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Paul B.

Independent SharePoint Consultant
   United States
  |   Chapel Hill, NC
  |  4:32 am Local Time

Resume/C.V.

I am an independent SharePoint Consultant with significant experience working with SharePoint and FAST Search for SharePoint to deliver business solutions to clients small and large across a number of markets.

My experience includes SharePoint Architecture, Development, Business Analysis, Administration, Branding, Mentoring and Workshops.
Service Description
I am an experienced independent SharePoint consultant with deep and broad experience across all versions of SharePoint.

I have worked on projects at the enterprise level as well as for SME's in a number of market sectors including Pharmaceutical, Retail, Non-Profit, Finance, Banking, and Technology.

I have architected SharePoint infrastructure solutions from the ground up in green field enviornments as well as assisting clients reconfigure their already deployed farms. In additionally I have worked with clients to identify and develop the Information Architecture for their SharePoint environments.; including helping develop governance plans and documents.

From a development perspective I have worked on back-end server side customizations including event handlers and web parts as well as client-side scripting using HTML, CSS and jQuery. However my first approach with any requirement is to seek to deliver a solution using out of the box SharePoint functionality.

I also have experience with SharePoint Search as well as FAST Search for SharePoint and I have worked with clients to build taxonomies and enterprise search solutions. I have helped clients to get their FAST deployments working correctly as well as with relevancy tuning of their FAST environments.

My experience extends to both on premise SharePoint farms as well as both private and public cloud implementations including Microsoft BPOS and Office365.

