Diane brings to BlueMetal her many years of experience in business operations over a wide array of small and corporate businesses, including in real estate, insurance, medical, agriculture, and the hospitality industries. Her main goal is to bring a high level of efficiency to daily operations to ensure seamless functioning on all levels.
Ever since he was a kid, Alaa has always displayed a keen interest in visual art as a powerful tool capable of completely transforming imagination and ambitions into masterpieces that can be appreciated by everyone.
Nowadays, Alaa gets most excited about creating more integrated visual experiences from the ground up, allowing him to utilize his solid technical background and problem-solving skills as a computer engineer, along with several years of experience designing and producing all types of work for distribution via various digital platforms.
Alaa’s portfolio packed with inspirational pieces that were created to revamp the visual presence for numerous products and businesses in the fields of e-commerce, retail, media, healthcare and information technology. In his free time, Alaa enjoys filmmaking and taking part in volunteer opportunities.”
Adam has nearly 10 years of experience in user experience and related fields, having obtained his Bachelor of Science in Informatics and Computing Sciences and his Masters in Human Computer Interaction and Design from Indiana University. He is also a certified agile/scrum master. He has actively been engaged with managing client relations, account management, project scope estimations, oversight of peers, artifact delivery quality, new business RFP/pitch work, and coaching of the agile methodology.
Adam is active in fitness as both a personal trainer and dedicated member of a CrossFit gym. It goes without saying that Adam is a strong asset to company culture.
David is an Architect and Technical Project Manager experienced with mobile, web, and cloud application solutions. With 15+ years IT experience and a broad industry background (Retail, Hospitality, Financial Services/Insurance, and Federal/State Government), he’s passionate about creating innovative, high-value solutions to solve complex business challenges and partnering with clients' to develop vision and strategy for Mobility, Cloud, DevOps, and Custom Application Development solutions.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rebecca is a full-stack web developer who loves to solve problems and puzzles. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, took a three-year detour as a technology reporter, and ultimately found her way to software development via Grace Hopper Academy.
Stephen is an engineer with a wide variety of interests in many areas of software and prefers to not become stuck in one particular area. He received his B.A. in Computer Science, Linguistics, and German from Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. After completing a year studying computation linguistics in Germany, he worked with researchers in a speech synthesis lab, providing them with NLP software. At the same time, he completed a year-long internship with Microsoft’s Computational Linguistics team in Dublin. When he’s not providing elegant SharePoint solutions to his clients in the Managed Services team, he enjoys watching movies, playing piano (recent learner), and trying different beard-care products.
Prior to joining Blue Metal, Brian spent about 9 years at WGBH Educational Foundation where he worked in business administration, data & analytics, and project management, eventually building the first comprehensive project-management oriented SharePoint site collection within the foundation. He has a passion for technology and problem solving, and has come up with a variety of business solutions working with tools such as SQL, Crystal Reports, Filemaker, Salesforce, and SharePoint. He loves using the art of communication to achieve solutions that are specifically tailored to clients’ needs. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A in Psychology, with concentrations in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology.
Chris Butler has spent 16+ years professionally in IT/IS. He has worked in many sectors including Research, Bioinformatics, Education, Finance and Consulting Services. A few notable organizations he has worked with are the US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, Internet2, the American Chemical Society and the US Federal Reserve Bank. Chris is currently a Full Stack application developer with many years of cloud experience focusing on back-end services.
Chris is a bit of a language nerd, toying around with functional languages like F#, Scala and R, plus transpiler back-ends such as the LLVM. He also spends some of his spare time traveling the globe as well as keeping up with the latest tech gadget trends.
Alex is an adaptable digital creative with passions for investigative research and human centered design. He brings with him an appreciation for entrepreneurship and the importance of designing within constraints unique to each business’s needs. Prior to joining the team at BlueMetal, he worked as a nonprofit communications designer, as a freelance designer, and launched his own social app startup as a sole founder. In his spare time, Alex enjoys running, playing the piano, and raising praying mantis. He received his B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society from Wesleyan University.
