Alex Antonatos

Business professional with expertise & passion in architecture (TOGAF certified), project management & business analysis

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Alex's bio

As a business minded IT specialist, I focus on making a difference and creating value.

As a NO non-sense, result driven individual with good people skills, I'm a Goal Oriented Professional with Undeniable Energy and Enthusiasm with a Contagious Positive "Give Me The Ball" and "Can Do" Attitude

As a team player who knows how to build consensus, I thrive in high-pressured situations where teamwork is fundamental to succeed.

I don`t care who gets the credit. In my view, ideas are a commodity, implementing and executing is the hard part of the initiative.

Recognized by Oracle as an SME aka Oracle ACE - the hyperlink below will bring you to the Oracle website with my recognized areas of expertise https://apex.oracle.com/pls/otn/f?p=19297:4:9802927435244::NO:4:P4_ID:351

Specialties:
• Advisory, Architecture, Governance and Strategic Planning
• Business/Information Technology Alignment
• Business Processes Optimization
• Project Management
• Enterprise & Solution Architecture
• ERP Upgrading and Implementation Experience
• Change/Impact Management
• Global International Rollout Experience
• Business Intelligence
• Benchmarking and Financial Control

Special thank you
To all my blog followers for appsconsultant.com (since 2001) currently the website is receiving more than half a million visitors a month. Below link will bring you to the global website ranking by Alexa: http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/http://appsconsultant.com
Thank you to all Eggspectation Rockland Shopping Centre customers (since 2004) you made us into one of the great breakfast/lunch restaurants in Montreal.
Thank you to our growing list of customers (since 2015) of worthyletter.com and alamain.ca - a customer experience solution for businesses looking to gain an edge over competition by communicating with clients through handwritten letters, as opposed to e-mails, in today's digitally consumed world.

Experience

Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I've been assigned.

2014 - Current

Solution Architect Integrator

Desjardins

2001 - Current

Owner

Appsconsultant.com

2012 - 2014

Solutions Architect Consultant

Mouvement Desjardins

2012 - 2012

Consultant

Zimmer

2009 - 2012

Senior Project Manager

CAE

2008 - 2009

Project Manager/Solution Architect

Compuware

2007 - 2008

Manager

Deloitte Consulting

2007 - 2007

Solutions Architect

Desjardins

2007 - 2007

Principal Consultant

Fidelity

2006 - 2007

Principal Consultant

CEVA Logistics

2006 - 2006

Senior Consultant

Ubisoft

2005 - 2006

Senior Consultant

CGI

2005 - 2006

Principal consultant

City of Montreal

2001 - 2002

Global lead consultant

AT&T

2001 - 2002

Principal Consultant

Harvard University

2000 - 2002

Applications Lead Consultant

US Federal govt - Cap Gemini

2000 - 2000

Lead

Jestais previously Essentus

Solution Architect Integrator

Desjardins

Within the Vice-présidence Technologies, Solutions et relations d'affaires, Fonctions de soutien Mouvement, Solutions transversales et Optimisation du développement
My current role is a newly created role at Desjardins- ASI (Architecte de Solution - Intégrateur) this role is similar to a lead architect in the market, it entails an accountability of the end to end solution design :

*February 2015 working on a feasibility study for a corporate wide employee relationship management (ERM system) to support the relationship between Desjardins and its 45K employees. The components of the employee relationship management system in scope are knowledge management, self service and workforce management.
*Delivered Program Service Signature Desjardins (SSD) - Design completed Aug 1st - solution in production since January 2015.
* As part of the Program `Promesse Desjardins` delivered a new Cloud CRM/CEM for SCD(Service de Carte Desjardins) that is integrated with the SCD Operational Business Intelligence systems - Solution went live October 19, 2014.
* As part of the initiative`Amélioration & Irritants Caisse/CFE`, for the 6500 Elected Directors (Dirigeants élus): The design emphasized in providing new self-service features to the directors, simplifying the portal access and providing a better end user experience. Design was completed September 2014 with a schedule go-live date for March 2015.
* All above strategic projects require a mandatory review policy at the architecture review board of the Mouvement Desjardins aka CRA.

