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ANTHONY RUGGERI
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OBJECTIVE

A technology executive position with wide-ranging responsibilities in an organization dedicated to delivering innovative, quality new product solutions to customers.

SUMMARY

A creative and results-oriented leader with more than 20 years of experience designing, building, and delivering technology solutions in both leadership and hands-on roles. Excellent analytical and technical abilities, with "big picture" vision and an eye for quality and detail in every step of the development process. Long history of working with software, computing technology, and multimedia predating any formal education or work experience. Expert at working with and managing both junior and senior technology professionals to achieve optimum results. Unique ability to smoothly transition from strategic-level decision-making to management of knowledge workers to hands-on technology issue resolution. Experienced representing technical concerns in a cross-functional executive team to manage business operations, create and execute strategic plans, coordinate with other groups on a wide variety of projects and initiatives, and guide technology-related investments to deliver new and enhanced services to customers.

PROJECT AND PLATFORM EXPERIENCE

  • Design and construction of complex web-based systems focused around the collection, management, and reporting of financial investment data.
  • Content and commerce web site design and development, including underlying system, security, and database architecture, using a variety of Microsoft tools.
  • Custom web and Windows application development for both internal and external customers using VB.NET, Visual Basic, ASP, and C++.
  • Niche-market, commercial-quality Windows application programming using Borland C++.
  • Multimedia presentations and applications built with Visual Basic and Macromedia Director.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Languages: C#, VB.NET, T-SQL, Visual Basic 1-6, JavaScript, VBScript, Java, C++, ANSI C.

Tools and Technologies: ASP.NET, .NET Framework, ASP, COM/DCOM, MTS, MSMQ, IIS, HTML/DHTML, CSS, XML/XSL, Visual Studio 4.x-2013.

Operating Systems and Servers: Windows 1.x-2012, SQL Server 6.5-2008, Internet Explorer 3-11, Netscape Navigator 3.x-6.x, MS-DOS, UNIX, Linux.

Other Software: Adobe Photoshop 4.x-CC2015, Adobe Lightroom 1.0-CC, Propellerhead Reason 1.0-8.x, Microsoft Project 97-2013, Starbase/Borland StarTeam, Merant PVCS Tracker, Microsoft Office 95-2013, Microsoft Visual SourceSafe, Verity Information Server, PGP, SoftwareFX ChartFX, Macromedia Director, Microsoft Visio, Forte, Rational Rose.

WORK EXPERIENCE

2013-present MSCI, Inc., Conshohocken, PA
Executive Director

  • In late January, 2013, InvestorForce was purchased by MSCI (NYSE:MSCI) for $23.5 million, ending Internet Capital Group's (NASDAQ: ICGE) 80% ownership stake in the company. My role as InvestorForce CTO has continued since the closing of the purchase agreement.
  • Initiated and managed the hiring and onboarding of an offshore employee team of software developers, QA testers, and database administrators, including a dedicated offshore manager, and coordinated the integration of this team into a mixed onsite/offsite technology group of almost 35 people.
  • Guided the organization through the initial stages of technology integration with the parent company, including a complete transition of the desktop computing environment. Initiated major projects to implement a highly scalable horizontal architecture and execute a datacenter migration.
  • Performed technical due diligence as the technology lead for the acquisition of an independent Chicago-based data aggregation provider, including on-site review, creation of a technology integration plan, and coordination of the initial phases of the integration plan once the acquisition closed in late 2015.
  • Frequent and key contributor to sales efforts, including presentation of technology and data operations topics during on-site due diligence meetings, technology lead for contract discussions and negotiation, and prospect cybersecurity and technical reviews.
  • Presented several different sessions at company-run client conferences to groups of more than 100 end users and customers.
  • Maintained a quarterly software release process that has been going for almost 40 consecutive quarters.

