Jim is the Chief Operating Officer and Principal Consultant for Promised LAN Computing, Inc., a North Carolina corporation, (begun as a Virginia corporation), providing Computer Training and Network Consulting. He holds Novell CNE and Microsoft MCSE certifications.
He is experienced in Microsoft Networking (from the very first MS-DOS, Windows for Workgroups/3.1, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Server & SBS 2003. Server & SBS 2008, Server and SBS 2011), Microsoft clients (from MS-DOS, Windows 3x, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7); in Novell Networking, in internetworking (Cisco and Novell), in storage, backup, and recovery, and in network design and servicing.
He is familiar with internetworking through dialup, DSL, T1, and cable circuitry; and firewall technology including Cisco PIX, SonicWall, Watchguard, Microsoft ISA, and Novell BorderManager.
Additional operating systems with some experience include UNIX (Sun Solaris, Compaq, and SCO), Linux (Red Hat and Novell Suse), IBM mainframe connectivity (3270, SNA). Services are also provided on electronic musical synthesizers and Digital Audio Workstations.
Most important, Jim has a long successful business background, and is highly qualified in selection of both hardware and software to optimize information processing to keep your business running smoothly.
Navy Marine Corps Intranet
Previously, Jim was the Duty Manger and second Senior Management person on site supporting the Navy Marine Corps Intranet Information Strike Force Network Operations Center, located on Naval Operations Base, Norfolk, VA.
This was the largest IT project ever funded by the U. S. Government, and was a start-up operation. he was hired as a Windows 2000 Systems Administrator, promoted on 27 April, 2001 to the position of Senior Specialist, reorganized in September, 2001 to Systems Monitor to help develop better monitoring tools, then to Remote Fault Manager in mid 2003.
This position required extensive knowledge of design and maintenance of computer networks and associated equipment. Responsibilities included: sharing technical knowledge with all staff on assigned shift, provide training department with suggestions and recommendations for appropriate courseware or curriculum, and communicate and coordinate maintenance activities to the users and NOC team members via dispatch with Remedy. Additional management responsibilities include supervision of all NOC personnel (35), production of technical and business reports and documentation for senior management, and coordination with partner companies (MCI, Raytheon, and Wam!Net). Remote Fault Manager is tech lead and fills in for the Duty Manager. Extensive work with Remedy, Tivoli Tech Console, and NetView. This network built out to over 400,000 seats, using principally Windows 2000 in a 5 tree forest and Sun Solaris and Oracle.
Chesapeake General Hospital
Jim was the Network Engineer for Chesapeake General Hospital. His responsibilities included Analysis of hospital network requirements; Monitoring performance of LANs, WAN, and MAN; Short- and long-term planning to address network issues and security; Developing written recommendations for hospital policies; Advanced troubleshooting to isolate and diagnose network hardware, software, and wiring problems; Evaluating new hardware and software products for applicability and use in the hospital; Maintaining professional development; Providing training for Network Support Specialists and other Information Management staff; and other duties as assigned. He received basic Cisco training in switches and routers. The hospital used Cisco 1900, 5505, and 5500 switches, and 2500, 2600, and 3400 series routers; with Windows NT, NetWare, Compaq Open VMS, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, and SCO Unix, and IBM 3270 mainframe environment.
Computer Education Services (CES)
Jim was an Instructor for Computer Education Services, 5701 Thurston Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, (no longer in business). ; CES was a Novell Authorized Education Center. Since certification as CNI and CNE, he performed training for CES from their Newport News, Virginia Beach, and Richmond, VA offices.
CDA Incorporated--BTG Technology Systems
Jim worked as a Member of the Technical Staff of CDA Incorporated, 5301 Greensboro Dr., St. 350, McLean, VA 22102. The client company was BTG Technology Systems, 1768 Old Meadows Road, McLean, VA 22102. He installed, configured, and trained on specific PC and HP-Unix based components of a world-wide WAN for the U.S. Army HCSSA. His responsibilities included writing curriculum, traveling to the various Army Medical Centers, and teaching a three-day course.
Cason Data Services
Jim owned and operated a business, using the trade name of Cason Data Services (formerly Nikos Electronics and Electronics Unlimited), based in Chesapeake, VA; Elizabeth City, NC; and New Bern, NC. He was a Computer Consultant and Novell CNA, specializing in IBMTM Compatible Personal Computers, and the firm also performed field service of Electronic Church and Home Organs, Synthesizers, Music Computers, and related systems, many of which are extensively computerized.