Cincinnati Financial CorporationArchitect
2013 to Present
My role at Cincinnati Financial was to move the software develop process to a level that reflected current technologies and best practices. This involved the following:
- Promoted Responsive Design technologies, such as Twitter Bootstrap, for mobile front end use.
- Introduced and implemented test driven development.
- Designed a loosely coupled software architecture which drove a layer of abstraction between the View, Controller, and Model in a MVC design.
Along with my architectural practices, I also designed and developed the following applications:
EMS (Event Management System)
Architected and developed a publisher/subscriber service which was used at an enterprise level to communicate messages to/from applications within the corporation.
Java, Spring JDBC, Spring AOP, Spring IoC, Oracle Weblogic, IBM DB2
Sales Dashboard for Mobile use
Presented a mobile friendly, responsive design dashboard application for the sales department which presented prospective customer information, sales proposals, marketing materials, and active work tasks -- all by agency.
Loss Control application for mobile use
Architected and developed a mobile friendly, responsive design application for the loss control department which presented risk evaluation information relevant for either a policy renewal and/or a new business submission. The application interfaced with the workflow system, agency management system, and other policy administration systems to pull in all relevant information and present the necessary forms to the field representative. Upon completion of the evaluation, the application interfaced with the document management system to store the end result plus any supporting files.
Liberty Mutual InsuranceComponent Architect & Principal Software Developer
2005 to 2013
My role at Liberty Mutual is a Principal Software Developer, which is synonymous to a senior software engineer or an application architect. I architected, designed, and developed the following new products, services, and web applications for Liberty Mutual Insurance. Each product was developed with a high level of quality in mind. I used test driven development (TDD) for these projects, using JUnit to create my test suite. Each of these products was developed solely by myself. They involved database design, including the creation of indexes and enforcement of referential integrity in order to achievement maximum performance results. Each product provides extensive inline/API documentation for ease of reuse and maintainability.
Commercial Lines Worklist
An internal workflow web application servicing all commercial line underwriters within Liberty Mutual. This application streamlines all processes within the commercial line department and provides underwriters the ability to work, route, transfer, and create additional work items. This application is very well received and presents a very nice web 2.0 interface (uses the jQuery Panels plugin described above). Compatible with all major browsers.
Commercial Policy File (CPF)
An account-centric internal web application, servicing all commercial line underwriters within Liberty Mutual. This application provides underwriters the ability to query all files attached to accounts, query and add account notes, view active Workflow work items for an account, as well as many other various informational screens about an account. This application is very well received and presents a very nice web 2.0 interface. Compatible with all major browsers.
Common Model Library
An internal library containing business logic for all of Liberty Mutual's commercial lines applications and services. This project provides a repository for common business logic that can be reused throughout multiple projects and resolved the problem of code duplication and business logic duplication that was plaguing the legacy applications.
Java, Spring JDBC, Spring AOP, Spring IoC, IBM DB2 (both mainframe and distributed), IBM MQ Workflow, Websphere Process Server, IBM Content Manager.
jQuery Panels Widget
jQuery Panels is a user interface jQuery plugin that utilizes the widgets provided by the jQuery UI open source project to present entry points (or windows) into the server data -- similar to portal technology. All interaction with Panels is done so using AJAX technology, backed by the jQuery library. The Panels plugin allows for extensive customization, providing many points in which client applications can plugin in custom functionality and UI behavior specific to their needs. The plugin uses jQuery and CSS style sheets to dress up the panel content with a uniformed look and feel -- allowing the developer of the panel to focus solely on the functionality and less on the UI.
jQuery, jQuery UI, CSS 3.0, HTML.
Ohio Casualty was acquired by Liberty Mutual in 2007. Prior to the acquisition, I served as a component architect and I architected, designed, and developed the following new products / components.
Bond Execution System Technology (BEST)
Insurance Surety Bond customer facing web application which allows insurance agents to search and issue Surety Bonds. BEST is a large scale high performance system, servicing agents within the continental United States and abroad. It achieved an ROI within the first year of use and contributed to a department that was the most profitable department in the company. This project won the President's award for its ease-of-use, agent-feedback, and ROI. Compatible with all major browsers.
E-Label web service
An internal and reusable print service component which allowed Ohio Casualty personal lines policy administration system to produce online and real time insurance forms populated with the policy information. This service sits on top of the Form Manager service (discussed below).
I presented this technology at the ACORD user conference (2007) in Orlando Florida. It was very well received.
Java, Struts, Adobe LiveCycle Forms and Adobe Reader Extension Server.
Form Manager web service
An internal and reusable form service component which allows systems to store, query, populate, and produce their various online forms using Adobe PDF technology.
Java, JSP, Struts, DB2, IBM Content Manager, Adobe LiveCycle Forms and Adobe Reader Extension Server.
In addition to the above, I also was instructor for the following courses held internally at Ohio Casualty.
Focused on converting legacy developers into Java developers. It covered the Java language as a whole as well as object orientation principles.
