Andy Miller, Architecture Developer in Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Andy Miller

Architecture Developer in Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Member since September 16, 2014
Andy is a software architect experienced in leading teams in the successful design and development of software solutions. He is particularly interested in working in a diverse team environment that values good testing practices, continuous delivery, and continual learning.
Andy is now available for hire

Portfolio

Experience

Location

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Git, Vim Text Editor, Linux, Unix

The most amazing...

...project I've designed is a commercial vehicle—for taxi, bus, and more—tracking and revenue system used in many US airports.

Employment

  • Technical Lead

    2021 - 2021
    Anthem AI (via Toptal)
    • Led a team of developers in the design and development of a provider-focused healthcare dashboard written in React.
    • Led the team in a scrum-based project management workflow, including daily standups, sprint kickoffs, and backlog grooming sessions.
    • Managed communication with project management and product owners on priorities and deadlines.
    Technologies: React, Python, OAuth, Healthcare
  • Senior Solutions Architect

    2018 - 2020
    Computer Enterprises, Inc.
    • Designed and developed a data visualization platform for a robotic retail inventory system using Python and Angular.
    • Led a team of developers and designers on best practices, design, and architecture.
    • Designed and developed highly scalable Java web services processing tens of thousands of transactions per second in Azure.
    • Interfaced with complex machine learning models to process images of retail store shelves using Python and Java.
    • Designed and developed cost-effective and performant cloud solutions by pre-generating static content to be displayed in Angular visualizations.
    Technologies: Azure Cosmos DB, Linux, Java, Git, Azure, Data Visualization, Robotics, Angular, Python
  • Senior Solutions Architect

    2017 - 2018
    Blackboard (via Toptal)
    • Helped design and develop Blackboard's Apple Pay integration for college stored value cards, allowing students to pay by phone using their university stored value account.
    • Designed and developed scalable microservices using C#, ASP.NET, and Azure.
    • Designed and developed complex encryption schemes to ensure the security of student accounts.
    Technologies: C#, ASP.NET, Apple Pay, Azure
  • Co-founder, Software Engineer

    2014 - 2018
    Tagalong Tour
    • Won first place at Startup Weekend Pittsburgh in March 2014.
    • Built a native iOS self-guided walking tour app in Objective-C.
    • Built ASP.NET WebAPI back end running on Azure that provides data to the iOS application.
    • Built scalable analytics tracking and a dashboard based on Keen IO.
    Technologies: Azure, ASP.NET Web API, C#, Objective-C, iOS
  • Co-founder, Software Engineer

    2013 - 2018
    giftbug.co
    • Assisted in the design and user experience of the application.
    • Architected a scalable web application built on Ruby on Rails, Postgres, and Heroku.
    • Made strategic decisions on the direction of the company.
    Technologies: Heroku, PostgreSQL, Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Co-owner, Software Engineer

    2013 - 2018
    Two-Eyed Designs
    • Provided top-notch consulting, development, and web design services to the client.
    • Led a team of developers on a year-long rewrite of multiple large web applications for physical therapist licensing.
    • Designed and developed a new WordPress website for the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.
    • Wrote an item scheduling system for ATI Metals to track items through their new hot-rolling plant.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, WordPress, C#, ASP.NET
  • Senior Solutions Architect

    2014 - 2016
    Sittercity (via Toptal)
    • Developed back-end microservices in Ruby and Go to serve front-end iOS clients for new on-demand childcare services.
    • Interfaced with multiple messaging platforms, including Kafka and RabbitMQ.
    • Analyzed the performance of back-end Go services and provided six times performance improvement by designing better algorithms.
    Technologies: Ruby, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Go, AWS
  • Senior Solutions Architect (Consultant)

    2014 - 2014
    ATI Metals
    • Developed an app to replace legacy excel spreadsheets to manage steel inventory, production, and shipping.
    • Built a scalable ASP.NET solution on Azure accessible to 50+ users.
    • Successfully translated client's needs into more than they knew they wanted.
    Technologies: C#, ASP.NET
  • Senior Solutions Architect (Consultant)

    2013 - 2014
    FSBPT
    • Led a team of developers in greenfield rewrite of legacy physical therapy licensing tools used by all 50 states in the US.
    • Designed innovative data import tools to allow users to quickly and easily import 50 disparate data sets into the central system.
    • Oversaw the transition to cloud-based infrastructure from on-prem data centers.
    Technologies: C#, ASP.NET, Azure
  • Director of Software Engineering