I have excellent references from past clients and will share my resume with anyone interested in hiring me.
Education
University of Central Lancashire
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- 1986
Salford College of Technology
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering & Technology
- 1983
Employment
PayX International
SharePoint Consultant
2011 - Present
Development of an extranet solution to allow PAYX external consultants to interface and collaborate with the organization. This included developing a branded SharePoint 2010 solution with a public facing landing page and secured content for registered users.; InfoPath workflows for timesheets, expense etc submission and reports. Also responsible for developing the Information Architecture and governance plan. Environment: SharePoint 2010; Office Web Apps; InfoPath; SharePoint Designer; PowerShell, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL/Server; Visual Studio 2010, C#.
Professional Consulting Group
SharePoint Consultant
2011 - 2012
Provided consultancy to mentor internal staff on deployment of SharePoint 2010 and FAST Search for SharePoint across the enterprise. Duties included scoping and specification for SharePoint infrastructure for development, staging and production farms; build out and document development farm and mentor and support internal IT staff during buildout of staging farm. Work with business users to develop enterprise information architecture and taxonomy for both the intranet and collaborative team sites. Developed installation and configuration documentation and governance plan. Mentored web designer/developers in branding SharePoint and in different approaches to delivering business solutions; using both server side and client side approaches. Environment: SharePoint 2010, FAST Search for SharePoint; Office Web Apps; SharePoint Designer; Visual Studio 10; PowerShell, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL/Server.
Speech @ Microsoft
SharePoint Consultant
2011 - 2011
Engaged to develop project management office dashboard and project management site template on SharePoint 2010. This client’s platform was hosted and so all work had to be undertaken using out of the box features of SharePoint along with client side customizations using calculated list columns, HTML, jQuery and CSS. Environment: SharePoint 2010; SharePoint Designer; jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS.
Rich Products Inc
SharePoint Consultant
2011 - 2011
Engaged to review client’s initial deployment of SharePoint 2010 and third party customizations, evaluate client’s requirements and provide recommendations and best practice advice on how to proceed with enterprise global roll out of SharePoint across all divisions in the organization. The remit included review of FAST Search components and provide remediation to tune both performance and results relevance. Additionally a code review of the third party customizations was also undertaken and a remediation plan developed. Additional work included development of a custom Search Center. Further work to redefine both the physical and logical farm topologies was undertaken along with development of an information architecture and governance plan. A large part of this project was knowledge transfer and consequently this required working closely with the client’s technical team and business users. Environment: SharePoint 2010; Office Web Apps; FAST Search for SharePoint; InfoPath; SharePoint Designer; PowerShell, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL/Server; Visual Studio 2010, C#.
South Orange County Community College District
SharePoint Consultant
2011 - 2011
Provided consultancy workshop on SharePoint and FAST Search, Information Architecture, Taxonomy and Governance on SharePoint 2010. Environment: SharePoint 2010; Office Web Apps; FAST Search for SharePoint.
Wells Fargo
SharePoint Consultant
2011 - 2011
This client’s SharePoint 2007 platform was hosted and so all work had to be undertaken using out of the box features of SharePoint along with client side customizations using calculated list columns, HTML, jQuery and CSS. Several solutions developed or updated for the business. Environment: SharePoint 2007; InfoPath; SharePoint Designer; jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS.
Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation
SharePoint Consultant
2011 - 2011
Provided consultancy to develop migration plan for the internal intranet to move from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. This included evaluating the current environment, establishing a test environment, developing installation and configuration documentation, developing governance plan, providing assistance with information architecture review and realignment of site layout in new environment, developing InfoPath workflows and building a custom PowerShell solution to migrate several thousand documents from a proprietary Unix based document management system, preserving the metadata into the SharePoint environment. Environment: SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2007; Office Web Apps; InfoPath; SharePoint Designer; PowerShell, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL/Server.
Acosta Sales & Marketing Inc
SharePoint Consultant & .NET Developer
2010 - 2011
Engaged to undertake the migration of around 200 sites from a SharePoint 2003 portal to SharePoint 2007. I reported to the SharePoint Manager and ran this project single handedly which included working with the business users to plan individual site migrations; end-user communications and acceptance and user migration plans. This project was not particularly challenging from a technology perspective however the challenges came from managing each individual business user’s expectations while running multiple migration strands concurrently. Additionally where users were new to SharePoint 2007 I undertook training sessions introducing the new technology as well as providing support and development of customizations and new features where required both at the backend as well as at the client side. In parallel I also assisted with a number of other projects: Worked with the Business Intelligence Team to deploy and configure Cognos Web Parts. Worked with Application Development Team to customize a number of SharePoint pages and forms using CSS and JavaScript as part of a HR assessment project. Worked with the SharePoint Manager and Infrastructure Team to develop an architecture, deployment, implementation and migration plan for moving to SharePoint 2010. Environment: SharePoint 2007; SharePoint Designer; jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Metalogix Migration Tool.
