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Thomas Glaser

Experienced IT Consultant

I have worked as a Senior Software Engineer and Project Manager since 2004. In 2012 I was appointed IT Director and Head of Engineering at Momentum HUB. In 2013 I've started my own IT Services Company, Vorward IT Services.

I have experience with a variety of technologies, my core experience is C#, C++, SQL, ASP MVC and Android

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About me

Thomas Glaser

I have ten years commercial experience in the IT services and software delivery industry. During this time I mainly fulfilled the roles of a Senior Software Engineer and Technical Team Lead. Prior to this I have successfully graduated as a Dipl.-Inf. (equivalent to M. Sc.) at the Technical University of Ilmenau/Germany. I have not only an excellent track record from a technical point of view but have also received consistently positive feedback about my pro-active approach, outstanding communication skills and team work. In addition to interesting technical tasks, a large part of my job satisfaction is coming from solving real-life customer needs and I enjoy ongoing interaction with stakeholders as only this ensures the best outcome possible.

I have completed successful projects for (among others):
  • ST Microelectronics, Munich, Germany
  • Nokia Oy, Tampere, Finland
  • CDA, Suhl, Germany
  • Bundesanstalt fรผr Wasserbau, Ilmenau, Germany
  • e.Sigma, Ilmenau, Germany
  • Computer Associates (CA), Darmstadt, Germany
  • Newline Underwriting Ltd, City of London, UK
  • MET Police, London, UK
  • BNP Paribas, London, UK

Testimonials

John Whitehurst

Global Project Lead iStrategy

I had the great pleasure of working with Thomas at Momentum Hub on a number of projects. Thomas is probably the best developer I have had the pleasure of working with and we were able to deliver a number of complex projects quickly and to a high level of quality. an added bonus is that he is a great chap to work with.

Wouter Keyser

Ingres Corp.

I have been working with Thomas for a number of years in both Germany and the UK. He has a great can-do attitude, exceptional development skills and puts in a lot of hours (sorry for all the travelling). He has been key on a number of engagements and has been instrumental in delivering some very complex key tools for us. I highly recommend his work.

Dirk Paasche

HM Informatik AG

Thomas worked in my team from March 2004 to his transition to the UK team.

From day one Thomas was, not only because of his good spirits, his fresh, friendly and cooperative approach, a valued co-worker and well liked colleague.

Using his in depth technical understanding and readiness of mind he quickly familiarised himself with new material and was able to find fast and effective solutions for most difficult challenges.

I have of course supported his decision to move to the UK team being interested in his personal development and professional growth. All the same it has been a great loss for me and my team to see him go and we would gladly welcome him back any time

Sean Paton

Ingres Corp

I managed Thomas during his time at Actian UK and found him to be a hard working, diligent and intellegent member of the team. His programming and analytical skills were top draw. I would highly recomend Thomas.

Majd Harwida

Symantec

I've worked closely with Thomas on several projects and needless to say, he's displayed utmost professionalism and never failed to provide clear explanations to his solutions and code fixes. It was a great pleasure working with him and his quality of work has been of great value to the product.

I'm certain Thomas will be a valuable addition to any organisation he joins.

Tom Kay

Momentum Hub

Me and Thomas have worked on several difficult projects together at Momentum. Throughout that time Thomas has been a pleasure to work with. He is very skilled and very professional. He has taught me a lot about coding and IT. I would recommenced Thomas, he will succeed at whatever he puts his mind to.

  • Age
    36
  • Location
    Windsor, UK
  • Email
    tglaser@vorwardit.co.uk
  • Available to hire
    No
  • Available for consulting
    Yes

Skills

Main Programming Languages

  • C# - 9 Years
  • C++ - 2.5 Years
  • JavaScript - 2 Years

Markup Languages

  • X/HTML - 10 Years
  • XML - 10 Years
  • XSLT - 3 Years

IDEs

  • VS 6 โ€“ VS 2013.1 - 14 Years
  • Eclipse / Eclipse ADT - 2 Years
  • Netbeans - 1.5 Years

Data Storage and Management

  • MS SQL Server 2008 โ€“ 2012 - 4 Years
  • SQL Server Management Studio - 4 Years
  • T-SQL - 4 Years
  • Excel / VBA - 1 Year
  • Ingres RDBMS - 6 Years
  • OpenROAD - 4 Years

Continuous Integration and Build

  • TFS - 1.5 Years

Web Servers

  • IIS 5 โ€“ 8 - 9 Years
  • MS Azure - 1 Year
  • Apache - 6 Months

BI/ETL

  • Talend Open Studio - 2 Years
  • Jasper Reports - 2 Years

Architecture, Design Patterns

  • Distributed Systems N-Tier
  • OOP, OOD MVC
  • MVVM Unit of work
  • Singleton Responsive Web
  • Code First Database First

