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Paras Dodhia, ITIL

Senior SharePoint Consultant & Architect
  • SharePoint Program Management
  • Technical Leadership
  • SharePoint Architecture, Development, & Administration

ITIL Certified Professional with 12+ years experience currently pursuing SharePoint 2016 certification and offering an in-depth understanding of architecture design, deployment, installation, configuration, development, and administration of SharePoint on-premise and in the cloud – Office365/SharePoint Online environments. I bring over a decade of experience as SharePoint team/Practice Lead,
Solution/Application Architect, and Instructor/Trainer/Mentor. Implemented business solutions which improved core enterprise processes, engaged employees, and reduced operational expenses. Diverse industry exposure across Reinsurance, Insurance, hedge funds, Oil/Gas, Environmental Services, Aerospace Engineering, Retail/Investment Banking, Retail, Health, Government, Entertainment, Non-profit, and Consumer Products.

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Core Competencies

  1. SharePoint On-Premise / Cloud based Architecture Design, Deployment, Installation, Configuration, Development, & Administration
  2. Change Management & Implementation
  3. IT Roadmaps & Strategy Creation
  4. Upgrades & Data Migration
  5. Business Operation Cost Reduction with Technology
  6. Business Solution Design, Configuration, & Integration
  7. User Adoption Analysis & Strategy
  8. Technical Leadership & Coordination
  9. Project & Program Management
  10. Requirement Gathering & Security Management

Professional Summary

MINDLAB SYSTEMS, INC. Toronto, ON and Global Chief Technology Officer – Independent Consultant

Developed technology roadmaps, future snapshots, gap analysis and quantifiable business cases in collaboration with customers for implementing IT business solutions. Delivered enterprise SharePoint-based solutions, including, but not limited to Public Websites, Intranets, Extranets, Business Intelligence with SSRS and PowerPivot for SharePoint, Upgrades and Migrations, Training, Workflows, Board of Directors extranet, Adaptive / Responsive master page and page layout designs, and SharePoint Health Check.

Key contributions include:

  • Directed technical consulting teams, managed business development which includes RFP response/cold call – email/LinkedIn, pre and post-sales support.
  • Managed SharePoint architecture design, deployment, installation, configuration, development, and administration.
  • Deploying SharePoint versions including 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, Office365, and Azure based farms.
  • Provided SharePoint front & backend development ⁄ configuration.
  • Interviewed and hired technical team members;
  • Project management with the SDLC and Agile methodologies. Tracked project related activities with Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, Project, Project Online, SharePoint lists and views.
  • Implemented standards with the ITIL framework.
  • For additional details on clients and tools used, kindly download the Addendum above.

Clients

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KITCHENER-WILMOT HYDRO INC. Kitchener, ON SharePoint Solutions Architect

Leveraged SharePoint 2016 Enterprise – SharePoint On-premise and O365 / Yammer to design and deploy large scale Intranet and Extranet enterprise applications.

Key contributions include:

  • Designed, architected, deployed, installed, and configured an on premise SharePoint 2016 Enterprise multi server farm; integrated Yammer.
  • Configured the default Intranet and My Site web applications.
  • Extended the default Intranet to the DMZ for the Extranet which was utilized by KWH field employees.
  • Designated a services server within the farm and configured the search and user profile services.
  • Partnered with the communications department and created Intranet mockup designs.
  • Developed responsive web pages. Branded the Intranet with these responsive web pages.
  • Default Intranet, search, & my site master pages along with page layouts for sub sites within site collection.
  • Deployed the following business solutions to enhance productivity within the organization:

People Search – IT Helpdesk – Dynamic Organizational Charts. Populated organizational chart data from active directory. – External login page which integrated with the LDAP and active directory, seamless access for field employees to access the internal Intranet – Document and Records Management – Collaboration sites for internal project work – Yammer – internal social network – Forms and automated workflows – Migrated network file shares to SharePoint. Resulted in operational cost reduction, file versions, and security remained intact. – Collaborated with individual departments to define functional requirements for sub sites, – Based on these requirements designed, developed department landing pages, and migrated content.

WESTON FOODS / GEORGE WESTON LIMITED Toronto, ON Google Apps for Work Technical Architect / Project Manager

Integrated ITIL best practices, utilized agile and SDLC project management methodology in the deployment and delivery of Google Apps for Work for both Canada and US business units. Provided technical leadership to the team.

