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Steve Blais

Professional Profile

Steven Blais has over 50 years information technologies experience in technical, marketing, technology management and training positions. In the past ten years, he has developed over 130 courses for such varied clients as IBM, EMC, AXA Financial, New York Life Insurance, Federal Reserve Bank, the IRS, the FBI, Comerica, General Motors, SAIC, Allstate Insurance, National Institutes of Health, Kaiser-Permanente, Phillip Morris, Computer Associates, Network Systems Corporation, Storage Technologies, US West, Pac Bell, McClellan and Wright-Patterson Air Force Bases, Alcatel, AT&T, Arthur Andersen, Metropolitan Life, NASA (Kennedy Space Center), Shell Oil, Motorola, Lockheed-Martin and others.

Designed, developed, and delivered full curriculum for:

  • Seven-course business analyst curriculum for a commercial training company
  • Eight-course business analysis curriculum for a commercial training company
  • TCP/IP, client/server and network computing curriculum for IBM (13 weeks)
  • Client/server software development curriculum for IBM (13 weeks)
  • Business analysis, software development, and project management curriculum for largeEuropean bank (eight weeks)
  • Business analysis and project management curriculum for large European bank (fourweeks)
  • Business analysis and quality assurance curriculum for large US financial institution (threeweeks)
  • Introduction to networking and telecommunications management curriculum, five coursesfor General Motors
  • Software development, business analysis, quality assurance, and systems analysiscurriculum for a large US financial institution (six weeks)
  • Enterprise and project business analysis curriculum for a large healthcare company (threeweeks)
  • Business systems analysis curriculum for a systems integration company (two weeks)

Designed and recorded the following courses for online and on demand delivery:

  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (30 1-hour modules using Camtasia)
  • Digital Transformation Skills for Financial Institutions (8 1 hour modules using Adobe)
  • Analytics Technologies and Techniques (8 1-hour modules using Camtasia)
  • Security auditing and Pentesting (40 1-hour modules using Camtasia)
  • Managing Emerging Technologies (5 1-hour modules using Camtasia)

Designed and delivered many webinars and keynotes on business analysis, project management,business analysis and big data and other topics.

Courses were designed and developed for the following topics (partial list in no special order):

  • Facilitation skill
  • Earned-value management
  • Five-course project management curriculum
  • Program management
  • Developing business cases
  • Agile modeling
  • Agile management
  • Agile technology overview
  • Use cases
  • Object-oriented analysis and design
  • Software testing (including automated testing tools)
  • Software project management
  • Structure systems analysis and design
  • Software configuration management
  • Requirements elicitation and management
  • System and software engineering
  • Data modeling
  • Object-oriented design and analysis
  • Agile project management
  • Agile software development
  • Agile simulation using scrum
  • Introduction to design thinking
  • Penetration testing and ethical hacking
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery (multiple versions)
  • Cyber security boot camp
  • Strategic information systems security
  • PMI professional business analysis preparation course
  • Train the trainer
  • Agile for business analysts
  • Finance for non-financial managers
  • Agile for non-software developers
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Big data and business analytics
  • Introduction to business intelligence
  • Managing in a matrixed organization
  • Block-chain initiatives
  • Digital skills for Fintech digital transformation
  • Roles, responsibilities and techniques of the Business Analyst
  • TCP/IP
  • Client/server and distributed architecture
  • Web page development
  • NFS servers
  • Internet security
  • Network security
  • Internetworking
  • Quality control and assurance
  • UNIX
  • JAVA
  • COBOL
  • ATM
  • Local Area Networks (IEEE LANs and FDDI)
  • Data communications
  • Open Systems
  • Unified Modeling Language

