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Douglas O.

Boonville, MO

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Platt College
MBA
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MBA

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Platt College (MBA)

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About Douglas

Its hard to know where to start here or what to say. I guess I should start with saying that I'm always wanting to learn something I don't know or how to do something I do know better. Over the years I've gained knowledge in many areas and I love passing on that knowledge. I have been responsible for teaching others computer concepts as well as other subjects like structured program design, various design methodologies, and more practical things like electricity, repairing computers, and much more.

I have been associated with tutoring and/or teaching for many years mainly in association with my jobs which has ranged from programming, computer repair, and networking. Included is project management, database design, and writing user and reference manuals for people using the software that I've written or have been apart in writing. It is one of the most satisfying experiences to see a person struggling with something and then I can break it down in a way that helps them to understand it and excel at it.

I have worked in the computing (IT or MIS) industry for more than 36 years and during that time I've had to wear many different hats. I.e., programmer, programmer/analyst, database administrator, security officer, project manager, networking, repair, and consultant. I've worked on many different platforms that includes but is not limited to: Mainframes, midranges, and personal computers. To help end users do their jobs I've had to integrate platforms together and also integrate many different software products with customized software. Software products such as Microsoft Office products and other third party software. I've worked on many different Operating Systems that started with CP/M, DOS (all version), S/360, 370 and 390, and all Windows versions beginning with Windows 3 to windows 10. As well as IBM's midrange OS.

Many problems we face - especially as students - is what I term "you can't see the forest because of the trees". Now this may sound confusing or not what you're going through. But before you discount what I'm saying listen to this first. When beginning something new such as career in IT and one of its many branches you have to know many things about many different components. At this point, you may know something, but you have more in front of you (that you need to learn) than you have behind you (what you have learned). So with this lack of knowledge its hard to determine what you should use and where you should use it (if at all). In school, you're given all the components you need to complete an assignment and with having no experience you struggle with how to put these components together. This is natural in learning something new. However, sometimes the way something is presented or taught makes this even harder. I truly believe this as there is no bad student only a bad teacher which is why computing has such a high drop out rate. A person I respect very much told me - when I was starting my learning process - that "a smart man doesn't know everything, but a smart man does know where to look for those answers. So, if you need help, I'll show you how to find you're answers and get through this. Thanks for looking me over and I hope to help you with you're learning difficulties.
Its hard to know where to start here or what to say. I guess I should start with saying that I'm always wanting to learn something I don't know or how to do something I do know better. Over the years I've gained knowledge in many areas and I love passing on that knowledge. I have been responsible for teaching others Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Boonville, MO 65233
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Vocabulary

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AutoCAD

Before I started a Computing career I went to school for Mechanical and Architectural Design. A part of what I had to learn was AutoCAD software. I currently am using AutoCAD 2015 and use it frequently when laying out specifications for specific parts or floor plans for buildings, electrical, and plumbing. I used this software a lot - mainly for myself and others - and have a lot I can show someone who wants to learn it.

COBOL

I started my career by learning two languages. Namely COBOL and RPG. I've written code in this language on a mainframe, midrange and personal computer. I began writing COBOL code back when we had to write the program, enter that program on Hollerith cards and them submit them for test runs to see if there was any logic errors. This is a very typing intensive language and is very English like. But a very important item that many people forget is the simple period which if omitted can take hours and even days to find in a large program. One of the strengths that COBOL had early on was the ease with which it could handle many files.

Computer Programming

I began my career as a programmer and through the years was promoted to programmer/analyst IV. I have written billions of lines of code in various languages and do not have to spend time struggling with writing software applications. When people explain to me what they want it is simple to digest what documents they use to do their job(s) and how they enter it and then to what information they need from it to make informed and reliable business decisions. Even when performing other functions (like project management, for instance) I still had to look over code that others had written from specifications that I provided them to ensure they met the requirements necessary.

DOS

Back when personal computers were starting to come into the picture, CP/M was the operating system. Then along came DOS and even though Windows is no longer built upon it, its' commands can and are still frequently used in the command prompt window to perform low level functions like running system file checker and capturing network statistics to trouble shoot problems. I have worked with every revision of this OS on IBM compatible personal computers. It should be noted that despite its' common usage, none of the systems was named simply DOS (a name given only to an unrelated IBM mainframe operating system in the 1960s). Instead, DOS came in many different names such as, MS-DOS and PC-DOS among others. In closing, I have spent a lot of hours using this.

English

One of the most important skills I ever learned is English and the importance of using it correctly. It has played an important role in all facets of my life and career as a way of communicating ideas, concepts and so on. In many cases, it is a person's first way of sizing you up or forming an opinion of you or your work. One of the most important lessons my parents taught me was to dot my i's and cross my t's. In other words, pay attention to the details. It is very important to avoid simple mistakes like incomplete sentences and when to use "a" as opposed to "an"; and not putting the cart before the horse. By that I mean everything has to be presented in the correct order. If it's not you're left with a bunch of sentences that may or may not make sense.

General Computer

As mentioned elsewhere in my profile I have worked in various Information Technology positions over the years ranging from programmer to database administrator and project management. This includes working with various operating systems like cp/m, dos and all versions of windows. Mainframes, S/36, S/37, and AS/400's including i-Series machines where the operating systems were JCL (for mainframes), OCL and CL (for S/36,37, and AS/400s and i-series machines). Configurations varied from dumb terminals (5250 emulation) to desk tops networked with the larger machines (using every version of windows to come out but primarily windows NT for the larger companies).

Grammar

As I mentioned in my English submission, what you say and how you say it is critical. Many factors come into play. You have to tailor the vernacular to the audience that is reading your work. For example, if presenting a piece of writing for younger kids or lay-persons you would need to use grammatically correct English geared for them. However, if presenting a report to a learned person or group then you need grammatically correct English for them. So your writing would have to conform to the task at hand, and the grammar would still have a role to play. In linguistics, grammar is the set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language and in this case that would be English.

Microsoft Access

One of the things you have to know about when you are a programmer or someone involved heavily in IT is Databases and files. Microsoft Access, even though not a true relational database, has come a long way in becoming one. A big corporation wouldn't use it because it cannot adequately handle large amounts of data easily and efficiently but for smaller businesses and individuals it is a great file system. I worked a lot with this office product and have designed many databases for people and companies using it.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel was the first widely used spreadsheet for both businesses and personal users. Many people imported a myriad of files of different formats into Excel. If Microsoft didn't directly support a file format it could quickly be converted to a comma separated file (CSV) and then imported into Excel. So in many ways Excel was a way to get data from a centralized place (either statically or dynamically transmitted) onto an individuals computer for further massaging, reporting, etc.

In my career I had to set-up many transfer requests that users (ranging from CFO's to data entry personnel) could run to obtain information to perform the necessary duties of their positions and sometimes this included complex macros and calculations to get data into correct formats.

Microsoft Outlook

There are two email/calendar/and scheduling software applications that quickly captured the majority of the markets and became seemingly ubiquitous. One was Lotus Notes (now known as IBM Notes) and the other Microsoft Outlook. I have used both extensively during my career and became very adept in handling them. Outlook can be used with other third party and Microsoft Office programs like Project in sending meeting emails and appointments/tasks/to do's. Additionally, Outlook provides a method for tying multiple web based email accounts into it for a centralized place where all the emails can be viewed from one location (on your pc). Additionally, sophisticated rules can be set up to move incoming emails to various folders to help in organization and inbox clutter. I have used this software a lot and have taught others how to use it more efficiently.

Microsoft Windows

With the advent of the pc and it replacing dumb terminals in a network environment, I have worked with every version of Windows. Early on software development for a pc was not very standardized and many problems occurred where Windows had to be either fixed, altered, or in someway changed to cope with the myriad of software being developed in a not so structured way. Although not as bad now-a-days problems still occur that require registry, OS, and hardware fixes. In my career I've had to work with Windows a lot since it is used everywhere in business. I have also written articles about how to do things to avoid future problems and to protect your pc or laptop.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is software that has a ubiquitous presence in our modern day life. Most office jobs require knowledge of this software since it is a standard part of Microsoft's Office suite. In my IT career I have had to create many documents presenting information with this software as well as using its OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) features that allowed spreadsheets and other objects to be incorporated into Word (either statically or dynamically).

Public Speaking

I have given many speeches in different private functions concerning how to improve aspects of a business, ways of doing job functions to improve results, and to help new employees transition to the way the business is run. I have been a member of Toastmasters for many years and while a part of that organization I helped many new members in becoming comfortable with public speaking. This ranges from helping to develop a personal style and mannerisms while speaking, to creating speeches that compliment the styles and mannerisms. This also includes attention grabbing techniques to keep an audience captivated.

Vocabulary

As I have grown up the importance of vocabulary has constantly been with me. I have always been an avid reader of publications like The Smithsonian, Scientific American, the Wilson Quarterly, and the Economist. I would make myself read them from cover to cover. It was frustrating at first because I always had to have a dictionary at hand to look up the many words I did not know the meaning of. As time went on my dependence on the dictionary slowly diminished. This is when the understanding of why I needed a wide vocabulary. To understand the many concepts and ways to say things that exist on different levels. This vocabulary has helped me throughout my personal life and career and you cannot succeed without it.

Writing

The ability to write well is a learned task that must be mastered by anyone who wants to obtain better jobs. Whether it is presenting facts in a report for some reason or to making an advertising pitch, good writing skills are necessary and required by most institutions of higher learning. I have spent many hours learning these skills and using them in reports, recommendations, proposals, and in essays and dissertations.

Platt College
MBA
Columbia College
MBA

Education

Platt College (MBA)

Columbia College (MBA)

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Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

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Douglas will travel within 20 miles of Boonville, MO 65233.