Résumé: David Braverman

Personal Summary

I've written software for fun since the Carter administration, finally making it my career in 1995. Since then I've continually grown as a software professional, and as an effective leader who can build both teams and revenue.

The best days of my career have been creating new advanced analytics software with Milliman's Complex Risk Solutions practice, bleeding-edge start-ups like 10th Magnitude, where I've had the privilege and opportunity to become one of the most experienced Microsoft Azure professionals in Chicago. I've never wanted to be a rock star; instead, I've always been that great multi-instrumental session player whom the rock stars depend on to get the job done.

Along the way I've earned an MBA from Duke and a JD from Loyola University Chicago, traveled almost the whole way around the world, visited nearly every baseball stadium in North America, learned to fly airplanes, and kept up a ten-a-week blog posting routine on politics, weather, and technology.

You can find me online at LinkedIn and at The Daily Parker. Or send an email to find out more.

Professional Experience

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Milliman, Chicago, 12/19–

Director of Product Development, Complex Risk Solutions

  • Developed business-facing software to manage complex risks for modern companies.

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Inner Drive Technology, Chicago, 3/02—


  • C#, LINQ, AJAX, SQL Server, IIS, ASP.NET, Agile methods (phase 1); Microsoft Windows Azure (phase 2): Refactored a personal services scheduling application after the original vendor was unable to finish. Brought the application to a usable state under budget and ahead of schedule, then won the contract to replace the entire application. Delivered a complete application ahead of schedule and with better features than requested. Later, accomplished a "lift-and-shift" of the application from the customer's data center to Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Services (PaaS), including upgrading the application from C# 2.0 to 4.0, in three days.
  • .NET 6, Microsoft Windows Azure App Services, CosmosDB NoSQL, Microsoft Azure Functions, Microsoft Azure Key Vault : Created and maintained extensive real-time weather website, with elements of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) design (see the application at Weather Now). Since the application launched in 1997, it's had four major revisions, last in 2013 when it moved from IIS to Azure.
  • C# 3.5, LINQ, Windows Services, ASP.NET, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server: Developed a flexible Windows service to marshal 10 million expected special-offer fulfillment tickets through several disconnected systems.
  • C#, SQL Server 2005: Developed application at trading firm with real-time analysis of proprietary information in trade-timing application.
  • Litigation support, C# (2005), SQL Server 2005: Assisted CPA and attorneys with compiling and calculating 360,000 financial instruments over 40 years to determine damages in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.
  • C# (2005), XML Web Services, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server Notification Services, T-SQL, Windows Forms, Microsoft Enterprise Library, Scrum (Agile Development) : Developed customer-service application for major computer supplies and software vendor. Retail client.
  • C# (2005), XML Web Services, SQL Server 2000, T-SQL, internationalization, Windows Forms, FlexLicense, Microsoft Enterprise Library (June 2005, January 2006) : Created Web Service-based automated deployment tools for end-user software licenses and data files, resulting in 50% reduction in customer-support costs. Financial services client.
  • C#, UML, XML/XSL, OO patterns, UML, .NET Security, cryptography, internationalization, NUnit, Infragistics UI controls : Created fundamental architecture for a leasing application re-engineering project. Financial services client.
  • C#, .NET Framework, SQL Server 2000, Visio 2002 Developer Architect, UML, VB6, Microsoft CRM : Re-architected and re-factored disparate VB6 applications into a comprehensive, integrated .NET-based. Users reported 30-fold improvements in speed and 10-fold improvements in their own efficiency. Trading client.
  • Technology planning, infrastructure design, Windows Server 2003, Microsoft SMS 2.0, Exchange 2000 : Technical adviser and systems administrator for Chicago-based national non-profit organization. Tasks included top-to-bottom review of their existing systems and long-range technology planning.
  • C#, .NET Framework, SQL Server 2000, Visio 2002 Developer Architect, UML: Windows-forms project to automate operations for an international container ship line. First phase involved documenting and refactoring existing code base; developing coding standards; training and mentoring project personnel; and coordinating code transition from development to maintenance. Second phase involved re-architecture of entire application, including architecture documentation, framework development, top-to-bottom design and coding, development planning, and architectural oversight. Shipping client.
  • C#, .NET Framework, SQL Server 2000, T-SQL Web- and Windows-based, n-tier development effort to re-architect and re-construct a loan tracking application for a major financial institution. Financial services client.
  • ASP, SQL Server 2000, T-SQL, XML, multi-language Web infrastructure project for a Belgian environmental-consulting firm. Project required solid 2-tier architecture but because of hosting constraints, all business logic was built into extended SQL Server stored procedures instead of COM objects.
  • www.inner-drive.com (and see our demo at www.wx-now.com)

Holden LLC, Chicago, 1/15—4/16

Chief Technology Officer

  • Responsible for all technology services and products for the company.

10th Magnitude, Chicago, 6/11—6/14

Managing Consultant

  • Upstart custom software development firm specializing in traditional and next-generation Cloud Computing applications for businesses in financial services and other sectors.
  • Microsoft Windows Azure, PaaS, Cloud Services, C# 4.5, MVC 4, Entity Framework, jQuery, Jenkins, Continuous Integration : Led the engagement and technical team to re-envision and rewrite a sales training organization's flagship interactive sales planning application. Managed the relationship from a single six-month project to a trusted, ongoing partnership, expanding the application into an entirely new and exciting revenue stream for the customer.
  • Microsoft Windows Azure, C# 4.5, MVC 4, Entity Framework, Azure Database: Lead developer on a greenfields .NET application to build an exchange for financial instruments, entirely in the cloud.
  • C# 4.0, LINQ, SQL Server, Windows services, Agile methods, GIT: Led team to create server control software streaming live data from medical instruments for presentation on mobile devices.
  • Microsoft Windows Azure queues, storage, database, C# 4.5, jQuery: Product owner for internal 10th Magnitude application development framework.
  • Git, Mercurial, Jira, agile methods, NUnit, MSTest, MS Build: Led the initial effort to move from ad-hoc tooling and processes to a more predictable and scalable set of code-support packages.

Avanade, Chicago, 3/10—3/11

Manager, Solution Delivery

  • Technology consulting company, joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft.
  • C# 4.0, LINQ, SQL Server, Windows Forms, Visual Studio 2010, NUnit, Team Foundation Server : Managed team of 7 developers to create Version 2 of financial sales forecasting application. Client saw 10x to 100x performance increases over the previous version. (Global food and beverage manufacturing company.)

PeopleFlow.com, Chicago, 9/01–3/02

Senior Developer

  • Startup career-management application service provider.
  • C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, SQL Server 2000, XML software construction projects included four career sites for Fortune-1000 customers and back-office tools for their HR departments. Health care, manufacturing clients.
  • Spearheaded architectural review of existing code base, leading the effort to increase code re-use, maintainability, efficiency, and reliability.
  • In addition to development responsibilities, stepped in and worked overtime to fill vacant IT manager role, working with end users in all company departments to build and maintain IT infrastructure. Through infrastructure modernization and aggressive preventative maintenance reduced IT incidents 75% in five weeks.

DiamondCluster International, Chicago, 4/00–7/01

Senior Engineer (Senior Associate)

  • Global technology consulting company.
  • Developed business objects and data access components for phase 2 of a multi-million-dollar eCommerce B2C Person-to-Person payment system using XML, VB6, COM, MTS, JavaScript, and ASP . Was instrumental in identifying and eliminating security holes in the application. Financial services client.
  • Created an Intranet scheduling application used company-wide to allocate and track revenue for solution-center space rental using XHTML/CSS2, ASP, VB, COM+, SQL Server 2000, Windows 2000, Windows Component Services, and Integrated Windows Security . Internal.
  • Led the company-wide VB Coding Standards team as principal author and editor, including VB.NET notes.
  • Coordinated all database concerns for commodity trading application, interfacing between business analysts, client data architects and DBAs, and team developers in multi-million-dollar rapid-development engagement using SQL Server 2000 and VB6. Trading client.
  • Advised business strategy team in Lisbon, Portugal, on Wireless Web technologies, because of which the company sold €5 million in extension and development work. Telecoms client.
  • www.diamondcluster.com

ING Barings, Furman-Selz Prime Brokerage, New York, 3/99–3/00

Senior Programmer/Analyst

  • Boutique, semi-autonomous prime brokerage division of global bank.
  • VB6, Informix, Adobe PDF utility to maintain a database of over 36,000 client financial reports and supporting data tables, including UI development with flexible configuration options.
  • Informix, Netscape Web Server, JavaScript web pages presenting financial information to clients. Development included troubleshooting interactions between components and Windows NT 4, as well as analysis of available data to produce information sought.
  • Sequent, AS/400, VB6, FTP, Entrust Entelligence PKI encryption tool for unattended file handling processes that ensure timely and accurate posting of option and equity information to client website.
  • Trained and mentored junior-level developers in my department and others.