Key contributions include:

  • Gained understanding of requirements and scope of projects throu
    gh interaction with technical and business
    teams.
  • Delivered multiple Google Apps for Work solutions including:
  • Project Management Office
  • Weston Foods Corporate PMO Google Site
  • Developed script to automate Project Initiation Workflow – Generated Templates and Documentation from various folders, dynamically shared folder with PMO and business users requesting the new project
  • Marketing commercialization
  • Led product from concept to completion; the tool provided single source of documentation – online shared files, a clear RACI, standardized tools / form, and clear timelines for the marketing team
  • Marketing commercialization executive dashboard
  • Utilized Google scripts API in the development
  • Tool provided high level reporting for all the ongoing ideas from the marketing commercialization data
  • Development of Corporate IT Security Site.
  • Integration with Google with other legacy and cloud based applications – Lotus Notes and Sales Force
  • Corporate IT Surveys
  • Developed Notification script for Google Docs and Sheets, to enable users to receive updates on content modifications in real time.
  • Drove change management between IT and the project teams at the business level; mitigated risks.
  • Collaborated with Enterprise Project Management Office to forecast and allocate internal and external resources.
  • Created custom user interfaces and backend processes with the Google Scripts platform, using JavaScript, JQuery,
    HTML, and CSS as the primary languages.
LUNDIN MINING CORPORATION Toronto, ON SharePoint Manager

Collaborated with global IT teams and third party vendors to deploySharePoint Online/Office 365 applications in order to meet internal business needs and enhance knowledge sharing. Delivered contributions to the Office 365 /SharePoint Online platform.

Key contributions include:

  • Commenced Intranet revamp project and setup Global Corporate SharePoint steering committee.
  • Drafted global SharePoint / OneDrive document management governanceaction plan.
  • Created a global SAP Administration tool based on the SharePoint Online / Office 365 platform. Integrated an Azure
    middleware server between SAP and SharePoint Online. Layer 2 was con figured on Azure.
  • Led end-to-end implementation planning, to include project management, issue tracking, and change management.
  • Developed design documents, test plans, and test results.
  • Traveled to Chile, Sweden, and UK Corporate office to define project scope, gather end user functional requirements, and attend top-level stakeholder meetings.
  • Conceptualized and delivered a SharePoint Online Training program for corporate offices and global Mine locations.
  • Designed and developed an external records management supplier portal based on the SharePoint Online/Office 365 platform and created custom branding for the portal.
  • Determined metadata and content types with businesses and provided access to users to objects within the site collection; managed users and groups in the admin panel.
  • Migrated the Zinkgruvan (Sweden) Mine Joomla Intranet to SharePoint Online.
  • Automated routine administrative tasks with PowerShell.
  • Spearheaded internal and external teams including third party application development consultants and other outsourced infrastructure providers.
  • Participated in the development of multi-year IT roadmap, strategic planning, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Led stakeholder communications and third party governance in terms of vendor relationships and licensing.
TERVITA CORPORATION Calgary, AB Sr. SharePoint Administrator / Developer

Conducted research and developed new and enhanced current SharePoint 2010 & 2013 business solutions for the internal Intranet and external Tervita.com website. For additional details on projects, kindly refer to attached Addendum.

SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Architecture and Administration:

Key contributions include:

  • Developed detailed architecture analysis and design, and direction on SharePoint 2010 & 2013 infrastructure activities.
  • Examined and implemented SharePoint backup / restore solutions with the DBA and server teams, including Symantec NetBackup and out of box Microsoft SQL Server differential backup / restore.
  • Led SharePoint production deployments, server version upgrades, server capacity planning, and migrations.
  • Ensured compliance to best practices and standards; developed SharePoint implementation IT strategy in line with
    stakeholder objectives, while driving continuous process improvement and documentation for all processes.
  • Drove efforts to resolve SharePoint 2010 and 2013 architectural/infrastructure issues.
  • Managed the help desk SharePoint support tickets queue with Service Nowand assigned SharePoint support tickets
    to IT team members based on technical skill and experience, which reduced the SLA times.
  • Drafted Change management documentation for SharePoint production deployment, and presented change requests to the IT Change Advisory Board for approval and further action.
  • Determined SharePoint 2010 Health Analyzer rules, scheduled server tasks, and carried out SharePoint 2010/2013 central administration tasks. Handled PowerShell script development and implementation.

SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Front and back end development:

  • Developed custom farm and sandbox SharePoint 2010 and 2013 farm solutions.
  • Created custom master pages and page layouts for the internal Intranet and the Tervita.com public website with SharePoint Designer 2013.
  • Configured site collections, sub sites, lists, document libraries, content types.
  • Developed and resolved existing InfoPath form solutions – client and web based.
  • Participated in design, setup, and test cycles with the end business users.
  • Migrated custom sand box and farm solutions from development, test, and production; change management module within Service Now was utilized throughout the process.
  • Delivered end-user support for SharePoint development/configuration requests and provisioned permissions with the SharePoint security model.

Technical and People Leadership:

  • Spearheaded the SharePoint team in the 2013 Calgary flood to ensure that internal and external Tervita.com systems remained available to users during crisis. Published press releases to Tervita.com during crisis.
  • Served as Lead in developing SharePoint business cases, prototypes, proof-of-concepts, and presentations.
  • Managed the development process with SDLC and Agile methodologies.
  • Coordinated SCRUM meetings as the development team expanded.
  • Mentored junior resources as a SharePoint Subject Matter Expert and technology consultant. Hired technical team.
  • Managed vendor relationships (Microsoft, AvePoint, Bamboo Solutions, Inflight – SharePoint and PeopleSoft ERP
    integration.), including Microsoft SharePoint Licensing.
MAGELLAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION Toronto, ON SharePoint Architect, Administrator, Developer

Managed enterprise-wide SharePoint 2007 Enterprise Collaboration Service offering within the organization. Evaluated existing environment, designed, prepared, and documented existing and planned architecture, governance, disaster recovery, maintenance, and operations documentation.

