Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Resume

Vasile Burghelea.doc

+40 744 666 575
vasile at burghelea dot ro

Summary

Software Development Manager and Architect with over 14 years of experience in a wide variety of business intelligence applications. Primary focus on conceptualizing business needs and translating them into viable technical solutions. Particularly interested in algorithm optimization and non-linear, asynchronous communications (web services). Always interested in new media projects, AGILE-oriented approaches to project management and web security. Strengths include successful analysis and problem-solving expertise, as well as highly rated oral and written communications skills.

Personal Skills

Technical skills acquired are PHP development, SQL (MySQL and PostgreSQL experience), Shell scripting, Perl, Apache, Javascript, HTML, CSS, Open Source environments (several years of full Ubuntu/Fedora workstation usage with Eclipse PDT and OpenOffice). Medium-advanced system administration knowledge.
Management skills developed on the job include conflict resolution, contract negotiation, hiring, risk management, acquisition and budget supervision. Have supervised small and medium-scale projects and mixed teams of web, database & UX developers, as well as QA engineers.

Experience

Ocenture, LLC (Iasi, Romania – company based in Jacksonville, Florida)

Romanian Branch Manager (February 2008 – Present)

Successfully opened, maintained and grew the R&D branch of Ocenture, LLC in Romania. This venture started as an answer to Ocenture's need for a development base in a price-competitive area that allowed for better communication and improved quality output over its existing development team in India.
Among the many projects I supervised and implemented during this time, I find worth mentioning the move to a sensible release management process, the push to improve the quality of code and documentation and all the improvements made to the web service tier and scheduled server-side processes (crons) that I managed.
Reported directly to the Financial Controller and the Executive Team, worked together with the Product Management team and ensured that daily activities were run as smoothly as possible.
Maintained active involvement in coding (at least 2 hours daily), kept responsibilities mostly in server-side processing code. Was responsible for daily code reviews of the entire team output and the verification of code standards and good practices in the development environment. Organized local scrums and represented our team in company-wide Scrum of Scrums. Responsible for hiring of development team members, local systems administration (including networking tier) and management of a $550,000 yearly budget.

Software Development Partnership / Vast Visibility (company based in Southport, UK)

Customer Relationship Manager (July 2007 – February 2008)


Led several web-based projects for the UK market, taking them from post-sales-call to post-implementation support, via specifications gathering and wire-framing. Generally used (and had to adapt to) the company's modified version of the Wordpress framework for most of the implemented projects. The latest and most interesting was the creation of a CRM solution for a new roadside assistance / insurance company called YourKey, using the PRADO framework, which we identified based on the lack of compatibility between the client's requests and our generally used platform.
Managed a team of five PHP developers and two UX designers and worked on parallel projects during most of the time spent with the company.

E&J Software, formerly Getica Software (Iasi, Romania)

Partner and CTO (January 2006 – July 2007)


Managed most of the technical and customer-related aspects of day-to-day activities. Successfully contracted our main 2 clients and handled on-site integration of our media encoding platform with the latest customer – San Francisco-based Podshow – during a six-week code marathon.
Development responsibilities included architecture and coding of the media encoder engine (based on Open Source components such as ffmpeg and VLC), deployment and balancing of the engine in the server stack, as well as bug fixing and feature implementations in the main application. Oversaw daily development and conducted code reviews on all team output.
Hired and managed two teams of five developers each (bug fixing and new features in rotation), one team of four QA engineers and a team of two UX designers. Served as Team Coach for all purposes of our implemented AGILE project management techniques.
After having our platform sold exclusively to Podshow, reported to their SVP of Product Design and Engineering, as well as their Executive Team. Communicated with the heads of the Sales, QA and Engineering departments in the United States.

