John A. Reder


Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: ENTJ
Logic IQ score: 164



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This shows the progression I took
from being an electronics technician,
trough systems and network administration
and finally software development
and project mamagement.

Career Objective:
Seeking senior position in software/solution/technology development, combining project leadership, programming, system design and administration with innovative abilities. Should include a flexible environment with creative latitude and appreciation of individual attainment. Particular interests include software development, automating processes, electronics, developing integrated solutions and creative problem solving.

Special Note:
I'm probably not interested in anything under $120k/yr. For other areas of the country please convert from Cincinnati, Ohio to local cost of living. In a field where experience and age typically get used against you, please don't consider someone like me for a small job. I'm best suited for a position where you can benefit from my experience and background. For offers that would require me to leave Cincinnati, I'm more likely to consider offers that come with a signing bonus and paid move/relocation expenses. For recruiters; I'm not interested in temporary assignments. Please don't send me email asking for a copy of my resume in Microsoft Word format. If you are unable to cut and paste this version of the document, you may not be skilled enough to properly recruit a technical resource at my level. No offence intended, just a reality revealed to someone who has been around as long as me.

1997-Present Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Lead Software Developer - Cincinnati, Ohio
Duties include: Web Application Development with ASP.NET (ASPX) .Net 1.1, 2.0, 3.5 and 4.0. also COM+ object based software development using Visual Basic 6.0, SilverLight 2.0 (XAML), HTML/XML, ASP, Java Script, C# on the IIS platform. Interface development and Administration using TIBCO. Software development and design (using UML - Enterprise Architect and Rational) Source code management with SourceSafe and Team Foundation, Virtual Server Configuration and support with VMWare as well as project management, planning, and managing contractors. MS Access and MS SQL Server database design. SQL Report design using Active Reports and SQL Server Reporting Services. Other languages skill-sets worth mentioning include; DOS Batch, Unix Shell, C, C++, Python and Processing. I have acquired skills for Epic Systems integration requiring proficiency using
InterSystem's Caché and the MUMPS development language. I attended Epic Install Utilities, Epic Chronicles Programmer I (Chronicles/MUMPS Development) and II (Chronicles aware VB Active-X Hyperspace form development) training.
Some projects that I have worked on have received international recognition for the hospital. Most recently Cincinnati Children's was ranked number 1 in the health care category and number 2 overall in the 2009 Information Week magazine listing of the top 500 innovators. This was our third year on the list! Applications that were recognized were ones I contributed to, for example on our Fetal Care Center Portal, I constructed most of the reports using SSRS and our Patient/Family Portal called MyCareConnection is a multi-clinic portal where I was the lead developer for its usability design and initial Phase 1 release.

I am also an executive committee alum of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Family Advisory Council which helps the hospital focus on providing the best Family Centered Care possible. This was/is some of the most rewarding volunteer work I have done outside of my professional role as a software developer.

1988-1997 NCR Corporation / AT&T Global Information Solutions
1988-1990 Field Engineer - Cincinnati, Ohio Duties included traveling to customer sites and repairing computer hardware and software problems.
1990-1993 Technical Support Analyst - Dayton, Ohio Duties included providing technical support to Field Engineers and customers in a help desk environment. Performing systems and database administration and software development. Major account project management and providing product support training. The contracts I lead ran from Firestone multi-terminal POS/Inventory systems to supporting X Windows developers adapting to a Commodore Amiga UNIX S5V4 port. While working in this role I took the initiative to automate and simplify the work process by developing a system that became known as Help Desk Utilities (HDU) this allowed easy call logging and included working simulated models of the systems we supported including their hardware components. Download This for a Demo of HDU. I was a self taught programmer at this point.
1993-1997 North American Dispatch and 2nd Level Support Center - Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Systems Administrator / Oracle DBA / Reports designer
  • Desk Side Support / Software Support / Systems Upgrades
  • Software Developer - reports and process automation/integration
  • NCR/AT&T GIS Network Engineer Certified
  • Novell CNE/CNA certified
  • G3r Phone switch and CMS administration
Duties included Providing workstation and database solutions, hardware and application support. Software development using Visual Basic, QuickBasic, C, HTML and Java designing and supporting hundreds of applications. Other duties included AT&T G3r phone switch administration and report interface development, ORACLE database administration and report development, Lotus Notes Server administration. UNIX server support and administration, Novell Server administration, NT Server administration, LAN administration and workstation design and rollout.
1988-1988 Radio Systems Installer and Closed Circuit TV Repairman for Combined Technologies Inc. - Cincinnati, Ohio
1984-1988 U.S. Navy, Avionics Technician and A-4 Plane Captain (Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron VAQ-33) - Naval Air Station Key West, Florida

Software Development career related experience:

Some examples of my work

Specific Strengths related to EPIC:

At the time of updating this resume' EPIC Software is the 800lb gorilla in the healthcare industry. I was fortunate enough to attend some Epic developer training at their Madison Wisconsin headquarters. To qualify you must submit code in both MUMPS (using the M Standard) and Visual Basic 6.0 (their Hyperspace product uses ActiveX heavily). If you prove your level of proficiency is high enough you are allowed to attend their chronicles developer training classes. Having been involved in one of their largest Epic implementations, I'd like to mention a skill I offer that seems to really add value. A large challenge when implementing this suite of products comes from migrating and integrating data from existing systems into the various EPIC modules. I have been very successful in developing automated EPIC j^import xml (.xls) files that can be dynamically generated from existing non-Epic systems. This gives your organization the ability to either simplify the migration of data from non-Epic systems into the new Epic system. This is not like developing Hl7 interfaces for real-time system to system transactional data. This is very useful when you cannot use known Epic Bridges interface solutions and still need to migrate data into Epic on a regular basis. This is for importing large data chunks into Epic using the Epic j^import tools. I was able to resolve some 11th hour system data integration issues by developing dynamic imports that leverages these tools to synchronize the Epic data with data generated within existing systems. I was also able to develop tools which allowed our institution to keep some existing processes and approval workflows in place allowing them to keep using a known good solution and generate regularly timed imports to update the Epic product with the recent changes. Tools such as this lessen the pain of a Epic implementation and allow your organization the freedom to keep known successful processes and systems in place.

