Information Technology Professional proven experience including roles as a Project Manager, QA Professional, Six Sigma Consultant, Implementation and Financial Manager. Experienced in all stages of software development life cycle, from analysis through implementation. Successfully managed numerous projects and led teams in system & vendor selection, analysis of business requirements, vendor management, system development & implementation, Quality Assurance
Information Technology Professional proven experience including roles as a Project Manager, QA Professional, Six Sigma Consultant, Implementation and Financial Manager. Experienced in all stages of software development life cycle, from analysis through implementation. Successfully managed numerous projects and led teams in system & vendor selection, analysis of business requirements, vendor management, system development & implementation, Quality Assurance and Process Re-engineering.
IT Project Manager @ From July 2015 to Present (6 months) West Palm Beach, Florida AreaProject Manager @ Project manager working on new technologies for large Florida Saving Bank. From March 2015 to Present (10 months) Senior Project Manager- Avocent @ Senior Project Manager, working on Trellis, a state of the art DCIM Software and hardware management system that expands the capabilities of data center managers worldwide.
-Manage team of 20 matrixed designers, developers, QA and support resources in US and Pune India
-Perform long term resource, timeline and scope planning for expanding list of product enhancements and capabilities
-Ensure SDLC practices are introduced and expanded within product scope
-Work across full spectrum of team members to ensure project deliverables are provided in a timely and complete fashion. From March 2012 to February 2015 (3 years) Director, Projects @ From 2009 to 2012 (3 years) Portfolio Manager @ American Express
Weston, FL 2006-2009
Successfully Led Financial and Quality Assurance initiatives for technology organization with $25M Budget and 255 employee and contracted resources, Identified and delivered $4.2 Million in re-engineering savings using Six Sigma methodology. Instituted standardized QA processes across the enterprise, resulting in reduced time to market to application deliverables. Projects included global applications to maximize return on investment for customer accounts.
•Led project team of approximately 215 people in the planning and implementation of changes to credit and fraud systems to develop enhancements to allow customer accounts to be actioned across multiple workstreams.
•Created, staffed and developed Six Sigma action team to provide savings of $8 Million to organization.
•Provided end to end financial management for department with budget of $25 Million. Ensured all forecasts and budgets were within 2% variance of forecast.
•Managed contracts with vendor partners totaling $15 Million. Negotiated and maintained contracts with off shore organizations. From January 2006 to July 2009 (3 years 7 months) Consultant @ From 2009 to 2009 (less than a year) Lead Programmer Analyst @ Implemented new enhancements to data management systems, providing cost savings of $20 Million. Lead team of 20 in the selection, valuation, cost analysis and management of ETL vendors products and services. Duties included developing project work plans, resource planning tools and hiring of out-task staffers. Provided subject matter expertise across marketing and analytic development platforms.
•Provided strategic and tactical development approach for maintenance and deployment of an analytic environment and data management system for a highly complex suite of applications.
•Developed Meta Data Transformation plans for enterprise wide capability utilized by Risk Management, Marketing, underwriting and Campaign Management groups.
•Managed budget of $15 million for both maintenance and new development initiatives.
•Utilized Six Sigma concepts and techniques to reduce development cycle times and costs, totaling $1.2 Million.
•Successfully reduced maintenance budget by 14%.
•Trained resources within department to reduce software outage incidents by 28%.
•Formulated comprehensive financial reporting for cost center. From January 2000 to January 2006 (6 years 1 month) Software Manager @ Provided Technical, Project Management and Product Direction for three software lines of business that contributed over $1 Billion to company revenues and provided cost reductions. Led projects to build & implement systems for increased operational efficiencies.
•Developed QA Team to provide Value Added processes to Software Development Lifecycle.
•Managed team of 25 software consultants.
•Instituted use of code review and design walkthroughs to ensure application development was proceeding effectively. This created savings of $2 Million.
•Created and managed cross function team to provide quality software releases to over 12,000 merchants in the US and Canada.
•Maintained a success rate of over 95% for meeting software development lifecycle schedules and cost estimates.
•Created budget and time tracking software to manage department budget of $17 Million. From 1997 to 2000 (3 years) Relocation Manager @ From 1986 to 1988 (2 years) Field Coordinator @ From 1983 to 1985 (2 years)
M.P.A., Management and Finance @ New York University From 1983 to 1985 Master's degree, Business Administration and Management, General @ New York University Howard Agress is skilled in: Analysis, Business Process Improvement, Construction, Enterprise Software, Financial Services, Management, PMP, Payments, Product Management, Project Management, Quality Assurance, Requirements Analysis, Risk Management, SDLC, Six Sigma
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