Methodologies

  • Waterfall, Agile

Ecommerce

  • PayPal Integration, SagePay

Leadership

  • Technical Team Lead - 4 Years
  • IT Director - 1 Year

Web Technologies

  • ASP MVC 2 - 5 - 2.5 Years
  • Razor - 2.5 Years
  • WebAPI 1 โ€“ 2 - 1 Year
  • jQuery - 2.5 Years
  • AJAX - 4 Years
  • JSON - 2.5 Years
  • CSS - 10 Years
  • Twitter Bootstrap - 2 Years
  • KnockoutJS - 1 Year
  • Grails - 6 Months
  • Telerik GridView - 3 Months

APIs

  • Google Maps JS v3 - 2 Years
  • Google Maps Android v2 - 6 Months
  • Google GeoCode - 2 Years
  • Twitter v2 - 6 Months
  • Google Cloud Messaging - 6 Months

Desktop/Mobile Technologies

  • Winforms - 3 Years
  • Lotus Notes - 1 Year
  • Android - 6 Months
  • QT - 5 Months

Source Control, Bug Tracking

  • Subversion - 8 Years
  • Git - 2.5 Years
  • TFS - 1.5 Years
  • CVS - 2 Years
  • Redmine - 1 Year
  • Bazaar - 2 Months

.Net Frameworks

  • 1.1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5.1 - 9 Years

Frameworks, Extensions & ORM

  • LINQ - 3 Years
  • Entity Framework 3, 4, 5, 6 - 3 Years
  • Hibernate - 6 Months

Key skills

  • SQL
  • Project Management
  • Web Development (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, ASP MVC 2-4)
  • C#
  • Android Development
  • Windows Azure

Specific skills

ASP MVC 5 So far I have created 9 Websites using ASP MVC 2 - 5. Some contain highly complex business logic hidden behind intuitive user interfaces.
SQL I have learned SQL at University in 1998 and have not stopped using it since. In my time working with Ingres I have gained invaluable knowledge about how a RDBMS works internally, which is a great help with writing efficient queries and reading execution plans to find and fix bottlenecks in long-running queries.
Android I have developed a number of Android Applications and put them up in the Google Play Store. In these apps I have used varied techniques such as Location Tracking, Background Services, Animations, Consuming RESTful JSON webservices. I have also put a lot of effort in designing a modern UI following the latest Google Design Guides while remaining compatible all the way down to Android Gingerbread (2.3.3) using the Android Support Library and Google Play Services.

Experience

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  • IT Consultant

    2013 - now
  • SW Engineer, Team Lead, Consultant, IT Director in UK

    2004 - 2008
  • SW Engineer & Team Lead in Germany

    2004 - 2008
IT Consultant and Owner Vorward IT Services, Sep 2013 - Present
In September 2013 I've started my own IT Services company. We are focusing on Small to Medium Businesses, developing Software Solutions that move them ahead of the competition. Here is a list of projects and tools used:
  • www.SimpleTrackR.com A simple to use family tracker app for Android. (Play Store Link) Written using the latest Android KitKat (4.4) SDK while remaining compatible all the way down to Android Gingerbread (2.3.3) using the Android Support Library (AppCompat). The app is using Location Tacking and In-App-Billing provided by Google Play Services. It also uses Background Services, Google Maps API for Android. There was big emphasis on designing a modern UI using Actionbar and Navdrawer optimised for different display resolutions following the latest Style Guides from Google.
  • www.momentumcoachhire.com This was a pre-existing website. I have made heavy enhancements to the quote screen (click "Get A Coach Quote") using the Google Maps API
  • www.momentumhub.com A website I have created from scratch with a very complex back office making heavy use of the Google Maps API. This site was created over the course of a year using ASP MVC 3, Entity Framework 4, MS SQL Server
  • www.grouprooms.com A website I have created from scratch over the course of 2 months using ASP MVC 4, Entity Framework 5, MS SQL Server
  • Other websites I have created many more web sites for Momentum using ASP MVC 3 or 4. Please have a look at the portfolio for more.
  • Office 365 In Vorward IT, we use MS Office 365 and Microsoft hosted Exchange. Your business can benefit from Office 365 in many ways, contact us to learn more.
Director IT & Senior Software Engineer, Momentum Coach Hire, Sep 2011 - Sep 2013
Senior Software Engineer, Symantec, Feb 2010 - Sep 2011
Consultant, Ingres Europe Ltd, Aug 2008 - Feb 2010
Technical Team Lead, Thinking Instruments AG, Mar 2004 - Aug 2008

Education

Formal education

Diplom Informatiker (M.Sc.), Computer Science and Mathematics

Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany
  • Academic Degree - Equivalent to UK 2:1 Master in Computer Science
  • Primary Subject: Computer Science โ€œGoodโ€ (2.2)
  • Secondary Subject: Mathematics โ€œGoodโ€ (1.7)
  • Diploma Thesis: โ€œToolbox with Interactors for Geometric Modelling in Virtual Realityโ€ โ€œGoodโ€ (2.3)
  • Various extracurricular Activities like Manager of a Student Club.

Courses

Among the many course I have attended, these are noteworthy:

Computational neuroscience
Theoretical computer science
Advanced computer graphics

Portfolio

Momentum Coach Hire
Momentum Hub
Eliza The Gallery
Coach Compare
The Good Stag Guide
Group Rooms Compare

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