Owner

Appsconsultant.com

Solutions Architect Consultant

Mouvement Desjardins

Within the Vice-présidence of Architecture of the Mouvement Desjardins was involved as a solution architect in various strategic initiatives for the:
*Program Basel III - Feasibility delivered June2014
*Design of the electronic signature architecture for FCDQ -delivered Mar 2014
*Program 'Promesse'- Feasibility delivered Mar2014 for an enterprise wide Common Customer Experience solution for FCDQ, DSF, SCD, GPAP, VMD & CCD delivered Mar2014.
*Financial Data Conversion- Panagon design delivered Feb2014 solution is live since Oct2014.
*Program 'Promesse'- Customer Experience Management DGAG – Oracle OBIEE, CRM integrated with a customer experience Cloud solution,live since Sept.15,2013.
*Implementation of a shared services centre for Mississauga, to serve Desjardins business insurance requirements for the rest of Canada, solution live since june 2013
*Mobile deployment for DGAG Clients with integration to a cloud provider delivered August 2013
*‘Caisse centrale Desjardins’ project consisted to outsource the mass payment function to an external SAAS provider, my role to design the architecture of Oracle Flexcube, with new integration services to an external SAAS provider. Solution live since june 2013
*Project Unitrax , modify system to meet new regulatory compliance requirements – went live November 2013
*SCD - Feasibility study to optimize the collection process for Visa Desjardins - completed Dec2013
*Optimization of the data architecture to better identify client and enterprise data for all 400 'caisses/17 CFE' in Quebec, live since Feb.2013
*Program CSP - Established a new process efficiency in digitizing and expediting clients wealth management information, live since Jan 2013
*Implementation of a new financial shared services centre for Desjardins Ontario Agricultural business market, solution live since Dec.2012
*Program OSF – was involved during the summer of 2012 for the identification phase, the project consists to implement Oracle EBS, Hyperion, OBIEE

Consultant

Zimmer

As a consultant played two roles, Project Manager responsible to turnaround a troubled project and assisted with the solution architecture. The project consisted to develop a specialized computer assisted surgery solution with an Integrated BI solution, through all software development life cycle stages (plan, design, build, deploy), project team consisted between 9-12 resources. Solution was successfully delivered on October 31st.

Senior Project Manager

CAE

Projects:
• Global Deployment 35 CAE sites of a standardized financial data management Process using Hyperion FDM
o Budget: $ 2,200,000.00
o Role: Project Manager,SA
o Matrix management of 16 resources
o Deployment of Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management a packaged solution for finance users that helps CAE in developing standardized financial data management processes.
• Oracle ERP R12.1.3 HRMS/Financials
o Budget: $ 9,800,000.00
o Role: Project Manager, SME
o Matrix management of 19 resources
o Deployment Of the Oracle ERP,HR,GL, SFDC, BAAN for the CAE Montreal operations. Successful go-live November 2011 includes all SDLC phases plan, build, data conversion, testing and post go-live support.

• Global deployment of a standardized budgeting and forecasting process - Hyperion Planning
o Budget: $ 1,500,000.00
o Role: Project Manager,SA
o Matrix management of 14 resources
o CAE required a system to replace their existing Excel-based budgeting tools that allows process standardization across the organization.

• Upgrading the CAE production financial consolidation systems - Hyperion
o Budget: $ 440,000.00
o Role: Project Manager
o Matrix management of 7 resources
o To improve the internal controls of the financial consolidation systems
• Implementation of a new global treasury system – Treasura - SAAS (Cloud Project)
o Budget: $ 640,000.00
o Role: Project Manager, SME
o Matrix management of 9 resources
o Implementation of Treasura a cloud computing package, the project also consisted in modifications of business processes for the CAE Montreal and Germany offices. All SDLC project phases were delivered successfully Plan,build, design including data conversion, testing and post go-live support.
• OBIEE – Financials/Purchasing Globally for CAE’s Civil Business Unit
o Budget: $ 850,000.00
o Role: Project Manager, SME
o Matrix management of 6 resources
Possess Enhanced Security Clearance valid for 5 years from the government of Canada.

Project Manager/Solution Architect

Compuware

Manager

Deloitte Consulting

Solutions Architect

Desjardins

Principal Consultant

Fidelity

Principal Consultant

CEVA Logistics

Senior Consultant

Ubisoft

Senior Consultant

CGI

Principal consultant

City of Montreal

Global lead consultant

AT&T

Principal Consultant

Harvard University

Applications Lead Consultant

US Federal govt - Cap Gemini

Lead

Jestais previously Essentus

Education

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McGill University

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management

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Skills

A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

Business Intelligence

Hyperion HFM

Project Management

FDM

Process Optimization

Exadata

Financial Advisory

Hyperion Planning

Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle Fusion Middleware

Solution Architecture

Enterprise Architecture

Architecture

Enterprise Software

Business Analysis

ERP

SDLC

Data Warehousing

Oracle

OBIEE

PMO

Business Process

CRM

IT Strategy

IT Management

Strategy

Project Portfolio Management

Requirements Gathering

Team Leadership

Integration

Software Project Management

Quality Assurance

Oracle Applications

Testing

Requirements Analysis

Leadership

MS Project

SaaS

SOA

Business Transformation

Consulting

Management

PMP

Cloud Computing

Mobile Devices

Software Development

Business Process Improvement

Agile Methodologies

Business Strategy

Architectures

Testimonials

Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have to say about me after working together on various projects throughout my career.

