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Sr. Technical Consulant / Mgr Datbase Services
Prudential Svc. Bureau / SHPS Inc. / ADP, LLC
September 1991 – January 2013
Louisville KY, Roseland NJ, and Atlanta GA
There were too many facets to this job to list individually but my overarching responsibility was to help guide the transition and growth of a 50-person business unit of Prudential Insurance Company of America from a mainframe-based claims processing unit into a standalone 1000+ person business with multiple lines of business through client-server technologies (later including web technologies).

Technologies included MS SQL Server (6, 7, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008), Oracle (10, 11), C#, xBase languages and databases, various toolsets and scripting engines including some that I created for developing highly automated processes.
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Independent consultant dba Ransdell Consulting Services
May 1989 – May 2005
Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio
Provided consulting and programming services to 300+ clients on projects such as: Network Administration, Database Design and Administration, Payroll, Quality Control, Personnel Reporting, Labor Performance Reporting, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, General Ledger, Budgeting, Workers Compensation Reporting, OSHA Reporting, Hospital Management, Class Scheduling and Attendance, Fire Department Administration, Consolidated Invoicing, and Automobile Dealership Customer Retention Management. The solutions were delivered using combinations of multiple programming languages, multiple database technologies, and task automation through such scripting technologies as VBScript, Windows Management Instrumentation, Active Directory Services Interface, logon scripts, etc.  
Sr. Software Engineer
Vermont-American Inc.
February 1991 – September 1991
Louisville KY, Hickory NC
Part of team developing an Order Entry system for approximately 20 manufacturing/marketing divisions (Adabas/Natural/COBOL/CICS/VSAM/AdaSQL).
Technical Consultant / DBA
American-Standard Inc
September 1973 – January 1991
Kentucky, Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut
Provided design and development support for databases, applications software, and operating systems software for 8 heavy manufacturing plants in the U.S. and database consulting services for other corporate business units in both the U.S. and Europe.

Guided the transition of an on-site DOS/VSE mainframe shop to a remote MVS/RJE mainframe.

Streamlined the application portfolio from approximately 4000 programs to about 1100 thru redesign and rewrite. This improved run-times and reduced run failures by 85%.

Built a logging system to report successful and failed jobs and a report distribution sub-system.
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U.S. Air Force / Defense Intelligence Agency
November 1968 – November 1974
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7602 Air Intelligence Group
1133 Special Activities Squadron
Programmer Analyst
SI Computer Services Inc
February 1973 – August 1973
Sellersburg IN
Developed and installed an Inventory Control system for a wholesale grocery supplier.  Assisted in the conversion of programs and data from Honeywell H-150 (ASCII) to Burroughs B2600 (EBCDIC).
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Education
Multiple Professional Continuing Education classes for new technologies
Various tecjnology courses as needed.
1995 – 2010
University of Louisville - Speed Scientific School
Computer Science
1972 – 1973
Various Dept. of Defense classes and Community College classes
Computer Programming
1969 – 1972
United Electronics Institute
Electronics Technology and Electrical Engineering
1967 – 1968
Indiana University
Business
1966 – 1967
University of Kentucky
Electrical Engineering
1965 – 1966
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