Work Experience


State of New Hampshire, Concord, NH
Lead Integration and Conversion Architect
Lead Architect on an architectural refactoring effort to convert a large monolithic application to a microservices architecture. Also worked on a large-scale Java-based state benefits eligibility project to implement the latest federal affordable heath care reform changes, and lead a a large-scale COBOL to Java conversion effort for the state benefits eligibility and case management system.


Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Enterprise Architect / Agile Coach
   
Worked with the enterprise architecture team to develop a new architecture for their trading compliance and regulatory reporting systems. Also helped develop a new trading system compliance engine, and worked as an agile coach to analyze the current agile software processes and implement improvements to help the company meet their target release dates and improve overall time-to-market. 


Boston Financial Data Services, Boston, MA
Enterprise Architect
   
Worked directly with the CIO to develop an enterprise architecture strategy and roadmap to transform the IT and infrastructure departments to become more agile to support the demands of the existing and prospective customer base and emerging market. 


Liberty Mutual, Portsmouth, NH    
Lead Enterprise and SOA Architect
Worked directly with the CIO of Enterprise Architecture to develop a large-scale enterprise reference architecture solution based on TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework). Also worked directly with the CIO of Personal Markets to develop a large-scale SOA-based Enterprise Architecture (SOEA) to replace their existing heterogeneous home-grown systems.


JP Morgan Chase, New York City, NY
SOA Architect
Worked with upper-level management to develop a transition roadmap and systems architecture for a large-scale SOA modernization/legacy transformation effort to create a consolidated global custody and trade settlement system.


CitiGroup, New York City, NY
SOA Architect
Worked directly with the Director of Infrastructure to help define a high availability SOA middleware infrastructure as part of an effort to replace a global financial analysis system.


State Street Global Advisors, Boston, MA
Enterprise Architect
Worked with the Senior Vice President of IT to define an enterprise architecture strategy and architecture to transform the global front and back office trading systems to allow better control over the data and information flow throughout the organization.


Morgan Stanley, New York City, NY
Enterprise Architect
Worked with the Senior Vice President of IT on a detailed technology assessment and strategy plan of the firm's institutional back-office trading systems, including allocation systems, settlement systems, and accounting systems.


Gazelle, Boston, MA
Integration Architect
Worked with the CTO to help them design and establish a new integration architecture to provide better and more seamless integration throughout the business and to also better communicate with internal and external vendors.


Rue La La, Boston, MA
Integration and SOA Architect
Worked with the CIO and CTO to help them design and develop a large-scale open source SOA infrastructure to manage all of their integrated warehouse, order, and inventory management functions.


(These are recent projects while working as an independent consultant, and also as an employee of IBM and Collaborative Consulting. Over the past 30+ years I have worked on dozens of other projects not listed here)

 

Positions Held

  • President, Boston Java Users Group (1997-1998)
  • President, New England Java Users Group (1999-2003)


Certifications and Achievements

  • IBM Hundred Percent Club (2006)
  • The Open Group Master IT Architect Certification
  • IBM Certified IT Architect
  • Sun Certified J2EE Business Component Developer
  • Sun Certified J2EE Enterprise Architect (Part I)
  • Sun Certified Java Programmer
  • BEA WebLogic Certified Developer
  • Greenbriar & Russel Certified Java Instructor

 

© Mark Richards 2016