Personal Profile

My role as work is as an Information Technology solution architect in North America. I also consult on significant emerging opportunities in the United States relative to cloud computing and shared services in Public Sector, especially when my client(s) are interested in collaborating/consolidating across jurisdictional boundaries in “regional community clouds”. I am the creator of the “Smarter Local Government” and “Cognitive Ditigal Democracy” concepts, for which work I’ve received one of my three IBM Outstanding Technical/Innovation Innovation Awards.

I have more than thirty-five years of experience in the information technology industry, 31 of those years with IBM as a Systems Engineer, Technical Systems Engineering Manager and Client Technical Architect. I have extensive experience in all aspects of infrastructure architecture including platform selection methodology (Fit for Purpose), servers (x86, Power and Mainframe), storage subsystems and virtualization as well as data center networking. I’m also knowledgeable in aspects of enterprise architecture, software architecture (SOA) and IBM’s extensive software/solutions product portfolio.

I am particularly interested in governance models and reference architectures for multi-tenant shared-service private clouds for local governments, of which we have way too many.

I serve on the Board of Directors of a local community cooperative working to bring open access fiber optic connectivity to homes and businesses in semi-rural and rural areas that are currently underserved by traditional vendors.

Outside of the digital world, I’ve designed and built an energy-efficient house in the California foothills. I want to now make it energy neutral by implementing solar hot water and solar PV installations to become energy independent. I want to start a garden at some point soon.

I drive a Toyota Prius, a Toyota Tacoma 4×4 and a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle, each of which is “fit for purpose”.

The views I express in this blog are my own.

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