Brian J. Armknecht

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Sungard Availability Services                                                                           

Solutions Architect                                                                                                                           

October 2013 – Present

·   Responsible for pre-sales IT solutions architecture for enterprise customers with complex IT environments that include cloud computing, managed hosting, security, and disaster recovery

·   Helps guide C-level leadership teams in crafting corporate IT strategies to efficiently achieve business outcomes

·   Experienced at developing solutions for hybrid IT environments that require integration of legacy physical systems with newer virtualized and cloud environments


Verizon Terremark

IT Solutions Architect                                                                                                                           

January 2011 – September 2013

·   Offered pre-sales consultative IT architecture and engineering to Fortune 500 companies with global reach

·   Created custom managed hosting solutions using both physical and cloud environments  to address customers’ business objectives while remaining within budget constraints

·   Authored technical presentations for customers on topics including managed hosting , cloud computing, virtualization, storage, and backups

·   Delivered complex multi-tower solutions by partnering with Verizon’s Security Solutions, VoIP, Network Engineering, and Professional Services organizations

·   Developed detailed customer data center configuration diagrams


Verizon Business                                                                                                                                                   

Solutions Engineer                                                                                                                       

July 2007 – December 2010

·   Provided sales engineering support to over 50 national and multinational accounts

·   Designed voice and data communications networks using MPLS, sip trunking, and Ethernet technologies

·   Responsible for developing and presenting telecommunications, security, and information technology solutions to customers

·   Acted as technical resource for Sales Account Managers and team members


Senior Planning Engineer                                                                                                                                        

September 2000 – June 2007

·   Developed and maintained databases to track network capacity, projects timelines, and budgets

·   Analyzed and forecasted traffic demands on Verizon Business’ SONET, DWDM, and Ethernet networks to plan for network expansions

·   Developed strategic guidelines to standardize Verizon Business’ local network planning and equipment selection

·   Created network optimization plans based on analysis of network inefficiencies

·   Approved capital funding for network expansion projects using Net Present Value cost and revenue analysis to determine financial feasibility


WorldCom (now Verizon Business)                                                                                                                     

Senior Implementation Engineer                                                                                                                           

March 2000 – September 2000

·   Supervised team of six engineers.  Assigned and reviewed their projects and managed deadlines

·   Met with networking equipment vendors to gather data for internal technology recommendations

·   Selected equipment vendor for network expansion projects based on engineering and budgeting requirements

·   Interviewed, hired, and trained new engineers


Implementation Engineer                                                                                                                                        

October 1998   March 2000

·   Met with customers to identify their project specifications and bandwidth needs

·   Designed fiber optic systems to meet customer needs within power, space, and fiber loss constraints

·   Engineered a citywide OC48C internet backbone network for UUNET in Washington, DC


MFS Network Technologies                                                                                                                             

Systems Engineer                                                                                                                                                        

June 1997 - October 1998

·   Surveyed customer sites to determine feasibility of equipment installations

·   Authored telecom installation specifications

·   Generated AutoCAD drawings of equipment racks



Northwestern University                                                                                                                                  

Evanston, IL

M.S. in Information Technology, June 2006

Courses included in this program:

·   Communications Networks

·   Wireless Technologies

·   Strategic Marketing

·   Managing Technology Development and Innovation

·   Financial Management for IT Professionals

·    Enterprise Application Integration

·   Information Security and Assurance   

·   Probability and Statistical Methods

·   Database, Information and Decision Support Systems


Bradley University                                                                                                                                                

Peoria, IL

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, May 1997


Study abroad in Russian language and history, Samara State Aerospace University, summer 1994