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Thomas Glaser MSc, MBCS

Full Stack Software Engineer

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Hi, I'm Thomas

I’m a web and mobile engineer who helps entrepreneurs with building Minimum Viable Products. I follow lean startup and have founded businesses myself so I know what it takes.

I have thirteen years commercial experience in the IT services and software delivery industry. I’ve developed worked for big and small companies, I’ve spoken before audiences and held trainings. Many years ago I gained a Master in Computer Science at the Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany.

I make it my mission to be up to date with the latest tech, I tend to be pro-active and I communicate well.

The prospect of solving interesting technical challenges is what gets me out of bed in the morning. I’m an entrepreneur, I enjoy solving real life problems and working out how software can help the business move forward.

Work Experiences

  • Knight Frank

    Software Engineer (contract)

    London

    Extending and updating Knight Frank's web presence. Tools/Languages: C#, ASP MVC, AngularJS, ASP WebApi, WebForms, Visual Studio 2015, MS SQL Server I have written multiple extensions and fixes to the current website. Noteworthy:

  • Couchbase

    Software Trainer (contract)

    London

    I have trained some of Couchbase's customers in the use of the Couchbase C SDK (libcouchbase). Tools/Languages: C++, Qt 5, libcouchbase, Qt Designer These are one-day trainings which I have prepared together with an employee of Couchbase and held on-site in various locations. So far I've given this training six times to consistently positive feedback.

  • Momentum Coach Hire

    Senior Software Engineer

    White Waltham

    I have been working for Momentum Coach Hire, an ambitious little company in the Coach Hire and Event Organisation business. There, I have created a variety of new web sites and improved existing ones. I have also been promoted to IT Director and am responsible for the migration of the entire company (50 employees) onto Microsoft Office 365.

  • Symantec

    Senior Software Engineer

    Reading

    I have been working as a Senior Software Engineer for Symantec UK Ltd. I was in the Research and Development team for Symantec Enterprise Vault, an email archiving solution written in C# and C++. In my time there I have performed the following tasks:

    • Completed or am working on a number of small to medium projects including new features and architectural enhancements to improve resilience.
    • For these projects, I have created the functional specification and software design documents and have implemented them on my own or as part of a team.
    • Main tools/skills used: OOA OOD Database Design UML MS Visual Studio 2008 C# C++ XSLT SQL
    • Fixed many defects in different code streams as part of learning the project architecture
    • Received outstanding performance reviews for pro-actively driving architectural improvements and my excellent communication and team work
  • Ingres Europe Ltd (now Actian)

    Consultant

    Slough

    With Ingres I worked as a permanently employed Consultant. I was involved in the following customer projects:

    • Head Developer and Technical Team Lead for an open source project adding playback and recording capabilities to the Ingres database.
    • Using the following skills/tools:
      • Heavy NPTL multi-threading on UNIX using C (tested with 1000s of threads)
      • GCC, GNU Automake, Netbeans IDE
      • Lexical processing in C# running on .NET and Mono
      • Ported from Linux to Solaris, HPUX, AIX, Windows
      • Held a presentation about it at the 2009 UK Ingres User Association
    • Head Developer for porting the MS Excel based reporting for Newline Underwriting Ltd to Jasper Reports:
      • Working on site with the customer in an agile environment.
      • Talend Open Studio ETL, Jasper iReport
      • SQL Database Design and Implementation (Ingres Database)
      • SQL overnight number crunching scripts using BASH
      • Created a Data entry Website using Grails including user management and authentication
    • Developer in a C# project for the MET Police.
    • On site consulting at BNP Paribas
  • HM Informatik AG

    Technical Team Lead

    Ilmenau, Germany

    HM Informatik is a very agile company focused on small to medium size customer projects. There were many projects being worked on simultaneously and I have fulfilled varying roles within them, like:

    • Head Developer / Architect
    • Technical Team Lead
    • Project Manager
    • Trainer

    Within those roles, the following tasks are noteworthy:

    • I was responsible for the full project Life Cycle. Statement of Work, Analysis, Design, Implementation, Integration, Support for multiple projects.
    • Managed teams up to 5 people.
    • Was responsible for the in-house migration from MS Visual SourceSafe to Subversion
    • Managing according to the V-Model (German equivalent of PRINCE 2)
    • Have given a lot of successful technical trainings with up to 20 trainees
    • Given technical presentations at the CA Infoexchange 2004 and 2005 with audiences of 100+ people.

    Technical Achievements:

    • Lightweight open source ORM in C# using the .NET Reflection API
    • Head Developer, Team Leader and SQL Database Architect for a Logistics Module for a large European CD/DVD manufacturer written in OpenROAD interfacing SAP/R3 using C++, C# and SOAP web services with an Ingres Database back end.
    • I have been in the development team of the application for measuring and approval of ship licenses (MOT for ships if you like) for the German Central Ship Inspection Commission (ZSUK). This Application was originally written in C++ and later ported to Java.
    • As Head Developer and Team Leader for a Reporting tool for the German Armed Forces I created an interface to a live 3D simulation engine to gather statistics. C#, SQL Database Design.
    • I have written a reporting server daemon which enables applications to use Crystal Reports through a very easy database API. Thinking Instruments was licensing this tool to several customers. The server was written in C#.

Certifications

Microsoft Certified Professional

70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
2017

MSc. Computer Science

Technische Universität Ilmenau
1996 - 2003

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