GlaxoSmithKline Inc
SharePoint Consultant
2010 - 2010
I was retained to assist with the integration of the Stiefel SharePoint portal with GSK’s MS BPOS Portal. This included both the publishing and team collaboration environments as well as a number of custom applications and included developing plans for GxP and validated information from both R&D and GMS environments. Environment: SharePoint BPOS; SharePoint Designer; jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Metalogix SharePoint Site Migration Tool.
Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc
SharePoint Consultant
2010 - 2010
My responsibilities were to architect a small farm using a mixture of virtual and physical servers; deploy SharePoint 2010 to the farm and configure basic services such as Search, deploy a publishing portal and a collaboration portal as well as configuring a separate Web Application for a third party contract management solution. I was also required to implement some basic customization and branding for the site using client side features rather than server side wherever possible. Once the environment was live I worked with several pilot users and departments to implement solutions for various business problems as a means to demonstrate to senior management the appropriateness of the technology. At the successful completion of the proof of concept I was required to migrate the farm onto production hardware including a SQL Server cluster. Additional staging and development environments were also implemented along with governance and usage guidelines. At the same time I also engaged with the internal IT department to build out a SharePoint environment using the Microsoft BPOS online solution. Environment: SharePoint 2010; SharePoint Designer; jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS.
Stiefel Laboratories Inc
SharePoint Consultant & .NET Developer
2007 - 2010
Initial engagement to provide leadership, consultancy and management for the corporate worldwide portal built on the BEA Aqualogic platform. After a review of current and future business requirements, technical platform, available resources, plans and goals a strategic review of the organization’s requirements for a portal platform and a re-assessment of the technology to deliver the correct solution worldwide were undertaken with a subsequent recommendation to move to SharePoint. Following the establishment of a pilot program and proof of concept a number of meetings with global key business stakeholders and their representatives were held in focus groups to present the capabilities of the SharePoint platform and educate the business to the possibilities available to them. During these sessions business requirements were captured and analyzed along with the desires the business had for a portal a solution. At the same time design and deployment of the infrastructure, security and WAN/LAN requirements for production, QA and development environments was progressed which involved working with internal project management. Governance, facilities, communications and quality assurance project stakeholders as well as managing external vendors and consultants. Once the infrastructure was planned out and being deployed the portal design and taxonomy was also being planned out together with a plan for the migration of existing content from the original BEA AquaLogic portal as well as additional SharePoint 2003 repositories that existed from previous commercial acquisitions. From the initial proof of concept, through design of both a portal publishing environment as well as a team collaboration platform and partner extranet I contributed to the design and development of both server and client side customizations for the platform as well as developing solutions to meet the specific requirements of individual functional areas. This was a complex, global project with a user community of over 3000 in all time zones and called for flexible availability as well as requiring the management and leadership of a wide variety of team members located around the world and from a broad swath of backgrounds together with a hands on, can do approach to delivering business solutions. As a highly visible project with a budget in excess of $1.5 million within the organization I reported directly to the Enterprise Leadership Team and senior executives on a regular basis. Post-implementation I worked with a variety of business users both assisting with their publishing requirements as well as developing team-based solutions and SharePoint applications; these solutions varied from standard out of the box sites, sites with client side page customization using CSS, jQuery and JavaScript, more complex applications requiring server side customization of event handlers and bespoke web parts etc to utilizing Business Data Catalog to connect to legacy SAP, Documentum and other systems. Additionally I have been responsible for the establishment of a Proof of Concept environment to evaluate SharePoint 2010 beta technologies and the feasibility of migrating to this platform once it is released to leverage such features as Access Database Services and PowerPivot technologies as well as the enhanced Business Connectivity Services for integrating and mash-up of legacy systems. Environment: SharePoint 2010; Office Web Apps; FAST Search for SharePoint; InfoPath; SharePoint Designer; PowerShell, jQuery, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL/Server; Visual Studio 2010, C#.
Agile Thought Inc
Web Consultant & .NET Developer
2006 - 2007
