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Rama Roberts
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Summary of Qualifications & Skills

  • Fourteen years of development experience in high volume web services and infrastructure.

  • Six years of engineering management/team lead experience.

  • Proven ability to substantially contribute to all aspects of the product development life cycle from evaluation and design through build, integration, deployment and enhancements.

  • Extensive background in implementation and customization of third-party solutions as well as in-house application development.

  • Thorough understanding of the entire software and hardware stack.

  • Effective at working across organizations as well as geographically distributed teams.

  • Keywords: Java, Perl, C, Oracle, MySQL, MongoDB, web services, Tomcat, Glassfish, Memcached, HAProxy, Amazon AWS EC2.

Professional Experience

January 2010 - current
Oracle Corporation, Redwood Shores CA

Architect and Engineering Team Lead, Product Development Engineering

  • Designing and building a virtual server environment capable of becoming the replacement for thousands of physical servers running Oracle's Product Development IT.
  • Primary function is as "smoke jumper" - quickly solving business or technical problems/needs via rapid software development and/or enhancement implementation. Involvement in projects ranges from complete ownership of application development to technical consulting for teams needing help beyond their expertise.

  • Engineering lead for social web properties.

  • Planning and executing two data center moves and application migrations.

Jan 1997 - December 2009
Sun Microsystems Inc., Menlo Park, CA

January 2009 – January 2010: Architect and Engineering Team Lead. Web Engineering.

  • engineering lead for social web properties

  • advisory role on Sun's Cloud Portal development and deployment

  • javafx.com site launch

  • build-out of next generation data center using Xen

  • numerous 3rd party hosting/integrations

  • Highest performance rating among my peers in annual review.

July 2006 – January 2009: Senior Engineering Manager. Social Software, Web Engineering.

  • Built the engineering teams responsible for all of Sun's key social platforms, as well as the search and developer web properties.

  • Responsible for running the engineering team driving Sun's public-facing web applications in the social software space. Chartered with rapid development of new services, including wikis.sun.com, blogs.sun.com, forums.sun.com.

  • Contributing member on the organization-wide architecture review council, responsible for the review of all new projects, application designs and software and deployment architectures, and establishment of best practices/application standards for 140+ member engineering team.

  • Engineering Lead for ad server application which has served over four billion impressions to date.

  • Highest performance rating among my peers in annual review.

January 2005 – July 2006: Senior Staff Engineer. Enterprise Ecommerce.

  • Lead architect/engineer in a massive Sun-wide initiative to replace and expand Sun's ecommerce capabilities.

  • technical evaluation/selection of base software platform.

  • Led the mixed in-house and professional services engineering team.

  • Coordination with multiple business units and technical teams on dependencies, technical requirements, roadmap, execution.

  • Implemented and deployed the new platform which encompassed an integrated storefront on Sun's corporate web site.

February 2003 – January 2005: Staff Engineer. Web Platform Engineering.

  • Implementation, modification, and deployment of an enterprise ad server based on an open source project, which was responsible for serving banners and other content across all major Sun Web properties. Code was contributed back to the open source project.

  • Design, architect and deployment of jcp.org. Led the engineering rewrite of the Java Community Process site.

  • Served as a member of the "SmokeJumper" team, responsible for short-term, high-profile, fast-turnaround development projects, usually commissioned at the executive level.

December 1998 – February 2003: Software Engineer (MTS-3/4). Javasoft.

  • Responsibilities encompassed architecture and services development for Sun's high-volume developer sites, including the Java Developer Connection (JDC), Wireless Developer Site, Dot-com Builder and Solaris Developer Connection. Efforts supported the growth of Sun's online developer offerings from a single site with 100K users, to seven targeted sites with over 2.8 million registered users.

  • Designed and built a community file sharing service known as Codedrop for open source applications and code.

  • Designed and developed a custom, secure content management and publication system used for staging, approvals and publishing of Sun's sensitive external Web communications (ex: corporate earnings and acquisition announcements).

January 1997 – November 1998: Software Engineer (MTS-1/2). SunService.

  • Contributed to the development of SunReMon (later evolved into SRS, Sun Remote Services), a suite of automated diagnostic tools capable of identifying and alerting administrators of hardware and software status states remotely.

  • Development of the remote connectivity monitor which provided a terminal on the server over a secure network, implemented as an applet front-end and a C back-end.

May 1996 - Dec 1996: Programmer
Radian International, LLC. Sacramento, CA

  • Designed and built custom information management systems. Served as task leader on the implementation of a custom IDE used to port legacy code to Power Builder on Windows NT.

April 1995 - Aug 1996: Consultant
Information Technology UC Davis, CA

  • Provided technical support and consultation on all computer platforms for the 26,000 students and affiliates of the university.


B.S., Computer Science (CS/CSE), 1996 University of California, Davis.