1999-2013 Investor Force, Inc. (formerly PlanSponsorExchange.com), Conshohocken, PA
Chief Technology Officer
formerly Head of Application Development, Director of Technology, and Technology Manager

  • Led the technology team at this financial software technology company, including the Software Engineering, Database Systems, Quality Assurance, Systems Analysis, Infrastructure, and Support Level 2 groups, with 8 direct reports and a team of almost 25, constituting more than half of the total employee base of the company.
  • Responsible for coordinating schedules for multiple projects and product release cycles, leading discussions and decision-making on platform and architecture issues, and running software deployments. Established a rigorous quarterly release process, timed to coincide with the quarterly business cycles of clients, and a sophisticated capacity forecasting model for planning release contents. Participated in a transition to scrum and later guided a further transition to Kanban.
  • Planned and executed all technology tasks within a 5-person executive team that negotiated and implemented a high-profile sale of software and investment data product assets to Morningstar in 2006.
  • Planned, managed, and contributed to architecture and coding on the company's first .NET project, for a top national financial services company.
  • Designed and built a library of user interface abstraction objects for ASP web sites.
  • Led an 11-person technology team immediately following a significant restructuring of the company.
  • Designed and implemented a configuration management process for a 30-person staff comprised of five independent development teams. Designed and built a software tool to automate this process with VB 6, PVCS Tracker, and StarTeam, replacing a dedicated full-time individual.
  • Led the technology efforts on a team dedicated to database development and analytics products. Guided several successful, on-time software releases coordinating output from local developers and a remote team.
  • Led the technology efforts for an online communications and knowledge management product incorporating components from three vendors and internal developers.
  • Managed the development group, production site, and software configuration prior to the availability of dedicated personnel for each role.
  • As the first technology hire and one of the first 10 employees of the company, set initial technical direction, designed a user registration and security infrastructure, transitioned site development away from an external technology provider, and aided the rapid construction of a highly capable technical team.

1998-1999 Comcast Cellular (now Cingular Wireless), King of Prussia, PA
MIS Team Leader

  • Managed of a mixed team of up to 13 employees and consultants working multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Provided technical leadership on projects for finance, sales, marketing, and MIS throughout all phases of the project life cycle, using Microsoft client/server and web development tools.
  • Charter member of an Architecture Team tasked with reviewing projects and synthesizing a long-term strategic technology plan.

1997-1998 CoreTech Consulting Group, Inc., King of Prussia, PA
Consultant

  • Led a content development team of up to 6 people within the Comcast Cellular MIS department, building various internal applications with ASP, VB COM objects, and SQL Server 6.5.
  • Built ASP pages, COM objects, and Access/Oracle 7 database interfaces, and wrote interface and component documentation, for a Common Fund Internet project at CoreStates bank.
  • Built install scripts and client interfaces for a Windows 95 remote access system on the Delmarva Power Banyan Vines internal network.

1993-1997 Formal Systems, Inc. (now Pedagogue Solutions), Princeton, NJ
Technical Consultant

  • Developed a variety of custom and commercial software for pharmaceutical, retail, and other customers as team member or lead.
  • Built internal tools and application frameworks for consumption by content writers and artists.
  • Performed numerous system administration duties such as hardware purchases, upgrades, network administration, and web management.
  • Composed and produced music soundtracks and digital sound for multimedia products.
  • Interacted with clients throughout design, development, and delivery.

1988-1993 Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Pew Fellow in Systematics, Curatorial Assistant

  • Designed and programmed new data entry system for the Department of Malacology in QuickBasic.
  • Performed DNA hybridization, protein electrophoresis, and comparative systematics in Entomology, Malacology, and Ornithology.

EDUCATION

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (1991-1995)

  • A.B., Department of Molecular Biology.
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Molecular Biology.
  • High school valedictorian.
  • Westinghouse Science Talent Search semifinalist.

PUBLICATIONS

Gelhaus, Jon K. and Ruggeri, Anthony, 2012. A review of the crane fly genus Epiphragma (Diptera: Tipulidae s.l.) in North America (including Mexico). Canadian Entomologist 144(2): 353-375. (There is a story behind this paper!)

References available upon request.

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