Information Technology Background
Ken has over 30 years experience in the areas of IT project management, computer programming, data center operations and planning. He has in-depth knowledge of the credit card and petroleum industries. With exceptional leadership and communications skills, he is a flexible innovator with excellent analytical skills. He is a creative problem solver with proven ability to work at (and with) all levels of an organization.
Weather Metrics, Inc., Director of Information Systems 2002-2008
Managed operations for one of the premier providers of real time weather and imagery data to the television news industry
Led product development and rollout effort for data collection over digital, mobile-IP cellular phone links
Developed applications for Internet-based data capture and database retrieval
Implemented cost effective, highly reliable IT infrastructure processing over 1.5 million transactions per day
Relocated data center to new corporate facilities
Ken Levy Consulting, President 2000-2001
Application and database development projects for capture of real time weather data
First Data Resources, Business System Architect 1996-2000
Led various projects and optimization studies relating to First Data s work as one of the largest credit card transaction processors in the world
Led the feasibility study and headed the implementation of the move of FDRs computer center from Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia. Identified and deployed over $2 million annual savings through move of the data center.
Led various Business Continuity Planning projects including contract negotiations with disaster recovery vendors, disaster recovery architecture studies, statistical risk analysis and BCP site analysis and selection.
Managed data center contract development (service levels, pricing) for spin off/merger of First Datas Direct Banking subsidiary with Home Account Network. Involved internet-based online banking business and contracts.
Mobil (Oil) Corporation, Mobil Administrative Services Company Inc., Various Positions 1979-1996
Project Manager(Technical Consultant) 1993-1996
Led multiple MVS Computer Center consolidation projects. Combined one domestic and two Japanese mainframe centers into existing Dallas center. Savings for two Japanese centers alone were $9.9 million over six years with initial implementation costs of $1.2 million.
Projects were brought in ahead of schedule and achieved savings of more than $2 million over original project plan. Responsible for all actions and success of project team of 12-16 people. These consolidations involved a complex array of mainframe and distributed systems and a very critical and complex telecommunications infrastructure.
Corporate Planning and Technology Staff 1991-1993
Strategic Planner responsible for mainframe computing directions throughout Mobil Corporation.
Collaborated in various optimization and organizational studies, including feasibility analysis of Mobil Sekiyu (Japan) and technical computing consolidations.
Co-developed a technology forecast white paper and was singly responsible for a Systems Management Strategy Study. The latter led directly to a major change in network management direction from mainframe to open systems platforms.
Manager, Computer Resource Planning 1987-1991
Responsible for equipment asset acquisitions and disposals with annual budget of $15 million. Planned equipment acquisitions for major data center relocations.
Led the development and implementation of new internal corporate chargeback and rate setting system. Directly responsible for staff of 5-8 people.
Technical Support Analyst 1979-1987
Several positions with gradually increasing responsibility levels. In depth experience with computer performance analysis, capacity planning. Responsible for hardware configuration design, installation and removal.
Performed various systems programming tasks (sysgens, tuning, problem determination, etc.) for MVS operating system and performance products. Programming in SAS and IBM 370 Assembler languages.
University of Kansas, Office of Information Systems Various positions 1976-1979
Progressive responsibilities within the University of Kansas administrative computing group. Positions included applications programmer (COBOL, Mark IV, Assembler, CICS), systems programmer (IBM OS/VS1, CICS/VS, IMS/DB environment), and manager of a four-member systems programming team.
Associate of Arts, Data Processing, 1975, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, 1979, University of Kansas
Vocational Certificates, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
Networking Administration: Windows, 2005
Networking Administration: Unix, 2005
Network Connectivity (Cisco), 2006
Computer Measurement Group International, Numerous, peer-reviewed, published papers
Northeast Regional Chapter, Computer Measurement Group, Past Chairman
North Texas PC Users Group, Presentations at Visual Basic SIG
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