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  • 1. KARIM A. JESSANI karim_jessani@hotmail.com 57 Clarendon Drive Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada, L4B 3X6 905-918-0396 OBJECTIVE Architect, Develop and Manage solutions of complex business problems using my expertise in the areas of Application / Data Migration, E-Commerce, Web Services and Distributed Computing and my experience in leading design and development of software systems. SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS Proven track record of career success in positioning companies to achieve accelerated growth and competitive advantages through start-up ventures, new technology development/commercialization and market diversification. Complete expertise in system integration, Data consolidation and Data Migration between vendor’s and client’s legacy applications. Delivered business management and information technology consulting services to the client, in the areas of Data Center Migration, Data Migration, Database architecture, strategic and infrastructure planning, forensic analysis and project management reducing risk and client costs. Adept in building business models, go to market strategies and growth initiatives through sound strategic planning, business development and marketing credentials. Navigated the convergence of communications, voice/data, and other advanced technologies through combined technical and business management competencies and contemporary insights into what next generation solutions will fuel revenue, profit and market share. Built business intelligence and reporting architecture that helped business users' access and analyze data in a data warehouse, data mart, or operational systems. Provided technical leadership and thought leadership for the design and development of Enterprise Reporting and Information Delivery Systems. Utilized a wide range of knowledge and skill sets related to enterprise architecture including architectural frameworks and methods (Zachman’s), enterprise architecture planning, architectural modeling, enterprise architecture tools, the development of architectural policies, principles, standards, procedures, and patterns, architectural governance processes and tools, and architecture artifact management. Authored technical content for client Requests for Proposal (RFP) submissions. TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY Programming Experience with: C/Pro*C/C++, MQ SERIES, PL/SQL, DB2, VB, PERL, ASP, Java, JavaScript, XML, WebSphere, COBOL, Data Advantage, Informatica, Crystal Reports, TELON, HTML, ODBC/ADO, IIS, CSS, SSL, REXX and Unix Scripts. Databases: Oracle (7.i, 8.i, 10g, and 11.i), SQL Server 2005 / 2008, DB2, UDB, MS Access, and IMS DB/DC Operating Environments: UNIX (AIX, HP-UX, Sun OS), Windows X/2K/NT/ME/98, IBM MVS Hardware Environnements: Sun Solaris, RS/6000, PC, IBM Mainframe OS/390 Misc Technology: Client/Server, N-Tier On-Line Transaction Processing, OO Programming, EDI Other Tools: Informatica Power Center / Power Exchange, IBM Web Sphere, IBM Rational Suite, MS TFS, Visual Studio, IBM Visual Age, Auto Tester, VERITAS, MS Project, Visio PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Consultant – Senior Technical Architect Jan 2009 – March 2009 Government of Ontario – Children and Youth Services – I&IT Cluster • Determine the approach, architecture and infrastructure for the Upgrade or Procurement of the Version Control / Change Management Software Initiative. • Assess the future state architecture for adherence to target state direction, or validate deviation justification, implementation and the recovery plans in relation to the Code Management Upgrade Project. • Assess the current architecture and processes for mainframe and identify the risks and opportunities for cost and operational improvement through Software Upgrades and re-architecture • Build an actionable business case and develop a plan to move from the current model to the target architecture with the “Best of Breed” Version Control Management Software suite. Environment: AIX, z/OS, Web Sphere, Clear Case, Clear Quest, Team Foundation Server, Oracle, SQL Server 2008, Win2008, RS6000, COBOL, IMS and Java. Page 1 of 6
  • 2. Karim Jessani – karim_jessani@hotmail.com Consultant – Solution Architect / Infrastructure Lead Jan 2008 – Oct 2008 Government of Ontario – Children and Youth Services – I&IT Cluster • Coordinated procurement of $2.0M in Software and Hardware for Data Migration and Server Refresh Projects with vendors (HP, IBM, and Informatica), managed 15 people, SQL Server licensing procurement, application software upgrades, release management procedures, vendor relationship management, enhancement requests, identity authentication, performance / scalability testing, security architecture reviews, penetration testing, and managing digital security certificates. • Consultative analysis services to end users regarding best of breed solutions per industry standards and decision support then implementation services of solutions resulting