Steve Montrose, Developer in New York, NY, United States
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Steve Montrose

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Cloud Architect and Developer

Location
New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
February 14, 2023

Steve is an entrepreneurial-minded IT professional who has worked with Fortune 500 companies in the transportation, manufacturing, real estate, healthcare, and banking industries. He is an expert in the IT spectrum, including business principles and processes. Steve is highly experienced in cloud and enterprise architecture, cybersecurity, infrastructure management, real estate development, and project management and implementation in a multi-site, multi-host, and global environment.

Portfolio

NCR
Cloud, Cloud Architecture, Finance, Sales, Marketing Mix, Hyper-V, DevOps...
Montrose Enterprises LLC
IoT Security, Cloud Security, Finance, Marketing Mix, ITIL...
NTT
Cloud Security, SIEM, System-on-a-Chip (SoC), Managed Services, VMware...

Experience

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Windows, Unix, Azure, Cloud, SD-WAN, Networking, Big Data, IT Infrastructure, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)

The most amazing...

...thing I've done is collaborate with other technologists to develop and deploy the new technology framework currently used by McDonald's.

Work Experience

Cloud Architect

2022 - PRESENT
NCR
  • Developed reusable architectural artifacts with connectivity, compute, storage, application development and deployment, and cloud security tailored to Azure Stack HCI or Edge, IoT, and Azure Arc portfolio offerings.
  • Led initiatives geared at building, architecting, designing, and implementing highly distributed multi-region cloud-based systems for enterprise clients.
  • Fostered strategic partnerships with Microsoft, AWS, Google, and industry-leading original equipment manufacturers and independent software vendors to increase the sales pipeline of NCR's Managed Cloud Solution Integrator (MCSI) practice.
  • Partnered with product development, solution architects, sales and marketing leads, and internal legal counsel to generate go-to-market strategies for NCR's MCSI practice.
  • Created an Azure Cloud syllabus, led group discussions, and mentored stakeholders and service architects on Microsoft Azure., resulting in 15 staff members becoming Azure certified and moving the company to a Microsoft Gold Partner status.
Technologies: Cloud, Cloud Architecture, Finance, Sales, Marketing Mix, Hyper-V, DevOps, IT Infrastructure, Docker, Bash, Windows PowerShell, Enterprise Architecture, ITIL, Azure Administrator, Microsoft Sentinel, Microsoft Azure, Securities, Solution Architecture, Web Security, Big Data, Windows, Unix, Azure, SD-WAN, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Microsoft Edge Computing, Economics, SIEM, System-on-a-Chip (SoC), Managed Services, Budgeting, IT Consulting, IT Project Management, Digital Transformation, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), VMware, Edge Computing, Azure Stack HCI, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Networking, IoT Security, Azure Virtual Networks, Azure DevOps, DevSecOps, Azure Functions, Architecture, Power Shell Commands, Bash Script, Cloud Infrastructure, Documentation, Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Authorization, Authentication, Healthcare, Security, User Authentication, Azure Active Directory, SQL, Telecommunications, 5G, Azure Migrate, Ansible, Terraform

Partner, Business Development Coordinator

2006 - PRESENT
Montrose Enterprises LLC
  • Established new business strategies designed to diversify and expand the existing real estate portfolio into 60% traditional rentals and 40% short-term vacation rentals, increasing ROI by 35% within the first year.
  • Instituted complex, multiphase solutions which were IoT-based, self-sustainable, and scalable while reducing the need for additional staffing, contributing to a 25% overall yearly savings.
  • Increased the company's revenue by 25% by starting a new marketing campaign and fostering global partnerships in the hospitality and retail space, consequentially growing advertisement and clientele.
  • Spearheaded a county-wide initiative geared at rezoning family homes carrying floors to a legal family dwelling, increasing property value, property tax revenue, and rental income by 33%.
  • Lowered operational costs by 30% by implementing infrastructural and functional changes by using environmentally friendly energy, home automation systems, an online self-service portal, and outsourcing repetitive duties.
Technologies: IoT Security, Cloud Security, Finance, Marketing Mix, ITIL, Solution Architecture, Economics, IT Project Management, Cloud, Web Security, Documentation, Authentication

Senior Security Solution Architect

2021 - 2022
NTT
  • Strategized with clients to develop an industry-standard security posture adaptive to changing security threats.
  • Partnered with domain and enterprise architects to provide strategically aligned, tactically sound, and customer-centric solutions for complex multi-tower deals.
  • Reviewed colleagues' proposed solutions to ensure their implementation is secure by design, economically sound, and within the available capabilities.
  • Attended monthly cybersecurity conferences to collaborate with fellow security professionals on emerging security threats and proposed countermeasures.
Technologies: Cloud Security, SIEM, System-on-a-Chip (SoC), Managed Services, VMware, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Enterprise Architecture, ITIL, Azure Administrator, Microsoft Sentinel, Microsoft Azure, Securities, Solution Architecture, Web Security, Windows, Unix, Azure, SD-WAN, Economics, IT Consulting, IT Project Management, Digital Transformation, Sales, Networking, Cloud, Big Data, IoT Security, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Cloud Architecture, Azure Virtual Networks, DevSecOps, Architecture, Power Shell Commands, Bash Script, Cloud Infrastructure, Documentation, Azure Virtual Machines, Authorization, Authentication, Security, User Authentication, Azure Active Directory, SQL, Telecommunications, 5G, Azure Migrate