AnswerSpace, New York, 3/98–2/99


  • Startup software development company.
  • HTML, ASP, VB6 COM, InterDev, Crystal Reports application building a web presentation of a complex system for the telecommunications industry comprising 120 pages supporting a 60-table SQL Server 7.0 schema. Telecoms client.
  • Oracle 8.0 PL/SQL development: constructed real-time system for major television network’s General Election news coverage that took live data from remote sources and presented it to national broadcast and web in fractions of a second (responsible for 90% of all PL/SQL procedures and 50% of election-night system monitoring). National media client.
  • VB 5.0/6.0 applications: for television network, raw data feed ETL tool and database health and performance monitoring applet; also, developed COM middle-tier components for web server deployment with SQL Server 6.5 back-end. National media client.
  • IIS, NT 4.0 server and workstation: In addition to programming responsibilities, maintained company network and systems as assistant network administrator.

Q2 II, New York, 3/97–3/98


  • Startup software development company.
  • ASP, COM, ADO, RDO, VB Script development: programming for two commercial websites included modular website design, data access from multiple sources, interfacing proprietary components; included ActiveX, ODBC, and FTP components.
  • Constructed CDR-based product that indexed 100,000s of pages of timely construction information using VB5 and Btrieve. Also completed system to send 10,000 faxes daily interfacing with C++ and Perl components.
  • IIS, NT 4.0 server and workstation: In addition to programming responsibilities, maintained company network and systems as assistant network administrator.

modulus, Chicago, 12/95–10/96

Information Services Coordinator

  • Startup, family-owned import-export company.
  • VB 4.0, Access 95 VBA, Excel 95 VBA, Crystal Reports development: designed and began construction of reporting tool for accounting system; developed sales forecasting system that predicted manufacturing needs up to 24 months in advance.
  • NetWare 3.1, 4.0; Windows 3.11, 95 administration: Overhauled and maintained network structure, including company–wide NetWare 3.11 to 4.1 and Windows 3.1x to 95 migrations. Installed, upgraded, and maintained 33 workstations and 2 servers. Implemented email, fax-from-desktop, intranet documentation, and other network services.

Relevant skills

Skill Name Skill Level Used since
C# 1.0–11 Expert 2001
.NET Framework (all versions) Expert 2001
Microsoft Azure Expert 2011
Design patterns and pattern-based architecture Expert 2002
Agile SDLC methodologies (including Scrum) Expert 2001
Microsoft Azure IaaS Advanced 2012
Visual Studio 2002–2019 Advanced 2001
Microsoft Entity Framework 3–6 Advanced 2011
XHTML/HTML Advanced 1997
ASP.NET MVC 3–4 Advanced 2011
ASP.NET 1.0–4.7 Advanced 2001
ADO/ADO.NET Advanced 1998
SQL Server 6.5—2019 Advanced 1998
T-SQL Advanced 1998
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Intermediate 2014
Microsoft Azure IoT Hub Intermediate 2017
Continuous Integration, incl. Jenkins and Team City Intermediate 2014
jQuery Intermediate 2011
JavaScript Intermediate 1997
Active Directory Intermediate 2000
Geographic Info Systems Intermediate 1997
UML Intermediate 2001
Foreign languages
UK English Fluent 1991
Spanish Advanced 1985
French Intermediate 1984
Other skills
Private pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land 1998
Audio engineering Advanced/Rusty 1987


Duke University Fuqua School of Business, Durham, N.C., 2010.

Master of Business Administration.

Cross-Continent MBA program: intensive cross-cultural management study in 6 countries. Elective work in entrepreneurial management, technology strategy, emerging-markets strategy, and environmental economics.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1999.

Juris Doctor.

Dean's List. Technology in Law award. Copyright Law award. Consumer Law Reporter production editor. WLUW–FM air talent.

Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., 1992.

Bachelor of Arts in History, minor in Music.

Dean’s List. Chronicle (weekly newspaper) Editor in Chief. Crisis hotline coordinator, trainer. University tutorial program tutor. WRHU–FM chief announcer, air talent. National political party college organization president. Mainstream political organization founder. Judiciary board associate chief justice. Resident security team leader. Who's Who. Dean's office award for participation.

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