Musings of Ian Whitcomb

Drupal rockstar. Open-source evangelist.

About Me

Software architect with strong experience leading and supporting the planning, implementation, and ongoing development of large-scale websites and associated systems, including Drupal and various open-source applications. Supports all aspects of development initiatives from architecture, testing, and final launch of systems to production environments.

Technical Skills

PHP
MySQL
MSSQL
HTML
CSS, LESS, Sass
JavaScript, jQuery
ReactJS
Node.js
Jekyll
Drupal
Wordpress
Apache
Nginx
Redis
Git
Subversion

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Professional Experience

IBM

September 2018 to Present

  • Architecting and documenting technical requirements for new systems according to product requirements and industry best practices, ensuring the stable, secure operation of enterprise web sites and applications.
  • Leading a team of developers responsible for various Drupal projects, and also work as the subject matter expert on all Drupal development projects.
  • Working with cross-functional teams to manage website development, implementation administration, and support processes, ensuring the availability, operability, and of all software assets.
  • Collaborate with creative and technical support teams during all Drupal implementation and administration projects, helping to cultivate cohesiveness and efficiency across development teams.
IBM

February 2015 to September 2018

  • Lead a team of developers responsible for Drupal projects, and also work as the subject matter expert on all Drupal development projects.
  • Developed Drupal platforms according to product owner requirements and industry best practices, ensuring the stable, secure operation of enterprise web sites and applications.
LevelTen Interactive

February 2012 to February 2015

  • Developed and enhanced websites, and provided user support for existing web applications; corrected bugs, enhanced performance, and added new features.
  • Evaluated development life-cycles to identify bottlenecks and create new processes that enhanced efficiency and quality of work.
  • Collaborated with clients to determine solutions based of functional requirements and the best use of technology platforms.
  • Hired and trained new team members, and mentored junior developers in development best practices.
ParkHub

May 2011 to March 2012 Contract

  • Managed the development of an online parking payment system using Drupal 6, focusing on usability and integration with an existing iPhone application.
  • Developed modules to extend the functionality of contributed modules, including Ubercart, Location/GMap, and Marketplace.
  • Established processes for handling version control, new feature requests, and release cycles to ensure future success for the parkhub.com website.
Envision Interactive

October 2010 to February 2012

  • Directed requirements gathering sessions and the creation of technical, business, and process deliverables needed to established website development deliverables.
  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams to gather operational requirements and translate customers’ business needs into stable, supportable technology platforms.
  • Administered existing websites while aiding in the creation of new sites, balancing best practices and custom modules to meet functional requirements.

August 2008 to October 2010

  • Collaborated with technical and non-technical individuals to create and manage usable web solutions for large and small non-profit organizations.
  • Performed system requirements analyses to account for reliability, human factors, and software quality assurance; worked to isolate and resolve development-related issues.
  • Researched the latest web trends and cross-trained teams to ensure strong, efficient skill-sets and technical knowledge-bases.

June 2008 to August 2008 Contract

Analyzed and interpreted large amounts of database information to build PHP and MSSQL based systems that handle complex business processes.

February 2008 to March 2008 Contract

Programmed core mobile marketing systems to handle text message based marketing and custom ring- back tones.

December 2004 to March 2007

Worked with medical professionals throughout the greater Boston area to provide a range of website development services.

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Education

Pennsylvania State University 2003 to 2007

B.S. in Information Science and Technology

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Pennsylvania State University

Interests

How I like to spend my down time.

Jekyll

Jekyll

Lead guitar and primary writer for Dallas based pop/rock band Jekyll.

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SPCA of Texas

SPCA of Texas

Currently volunteering and working towards becoming a dog trainer and certified vet technician.

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