Key contributions include:

  • Communicated delivery of custom collaboration business applications and solutions between business representatives, external vendors, internal developers, and infrastructure teams.
  • Determined metadata and content types with end business users and provided access to objects within the site collection with the SharePoint security model.
  • Managed user profiles with the central administration web app.
  • Performed custom branding and carried out detailed solution, performance, and usage analysis and implemented
    production, test, and development SharePoint server environments.
  • Traveled to global sites within Canada and the US to plan, document, and implement large-scale production environment migration with extremely minimal business disruption on completion.
  • Migrated legacy intranets to SharePoint and handled digital signature, workflow in SharePoint Designer and Nintex/K2 Workflow, and form projects, while documenting and man aging Records Management solution.
CORUS ENTERTAINMENT Toronto, ON SharePoint 2010 Consultant

Rescued the SharePoint 2010 project implementation and ensured stability of the 2007 and 2010 SharePoint production farm environments pre and GO LIVE. Architected, designed, and delivered custom SharePoint 2010 sites and applications to business users.

Key contributions include:

  • Led migration activities from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010.
  • Handled SharePoint 2007 and 2010 administration (Central Admin, SQL Backups/Restore/Failover, etc.); provided task estimates, assessed technical options and contributed to the technical specifications of SharePoint solutions.
  • Automated SharePoint 2010 administrative tasks with PowerShell.
  • Created test plans to test custom solutions; provided end-user support, including access security administration.
  • Informed Project Managers and Business Analysts of potential project issues.
FLAGSTONE REINSURANCE GROUP Halifax, NS Global SharePoint Administrator / Developer

Carried out SharePoint 2007 multi server farm architecture design, deployment, installation, configuration, and deployment.

Key contributions include:

  • Defined SharePoint solution requirements through interactions with internal clients and delivered end user support.
  • Created and implemented stsadm scripts and configured site collections, sub sites, pages, lists, and document libraries. Tailored master page with SharePoint Designer 2007, while leveraging HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Traveled to offices in London/UK, Zurich/Martigny – Switzerl and, Hyderabad/India, and Dubai for project meetings,
    knowledge transfer, and end user training.
  • Deployed the following business solutions:
  • T PMO Project Management Site
  • SSRS integration with SharePoint and dynamic dashboards with Oracle back end as the data source
  • Insurance, reinsurance document management solution, automating job to dynamically import documents
    from file share to a document library within a subsite of the site collection.
  • Drafted scope documents and project plans, implemented best practices and delivered excellent customer support.
  • Improved download times from remote sites through implementation of SharePoint 2007 farm load balancing.
  • Documented SharePoint farm architecture, planning, and design documentation on SharePoint governance, user
    adoption, site architecture and taxonomy, and permission structure.
  • Planned for potential custom business solutions or workflows in SharePoint; prepared migration planning documentation
  • Automated SharePoint log drive clean up with windows server scheduled tasks, etc.
  • Oversaw site collection backup and restore with SharePoint out of tools; managed backup and restore at the MS SQL server level incollaboration with the DBA team.
MUNICH REINSURANCE Toronto, ON Sr. Application Developer / SharePoint Consultant

Noted functional application requirements for IT business solutions and facilitated joint application design and workflow analysis sessions with IT and business end users.

Key contributions include:

  • Designed and implemented a SharePoint 2003 document management Intranet.
  • Provided recommendations for third-party tools and solutions through buy vs. build evaluations.
  • Automated .NET application UAT testing with Quick Test Pro (now HP) and VB scripts.
  • Designed user interfaces using .NET, C#, HTML, CSS, Java Script, and Oracle database back end interfaces for a global internal reinsurance accounting web based system.

Education & Credentials

  • ITIL Foundations Certified

  • IT & Business Courses

  • Business Information Systems

  • Postgraduate Diploma in E-Business

My best skills

  • On-Premise: VM Ware - VSphere
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  • Cloud Based: Office 365 / SharePoint Online, Dynamics 365, Azure
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  • Networking Protocols: Application and User Support: DNS/IP and Utility: Ping, reverse DNS lookup
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  • Windows Server 2012
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  • Server: SharePoint Enterprise 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, Exchange/Active Directory
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  • Active Directory Management: Softtera LDAP Administrator
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  • Scripting: stsadm, Powershell; Central Administration: – AAM, Web Applications; IIS
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  • SQL Server and Oracle
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  • SharePoint Front end development: HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, XSLT, XML, and CAML
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  • SharePoint Farm and Sandbox solution development: .NET framework and C# (C Sharp), SQL query
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