IT Executive specializing in leveraging technology and aligning IT with the business. Over my 25 years in IT, I've gone from application and computer graphics software developer (C, C++, Assembler, Pascal, VB), to published author (Inside Microsoft Visual C++, The DOS Authority, Inside Solaris, Exploring Windows NT by The Cobb Group & Ziff-Davis), to IT management in
IT Executive specializing in leveraging technology and aligning IT with the business. Over my 25 years in IT, I've gone from application and computer graphics software developer (C, C++, Assembler, Pascal, VB), to published author (Inside Microsoft Visual C++, The DOS Authority, Inside Solaris, Exploring Windows NT by The Cobb Group & Ziff-Davis), to IT management in the restaurant industry. I can converse as easily with the network admins and software developers as I can with the CEO and CFO.
If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: Just because it's neat, shiny and based on new technology doesn't mean it's right for your business. Not to say you should avoid new innovation, but you need to understand your risk profile and not get too enamored with the whiz-bang features that you don't really need and aren't yet ready for prime time. A valuable corollary: Don't buy any piece of technology before you're ready to immediately put it into service because it will only get better, faster and cheaper the longer you wait.
Specialties: Strategic planning, understanding how to manage IT resources and deliver business information and value in a geographically dispersed organization
VP Retail Technology @ In charge of all IT infrastructure and services, including corporate, in-store, mobile and web-based solutions. Popeyes is a highly outsourced organization, so nearly all initiatives involve working with and managing vendors/partners specializing in SaaS, hosting, IT-management, software development, and web-based technologies. It's in the Cloud, baby! (Apologies to Dick Vitale.) From September 2012 to Present (3 years 2 months) Greater Atlanta AreaBI Consultant @ BI is where it's at people -- get intelligence out of your data or get left behind! From July 2012 to September 2012 (3 months) Chattanooga, Tennessee AreaVP & CIO @ Responsible for all Information Technology and Telecommunication systems and services across the entire enterprise. Manage a staff of 20 supporting 420 restaurants, three corporate offfices, 750+ PCs, 60+ Windows Servers, 1000+ POS terminals, restaurants in 18 states. From September 2000 to April 2012 (11 years 8 months) Director of IT @ Director of IT
Responsible for all Information Technology and Telecommunication systems and services across the enterprise (over 300+ restaurants). Built the department from a staff of two with a single Novell server to fifteen persons, including a network support, POS data administration and in-house helpdesk. From January 1997 to September 2000 (3 years 9 months) Director, Field Information Services @ Managered Checkers' in-restaurant systems and IT support services for 300+ company and franchise restaurants. Accountable for in-house helpdesk, all POS and back-of-house systems, Xcellenet-based polling systems, and store-level email. From September 1995 to February 1997 (1 year 6 months) Consultant @ Worked with KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut executives to develop the application framework and Win32 component-based hierarchy for PepsiCo's (now YUM!'s) next-generation in-restaurant solution, POS2000. Wrote the initial hardware and software specifications, strategic standards documentation, and the executive briefing documentation for the initiative. From April 1995 to September 1995 (6 months) Senior Author @ Served as Editor-in-Chief and primary author of several monthly periodicals, including Inside Microsoft Visual C++, The Borland C++ Developer's Journal, Exploring Windows NT, Inside Solaris, Inside AutoCAD and The DOS Authority. Performed constant research on new developments and product offerings in the software industry, consulted daily with industry experts, met regulary with Microsoft, Borland, Sun, and AutoDesk product managers, and attended 10-12 trades shows each year to stay abreast of all IT trends. Mentored new authors, served as senior technical advisor for all software development and Windows journals and books. From January 1991 to April 1995 (4 years 4 months) V.P. New Product Development @ Designed the retail software program "Kinetic Words, Graphs and Art", the first PC-based presentation graphics package for the IBM PC with an installation base of over 50,000 copies. Many of the features found in PowerPoint and other presentation packages were invented by our team at Kinetic.
Designed and implemented an international network of computer graphics service bureaus that accepted images from Kinetic Words, Graphs and Art as well as from Dicomed graphics workstations. Images and work orders were received via modem, then images were returned to the customer within 24-49 hours turned as 35mm slides, overheads, color prints, or full-color posters. From January 1983 to December 1990 (8 years) Louisville, KYProfessional Rock Musician @ Keyboards, guitar and vocals in several traveling rock & funk bands. Most notably Stark White, City Lights and he Wulfe Brothers. This was back in the late 70's when every hotel had a band in the lounge Monday-Saturday. I was on the road 50 weeks per year for five years straight.
Great memories, but didn't have much in the way of health-care benefits... From June 1976 to August 1981 (5 years 3 months) Everywhere east of the Rockies
Bachelor of Science (BS), Engineering Math and Computer Science @ University of Louisville From 1974 to 1991 David Reid is skilled in: Strategic Planning, Management, Visual Basic, Business Intelligence, ERP, Budgets, Business Process..., Business Strategy, Business Analysis, Customer Service, Data Warehousing, Enterprise Software, IT Management, Information Technology, Leadership, Network Administration, POS, SaaS, Software Development, Software Documentation, Strategy, Team Leadership, Team Building
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