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Dave Brillhart

IBM, Sr. Architect
Orlando, FL

I have over 20 years of deep and varied experience in IT. Currently, I've been with IBM for 10 years, successfully leading and delivering strategy and design engagements as a Sr. Architect, across a variety of industries and challenges. Many of my projects have focused on data center optimization and consolidation, process improvement, app rationalization, infrastructure architecture and standardization, org change, cloud adoption, business continuity and business case development. I generally perform in the role of Lead Architect and Engagement Manager, responsible for the success of the project and the quality of the deliverables.

Over the years, I have earned an Electrical Engineering degree, completed studies in a Masters of Engineering program, wrote an expert system for a manufacturing line, hold several US Patents, have published several articles and have been a key speaker at several conferences. I've been a hardware designer, application developer, system admin, pre-sales systems engineer, billable IT architect, project manager, and consultant.

My aspirations are to leverage these skills and experiences to lead a progressive corporation's IT department into the next generation of business alignment and efficient delivery of quality services. 


University of Florida, BSEE, 1985

Major: Electrical Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science

University of Louisville, MENG

Major: Masters of Engineering
Degree: Computer Engineering

Work Experience

IBM - Sr. Architect, May 2005 to Current

Sun Microsystems - Sr. Architect, Aug 1995 to May 2005

Harris Corporation - System Administrator, Jul 1988 to Aug 1995

Racal-Milgo Inc - Engineer, Jul 1985 to Aug 1986

Role Summary

IBM Sr. IT Architect - Strategy & Design Practice

After assisting in developing the contract and WBS, my typical project involves a leading a team of 4-8 resources (*), for a duration of several months, for a contract value (labor) of $250K to over $1M. My team and I perform activities that generally involve:

  • collecting and validating current state data using a variety of tools, extracts, workshops and observations
  • assessing a client's IT environment, operations, organization, processes and finances
  • capturing/refining requirements and priorities
  • producing a report of findings, gaps, risks and inefficiencies
  • developing a target state strategy and architecture, remediation plans, an initiative roadmap with level of effort and dependencies, and the associated financial business case
  • delivering detailed work products and an executive briefing
(*) Team resources can include: Consultants, Financial Analysts, Architects, and SMEs in domain areas such as ITIL Process, Security, Application Integration, Monitoring, Cloud Hosting, Business Continuity, Organization, Command Center, Servers, Storage, Networking, Facilities, etc.
Recent Experience

AIG Global Data Center Strategy Lead Architect - Manhattan, NY

  • Develop a global operations and data center strategy. Model workload placement and capacity requirements for captive/colo/cloud sites. Assess facility strengths/risks. Evaluate operational maturity and opportunities to improve service levels and efficiency. Review application architecture in light of business expectations for resiliency and performance.

SUNY Shared Service Strategy Lead Architect - Syracuse, NY

  • Develop a strategic model and interactive tool to evaluate and rate each of the 65 campus data centers against a tier standard, and each of their applications based on consensus expectations, and recommend where to host each app in order to achieve the needed service level while consolidating operations to a small set of shared hosting facilities.

Tractor Supply Data Center Consolidation Lead Architect - Nashville, TN

  • Assess current operations and develop and implement a data center strategy and migration plan to redistribute workload to a new DC and colo site. During the project we were asked to expand scope to also mentor the client's senior technical staff in the discipline of IT Architecture and Governance.

(Note: I've led dozens of billable projects across many industries during my 10 years at IBM - project profiles available on request)

A sample of some of the papers I've published:
  • Brillhart, Dave, et al.; 1989; "An expert system for real-time process characterization and control [photolithography]"; IEEE Electronic Manufacturing Technology Symposium, 1989, Proceedings. Seventh IEEE/CHMT International, pp 76-83 [PDF]
  • Brillhart, Dave; 1994; "The Downtime Notification and Tracking System";
    The Sys Admin Journal, May/June 1994, pp 6-13 [Link]
US Patents
A few of the US Patents I have files and have been awarded:
  • Brillhart, Dave, et al.; 2015; "Smart survey with progressive discovery";
    U.S. Patent 8,996,437, filed Jul 18, 2014, and issued Mar 31, 2015
  • Brillhart, Dave, et al.; 2014; "Sensing device for determining weather event attributes";
    U.S. Patent 8,635,024, filed Aug 2, 2010, and issued Jan 21, 2014
  • Brillhart, Dave, et al.; 2013; "Electromechanical stabilization of in-line wheeled vehicles";
    U.S. Patent 8,615,356, filed Sep 22, 2010, and issued Dec 24, 2013
Mountain biking and trail running
Available on request

Prior to joining IBM in May of 2005, Dave worked for Sun Microsystems for 10 years as a pre-sales Solution Architect, focusing on technology, high-availability, ITIL process and application performance. During those 10 years at Sun, Dave consulted with over 150 major accounts across the US and in several countries, including:
GE (General Electric) , Walt Disney, AOL (America OnLine), Motorola, Carnival Cruise Lines, Bank of America, NASA, Lockheed Martin, FedEx, UPS (United Postal Service), Office Depot, Sprint, Capital One, NASDAQ, NASD, ADP (Automatic Data Processing), Duke Energy, Eckerd Drugs, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, Harris, The Vanguard Group, HSN (Home Shopping Network), Coca-Cola, International Speedway (Daytona), State of Georgia, USAF (Air Force), NDC Health, International Paper, Hershey Foods, Cisco, Volvo, BellSouth, University of Florida, Adelphia Cable, CNN, Cox Cable, Southern Company, CSX Railroad, DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency), Nielsen Ratings, Nextel, UUnet, Home Depot, Six Continents Hotels [Holiday Inn], GEICO, Royal Caribbean, Alamo Rent A Car, Union Planters Bank, Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Texas Instruments, Dell, Nortel, AT&T, Northrop Grumman, Westinghouse, Siemens, eTrade, TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority), Federal Reserve, NFC (National Finance Center), Progress Energy, Tyco, Chep, Fidelity Investments, Celera Genomics, Patrick AFB, BD Pharmaceutical Systems, Cingular Wireless, GTE, Enron, Schlumberger, Tekelec, Convergys, Ocwen Financial, Choicepoint, XM Radio, Marshall Space Center, Worldcom, MCI, Hughes Network Systems, Network Solutions, Lucent Technologies, Fieldcrest Cannon, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Baltimore Sun, ARINC, Cirent Semiconductor, NIH (National Institutes of Health), Comcast, SAS, HBO, Time-Warner, Alltel, AutoNation, Qwest Communications, Corrections Corp, Scientific-Atlanta, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fisher Scientific, The College Board, PRC (Precision Response Corp), Mindspring/Earthlink, MAMSI (Mid Atlantic Medical Services), Source Medical, Health South, WPNI (Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive), PNC Financial, Mirant Corp, Ryder System, Owens Corning, Walmart, Interpath Communications, Census Bureau, DHR, T. Rowe Price, T-OnLine [Germany], Ericsson/EHPT [Sweden], etc...