I help organizations deliver business value by assisting with their IT strategy
and its implementation. I see the big picture and can focus on implementation
details for satisfactory delivery of results.
My versatility has been utilized in software development, project management, vendor and stakeholder management, systems integration and other roles.
I value a whole systems perspective and consider perspectives of the customer and end-user of the product whether their touch-point is a user interface or an API.
“There’s no growth without challenge”.
IT is a moving target and it's moving faster than ever. Versatility and forward thinking is an advantage in this space: staying abreast of trends and state of the practice can help leverage new perspectives and tools for increasing value and reducing costs.
- Experienced in full life-cycle software development from requirements analysis through implementation.
- Experienced as a systems integrator with exposure to the business capture role.
- Adept at speaking the language of the customer to discuss needs, issues, and impediments to success.
System and Software Architecture
Whether its three-tier, publish-subscribe, monolithic, or
microservice, there are establish architectural and design
patterns that represent solutions to common
problems. They are execellent starting points to
begin crafting a solution to your particular situation and
Furthermore, the cloud platorm and in particular, serverless technologies presents opportunities to quickly "kick the tires" on ideas without breaking the bank.
Systems and Application Analysis
Not every project is a green-field project. There are plenty of systems still producing value for their customers. Systems require maintainance and thus age over time. Analyis is needed to determine impacts to code, support new business requirements, or when seeking to leverage or integrate other services.
Software Development and Management
Just as it is important to understand the what and why of the project - it is just as important to determine how a system will be built. There will always be trade-offs given constraints of time, budget, scope, and quality requirements. However, apps should have a level of maintainability and seek to reduce technical debt, which over time builds and makes systems expensive to maintain and enhance. This includes keeping things that will vary from things that won't, isolating business logic from implementation, and eliminating repeating code.
A Few Words From Clients and Former Colleagues
" Cliff Gardner has provided outstanding support to SAG Corporation for over 10 years as the primary IT manager for our service-disabled veteran-owned small business. An exceptional professional who is a pleasure to work with, Cliff has succeeded with every challenge and ensured all IT requirements are met on time and in the most cost-effective manner. While providing daily support for the SAG IT infrastructure and financial systems, he has been critical in planning and executing ongoing steps required to comply with the DOD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and in developing complex software to support contractual deliverables for several of our most important clients. Cliff is a trusted and essential member of our team, and we are most fortunate to have his services."
Chairman of the Board and Former President & CEO, SAG Corporation
A Few Words From Former Colleagues and Clients
Prinicpal Solution Architect, Lockheed Martin
" Cliff and I worked closely together while we were at Lockheed Martin for a client engagement. I found Cliff to be a thorough professional with a can-do attitude. He successfully led the development team to meet the client requirements of a complex integration project. It was a pleasure working with Cliff and I would recommend him for any IT management role."
Director PMO, Cablevision
"Cliff is a detailed oriented project manager who who is able to build solid relationships with sponsors and stakeholders. He manages expectations and delivers projects on-time, within budget, and per stakeholder expectations."
Business Systems Analyst, Cablevision
"I worked with Cliff Gardner as a Business Systems Analyst on several telecommunication projects including automated provisioning for digital set-top boxes. As a project manager, Cliff exhibited a professional and efficient style that enabled team members to collaborate more effectively from a time and cost perspective. He motivated his teams to always deliver a successful product, and it was a pleasure to follow under his direction. Cliff’s versatile skills as a business and technical leader were evident during the time I served under his direction."