Date Created: Sun 12-Dec-2010

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Curriculum Vitae - Steve Robinson - Senior Technical Expert, Author and IBM Certified Administrator

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Location: United Kingdom


· IBM Certified System Administrator – WebSphere Application Server, Network Deployment V6.0
· IBM Certified System Administrator – WebSphere Application Server, Network Deployment V6.1
· Principle Certified Lotus Professional – Lotus Notes / Domino, Administration & Development.
· Microsoft Certified Professional - C# .NET Web Applications & C# .NET XML Web Services & Server Components
· 13 years Industry experience in Middleware, Programming, Networks and Internet Technologies.
· Experienced in on-site Consultant/Administrator with various International Companies


My best qualities are communication written and oral and the ability to think on my feet. There is no such word as can’t. There is always a solution to a problem; communication is the key to success. Project management is about the ability to inform the appropriate stake-holders using communication feed-back loops.

Feedback from IBM Feb 2008: "Steven Robinson is a strong communicator, with a real drive to learn and understand, he has excellent problem solving skills, based on high quality WAS and Java on WAS ability. He's also exemplary at documenting as he goes and leaving useful scripting and assets for other people to reuse."

Feedback from Chubb Feb 2007: "Steve is a dedicated individual who takes pride in what he does, he always conducts himself in a professional manner. He is an excellent communicator, conducts professional intelligent meetings and deals well with suppliers and partners."

Skills Management (Team, Project, Business, People), Middleware (IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic) Development (C, C++, C#.NET, VB.NET, ASP, Java, Lotus Notes, Scripting, Linux, HTML), Architecture (Information, Technical, Application, Project), Security (Internet, Application Development), Administration (Management, Systems, Hardware, Networks)

IBM WebSphere (+ 7 years) WebSphere MQ (+ 7 years)
WebSphere Message Broker (+ 4 years) Java (> 10 Years), JavaScript (> 10 years)
Oracle WebLogic ( + 5 years) Lotus Notes / Domino (> 15 years), LotusScript (> 10 years)
JACL (4 years), Jython (> 5 years) TCP/IP (> 10 years)
HTML/DHTML (10 years), XML / XSL (> 10 years) Linux/Unix (> 10 years)
ASP (9 years), C#.Net / VB.Net (5 years) Windows OS (> 10 years)
C (5 years), C++ (3 Years) ITIL (4 years), RUP (3 years), Project Management (> 10 years)
Visual Basic (7 years), VBA (5 years) PHP (7 years), Apache (7 Years)

Clients IBM, Vodafone, Chubb Insurance, Philips Corporate, AXA, NZI, Royal & Sun Alliance, NZ Telecom, Price Water House Coopers, Lotus Development Corporation, Unilever, CGU, Norwich Union, Auckland Savings Bank (Bank Direct), St Regis Paper Company, Connectel Limited, Home Office, Ministry Of Justice, Chubb Insurance. BSKYB Lloyds TSB


UK: November 2010 – Current .. Senior WebSphere Consultant

· Manage client projects
· Problem solving and solutions
· Java development
· Technical Writing
· Build/Deploy & Devops & Middleware solutions

UK: November 2010 – Current .. Milestone Group Plc
Chief Technology Officer

· Manage Development teams and projects
· Product Development Strategy

UK: October 2009 – October 2010 .. Ve Interactive Ltd
Chief Technology Officer

· Senior Architect for Systems Design and Architecture
· Oracle WebLogic 10/Websphere 7/Linux/Apache/IIS/.NET 3.5
· Java 1.6 / Apache CXF/JavaScript
· Hosting /Facility Design
· Web-site architecture
· Management of Development/Admin teams
· Contract negotiations, H/W & S/W procurement
· Security and backups

UK: Apr 2008 – August 2009 .. Lloyds TSB

Consultant for IBM WebSphere.

· Administration / configuration of WebSphere 5.1,6 6 and 6.1 server environments on AIX 5.3
· WebSphere Message Broker 6 installation, configuration and WebSphere MQ 6 configuration.
· J2EE application debugging of Chordiant and bespoke applications. FileNet, Revleus, ESB administration.
· UNIX shell, Ant, JACL/Jython scripting for configuration and deployment.

Technical Skills Practised

J2EE, JSP, RAD 7.0, AIX, WebSphere 5.1,6 & 6.1, JACL, Jython, Oracle 9i, 10g, UCM Clear Case, Chordiant, Korn Shell, WebSphere MQ.

UK: October 2007– Mar 2008 .. IBM (BSKYB)

Consultant for IBM WebSphere.

· Lead specialist for High Availability server build for a green field BSKYB project for a new 2008 product offering.
· Administration / configuration of WebSphere 6 server environments on Solaris 9.
· J2EE application debugging of Chordiant and various internal applications.
· UNIX shell, Ant, JACL, and Jython scripting for configuration and deployment.
· Application development using RAD 7.

Technical Skills Practised

J2EE, JSP, RAD 7.0, Solaris 9, WebSphere, JACL, Oracle 9i, Rational Clear Case, Chordiant, Korn Shell, Sun ONE Directory Server (LDAP)

UK: June 2007– September 2007 .. Transputec Computers Plc

Consultant for IBM WebSphere.