    2013 - 2013
    CTR Systems
    • Owned the long-term direction of the product as part of my role.
    • Managed the client projects, often on-site at client facilities.
    • Managed a large software engineering department consisting of engineers, business analysts, and testing.
    Technologies: Microsoft SQL Server, C#, ASP.NET
  • Software Development Manager

    2008 - 2013
    CTR Systems
    • Managed a team of twelve software engineers, QA engineers, and business analysts.
    • Led the design and development of an airport commercial vehicle tracking and revenue system.
    • Managed the PA-DSS compliance process throughout the company.
    • Learned and applied Scrum methodology across the company to improve engineering quality and communication.
    • Developed a new parking cashier point of sale system.
    Technologies: Microsoft SQL Server, C#, ASP.NET
  • Software Engineer

    2004 - 2008
    CTR Systems
    • Developed a new ASP.NET web application for a parking garage management system.
    • Developed a building access control system.
    • Led the effort to establish standard development guidelines for the team.
    • Led the initiative to use development best practices such as source control and bug tracking systems.
    • Developed custom time management applications in C++/MFC.
    Technologies: Microsoft SQL Server, C++, C#, ASP.NET
  • Programmer Analyst

    1998 - 2002
    AIG
    • Worked on a data warehousing project to store and analyze large amounts of mainframe data using Oracle.
    • Developed a high-speed document scanning system to provide customers web access to their paperwork.
    • Developed a workflow management system to increase the speed of communication and reduce errors among customer support personnel.
    • Developed custom call center support software.
    • Ported applications from mainframe COBOL to Visual Basic.
    Technologies: Oracle, Sybase, Classic ASP, COBOL, C++, Visual Basic

Experience

  • Data Visualization Platform for Robotic Retail Inventory System

    A web-based data visualization system built in Angular, backed by a Java API, and a Python machine learning module processing images of retail store shelves to identify inventory issues.

    The front-end Angular application displayed analytics and interactive maps of retail stores to help store employees identify inventory issues such as out of stock products, products stocked in the wrong location, and products that can be spread on the shelves. It also provided operational visibility into the status and performance of thousands of robots in the fleet.

    The back-end Java system processed tens of thousands of robot transactions per second, combining and storing them in CosmosDB collections.

    The Java web API served up data from CosmosDB to the front-end Angular application.

  • Winner of Startup Weekend Pittsburgh, March 2014

    A team of nine developers, designers, and marketing experts came together for over 54 hours to build a mobile app that offers self-guided walking tours around Pittsburgh. Since then, they've formed a company around the idea and are now in the App Store.

    I developed the main tour list screen and API communication layer of the iOS application, as well as the analytics tracking and dashboard.

  • giftbug.co

    In 2013, my wife, Shannon, and I quit our jobs to create giftbug, a startup built around the idea that giving gifts should be fun and simple.

    I built the application on Ruby on Rails, Postgres and Heroku.

Skills

  • Languages

    C#.NET, SQL, Java SE, JavaScript, Java, Ruby, HTML, CSS, C#, Python, TypeScript, Go, C, Objective-C, C++, COBOL, PHP, Visual Basic, Rust, Haskell
  • Frameworks

    Angular, .NET, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET MVC, Bootstrap, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Kendo UI, ASP.NET, Sinatra, Spring, ZURB Foundation, Ember.js, Classic ASP
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Infragistics, jQuery, Node.js
  • Tools

    Microsoft Visual Studio, TFS, GitHub, Git, Vim Text Editor, Xcode, Subversion (SVN)
  • Platforms

    Azure, iOS, Linux, Unix, Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace Cloud, Rackspace, Kubernetes, Oracle, WordPress
  • Storage

    Microsoft SQL Server, Elasticsearch, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Sybase, Azure Cosmos DB
  • Other

    Architecture, Back-end, AWS, Robotics, Data Visualization, Machine Learning, OAuth, Apple Pay
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Scrum, Test-driven Development (TDD)
  • Industry Expertise

    Healthcare

Education

  • Course completion degree in Computer Science
    1998 - 2000
    University of Houston - Houston, TX
  • Course completion degree in Computer Science
    1996 - 1997
    Allegheny College - Meadville, PA

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