Jason Armbruster, Developer in Loveland, CO, United States
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Jason Armbruster

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Performance Developer

Loveland, CO, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 7, 2020

Jason is an IT generalist with over 20 years of experience in building highly reliable systems for the enterprise. His recent projects include AWS and Azure Cloud infrastructure build-outs for a major university, data integration architecture, and build activities in support of identity and marketing initiatives.


University of Colorado Boulder
Go, Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Enterprise, DevOps...
University of Colorado System
Enterprise, Enterprise Architecture, Performance, SAML, PingFederate...
University of Colorado System
Enterprise, Performance, SAML, Web Service Specifications, XQuery, REST, XML...




Preferred Environment

Go, API Integration, REST, Bash, Terraform, Emacs, Visual Studio, MacOS, Linux

The most amazing...

...thing I've developed is the parent access to students' data by integrating four systems and piloting new authentication and authorization technologies.

Work Experience

Enterprise Cloud Architect

2017 - PRESENT
University of Colorado Boulder
  • Owned product and served as an architect and primary engineer for a cloud broker product.
  • Provided foundational cloud artifacts, including account and subscription baselines meeting appropriate compliance regimes.
  • Performed cost optimization and migration planning, and consulted about re-architecturing and refactoring.
Technologies: Go, Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Enterprise, DevOps, Enterprise Architecture, AWS HA, SAML, Agile, Terraform, Cloud Architecture, Cloud Infrastructure

Enterprise Architect

2015 - 2017
University of Colorado System
  • Assisted with design and architecture in early-stage Salesforce.com enterprise-wide CRM applications and strategy as well as handled integrations and data architecture.
  • Significantly improved uptime and decreased undetected duplicate rate through Master Data Management architecture, upgrades, and a data quality engine replatform.
  • Designed and implemented the parent access to approved student data integrating PeopleSoft, PingFederate, and social identity to pay bills, view grades, and participate in other parts of students' life.
Technologies: Enterprise, Enterprise Architecture, Performance, SAML, PingFederate, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus (OSB), PeopleSoft, Siebel, Oracle

Assistant Director of Integration Services

2012 - 2015
University of Colorado System
  • Built a team of dedicated integration developers pursuing an integration factory approach to implement modern integration architectures in PeopleSoft and other legacy systems.
  • Implemented high availability Oracle Service Bus to serve as the primary integration platform as well as the external integration gateway with hardened DMZ deployment.
  • Managed Siebel UCM implementation to provide a single constituent ID and a golden record for everyone involved with the University of Colorado, including staff, faculty, students, and alumni.
Technologies: Enterprise, Performance, SAML, Web Service Specifications, XQuery, REST, XML, SOAP, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus (OSB)

Associate Director, Portal and Integration Architecture

2011 - 2012
University of Colorado System
  • Managed upgrades of PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal and integration gateway from PeopleTools 8.4 to 8.5.1.
  • Developed the integration architecture roadmap to be implemented in my next position.
  • Improved the user experience on the portal sites for students, faculty, and staff by developing and deploying new features.
Technologies: Enterprise, Performance, SAML, XMLHttpRequest, jQuery, PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (CS), PeopleSoft

Director of Service Delivery and ITIL Program Manager

2010 - 2011
University of Colorado System
  • Implemented ITIL program and initial processes such as change management, problem, and service management, and served as the process owner for all of them.
  • Managed day to day operations of PeopleTools and Oracle Database support.
  • Managed performance testing and improvement efforts for PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and Portal applications including hands-on test scripting work.
Technologies: Enterprise, Silk Test, VMware, PeopleTools, PeopleSoft, Oracle

Interim Assistant Vice President for Computing and Information Systems

2007 - 2010
University of Colorado System
  • Consolidated two formerly separate organizations under a single structure representing nine direct reports and 80 total staff. Managed consolidation while eliminating my former position saving the University $140,000 per year.
  • Maintained high customer satisfaction and SLA compliance through disruptive changes to reporting relationships and shifts of role definitions.
  • Created the system's architecture committee to unify decision making and leverage expertise across infrastructure, security, development, and architecture groups.
  • Managed an inherited $200,000 budget deficit without major impacts on production systems or project timelines.
Technologies: Enterprise, Visio, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel

Director of Operations and Infrastructure

2001 - 2007
University of Colorado System
  • Managed a 2,500 square foot data center from the physical plant to the database operations.
  • Oversaw the upgrade of Hitachi mainframe, Sun E10K, and many other hardware platforms as the primary vendor contact, project manager, and primary budget manager.
  • Achieved high availability and consistent SLA performance.
Technologies: Enterprise, Performance, Solaris, Linux, Oracle

Terraform CloudWatch Alarms

I was the primary developer on this fork of a Cloud Posse module using Terraform to implement security alerts in AWS, allowing the University of Colorado Boulder to pass the CIS 1.2 specification for AWS and achieve baseline security certification for hosting applications in AWS. By implementing the security alerts, I assured the central Office of Information Security that AWS could be used safely for low-security applications.
1992 - 1996

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Colorado Boulder - Boulder, Colorado, USA

JUNE 2020 - JUNE 2023

AWS Certified Sysops Administrator - Associate



Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals



AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate



jQuery, XMLHttpRequest


Terraform, Emacs, Oracle SOA Suite, Amazon EBS, Visual Studio, AWS Systems Manager, PeopleSoft Campus Solutions (CS), PeopleTools, VMware, Silk Test, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Visio


Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, MacOS, Azure, Oracle, Azure IaaS, Azure PaaS, Solaris


Bash, SAML, Go, XML, XQuery






REST, Agile, DevOps


Performance, Cloud Infrastructure, API Integration, PeopleSoft, Oracle Service Bus (OSB), Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise, Cloud Architecture, Algorithms, Data Structures, Siebel, Azure Virtual Networks, Data Architecture, SOAP, Web Service Specifications

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