Principal - Application Architecture and Software Quality @ Vanguard
Technology Operations Manager @ Vanguard
Chief Information Officer @ American Financial Resources, Inc (AFR Mortgage)
I am an experienced Information Technology executive who combines strategic thinking, people management, and deep technical skills to develop and implement business aligned technology solutions. I understand and communicate the value proposition of technology infrastructure solutions in business relevant terms and I can also dive deep into the technical details of the solutions I propose. I am
I am an experienced Information Technology executive who combines strategic thinking, people management, and deep technical skills to develop and implement business aligned technology solutions. I understand and communicate the value proposition of technology infrastructure solutions in business relevant terms and I can also dive deep into the technical details of the solutions I propose. I am an energetic, passionate, and a results oriented leader with a proven track record of building and developing high performance teams of all different sizes and functions. I've held leadership positions in a variety of different areas including leading strategic IT planning and architecture teams, running large IT groups and personally, led major IT programs. I have experience working in a demanding, highly available environment supporting two data centers and a multi-site domestic and international business.
Selected Major Accomplishments
Developed and implemented a multi-year technology roadmap which upgraded phone systems to VOIP technology, implemented corporation wide Wi-Fi, doubled WAN bandwidth while reducing costs 20%, and increased Data Center LAN capacity tenfold while reducing operating expense by $2M annually.
International Network and Data Center infrastructure project to improve capability and reduce operating expense. The project resulted in a complete network redesign to improve fail-over, implementation of a new Business Continuance plan, and a Data Center consolidation resulting in a 50% reduction in operating expenses.
$70M project to implement a new Business Continuance recovery capability with 2 hour recovery time and zero data loss. The project was completed in six months (2 months ahead of schedule) and within budget.
$20M strategic Data Center plan to address growing infrastructure demands. Implemented cutting edge high density computing infrastructure and virtualization to reduce demand and avoid a $90M Data Center expansion.
Director, IT Solutions Delivery @ From March 2015 to Present (8 months) Wawa, PennsylvaniaChief Information Officer @ Responsible for all aspects of Information Technology at American Financial Resources. At AFR Mortgage we are committed to providing consistent hard work, dedication, adaptability and innovation to our Clients and Partners through sound leadership, unparalleled industry expertise and unwavering commitment to service…with a personal touch! From September 2014 to March 2015 (7 months) Parsippany, NJPrincipal - Chief Technology Office @ Responsible for developing long range technology plans for major CTO initiatives, including Unified Communications, Mobility/BYOD and Data Center hosting strategy. Developed a roadmap that integrated UC, Mobility and Cloud initiatives with a strategy to reduce and eventually eliminate traditional on-premise Data Centers. From August 2013 to June 2014 (11 months) Malvern, PAPrincipal - Telecommunications, Business Continuance and Data Center Infrastructure @ Responsible for Telecommunications for Vanguard's domestic and international business. Locations supported included three major campuses in the US, along with key hub sites and satellite locations across Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia. Developed a multi-year Telecommunications strategy resulting in the implementation of major technology upgrades which produced increased capability at reduced cost. Examples include a corporate wide, 20,000 station VOIP implementation, a complete redesign of domestic and international network connectivity to improve reliability and decrease costs, a replacement of the routing and switching platform resulting in a 10 fold increase in capacity and a $2M/year reduction in operating expense.
Developed and implemented a long range domestic Data Center plan that addressed growing power, cooling and floor space demands. The long range plan consisted of a combination of virtualization and smaller form factor servers supported by high density cooling containment system. This strategic direction and implementation plan avoided a $90M data center expansion.
Developed and implemented a plan to improve Vanguard Australia's Data Center and Business Continuance posture resulting in improved resiliency, demonstrated recovery capability and decreased costs. From January 2008 to July 2013 (5 years 7 months) Principal - Architecture and Planning, Business Continuance and Data Center Infrastructure @ Developed a completely new Business Continuance plan for IT based on emerging requirements post 9/11 consisting of a proposal to migrate from a third party shared solution to a Vanguard managed dedicated recovery facility. Gained CIO, CEO and Board approval for a $70M project to acquire and build a facility which would enable proven, repeatable recovery capability. Completed the project in 6 months (one month ahead of schedule) and on budget.
Responsible for Architecture and Planning for IT Technology Operations. Developed Architecture principles and a planning process resulting in the production of a regularly refreshed 3 year plan. Led key Architecture initiatives including: a multi-year plan to completely redesign the internal and external web application infrastructure resulting in improved reliability and capacity, a completely redesigned web software delivery method which eliminated outages during software installations, and set the direction to adopt Virtualization as a key Architecture principle. From January 2002 to December 2007 (6 years) Malvern, PAPrincipal - Application Architecture and Software Quality @ Responsible for Application Architecture and Software Quality programs for Vanguard's Institutional Systems software development group. Built the Architecture function from the ground up by recruiting senior level experts in software development and application design. Main focus was defining and governing the Architectural plan for a $40M major redesign of a 401K recording keeping system. From July 1999 to December 2001 (2 years 6 months) Malvern, PAPrincipal - Technology Operations @ Led teams supporting a variety of Technologies including Unix and Windows servers, Windows desktops, Lotus Notes and custom developed telephony middleware. Performed major domain consolidations and server centralization projects resulting in all IT infrastructure resources being managed and housed in Vanguard's Data Center. From January 1996 to June 1999 (3 years 6 months) Wayne, PATechnology Operations Manager @ A variety of IT positions with a track record of continuous advancement resulting in a promotion from an individual contributor to a Manager role in 1992. From October 1986 to December 1995 (9 years 3 months) Wayne, PA
Bachelor of Science (BS), Civil Engineering Technology @ Temple University From 1978 to 1982 John Samanns is skilled in: Disaster Recovery, Data Center, Telecommunications, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Business Continuity, Unified Communications, Strategic Planning, IT Strategy, Investments, IT Infrastructure..., Enterprise Architecture, Program Management, Enterprise Mobility, Enterprise IT Strategy, IT Management, Relationship Management, Expense Management, Telecommunications..., Telecom Expense..., IT Operations, Infrastructure, Information Technology, WAN, VoIP, LAN-WAN, Network Architecture, WiFi, VMware, Infrastructure..., Management, Project Management, SDLC, Leadership, Business Analysis, Vendor Management, Networking, Strategy, Consulting
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