Howie Bagley joins bdg – welcome to the team!

I am very pleased to announce the addition of the newest member of our team, portal industry veteran and consultant extraordinaire, Howie Bagley.

Howie will be continuing his distinguished career in the world of enterprise portal consulting by taking over the West Region as Vice President of Sales and Service. Howie has over 13 years of professional IT project management and consulting experience spanning multiple industry verticals and horizontal products but has spent the past 6+ years focusing on enterprise portals.

Prior to joining bdg on Monday, Howie served as a Manager for Deliotte Consulting in San Francisco, where he worked on various Plumtree proposals and projects. Before that, he spent a year as a Solution Architect at CIBER, leading deployments at several Plumtree customer sites including The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), The City of Eugene and San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).

Howie also spent more than three years working for Plumtree’s PSO, where he created over 30 Plumtree demo sites, including the ones that won over Starbucks, Boeing and Pfizer. He also led Plumtree implementations at Guess Jeans, Chevron, Sequoia and Johnson & Johnson. At several of his implementations, he also managed the complete design strategy for their portal deployments. When not working with customers, he taught training courses in Portal Strategy, Portal Administration, Portlet Development with the EDK and UI Customization and developed a CSS layer that was integrated into Plumtree to help ease customization of the UI.

Prior to his PSO career at Plumtree, Howie built a portal from scratch using Microsoft technologies for the US Navy while a consultant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Howie is fluent in Java and .NET and an expert in all versions of all the Plumtree products. He knows both the Microsoft (Windows, SQL Server, IIS) and Java (Solaris/Linux, Oracle, Tomcat/Weblogic/Websphere/Aapche) portal stacks and can provide expert analysis of any portal deployment from a strategic or a technical perspective. He also has working knowledge of SAP, Documentum, Oracle Financials, PeopleSoft, Interwoven, Siebel, Lotus Notes and Lexis-Nexus.

Howie earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Utah and his MA in Advertising from Syracuse.

I speak for all of us when I say that I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to bring someone of such caliber and with this level of experience and track record on to our already talented and dynamic group.

Please join me in welcoming Howie Bagley to the bdg team!

bdg co-sponsors Odyssey+ADC 2005

I’m very pleased to announce that bdg has been selected by Plumtree as a co-sponsor of this year’s Odyssey+ADC, which is Plumtree’s User Conference and Advanced Developer Course.

For more information on Odyssey+ADC and to see the other sponsors, visit the Plumtree Odyssey+ADC partner page.

If you’re at all interested in Plumtree, I highly recommend that you attend Odyssey to get an understanding of the business and strategy side or the ADC to get the technical perspective.

Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Washington DC Plumtree Training

bdg plans to offer a 5-day Plumtree Training Course in the Washington DC Metro Area starting on August 22nd. We’re combining our two most popular courses into one jam-packed week. The first three days will cover Plumtree Administration followed by two days of Portlet Development with the EDK. The course will be given in Herndon, VA about 10 minutes from Dulles Airport.

If you’re interested, you may download the complete syllabi from our Web site.

There are no pre-requisites for the Plumtree Administration course other than a basic understanding of Web applications. The Portlet Development course requires strong programming skills in either Java or .NET including Web programming concepts such as posting forms, retrieving parameters from the querystring and working with basic Javascript for form validation.

The price for this course is $500/day. You may attend the 3-day segment, the 2-day segment or the entire week.

There is a limit of 10 participants. You must sign up by Friday, August 12th and bdg must receive payment by Friday, August 19th. We now accept VISA/MC payments in addition to corporate checks and money orders.

To sign up, please send an e-mail to [email protected]. If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail or call us at 703 234 7910.

Did you write the famous hangman Java applet?

I also get asked this question from time to time. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for that great little game (and one of Sun’s original sample applets for Java 1.0) because Patrick Chan wrote it.

However, the reason my name is in the source is because I ported it from Java 1.0 to Java 1.1 while interning at Sun in 1997.

Here we go

Perhaps I’ve finally realized that it’s time to enter the 21st century; perhaps I’m interested in promoting my company and it’s services; perhaps I felt I needed a forum to express myself; perhaps I just can’t sleep — my motivations aside, I’ve decided it’s time to start a bdg/Plumtree blog.

First, some legalize to get out of the way. Contrary to what some people think, I do not work for Plumtree. I once worked for Plumtree. In fact, I was their 26th employee back in 1998 when they were first getting off the ground, starting in the PSO (Professional Services) and eventually becoming a Lead Engineer. The details of my career are probably only interesting to me, but if you’re compelled to know or just bored, you can read about them on my bio page on bdg’s web site or at Stanford’s CDC (Career Development Center). Because I don’t work for Plumtree, the opinions and views expressed on this blog do not represent the opinions of Plumtree, Inc. in any way. Nor do they represent the views of Trilogy, Microsoft or Sun, where I have also worked in the past. They do, however, represent the views of bdg, my present employer and the company I founded back in early 2003. (I guess there’s really no way around that.) That’s about as much as I care about legal matters, so I’ll call it quits there.

Some of the things I do care about – at least in my professional life that is – bdg’s customers, bdg’s employees and subcontractors, Plumtree’s products, other commercial and open source software, the science – or art – of enterprise software development and entrepreneurship. I’m sure over the course of time, I’ll comment on all these topics and a host of others.

So there you have it, I’ve finally embarked upon a journey I’ve been meaning to start for a long time. All I possibly hope for is that someone (or perhaps several someones) will derive some value from this blog and, if not, at least I’ve got an outlet for some of my frustrations. 😉