These projects represent my work since 2012. I have made software professionally since 1998.
Reliable, transparent lead delivery platform with multi-CRM integrationprincipal engineer, team lead, architect, lead coder
integration data-engineering ui sql-db cloud leadership
Legacy system frequently failed, and failed silently, to deliver vital leads to customers—with 80% of company revenue in lead generation.   Leads sometimes double-delivered or double billed.   Cost prohibitive to maintain/evolve: team couldn’t add features customers demanded.   Daily batch delivery meant customers waited while their conversion rates fell.   Integration points include multiple CRM types, client CRM connections, internal Salesforce for billing, CassandraDB, and external data services, any of which can fail at any time.   Great web engineers started unsuited to systems data challenge.  Professional client services team wrapped around axle of legacy tool. 
Took project and team in hand, analyzing business and technical problems with internal Client Services staff.  Recognizing the core problem as one of reliability and transparency, not scale, opted for Postgres DB on AWS RDS: eventual consistency was no solution here.   Used consistent DB to replace flaky daily batches with once-and-only-once streaming/“realtime” delivery, reporting-to-billing, and web dashboard—across multiple ephemeral node.js app/worker servers.  Used functional-dependency-injection in server for TDD and control of dependency/complexity.  Used integration TDD for easy, repeatable testing against the full set of real services and CRM types.  AWS AutoScaling and ephemeral, stateless EC2 nodes (multi-AZ) behind ELB.  Architected system and built team culture to discern transient errors at integration points (to retry) from intransient, data-specific errors (to filter or alert).  Realtime web dashboard and control with Angular.js, json/WebSockets, postgres DB trigger-on-delta to publish/subscribe channel, twitter Bootstrap/Less, semantic-CSS, TDD, gulp.  Guided and mentored team to competence in this unfamiliar systems world, including integration know-how and taking total ownership of devops. 
Thrilled our customers with realtime delivery and rock-solid reliability, with immediate sales response (realtime increases customer ROI).   Saved Client Services staff time and headache handling.   Project team continues to confidently innovate—and no longer wastes time fixing legacy system. 
Streamlined platform for enterprise-wide static-website generationmaster engineer, team lead, architect, lead coder
ui cloud leadership
Legacy system provided cumbersome workflow, difficult cross-team content integration, and limited presentation control.   Production deployments were risky and slow-cycle.   This sharply limited the ability of teams across this Fortune 500 enterprise to engage on the web with potential new customers.   Building content at this scale in the face of needed legal and regulatory constraints made off the shelf solutions a poor fit.   Newly acquired team of sharp web engineers weren't ready to tackle architecting a key platform with so much at stake.  
We created the Andromeda Platform, delivering streamlined deployment and easy content creation—putting engineers and content editors across the enterprise in control.   The team and I passionately provided internal customers with platform products that work together, out of the box, with easy and safe customization.   We worked with numerous teams across the business units throughout the engagement to both progressively distill their real needs and assist their effective adoption of the platform.   The resulting product combined a SaaS "headless" CMS with templating running locally (for engineers) or live in the cloud (for content editors), using either simple EJS templates or Angular2 components to bridge to dynamic content, with final push-button per-team deployment to AWS S3 (and CloudFront), replicated cross-region.   Optimized page transition times by 5-10x across all teams.   Tech: Node.js, Angular.js, HTML5/CSS3, AWS (EC2, S3, CloudFront, CloudFormation, AutoScaling, ELB, CloudWatch, IAM policies), Docker.  
Teams were freed to drive business on the web, to customize and modify the platform as they needed, while still deploying safely to the website.  
Mobile medical data-collection, reporting, billing-integration system – principal engineer, architect
ui integation cloud
Client had deep industry experience and sufficient seed funding, needing only a truly effective product.  Product had to precisely fit anesthesia-providersʼ data-management workflows during the high-intesity, time-critical, risk-driven reality of medical procedures — across UX subtleties, regulatory requirements, and billing integration.
Analyzed business/product needs to determine what was truly essential to get to market.  Designed and built a React-native mobile app automating anesthesia data collection, visually-complex PDF report generation, and submission to billing.  Google firebase and functions for cloud state and asynchronous integeration flows.  The key here was building the right thing: translating the nuances of pracitioner mindset into a realized system, and sharply focusing features and methods on go-to-market.
Customers, as medical professionals, love the streamlined experience compared to typical paper forms, and trust the app to help them stay focused during procedures.  Billing integration and reporting make them first in line for payment while cutting out hassle around regulatory requirements.  These professionals have become enthusiastic evangelists for the product.  Client is off and running in the market.
Machine learning-driven recommender system – initiator and team lead
machine-learning data-engineering cloud ui leadership
2012’s manual email targeting tools and processes were delivering significantly sub-optimal results and thwarted scaling user base, content base (petitions), professional campaign staff, and international expansion.   These manually targeted mass emails drove 80% of traffic and thus revenue.   The company had great things to get started, but was rapidly outgrowing them: “what gets us here won’t get us there.”   The dedicated campaign staff needed something radically better.
I started the “Data/science” team with this project as first mission.   We empirically discovered which data sets, data processes, technologies, and machine learning algorithms garnered best results—and productized the winners into a system used daily by US and international staff to reach an email audience of 30+ million users.   Tech: AWS distributed and ephemeral compute solution including MapReduce with Cascading on AWS EMR; on-demand machine learning (for laboratory and production) on scaled-to-job-size EC2 clusters coordinated with AWS Simple WorkFlow (SWF); dynamic results visualization (confidence curves) and reach/impact tradeoff control web tool using D3.  
30% immediate conversion rate improvement; dramatic campaign staff efficiency and focus improvements; staff in total control over reach/impact tradeoffs.
Move analytics to Amazon Redshift with ETLinitiator and team lead
data-engineering sql-db cloud leadership
Emergent performance collapse for heavy analytics queries on legacy disk-based MySQL slave/replica of huge production DB.
Recognizing the company’s increasing dependence on a vital and limited resource, I worked with management to identify this key opportunity to avoid breakdown.   Selected Amazon Redshift to provide us affordable/easy/proven scalability, true SQL for broadest use, and advanced analytics features like window functions.   Oversaw development and architected Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) pipeline from production MySQL.   Led team to embrace fast-cycle empiricism, owning devops in cloud, making tools that Just Work, and Test Driven data processing development.
Solution has scaled happily with both dataset and query load; allowed development of increasingly sophisticated and diverse tools and analytics visualizations; freed staffers and managers across the company to meet their own needs using direct SQL queries without taxing precious advanced analyst resources.
High-throughput fraud analysis toolprimary engineer, inception to full production
data-engineering ui
Rise in signature fraud swamping engineering’s fraud review process and tools, while requiring skilled engineers to perform this chore, leading to large and growing productivity and morale cost in engineering team.   Uncaught fraud at can explode in the press as brand damage.
Created fraud analysis tool using Redshift, Redis, node.js, angular.js, HTML5.   Recognized unique challenge of human-driven fraud analysis: visual pattern matching over many fields for thousands of items/hour, applying a series of heuristics.   Used automatic precomputation and redis caching of heavy “first pass” Redshift query results together with zero-wait UX design to effect tightest possible scan-decide-act cycle for users.   Designed high-information-density UI for visual scanning (C.f. Edward Tufte) and controlled workflow.   That puts users in the flow state, the only way to get both efficient user performance and sufficient filtering quality.  
Allows non-engineers to perform this work; 10-20 engineer hours/week freed immediately (to much rejoicing), growing 2-4x over following year; allows international staff to deal with non-US fraud.