Midanne Total Promotion (Iasi, Romania)

Branch Manager (March 2005 – January 2006)


Supervised most of the aspects of day-to-day activities. Handled local (Romanian market) sales of an easy-to-use CRM solution for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Helped architect, design and implement said solution, based on focus group studies of market needs. Worked with (and advocated the use of) the PRADO framework and had my first experiences with AGILE project management techniques.
Spoke at two local development conferences organized by my alumni association on the benefits of using component-driven programming and architecture, as well as optimization techniques for handling high traffic in web solutions.

Freelance Projects

Web Developer (September 2001 – February 2005)


Worked on freelance web development projects, in teams or alone. The most interesting experience was my being part of a four-man team that worked to implement a complete B2B management and marketing solution for Multi Level Marketing companies, as well as several B2C implementations that integrated with it. One of the challenges I met was the design, implementation and maintenance of the Commission Sales engine, which allowed the creation of binary as well as arbitrary tree sales structures and had to support multiple upsells and commission tiers.

Dynamic Network Technologies (Iasi, Romania)

Web Developer (March 1997 – July 2001)

Web Designer (September 1996 – March 1997)


Started as a part-time occupation, mainly because of my interest in computer games and grew into me handling the gaming department of the largest ISP in north-eastern Romania. My main job was to design and implement the aforementioned section of the ISP's Internet presence, as well as maintaining the game servers and their respective usage reporting solutions (Quake 1&2 and Battle.net emulation).
After discovering my passion for web development, I convinced my manager to allow me to port a fully static and very hard to maintain link farm to a dynamic, database-driven solution that I ended up writing in Perl with MySQL support. Following its success, I began working full-time as a Perl (and afterwards PHP) developer, implementing specifications that came from our department manager or gathered directly from our clients.

Education

“Al. I. Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania

B.Sc., Computer Science

Focus on web development and database design
Founding member of “WebGroup” and <Web/> activity groups
Participated in a YMCA Work & Travel program in the United States between July and October 2002

Personal

Easy going, patient and a good listener, with a keen attention to detail
Foreign languages: English (advanced), French (medium)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

San Francisco, Day 1

(Romanian only post, sorry)
10 Aprilie 2007

~12:00pm GMT+2
Aeroportul International Otopeni
Am ajuns la Otopeni, dupa o foarte placuta plimbare cu taxiul, cautand chestii dragute pe care sa le ducem colegilor de la PodShow. Am ajuns, intr-un final, sa le cumparam de la Muzeul Taranului Roman, o plosca relativ traditionala pentru Jeff, o fantana sculptata in miniatura pentru biroul din San Francisco si cateva oua incondeiate pentru sefii de echipe. Nu ne aruncam la bauturi fiindca politica de la aeropoarte s-a schimbat, nu mai este voie sa se ia in calatorii lichide/creme in cantitati mai mari de 100ml. Incercam sa gasim un automat de la care sa bem ceva racoritor, insa cel de Coca Cola e nefunctional, iar coffemat-urile Dalmayr (?!) sunt si ele busite. Singurul care functioneaza, in mod miraculos, e cel de la Ursus. 5 RON / cutie de Ursus - macar e rece ca gheata. Ne pregatim de check-in si dupa verificari incepem sa umblam prin duty-free-uri. Ajungem la unul cu bauturi alcoolice si cumparam o sticla de Grasa de Cotnari si o Busuioaca de Bohotin - bauturi reprezentative pentru Romania (zicem noi). 11 Euro total - fantastic de bine, avand in vedere ca un ou incondeiat (nici macar nu extraordinar de fain) ajunge intre 40 si 50 de euro.

2:30pm GMT+2
Aeroportul International Munich
Layover in Munich, ne oprim pentru bauturi si odihna (sa nu uitam tigara) in terminal, dupa ce trecem prin verificarile de securitate si vama. Avem vreo 45 de minute la dispozitie pentru plimbare prin terminal, incat profitam si vizitam cafenelele (10 euro / cutie 330 ml de Coca Cola - no THANKS). Gasim un magazin duty-free in care mie mi se lipesc ochii de un penar Milka (pentru tine, honey!) si pe un Johnny Walker Black Label, un Glenfiddich de 18 ani si un Talisker de 16. Good stuff. Intre 36 si 67 de euro.