Training Highlights

  • Developed and recorded courses for on demand delivery using Camtasia and othertools. Courses currently offered: business continuity and disaster recovery, securityand penetration testing, Big Data and analytics, design thinking, artificial intelligence,and block chain. (2015 – 2019)
  • Delivered multiple courses in a virtual online delivery using multiple platforms such asAdobe Connect, GoToMeeting, Skype, Webex, GoToWebinar, Centra. (2013 – 2019)
  • Designed, developed, and delivered courses in project management that comply withthe technical project management standards for the Federal Reserve. Deliveredcourses from 2006 through 2019. The courses were also delivered by trainers from twoother companies. Over 2100 staff members have taken the courses.
  • Designed, developed, and delivered several variations of business continuity anddisaster recovery courses for several training firms and organizations in the Mideast,Singapore, and the United States. (2016-2019)
  • Designed, developed, and delivered security courses including a cyber-security bootcamp, penetration testing, ethical hacking, strategic information security planning, andother courses for training organizations and clients around the world. (2015-2019)
  • Developed and taught a software testing curriculum consisting of three courses for aninternational delivery company. (2009)
  • Developed and taught three two-week courses as part of a new-hire technical bootcamp for a global European bank. (2008- 2015)
  • Developed and taught agile management courses for a number of US financial firms,consulting organizations and others. (2008 – 2019)
  • Developed and taught a business analyst curriculum consisting of four courses for aglobal insurance company in Tokyo. (2008 – 2009)
  • Developed and taught a series of courses for General Motors to assist all levels ofbusiness and technical staff understand and apply business analysis. (1997 – 2012)
  • Wrote the business analyst curriculum for a commercial training company consisting ofseven courses leading to a professional business analysis certificate and which is stilloffered. (2005 – 2019)
  • Developed and taught courses in the practice and process of being a Business Analystwhich has been presented to a wide variety of companies over the past several yearsincluding GSA, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., FootStar, The Limited, and others. (1996– 2009)
  • Developed and taught a requirements gathering and development course using theUML diagramming techniques at EMC (Boston) and Synapse Corporation (Stanford,CT). (2001 – 2003)
  • Developed and taught a requirements management and software testing course whichhas been delivered to a number of different companies. (1999 – 2012)
  • Developed and taught three 13-week courses for IBM Global Services in Austin,Boulder and East Fishkill, NY. The courses were in networking and softwaredevelopment. (1997 – 1999)
  • Developed and taught the Architecture and Infrastructure course as part of the IS&Seducation program at General Motors; to date nearly 500 students have taken thecourse. (1998 – 2000)
  • Developed and taught courses in the process of developing and managing distributedsystems for a New York life insurance company. Taught over 400developers over aperiod of nine months. (1998 – 2000)
  • Developed and taught a two-week hands-on course in developing networks frommultiple vendor equipment. Course includes creating servers, configuring routers,building firewalls, and setting up an intranet. (1999)
  • Developed and taught courses in NFS and media servers for EMC in Boston. (1997)
  • Developed and taught a Client/Server course for Con Edison in New York, teaching 450developers over the course of eight months (1995 – 1996)
  • As Manager of Instructors for Learning Tree International, doubled the size of theinstruction staff, supported the corporate sales department with technical informationand custom courses, and managed the travel, logistics and assignment of classes forthe instructor pool. (1993 – 1995)
  • As Product Development Manager for Learning Tree International, supervised thedevelopment of a Data Warehousing course and a DB2 course. (1995)
  • Developed a data modeling course for Fannie Mae. (1993)
  • Developed and taught a data modeling course for Cable & WirelessTelecommunications. (1992)
  • Wrote the COBOL course for the US Postal Service under contract. (1980)
  • Managed the technical educational processes for American Security Bank. (1974 -1975)
  • Managed the Computer Learning Center teaching: system design, FORTRAN, andCOBOL classes. (1970 – 1972)

Education

  • B.Sc., Management, Shenandoah University, 1977
  • PMP Certification, Project Management Institute, 2004-2019
  • PMI PBA Certification, Project Management Institute, 2014-2019

 

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