25. Windows Server
  26. Enterprise Software
  27. Group Policy
  28. Servers
  29. Microsoft SQL Server
  30. Operating Systems
  31. Security
  32. Data Center
  33. Integration
  34. Networking
  35. Software Documentation
  36. Technical Support
  37. Windows

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Paul Thomsen's Education

The University of British Columbia

Computer Science

19791981

various

computer technologies

Activities and Societies: a wide variety of courses on various technologies (IT systems, programming, training, presentations, operating systems, VMS (OpenVMS), etc.)

Paul Thomsen's Additional Information

Websites:
Interests:

mountaineering (hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, backpacking, skiing), bicycling, dogs, house maintenance, computer technology, economics, world affairs, philosophy

Groups and Associations:

Mountaineers (www.mountaineers.org), American Red Cross (mass sheltering), myITForum, SMS, SCCM, ConfigMgr

Honors and Awards:

Speaker at all 13 Microsoft Management Summit conferences (the conferences in that series). Also at complementary conferences in Europe and competing conferences in North America

Columnist at BackOffice Magazine for 3 years (1996 to 1999).

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