KPMG: Consultation on the development of information architecture for a portal project which included the analysis and review of existing internal and external corporate web sites and applications as well as interviews and requirements gathering from the prospective user community. Navigant: Development of Windows service based web site monitor to automate the monitoring of a number of web sites against pre-determined criteria. The service was developed in C# and was designed to be extensible with out the need to stop/start the service when a new monitoring activity was added. Tournease: Configuration and deployment of the initial project development environment including web and database servers as well as continuous integration and source control configuration. Further work on C#/ASP.NET pages within the application. This project was run using the agile SCRUM methodology. OSI: Development of a number of proof of concept SharePoint/WSS C# web parts as well as a proof of concept community portal which involved heavily customizing the out of the box/SharePoint/WSS look and feel. The web parts were developed to interface with back-end POS systems to aggregate and surface individual store performance information. HiFly: Contributed to bid document for document management, financial and information portals built on the SharePoint platform. Responsibility covered technical document creation, review and financial estimates. United Airlines: Contributed to bid document for document management and portal project. Responsibility covered technical document creation, review and financial estimates. Global Signal: Design, development and support of a HR portal using the DotNetNuke platform. This was a short term project with a very tight deadline. Responsibilities included the configuration and deployment of portal and database servers; working with the customer to create the information architecture; deploying and configuring portal modules; creation and application of a custom skin. Bespoke portal modules were developed against the DotNetNuke API in C#. Sarasota County Government: work on a proof of concept SharePoint portal for the county government. The proof of concept was developed both in SharePoint v2 as well as the MOSS 2007 beta platform. Activities included the development of C# web parts for both versions of SharePoint. FADV: Senior Developer developing a pilot composite application based on the BEA Aqualogic platform aggregating information from back end systems into a single portal experience. Activities included C#/.NET portlet development and deployment as well as system analysis. In addition contributions were made to the production of technical best practices and portal governance documents as well as configuration and deployment of a development system sandbox system. This project was run using the agile SCRUM methodology. Environment: ASP.NET; C#; Telerik Controls; Agile/Scrum; BEA Aqualogic; Oracle; SQL/Server; DotNetNuke; SharePoint 2003, SharePoint 2007.
eSolutions
Web Consultant
2005 - 2006
This was a short term role to provide consultancy, software development assistance and crisis management resulting from loss of staff. The main role required the fast knowledge transfer and acquisition of the content management project to ensure rapid uptake of productivity to ensure a key project milestone was met. This system was based on an ASPX .NET C# and SQL server technology platform. Specific work packages included working on streaming video component for Windows Media, Real, Quicktime and Flash players; integration of shopping cart module; integration of discussion forum module. Also during this assignment a PHP/mySQL web site project was undertaken to add a customer information database to an existing web site. Environment: ASP.NET; C#; PHP; Agile/Scrum; SQL/Server; MySQL.
CMR International
SharePoint Consultant
2005 - 2005
This was a short term role to provide consultancy, software development assistance and crisis management resulting from loss of staff. The main role required the fast knowledge transfer and acquisition of the content management project to ensure rapid uptake of productivity to ensure a key project milestone was met. This system was based on an ASPX .NET C# and SQL server technology platform. Specific work packages included working on streaming video component for Windows Media, Real, Quicktime and Flash players; integration of shopping cart module; integration of discussion forum module. Also during this assignment a PHP/mySQL web site project was undertaken to add a customer information database to an existing web site. Environment: ASP.NET; C#; PHP; Agile/Scrum; SQL/Server; MySQL.
Kale Consultants Ltd
.NET Development Team Lead
2003 - 2005
Application Development Team Lead responsible for a multi-disciplinary software development team in a global project development environment. With end user customer locations in Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Kazakhstan and India and suppliers from the US and UK, Portugal and India this project demanded attention to detail and clear communication as two of its prime requirements. As well as leading the software development teams in the US and UK working on the implementation of a web-based image archive to enable its airline customers in Greece and Portugal to outsource its passenger revenue accounting function to India the other requirements were to identify and liaise with supplier’s for both the hardware and ISP components of the project as well as with the Indian company contracted for the outsourcing and managing the integration of the web site into their existing systems. In addition to overseeing the design and development activities I was also responsible for business analysis and technical architecture during the start-up phase of the project. This involved working with the customers in Greece and Portugal and the supplier in India to define and refine their, sometimes conflicting, business processes and requirements and subsequently with the development teams in the UK and India to realize the requirements. The web site hardware was based around Microsoft technologies, utilizing Windows 2000, IIS and SQL Server 2000. The web and databases were hosted on their own dedicated servers and a dedicated NAS server provided image storage. The middle layer business objects were developed in C++/MFC and interfaced to stored procedures in the database to access information. This information was extracted as XML and delivered to the browser via XSL as HTML. Certification and SSL/HTTPS connectivity were employed to ensure the integrity of client connectivity and no active technologies (Active or Java) were employed as this was a primary requirement of the customers Environment: ASP; ASP.NET; C#; Agile/Scrum; SQL/Server.
