Bernie Lees

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Bernie Lees

Nobody’s really quite sure what Bernie does. He claims to be a release engineer with a great reputation, but we still can’t find out where he was released from.

Bernie is the yin to Dafne’s yan, although when it comes to making the final decision, my money’s on the yan.

But he is an expert when it comes to “programming back end functionality.” That means he knows how to tie together a number of data resources, database modeling and project management.

Plus, the dude has overseen the creation of Business-to-Client and Business-to-Business services as well as custom user interfaces for a variety of web applications, on a variety of platforms. And he does all that before noon.

Bernie’s goal is to use his knowledge of programming languages, networking and software development to solve today’s business problems.

His responsibilities in release management and production support have included heavy traffic and highly available environments, ensuring that high volume requests are handled without disruptions. His expertise in this area is in identifying the bottlenecks in the system and the cause of instability issues, and creating programs and systems to solve these in anticipation of any problems. If you ever meet him in person, he can explain what that all means. At Spartan Spark, Bernie’s responsibilities include product analysis, business impact, market position and getting coffee. He’s on a first name basis with his barista. His passion for his work makes for an ideal corporate environment.

Bernie’s the go-to guy when something goes wrong… not that anything ever goes wrong at Spartan Spark. Just saying.

And now for the Serious Bio

Spartan Spark software has been developed since 1999 under the direction of Bernie Lees, who saw the need to reduce redundancy by looking for ways to automate processes.

Bernie's passion for technology began as a child when his father brought home an Original Computers IBM XT and IBM AT, one of the first in Western Canada, back in the early 80 ’s. Bernie started programming at the age of six years old, creating games on the computer; throughout his teens he experimented with BBS Software and the beginning of the Internet.

Bernie is a Release Engineer who brings over 12 years of release management experience across diverse and complex service oriented architecture, and has been able to produce results within large corporations such as Shaw, Telus and Netteller. One of his specialities is in automating business processes to free employees from time consuming tasks. Other areas of specialty have been in migrating legacy system to current proven technologies, which has often been done by implementing Open Source systems. During his work with Calgary Telecom, Bernie implemented Voice over IP Technologies (IVR/PBX solutions) and created a solution for the complex billing requirements of using multiple service providers.

A key member at Netteller, an online payment transfer provider, since the early days of its inception, Bernie was involved throughout the development process of Netteller’s Identity verification services (IVS) solution. Netteller’s high performance and high stability environment was a critical factor to the company’s success, with downtime costing them $32,000 per minute. Bernie’s responsibility was to ensure that Netteller’s heavy traffic experienced minimal downtime, and was also responsible for ensuring that high volume seasonal requests were handled without disruptions. His expertise in this area is in identifying the bottlenecks in the system and the cause of instability issues and creating programs and systems to solve these in anticipation of any problems.


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