in business process improvements. • Assisted in defining system threads for assigned systems beginning with input and flowing through the processing routes through the output media. Performed end-to-end systemic validations of all interrelated hardware and system components. • Analyze business and technology challenges, assess costs, and suggest solutions. • Produced detailed MS project plan schedules including deliverables, phases, key milestones & tasks, resource allocation, constraints, assumptions, workflows & diagrams, WBS/PERT/GANTT charts, interdependencies, as well as action plan presentations, meeting agendas, gap analysis, business cases, & status reports • Lead team in architecting and enabling a high-availability Windows 2003 Server system running SQL Server. Responsibilities included analyzing RFP and other technical specifications and determining solution best meeting those requirements, researching and confirming pre-requisites and co- requisites of solutions, creating project plans, and installing or directing the installation of systems. • ETL architecture and design of data integration from different sources - legacy, relational and 3rd party data • Collaborated with client business leaders, executives, SME’s, information technology, business users on full life cycle engagements. • Facilitating client meetings and working closely with senior management to ensure successful completion of on-time and on-budget project deliverables • Interpreting the need/business problem in terms of an architecture • Provided strategic planning, infrastructure planning and management, marketing, corporate web development and vendor relationship management. • Negotiated vendor contracts to improve and leverage technology refresh cycles and reduced storage costs per unit by at least 10% while increasing capacity year-over-year • Delivered business management and information technology consulting services to the client, in the areas of database architecture, strategic and infrastructure planning, forensic analysis and project management reducing risk and client costs. • Provided design, testing, deployment, training, and management of systems management software for 2500 Windows systems. Created systems designs, data flow architecture, monitoring solutions, and deployed a wide variety of MOM/SCOM components within a 24x7 production environment to conform to ITIL framework and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. Environment: Solaris, PC, Web Sphere, IBM Rational Application Development, Oracle, IMS DB/DC, DB2, SQL Server 2005, VB, MS Access, Win2008, RS6000, MVS, OS390, TSO/ISPF, COBOL, UML and Java. Consultant – Architect / Technical Lead Jan 2007 – Jan 2008 Government of Ontario – Family Responsibility Office • Lead Consultant to set up data warehouse system administration, operations and production application infrastructure. • Provided government oversight to the ISDM Project for all data management and data conversion efforts for a cluster wide retiring of a Legacy Case Management Application within the FRO office; supported the plan, analyze, design, develop, test, and deployment phases for more than 55 distinct data conversion objects; reviewed and approved data conversion functional designs, technical designs, component test plans, and code reviews; provided oversight and guidance during the planning and execution of data acquisition, data construction, data cleansing, data profiling (via Page 2 of 6
  • 3. Karim Jessani – karim_jessani@hotmail.com Informatica tools), data transformation (via Informatica tools), data loading, and data validation; collaborated on the planning for mock conversions and deployment (cutover planning); data objects in scope included vendors, customers, materials; supported design of data archiving approach and solution development. • As the Solution Architect I directed the project to evaluate, choose and implement a data quality tool and best practices. Provided technical expertise to Data Modeling and Management Group with regard to issues of data quality and management. Using OPS Standards I established formal RFP review process evaluated solicitation responses, coordinated product demonstrations, and managed evaluation team. Authored report to upper management detailing evaluation results, purchase recommendation, implementation plans and initial project plan for implementation. • Set priorities based on ROI, budget, available resources and skill sets. Determined accurate cost and duration estimates for projects. Managed project risks. Led task force for the Data Migration team to resolve slow system performance issues. • Complete project life cycle for the migration of a .net business application to a securely hosted and managed environment. • Worked with the Stakeholders, Project Manager and senior Business & SQA Software Quality Assurance) Analysts in defining, documenting and diagramming the business needs and Business Process flows, Data Flow Diagrams and creating the logical and physical data models. • Facilitated user work out