An introductory course focusing on the STRUTS Java framework.
The Relizon Company, AKA Workflow One, AKA Standard RegisterSenior Application Developer II
2001 to 2005
I architected, designed, and developed the following new web application for the Relizon Company.
SIMON (Simple Information Management Online)
A web-based content management system designed to manage the content on an Intranet.
Redesigned and rewrote the existing search engine within Relizonline. My implementation involved an extensive indexing process that allowed for quick and accurate search results through millions of records, eliminating the latency experienced by the users.
Redesigned and rewrote the existing Business-to-Business module, resulting in no B2B production issues being reported and excellent system performance. Prior to the rewrite, the B2B module was continually failing with timeout issues when large orders were sent during heavy load time. The B2B process takes advantage of the JADA package that I created.
Designed and developed a budgeting module which allowed our customers to create budgets for their users to spend. The module would stop the user from ordering past their budget.
Designed and developed a module which allowed Relizonline users to place an order and ship the order to a group of shipping addresses.
Consulting ServicesSoftware Engineer
1991 - 2001
For the first 10 years of my career I focused on consulting services. I worked for several mid-sized to small software consulting companies. The last company that I worked for was a company that I helped start (Gemini Software Solutions). I developed the following new product for Gemini Software Solutions.
Products I have Developed as a Consultant
An Active X control that allowed external Windows applications to call COBOL processors within CINCOM Control Manufacturing (an ERP/MRP package). CINCOM Control Manufacturing was a closed system. This Active X controlled bridged the gap between online web applications and/or Windows applications and CINCOM Control Manufacturing.
Visual Basic 6.
ERP / MRP Software
Participated in the development of an ERP / MRP web enabled package for small to medium sized businesses, called Converge. The front-end screens for Converge were written in Active Server Pages for the Internet Explorer browser. The back-end COM objects were written using Visual Basic 6.0. Converge utilizes the SQL Server 7.0 database
Technical Team Lead
Served as a technical team leader for Jireh Consulting and Regent Systems Inc. doing consulting work for numerous projects involving Visual Basic, Powerbuilder, COBOL and MANTIS programming
Served as a developer for BASS and participated on the team to develop the BASS MerchaNT system, a client-server application providing a Windows NT compliant GUI interface. MerchaNT is a back office system for in-store management of a grocery store. The interface was designed using PowerBuilder 5 and Microsoft Visual C++. The database was SQL Anywhere and resided on a server and was accessed over a LAN using the PowerBuilder native communications
COBOL and MANTIS Development
Worked as a consultant for RJO Enterprises. I participated in the development of the Defense Integrated Subsistence Management System II (DISMS II) project. Development of the DISMS II project was done using MANTIS, COBOL, and SUPRA
Java, Spring JDBC, Spring Aspect Oriented Programing (AOP), Spring Inversion of Control (IoC), Enterprise Java Bean (EJB 2.0 EJB 3.0), Java Messaging Service (JMS), IBM MQ Series
Struts, Stripes, Java Servlets, Spring MVC
Java Client Side
Java Swing, Java Applets, Jasper Reports.
Eclipse IDE, IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD) IDE, Another Neat Tool (ANT), Proficient in Test Driven Development (TDD) using JUnit, Java Swing, Java Applets, Jasper Reports, Android.
.NET Framework, C#, Visual Basic .NET, ASP, Windows Application Development using C#.
Version Control System
CVS, SVN, Team Foundation Server, IBM Rational ClearCase, IBM Rational Team Concert, StarTeam
Adobe LiveCycle Form Server, Adobe Reader Extension Server, Adobe LiveCycle Designer
IBM Websphere, Apache, Apache Tomcat, JBoss EAP 6, Oracle Weblogic, Resin
DB2, Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server , CINCOM SUPRA
IBM Websphere Process Server v7.x, IBM MQ Workflow, IBM Content Manager, IBM Tivoli Access Manager, CA SiteMinder, iText, REST, Object Oriented Programming, XML, Powerbuilder, C++, MANTIS, COBOL, Ubuntu Linux
Seven Dwarfs Child Care Center and Springboro Child Development Center are locally owned, licensed childcare facilities located in Miamisburg and Springboro Ohio.
A self-taught, on-location, lifestyle photographer located near Dayton, Ohio with a passion for capturing life's precious moments.
Trick Truck N Rods is a business that specializes in restoring old Chevy and GMC trucks, as well as buying and selling vintage trucks.
Elite Expediting is a full service courier company serving the central Ohio area.
Dillhoff Financial is a full service independent financial services firm specializing in Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Life Insurance Analysis, Debt Management, Spending Plans (Budgeting) Charitable Giving Strategies.
Simple web site for a local church which allows the church to author their own pages.
Ohio Army National Guard
I joined the Ohio Army National Guard (1987-1993) right out of high school to help pay for college. I ended my 6 year commitment as a sergeant(E-5) as a heavy equipment mechanic.
The best way to contact me is by email. Below is my contact information:
douglas dot estep at gmail dot com