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Resume of Dana French: Experience

PositionOrganizationDate

Founder-SponsorAIX ExpertJuly 2010 - Present
AIX Administration Methodology - Global Consolidation Project - The purpose of this project is to provide a standardized business continuity methodology for building, supporting, and maintaining a large world wide, multi-data center IBM AIX environment. The methodology details the entire life cycle of an IBM AIX system, from planning and deployment, through decommission, reclaimation, and recoupment. The focus of this site is the global consolidation of AIX administration methodologies into a single structure.

Owner-FounderSiteOx DatacentersJanuary 2008 - Present
Provider of datacenter facilities for small and medium size businesses. Consulting services for business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, and virtualization.

President - CEOTriParadigm LLCJuly 2007 - Present
TriParadigm is a partnership of high tech companies specializing in business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation. This company was formed to refine and market a data center automation product called “vLPAR” which was designed and developed by Dana French. The “vLPAR” product is sold as an appliance that automatically builds, deploys, configures and provisions entire multi-system, multi-frame, multi-datacenter environments for high availability and disaster recovery.

PresidentMt Xia IncJanuary 1999 - Present
Primary focus is Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability and integration of new systems into existing infrastructures. I provide enterprise wide management and technical leadership to clients for developing and implementing business continuity methodologies, and in developing automated disaster recovery solutions. These services are performed in support of increasing and-or safeguarding revenue streams, data center consolidation, and outsourcing projects.

Consulting AnalystKPMGFebruary 2013 - March 2013
Subject Matter Expert for Data Center Assessment project with the State of California

Consulting AnalystState of CaliforniaFebruary 2013 - March 2013
Infrastructure Assessment and Cloud Computing Recommendations for IBM AIX Systems

Consulting AnalystOncorJuly 2010 - January 2013
Data Center Migration Consultant for IBM AIX Systems

Consulting AnalystEnergy Future HoldingsJuly 2010 - January 2013
Data Center Migration Consultant for IBM AIX Systems

Consulting AnalystSea WorldNovember 2010 - March 2011
AIX problem resolution consultant

Consulting AnalystMedstar HealthMarch 2009 - March 2011
Data Center Migration: AIX Systems Designer and consultant. Migration of systems between company owned data centers and Dell-Perot data center services provider.

Consulting AnalystDell-PerotMarch 2009 - March 2011
AIX Systems Designer, Data Center Migration Consulting, Virtualization, High Availability, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity.

Consulting AnalystToyo TiresJanuary 2007 - March 2011
AIX High Availability design and implementation in various data centers across the USA.

Consulting AnalystGlobal Packaging IncJuly 2010 - December 2010
AIX Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery testing in remote facilities provided by IBM at Boulder Colorado.

Consulting AnalystNetJets2008 - 2009
AIX design and implementation of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Virtualization, and data center automation concepts in their Columbus, OH data centers.

Owner-FounderSiteOx Web Hosting2008 - 2009
Providing Web Site Hosting and Domain Registration Services

Consulting AnalystPerotSystemsJune 2008 - September 2009
Providing IBM AIX consulting services to clients of PerotSystems.

Consulting AnalystCommunity Health SystemsSeptember 2008 - March 2009
AIX Systems Designer and Support Consulting. High Availability, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity Consulting.

Writer-AuthorIBM Developerworks2007 - 2009
Author of numerous articles on the topics of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Data Center Automation and Virtualization.

Writer-AuthorLulu Publishing2007 - 2009
Author of books on Business Continuity, and Korn Shell Programming.

Consulting AnalystMoodysJuly 2008 - December 2008
AIX System Administration and DNS Management for world-wide operations.

Writer-AuthorAIX Update Journal2004 - 2008
Author of numerous articles on the topics of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Data Center Automation, Virtualization, and Korn Shell Programming.

Consulting AnalystLiberty MutualJuly 2007 - December 2007
Data center automation of AIX deployment in virtualized LPAR environment utilizing vLPAR components. These vLPAR components were licensed to BladeLogic on a proof-of-concept basis for implementation by Liberty Mutual.

Software-Hardware VendorBMC - BladeLogicJuly 2007 - December 2007
Data center automation of AIX deployment in virtualized LPAR environment utilizing vLPAR components. These vLPAR components were licensed to BladeLogic on a proof-of-concept basis for implementation by Liberty Mutual.

Consulting AnalystCapgemini2004 - 2007
AIX design, implementation, support, and maintenance of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation environment in world-wide data centers.

Consulting AnalystCapgemini Energy2004 - 2007
AIX design, implementation, support, and maintenance of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation environment in world-wide data centers.

Consulting AnalystTXUMarch 2003 - December 2007
AIX design, implementation, support, and maintenance of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation environment in world-wide data centers.

Consulting AnalystHardin Construction2004 - 2004
TSM implementation and administration in IBM AIX environments for the purpose of corporate-wide backups.

Consulting AnalystHCA2003 - 2004
AIX design, implementation, support, and maintenance of business continuity, disaster recovery, high availability, virtualization, and data center automation environment in world-wide data centers.

Consulting AnalystFleming CompaniesSeptember 2000 - December 2002
Developed business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability computing facilities to support critical business functions.

Consulting AnalystFlemingSeptember 2000 - September 2002
Lead the Unix team for the nations largest grocery wholesaler which designed, implemented, supported, and managed over 150 servers on a nationwide network providing business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability.