Senior Solution Architect

2018 - 2021
NTT
  • Worked as a senior solution architect and collaborated with business stakeholders, cross-domain colleagues, and vendors to capture a holistic view of the technology landscape.
  • Provided multi-technology solutions inclusive of all aspects—infrastructure, application, and related technology components—to address key business drivers.
  • Employed a broad view of technology and business acumen to architect solutions that remove ambiguities and develop compelling business value while reducing the go-to-market time frame.
  • Led lunch-and-learn sessions tailored to promote industry trending technologies to fellow technologists, resulting in the delivery of solutions that are integrated and targeted to achieve focused business outcomes.
Technologies: Azure, IT Project Management, IT Consulting, Budgeting, Windows PowerShell, Bash, Enterprise Architecture, ITIL, Azure Administrator, Microsoft Azure, Solution Architecture, Big Data, Windows, Unix, SD-WAN, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Microsoft Edge Computing, Economics, SIEM, Managed Services, Hyper-V, Digital Transformation, Docker, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), DevOps, VMware, Sales, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Cloud, Networking, Web Security, Securities, Cloud Architecture, Azure Virtual Networks, Architecture, Power Shell Commands, Bash Script, Cloud Infrastructure, Documentation, Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Authorization, Authentication, Healthcare, User Authentication, Azure Active Directory, SQL, Telecommunications, 5G, Azure Migrate, Windows System Administration, Ansible, Terraform

Corporate Technology Baseline for McDonald's

McDonald's back-end technology infrastructure comprises 47,000 franchises with no global technology standards in place, with each franchisee using a different technology stack. A new corporate technology baseline framework needed to be established and enforced globally. I was one of the cloud architects who worked with Microsoft to design an Azure Stack HCI device that was used for the POC and deployment to production. This device is now used as the baseline for McDonald's entire back-end technology platform.

US Airways & American Airlines Merger

I was the lead infrastructure architect for the US Airways and American Airlines merger. I transitioned US Airway legacy on-premises platform into a cloud-based Agile environment. I worked with the cross-domain architects and application development leads to build POCs, which replicated the American Airlines environment.

This facilitated a seamless transition to the future climate contribution, creating the first PaaS (Platform as a Service) solution within the airline industry. In addition, I reduced the overall migration timeline by six months.

CalHEERS Digital Transformation

I was one of the lead architects in successfully transforming the California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System (CalHEERS). The transformation embodied complex system migration from AS400/AZ mainframes, Oracle RAC, Windows, and Linux platforms to a cloud-based environment. Architected the POC artifacts and deployment strategies and documented post-migration best practices. The new platform is an automated system that serves as the consolidated user portal for eligibility, enrollment, and retention for the California Health Benefit Exchange, Medi-Cal, and Healthy Families. The overarching project encompassed three significant phases: architecture, development and deployment, and managed services of the new environment.

Azure HIPAA Security Framework

I architected an Azure platform for a customer's 3-tier in-house application that managed inventory and placed orders for pharmaceutical patients across the US. The implementation of Azure Security and Compliance Blueprint HIPAA/HITRUST health data and AI was executed via infrastructure as code (IaC). IaC was the optimal deployment method, ensuring that the new platform complies with the HIPAA regulations and compliance framework.

The solution also included the use of Azure Availability Sets and Azure Availability Zones to provide fault tolerance and resiliency. Further, I included Azure Scale-sets to enable application scalability during peak usage. Since the application would be utilized within the boundaries of the US, I architected a second Azure Region to provide additional fault tolerance whiles enabling a disaster recovery platform.
To ensure that application users would never experience application latency, I deployed Azure Front Door (AFD) as the main content delivery network (CDN) mechanism. AFD provided high performance, scalability, and a secure user experience for the content and application.
1995 - 1996

Bachelor's Degree in Economics

The State University of New York at Albany - Albany, New York, USA

FEBRUARY 2023 - PRESENT

Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert

Microsoft

JUNE 2022 - JUNE 2023

Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate

Microsoft

MAY 2022 - PRESENT

Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate

Microsoft

APRIL 2022 - APRIL 2023

Microsoft Certified: Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate

Microsoft

AUGUST 2021 - AUGUST 2023

Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Microsoft

MARCH 2021 - PRESENT

CompTIA Security+ CE Certification

CompTIA

FEBRUARY 2020 - PRESENT

Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals

Microsoft

OCTOBER 2012 - PRESENT

ITIL V3 Foundation Certification

EXIN

NOVEMBER 2006 - PRESENT

Cisco Certified Network Associate

Cisco

Tools

VMware, Hyper-V, Azure Logic Apps, Azure DevOps Services, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Ansible, Terraform

Paradigms

ITIL, DevOps, HIPAA Compliance, Azure DevOps, DevSecOps

Frameworks

Microsoft Edge Computing, Windows PowerShell, TOGAF

Storage

Azure Active Directory, Azure SQL Databases, Azure Cloud Services

Platforms

Windows, Azure, Docker, Azure Functions, Unix, Oracle, Azure IaaS, Azure PaaS

Industry Expertise

Healthcare, Telecommunications

Languages

Bash Script, SQL, Bash

Other

Cloud, Solution Architecture, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Microsoft Sentinel, Azure Administrator, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), Enterprise Architecture, Cloud Architecture, Finance, Economics, Managed Services, Edge Computing, Azure Stack HCI, IT Infrastructure, IT Project Management, IT Consulting, Budgeting, Architecture, Cloud Infrastructure, Documentation, Azure Virtual Machines, Authorization, Authentication, User Authentication, SD-WAN, Networking, Big Data, Web Security, IoT Security, Securities, Sales, Marketing Mix, Cloud Security, SIEM, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Digital Transformation, HITRUST Certification, Azure Virtual Networks, Azure Data Factory, Power Shell Commands, Security, IT Security, Azure Migrate, Windows System Administration, System-on-a-Chip (SoC), 5G

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