Alan Finan - A highly motivated and self-directed, Senior Technology Manager CTO – CIO

Software Tester at Cora Systems

Nationality

Irish

Work category

IT and Technology

Education

Bachelor/Degree

A highly motivated and self-directed Senior Technology Manager CTO – CIO professional with over 22 years experience in all aspects of IT from business and software analysis and development to IT operational design and management.

Alan Finan's Professional Experience

2010 - 2010

Cora Systems - Software Tester

• 2007 to 2009 – QA Manager responsible for an additional 2 team members who tested the company’s products which were written in ASP.NET and used a MS SQL Server database
• For three months in 2010 was then employed as a product tester until March of that year
• Effectively tested and reported on the company’s products as well as creating and maintaining manual test scripts and automated test suites

Key Skills
.NET ASP ASP.NET IIS Linux MS SQL Server project manager SQL SQL Server VirtualPC Vmware Windows
2007 - 2009

Cora Systems - QA Manager - Product Tester

• 2007 to 2009 – QA Manager responsible for an additional 2 team members who tested the company’s products which were written in ASP.NET and used a MS SQL Server database
• For three months in 2010 was then employed as a product tester until March of that year
• Effectively tested and reported on the company’s products as well as creating and maintaining manual test scripts and automated test suites

Key Skills
.NET ASP ASP.NET IIS Linux MS SQL Server project manager SQL SQL Server VirtualPC Vmware Windows2003
2000 - 2006

Irish Stock Exchange - Head of IT

• Head of IT responsible for providing an IT infrastructure and IT Strategy to allow the company roll out computer services to its various businesses
• Set up business continuity and disaster recovery services across various locations and functions
• Programme/Project managed all IT related projects and managed external relationships
• Designed and implemented the Exchanges Networks (Local and International)
• Designed, implemented and coordinated the relocation of the Exchanges Data Centre
• Implemented and project managed the delivery of the Exchanges Website at www.ise.ie
• Managed the implementation of the Exchanges Funds submission and tracking system
• Responsible for a multi million annual budget with additional independent project budgets some of which were individually in excess of 1m
• Led a growing team of operational support and software development staff
• Member of the senior management team reporting to the board of directors
• Devised and delivered the Exchanges 5 year IT Strategy 2000 – 2005

Key Skills
Apache CIO cto data DBA HP-UX IIS Infrastructure Architect IT Architect IT Director IT Manager MS SQL Server Oracle programme manager project manager Senior Management Software Development strategy Technical Support Windows2000 Windows2003
1999 - 2000

Meridian VAT Processing - IT Operations Manager

• Responsible for the Year 2000 (Y2K) preparation and changeover
• Established Disaster Recovery Plan
• Rsponsible for the IT Operations and Support of both Dublin and UK offices
• Spported over 300 Dublin based Data Entry Personnel and 23 Developers in the UK as well as all European Sales Offices
• pgrading of companies 7 T-Byte RAW Device Oracle Database running on a Sequent DYNIX Server
• igration of network to new parent company network

Key Skills
CIO cto DYNIX/ptx IT Architect IT Director IT Manager IT Operations Operations Manager Oracle project manager Technical Support WindowsNT
1998 - 1999

Oracle Ireland - Product Manager

• Responsible for Product “Oracle Migration WorkBench” Roadmap
• Gathering Market requirements
• Determine business case and feasibility
• Prepare Product Documentation for publication on product website
• Work with Software Developers on prioritising code changes/enhancements
• Preparing Project Plans for product release
• Synchronise Development effort between Ireland, India and the US for Corporate Software Release Schedules

Key Skills
Oracle Product Manager project manager Release Manager
1997 - 1998

Sybase Ireland - Technical Support Manager

• Responsible for the support of Irish Customers using Sybase Software
• Worked with both customers and Sybase Developers on reported issues until resolution was found
• Managed distribution of Software Updates to Irish Customers
• Provided Training on Sybase RDBMS Administration to Customers when required

Key Skills
Administration project manager RDBMS sybase Technical Support Technical Support Manager
1996 - 1997

Ericsson Ireland - Project Manager

• Responsible for the planning and fit out schedule of a new building at Beech Hill
• Responsible for liaising with building contractors, hardware suppliers and internal Ericsson Management on all plans/issues relating to the schedule
• Responsible for the installation and commissioning of the buildings Network
• Responsible for the provision of UNIX Workstations and phones, etc. to all 300 Ericsson Employees to be located in the building
• Responsible for the installation and commissioning of the first Auspex Network Attached Storage device in Ireland
• Management of internal support resources when scheduling personnel moves to new building

Key Skills
Network Manager project manager sybase Technical Support Manager Unix
1994 - 1996

Informix Ireland - European IT Operations Manager

• Responsible for the establishment of the Informix Ireland European Data Centre
• Developed Company Disaster Recovery Plan
• Responsible for the operational support of 300 Software developers at the Dublin facility and over 5,000 European Sales Staff
• Responsible for the support of the Informix Software Manufacturing and Printing Distribution functions in Dublin
• Responsible for the Operational Support of the Lenexa Data Centre in Missouri, USA during US out-of-hours

Key Skills
CIO cto DBA Informix IT Architect IT Director IT Manager project manager RDBMS Technical Support Manager
1992 - 1994

Oracle Europe - Porting Engineer

• Responsible for the porting Oracle Source Code to the ICL DRS UNIX Servers (3000/6000)
• Trained Oracle Personnel in SQL*Forms debugging techniques
• Trained Oracle Japan Engineers how to install the 64Bit Oracle RDBMS
• Worked as part of the ISO-9000 certification team

Key Skills
DRS/NX engineers Oracle project manager RDBMS Software Development Solaris SQL SunOS Unix Windows
1988 - 1992

Irish Naval Service - Senior Programmer/Database & UNIX Administrator

• Development of the Fisheries Protection Information System
• Installation of Network and Data Centre at the Naval Base Haulbowline Co. Cork
• Development of Disaster Recovery Plan
• Training of additional Development and Support Staff
• Operational management and support of 11 sites, 8 of which were sea going vessels all running Oracle on HP-UX
• Maintenance & monitoring of the Satellite Communications links for data transfer
• Training of User Community in the use of Computer Applications developed by Naval IT Staff
• Analysis and re-development of FPIS application based upon User Feedback
• Administration of all 12 Oracle Database
• Administration of 2 HP 9000/825 and 10 HP 9000/300 Series HP-UX Servers
• Administration of Intel Server Network based on PC/NFS – TCP/IP running MS-DOS
• Maintenance of Terminal Servers for Terminal Access to Database Applications

Key Skills
Administration CIO Computer Applications cto data Database Manager DOS HP-UX IT Manager MS-DOS Operational management Oracle PC-NFS project manager Software Development SunOS TCP TCP/IP

Alan Finan's Education and Qualifications

2012

Bachelor/Degree - , Computing

Institute of Technology, Sligo

Second Level -

Alan Finan's Additional Information

Awards

Nominated for BT Internet Award 2005
Nominated for IIA’s Net Visionary Award 2004
Winner of the IIA’s Net Visionary Award 2003
Winner Memorex Telex/Sunday Business Post Excellence in Information Technology Award 1990