Senior Consulting AnalystApplied Intelligence GroupSeptember 1993 - September 1999

Responsible for development of E-Business, E-Services, and E-Management strategies. This includes tactical and strategic implementation of architectures and technologies. Responsible for designing, implementing, and managing conversion of clients to an E-Business model philosophy and mindset.

During the spring of 1993, Applied Intelligence Group hired me to perform some Unix consulting work. They subsequently offered me a job which I accepted. AIG was a systems integration company which specialized in the retail industry. My job was to consult with clients on Unix related issues. AIG clients with whom I worked included -

Eli Witt, Co - I was the lead consultant during Eli Witts LAN/WAN upgrade to these servers running NCR SVR4. This implementation required integrating the servers into a LAN/WAN environment using both TCP/IP and UUCP over leased lines with dial backup. Eli Witts NCR machines ran the Galaxy environment as an emulation of the NCR 9400 ITX systems. The Galaxy environment allowed Eli Witt to migrate from the legacy system into a modern system.

United States Marine Corp - USMC hired AIG to provide 3rd party analysis of an application being written by IBM for the USMC. My job was to analize the design and implementation of the application. The AIX box was used as a central controller.

Stop & Shop - As a subcontractor to IBM and working with Stop & Shop, I was part of a team to integrate Hobart, Franklin and Toledo scales into an AIX environment. This required an indepth knowledge of async communications and application in an AIX environment.

Home Quarters - Home Quarters uses NCR 3400 machines as back office processors. I designed, built, and implemented a shelf tag printing system from an AS/400 at the headquarters to the NCR back office processors. The printers included Printronix and Texas Instruments.

Sonic Driveins - I have performed a number of roles in support of Sonic. I participated in the hardware selection effort for selecting a new restaurant POS system. I was part of a team which designed, wrote, and implemented an unattended installation system for the POS system which ran on a Windows NT platform. I also designed, wrote, implemented and maintained a World Wide Web Support site for Sonic and their vendors.

Urocor - Participated in the systems analysis phase of their World Wide Web conversion effort.

Follett Campus Stores - With Follett Campus Stores I participated in a team to port a Cobol application purchased by Follett onto the AIX-RS/6000. My duties included providing design and implementation consulting to the project team.

Fleming Foods - Performed a Y2K upgrade of all RS/6000 - AIX machines in all warehouses, nationwide. These upgrade could only be performed during the warehouse downtime, which was usually on Saturday from midnight to 6 am or 8 am.

Siemens/Nixdorf and Nordstroms - Provided technical support for a Siemens/Nixdorf development project with Nordstrom. Involved writing a device driver for proprietary Siemens/Nixdorf network card and also required writing a printer configuration system.

Brookshire Brothers, Inc - Designed, built, implemented and supported an enterprise wide LAN/WAN environment which included HQ environment, backoffice, POS, and DSD systems.

Principal ConsultantFrench Consulting1989 - 1993

Owned and operated a consulting company called French Consulting from 1989 to 1993 during which time I worked for a number of clients in various industries. My clients included -

Federal Aviation Administration - Worked with the FAA for 10 months to port the Instrument Approach Procedures Automation system to SunOS environment. Project involved porting a large quantity of fortran code from Data General Mainframe running AOS to fortran and C language on the Sun.

Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems - Designed and built high availability database system for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems to keep track of error notifications generated by the cellular transmission towers.

Data General - Worked with Aviion servers and Clarion disk arrays in High Availability database environment.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc - During my time working with Wal-Mart, I designed, built, and implemented, distributed Informix Database Systems on NCR platforms. Also worked with Hewlett Packard equipment as a back office processor for the stores, and as intermediate servers to relieve some of the burden from the Teradata machine.

Applied Intelligence Group, Inc - Unix Consulting in retail environment.

ProgrammerEnergy Analysts1980 - 1989

Lead programmer in the development of a Chemical Engineering Softwareprogram which predicted the risk and exposure due to accidents in large petro-chemical facilities.

I designed, wrote, implemented, and supported all of Energy Analysts software products, which included -

  • EAHAP - Energy Analysts Hazards Analysis Program
  • EAEPP - Energy Analysts Exposed Population Predictor
  • EAPRA - Energy Analysts Probabalistic Risk Assessment
  • Chemical Engineering TechnicianApplied Technology Corp1979 - 1979

    In the summer of 1979, while I was on summer vacation during my sophmore year in college, I took a job with a company called Applied Technology, Inc. (ATC) in Norman, OK. My job title was Chemical Engineering Technician and my duties were to assist the company engineers in two large scale testing projects being performed by the company.

    The first project was to test the extinguishment characteristics of Carbon-disulfide in controlled burn situations. The tests were conducted on a prepared test site in Newcastle, OK, adjacent to the South Canadian River. This test site had a large concrete building which contained a test monitoring lab and provided storage for test equipment, tools, etc. The site contained multiple pits of various sizes which were used to burn the Carbon-disulfide. The pits were of three sizes which were 5ftx5ft, 10ftx10ft, and 20ftx20ft. A variety of extinguishment methods were tested on the carbon-disulfide which included low-volume foam, high-volume foam, and dry chemicals. Measurements of several parameters were recorded from the test such as temperature, extinguisher flow and volume, time to extinguishment, etc.

    The second project was to test the burn characteristics of a wide variety of crude oils from around the world. This project was sponsored by the Battelle Institute in Seattle, Washington. There were approximately ten barrels of oil from locations such as Venezuala, Saudia Arabia, California, Alaska, etc.