Donal is an experienced Information Technology professional with 15+ years of diverse experience in systems development for numerous markets, including but not exclusive to financial services, health care, telecommunications, and core information technology. His project history reflects a breadth of Microsoft SharePoint Technologies and .Net experience. With a focus on SharePoint and Office 365, Donal has been working on projects involving all roles of a SharePoint implementation, including architecture, custom development, and advanced services relating to search and business connectivity. He has worked closely with business owners to understand the business process, then design and build workflow solutions accordingly using WF and SharePoint. Donal also brings great experience and an affinity to listen and understand the customers’ needs and expectations. Donal is familiar with all phases of the development life-cycle and has served on teams in technical roles ranging from developer/tester to architect and documentation writer. Donal is a contributing author to the books, Essential SharePoint 2010 and Essential SharePoint 2013, and has authored many blog posts and papers around SharePoint. He holds an honors degree from University of Galway, Ireland in Industrial Engineering and IS, as well as a Post Grad in IT in Medical Physics from Aberdeen University, Scotland.
Ever since she was little, Anastasia has enjoyed solving problems, riddles, and puzzles. After taking a few programming courses in high school, she attended Northeastern University and turned that hobby into a career. Taking advantage of the Co-Op program, Anastasia has been working in development for the last 10 years, with the most recent focus being around C# and jQuery and customization of SharePoint. She also has experience with SQL, C++, and Java. Her main goal when working on any project is to help the client find the solution they truly need, and she has a unique ability to help bridge the gap between "technical" and "less than technical" minds.
I guess you could say I have always had an "inner geek" within me. When I was in High School I took a basic programming class and loved it immediately! I decided I would pursue computer science and a related degree at Northeastern University. I worked as a programmer for many years in Financial Services but after about 10 years I was looking for "more". Specifically, I wanted to work directly with clients from start to finish and provide end to end solutions. In 2006 I shifted gears away from daily programming tasks and I was given the opportunity to focus on the Microsoft SharePoint platform and subsequently I became the owner and evangelist for over 1200 employees. I had the same opportunity in two other companies focusing on the Office 365 platform and SharePoint Online. In my spare time I like to golf, workout and travel. I have a great family, two awesome kitties and many good friends that I have acquired over decades! I am thrilled to work with such a talented crew!
Bryan is a software developer and has been an IT consultant for nearly 10 years. His main focus has been in the mobile space but he has also worked on desktop applications as well as on the front and back end of web applications. He has specialized in mostly the Microsoft stack but is eager to expand his horizons and work with the talented people at BlueMetal with different disciplines.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, working on his indie game with his cousin and playing basketball.
Fayyaz started out his career as a web developer in the late 1990. During this time he also pursued his interest in networking and eventually became a Network Administrator.
Because of the popularity and paradigm shift of software in the early 2000, Fayyaz decided to expand his knowledge by acquiring the skills required to create enterprise software. Since then he has obtained Oracle certification as well as extensive knowledge of enterprise software development.
Fayyaz is a now full stack developer, software engineer and technology geek, working his way up to become a technology ninja. He enjoys learning, exploring, prototyping and exploiting cutting edge technology to create simple scalable long term solutions.
Joe is passionate about software engineering, web development, mobile app development, and making a lasting impact on the ever-changing software industry through the power of creating, collaborating, and quickly adapting to change. He graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. While a student at Wentworth, he completed three semesters of co-ops at Emmanuel College, Continuum Managed Services, and Bamboo Rose, where he gained valuable hands-on experience in the software industry.
Olu has over 10 years of data management experience primarily focused on business intelligence and data warehousing. Through client engagements, he has experience in a wide range of industries including Financial, Insurance, Healthcare, Construction and Manufacturing. He has lead, designed and built numerous data-driven solutions that fill the gap between technology and business goals. With his work in various domains, he has gained extensive knowledge in data platform modernization, hybrid and cloud data computing, information management, and advanced data virtualization. He is skilled in evaluating requirements for data integration, migration and development across multiple platforms.
He holds advance degrees in Computer Science and Information Systems from Loyola University Chicago and Northern Illinois University.
When not designing data solutions, Olu enjoys spending time with his wife Titi and two daughters Ife (12) and Tayo (8). He is a soccer enthusiast who plays as a center back, right back or defensive midfielder in a recreational outdoor league all year round.
Eva has 8 years of experience in design for print and web. She started her career mainly in print, but has developed a deep interest in web and computer intelligence. She has a passion for color, typography, and using negative space to bring about beautifully crafted designs in the simplest form. Her passion and drive developed her self-employed career in which she has worked with various small businesses for branding and websites to large scale events within a team. Her diverse knowledge in many design tools, CSS and html help her adapt and be flexible in solving various problems. In her spare time, she loves to express herself through multiple mediums, such as painting and crafting, to yoga and kickboxing. She also loves spending time with her husband, friends, and her kitty, Twiggy, who was born on April Fool’s Day.