sessions to identify issues critical to quality and perform GAP analysis • Principal Consultant to an Enterprise Reporting System solution for FRO including Requirements Analysis, Cost Benefits Analysis, Alternatives Analysis, Risk Management and Mitigation Plan, Enterprise Project Management Plan, Privacy Impact Assessment, and initial System Security Plan, • Provided leadership and guidance to architecture and development teams to align business needs and complex technical solutions. • Senior Consultant at all phases of the creation of the Enterprise Reporting Tool (part of a CRM Application) - Corporate Data warehouse including data modeling, system administration, application development and operation support. • Collaborated with key stakeholders and internal teams to define enterprise architecture principles, standards and guidelines, and blueprints. • Developed an integrated technical architecture (based on ASP.NET, SQL Server, Microsoft Analysis Server and Oracle) for business intelligence delivery including, data marts, reference tables, dimensional database models, web portal, web reports, application metadata and security. • Helped analyze legacy applications and CRM systems to derive required business functions, rules, Data Flows (Source to Target) from existing applications to enable migration into a new system. • Performed requirements definitions, system analysis and design, interface and data architectures, lifecycle cost analysis and estimation, and governance. • Assisted in the identification, reporting, and resolution of risks and issues as well as mitigation plans Environment: Solaris, PC, Informatica Power Center / Power Exchange, Oracle, IMS DB/DC, DB2, SQL, VB, MS Access, Win2K, RS6000, MVS, OS390, TSO/ISPF, COBOL, UML and Java Consultant – Data Migration Solution Architect Jan 2005 – Jan 2007 Government of Ontario – Ministry of Human Services Cluster • Implementing a 2 Terabyte gigabyte Data Warehouse / Data Mart environment initially with 25 years of historical data. • Performed an evaluation and implementation (RFP process) of CASE tools, geographic information systems, legacy system analysis tools, and IMS Data Migration tools. These independent evaluations lead to the purchase of Power Center and Power Exchange from Informatica. • Developed enterprise architecture artifacts including current state architecture, target state architecture, architectural roadmaps, referential architecture patterns and technology standard. • Focuses on SQL design and the principles and policies that govern data access across the application areas to ensure architecture efficiency goals are met. • Responsible for oversight and design of all aspects of the process for investigating and converting data from the client's multiple (55) legacy mainframe systems and a variety of de-centralized sources into the new application’s Oracle database environment Page 3 of 6
  • 4. Karim Jessani – karim_jessani@hotmail.com • Technical Lead for data consolidation migration project assessment and delivery model providing expertise on project initiation, process, risk mitigation, communications, project plans, project deliverables, actions/issue resolution, scheduling, cost, quality assurance, contract negotiation, policies and procedures, project documentation standards, executive presentations, organizational structure, contract requirements and best practices. • Defined business requirements, data acquisition rules, logic, and data validation processes for Enterprise Data Warehouse and Departmental Data Marts used by six developers for coding extract programs. • Defined and scoped project requirements and provided solution alternatives • Facilitated cross functional teams as a liaison between business owners and technical staff • Created the migration plan and presentation for senior management to understand business, hardware, software and funding requirements. • Validated the data migration strategy to extract-translate-integrate-load (ETL/ETIL process) from legacy CRM and billing systems, to an Oracle database on a Solaris Platform being established to support the deployment of a CRM solution. • Provided software engineers with guidance on techniques and considerations for executing large- scale data migrations and in maintaining synchronization between enterprise application systems. • Recommendation and implementation of data warehousing and business intelligence products (Informatica Product Suite and Oracle) • Primary tasks included design of the conversion architecture, supervision and direction of the conversion development team, reporting of status to executive project management, development of the overall conversion work plan and the detailed implementation playbook, and creation of all conversion deliverables. Environment: Solaris, PC, Informatica Power Center / Power Exchange, Oracle, IMS DB/DC, DB2, SQL, VB, MS Access, Win2K, RS6000, MVS, OS390, TSO/ISPF, COBOL, UML and Java. Consultant –Data Migration Solution Architect Jan 2004 – Jan 2005 Government of Ontario – Ministry of Justice • Lead role in the procurement, implementation and administration of a Data Migration tool • Chief architect and primary point person of the entire project (from both technical and business perspectives) including conception and setup of the entire phased process, from mission development to RFP/POC execution and evaluation. • Design of all qualifying evaluation criteria for the evaluation of POC results, development of the RFP/ POC Implementation and enterprise implementation roadmaps. Other areas included complete implementation of gap analysis methodologies, client guidance in determining requirements, processes and procedures, project management (including Project management tools), guidance and evaluation of company knowledge base (users and IT) to understand core competencies. Results included final recommendations for technical capability, Vendor Product/Suite capabilities, Vendor ability to deliver, ROI and TCO models to satisfy the functional requirements in both the current and planned deployment environments. • Performed data analysis to re-engineer and consolidate multiple legacy systems into a single integrated system. Produced all information architecture artifacts including; CRUD Matrices, Decomposition, Entity Relationship, Data Flow and Mini-Spec Action diagrams. Also worked with business stakeholder groups to document the definitions for entities and attributes, and established the team's analysis encyclopedia to be used for the Data Migration Project. • Designed and developed a proof of concept application for a Case Management System. The proof of concept validated all of the major technical design issues and greatly decreased the technology ramp-up time in the implementation phase of the Data Migration Project. • Performed strategy definition, requirements analysis, technical architecture design, and data migration development for several Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence projects. • Held multiple senior-level analyst/developer roles on web development and client/server development projects. Duties included functional requirements gathering, workflow analysis, detailed system and database design, web page and object component development, data migration, and testing/quality assurance. Environment: Solaris, PC, Informatica Power Center / Power Exchange, Oracle, IMS DB/DC, DB2, SQL, VB, MS Access, Win2K, RS6000, MVS, OS390, TSO/ISPF, COBOL, UML and Java. Page 4 of 6
  • 5. Karim Jessani – karim_jessani@hotmail.com Consultant – Technical Team Lead Dec 2001 – Jan 2004 Government of Ontario – Management Government Services • Developed, Maintained, and Supported projects that involved the design and implementation of enterprise application integration infrastructures on multiple platforms. • Responsible for managing requirements documents, mapping processes, client relationships, and change management for the MQ Series Hosting Services. • Designed, implemented, tested, and deployed a reusable, configurable, distributed framework for application integration, comprised of a workflow server, distributed messaging server, and database server. • Responsibilities included: Creating comprehensive project plans; detailing project schedule, resource estimates, quality requirements and metrics, and organizational change management activities. Ensured completion of all steps required to obtain project funding and resource acquisition approval. • Led the effort in building the MQ Series hosting services. • Participated in systems planning, development, analysis, and maintenance in projects ranging from small to very large involving MQ Series, and WebSphere. • Team lead responsibilities include resource and timeline management and conflict resolution. • Supported and provided On Call support for the Drive Clean System and EDI Credit Card Application running on a Mainframe platform using WebSphere MQ Series, and IMS DB/DC written in COBOL/370. • Administered three operating systems which included clearing queues, modifying object attributes, starting and restarting queue managers, restarting channels, and supporting application development by helping resolve programming problems with MQI (WebSphere MQ Application Programming Interface). Daily tasks also included creating new queue manager objects such as channels or queues Environment: AIX, PC, WebSphere MQ Series, UDB, Oracle, Data Advantage, Informatica, IMS DB/DC, SQL, DB2, MSMQ, VB, MS Access, Win2K, RS6000, MVS, OS390, TSO/ISPF, COBOL, UML and Java. Consultant – Senior Application Analyst Oct 2001 – Dec 2001 McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada • Designed and Supported Oracle Database programs to work from specifications to extract data and populate data to different warehouses using MQ Series as the Data Transfer protocol. • Worked with business partners to define data elements, transformation rules, and business logic. • Responsible for the analysis and design of a Web-enabled intranet application for the purposes of remotely generating Microsoft Excel documents from data acquired from