· Provide consultation support for Various IBM clients
· Administration of both WebSphere and WebLogic server environments.
· Ad hoc scripting and J2EE application debugging.
· UNIX shell, Ant, WSAdmin and WLDeploy scripting.
· Begin the implementation of ITIL practices within organisation.

Technical Skills Practised

J2EE, Struts, JSP, RAD 7.0, Apache Tomcat 5.5, Redhat 7.2 – 9, RHEL 3.0, SUSE 10, AIX, WebSphere -, WebLogic 7-8.1, JACL, Jython, SQL Server 2000, Oracle 9i

UK: Sept 2006– May 2007 .. Chubb insurance

WebSphere / WebLogic Consultant

· Installation and architecture of 16 IBM WebSphere ND, servers with appropriate clustering and MQ readiness.
· Administration of both WebSphere and WebLogic server environments.
· Introduction of RAD 6.0 and consultation with developers in moving applications from Weblogic into WebSphere. Providing insights on ANT, JBuilder to Eclipse conversion. J2EE standards.
· Designed migration project for moving approx 20 Weblogic servers onto new hardware and move of SOA and corporate applications to WebSphere.
· Management of third party (Infosys, India) to deliver J2EE application launched into WebSphere.
· Hired and trained senior WS / WL Administrator to take over the role.
· Implement change control management for WAS environments, aligning to ITIL and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Technical Skills Practised

J2EE, Struts, JSP, RAD 6.0, Windows 2000/2003, Apache Tomcat 5.5, Redhat 9, AIX, WebSphere -, WebLogic 7-8.1, Perl, JACL, Jython, SQL Server 2000, Oracle 9i, Vista, Windows 2003, VMWare ESX. ITIL 2.0.

UK: 2002 Oct – Sept 2006 .. Arc International –

Business Systems Architect
I joined Arc International as a consultant then covered the Business Systems Architect role in charge of all web based systems. Systems included: Intranet, Extranet and Internet sites and severs. I was also responsible for ERP systems and other key non-internet business systems and back-end services.

Roles and Responsibilities

· Set Infrastructure guidelines for company wide development. Write technical specifications for internal and outsourced development of projects.
· Implement and maintain new applications development architecture that I was then responsible for, which included replacing Lotus Notes / IBM products with Microsoft products.
· ITIL Service Management introduction and planning.
· Develop test cases for external and internal projects.
· Interview and hire candidates for roles within other locations.

Technical Skills Practised

ASP, C, J2EE, UML, J2EE, Struts, JSP, Windows 2000/2003, Apache, Redhat 7.2 -9, VB.NET, C#, ASP.NET, WebSphere 5.1 – 6.0, JACL, Perl, Weblogic 7 – 8.1, PHP, SQL Server 2000, XML / XSLT, JavaScript, HTML, Windows-API.

UK: June 1998 – Oct 2002 .. Independent Technical Consultant to Various Clients

I operated as an independent Technical Consultant. My projects included administration and architecture & design. Specialising in middleware integration was my initial focus due to my industry experience in C, Java, Lotus notes and WebSphere. Internet technologies also played a big part in my roles for many different clients including: Phillips, IBM, AXA, Lotus Development Corporation, Norwich Union, CGU, Price Water House Coopers and Selfridges.

Further details and references can be made upon request.

Roles and Responsibilities:

· Platform & application server administration.
· Consult with client to define requirements and specification for both application and infrastructure projects.
· Work on-site and off-site in a consultation role for projects
· Manage projects and resources covering outsourcing and internal hiring.
· Application Development and Design.
· Create documentation for 3rd parties involved in projects.
· Develop test cases and automated testing/regression.
· High Level architecture design.
· Mobile messaging integration.

Technical Skills Practised

C, C++, Lotus Notes & Domino, AIX, Linux, WebSphere 5.1 ,VBA (Excel), VB, SQL, DB2, Oracle, ODBC, XML (XSL, XSLT, DTD), SMS, JAVA 2, Windows-API, Windows 2002, Server, Cisco, ASP.

UK: May 1997 – May 1998 .. Convergence Limited (NZ)
Founder / Director / Senior Consultant

Roles and Responsibilities

· Technical Lead and code reviewer.
· Train and hire staff.
· Analyse project specifications and develop technical specifications for the project
· Develop test cases, usability requirements.
· Liaise with client and related solution providers to make sure project meets all specifications.

Technical Skills Practised

Lotus Notes & Domino, C, C++, VB, ASP, JAVA, AS400, SQL (DB2)

NZ: March 1996 – April 1997 .. Contractor to IBM -
Lotus Notes / C programmer. I worked on NZ’s first virtual bank – BankDirect

NZ: Feb 1993 – April 1996 .. ACE Training
I joined ACE as a trainer. My role was to train all variants of desktop products. I qualified as an IBM Lotus Notes certified professional (PCLP) and certified IBM Certified Lotus instructor (CLI) trainer in Australasia, eventually becoming technical lead for client on-site consultancy.

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Steve Robinson - IBM Champion 2013

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Steve Robinson has been working in IT for over 20 years and has provided solutions for many large-enterprise corporate companies across the world. Steve specialises in Java and Middleware.

In January 2013, I was awarded the prestigous 'IBM Champion' accolade.

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