Paul Otto

Summary of Qualifications:
  • Architect of infrastructure, software and data layers with emphasis on web technologies. Focus on highly available, scalable, high-performance services and applications.
  • Manage classical (waterfall), kanban, and Scrum development projects in varied software technologies with RDBMS and NoSQL backend design and implementation.
  • Operations experience managing RHEL / CentOS Linux and MySQL in large environment consisting of over 2,000 servers spanning across the globe.
  • DevOps experience designing, automating and maintaining cloud environments.
  • Extensive leadership experience balanced by broad teamwork background.

  • NoSQL  CouchDB, Redis; Big Data – Hadoop; Relational (RDBMS) – MySQL (including Percona), Galera MySQL Cluster / Percona XtraDB Cluster; BI / DW – ETL with Talend and Pentaho Kettle, OLAP Cubes and Star Schema
  • AJAX, Doctrine ORM, J2EE, LAMP, Play Framework, REST, SOAP, Zend Framework
  • UML, Bash, C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, SQL, XML, Visual Basic
  • Agile, AWS, CI / CD, HA, MVC, Netflix OSS, OOD / OOP, RCA, Scaling, SDLC, SOA, TDD
  • Amazon Linux (AWS EC2), CentOS, OS X, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu, Windows
  • Ansible, Apache Ant, Apache HTTP Server, Apache Tomcat, Asgard, Git SCM, Flyway, Jenkins, Liquibase, Maven, Mercurial (hg), Icinga / Nagios, Puppet, Subversion (svn)

DevOps Consultant / Owner
Mar 2014 to Present
Otto Ops LLC - Centennial, CO

Otto Ops LLC helps companies and their leaders successfully implement and integrate the DevOps methodology into their processes. It specializes in web technologies to include the LAMP stack and J2EE.

Provide expert consulting services to include:
  • DevOps Automations
  • Java Programming
  • PHP Programming
  • Database Administration
Architect, Infrastructure and Data Services
Dec 2012 to Feb 2014
TrackVia - Denver, CO

Architect of data services for product currently in development leveraging: Galera MySQL Cluster / Percona XtraDB Cluster; Oracle MySQL 5.6; HAProxy + Keepalived; Hadoop; Ansible and Puppet for configuration and deployment management; custom Python code for automation.

Architect of infrastructure for next generation product utilizing numerous AWS products and services including: VPC, EC2, ELB, ELB w/ PIOPs, Route53, CloudFormation, IAM Roles, CloudFront, CloudTrail, CloudWatch, RDS, SQS, SNS, EMR, S3, and AutoScale. Infrastructure automation using AWS API with direct http service calls and AWS SDK for Python (Boto).

Manage infrastructure, data services, and production operations at TrackVia. Mentor engineers in system and database administration. Translate business needs into actionable technical solutions. Mentor infrastructure and operations engineers in production operations best practices and DevOps methodology.

Responsible for management of datacenter resources across multiple datacenters, including AWS IaaS resources. Manage costs for physical and virtual infrastructure resources.

Responsible for all aspects of numerous MySQL 5.5 and MySQL 5.6 servers to include: Linux host tuning, MySQL tuning, InnoDB tuning, query optimization, performance monitoring, Nagios (Icinga) monitoring, data retention, and disaster recovery planning.

Senior MySQL DBA / Engineer
Mar 2011 to Dec 2012
Go Daddy - Denver, CO

Provide operational support of CentOS Linux and MySQL on over 2,400 high-traffic servers. Deliver increased operational efficiency through automation using bash, perl, PHP, and Python. Support development teams in server architecture, database strategies, database design, server and database tuning, query tuning, and troubleshooting. Develop upgrade plans between MySQL 4.0, 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, and between MyISAM and InnoDB. Lead a development team of MySQL Engineers on an internal service-based project, using PHP 5.3 with Zend Framework and Doctrine ORM, which will provide dashboard management of all MySQL assets. Provide training in object-oriented principles and source code management to team members. Established best practices for git SCM repositories within my department.

