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Kevin Jennings

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I am a well-rounded software developer with over 15 years of experience in various areas of Systems Analysis and Software Development. My experience includes a concentration in current .Net development and web development technologies, and in IBM midrange-based programming. I am very passionate about software design, and love to tinker with emerging software development technologies, whether they're web-based or desktop-based.

Skills

Developer skills

Scrum, design patterns, requirements gathering, Agile methodologies, software analysis and design

.Net skills

ASP.Net, C#, MVC5, SQL Server 2008-2014, Entity Framework, LINQ, Visual Studio

Web Development skills

HTML, CSS, AngularJs, Javascript, JQuery, Bootstrap

IBM iSeries skills

RPG, ILE RPG, DB2, OS/400

Experience

Abacus Tech Corp.Software Engineer - Merrit Island, FL - 2014-Present

I am currently working as a contractor for Abacus Technology Corp. at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in the SSPF (The Space Station Processing Facility supports the International Space Station) using the following skills to develop quality software products for our customer, NASA:

  • ASP.Net / C# / MVC
  • MS Sql Server
  • LINQ / Entity Framework
  • HTML/ CSS / Bootstrap
  • Javascript / JQuery / AngularJs

SSE, Inc. Software Developer - Orange Park, FL 2013 - 2014

SSE provides IT support and training solutions for government entities as a direct service provider and through government partner contractors. My current role is to develop software applications that support Subject Matter Experts and Artists with their task of providing training material and software for the P8-A Poseidon Aircraft flightcrews.

  • Co-designed and developed software that automates the creation of SCORM-complient lessons. An 8+ hour task can be completed in less than five minutes with the automated software now, thereby saving thousands of man-hours and associated costs per year.
  • Designed and deployed .Net webapp that facilitates collaboration between artists and Subject Matter Experts.
  • Developed a desktop app to automate the process of translating legacy-developed lessons to a new SCORM-compliant format. What was once a 4-hour task is now able to be completed in less than two minutes with this software.

Fortegra Financial Software Developer - Jacksonville, FL 2012 - 2013

Fortegra is a revenue development company specializing in insurance products and services, nationally recognized as a leader in outsourced insurance processing.

  • Designed, developed, and maintained ILE RPG programs to support internal/external business systems.
  • Designed and deployed service programs and sub-procedures for finance system back-end and claims systems.
  • Created new PGP encryption process for sending/receiving confidential customer credit data to/from clients.
  • Wrote testing documents for User Acceptance and QA testing processes to ensure high quality deliverables.
  • Provided after hours on-call support.

Delta Electric Power Software Developer - Greenwood, MS 2008 - 2012

Delta Electric is a non-profit rural electrical utility providing power to over 30,000 consumers. My role here, as the sole in-house developer, mainly consists of designing, developing, and deploying new C# WinForm applications and maintaining legacy iSeries applications.

  • Created a system which routinely polls web-based data from a third-party, analyzes the data, and makes it possible for our company to cut consumer costs and save Delta Electric between 2 and 3 million dollars (projected) per year by cutting agricultural power consumption during peak hours.
  • Devised a system to help find unused equipment (transformers, switch banks) in the field thereby saving Delta Electric several hundred thousand dollars per year in unnecessary equipment purchases.
  • Developed a .Net program to help format yearly consumer refund checks for quick processing and printing. Previously, Delta Electric paid a third-party company several thousand dollars for this service.
  • Converted legacy CSV data into easily maintained SQL database files. I then wrote several C# CRUD applications to maintain these files.
  • Provide software support for end-users (including after-hours support)

Direct General Software Developer - Nashville, TN 2004 - 2008

Direct General is a non-standard personal automobile insurance company. My job was to support our business by designing, developing, and maintaining various cross-departmental systems (mostly ILE RPG back-end with some .Net/web front-end).

  • Co-led a team of developers to successfully implement a multi-tiered system through which the company’s field agents could receive and update claims remotely.
  • Designed, developed, and maintained ILE RPG programs to support internal/external business systems.
  • Designed and deployed service programs and sub-procedures for finance system back-end and claims systems.

Nucor Steel Software Developer - Blytheville, AR 2000 - 2004

Nucor Steel is one of the leading steel manufacturers in North America. My main role was to support the existing business systems with software and hardware technologies and develop new processes as needed.

  • Developed and maintained programs in RPG, LANSA, and Synon 2E.
  • Converted legacy Synon 2E applications to LANSA.
  • Designed and implemented new forms and barcode labels for Shipping and Receiving. Previously, all barcoding and forms were handled by an outside agency. Afterwards, internal developers maintained this system.
  • Added emailing capability to legacy AS/400 applications. This enabled end-users to easily get their AS/400-based data into MS Excel spreadsheets and MS Access database formats.
  • Designed, developed, and implemented a standard MVC ASP.Net solution that provided Nucor customers a portal through which they could view and buy secondary inventory without a human intermediary. Prior to this, all secondary sales were handled by sales people cold-calling and faxing lists to customers.
  • Monitored EDI document transactions (ANSI X12/VICS including 856, 210, 211 documents) and resolved translation issues when they occurred.
  • Provided after hours on-call support.

Garan, Inc. Software Developer - Starkville, MS 1997 - 2000

Garan is a textile manufacturer specializing in children’s apparel. My role as a developer was to support the corporate business and the offshore manufacturing sites and to aid in implementing the new ERP system (PKMS) and the new MRP system.

  • Developed and maintained RPG III, RPG IV, OCL, and CL business and shop-floor programs.
  • Developed exit routines for legacy applications to communicate with packaged ERP system APIs.
  • Developed conversion programs using database triggers to aid in the converting of legacy data to new ERP system format requirements.
  • Implemented a new MRP system (Bestplan) to aid in production acceleration.
  • Implemented Aldon Change Mangement System.

Baxter, Inc. Software Developer - Cleveland, MS 1995 - 1997

Baxter Healthcare is a premier manufacturer of surgical and medical instruments. My main role as a programmer was to aid in the Y2K conversion and to help bring all systems and procedures into ISO9000 compliance.

  • Developed and maintained RPG/400 and RPG III programs.
  • Provided software and PC technical support and network support to end-users.
  • Revised and upgraded legacy applications for Y2K compliance.
  • Revised and upgraded legacy applications for ISO9000 compliance.

Takata Restraints Junior Developer - Greenwood, MS 1993 - 1995

Takata Restraints was an airbag manufacturer. My main duties, being the sole IT support person, were to support shop-floor and business systems and hardware and to maintain all PCs and the AS/400.

  • Developed and maintained RPG/400 and CL shop-floor programs.
  • Supported shop-floor data gathering hardware (scanners, terminals, wedges) and thermal printers.
  • Performed software upgrades to AS/400 and maintained stability through job control and daily maintenance.
  • Provided after hours on-call support.
Hobbies
PC Games, reading, travel, eating exotic and weird foods.
References
Available on request