7:30pm PST
California, here we come!
Am sosit in SF, dupa o LUNGA si obositoare calatorie. Aeroportul e mare al naibii si cozile la inspectia federala lungi. Stam la baggage claim - geanta mea apare prima, insa a lui Alexei... nowhere to be seen. Intr-un final, dupa vreo 2 refill-uri ale benzii cu bagaje, apare si ea si ne bucuram impreuna, ca doi copii care primesc acadele de Pasti. Incarcam bagajele pe un trolley si trecem cu cozonac cu tot de linia de la FDA, blocata timp de vreo 3 minute de doi batranei chinezi care nu par a vorbi (sau intelege) engleza, decat prin semne.


Tips:
- scoateti la imprimanta itinerarul si rezervarile de avion pentru intoarcere, mai ales daca sunt e-ticket-uri. Aveti la voi chitante si rezervari la hotel, daca se poate. Indivizii de la CBP (customs and border patrol) nu sunt prea veseli.
- cat timp nu aveti fripturi (carne) sau fructe proaspete in bagaje, nu trebuie sa va faceti griji. Declarati ca aveti mancare si spuneti ca aveti o placinta, sau ceva de genul.

8:15pm PST
Am ajuns in Meeting Point-ul de la SFO. Cautam cu disperare pe cineva care sa vina sa ne ridice de la aeroport. Alexei e in misiune de scouting, eu stau langa bagaje si fumez de parca s-ar apropia Apocalipsul. Alexei se intoarce, fara rezultate. Facem schimb de job si incep eu sa umblu. Nimic.

8:35pm PST
Stam in statia de taxiuri. O negresa foarte de treaba, cu un zambet aproape cat fata ei de mare, ne anunta ca taxiul nostru e pe drum. Mai fumez o tigara si asteptam. Merg inapoi in SFO, schimb un dolar si il sun pe Andrew de la un payphone ($0.75 / convorbire locala). Multi oameni sunt inca la birou, probleme cu testele de memcache pe CoLo.

9:00pm PST
Ajungem la destinatie, dupa emotii la drumul cu taxiul - soferul ne asigura ca sunt vreo 10 "2nd street"-uri in SF, ceea ce nu prea are sens, metropolele din State sunt extraordinar de bine organizate. Ii spun ca vrem in downtown, ceea ce pare a face un pic de "narrow down" la posibilitati. In fine. Dupa cum spuneam, ajungem cu succes. La parter, 2 fumatori: Bryn Mosher si Kevin O; strangeri de mana, bucurie si prezentari. Urcam cu tot cu bagaje la etajul 2, unde lumea lucreaza febril la rezolvarea primului deployment pe CoLo cu upgrade de memcache. Intr-un final, aplicatia trece cu ~80% randament (nu functioneaza search-ul, vanity domains si unele profile), insa cu timpi de randare de ~0.04 secunde. Nice. Facem cunostinta cu majoritatea echipei Ops (Joe Engo, Gil Beth, Mark Stokan, Dan Benson), oamenii de baza din echipa de engineering (Andrew G, Ramon Carlos, John Nishinaga, Kevin O) si cu Eyal Shavit.

10:20pm PST
Se termina procesul de build, incepem discutii personale, ne indreptam spre iesire. Gil ne duce la hotel, unde intram si facem un late check-in. Primele impresii despre hotel: dragut, desi cam prea multe chestii poleite. Cam kitsch. E fix in buricul targului, iar camera care o primim (dubla, pentru fumatori, TAKE THAT ALEX!) e la etajul 14, de unde privelistea e foarte faina. Se vad Macy's, Bloomingdale, sediul Bank of America din centru, iar fix in fata e un Burger King la care planificam sa luam micul dejun. Incepe procesul de descoperire si invatare, mai ales pentru dus si sertare. Se imparte teritoriul si incepem procesul de igienizare. E bine sa faci dus dupa ~24h de calatorit non-stop.


