Project Manager, Architect
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) hired Proxicom to help it create a digital strategy for competing against Expedia, Travelocity, American Express, and others.
My responsibilities as the project manager and technical lead were as follows:
General Motors Corporation (GM) hired Proxicom as general project management and architecture contractors for their gmbuypower.com site. I was one of 3 primary project managers for the effort. I was responsible for the site rollout in Mexico, Taiwan, Brazil, and Australia. The entire gmbuypower.com team was made up of over 300 contractors from 9 different vendors, including IBM Global Services, EDS, CompuWare, and others.
I worked with the architecture team (30+ architects) in planning the Version 1 architecture and the Version 2 architecture. The majority of my contributions on the architecture team were in the area of configurator selection and implementation. The configurator software, provided by a third party, allows a customer to select various options on a car. This is a hugely complex piece of software as it has to keep track of all the options combinations, the cost of each, and various rules regarding inclusion and exclusion of additional options.
Additionally, I participated heavily in the construction of a single UI to be used in all 40 initial rollout countries and the underlying components which allowed local variables such as postal code vs. zip code to be resolved. I spent several weeks in Australia leading a team of 18 developers, architects, UI designers, and several business strategists in working directly with the Holden company of GM to implement the Holden version of gmbuypower.com. There were quite a lot of technical and political challenges to resolve in Australia, including differences in calculating distance to dealerships based on latitude and longitude, postal code, and legal issues regarding storage of personal data. The Holden site was run on NT with IIS and ASP. We spent a lot of time revising the ASP to match the functionality of the JSP used in the United States version of buypower.
My responsibilities as a project manager and technical architect were as follows: