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Nick Harris

Cell: 919-285-1353
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I am an outgoing and energetic professional, seeking a career that fits my professional skills, personality, and creative pursuits. I have broad technical knowledge combined with outstanding problem solving skills in both strategic and tactical areas. I am an effective communicator: able to explain complex concepts and ideas to non-technical individuals. I can bring world domination to your organization.

Technology

Languages
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Java
  • PHP
  • Perl
  • SQL
  • Shell Scripts
  • Ruby
  • Python
  • ActionScript
Software
  • Modern Web Browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
  • Not so Modern Web Browsers (IE)
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • OmniGraffle
  • TextMate
  • Atlas AdManager
  • Oracle/SQLServer/MySQL
  • MS Office Suite
  • Eclipse
  • JBuilder
  • NetBeans
  • Subversion/Git/CVS
  • BEA WebLogic
  • Apple WebObjects
  • Netscape iPlanet
  • Apache Tomcat
  • W/LAMP server
Hardware/Platforms
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • CentOS
  • Fedora
  • Sun Solaris
  • MacOS
  • Rackable Systems
  • Sun SPARC workstations and Server class hardware
  • Windows PCs/Servers

Current Projects

Railinc Coporation UI Developer - Cary, NC - Since 2011
  • Evangelizing the role of UX in the design process
  • Developing high fidelity prototypes for concept testing and development
  • Helping developers leverage the strengths and avoid th epitfalls of jQuery and JavaScript
Brand Fuel Promotions Web Developer/IT - Morrisville, NC - Since 2007
  • Worked closely with clients to develop user online retail presence, e-commerce web sites that utilize AJAX, HTML, JavaScript, SEO as well as adapting the visual design requested to the framework
  • Updated the visual design of the brandfuel.com web site using Photoshop, Illustrator and integrated YouTube videos
  • Customized and maintained the Concourse Suite CMS
  • Managed Blackberry Enterprise Server, Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange and SQL Server
  • Helped sales staff with technical issues via phone, email and in person
  • Created wireframe mockups of websites based on customer requirements and feedback
OnWired Web Developer - Cary, NC Since 2009
  • Created landing page for new web site to gether customer feedback until official loaunch.
  • Converted site to JQuery from a mix of prototype and other AJAX libraries
  • Customized Drupal-based for a custom furnishings web site
  • Added functionality to business focused social networking site based on TurboGears 2.0 in python

Past Projects

My Portfolio
Portfolio
DB Global Technology Information Architect - Cary, NC 2010-2011
  • Developed high fidelity prototypes for concept testing and design validation
  • Assisted the development teams troubleshoot issues with Tibco GI and ExtJS based applications.
  • Helped write user stories and user journeys through the application
  • Assisted the development teams troubleshoot issues with Tibco GI and ExtJS based applications.
  • Developed high fidelity prototypes for concept testing and design validation
  • Part of the design team challenged with working with international teams to finalize a comprehensive styleguide for the banking applcations
  • Modeled workflows for users through each application
CSCUI Design Team Lead - Raleigh, NC 2009-2010
  • Lead the design team working on the new Medicaid Management Information System replacement for North Carolina.
  • Helped development teams plow into the dense jungle of jQuery and javascript
  • Worked closely with the state users and decision makers to create a state of the art UI for the replacement MMIS applications
  • Developed high fidelity prototypes for concept testing and design validation
News Over Wireless Web Developer - Cary, NC 2008-2009
  • Developed an ajax (MooTools + jQuery) powered UI for stats reporting and system configuration.
  • Integrated content from affiliates in the Top 50 markets of the US. Worked with content developers and support staff in multiple locations to help them configure the proper RSS and video feeds.
  • Helped update and extend native applications for mobile devices - iPhone, BlackBerry and BREW (Mobile Java) phones.
  • Helped install and maintain MacOS X cluster for trans-coding of local news video and delivery to carriers as well as to the end user though mobile web and premium application.
Accipiter Solutions Operations/Tech Support - Cary, NC 2004-2007
  • Supported customers hosted in our facility or on their own network
  • Assisted with the creation of dynamic HTML, AJAX, JavaScript and Flash based advertisements
  • Supported developers integrating advertisements into high traffic web sites
  • Used Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to update graphics for internal tools
  • Helped customers use JavaScript, HTML and XML to integrate the advertisements into their web sites
  • Performed many of the same duties as Application Engineer position
  • Provided untimely deaths to all who opposed
  • Configured, monitored and maintained customers hosted in our facility
  • Created Solaris and Linux shell scripts to automate installation and upgrade processes
  • Automated and streamlined procedures to speed and ease maintenance
  • Provided escalation management on mission critical customer situations
  • Evaluated, provided feedback on process documentation
  • Researched and resolved technical issues received from customers
  • Provided 24 hour on-call coverage for mission critical systems
BridgePoint Web Developer - Cary, NC 2001-2004
  • Developed J2EE applications to retrieve data from a complex Oracle database, and render standards-compliant HTML and JavaScript to the browser. Documented in detail all functionality with JavaDoc. Used XML and custom DTDs to define user interface components in a JSP-like system
  • Led User Interface design and implementation on new shipping contract auction and tracking software, then moved on to flagship product. Launched enhanced corporate intranet site utilizing latest AJAX-style dynamic content
  • User Interface featured in trade magazine article: BridgePoint’s NaviPact promises clear sailing for ocean contracts Supply Chain e-Business, March 2002, Pages 36-38
  • Successfully implemented new User Interface and structure allowing more flexible branding options, enhancing customer satisfaction and reducing customization time
  • Analyzed and developed reporting capabilities, resulting in high customer satisfaction and retention
  • Integrated and modernized intranet content, administered message board to allow better cross-departmental discussion
Interpath Web Developer - Morrisville, NC 2000-2001
  • Worked with Information Architects and Technical Leads to drive the successful execution of client engagements
  • Analyzed creative, technical and user experience implementation in various types of projects such as portals, eCommerce, marketing and B2B sites
  • Developed dynamic HTML templates to be applied to the Vignette Story Server system
  • Created, designed and installed Flash content where needed
  • Created interactive prototypes, expediting sales cycle
  • Developed front-end code on high traffic web sites
  • Integrated and modernized intranet content, allowing better cross-departmental communication
Mind Lever UI Design Team - Morrisville, NC 2000
  • Analyzed and developed interactive product prototypes using HTML and JavaScript. Provided usability guidelines across the different areas of the web application
  • Created Web Application Design Style Guides
  • Managed the Software Interface Design process and consistency
  • Worked closely with design and development teams to implement and verify the design
  • Participated in customer requirements gathering and early design
  • Improved existing user interface, resulting in high customer satisfaction and retention
  • Created branding opportunities within the interface
  • Performed informal usability studies with customers
  • Worked closely with other User Experience designers and information architects

Education

School of Communication Arts
Computer Graphic Design
Wake Technical Community College
Web Programming (HTML + Java)
Red Hat
RHCT Course (RH033+RH133)

Extracurricular

Hobbies
Parenting, Photography, Shadetree Mechanic-ing, Sports Fanning