Tips:
- taxiurile sunt SCUMPE. $3.50 pornirea, $2.00 / mila (cred). Total calatorie SFO <-> Downtown: $39.75
- sunt shuttle-uri o data la 15 minute din SFO catre o gramada de destinatii. FITI SIGURI CA STITI UNDE TREBUIE SA AJUNGETI.
- soferii de taxi stau cam prost la capitolul engleza. Al nostru (chinez) o intelegea, ceea ce e deja un bonus :)

11:30pm PST
Am facut dus, ne-am uitat la televizor, iar mie mi se pare ca as putea sa mai am activitate cel putin vreo 3-4 ore. Adorm insa in vreo 15 minute, aproape fara sa-mi dau seama. Ceasul e pus sa sune la 7:30am, insa eu planific sa ma trezesc pe la vreo 6:30, pentru scouting. Alex nu sforaie, 2 bile albe.

Tips:
- exista camere speciale pentru fumatori
- majoritatea chestiilor din hoteluri sunt pe bani; nu va asteptati la halat de baie, papucei de casa & stuff, chiar daca hotelul pare fancy. E bine sa vi le-aduceti de-acasa
- la foarte multe hoteluri (Park 55 included) laundry-ul NU este inclus in serviciile de baza; intrebati si vi se va raspunde.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Been a while...

Greetings, netizens,

I'm back after a long absence, lots of new stuff happened in the meanwhile, changed jobs and perspectives a bit.

Working on a brave new project at the moment, can't say much about it except it's trying to redefine the video community perspective, even before it really started to become a standard. I'm frantically studying Google Video to see how they managed to obtain such a good quality / bitrate ratio for their encoded content.

Been reading about the video plugin they use, which is supposedly a VLC player derivative, as Jon Lech Johansen writes in his blog. I wonder why the need for a plug-in would arise, given the easy-to-build Flash-based ActionScript Flash Video players and the way they integrate seamlessly in most browsers, given the immense penetration of Flash 7 technology (around 90% according to Macromedia's own statistics).

Of course, lots of speculation on the 'net, but I'm betting they went with it in order for them to support their "my house, my rules" attitude (which I believe also explains their use of the ffmpeg codec technology instead of the Flash Media Server). More to come as the future unfolds!

On a side note, I just read that Dell plans to add 3G support in its future line of European laptops. While GSM providers in Central and Eastern Europe still charge big for GPRS connectivity and both Orange and Vodafone offer this service along with a PCMCIA card (that costs approx. $250 with a 1-year contract and the minimal Mobile Office subscription), it still means a move toward integration, which is always a good thing when thinking "light and portable".

And speaking of laptops, people are catching on to a new trend. Overclockers, beware: undervolting is here. While not something people will recommend on desktops, it's a miracle worker for notebooks, increasing battery life and lifecycle, lowering temperatures and quite possibly something that won't affect you performance-wise, if done properly. Definitely a must-read if you're the proud owner of a notebook.

Love the new iMac. Although many Apple fans view this as a sign of the Apocalypse, I believe Steve Jobs finally did the right thing moving to Intel processors, even if it meant stepping on many fanboys' egos. The new Macs are definitely competitive products, especially in their price segment ($1,300 for the 17" Widescreen iMac is quite compelling, even more so with the oh-so-easy-to-obtain Apple Student Discount). I like to think about the new iMac as what ECS was actually trying to do with their "desknote" products a while ago - except that the iMacs actually look good. It's practically a laptop without a battery and except the fact it's not a breeze to change stuff inside, it can get upgraded pretty heavily. Not to mention that most notebooks featuring equivalent Duo Core processors start around $1,600. Ok, I know it's not exactly apples-to-apples, but I believe it's fair to say that the iMac is pretty portable.

That's about it for now, will come back as soon as time allows with more rants. Thanks for reading :)