Database Developer
Jan 2010 to Mar 2011
Beatport - Denver, CO

Served as a software engineer with an expertise in database administration and design. Worked on cross-functional Scrum teams to deliver cutting-edge features and functionality to Beatport's digital music store and ecosystem. Utilized PHP with Zend Framework and Doctrine ORM, Python, Javascript, MySQL, CouchDB, Hadoop, and Pentaho Kettle to deliver value to web services and business intelligence (BI). Served as team Scrum Master throughout entire lifecycle of new product introduced at Beatport. Worked with Finance to deliver timely and accurate reporting.

Software Developer / Oracle DBA
Feb 2008 to Jan 2010
Qwest Communications - Littleton, CO

Support internal clients with tool design, management and upkeep on company Intranet. Manage development projects from requirements gathering through final testing and delivery. Develop web applications for deployment on Oracle (BEA) Weblogic Server within the J2EE framework using Java, Java Server Pages, Javascript, and AJAX with EXTjs framework. Support and enhance existing ColdFusion web applications, reengineer applications for migration to Java with AJAX interface. Develop and tune complex SQL queries to provide backend data to application software as well as reports. Manage Oracle database using Toad administration tool and SQL+ to provide accessibility to millions of records of telecommunications network-wide data warehouse. Maintain legacy Access databases with emphasis on reporting to company executives. Provide financial reporting and analysis for workgroup, accounting for a multi-million dollar budget.

Accounting Associate
2007 to 2008
CBIZ Accounting, Tax, and Advisory - Denver, CO

Perform tax planning for companies and individuals to improve their tax liability outlook. Perform audits of company financial information to provide an opinion of the fairness of financial statements. Assist in technology champion responsibilities.

Web Developer / Outside Consultant
2003 to 2007
MarketBiz, LLC - San Diego, CA

Designed a PHP based web site with concurrent design of a MySQL based database from ground-up; capable of user access control and credit card processing. Provided ongoing support of web site, computer hardware and software systems (to include networking), and continual development of Access based graphical market trend analysis software.

Sergeant / Armament Repair Supervisor
1996 to 2003
US Army - Fort Hood, TX

As a Shop Foreman, supervised all maintenance activities of an Armament Repair Team. Managed status reports, inventory reports, subordinates' personal development reports. Accountable for up to $20 million of equipment, as well as highly sensitive weapons and equipment in a wartime environment. Responsible for the training, welfare and supervision of up to 12 subordinates. Held a "Secret" security clearance.
Software Developer
1995 to 1996
Sedona Software, Inc. - San Diego, CA

Designed and implemented applications for the Windows operating system using the C++ programming language. As a sub-contractor, designed user interfaces for networking and systems tools for internal customers. Worked together with company president to implement and deliver a software interface for automated shipping systems.

Software Developer
1993 to 1995
QTE Software, LLC, div. of RCF Information Systems - San Diego, CA

Maintained health-care quality control software designed for the Windows operating system using the Actor programming language (a Smalltalk derivative). Provided hardware and software support for internal customers. Presented software to potential clients at professional conferences.


Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - June 2013
Information Technology Specialization
Colorado State University – Global Campus
GPA: 3.69

Bachelor of ScienceBusiness Administration - May 2007
California State University - San Marcos, San Marcos, CA.
GPA: 3.55, Major GPA: 3.77. Graduated "Cum Laude."
Accounting Society–IT Chair (Fall 06), External VP (Spring 06); Dean's List (Fall 05, Spring 07)

Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences - May 2005
Palomar Community College, San Marcos, CA.
Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Dean's List (Spring 04, Fall 04, Spring 05)


An experienced Data and Software Architect specializing in backend design, with a diverse breadth of knowledge and experience. Business strategy focused, driving innovation to provide business value. Experience managing the systems development life cycle in addition to the software development life cycle (SDLC).