Andrew J. Michalik

Mr. Michalik works with international teams to lead, inspire, and influence Engineering, Product Management, and Project Management for delivery of new products and awesome technical solutions. Founder and CEO of VINFO Inc, a boutique consulting firm, he’s run his own successful startups, worked as a consultant for 50+ top-tier organizations, coordinated teams around the globe, and launched new products. He’s served as Founder, CEO, General Manager, Director, Product Manager, Project Manager, Architect, Development Manager, and Software Engineer with a proven track record as an individual contributor, direct manager, and a manager of managers. Andrew combines strategic perspective, global competence, and business acumen with a collaborative management style to effectively lead cross-functional teams. Connect to me via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Github, or Download my Resume

Experience

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Multiple $xxM Funded Startups
Contract CTO for fast growing eCommerce, EdTech, Training, Manufacturing, and Digital Marketing startups and established corporations serving international markets.

Coordinate corporate IT solutions (CRM, accounting, marketing systems, and reporting tools) plus front office digital media (internal websites and e-commerce portals). Guide IT teams based in KL plus remote teams in several countries. Recruit and coach employees. Plan, organize, and control IT and digital operations at a global level. Ensure security and reliability of electronic transactions. Pro-actively automate processes that can be streamlined with IT solutions. Identify problematic areas and implement strategic solutions. Handle annual budget and ensure cost effectiveness.

Andrew Michalik has over 20 years of IT consulting experience working with top-tier corporations on large project remediation and complex global project management across North & South America, Asia, Africa and European markets. Andrew has a MSc in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a BSc from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is a certified Scrum Master and AWS Technical Professional / AWS Business Professional.

Andrew specializes in Cloud SaaS (cloud architectures, deployment models, business and infrastructure processes for private, public and hybrid cloud architecture design and implementation), eCommerce (multiple-regions global deployment), Advertising, Infrastructure (scalable infrastructure architecture, operations management).

Developing with Java, PHP, Drupal, WordPress, OptimizePress, OAP (Office Ontraport CRM), Konnektive, Git / GitHub, Atlassian Suite / BitBucket. (2016 – Present)

Senior Technology Consultant, VINFO Inc
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Executive; Cloud SaaS, eCommerce, Advertising, Digital Media.
Providing consulting services to regional startups and enterprise organizations with international development centers. Contributing highly technical competence, strong written English and verbal communication skills, plus management know-how to Southeast Asia and the EU multinationals. Consulting as a Senior/Executive Level Manager with both startup experience and a leadership background from major U.S. corporations. Dedicated to guiding emerging businesses and managing locally for established organizations to solve problems with an international perspective.

Recent client technologies include: Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 & RDS MySQL, Go Language / golang, Docker, Microservice Architecture, Git / GitHub. (2016 – Present)

Director of Software Development / GM, Rackspace Cloud
Led 30+ Senior Managers, Managers, & Principal Engineers for Cloud Computing IaaS / SaaS offerings including Auto Scaling, Monitoring, Metrics, Monitoring Intelligence Dashboard, and Mobile Apps, plus SFO Site Operations. Stabilized and normalized teams from a product, personnel, and performance standards perspective; built passion around Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), internal process improvement, and best practices. Mentored individual contributors and transitioned leaders into and out of new positions with more appropriate responsibilities. Engaged teams at standup, sprint & product planning, plus coding & design review sessions; monitored PR’s (closed & open-source) to track software development and DevOps automation. Partnered with Product Management on product strategy and product roadmaps, and with Senior VP Leadership to drive credible long term strategic direction. Rebuilt and streamlined the recruitment pipeline to aggressively on-board open positions.

Drove metrics adoption across the organization to improve SFO & upstream systems. Initiated consistent use of metrics dashboards to drive improved SLAs and system reliability through weekly Operational Reviews. One key system achieved a 100x success rate improvement with a 10x user growth, and was acknowledged by the CTO at a company-wide event. Launched a Monitoring dashboard and delivered 230% yr/yr growth. Drove frontend user experience (UX) redesign with improved graphics, bootstrap CSS, suppressions, backend sister-system integration, and one-click alarm configuration leading to a 20% positive increase within a month of launch. Achieved 6x usage increase for Monitoring Metrics to 8M metrics/min from +200K servers feeding 10x growth of a 5PB big data analytics platform, and soft-launched a new Kafka based architecture for future 10x scalability. Technologies: Java, Node.js, Python, OpenStack, Cassandra, Kafka, Hadoop, Git/GItHub, Jenkins Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), Chef. (2013 – 2016)

