Aaron Dodd aaron@aarondodd.com | 551.226.9554 | https://www.linkedin.com/in/aarondodd/
B.S. Information Systems Management, New York University (summa cum laude)
English, Virginia Commonwealth University
2019 - AWS Solutions Architect Professional
2019 - AWS Solutions Architect Associate
2019 - AWS Certified Developer
2019 - AWS Certified SysOps Administrator
2018 - Google Professional Cloud Architect
2014 - Amazon Business Professional
2014 - Amazon Technical Professional
2004 - Microsoft Systems Engineer
Additional Education
• Risk and Quality Management, NYU
• IS Audit and Controls, NYU
• Networking Security and Privacy, NYU
• Disaster Recovery & Business Cont., NYU
• Applied Data Analytics, NYU
• Business Intelligence, NYU
• Database Administration, NYU
• Javascript Programming, NYU
• Kubernetes, Docker, and Containers, Udemy
• Developing Applications in NodeJS, Udemy
• Advanced Python, Udemy
• Architecting with GCP, Coursera
• Reliable Cloud Infrastructure, Coursera
Team Development: Hiring • Reviews • Career planning and growth
Budget and Efficiency: Cost analysis • Forecasting • Capacity planning • Usage analysis and environment right-sizing
Project Management: Business analysis • Requirements gathering • Scope generation • Work breakdown structure • Risk management • Quality management
Solution Architecture: Stakeholder engagement • Requirements validation • Quality attributes identification • Brownfield audit • Greenfield design • Estimation • Proof-of-Concept implementation • Continous improvement
Communication and Social: Presentations • Technical writing • Knowledge base maintenance • Best practices guides • Company blog/newsletter articles • Company meetups on hot topics
Cloud & Virtualization: Amazon Web Services • Google Cloud Platform • Microsoft HyperV • Kubernetes • Docker • Vagrant • VMWare • Citrix XenServer • KVM • Nimbula • Microsoft Azure • Akamai
Languages: Python • Ruby • Javascript • Bash • Powershell • PHP • Java • VBScript
Automation: Puppet • Chef • Terraform • AWS Cloud Formation • AWS OpsWorks • AWS Lambda • AWS API Gateway • Jenkins • Rundeck • Consul • Zookeeper • MS SystemCenter
Applications: Apache • Nginx • HAProxy • Memcache • GlusterFS • NodeJS • Tomcat • Varnish • Microsoft SQL Server • MySQL • PostgreSQL • MongoDB • Redis • RabbitMQ • MS Exchange
Monitoring & Analysis: New Relic • Gomez • Zabbix • Nagios • PagerDuty • VictorOps • AppDynamics • Splunk • Tableau • AWS Athena • AWS QuickSight • AWS CloudWatch • AWS VPC FlowLogs • AWS Config • AWS CloudTrail • Monyog • HP OpenView
Operating Systems: Debian Linux • RedHat Linux • Windows
Networking & Hardware: AWS VPC • TCP/IP • VPN (IPSEC, PPTP, OpenVPN) • DNS • WINS • DHCP • NFS • Active Directory • Citrix NetScaler • BigIP F5 • Cisco CSS / ASA • Cisco routers and switches • Cisco PIX • NetAPP and EMC SANs • IBM, HP and DELL servers
hobbies and interests
• Overseas travel to new places
• Photography and mix-media artwork
• Creative writing
• Continuous learning (self-paced and classes)
Available upon request.
Technologist with 20+ years of experience. Skilled in DevOps; site reliability engineering; cloud architecture; managing large, geographically diverse teams; staffing; budgeting; and pre-sales. B.S. in Information Systems Management from New York University and certified in Google and AWS. Mentor for Project and Risk Management, AWS/GCP Solutions, and Solution Architecture.
Notable Recent Successes
Migrated SAP to AWS for Fortune 100 M&E firm
Guided a diverse team of architects and engineers in migrating a ~500 user SAP system from a legacy datacenter to AWS. Managed multiple vendors and partner teams. Designed and conducted training sessions to upskill team members on new services and technologies. Post-launch, established regular optimization cadence to continually reduce costs and re-architect--where possible--for cloud-native hosting.
Established multi-region/function DevOps team
Grew a DevOps team from 1 to 20+ engineers spanning NYC, LA, and Minsk covering cloud architecture, engineering, and 24x7 support for a major media firm. Established best practices for cloud-native design. Migrated 30+ brands' properties to AWS from legacy environments while launching ~200 new applications and maintaining 100% SLA compliance. Awarded yearly for service excellence.
