Boden Russell


Professional Summary

Advisory software engineer with over 11 years of industry experience developing enterprise software, web services and Cloud based offerings / solutions. High performance track record indicative of time management skills; consistently ranked in the top 10% of technical staff. Cloud management platform subject matter expert with a robust background in all aspects of software design, development and delivery. Current focus areas include OpenStack integration / development and solution delivery. Passionate about technology, continuous learning and leading with a “get it done” attitude.


2014 - Present

(VMware) Solution development / enablement for VMware Network and Security Business Unit.

2013 - 2014

(IBM) Design, develop and deploy advanced Cloud solutions primarily in the managed and “as a Service” space. Employ and advise cutting edge technologies for broad consumption across IBM primarily in the form of proof of concepts. Shepherd SoftLayer engagements including solution deployment, OpenStack based services and performance analysis.

2010 - 2013

(IBM) Design architect / developer for IBM’s SmartCloud Entry product offering; driving system and component level designs, cross product integration, development standards and many aspects of product delivery across global teams. Largely involved with emerging technology proof of concepts and feasibility analysis including OpenStack integration. Hands-on with customer/stakeholder education and feedback; solidifying requirements into use cases and leading teams to delivery schedules. Active member of OpenStack Cloud software design and development. Filled development gaps to meet aggressive schedules including Web UI development, multi-platform installers, authentication solutions, etc.. Developed advanced J2EE/OSGi implementations. Provided component ownership ensuring design fulfillment. Drove standards and patterns across multiple teams. Contributed core designs and development for IBM Common Cloud Stack initiative.

2007 - 2010

(IBM) Team lead of 18 engineers spanning multiple continents focused on development tooling, builds, install and continuous integration supporting more than 70 active developers for IBM’s Blue Business Platform. Architected and implemented advanced build infrastructure spanning 4 disparate platforms reducing build time durations by 40%. Designed and oversaw continuous integration pipeline automation cutting manual execution time by more than 300%. Drove agile processes across multiple teams and organizations spearheading a waterfall to agile process transformation. Designed and developed a Java based fix management service for IBMi.

2003 - 2007

(IBM) Team lead for 15 engineers on IBM WebSphere Business Integration which required porting a Linux based application to the IBMi platform. Drove all test validation efforts including; developing test automation solutions, architecting/executing system level validation (spanning multiple applications, protocols and formats), sizing, allocating and reporting on release level test plans. Represented the product at numerous customer facing conferences by presenting the application’s capabilities as well as preparing and overseeing hands-on labs and demos.


(IBM Intern) Designed and developed TCP/IP and HTTP based custom protocol flows for automated testing, customer demos and documentation of IBM’s iConnect; an IBMi platform B2B based application.


Linux Containers, Docker, Java/J2EE, OSGi, JPA, JAX-RS, JAXB, JSP, Servlets, Groovy, Python, JavaScript (jQuery, dojo), Shell scripts, HTML5, CSS3, AJAX, PHP,Dock OpenStack, SOA, REST, JSON, XML, Eclipse, DB2, MySQL, Derby, MongoDB, Node.js, WebSphere Liberty Profile, Ant, Maven, Gradle, Virtualization, Hyper-V, KVM, VMware, Cloud, Jazz, Rational Team Concert, git, SVN, JMS, AMQP, TCP/IP, HTTP, RabbitMQ, Qpid, WordPress, Linux, Windows, AIX, IBMi, multi-threaded programming, distributed services, ESB, Business Process Integration, LDAP, Agile, DevOps, Continuous Integration, IBM Workload Deployer, IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator, Automation, InstallSheild, InstallAnywhere, Apache Tomcat, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)



Michigan Technological University - Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude), 2003