William F. Schmitt
Experienced Senior Technology Executive
Dynamic, resourceful technology executive with a proven track record managing technology systems and people, including applications, data, and infrastructure.
Areas of Expertise
Reduced annual cost of technology for Muze by over 30% from $5 Million to $3.5 Million.
At Muze, through departmental reorganization, reduced headcount from 43 to 27 with no loss in productivity.
Successfully managed response to a disaster at Muze co-location site in which 2/3 of the infrastructure was lost. Restored systems with virtually no impact on customer deliverables. Leveraged this success to achieve funding for the development of more efficient architecture.
At TakesAllTypes, re-architected the back end data structures to build un flexibility and growth potential.
Independent Professional ServicesOxford, CT 05/2003 – Present
Independent professional services to various clients including management, website development, database design, and architectural services.
Acting CTO – TakesAllTypes.org, an organization building a social current focus on authentication and security. Re-designed the backend data structures to allow for greater flexibility and growth potential. Provide management and hiring guidance to the Chief Executive Officer.
Interim CTO – Sticki Digital, a startup delivering digital content for promotions and marketing campaigns. Performed quality control and technology guidance to the founder through the funding process.
Executive Technology Advisor - NHDS, Inc. a company focused on increasing the value of healthcare data to the health service providers. Assist the company through a change from small, spreadsheet-centric approach to a large data-centric approach to statistical tracking.
Technology Consultant – Village Group; a company focused on the provision of Reliable Identities in internet based processes. Provide ongoing technology advice, support and implementation.
Village Group, Inc., Waltham, MA and Oxford, CT 05/2003 - 12/2007
The Village Group is a direct descendent of the Delphi Internet Service, the first major company to offer direct internet service to consumers and businesses across the United States with a current focus on the provision of Reliable Identities to individuals and companies in internet processes.
Chief Operations Officer
Responsible for all infrastructure and developmental frameworks.
Reestablished the infrastructure using 100 percent Open Source Products and Architecture running on the FreeBSD platform;
Implemented Online Collaborative Workspace.
Established Web-based Project management for a team spread through multiple states and countries.
Muze, Inc., New York, NY 08/1998 – 04/2003
Largest B2B behind most entertainment related retailers on the internet delivering data, metadata, media, and streams, and Publisher of entertainment reference books.
Senior Vice President, Technology (CTO)
Spearhead all technology-related activities, including software development, network infrastructure administration and telecommunications support across multiple locations in a J2EE architected environment. Manage 43 employees including 2 Vice Presidents, 2 Directors and several Managers. Administer a technology budget representing 1/3 of all company expenditures. Direct all software licensing, support, production and technology-based infrastructure from telecommunications through hardware acquisition/ maintenance.
Reorganized department into four key areas: Software Development, Database Development, Application Management and Infrastructure Support;
Re-focused development on core projects able to offer a clear benefit to the company.
Eliminated all unnecessary and off-budget expenditures.
Consolidated voice telecommunication from 5 vendors to 2, negotiating a 50%+ reduction in calling rates.
Identified and recouped over $80K in erroneous telecommunications billings.
Reorganized all technology functions into a single department, structured by function, with a single point of entry into technology from all other business units. Shifted focus from departmental goals to support of corporate goals.
Vice President, Technology Architecture
Directed all application and database architecture, development and support functions. Retained direct responsibility for the database team managing all DBAs, database developers and database modelers. Coordinated all software development group activity.
Demonstrated productivity and functional justification for changing database development environment from IBM DB2 to Oracle, showing cost reductions that more than offset the additional licensing costs.
Smoothly migrated databases from IBM DB2 to Oracle.
Director, Chief Database Architect
Provided consistent, thorough management and maintenance of all database functions and security.
Supervised DBAs and all database development.
Represented technology group to other company departments and all potential outside investors.
Designed and implemented the architecture for the next generation of the Muze database, capable of managing all music, books and video products from a common data warehouse.
Created a development template that enabled continued production of older systems, without requiring a complete redevelopment of all legacy processes.
Initiated automated replication to a remote secondary de-normalized database optimized for output operations.
Airmedia, Inc., New York, NY 07/1997 - 07/1998
Pioneer in the wireless provision of news, alerts, and email to cellphones and PDA devices nationwide.
Led all database-driven operations and development for this wireless Internet alert services provider, broadcasting News and Alerts nationally. The Sybase database served as the backbone for all product functionality.
Designed, implemented, tested and produced the database product.
Performed database replication in a standby environment
Reworked the control and release processes to minimize the impact of system upgrades on a 24/7 production schedule.
Imposed structure on stored procedure and other database development; also implemented optimization techniques within software development process, reducing both production time and loads on the production servers.
Eliminated the separation between traditional programmers and database developers to better focus development on the end product rather than individual modules.
TXbase Systems, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 09/1996 - 07/1997
Canadian provider of manufacturing management software..
Supplied solid support to the client base during a major software upgrade.
Established the first US-based technical support operation.
Provided full-range technical support from pre-sales activity through software implementation for all U. S. operations.
Mobius Management Systems/Systar Technologies, Larchmont, NY 04/1988 - 08/1996
National provider of Professional and Educational.Services
Project Manager and individual contributor for the custom development of enterprise-wide and Web-based document/media information management technology running on Client/Server SQL/Server, VAX and IBM mainframe platforms. Successfully directed the full life cycle development process from pre-sales proposal preparation, requirements analysis and product design through implementation. Supervised project teams of as many as 5 consultants. Key member of the Corporate Management Committee.
Service Bureau Company/Control Data, New York, NY/Greenwich, CT 06/1977 - 03/1988
Company providing networked Application and Development Services over a private international network in a precursor to cloud computing
At the district level, coordinated and supervised all client installations in the district through the entire project life cycle including custom software development; and provided technical assistance, review, and direction for all business proposals.
Platforms, Tools, and Environment Highlights
Management: IBM Websphere, Visual Age Persistence, Java, Oracle, DB2 AIX
Management and Hands-on: FreeBSD, Sun Solaris, Windows 95 through Vista, OS-MVS, VAX VMS, MS Project, Sybase SQL Server, MS SQL Server, MS Access, Visual Basic, Crystal Reports, COBOL, PHP Scripting, Apache Web Server, Infopac-RDS, Sybase PowerDesigner, Sybase Replication Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL
Education and Certification
Certified Sybase Professional – (System 10)
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Bachelor of Science, Accounting