As a Services Management Executive and Software Architect at employers like Microsoft, United Airlines and IBM, he brings over 30+ years of software development and program/product management experience. Tony brings with him a great familiarity of BlueMetal Chicago's business and a passion for people management, technical excellence, and high-quality solution delivery. After a brief hiatus helping others with their own start-up businesses, improving his less than mediocre golf game, and traveling with his 9 year old son to Maui, the National Parks and getting in some Disney (mis)adventures, he's agreed to put this skills to good use leading the Midwest services team.
Priya is a successful and experienced strategic alliances partner and business development leader. With over 17 years in the transformative services field, Priya has managed strategic partner relationship development teams, account team sellers, program management, and business development teams for several key strategic global partners. Priya has a passion for building and fostering strategic relationships that yield customers the outcomes they seek to evolve and achieve transformative outcomes for their business. Throughout her career, she has offered clients and partners true subject matter expertise when it comes to building programs that lead to the successful adoption of innovative modern application experiences that benefit our clients and their competitive advantage. Her ability to strategically represent BlueMetal’s award-winning work with our partners has elevated BlueMetal’s brand to global levels with key partners.
Priya received her Bachelor’s degree in business from Champlain College in Burlington, VT and also holds the Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience Facilitator Certification. She is also an active leader in the New England and Tri-State area IAMCP Women in Technology chapters. Priya resides in beautiful New England, with her two sons.
Joe is returning to BlueMetal after spending a year working in the health care space. There he worked on the integration of an online Electronic Health Records product with a Practice Management system, enabling medical practices to streamline their operations and eliminate redundant administrative work. In his previous time with BlueMetal Joe focused on helping clients utilize Azure and AWS to build scalable cloud native apps, create reliable disaster recovery systems and secure applications using SAML and OAuth2.
Joe is a big believer in adopting the DevOps mindset to help make IT an enabler of business agility instead of a roadblock. He's excited to begin working with clients to integrate and automate their development, testing and deployment processes as a proponent of the DevOps “Three-Ways”.
Joe will primarily be focused on bringing a little more “Dev” to our DevOps/Infrastructure team by developing BlueMetal IP for CI/CD, enhancing our IdM expertise and helping clients reimagine legacy IaaS applications as modern PaaS solutions.
When Joe's not working, he likes to play the guitar, spend quality time with his beautiful wife Lisa and ensure that his two kids (16 & 19) get along with each other.
Tim has experience as both a consultant and technology executive with over 25 years of experience leading conceptualization, design and delivery of next-generation IT solutions within startup and enterprise environments. A recognized talent for careful analysis of business processes, knowledge of the full software development lifecycle and delivery of enterprise architecture/strategies in support of next-generation IT solutions tailored to unique specification.
Jason's passion for programming began as a young boy when he first experimented with early computer graphics. Since then, his hobby evolved into a career spanning multiple industries; Jason's work has seen use in video games, healthcare, finance, and education. Additionally, Jason conducts research in cognitive psychology, with the goal of fueling technical innovation with a heightened understanding of human perception. In the last six years he has primarily focused on full-stack web development, and brings to Blue Metal a strong desire to use cutting-edge technology to solve real-world problems.
Michael has been a technology professional for over 5 years. He's served in various capacities, including UX designer, consultant, and project manager. He has extensive experience working with enterprises to solve complex design problems and system implementations. As a technology consultant at Accenture, he implemented innovative and effective business processes to help clients meet their needs. Also, it is there that he learned the importance of user empathy and design thinking while working as a lead designer and consultant on intranet application projects for a large health insurance company. This passion for designing user interfaces has stayed with me ever since. Following Accenture, he was a Senior Project Manager for Fuze, a tech start-up delivering an enterprise unified communications software. More recently, I’ve worked with DESIGNATION providing Chicago area start-ups user-centric mobile and desktop application designs.
