Photographer - Designer - Geek

Benjamin A. Zvan

An experienced IT professional striving for continuous improvement. Always on the lookout for automation opportunities. Consistently designated Thought Leader by my peers both within and outside my working groups. Consistently the preferred contact point in operations. Able to rapidly assimilate and apply new information and skills.


Senior System Administrator - Capella University - 2012—present
System Administrator - Capella University - 2011—2012

Decreased risk of releases and increased stability by standardizing and automating deployment and maintenance of Enterprise Java applications and containers. Decreased time-to-market by identifying the need for and helping drive the search for the best tool to support high efficiency Java deployments. Worked with developers to ease transition to new server architecture. Began move toward DevOps pratcises that improved success and sustainability of new applications by being involved and available from beginning to end. Drove "infrastructure as code" model by implementing version control for configuration where possible and developing methods to derive configuration where needed. Wrote highly portable and environment-aware scripts for managing common tasks on servers. Member of Agile Community of Practice, and Agile Database Management task force. Founding member of innovation/hackathon project and Java Community of Practice. Pioneered entry into graph databases.

Software Administrator - University of Minnesota - 2006—2011

Improved reliability and ease of maintenance of the University's Enterprise Java web applications by standardizing and modernizing architecture and deployment methods, including implementing the Tomcat Manager and Java Ant tasks for remote deployment and standardizing directory structure to improve consistency among environments. Rapidly studied and deployed new, commercial software such as STAT and Xythos. Improved repeatability of procedures by creating wiki documentation and improving error reporting in scripts used for automation. Helped monitoring team improve the performance and acceptance of automated monitoring. Showed a dedication to continuing improvement by attending training wherever opportunities existed. Daily responsibilities included migrating new code, updating software and configurations, environment maintenance, and troubleshooting problems.

Self Employed - Zvan.net/Ben Zvan Photography - 1992—Present

Self-employed in a variety of consulting and contract work. Operate a small web hosting service. Provide server-side scripting, site construction, maintenance and design.

Systems: Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, Windows
Software: Apache, Tomcat, OpenSSL, JBoss, IIS, sendmail, postgreSQL, WebLogic, Neo4j
Languages: Perl, Bash, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL, Cypher, Java, Javascript, C


University of Minnesota
Two years in Engineering Physics track.

Red Hat Certified Technician (RHEL 4) - February 2007

Professional Training
Tomcat 6.0 Administration - January 2008
Microsoft IIS 6 Administration - September 2008
BEA WebLogic Server 9/10: Administration - October 2008
Oracle Unbreakable Linux Administration - June 2012
Neo4j Administration - July 2015


Photography, computing, technology, social justice, gaming, motorcycling, bicycling, travel

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