Payment Terms
No more than 30 days.
References
John Morales
Acosta Sales & Marketing, Manager
It is understandable to be reluctant to hire remote associates. The concerns with “out of sight, out of mind” and malingering are valid. The risks associated with this special request are great, especially when considering somebody to fill a role on a time-­sensitive project. When Acosta sought some help with a SharePoint migration project, we considered many candidates. Paul’s experience and knowledge made him stand out from the crowd. Yet there was his request that he remain a remote associate. He provided direct references from prior jobs and I followed up on them, interviewing his prior recent managers about his work habits and efficacy. I will tell you the same thing I was told. Paul is extremely diligent in his approach to satisfying his customer’s needs. At no time during our year long engagement did I feel any concern or worry about his connectedness or work results. We tasked him with a demanding project that required interaction with many of our business teams. Paul set up systems to ensure customer communication needs were met and coordinated the workload with our internal IT team. He very quickly became “one of the guys.” The feedback I received from our IT folks and his customers was uniformly positive and without exception. I am more than happy to discuss this maLer with anybody considering Paul for a position. I am confident that Paul can meet the needs for your team and will allay any concerns about working remotely and exceed your expectations with regards to his work quality and communication skills. Please do not hesitate to contact me at jmorales@acosta.com to schedule a meeting should you require more information.
Richard Love
Stiefel Laboratories & GlaxoSmithKline, Global Head of Quality for Dermatology Operations
I’d like to provide a recommenda9on and some background for Paul Bedford regarding his ability to deliver on time and on budget while remotely supporting a project. I’ve had the pleasure of working directly with Paul on several projects at Stiefel Laboratories and GlaxoSmithKline in my role as Global Head of Quality for Dermatology Opera9ons. Paul is extremely knowledgeable, very professional and was instrumental in our implementation of a global SharePoint installation. While the initial scope of the program was to support operations in North America, it quickly expanded in scope to include a worldwide network. Given the success of the planning and deployment phases, there were relatively few operational issues once we went live, but to the extent there were, Paul was always available and able to quickly resolve any issue. He also provided very useful technical support to my group as we extended SharePoint functionality to our external manufacturing partners. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or would like additonal information. rlove@harborview.com
Wendy Chern, PhD
Stiefel Laboratories Inc, VP, Head of Skin Biology & Preclinical Development
Paul Bedford helped S6efel build a global company-­ wide portal. He was particularly knowledgeable and helpful for R&D and Business Development teams in our effort to establish a user-­friendly SharePoint database. Through his assignment at Stiefel, Paul had the opportunity to work with multiple departments across the functions, commercial, administrative, and R&D, all over the world. Paul was always responsive, communicative and delivered solutions to the table. Paul would work with individual departmental teams or members to understand their needs and help the customers realize their ideas. He was also very candid in sharing his knowledge and advising us with his insight regarding best practice in our working environment. He took pride in helping in his customers operate efficiently and avoid wasting resources.
Zach Randles
Stiefel Laboratories, Director, Web Technologies
Paul Bedford was a leader in launching the corporate SharePoint portal for Stiefel. He was able to successfully work with different business units across the globe and gather their requirements, manage their expectations and successfully launch many of the communities and Teamsites. Paul's role was not just technology based, but he has the talent of being able to work with non-technical business groups and act as the business liaison and explain the benefits of SharePoint in business terms. Additionally he lead several projects where custom applications were built in the SharePoint plaHorm to meet specific business needs. His role was not only to evaluate and collect business requirements, but he also developed, tested, launched and maintained the applications. Paul's knowledge and drive helped make the global launch of Stiefel's SharePoint portal a success.
Dr William Eaglstein, MD
Stiefel Laboratories Inc, VP, New product Assessment & External Research
Paul Bedford worked with several Stiefel Research & Development groups to develop SharePoint solutions for their business requirements as part of a global portal initiative. Being the Vice-­President of New Product Assessment for R&D, I was particularly aware of his creation of a secure collaboration area for the New Product Assessment development group. The site was extremely empowering. It facilitated the collaboration of scientists, marketers, commercial and administrative users on a global basis in evaluating new opportunities for the organization. The team workspace provided an opportunity database, group calendar, document repositories together with online meeting spaces allowing the group to disseminate and share informa6on and ideas in a more efficient way than was previously possible. In addition, executive dashboards were provided allowing the quick assimilation of progress on individual opportunities. Paul worked closely with the various parties to realize their requirement. He routinely delivered solutions that exceeded expectations. He was extremely communicative and open at all times and was able to bridge the technical and business groups in an efficient manner. I would highly recommend Paul Bedford.
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