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Mike Branstein – Technical and Professional Experience

Prospect, KY •

Talk, Presentations, & Conferences


Technical Experience

  • Microsoft SQL Server (T-SQL, SSRS, SSIS, SSAS, and administration)
  • .NET Framework
  • Windows Forms
  • ASP.NET: Web Forms, MVC, Web API
  • HTML, Javascript, CSS
  • NativeScript, mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team Services (Source Control, Build, Lab Management, Release Management, Migrations/Upgrades)
  • Project Management – Project Success Method

Professional Experience

KiZAN Technologies, Director, Applications Development, Louisville, KY

  • Owner of Customer Application Development and Business Intelligence / Data Analytics / SQL Data Platform consulting practices
  • Reports to Consulting Services Division Line of Business VP

KiZAN Technologies, Practice Lead, Custom Application Development, Louisville, KY

  • Owner of the custom application development consulting practice area, providing vision and leadership, expertise in software architecture, design, and application life cycle management
  • Reports to the Software Solutions Line of Business VP, serving as a technical visionary, choosing products to use and defining best practices and procedures.
  • Actively create and manage a technical road map for products/solutions used within the practice, ensuring our service offerings are properly defined, with sales artifacts that facilitate closed deals
  • Assist the sales team with marketing strategies and assist in marketing endeavors, such as presentations, demos, and public events to grow the practice
  • I grow my team technically by providing mentoring, training, and professional development opportunities for each individual by creating/maintaining technical and professional development road maps tailored to each team member’s interests and technical competencies
  • Provide technical direction and senior-level envisioning for solutions
  • Assisting with the management of resources, including hiring, scheduling, and assessments
  • Developed baseline SOW templates to be used for the practice and ensure all practice-related SOWs are sufficient to lead successful projects (properly scoped and estimated)
  • Participated as a senior level resource on appropriate projects, contributing my experience as a developer, business analyst, and project manager to provide leadership and complete items detailed in the work breakdown structure of the SOW
  • Facilitated bringing in cross-practice resources when opportunities arise for solutions outside of my team’s practice area
  • Projects
    • Application lifecycle management (ALM) Assessments, focusing on good practices for source control management, build management, release pipeline management, test management, architectural design patterns, and requirements management
    • Technical Assessments and Code Reviews for various customers, focusing on best practices, team member growth, and architectural direction
    • Microsoft Team Foundation Server migrations, architecture and configuration guidance, litigation hold configuration
    • Agile Process Coaching

KiZAN Technologies, Project Manager, Louisville, KY

  • Managed 3 large custom software development projects ($250K, $300K, $1.1M) with combined customer and KiZAN developer teams, following best-practice PM processes of planning, budgeting, change management, and resource planning
  • Developed comprehensive Agile project execution framework and implemented with several customers, inspired customer to adopt the framework on future projects
  • Coached development teams in Agile/SCRUM project behaviors and practices
  • Managed ad hoc support engagements by identifying needed technical resources, coordinating resource schedules for service delivery, ensuring customer expectations were met, and communicating budget shortcoming and overages
  • Assisted development and infrastructure teams in building SOWs
  • Maintained customer issue knowledge base and documentation
  • Projects
    • Re-architecture and redesign of large multi-location operations management system
    • New development of roadway/highway project approval and management solution, aimed at reducing the time to procure funding and authorization from 250 to 100 days
    • New development of coal mine inspection management system, allowing inspectors to complete and synchronize inspections in an occasionally-connected environment
    • Maintenance and continued new feature integration of an ETL broker solution

KiZAN Technologies, Senior Consultant, Managed Services, Louisville, KY

  • Lead Managed Services team as technical lead and project manager for several clients, coordinating status reporting, SOW authoring and approval, and change management processes
  • Spearheaded a $70K proposal and envisioning project, leading to a $1.1M custom software development project
  • Identified business process short-comings within a client’s reporting system, leading to a series of projects totaling $70K.
  • Managed the envisioning and execution of a disaster recovery project, coordinating cross-functional team tasks
  • Coordinated the replacement and upgrade of mission-critical Active Directory and Application servers across 28 locations
  • Lead development team as a Senior Developer for the re-architecture and implementation of a ETL broker solution
  • Presented regular “Lunch and Learn” sessions on development technologies and practices
  • Projects
    • Maintenance of an operations management system that managed core-business activities for 28 remote and centralized corporate office
    • ETL broker solution, allowing customized management of transformation layer via a web interface
    • Scheduling and movement tracking solution, leveraging biometric hardware to approve and authorize movements
    • Professional development course management portal

Marsh, Berry & Company, Inc., Solution Developer, Willoughby, OH

  • Increased sales revenue by $150K in 7 months by driving the design and development of a new SaaS product using a limited external budget of $6K and internal staff of two. Sale of the intellectual property rights and subscriber base executed at $300K.
  • Developed IT project budgets and managed the allocation of business resources to efficiently complete projects on time
  • Collaborated with business partners and clients to define new and improve upon existing workflow processes
  • Projects
    • “Sales Portal” for managing insurance policy sales pipelines and related metrics
    • “STAR” benchmark reporting tool to compare insurance industry sales practices and metrics
    • “PHP” data collection and benchmark reporting tool to compare insurance agency financial and operational practices and metrics
    • “Badge App” to create customized conference name badges, including graphical KPI of attendees

Xavier University, Adjunct Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, Cincinnati, OH

  • Mentored students on professional and academic career paths
  • Designed technical presentation content and in-class exercises to understand network and internet topology algorithms and infrastructure
  • Received feedback from students, including “Mike designed activities and assignments that assisted in the learning process” and “Mike was always prepared…he is a great professor”
  • Projects Designed for Students
    • Basic HTTP Server capable of hosting university website and associated content
    • TCP/IP Network Simulator, dynamically read router/switch/hub network configuration from a file, consume dynamic workload and log TCP/IP packet traversal through network simulator


Masters, Business Administration, 2010
Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY

B.S., Computer Science, 2002
Minors, Mathematics, Jazz
Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH


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