Thuy-Lan Nguyen

Chef de projets chez Mouvement Desjardi

Alex est un excellent collaborateur en tant qu’architecture de solutions. Dans les différents dossiers, il maitrise très bien les solutions technologiques. Il a une habilité et une flexibilité à s’adapter aux situations d’urgence. Avec son dynamisme et son esprit analytique Alex a été une ressource clé au succès du projet

Michael DeChambeau

President of Sumake North America

Alex was hired as a consultant to provide application, training and architecture leadership for Oracle 12i. I would highly recommend Alex he did a great job!

Alex is a hands-on, thinker and leader. Asks the right questions. Broad knowledge base!

John Jimenez

Director at Columbia bank

Alex is a very decisive executive consultant with the ability to mobilize and motivate people to focus on a common goal-- to transform strategies into reality. His comprehensive background in business and technology made it easy to understand the vision at AT&T. Our project was a strategic global AT&T project that was on time and on budget.

I can especially endorse Alex on his ability to facilitate the process design sessions to produce detailed process flows and propose a future state business process. His ability to understand technology and how we can best utilize the technology within our company.

He demonstrated leadership, dedication, and technical excellence. Able to make difficult decisions and then follow them through. Highly recommended.

Scott Klein

Oracle Fusion Enthusiast, Instructor, and HCM Principal Sales Consultant with the Fusion Focus Team

Alex is a sharp, hard-working HRMS applications consultant. We worked together on a large Canadian city government implementation and regardless of how many times the customer went back and forth about a particular design, Alex always kept his cool and outlined the pros and cons of each decision for the customer. He always kept the client's objective of simplification, standardization, etc. in mind, regardless if a particular decision meant more work for him. His bilingual skills were especially helpful to navigate some of the language barriers between consultants and the client. Would gladly work with him again on another project.

I worked with Alex on a strategic reporting project last year. Alex is a very hard worker, his commitment to achieving the tasks at hand are outstanding. He was respected by his co-workers for his willingness to help even when he had his own deadlines to meet. Alex was very well organized, diligent in his paperwork, easily reachable at all times. He has a very positive disposition which means his business partnering and follow up skills are one of his greatest strengths. He is detail oriented, but at the same time, he is able to comprehend high level business perspective. He made a constant effort to support the team, offering to give help to all who needed it. While Alex was wonderful at handling customers and projects, his incredible capacity to help younger less experienced team members makes his an indispensable part of any team. He always took time to explain product problems and make people very comfortable with the resolutions, both product and techincal, particulary to customers who were not very knowledgeable in his areas of expertise. His sense of integrety is really what sets him apart which is why I consider it a particular honour and pleasure to highly recommend Alex.

Lucy Liu

IT Consultant at CGI

I had the great pleasure to work with Alex at Compuware. He was my manager when I worked on Oracle Financials project.
I have to say that he is a very special manager with great personality. He was not only playing the role of supervision, but also being a friend of all team members and influencing people in a very positive way. He cared for everybody, also put much effort on team building activities which made us feel like being in a happy family and have fun while working on the project. As a result, the team work efficiency and the project progress was improved significantly.
He has deep understanding of Oracle EBS system. He put a lot of effort on training us and guiding us on the modules which made us more confident in our assignments. Furthermore, he always encourages us to learn and take challenges, and is ready to help us on any issues we are facing even specific technical problems and questions. I learnt fast and learnt a lot from him.
I believe no matter wherever he is, he will bring big value to the company or the client.

Greg Vitetzakis

Vice President R&D at Nuvolt

Alex managed multiple department at JestaIS, primarily the Quality Assurance. His ability to problem solve and his natural management skills allowed him to quickly rise within the organization. During his time at JestaIS, he was know as a critical Go To person for varoius problems or issues.

Vince Delle Donne

Performance Engineer at TD

Alex is an excellent architect, with in-depth experience in delivering complex IT solutions. He is a results-oriented, business-savvy professional with strong skills in architecture, business analysis, project management, and IT consulting. Alex is a key factor in the success of many projects at Desjardins, and I recommend him to anyone looking to bring maturity and credibility to their team.

Sylvain Lemay CPA CA

Oracle solution architect IBM chez Agropur

I had the privilege of working with Alex for 3 years , he is exceptionally strong in architecture and project management. At CAE he clearly demonstrated strong leadership qualities such as integrity, honesty, humility, courage, commitment, sincerity, passion and confidence. We successfully implemented Hyperion Planning and FDM globally, Oracle R12 Financials with HR, OBIEE and a new cloud treasury system that is used in Germany and Montreal.
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

justin howell

Director Software Architecture at HP Enterprise Services

Alex was the lead at the Harvard University implementation. Alex led by example demonstrating an oustanding level of commitment, detail orientation and functional and technical expertise.He is an outstanding leader and an excellent decision maker.