Tom has over 15 years of professional services experience focused primary on Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. He has worked in a wide range of industry verticals where he architected and built mission critical information delivery solutions. Tom has been working with Microsoft’s Azure data platform for several years and he comes from a strong background of working primarily with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Business Intelligence technologies. He also has experience with Oracle Big Data and SAP BI technologies as well. Tom is a co-founder and the president of the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Business Intelligence Chicago chapter. Prior to joining BlueMetal, Tom held positions as Managing Consultant and Data Analytics Practice Lead.
Ralph Knox has over 20 years of experience selling IT Services. Most recently Ralph was a Services Offering Specialist at CSC, where he focused on Digital Transformation, IT Advisory and Application solutions. Previously Ralph was an Account Services Executive with Dell Services from 2009–2015. Ralph successfully grew Dell’s services business by selling application and technology services. Ralph was an Account Executive at Allin Consulting, a Microsoft Gold Partner, from 2007 until they were acquired by Dell in 2009. Prior to that, Ralph worked for HP Consulting as a Services Executive selling IT technology services in both the U.S. and Canada.
Ralph lives in Los Gatos, California near Silicon Valley. He is married to Sian and has a daughter Ella.
Ralph enjoys running half marathons and dabbling in technology and home automation.
His passion is to be able to deliver value to his customers as well as building solutions where scaling and performance are part of the design from the first line of code to go-live. Most recently he was the Manager of Integration Solutions at MSI Data which builds a product called ServicePro, a cloud based field service software package. In that role he managed a team of 8 developers and was solely responsible for the design and architecture of the integration engine, identity management and authentication.
Sam is a Developer/Architect with creative and analytical skills in the Microsoft stack including balanced experience in cloud architecture, web design/development, database architecture, business intelligence, project management/resolution, systems integration and analysis, and customer service. His prior work in SharePoint Records Management attributed to recognition from Microsoft via the Microsoft Content Management Partner of the Year achievement. Sam brings over 18 years of IT industry experience managing staff, designing and implementing technology based solutions that improve operations by optimizing manual process, connecting customers and suppliers, and emphasizing security and governance.
Before making the transition to user experience design, Amanda worked as an interactive designer at boutique design firms as well as advertising and corporate agencies where she designed for both print and web. From diverse past experiences, Amanda has developed a strong eye for detail and the ability to bring concepts to life. Prior to joining BlueMetal, Amanda was on the interactive team at Macys.com and was responsible for the design of various sitelets, tablet, and mobile apps for all of Macy's corporate campaigns and special events. Amanda holds a Master's in Communication Design from Pratt Institute, and beginning in the Spring of 2015, she will be teaching a web design class in the Continuing Education Department at her Alma-mater.
Raas loves to deliver tech talks and to play cricket. He's looking forward to joining some cricket leagues in the future
Eric is a passionate Front- End Engineer / UI Designer. He specializes in designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining standards-compliant web applications. Many may describe him as artistic or optimistic with a humorous personality. Eric's inspiration for technology, enhances his talent as a developer, making him a compelling engineer. He primarily focus on Front-End Development, but Eric enjoys designing as well. His hobbies include video games, sports, and reading.
Zeeshan have been a professional software engineer for more than 15 years focused primarily on the Microsoft stack. Received his BA in NLP/ML from University of Tuebingen, Germany, then went for BSc Computing and Information Systems from Goldsmiths, University of London, and then MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London. His thesis topics were big data visualizations of temporal linguistics data, software licensing and protection using reflection and tokens, and building large scale automated phishing detection system using machine learning to analyze Tweet data from Twitter Streaming API. Zeeshan have worked with Microsoft Azure technologies for most of the last 5 years.
Apart from programming, Zeeshan love non-fiction books, photography, and hiking. He believes computers are tightly knitted with natural languages so he like computational methods there. He believe in automation, and believes everything that can be automated should be automated such that we formalize and dictate the rules to computer and let them do it for us, unleashing their full potential. Information security is also one of his passions, where application security tops the list including security in multi-tenant environments, pen-testing, and IOT security.
Tom has over 17 years of experience managing software applications through their complete lifecycle. With a focus on mobile application development, he has designed applications for many mobile operating systems from PalmOS to iOS, Android, and everything in between. These applications have been downloaded by tens of millions of users from all over the world, which has given Tom great insight into what it takes to develop software that will please the masses. Tom's spare time is dedicated almost exclusively to playing with his two kids and his three dogs.
