Senior Technology and Business Leader, specializing in building strategic partnerships, inspiring innovation, and delivering high quality, valuable solutions to the right audience at the right time. Spent the last few years contributing to the growth of a global and diverse organization, using Information Technology as a competitive advantage. With many years of hands on experience and proven
Senior Technology and Business Leader, specializing in building strategic partnerships, inspiring innovation, and delivering high quality, valuable solutions to the right audience at the right time. Spent the last few years contributing to the growth of a global and diverse organization, using Information Technology as a competitive advantage. With many years of hands on experience and proven ability to remain fiscally responsible, I focus on delivering business changing solutions while advancing the strategy of a profitable and responsible business.
Specialties: Strategic alignment between business and technology, contract negotiations, software evaluation and selection. team development, change management, deployment of collaboration tools, developing enlightening analytics, global business system deployments, managing audits and compliance, infrastructure planning and maintenance, PC lifecycle management.
CIO (Chief Information Officer) @ Partner with executives to create technology strategies which align with business strategies. Build a Shared Services model which effectively supports the diverse portfolio of LDI businesses. Advance the goals of different businesses with varying technology needs. Constantly evaluate new technology and propose direction for the organization. Develop a world class team which truly partners with the business to ensure successful projects.. Instill a culture of accountability, urgency, and pay for performance attitude, where employees own their own career and strive to excel. Bring technology to the forefront of business strategies and use it as a competitive advantage. Lead domestic and internation projects and people. Manage divestitures, mergers, and acquisitions. From May 2011 to Present (4 years 4 months) General Manager @ Interim General Manager at Immedia, an LDI company. At Immedia we are all about creating inspiring experiences by designing and producing amazing displays and graphics. During this assignment, I am helping to redefine the purpose of the organization, delving into new markets, recruiting senior leadership, and aligning the teams toward a common vision. This $40M business has an exciting business proposition. We are focused on streamlining production, improving customer experiences, and taking calculated risk while moving at lightning speed. From December 2013 to September 2014 (10 months) greater minneapolis-st. paul areaDirector of Information Technology @ Leading a team of 40-60 technologists, located in US, France, Germany, UK, Japan, and China. Proactively managing budget of $10M to $20M, along with special projects up to $25M. Working with executive team to create technology strategies which align with business strategies. Creating a pay for performance attitude, where employees own their own career and strive to excel. Utilizing multiple continuous improvement methodologies to align with SLAs and audit expectations. Conduct benchmarking studies with Gartner and Hackett which put our IT team in the Wold-Class quadrant based on spend and benefit to the business. Building business cases for technology projects and leading multi-year, global initiatives. Replacing ERP systems in 10 countries, with a reasonable budget and short timelines. Implementing a data warehouse for global reporting and analytics. Deploying unified communications tools, optimizing data centers, and virtualizing. Leading global deployment of SharePoint and other collaboration tools. Creating and implementing Information Security Policies and Disaster Recovery Plans. Capitalizing on relationships with consultants to reduce cost and gain specific expertise. Constantly evaluating new technology and proposing direction for the organization. Working with many vendors on contract negotiations and partnerships. Developing a world class IT team which truly partners with the business. Instilling a culture of accountability, with quick and sound decision making. Creating, communicating, and monitoring relevant metrics. Recruiting, developing, and retaining top talent. From July 2003 to April 2011 (7 years 10 months) Applications Development Manager @ Managed staff of 25+ software developers, analysts, and IT managers. Supported web development for Intranet websites, Extranet websites, and Internet website, including ecommerce site and Scenario built site. Implemented and supported PeopleSoft HRIS, Agile Product Lifecycle Management, Sales Force, Automation Systems, Project Management Systems, and several ERP systems. Managed complex projects with strict timelines, budgets and resources. Responsible for motivating team and setting future technology direction with executive leadership Building successful teams and aligning technology with business strategies. Communicating strategies and goals across the global organization. Contract negotiations with vendors and consulting organizations. Implemented development processes, including functional specs, technical specs, code review, performance tuning, user sign off, and object promotion process. Led many build vs. buy analysis projects and decisions regarding technology requirements. From January 2000 to June 2003 (3 years 6 months) Programmer Analyst, Business Analyst, Project Leader @ Led many projects of varying complexities and varying timelines to successful completion Led teams of dozens of team members. Managed schedule, budgets and personnel conflicts. Some of the projects included: Replacement of two time & labor systems, Implementing a self service expense reporting, software selections, and many web development projects. Worked with teams to define project success factors and accomplish common goals, while meeting schedules and budgets. Consistently utilizing Six Sigma for continuous improvement in the IT area and other areas. Followed consistent project management methodology throughout the projects. Programmed in 6 languages, depending on needs and timing. Provided desktop support to end users, as required by the business. Built networking components and worked closely with infrastructure team on designing and implementing the right infrastructure to support required applications. From January 1995 to December 1999 (5 years) General Manager, Small Business @ Opened and managed this medium-size business to profitability. Recruited and retained staff of 30, managed inventory in three location, and facility-related activities Provided accounting expertise and managed business to 20% profitability Responsible for marketing, customer relationships, and general business operations. Designed future vision for the company and worked with owner to achieve. Gained deep understanding of what it takes to run a business and effectively manage a P&L. Our Service Offerings began with haircuts and color, then quickly expanded to nails and facials, then added massage and makeup which helped to develop existing clients and attract new clients. From January 1991 to December 1994 (4 years) Inventory Analyst @ Running reports, reconciling inventory, filing, scheduling. From September 1987 to September 1988 (1 year 1 month)
Masters, Software Development and Design @ University of Saint Thomas From 1996 to 2003 Bachelors, Computer Science @ Metropolitan State University From 1992 to 1994 Associate Degree, General Study @ St. Cloud State University From 1990 to 1992 Alla Johnson is skilled in: ERP, Data Warehousing, Information Technology, SharePoint, SDLC, Vendor Management, Integration, Business Analysis, Process Improvement, Program Management, Enterprise Software, Microsoft SQL Server, Communication Skills, Acquisitions, Talent Management, Team Building, Cross-functional Team..., Teamwork, Divestitures, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Thinking, Contract Negotiation, Licensing, IT Strategy, Visio, E-commerce, Software Documentation, Leadership, Project Management, Business Process..., Agile Methodologies, Software Development, Data Center, Analysis, Disaster Recovery, Project Portfolio..., Business Process, Networking
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