Full-stack engineer, systems architect, and well-spoken hacker of applications that often integrate with enterprise systems, department-level solutions, and bespoke applications. Seasoned problem-solver who provides pragmatic, clever guidance when surrounded by immutable constraints. Managing consultant for whom client success ranks first among concerns. Leader of collaborative, positive interactions between colleagues, stakeholders, and communities. Advocate for open standards and cross-platform compatible solutions. Spouse, father, mentor, pragmatic techie, and someone who is always happy to help.
Project Highlights 2013-2015 :
Mia Roberts-Perez for Judge, Campaign Consultant
When Mia Roberts-Perez decided to take a risk, to step up from running her successful law firm to run for Judge in Philadelphia, she looked to Freddy's consulting services for her campaign. Starting with a campaign website, Freddy built a site that demonstrated Mia's capability, diversity, and looked polished and responsive on any screen. Next, Freddy developed a fundraising page with a custom Stripe checkout process, database-backed volunteer forms, and segmented marketing funnels with list aggregation that provided a foundation to grow Mia's campaign reach. When the need arose, Freddy stepped in to manage day-to-day social media messaging, branding, and advertising that reached Millenials through Boomers and creatively engaged thousands of potential voters. Throughout the campaign, Freddy dispatched graphic designs, including print advertising and social media branding, which provided cohesive, integrated campaign messaging. Freddy was the go-to technology operative for the Mia Roberts-Perez campaign team, which won the primary election on May 19th 2015, siezing one of twelve ballot slots from a field of more than 40 candidates.
Tech: Node.js, Restify, PostgreSQL, HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, Bootstrap, NGinx, Stripe API, Twitter, Facebook, Inkscape, Blender
SubFame by DigitalTrunk
White-label music technology venture enabling artists and labels to establish self-branded subscription streaming services. Recognizing that an artist's career musical output includes more than standard track releases: it includes b-sides, live shows, interviews, special appearances, unreleased music, jam sessions, etc. A working artist produces new and exclusive content frequently that's of very special interest to super-fans. The SubFame platform allows artists and labels to generate revenue from content they already own via a subscription model and with minimal effort.
Tech: Node.js, Express, Restify, PostgreSQL, CouchDB, HTML, CSS, JQuery, NGinx, FFmpeg, Amazon S3, Sonos API, Roku SDK
Structural Integrity Database: Consultant Interface
The Quality Assurance Division (QAD) of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) collects and manages information about infrastructure repairs identified by the Structural Inspections Group (SIG). Consultants external to the PANYNJ are contracted by SIG to perform inspections of PANYNJ run infrastructure. These consultants collect and submit extensive information about repairs required at each facility they inspect, and in collaboration with SIG, they classify each repair as Safety, Routine, Priority, or Immediate. The classification of the repair determines both the schema for the data collected and the subsequent procedures for addressing the repair. This application, titled Structural Information Database (SID) Upload, provides a secure, managed, validating web interface where SIG's consultants enter inspection information. This application replaced a intricate array of Excel files and folder structures and currently facilitates agency-wide data collection for thousands of repairs and dozens of external consultants.
Electronic Document Center: Engineering Dept. Search & Expert Services
The Electronic Document Center (EDoC) of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) provides secure storage and access to archival engineering and project files agency-wide, including contract and tenant drawings, contract and tenant documents, authorizations, justifications, permits, certificates, etc. The EDoC Search was developed to provide flexible and focused search criteria tailored to a number of document types, complex search result filtering, configurable criteria and results metadata, browsable contents by project, and more. Critical technical and administrative support were provided to the Engineering Exec Suite for imaging and capture of all document types handled by EDoC. Among others, the OpenText Livelink Export Module and the associated WebService code bases were maintained, including the resolution of architectural issues, repair of software bugs, and upward migration of an aging codebase. Evaluated the state of imaging technology in use by EDoC and developed an imaging technology assessment, associated recommendations report, and cost/benefit analyses.
Finance Department: Paperless Initiative & Migration
The Finance Department of STV Inc. became a repository for Accounts Payable files, Accounts Receivable files, and various contracting document types. Accounting staff was literally surrounded by walls of filing boxes, upsetting fire marshals, when the corporate paperless initiative launched in 2013-14 and demanded radical changes to departmental business processes and record storage techniques. By leveraging a combination of partnerships for backfile conversion, software imaging technology for day-forward capture (PsiGen), enterprise content management (Microsoft Office 365), and some bespoke development to glue it all together, all file boxes and a majority of paper was eliminated from the Finance Department in less than 6 months. Now, multi-function devices nation-wide scan into drop boxes where PsiGen automated batches recognize, route, and process PDFs for approval, posting, and archival storage of AR documents. Dedicated workstations in the main office run PsiGen to capture AP and Contract documents. Office 365 hosts all PDF records to facilitate OCR and meta-driven searches and retrieval. The intra-company FedEx bill is plummeting.
Legal Department: .NET & SQL integrations, Livelink Workflows
The Legal Department of The Dannon Company invested heavily in OpenText Livelink from 2009-14. Expert services were provided to administrate, maintain, and provide 2nd tier support for this enterprise system. Significant business process enabling workflows were developed within Livelink to support the Legal Department, including the Contract Review Workflow, PO Requisition Workflow, Contract Assembly Workflow, etc. These workflows involved custom web pages, database integrations, etc.
“I had the pleasure of working with Fred on many projects during my tenure at Entium Technology Partners. Fred has a strong acumen in the assessment of customer requirements to align and propose solutions that extend the capabilities of baseline platforms by using the native application programming interfaces, as well as through the development of custom software programs to meet customer objectives. Additionally, Fred leverages his ample experience in his field to ensure his innovations are upgradeable within the context of the customers' environments to achieve sustainable applications that maximize the return on investment and minimize future code non-conformities. While these attributes may be ubiquitous among other strong development resources, I must emphasize that Fred's professional and affable demeanor elevates him to a more noteworthy league within his discipline.”
— Jeremy White
Director, Locus Systems Inc.
“Fred contributed to many projects under my lead. His skills in User Experience and System Interaction design are outstanding.”
— Alina Gavrilova
Founder & Innovation Visionary, Navita Technologies
“As former colleagues at Entium, I know Freddy has the ability to provide elegant solutions to difficult technology problems. Smart, creative with excellent analytic skills and a voracious appetite for new technology, Freddy is the best developer I know.”
— Inge Forlenza
Senior Business Systems Analyst
About Freddy Bowen :
While developing projects from scratch is always fun, I get special satisfaction from working with code in legacy systems, bad/failed implementations, or the complicated, unglamourous backend work that other developers shirk or botch routinely. I enjoy hacking, discovering how systems work, and leveraging that knowledge to make new features possible. This persistence allows me to excel at systems integration work. I am also a developer who enjoys writing SQL while many do not. I love regular expressions. I was deep into CouchDB when it was fresh and enjoy Node.js work when it's available. I am a polyglot programmer and I enjoy working in C#, although I am moving toward favoring F#, and I believe the possibilities opened by .NET Core going open-source and cross-platform will be monumental. I run Windows 2016 for .NET development and Funtoo Linux for everything else.
I am interested in freelancing, working with start-ups, and continuing to improve the accessibility, usability, and performance of enterprise systems for mega corps to the benefit of the always gratified daily users of those frequently wretched systems.
I reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with my wife and two young children. Outside of work, I am interested in good fiction, old home restoration, rowing/sculling, antiquated electronics, Spanish cured meats, shepherding (seriously), and jazz.
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