Mitesh likes developing custom scalable software applications using Microsoft Azure Cloud and DevOps. He has experience working on API based web applications, cloud automation, IoT and data monitoring applications. Started at 10th Magnitude as an intern 2 years back when he was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Graduating in May 2016. Mitesh is quite enthusiastic of new technologies, meeting new people and an active member of technology groups, meet-ups and conferences. Prior to that he has 2 years of experience working as a Software Engineer at Persistent Systems Ltd India. Mitesh also has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Pune.
Natalie comes from a diverse background, with a degree in Communication Studies and International Studies. After working in social media production and the legal field, she found her true passion for programming. She brings a unique perspective for problem-solving and is excited toengineer effective client solutions.
When he’s not working, he often makes an annual pilgrimage to Walt Disney World as evidenced by the below photo. He’s the terrified bald guy in the back.
Seth a broad background as a consultant and manager in media, publishing, education and financial services. He's husband to an amazing wife and father of three brilliant kids. Seth is an avid fan of live concerts and of all things Science Fiction and Fantasy in written word, cinema, and television, including Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Tolkien, Bradbury, Gibson, Gaiman, and so much more.
Jordan Shelby is a junior at Michigan State University. Having a large social media network following encouraged Jordan to create his own iPhone app, believing that it would be easy spread the word. In the process, Jordan grew to enjoy coding and changed his major from finance to pursue a degree in computer science after his first year as a Spartan. After a year of teaching himself what he needed to know for iOS apps, he joins BlueMetal for the summer to gain more experience in this newfound interest of his and is hoping to learn from everyone. Even though school and developing apps keeps him busy, Jordan enjoys playing basketball and going to the gym.
Jared Shoemaker has spent the 15 years working in the aerospace, transportation, and defense industries as a technologist, manager, and business leader. He will be joining our NYC office on January 9th as a Service Manager. In Jared’s most recent capacity at BAE Systems he led their ambitious and industry changing IntelliCabin® product suite. Along the way he has also personally managed engineering organizations of over 200 people. Jared is well connected in the aviation industry and will be leading our delivery efforts in that domain.
Jason is a software engineer with 15 years of experience working in healthcare, international finance, and online gaming. His current focus is SharePoint and web development, but he’s worked in a wide range of technologies throughout his career. He spent much of his early career writing UNIX code in C, Perl, and Ruby, and has even dabbled in the arcane world of MUMPS. Whatever the technology, his passion is empathetically communicating with clients to develop solutions that are not just technologically sound but are also humanely designed. He is a firm believer in giving presentations that are clear, informative, and if all else fails, entertaining.
Shiva is a Data Architect with over 16 years’ experience in architecting and developing data driven solutions. He is a skilled data integration master, experienced in transforming data into standardized, meaningful and actionable information via solid project and programming skills. Along with a strong database background, Shiva also has expertise in data visualization using various reporting tools - SSRS, Power BI and Qlik. He has a breath of experience in application development using Windows, Web using C#, ASP.NET and Sharepoint. His experience is spread across various domains - Healthcare, Finance and CRM, some of the clients include Optum Health(A United Health company), Microsoft, Allscripts, SEI to name a few.
Kiran is a data enthusiast. She has 3 years of experience working with data systems. A collaborative engineering professional with substantial experience designing and executing solutions for complex business problems involving large scale data warehousing, real-time analytics and reporting solutions. She has done her BE in Information Technology and MS in Information Systems from NEU. She is born and brought up in Mumbai, India and came to the US for gaining knowledge using Master’s as a platform. She is a foodie and loves to try and cook different cuisines.
Michael is a Management Consultant with over 20 years experience implementing Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Financial, ERP, and custom mission critical business systems that include implementation, integration and business process re-engineering. His experience and methodologies focus on the successful implementation of CRM software and the mission-critical systems and procedures surrounding customer acquisition, retention, and analysis helping his customers obtain a higher return on investment and achievement of their goals.
She's an avid hobbyist whose recent endeavors include knitting, soap making, Rubik’s cube solving and a very slow rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star on the Ukulele. She apologizes for being an unapologetic organic, free-range, small-batch, artisanal Brooklyn stereotype.
Bryce comes to BlueMetal with a B.S. in Computer Science from Hofstra University, class of 2016. He haas a passion for programming, particularly object-oriented. Previous to BlueMetal, Bryce worked as a developer for Marcum LLP where he created and maintained web applications. Some of his hobbies include programming, competitive gaming, and working out.