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Mr. Barker has over 20 years experience in a range of fields, spanning the aircraft and telecommunications industries, with nearly 17 years experience in information systems, document and software management, and technical documentation technology. He has designed and developed information processing applications for automating documentation management, and has managed both technical documentation and software development projects, working in hetergeneous computing environemnts (UNIX, Windows, Windows NT, web-based thin clients). He has acted as a technology consultant to senior management, and analyized corporate technology strengths in the process of developing corporate strategic plans.
Mr. Barker has managed several projects, with staff ranging from one to ten while at Interleaf and Mitel, in addition to having been a member of several product management groups at Mitel. Mr. Barker has extensive experience in product development and manufacturing evnironments, the analysis of document creation and management systems for technical publications, and in the carrying out process analysis and the development of specifications for implementation of new business processes.
Recently, he has designed and developed major systems for TransLink (BC), where he was the lead architect for the ARDMS (records management) system, developed and deployed using Open Text's Livelink product. He has also developed database migration applications for customers such as Aircraft Technical Publishers (San Francisco), who migrated from Interleaf's RDM product to Open Text's Livelink product. For Bell Atlantic, he designed and co-developed the Tariff Management System, which provides electronic production and management of regulatory documents.
Previously, for Hughes Aircraft of Canada Systems Division (Richmond, B.C.), utilizing database, UNIX, Visual Basic and other technologies, he co-designed and built an integrated requirements management system for managing changes to requirements specification, while acting as technical lead for a team of up to 15. He has also built interfaces to information management systems, through Microsoft Office products, providing complete database managment of information stored within a docuement. Most recently, he has begun design and development of a requirements management system based on Java, as well as other Java-based products.
He has implemented applications in support of process changes at the Department of Justice's Statute Revision Commission and the Senate of Canada, where savings of $1.2M were realized in the first year of operation in the nightly production of Senate Debates (Hansard) and Senate Committe Reports.
Founder. Provides technology analysis, database application architecture and development, web-based application design and development, and systems integration to solve complex information production and distribution needs.
Responsible for a wide variety of consultative tasks, from project management to proposal writing. Develops customizations for Open Text's Livelink product, manages cross-functional teams, and works with Open Text Alliance Partners in managing cross-product integration.
Architect for the BC Transit (now TransLink) records management system (ARDMS). Provided business needs analysis, design analysis, and client/vendor liason services.
Developed the Bell Atlantic Tariff Management System, providing fully-integrated, web-based production of loose leaf regulatory documents. Provided workflow analysis and process management methodologies.
Designed, developed and implemented automated document assembly tools for Hughes Aircraft of Canada, integrating Interleaf 5 publishing software with Interleaf's Relational Document Manager (RDM) product, for automated creation of electronically distributed copies of specifications for the Civilian Automated Air Traffic System (CAATS).
Designed, developed and implemented document-based requirements management system integrating with Hughes' traceability database and document management system. This not only included the use of Lisp and the Interleaf Object system, but also the use of extensive relational database technology (Oracle).
Designed, developed and implemented a test case element library for managing test case document content through RDM, using Visual Basic and Microsoft Office technology as the front-end interface to the content management system, running on Windows-based PC-compatible platforms.
Currently developing the specification and design of a Java-based requirements management system.
As Project Manager/Senior Consultant, Mr. Barker was responsible for system design and development of custom Interleaf documentation applications. Managed all design-related activities for Department of Justice and the Senate of Canada, including problem definition and implementation strategies. Technologies included Interleaf Lisp and Object system, Interleaf's Oracle-based Relational Document Manager.
Primary liaison between clients and all levels of Interleaf management
and staff for all project specific issues. Determined customer requirements, technical
approach, and obtained management
Information Systems Engineer responsible for designing and implementing
new document and information technologies (in a VAX-based environment: tpu, pascal,
fortran), for analyzing information technologies and business processes, and making
senior management regarding these technologies and processes. Also responsible for developing and deploying Interleaf-based applications within the Technical Documentation department, and for supporting Interleaf users in the Technical Documentation and Course Development user communities. Mr. Barker, working primarily in a UNIX environment, developed automated documentation generation tools (patent applied for), for use on next-generation telephony equipment (PABX systems).
As a member of MITEL's Senior Management POST team (Products, Opportunities, Strategy, Technology), was responsible for researching MITEL's technology base and assisting in the strategic planning for MITEL's products based on its technical capabilities.
Created a generalized mark-up language in support of Technical Writing effort at MITEL. This system was in use for 2 years (1986-1988) and became instrumental in the migration from centralized, batch-oriented document production to desktop document systems, and saved the company approximately $600,000 in data conversion costs.
Responsible for developing filters and applications to interface Interleaf documents to other document system technologies within Mitel, Mr. Barker designed custom interface to Mitel's in-house software management system, extending its use to a documentation management database. This became the main interface in generating PC-based help file systems for Mitel's GX-5000 Global Community Exchange product.
As a Project Leader Mr. Barker was responsible for a wide range of product documentation for Mitel's product line, from technical manuals to user guides. Managed large documentation projects with up to 10 technical writers, instituted business process changes and process controls to control documentation development costs, and wrote text formatting programs (VAX/VMS-based). Worked on Mitel's SX-200 Digital, SX-200, SX-2000, GX-5000 and Mitel Application products. Budget responsibility: $1M+
From 1984 to 1987 Mr. Barker was a Technical Writer responsible for designing and writing technical maintenance manuals for Mitel's products.
Performed all the groundwork for producing Mitel's first CD-ROM of its SX-200 Digital technical documentation.
From 1975 to 1980 Mr. Barker was a Technical Writer responsible for writing technical maintenance manuals for DeHavilland's DASH 7 commuter airline and Buffalo military transport aircraft. Primarily responsible for DASH 7 avionics systems, including flight director and autopilot system, Omega Navigation (Buffalo) and 3D-RNAV (three-dimensional area navigation) systems. Also wrote DASH 7 Non-destructive Testing manual, and a variety of hardware installation and removal procedures.
As a Laboratory Assistant (1973-75) Mr. Barker performed routine tests and wrote reports on a wide range of metallurgical samples as part of DeHavilland's manufacturing process audit system. Was also NDT Specialist, with specialization in radiographic and ultrasonic testing (certitifed in both).
B.A. (With Distinction) in Philosophy
Carleton University, Ottawa
Document Conversion Technologies
Technical Publishing Technology
Business Process Analysis and Re-engineering
Content Management Systems
Relational Database Design
ISO-9001 Training (MITEL)
Management Skills for Supervisors (Algonquin College)
FWC Mohr Scholarship - Carleton University
FC Lynch Scholarship - Carleton University
Dean's List, 1982, 1983 - Carleton University
Interleaf Service Quality Award
(Exceptional Service, 1992)