Reduced hosting costs by $2 mil./year while increasing efficiency
Saved 30% in AWS by regular utilization reviews to right-size based on actual usage, guiding application teams to architect for cloud-native services and auto-healing designs, shifting workloads to low-cost ephemeral instances, moving core systems to reserved pricing, creating self-service on-demand environments, and archiving/pruning/moving data to appropriate storage tiers.
Migrated search and real-time analytics system to AWS
Designed multi-region cloud environment to migrate 200+ bare metal systems to AWS. Mapped out multi-year migration strategy for adopting AWS services and cloud-native design. Worked with development to adjust and test application components for resiliency. Migrated RDBMS to RDS, file storage to EFS and S3, messaging to SQS and SNS, and configuration management to OpsWorks.
Principle Solutions Architect, Amazon (AWS)
As a partner and trusted advisor for customers using Amazon Web Services (AWS), kept embedded in customer technology teams to advise cloud architecture and best practices for cloud adoption and design. Worked with customers' leadership to ensure AWS is aligned with corporate strategic technology directions. Conducted regular deep-dive sessions around AWS products and services. Designed and conducted training sessions tailored to customer needs and based on current projects and initiatives. Authored blog posts and white-papers on AWS service usage and documenting best-in-breed solutions that leverage AWS services. Work with customers and AWS service teams as a customer advocate to ensure the AWS roadmap includes feedback from customers, including desired feature requests and areas that would both make service adoption easier for customers. Implemented proof-of-concepts and demos that took customer's real-world needs and showed ways to implement in AWS. Guided customer technology teams on well-architected workload designs that aligned to industry best-practices, including reviewing existing and proposed customer architectures and working with their teams to remediate areas of concern and close any skill gaps identified.
Director of Technology Solutions, EPAM Systems
Manage cloud solution architecture, delivery, and DevOps teams tasked with client consultation, environment reviews, systems architecture design, and service delivery. Subject Matter Expert in cloud hosting, providing guidance to in-house and external clients for project implementation. Author whitepapers on best practices and case studies on successful projects.
  • Build private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions providing secure, multi-tenant, self-service hosting for clients and internal teams
  • Participate in pre-sales activities, including RFPs, design consultations, trainings, presentations, and proof-of-concepts
  • Heavy focus on IT automation, auto-scaling, environment self-healing, DevOps processes/automation, and Continuous Integration/Deployment
  • Analyze existing applications/infrastructure, design cloud-based architecture
  • Manage multi-year Cloud projects with multi-region DevOps teams
  • Formally mentoring others in DevOps, Project and Risk Management, and Solution Architecture for AWS and GCP
Director of Operations, Instant Information (acq by EPAM)
Oversaw all production-related environments and their supporting Quality Assurance and User Acceptance Testing environments. Managed the hosting team. Established operations policies, Standard Operating Procedures, documentation, change control, patch management, and disaster recovery. Participated in Business Continuity process. Determined hardware and OS specifications. Performed senior-level engineering and architecture duties.
  • Created geographically separate, fully redundant active-active data-center
Sr. Systems Architect, Merrill Lynch
Responsible for the evaluation, architecture, and implementation of new applications and hosting environments. Documented new solutions and worked with the appropriate teams to ensure successful delivery to the firm.
Technology Manager, Consultant, Johnson and Johnson
Member of Windows Hosting team tasked with designing and implementing a firm-wide .NET hosting environment. Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Microsoft .NET application hosting, IIS, and Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server. Provided senior-level support for production applications.
Manager of Information Systems, SchoolNet
Forecast MIS budgeting needs. Manage engineers and helpdesk. Hands-on administration of hosting facilities and corporate network. Identify possible pain-points and offer solutions to increase efficiency and profitability. Manage vendor relationships/equipment purchases. Cost analysis of development proposals. Determine requirements for product installations.
Sr. Systems Engineer, Change Technology Partners
Design, implement, and maintenance hosting facilities and corporate systems. Plan and coordinate desktop migrations, server upgrades, software packaging and rollout. Define information security guidelines maintain compliance with corporate standards.
Web Hosting Manager, AnswerThink Consulting Group
Design, implement, and maintenance hosting facilities and corporate systems. Plan and coordinate desktop migrations, server upgrades, software packaging and rollout. Define information security guidelines maintain compliance with corporate standards.
LAN Administrator, Institutional Investor
Helpdesk support, manage the corporate network including Netware and Windows NT file servers, Microsoft Exchange messaging system, and the editorial workflow system. Migrated the company from MS Mail to Microsoft Exchange. Migrated the company from Netware file servers to Windows NT.