Steve Fox, Big Data Architecture Developer in Dallas, TX, United States
Steve Fox

Big Data Architecture Developer in Dallas, TX, United States

Member since July 25, 2019
Steve is a certified AWS solution architect professional with big data and machine learning speciality certifications. He has a diverse background, and experience architecting, building, and operating big data machine learning applications in AWS. Steve has held roles from technical contributor to CTO and CEO.
Steve is now available for hire




Dallas, TX, United States



Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Node.js, Docker, AWS, Git, WebStorm, Linux

The most amazing...

...project I've built was a machine learning-based AWS cost-optimization service that dynamically right-sizes instance types, and leverages spot instances.


  • Independent Consultant

    2019 - PRESENT
    Fox Group
    • Oversaw the ETL development and operation for a Fortune 100 client to process millions of point-of-sale transactions daily. Technologies leveraged: Kinesis, Lambda, EMR, Glue, Athena, Python, PySpark, Aurora, and Redshift.
    • Spearheaded the DynamoDb Global Index design and abstraction to Node.js interface for integration with a medical scheduling web application.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, AWS DynamoDB, Redshift, AWS Athena, AWS Glue, AWS Kinesis, EMR, AWS Lambda, AWS
  • Founder, CEO

    2016 - PRESENT
    • Conceived, architected, developed, deployed, and operated AutoScalr AWS Marketplace SaaS service for cost-optimizing auto-scaled workloads. I used advanced machine learning to determine the most cost-effective cluster to power a specific workload by leveraging different instance types, a blend of spot instances, and predictive analytics to ensure operational requirements are met.
    • Built the UI in React powered by GraphQL and AWS Amplify leveraging DynamoDb for persistence.
    • Presented at DevOps Days in Dallas, Rio de Janeiro, and Florian√≥polis. Average client savings of over 50% of monthly AWS spend.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Node.js, GraphQL, ECS, Docker, AWS DynamoDB, AWS Lambda, AWS, Machine Learning
  • Product Manager

    2007 - 2016
    Quest Software (Acquired by Dell)
    • Managed a multi-million dollar product line of SaaS APM products hosted on AWS.
    • Interfaced with customers, drove product direction, and guided engineering teams with an Agile development approach.
    • Presented at multiple conferences, including Keynote Speaker at Mobile+Web DevCon: San Francisco 2015, and break-out session at Velocity Santa Clara 2014.
    Technologies: Customer Experience Management, Java
  • Systems Engineer

    2005 - 2006
    Tealeaf (Acquired by IBM)
    • Ran the technical pre-sales interaction with prospective customers, including demonstrations and on-site proof-of-concepts.
    • Met or exceeded quota targets on a consistent basis.
    Technologies: Web, HTML, Networking
  • CTO

    2002 - 2004
    • Developed voice recognition and the website bot.
    • Co-founded company.
    • Won the Best of Show award from the Dallas Call Center convention in 2003.
    Technologies: Telephony, NATURAL, Voice Recognition
  • Solutions Architect

    1999 - 2001
    • Developed customer presentations, demonstrations, and proof of concepts.
    Technologies: Web, Content Management
  • Account Manager

    1996 - 1999
    • Managed the central US territory for object-oriented database technology.
    • Met or exceeded quota on a consistent basis.
    Technologies: NoSQL
  • Development Manager

    1990 - 1993
    • Managed the specification and development of an electrical power system simulation software for optimizing International Space Station mission plans.
    • Conducted R&D for shuttle operations that reduced operational costs.
    Technologies: Unix, Linux, C++


  • AutoScalr

    Machine learning-based cost optimization service available on the AWS Marketplace automatically manages your autoscaled loads to be the most cost-effective while meeting your performance and availability requirements.

  • Data Engineering Project

    Set up Snowflake and CI/CD pipelines for configuration management. Designed and built ELT pipelines for multiple data sources to support automated ingest of each data source. Optimized Snowflake configuration for cost.


  • Languages

    JavaScript, Python, Python 3, TypeScript 3, GraphQL, HTML, NATURAL, Snowflake, TypeScript, Java, C++, Go, SQL
  • Libraries/APIs

    Node.js, AWS EC2 API, React, AWS Amplify, PySpark
  • Tools

    AWS ECS, AWS Step Functions, Amazon SQS, Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR), AWS Glue, Amazon SageMaker, AWS IAM, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Push Notification Service (AWS SNS), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), AWS ECR, Amazon EKS, AWS CloudWatch, AWS Athena, AWS AppSync, WebStorm, Git, Amazon QuickSight, Amazon CloudFront CDN, AWS Key Management Service (KMS), GitLab CI/CD, Terraform, AWS CodeBuild, AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CloudTrail, Jira, AWS EBS, Amazon Firewall
  • Paradigms

    Web Architecture, Test-driven Development (TDD), Design Patterns, ETL, ETL Implementation & Design, Microservices Architecture, Data Science, Microservices
  • Platforms

    Docker, AWS Lambda, AWS EC2, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Kinesis, Kubernetes, Linux, Web, Unix, AWS IoT
  • Storage

    AWS S3, AWS DynamoDB, Data Pipelines, Redis, MongoDB, Databases, MySQL, NoSQL, AWS Data Pipeline Service, Redshift
  • Other

    Software Development, Data Modeling, Analytics, Amazon Machine Learning, APM, Autoscaling, Front-end Development, Data Engineering, Data Architecture, Data Warehousing, Data Warehouse Design, Big Data Architecture, AWS Route 53, Domain-driven Design (DDD), AWS API Gateway, Elastic Load Balancers, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Security Groups, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Analysis, Data Analytics, AWS, ECS, Customer Experience Management, Networking, Voice Recognition, Telephony, Content Management, EMR, AWS CodePipeline, AWS X-Ray, AWS Database Migration Service, CodePipeline, Amazon Machine Images (AMI), Fault Tolerance
  • Frameworks

    Spark, Angular


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
    1985 - 1989
    University of Texas at Arlington - Arlington, Texas, USA


  • SnowPro Core Certification
    AUGUST 2020 - AUGUST 2022
    Snowflake, Inc.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional
    JULY 2019 - JULY 2022
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • AWS Certified Machine Learning - Speciality
    JULY 2019 - JULY 2022
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • AWS Big Data - Speciality
    JULY 2019 - JULY 2022
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • AWS Certified Developer - Associate
    FEBRUARY 2019 - FEBRUARY 2022
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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