Past experience not related to chosen career path:

  • Systems administration on ORACLE and INFORMIX based database servers.
  • Large server maintenance including UNIX system 5 release 2,3 and 4, multiprocessor MP-RAS, and RAID level 5 configurations.
  • Network and File server support on Windows NT and NOVELL servers using Ethernet and Token Ring topologies utilizing TCP/IP, lanman and IPX protocols. LAN/WAN support involving CISCO routers including Starlan and Cabletron Hubs and related programming.
  • Providing Lotus Notes server and database administration.
  • AT&T G3r Phone switch administration and Lucent’s CMS reporting system.
  • Developing custom reports using ORACLE FORMS, MS-SQL/Stored procedures. 
  • Server and workstation application support.
  • Configuration and support of many hardware products including large multiprocessor servers, Intel based PC’s and peripherals, Proprietary hardware and software products too numerous to mention here.

Summary of strengths:

#1 Strength: Action Oriented. When people need something done, they come to me. I am a self starter who accomplishes goals and follows through on ideas.

#2 Strength: Creativity. I am a one-person idea factory. If someone gives me a blank slate I'll have it filled in no time. I'm innovative and resourceful.

#3 Strength: Persistence. The word "quit" is not in my vocabulary. I work hard, always keeping my goals in mind and I persevere through whatever it takes to make it happen.

#4 Strength: People Person. I am confident, outgoing and friendly. I have depth of understanding and caring. I listen with genuine empathy and am truly interested in people. I am energized by my interactions with others.

#5 Strength: Persuasion. I have a knack for influencing others and confidence in my ability to sell. I easily understand others' points of view and fine-tune my negotiations accordingly. I try to balance quick thinking with a warm and caring demeanor.

I started writing computer software as a hobbyist since the first personal computers hit the consumer market in 1981 and have been developing software professionally since around 1990. Over the years preceding 1990 and into my software development career path, I have had many additional responsibilities that included electronics analysis and repair, service/support desk, PC repair, server administration and repair, network design and administration, database design and administration and phone switch administration. My skills and professional business needs have exposed me to many operating systems, software development frameworks, numerous hardware platforms and most database technologies. The one thread that ties all of these experiences together is my drive to produce results. I'm willing to learn and master almost any technology that will allow me to reach any goal that is set.

I want to be the person at the center of a project that delivers quality work and a product/solution that best suits the needs of my customers and coworkers.  My software development strengths shine brightest when I'm called upon to do agile and extreme programming tasks, delivering quick results to best fit an immediate need and a deliverable/product that is strong enough to stand on its own for many years.

In my current role, I have been part of a software development team that has grown from a few maverick agile developers (1997) into a more mature Object Oriented Analysis and Design team who's talents are in high demand. We now use an engineering/process based approach. We have broken our roles out into application developers, testers, infrastructure/framework designers, interface developers, project managers, support management and requirement documenters. Some of us share our talents across multiple roles. We are tied to a larger I.T. department that has grown more than ten times the size it was when I started.

I have written software for many types of systems over the years, some as a hobbyist and others as a professional. I can say that I’m the only developer I know in my field that has written large scale enterprise wide applications completely on my own for one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the world, I've sold and published applications and video games for early (TRS-80/C64) and modern PC’s including a few console games for the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. I have even developed my own computer language for use in one of my products. I can boast that I have written software in at least 12 different computer languages. Schools, businesses and governments have licensed my software; Universities and students have used my software as the basis for Artificial Intelligence research and thesis development (reference: Proceedings of the 1999 Congress on Evolutionary Computation). Some of my products have even been featured in a major computer gaming magazine (250,000+ subscribers). Many products of mine have been featured on published CD compilations.

I believe that my interpersonal skills, knowledge of electronics, microcontrollers, operating systems, software development (both agile and team engineered), network engineering, database management, customer service, business development, marketing, process development, process improvement and project management have prepared me for almost any challenge in the I.T. industry. I can provide the insight of someone who has been a part of most aspects of this industry and as someone who has grown in skills along side of the technologies as they emerged.


I perform best when I am part of a strategic partnership with creative influence. Looking back at the last 2+ decades the one thing that ties all of my best accomplishments together would be the times when I was allowed to partner with those who I was working for. In almost all cases the projects were typically great successes and they became catalysts for future organizational achievements. The times when I was simply a subservient order taker working for those who preferred to control all creative aspects were the times I felt the least valued, however, these were the times I worked at improving myself (See HDU system demo for an example). I am a stickler for good usable documentation that not only makes it easy for those who follow to enhance the code but also for those who must support it. I feel that the success of any solution comes from its supportability.

Hobbies and interests:

Astronomy, Physics, Cosmology and collecting or recreating classic video games from the 8-bit era. Programming and marketing software. Maintaining and selling my creations through my website ( Design and construction of full size Arcade cabinets. Developing video games for the PC and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. I also like to tinker with programming Arduino microcontrollers creating various electronics projects for fun. If you are interested in learning more, Google my name or some of my products and you'll see that there are hundreds of references available. I feel pride in finding that many people who do not know me have taken the time to use, review or include my products in their inventories. I really appreciate those who have sent me hart-warming letters telling me how my work has influenced their lives. That means more to me than any profit I have earned from them.

References, certifications, 20+ years of excellent performance evaluations and training records are available upon request.