Louis S. Berman
CUSTOMER-OBSESSED ARCHITECT, ENGINEER, PM & AZURE ENTHUSIAST
▪Process (Re)Engineering▪Consulting▪Operations▪Project Management▪Startups▪
As an early proponent of Azure (not to mention, an unabashed booster of the Microsoft cloud; most recently, through my weekly AzureABILITY Podcast), I have architected, project-managed and developed countless Azure applications, both green-field and brown-field projects. These range from sales portals (Weichert Realtors) to secure content management (Wolters Kluwer) to trading-data repositories (Ars Unica) to HPC (DuPont) to petabyte-scale file repositories (Bentley Systems) to IoT (Comcast) to Serverless (NBCUniversal) and more. Additionally, I’ve lectured on Azure and DevOps and have developed dozens of open-sourced Azure solutions.
- Solution Architect, skilled in ideation, analysis, solution design, security, DevOps, globalization, testing, API-ification, human-factors, scalability, shift-left and right, documentation, Serverless architectures, composability and communications.
- Seasoned Manager, adept at leading development, operations and business-oriented teams alike; both internal and outsourced.
- Proven Ability to manage and deliver complex technology projects, analysis and diagnosis of project issues / designs / business requirements, and to provide specific technical solutions; including custom tools, tech innovations, and—if needed—troubled project issues remediation.
- Expert Programmer, personally developed hundreds of services, agents, websites, APIs, libraries, GUIs, NuGets, drivers, desktop apps, webjobs, functions, PowerSheel scripts, and components (Recently: MS-SQL, C#, .NET, .NET Core, ASP.NET Core, MVC, WPF, MVVM, React/Redux, Blazor, Xamarin and a host of Azure services: App Service, CosmosDB, Blobs, Functions, Batch, Storage, EventGrid, Logic Apps, ML, APIM, SQL Azure, AKS, Cognitive Services, AAD (B2B and B2C) and everything networking, like VNETs, NSGs, ExpressRoute, and Traffic Manager).
- Trading Innovator, invented technical analysis, simulation and live trading tools, data feeds, AI agents, tick-farms, FIX-protocol engines, money-management tools, and indicators.
- E-commerce Pioneer, filed two media-distribution / rights-management patents (for Kideo.com).
- Worked in and developed technology for the Trading, E-Commerce, Finance, Banking, Manufacturing, Health, Insurance, Beverage, Educational, Computer, Publishing, Pharma, Food, Office Productivity, Broadcast, Software, Real-Estate, Management, Architectural/Engineering/Construction, ISV, Media, Broadcast and Retail
Co-invented and developed the superlative Smartie! trade execution platform (at Ars Unica, as Founding CTO). To quote M.B. of Guilford, CT: “It is horrible to trade on the other platforms after using Smartie! Makes me feel like I am guilty of trading malpractice!” Created custom FIX-protocol and proprietary trading libraries to integrate with Hotspot, Currenex, FIXI, PFG, Lucre, and Integral. Developed Azure cloud-based services and client frameworks for trader account and profile management, onboarding, error logging, trade-plan management auditing, and secure content delivery. Created a high-speed historical data-feed utilizing custom Azure-based data repositories, the Azure CDN and smart desktop agents.
Developed the very first global-scale Content Delivery Network (CDN) deployed on Azure—predating Microsoft’s own offering by some 19 months!—plus a 3,200-core HPC cluster that delved into crop genomics—the largest RDMA-style cluster ever fielded in the Azure cloud up until that point, in late 2016—and countless other projects both on and off the cloud.
Created a custom Azure cloud-based repository (at Wolters Kluwer, as Senior Architect) to securely mediate access to 3TB / 2.5MM documents; back when such things were exceptionally hard. Created web-based and desktop tools to maintain the repositories.
Created three different technical-analysis/simulation platforms (at NPI Traders, as CTO) along with 60+ trade and order-management agents. Using those agents ran millions of simulation sets, iterating ranged parameter-sets against multi-year tick-level pricing/volume data, frequently employing self-tuning genetic programming-based AI frameworks.
