dougvvb
IT and Systems Manager
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IT and Systems Manager at The Children's Theatre Company

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IT and Systems Manager
The Children's Theatre Company
January 2014 – Present
Minneapolis, MN
I am the one person IT department for the Children's Theatre Company.  Being both the visionary for future situations and the desktop support person.  An average day includes user maintenance in Active Directory, desktop help with Office or Tessitura questions, data manipulation in SQL database, planning the implementation of Azure or VoIP systems, and working on vendor relationships.  

The position started with putting out fires, updating physical systems, creating network stability, and lowering over all costs, servers were regularly down, and backups in disarray.  Diligent work and documenting of systems have brought the infrastructure to a solid, functioning foundation.

Current projects include migration to a hosted PBX VoIP solution to improve both customer interactions and lower total cost of ownership, by creating a maintainable system.  Centralizing the network backbone to a software defined network solution.  Again, lowering costs and allowing one person to maintain a professional environment.  

Operations and oversight the technical infrastructure of the theatre.  
Responsible for:
 phone system, both traditional and VoIP
server farm, MS Hyper-V in a cluster with share storage  
Network, Meraki and HP, printing, and desktops.  
Responsible for both the decommissioning of old technology and strategic planning for new technologies.  
Hands-on professional who works as the solo IT person, in teams within the organization, and with volunteers and paid consultants achieve goals, eliminate security risks, and increase employee satisfaction.
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Doug is a fixer of broken non-profit IT departments.  Specializing in reducing operational costs, rationalizing application collections, implementing data applications, and updating technologies.  All tasks accomplished with documentation and preparation for future teams.  All done with cost effective tools and the goal of creating maintainable solutions.

Specialties: Management of knowledge workers. Visualizations of complex situations. Analysis of data centric applications.
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Content Management Solutions, SQL, .NET, Office Products, Access, VoIP, iSCSI, XML, HTML, VB, Software development contract negotiations, management, Non-profit software systems, DNN

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