an Microsoft Access ’97 database • Wrote packages using PL/SQL to access data from the database and write into and extract from flat files using SQL* LOADER utility. Environment: AIX, PC, Oracle, SQL, VB, MS Access, and Win2K. Consultant – QA Lead / Senior Enterprise Application Integrator Feb 2001- Oct 2001 The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited • Migrated SEDAR to use MQ Series, DB2 and embedded C from an INTERRA messaging system on a RS/6000 Server to a New Data Center to ensure reusability of the system. • Reviewed RFP’s, evaluated vendor software solution and suggested changes. • Developed the methodology, managed the project, assisted in coding the data migration processes, and administered the migration of 5000 users onto new servers. • Lead Quality/Performance Assurance Team of two testers and one programmer in the development of automated release documentation and auditing. • Lead activities to create and implement automated test scripts for functional level verification and system level testing. • Lead product performance benchmarking activities to ensure operational and quality improvements per product release. • Provided analysis, reports and status of all products in test, including the final QA recommendation of product's shipping viability. Page 5 of 6
  • 6. Karim Jessani – karim_jessani@hotmail.com • Provided technical architecture and application design services to design processes for reusing components and data residing on AIX and Microsoft Operating Systems. • Mentored junior developers and participated in design and code reviews. Environment: AIX, PC, C, MQ Series, DB2, UDB, SQL, VB, MS Access, Win2K, RS6000, and RoboHelp Systems Consultant – Enterprise Application Integrator Aug 1998 - Jan 2001 Resource Information Systems (worked at client site, Canadian Pacific Railway) •Led the NT 4.0 / SMS server and desktop upgrade project at the Central Distribution Center. I was responsible for application collection, process design, data migration and hardware and software deployment. •Technical Lead for a complete network upgrade, SAN installation and NT4 to Windows 2000 migration. As lead Active Directory and Windows 2000 engineer, designed the Active Directory environment and application migration path. •Migrated client/server CRM application to 3-tier with PowerBuilder, Unix Application Server (in C), an Oracle DB using MQ Series from a Legacy system (MVS) written in COBOL. •Developed technical architecture design, supervised program specifications development, managed developers, coordinated program releases, directed data center consolidation project across 3 regional locations and prepared status reports to executive management. •Developed and implemented tools and strategies to export the source system processing from legacy Cobol and Screen Grab mainframe systems to the Unix platform to centralize and standardize processing, reengineer system architecture and retire systems that have been running for over 10 years this improved normalization and Data Integrity. •Part of a virtual team to plan and implement data center consolidation for global business consolidation, impacting 50 data centers, 1,000 servers, and 300 IT applications. Key deliverables include scoping, analysis, and design for quarterly infrastructure rollouts and to monitor and control project execution of transformed application releases to production. •Automated a Document and Data Control system using web-based technology that reduced document access times from 4 days to 5 minutes and automated other quality system tasks. Environment: OS/390, HP-UX, PC, OS2, Pro*C/C, ORACLE, Lotus Notes, PL/SQL, COBOL (Microfocus), IMS DB/DC, DB2, JCL, MQ Series, REXX, VB, PB, MS Access, TSO/ISPF, TELON PWS and MVS Programmer Analyst, Credit Risk Application & Processing May 1997 - July 1998 TD Bank, Systems Research & Development • Wrote, tested and implemented several on-line and batch IMS DB/DC programs that were part of: VISA, CMHC, Mortgages, Line of Credit, and Loans subsystems. •Developed test plans and scripts for applications developed under C++, Visual Basic, PowerBuilder and MS Access, VMS and COBOL accessing DB2 and Oracle Databases. •Conducted program code and test reviews with respect to User Compliance Changes. •Interpreted program specifications, business requirements in order to program, test and implement system enhancements. Environment: COBOL II, IMS DB/DC, MQ Series, DB2, TELON, TSO/ISPF, BTS, CLIST, ENDEVOR, DATAGER, FILE-AID, AUTO-TESTER, OS2 and MVS JCL EDUCATION Showcase Ontario – Presented “A Complete Strategy on Data Migration / Integration” To CYSSC I&IT Cluster February 2008 Informatica Upgrade Workshops – Jan June Nov 2007 Ralph Kimball – Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing Boot Camp, June 2007 Intensive Systems Analysis, Standard Programming Design and SDLC, May – July 1997 COBOL & IMS DB/DC Workshop, October 1997 Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Memorial University Newfoundland, April 1997 References upon request Page 6 of 6