Skills and Expertise

Here are my core skills and expertise that you have access to when contracting with me. Click on the examples link for specific demonstrations.

Leadership and Vision

I have successfully championed product and standards directions, led the introduction of new technologies into companies, and redefined the business direction for a startup company.

  • Examples of Leadership and Vision
    • In the mid-90′s wireless data was transitioning from dedicated networks to become a part of cellular service. Motorola Wireless Data Group (WDG) in Vancouver needed to build strong partnerships with the Cellular Infrastructure Group (CIG) in Chicago. A key initiative was for WDG to win the CIG business for CDMA Inter-working Units (IWU). I developed the IWU architecture and presented its technical proposals to CIG. The proposals were successful and WDG won the Business. CIG subsequently called upon me to present those proposals to their customors and to collaborate on other mobile data opportunities with them.
    • Within the Media Control Work Group of the IETF, I have pioneered the standardization of media server control, co-designing the architectural solution and ?co-author of the standards specifications for Inter-Active Voice Response and Mixer Control.
    • At Convedia (now part of Radisys)? I led the introduction of all protocols into the company, becoming an expert on existing protocols and creating new ones. In the process I ?insured that Convedia’s control protocols were the most comprehensive and the most standards compliant within the VoIP enhanced services market and led the transformation from a media gateway to a SIP+XML centric approach to media server control.
    • Shortly after joining inClarity, the lead angel investor came to believe that the product space we were planning to enter was too crowded and he wanted to shut the company down. I convinced him that we could chart a new direction for the company and he gave us three months to do so. The team coalesced around a proposal I originated, the investor agreed, and we embarked upon that new direction.

Proven Innovator

For every company I have worked with I have a track record of innovations solving previously intractable problems and/or fostering new products and industry solutions.

  • Innovation Examples
    • At Convedia (now part of Radisys),? I created the MSML protocol and defused a threat posed by a competitor’s standardization effort. MSML became the companies key control protocol, was implemented by several competitors, and influenced current IETF standardization.
    • At Motorola, I ?created the architecture for a circuit-switched Inter-Working Function for CDMA 2.5G networks. ?Following development, Motorola was able to commercially offer the function before its major competitors.
    • At Computing Devices Company (now part of General Dynamics), I ?originated and championed the use of a distributed hash based directory system coupled to the routing information base. This was a highly reliable and survivable solution that allowed battlefield personnel to communicate in a dynamically changing environment.
    • I researched and defined a LAN emulation architecture designed to utilize networked high speed switch fabrics as part of a research team at Gandalf Technologies.
    • When Develcon Electronics had difficulty scaling the number of network nodes beyond an intermediate goal, they turned to me for a solution. I researched, championed the solution, and lead a team to develop, distance-vector routing protocols which allowed commitments to customers such as NASA to be met.

Excellent Communicator

I have written and presented proposals to customers world wide, responded to RFPs and RFIs, spearheaded industry standards efforts, created and presented courses, and written countless engineering specifications.

  • Examples of Communication Skills
    • At Motorola, I ?wrote and presented technical proposals to the Motorola Cellular Infrastructure Group, and/or to their customers, major carriers within North America and Japan. The proposals covered CDMA circuit/packet switched products, wireless ISP integration and consulting, and a mobility testbed.
    • Also at Motorola, I managed the technical proposal responses to major European carriers requesting proposals for Motorola’s GPRS support nodes and affiliated IP/VPN infrastructure.
    • Within the Media Control Work Group of the IETF, I have pioneered the standardization of media server control, co-designing the architectural solution and ?co-author of the standards specifications for Inter-Active Voice Response and Mixer Control.
    • At Convedia (now part of Radisys) I wrote almost all interface specifications, created two XML languages, and trained customers and partners.

Team Player

? With over ten years experience in a matrix role, I have contributed to the organization’s success at many levels, delivering timely solutions to engineering groups, product management, marketing, sales, technical support, and directly to customers.

  • Team Player Examples
    • At Convedia (now part of Radisys) I ?led the requirements definition and capture process. This involved working with internal engineering, business development, product management, and marketing groups to create the top level Engineering Requirements Specifications.
    • Also at Convedia, I ?worked directly with major customers such as AT&T, Huawei, Siemens, and Ericsson, to create formal feature specifications that drove the engineering requirements. These specifications formed the basis of Convedia’s commitment to those customers and partners.
    • At Motorola, I worked closely with different engineering groups, product managers, and business development managers, both within the Wireless Data Group and across multiple divisions of the corporation, as we developed systems and proposed different product and business solutions to carriers on a world wide basis.
    • Also at Motorola, I participated on a corporate wide task force to define Motorola’s strategy for 3G cellular networks.

Sound Judgement

I have specified product architectures that have been successfully developed, managed product requirements definition and capture for market leading products, balanced short term requirements against longer term strategic goals, and provided technical guidance throughout development phases.

  • Examples of Sound Judgement
    • At Motorola, I ?created the architecture for a circuit-switched Inter-Working Function for CDMA 2.5G networks. ?Following development, Motorola was able to commercially offer the function before its major competitors.
    • Convedia (now part of Radisys) became the market leader for IP media servers. I ?led the requirements definition and capture process. It ensured that all groups within the company had a timely, accurate snapshot of what was in each release. This allowed reliable releases to be delivered on time, and, when market or business conditions changed, contributed to better decision making when tradeoffs became necessary.
    • Also at Convedia, I worked directly with the VPs of Engineering, Product Management, Business Development, and Marketing, to weigh customer requests and their business opportunity, against our engineering resources and current commitments, to either schedule or defer the requests.
    • At Convedia and Motorola I worked directly with developers, test engineers, and product support engineers, resolving technical issues, interpreting requirements and specifications, and reviewing designs and test plans.

Quick Study

I have consistently taken on challenges in complex areas such as multimedia over IP or cellular data communications, mastered the necessary knowledge and skills, and applied those to create successful products, protocols, and business solutions.

  • Examples of Mastering New Knowledge
    • Prior to Convedia (now part of Radisys), I had no background in voice or video over IP networks. Within weeks I was redefining how the initial control protocol was used, went on to define industry standards for media server control, and became the company expert in multimedia IP networking.
    • When I joined Motorola, I had no previous experience in cellular networks or telecommunications systems. Shortly after joining I began identifying and reporting specification bugs to the CDPD forum. I went on to define product architectures and become called upon by other divisions as an expert in mobile data solutions.
    • Before joining inClarity, I was unfamiliar with XML technologies or the application space of the company. Within weeks I had mapped out the competitive landscape to such an extent the company almost closed. I subsequently charted a new direction for the company, maintaining the use of XML technologies which we believed held out significant promise.