As founding CTO, managed explosive technological growth at GiftCertificates.com as the company earned its first $130M in revenue and raised $140M in venture/debt capital. Oversaw a $20M capital/technical operations budget. Coordinated three in-house development teams (40+ developers; 3 locations) plus two outside development firms and numerous consultants. Negotiated a 40% lease-cost reduction (Cisco; originally $3.5MM) and a 6-month “no-interest” payment postponement (HP; $3.1MM). Created two massively-redundant data centers; managed a multi-site 18-person IT team in support of this infrastructure. Built a 141-seat in-house call-center. Designed an automated fulfillment operation scaled to support the fulfillment of more than $500MM worth of gift certificates per year—all from a single location. Led the search-for and build-out of an 80,000 sq. foot corporate operations and fulfillment facility; managed 27-person facilities development team who coordinated the work of 250+ contractors.
Co-founded BrainTree, a consulting practice that specialized in strategic consulting, application development, and e-commerce. Clients included Citibank, Hewlett Packard, Morgan Stanley, Digital Equipment Corp., Saks Fifth Avenue, MERCK, Continental Grain Co., MetLife, Johnson & Johnson, MCS Canon, Chemical Bank, UNISYS, Nabisco, American Express, New York Life, Smith Barney Shearson, Best Foods, Medco and Upjohn.
Work History (With Notable Accomplishment):
- Microsoft (Cloud Solutions Architect, May 2015 to Present): Fielded the largest HPC workload in the Azure (as of 2016), for DuPont. Working with Bentley Systems (one of the largest Azure accounts in the world, both by spend and diversity of tech) to modernize their 500+ workloads and move them into the cloud. Helped Comcast (NBCUniversal+Telemundo+DreamWorks, etc.) to speed their rush into the Azure cloud.
- Neudesic (National Architect / Custom Application Development, May 2013 to May 2015): Conceived / developed several Windows 8 XAML Store applications, including the extremely well-received Toyota Innovation Fair POC.
- Ars Unica (CTO, September 2011 to May 2013): Co-invented / developed the superlative Smartie! trade execution platform.
- Wolters Kluwer (Senior Solutions Architect, June 2006 to September, 2011): Created EzPass (no, not that EzPass!), the rights-management system that mediated all access to secure online-content for hundreds of top medical journals (AJN, Anesthesiology, etc.)
- Anheuser Bush (Solutions Architect, July 2003 to May 2006): Conceived and developed WebFlow: the rights management / auditing / software workflow system that managed SDLC for the company’s 1,200+ websites in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
- Kideo.com (CTO, October 2002 to May 2003): Invented a new distribution channel that supported the “stealth” delivery and coordinated presentment of high-resolution video, audio and other content over low-bandwidth Internet connections.
- NPI Traders (CTO, April 2000 to June 2011; Side-Project): Developed a variety of Forex and Futures trading platforms; most notably TRAPCIS: a profitable futures platform that used self-tuning genetic programming-based AI frameworks to make trade decisions.
- GiftCertificates.com (CTO, June 1999 to August 2002): Invented the “Bermanator” a robotic credit-card imprinter/ packager, with related software, that allowed GC to secure a $30MM contract to supply 1MM+ customized gift certificates; in 120 days, start to finish.
- BrainTree, Ltd. (President, February 1985 to May 1999): Created MoneyPump, the first Internet-based “try-before-you-buy” client/server e-commerce toolkit. Also developed CitiCentral: an internationally-deployed client/server application that facilitated Citibank’s yearly senior-level compensation management process.
Other Notable Accomplishments
- Studied theatrical lighting design at SUNY Purchase; from 1979 to 1981. After leaving college, I worked—most typically as a Lighting Designer or Technician—on dozens of professional productions and tours. (Notable Venues: The Public, Playhouse 91, Lincoln Center, Virginia Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Waldorf Hotel, AJT, Circle In The Square, Ogunquit Playhouse, Smithsonian Tours, Central Park Playhouse, The Roundabout, etc.)
- Led the first visual observation of Eris—the largest dwarf planet in our solar system; for a detailed write-up visit http://bit.ly/2003ub313
- Presently writing a book on astronomical tourism (“ScopeSeeing”). In preparation, I have visited 100+ observatories on three continents.
Management Style: I’m an energetic, motivated person who’s equally comfortable working as a member of the senior management team and rolling up my sleeves to get basic work done. As both a hobbyist, and a professional, I code every single day.