Software Development Manager, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Led 12+ engineers as direct and indirect reports in developing tools for security monitoring, software inventory, system health status, visualization, fleet-wide upgrades, and testing of fleet software. Product development included a software deployment system handling millions of AWS software upgrades every day, a software Inventory system for cloud instances, and a generalized software testing framework providing QA and stress analysis for EC2 platforms and AWS software. Created and articulated a broader vision for the team within AWS, with emphasis on safety and fleet health. Stabilized, rebuilt (tripled), and inspired the team with a singular focus on software engineering excellence.

Instituted and led the AWS EC2-wide Change Control Board for governance, compliance, and release management of all server deployments. Over a six month period, drove customer facing “Dashboard” events to zero with no large scale events, and internal defects to under 0.4% over hundreds of discrete full-fleet updates containing millions of deployments. Drove adoption of the EC2 Deployment Service from 70% to 97% through user engagement, internal promotion, innovation, and proactive feature enhancements such as audit trail, velocity control, blast radius safety, simplified canary testing with automated set generation, auto-scheduling, improved failure detection, and noise-reduced zonal monitoring. Accountable for a zero dashboard event defect rate while handling a 2x usage increase. Launched a patch verification and reporting system to alert on the patch level (e.g., “Green” if no known vulnerabilities) and feeding the deployment service to bring all servers to a safe state. Driven by ambitious goal to “Prepare and execute flawless software changes through controlled deployments with impact to our customers == zero”. Technologies: Linux (various flavors), AWS Systems (RDS, SQS, DynamoDB, more), Distributed Computing, Cloud management, networking, and testing. (2012 – 2013)

Senior Program Manager, Amazon.com
Senior Program Manager for Amazon Product Ads, a CPC program to monetize traffic for e-commerce merchants on and off Amazon.com. Managed the multimillion-dollar build out of Amazon’s Ad Network systems for Owned & Operated, Direct Buy and RTB advertising placements. Upon arrival, stepped in at a critical juncture when the previous TPM moved on, and within six weeks launched two initiatives previously late by 10 weeks. Successfully launched a high throughput (50K tps) low latency (100ms) private cloud and AWS based Real Time Bidding (RTB) system. Proactively scaled system by 20x from initial launch to sniffing >1 billion bids per day for a remnant/arbitrage play with cutting edge behavioral, retargeting, and contextual targeting machine learning algorithms. Went live on Amazon Ad Exchange with Real Time Bidding and Direct Publishers as a result of a remarkable collaboration among teams spanning three continents. Managed a dozen external teams in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects in-flight for effective product specification, design, and feature releases. Scrum Master for teams of up to fourteen engineers and acting Product Manager during a six-month personnel transition.

As an individual contributor, monitored system performance, contributed to design and code reviews, and built software tools for research and analysis. Passionate about detecting fraud and curious about suspicious cart activity, modified sales attribution queries to persuasively show analytical patterns that indicated non-human bot activity. Built customized PHP web technology prototypes to demonstrate the proper use of JavaScript conversion tracking to unblock integration and performance testing. Created standalone applications and databases hitting RESTful APIs to improve the quality of ad search results for TF-IDF and Hadoop Related Ads. Technologies: Amazon internals and NoSQL database, HTML/CSS, JSON, JavaScript, PHP, VB.NET, Oracle Business Intelligence (BI), and SQL queries. (2010 – 2012)

Director / Senior Technical Manager / Enterprise Architect, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director level contract Senior Technical Manager and Enterprise Architect managing systems for the President of Production Administration, Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, four CFO’s, twenty+ vendors, ten+ internal groups, and fifteen+ employees. Created and managed greenfield and migration Lean / Agile / Waterfall projects for over 20 enterprise applications through all aspect of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Drove definition of deliverables, milestones and dependencies for Workplace Management Enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) applications processing 40,000 work requests per year. Architected, developed, and debugged C# / ASP.Net, MS SQL, Oracle and XML interfaces to internal web services for SAP, Archibus, asset management, Crystal / Business Objects executive reporting, IT security and identity management systems handling 2.5M sq ft in 80 buildings with 200+ reports and billing $100M/yr. Developed and maintained requirements and schedules within an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) environment; produced statements of work and executive presentations for a diverse set of infrastructure applications. Coordinated project release rollouts, assisted in group training classes, and managed testing for internal initiatives such as occupancy tracking, royalty distribution, and web development for both internal brand recognition (Office Art) and external customer engagement (Sony Online Emporium). Technologies: Adobe Flex, AJAX, C#/VB/ASP.Net, Java/J2EE, MS SQL, Oracle, OSCommerce, PHP / MySQL, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), SAP web services, UNIX/Linux, Windows, WordPress, and XML data feeds. Recruited from a hands on software engineering manager role to this Director level position as a “short-term, part-time” contract that continued for 7+ years uninterrupted. (2000 – 2010)

