Mike Stankavich, Developer in Austin, TX, United States
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Mike Stankavich

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Data Modeling Developer

Austin, TX, United States
Toptal Member Since
December 27, 2013

Mike is a senior data engineer and freelance architect experienced across the development stack. He has extensive cloud and infrastructure experience, with multiple certifications from Microsoft, ISC2, Powersoft, and more. He currently builds data back ends for web apps at scale on RDBMS or NoSQL platforms.



Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, PostgreSQL, Windows, MacOS

The most amazing...

...thing I've done is co-author an international standard for supply chain data exchange.

Work Experience

Data Engineer, Architect

2013 - PRESENT
Certain, Inc.
  • Worked as data lead for a Microsoft SQL Server to Postgres migration.
  • Handled extensive performance tuning, including adding indices, rewriting queries, etc.
  • Selected BI platform and planned migration.
  • Drove ORM best practices with Hibernate developers.
  • Reviewed, enhanced, and approved schema changes.
Technologies: Adobe ColdFusion, Hibernate, Java, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL

Database Architect, Senior Consultant

2011 - 2013
UST Global (Contracted to Intel)
  • Designed and implemented schema changes to support a major multi-year refactoring project.
  • Built a service to full-text index documents in a ~2TB custom file store.
  • Built an asynchronous interface for shop floor control systems with guaranteed sequenced delivery on an SQL Server service broker. Used SQL CLR.
  • Served as subject matter expert, with extensive domain knowledge of the app functionality.
  • Worked as liaison between the offshore development team and onshore developers.
Technologies: C#, ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server

Data Modeler, Architect, Reporting Lead

2010 - 2011
Deutsche Bank
  • Managed team of 12 Oracle and Cognos developers.
  • Tuned performance and built an ETL for reporting solutions.
  • Conducted interviews and selected candidates.
  • Reviewed and approved schema changes.
  • Coordinated with middle tier developers and changed the management organization to manage projects.
Technologies: Java, IBM Cognos, Oracle

DBA, Enterprise Software Engineer, Developer

1999 - 2010
Intel Corporation
  • Worked as application infrastructure platform lead. Coordinated with IT service organizations to specify and manage around 60 servers across multiple data centers.
  • Designed schema, approved changes, and led CCB meetings.
  • Worked on various middleware and back-end development projects.
  • Led the migration from SQL Server 2000 to 2005. Implemented SQL Server failover clustering.
  • Designed and managed the SQL Server transactional replication environment.
  • Participated in the standards building process for supply chain data. Co-authored the international standard for product data exchange.
  • Built interfaces for other enterprise apps, including SAP and shop floor control systems.
Technologies: SAP, TIBCO, VB, C++, C#, PowerBuilder, ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server

International standard for product data exchange

Co-authored an international standard for product data exchange between supply chain partners.

Microsoft SQL Server to Postgres migration

Transformed, cleaned, and extracted data from MS SQL 2005. Scripted encoding translation and loaded to Postgres for a SaaS vertical.

SQL Server 2005 to 2008 migration

Migrated approximately 30 servers across development, testing, production, and DR environments from SQL Server 2005 to SQL 2008. Implemented SQL Server fallover clustering along the way.
2008 - 2009

BS Degree in Computer Information Systems

Thomas Edison State College - Trenton, NJ




Erwin, Adobe ColdFusion, IBM Cognos


Evolutionary Database Design, DevOps, Database-driven Web App Development, Change Management, Agile Software Development, Waterfall Development, REST, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Scrum, Cross-platform, Dataflow Programming, OLAP


Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle PL/SQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL


T-SQL (Transact-SQL), SQL, PowerBuilder, PL/pgSQL, VB, Python, PHP, JavaScript, Java, C#, C++


Windows, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Oracle, MacOS, iOS, Android


Hibernate, .NET, Django, ASP.NET, ADO.NET


Data Migration, Data Modeling, Software Configuration Management (SCM), Offshore Development, TIBCO, TCP/IP, Data Structures, SAP, Ajax, Version Control

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