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Dave Chenault

Dave Chenault



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  • 06 Dec


    Solutions Architect 2014 - Current

    ePubishing Inc (EllingtonCMS), Chicago, IL

    Sole Solutions Architect in charge of all major projects, especially internal roadmap development. Overseeing all aspects of projects including managing developer time, release dates, client communicae and project outcomes. Perform routine quality control inspections on projects before release, provide minor updates to django/python infrastructure and sites, oversee internal project management system and workflow operations, handle support requests, schedule and lead sales demo's and training webinars. Develop strategy to open source CMS and write all public facing documentation for open source version. 

    Developer Operations Manager 2013 - 2014

    Kochava, Sandpoint, ID

    In charge of systems and infrastructure including Active Directory, Windows Server 2003 & 2008, CentOS and Ubuntu servers, Xen servers, and much more. Day to day responsibilities include ensuring developers are given the resources necessary to complete their day to day tasks and the companies infrastructure is resilient and able to handle high volumes of traffic as well as high demand database functions. I routinely manage deployment systems and rebuild workflows to meet groups requirements.

    Web Developer / Software Craftsmen 2012 - 2013

    Harper-Collins, OliveTree Bible Software, Spokane, WA Ref: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Software Craftsmen Lead

    Developed and backend ecommerce systems from scratch. PHP/MySQL and some Ruby on Rails development. Tasks included administration of infrastructure, basic Dev/Ops administration. GIT integration for versioning as well as Puppet setup for fast easy deployments. Setup new agile project management and deployment schedules. Develop workflows for team to accurately and quickly release updates and bug fixes.

    Web Developer/Owner 2010 - 2012

    Digital Sinapi, Post Falls, ID

    Owned and operated Digital Sinapi. Performed all aspects of web design and development from setup to completion. Sites were built using PHP/MySQL on a CentOS 5 LAMP stack. Performed all related hosting activities and setup as well as design of sites and templates. Designed and implemented web based client project management system to allow clients to keep track of project and assets relating to project.

    IT Specialist 2008 - 2010

    Panhandle Health District, Hayden, ID Ref: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - IT Director.

    Technical oversight of 400 machines located in 5 offices in 5 different cities. Maintain software and workstation requirements for full HIPAA compliance. Troubleshoot and administer network upgrades and changes. Provide all end user support to all offices and associated agencies. Design and implement FEMA response center network for the local Hayden, ID office including SharePoint setup and development for internal FEMA response missions.

    Systems Administrator 2004 - 2008

    Aerocet Inc., Priest River, Idaho Ref:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – General Manager

    Job responsibilities included administration of servers and systems for medium sized aerospace company. Oversaw implementation of new servers, document management system, web site, company intranet, and new end user pc’s.
    Performed all web and graphic design. Tasks varied daily from project oriented to onsite support. Integrated both Windows and Lotus Domino servers into domain and did all end user support and training.

    Systems/Network Administrator 2001 - 2004

    Newbytes LLC (dba SpamSlayer), Newport, Washington Ref: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Project Lead

    Design and implementation of Unix network, housing a server farm consisting of over 200 servers.
    Servers were 2U P3 1ghz servers running FreeBSD 4.7 and Apache/MySQL. I also performed all quality control and telephone support to clients of beta software. SpamSlayer was designed and built by our team and was an outsourced anti spam engine. SpamSlayer helped pioneer the way for inbox spam filters that protect mail today.

    Support Technician / Apprentice 1999 - 2001 

    West Bonner County School District, Priest River, Idaho Ref: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Systems Administrator

    Support Technician in charge of technical support and troubleshooting of all district PC’s. Assisted in finishing design and setup of all district LAN’s and district WAN including server deployment. Built and upgraded machines district wide and would troubleshoot any/all problems on a daily basis while providing support to end users.

    Other super powers worth mentioning:

    • IIS (7 or later)
    • NGINX
    • CSS
    • PERL
    • MySQL (Percona and TokuDB)
    • MongoDB (TokuMX)
    • FreeBSD
    • Redhat
    • Cent/OS
    • VMware
    • BASH scripting
    • Redis/ResQue
    • Puppet
    • Nagios
    • Pipedrive
    • Globiflow
    • Salesforce
  • 07 Dec

    Helpdesk Support

    A modern day example of "HOW NOT" to do Tech Support!

  • 30 Nov

    Yet another "how not to" rant...

    When ordering Christmas gifts, you expect a certain level of clarity...

  • 26 Jun

    I'll be home for Christmas

    This isn't really a rant, but it is useful information

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