CEO & Founder, Voice Information Systems
CEO & Founder of a successful software consulting and systems development firm with $5M+ in sales and 80%+ product market penetration. Designed and implemented innovative, competitive, and award-winning commercial software for editing and managing digital audio plus programming tools for voice processing (IVR) systems. Led, coached, and motivated an entrepreneurial start-up consisting of 20+ employees, contractors and vendors with knowledgeable, practical, results-oriented management of budget, sales, advertising, marketing, and customer experience. Hands-on developer for a graphical audio editor front-end, batch processing back-end tools for digitized sound, an English language text-to-speech engine, and a multi-threaded computer telephony hardware driver library. Researched technology trends and developed a prototype Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) Internet Telephony real-time streaming audio product using on-the-fly audio compression and low-level Winsock TCP/IP protocols. Gained end-to-end system development and management skills, plus industry experience in Telecommunications, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Digital Media, and Order Fulfillment. Clients included Sony Pictures Entertainment, Metropolitan Life Insurance, Bertelsmann Media, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals, IBM Global Business Services, and Raytheon Electromagnetic Systems Division. Technologies: Visual Basic, C++, C, Windows SDK, and 80×86 assembly. (1990 – 2000)

Software Developer, IBM
Software developer for a PC-based multi-threaded OS/2 graphical interface for a bank check signature recognition system produced jointly with Security Pacific Automation Company (SPAC). Internships at the IBM World Trade Americas/Far East Headquarters and the IBM Almaden Research Center. (1989 – 1990)

Specialties

Cloud Computing • eCommerce • Online Advertising • Media and Entertainment • Telecommunications • Investment Banking, Insurance and Finance • Information Security • Infrastructure Architecture

Proficiencies

  • Program / Product Development and Management
  • Ability to lead and inspire multi-disciplinary teams across domestic and international locations
  • Executive management experience with both blue chip corporations and entrepreneurial startups
  • Expertise in leading design, sales, and delivery of technology and business solutions
  • Skilled at empowering high performing individual contributors
  • Proficient at mediation and team conflict resolution

Education

MSEE, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Master of Science, Computer Engineering, High Honors
BSEE, RUTGERS ENGINEERING, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, High Honors

Honors / Certifications

CT Magazine Product of the Year • CT Expo Best of Show • CT Magazine People Of The Year • TeleConnect Magazine Editors Choice • TRW Fellowship award • Certified Scrum Master • AWS Business Professional • AWS Technical Professional

Patents

US Patent #9696982, Safe host deployment for a heterogeneous host fleet
Utilizing the concepts and technologies described herein, updates to hosts in a heterogeneous host fleet can be deployed in a safe manner by conducting a test deployment before deploying the updates to all the hosts in the host fleet. Potential problems can be discovered during the test deployment and thereby mass deployment failure can be avoided. A subsequent analysis may be conducted based on the deployment data to provide recommendations for future deployments. https://goo.gl/3tXoCY

Inventions

VFEdit Professional Prompt Editor: Award winning audio editor for creating great sounding voice files for Computer Telephony Systems. VFEdit works with computer telephony sound systems in ADPCM, Mu-law, A-law and other encoding formats. • Audio Toolbox Digital Audio Processor and Converter: Batch process and convert digital audio files to and from industry standard telephony formats. Audio ToolBox is a professional quality conversion utility for the MS-DOS® and Windows® operating systems. • TI/F DLL Telephone Interface Dynamic Link Library: Award winning Telephone Interface (TI/F) Dynamic Link Library (DLL) provides a Windows compatible interface to voice communication hardware.

Objectives

I weigh the following five parameters: company culture, co-workers, growth opportunity, scope of influence, and location. Contact me regarding your projects!

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