About Me

Love what you do, do what you love. - Me

Growing up, I've always had two loves: cars and computers. Realizing early in my college career that I was not going to become a professional race car driver, I turned to computers. I've always had a love of technology and I've had the great fortune to make a living doing what I genuinely love to do. My latest adventures have me, along side an amazing team, helping customers all across the globe build better engaging digital experiences.

Outside of work, I am a husband and a novice racer. Once a month or so I take my beloved ///M2 to an autocross event where locally I'm known as the "tire slayer". From 2013-2015, I was the Jacksonville Solo Chairman for the Buccaneer Region SCCA where I lead the local autocross club.

 

Contact Details

Philip Cheshire
Jacksonville, FL US
(478) 284-7085
philip@philipcheshire.com

Education

Middle Georgia State University

B.S. Information Technology Macon, GA

 

Work

Innovation and Mobile Practice Leader

Asponte Technology, Inc. Cary, NC / Jacksonville, FL May 2016 - Present

Putting it simple, I'm responsible for the technical direction of the company. Working hand in hand with fellow executive management, I ensure the success of all projects and our staff. This position entails researching and implementing mobile, new and cutting edge technologies for us and our customers such as artificial intelligence and cognitive software. I mentor and sculpt junior and senior developers to become better consultants both with business interaction and technical skill. Between myself and my technical peer, we are positioned as the top guru's of the company.

Projects worth noting:

  • PennVet Redesign
  • SAPPI Paper Cognitive Pattern Matching PoC
  • Delhaize/Foodlion/Hannaford Intranet Upgrade
  • Prudential Financial HR Intranet Redesign III
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Intranet Redesign

 

Solution Architect / Technical Lead

Asponte Technology, Inc. Cary, NC / Jacksonville, FL January 2013 - May 2016

Responsible for architecting, implementing, developing, and leading projects based on IBM and Open Source software platforms both internally and for our customers. Projects worth noting:

  • Taco Bell Asset Contract Verification
  • Prudential Financial HR Intranet Redesign I and II
  • Prudential Financial Agile Methodology Proof of Concept to enterprise wide adoption
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools Community and Student Portals

 

Software Engineer

Computer Sciences Corporation Jacksonville, FL July 2012 - December 2012

SME and developer for IBM WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager. Performed code reviews and mentored other developers both on and off shore.

 

Application Developer III

Kemper, A Unitrin Business Jacksonville, FL February 2011 - July 2012

Portal and portlet applications developer developing JSR 286 portlets and portlet services for public portal and Agent facing portal utilizing IBM WebSphere Portal v6.1.5 and v7.0.0.2, IBM Web Content Management (WCM), jQuery, Dojo and Google JS frameworks, JMS, Web Services and Java 6.
Architected, designed and developed custom web metrics solution for portal sites across multiple portal implementations and domains.
Aided in architecting and primary developer for five corporate affiliate Websphere Portal v7.0.0.2 sites.
SME for portal development across all corporate affiliates.
Wrote and taught five day custom developed portal and portlet developer course.
Co-founder and co-leader of portal governance committee.
Mentored other developers and performed code reviews.

 

Application Developer III

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc Jacksonville, FL August 2008 – February 2011

Technical lead over new development for Marketing and Pricing IT Solutions Team
Developed JSR 168/286 portlets, portlet services, utility applications and web services for the Enterprise Portal.
Created and implemented development and deployment standards, guidelines and applications for portlet and web service developers.
Formed and led the Java Developer's Group meetings, mentored junior java developers, and performed code reviews.
Conceived, designed and developed a customer facing portal for reward card holders and led the technical integration with 3rd party vendors.
SME and key resource for the enterprise portal upgrade, Vendor Portal implementation, and IBM Lombardi Business Process Modeling projects.
Utilized IBM Websphere v6/6.1/7, IBM Websphere Portal v6/6.1.5, JAX-RPC/JAX-WS, WS-Security, EJB 3.0, Ant, XMLAccess, shell scripts and IBM Rational Application Developer 7 & 7.5.

 

Systems Analyst

State Farm Insurance Bloomington, IL July 2007 – June 2008

Technical lead over new development for Marketing and Pricing IT Solutions Team
Developed JSR 168/286 portlets, portlet services, utility applications and web services for the Enterprise Portal.
Created and implemented development and deployment standards, guidelines and applications for portlet and web service developers.
Formed and led the Java Developer's Group meetings, mentored junior java developers, and performed code reviews.
Conceived, designed and developed a customer facing portal for reward card holders and led the technical integration with 3rd party vendors.
SME and key resource for the enterprise portal upgrade, Vendor Portal implementation, and IBM Lombardi Business Process Modeling projects.
Utilized IBM Websphere v6/6.1/7, IBM Websphere Portal v6/6.1.5, JAX-RPC/JAX-WS, WS-Security, EJB 3.0, Ant, XMLAccess, shell scripts and IBM Rational Application Developer 7 & 7.5.

 

Software Engineer

AFNI, Inc. Bloomington, IL April 2005 – July 2007

Designed, developed, and supported web based applications, web services, and portal services using IBM Rational Application Developer, IBM Websphere 6, IBM Websphere Portal 5.1, J2SE, JSP, JSF, SQL 2000, CSS, Apache Tomcat 4, JTDS JDBC driver, Linux, and ASP
Key developer in the migration of 50+ web applications and web services from Apache Tomcat 4 to IBM Websphere 6 and IBM Websphere Portal 5.1
Designed and developed modular automation application to automate the new hire and termination activites.

 

Skills

Java/J2EE, IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD), Eclipse, Ant, Maven/Artifactory, MS SQL Server, MySQL, DB2, Z/OS, JSR-168 & JSR-286 portlet specifications, UML, Struts, Spring, Spring MVC, Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture, IBM Websphere, IBM Websphere Portal and Web Content Manager 6.0-Current, Apache Tomcat, MS Office, Open Office, Google Suite, JavaScript, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, Dojo, HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), CSS3, HTML5, Apache Cordova (PhoneGap), IBM MobileFirst, Web Sockets.

And many, many more... I am always tinkering with technology and a vast array of IBM products while working for Asponte Technology, Inc. who is a Gold level IBM Business Partner. Software such as IBM Watson Analytics, TeaLeaf, Bluemix microservices like Speech to Text and Tone Analysis and Image Recognition, and various other technologies like NodeJS, Cloud Foundry, Cloud concepts, DevOps, Jenkins, and GitHub

In need of me, or someone like me?

Then pick up the phone and give me a call: 478.284.7085.

Client Testimonials

  • Philip is technically very strong, innovative and dependable in Java and WebSphere Portal. Excellent technical skills with solid knowledge of SDLC and software development methodology makes him a strong IT professional. It was a pleasure working with him.

    Sanjay Vohra, Digital Evangelist/Solutions Architect
  • I have seen first hand Philip's skills in the area of web programming. He has advanced our racing clubs presence on the net and made it possible for racers to register for events through the club's web page.

    Chris Goodwin, Technical Support Manager

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