Alex is a productive oriented consultant who shares his vision on achieving the goals and results in highly competitive markets. His interest in train the people that he manages and his commitment to provide a friendly environment makes him an excellent manager and contractor.

I had the pleasure of working on a big project with Alex, the implementation of a major EPM software solution at Desjardins. The undertaking, which consisted of replacing outdated, manual quarterly consolidation processes with sophisticated and automated ones, required a Solutions Architect with remarkable people skills coupled with great technical expertise to lead, recommend and implement such a solution. He was a great colleague and I would highly recommend Alex as a key element on any major ERP or EPM project.

Nick Davies

Senior Publisher Account Manager at Airpush, Inc.

I had the pleasure to work with Alex during the past three months with Oracle Fusion Mobile integrated with Fusion Financials and CRM, we worked with Oracle to test, advise and provide feedback on the latest version that will be launched this year. Alex was a key member of the team that helped us deliver solid feedback to the 3 global development centres.
Alex was instrumental in sharing his experience in all areas of Oracle, architecture and business context, and managed the virtual team exceptionally well. (I am based in Los Angeles, Alex in Montreal, others in the UK, Palo Alto and Bangalore), it was an absolute pleasure working with Alex and would be glad to work with him in the future.

David Buzzetti, P.Eng, PMP

Manager, IT Project Controls Office, Business Intelligence and Acquisitions at McKesson

I had the pleasure of managing Alex as a Project Manager within my team for the last three years. Alex showed great passion in his work and was very focused on delivery of strategic projects. He has excellent organizational agility and an ability to bridge the solution design in partnership with the business. I would recommend him for any ERP deployment project.

Rebecca Bragg

Business Development Manager - ANZ Region

I have had to pleasure of liasing with Alex now for the past 18 months whilst working at Contractors Network for the www.oraclecontractors.com website.

Alex is one of our Global Authors for Oracle E-Business Suite Applications from a Functional and Technical Perspective.

Alex's blogs are always informative and well recieved in the Oracle Community. Alex is also such a pleasure to work with :)

I would strongly recommend Alex for any project work. Thanks Alex for all your hard work and contribution to our website.

I look forward to working with you again in 2009.

James Howell

Director at Google

Alex, whom I first hired in 2006, has my professional endorsement. He was hired as a contractor to help us establish our EA practice at Merck.
Alex quickly understood the problems and with tact and professionalism was able to deliver this new practice. I was impressed how he was able to enable people to feel they have a real stake in the project. The issue was not technology or process, it was people, he empowered people to experience the vision and unite different internal teams.
He’s not your typical consultant: friendly individual and a team builder, he was a strong person who provided substance that held the team together in common purpose toward the success of the project. In order for the team to progress from a group of strangers to a single cohesive unit, Alex understood the process and dynamics required for this transformation. He knew the appropriate leadership style to use during each stage of team development.
Equally comfortable in highly charged technical and lay discussions - Has big picture view of business and technical areas - Clearly provides his view while open to the views of others - Team Player; Treats everyone with respect - Highly Customer oriented - Open to ideas that support Co focus and strategy.

I had the opportunity to work with Alex for one year at CAE. He is an exceptional consultant, with very high standards of integrity and work ethic and above average customer relationship skills.
I was especially impressed by his finesse on sensing, approaching and solving the frequent human, soft issues that arise on the implementation projects. He will do everything to ensure the whole team work well together towards the common goals of the project.
Alex has been a tremendous help to the management team by delivering complex projects on a highly political environment.
I will work again with Alex anytime and I am strongly recommending him.

Michael Chambers

Technology Director at Statoil

To sum up my thoughts in three words: Leadership, Listens and Integrity.

I reported to Alex for a 1-year project, and it was a rewarding experience both on the human side and professionally.

He demonstrated exceptional leadership in difficult situations, and adapted his style of leadership to be very human, always deliverable based and organizationally savvy. His leadership style showed a rare balance between relational and results oriented.

Apart from his strength of leadership, Alex has an unparalleled ability to listen based on win / win situations.

His integrity is easily visible in the alignment of his speech, his behavior and decisions. Solid IT knowledge in Architecture and Project Management.

Brian Davis

Director at BAE Systems

Alex was given a difficult global mandate and to my delight, provided significant thought leadership to help our client realize the possibilities at their respective organizations. An example, Alex introduced concepts to fuel the thinking process of how to create a multi-site project strategy to leverage the other global sites to get the conversation going and sharing the work around the globe. His influence, ideas and impact were a true asset to the client. There is a lot in common between good leadership and good teaching. His ability to motivate and lead the team through ups and downs within the project made him an asset. During the project he was able to cut through the clutter, eliminating the "noise" and skillful delegation were powerful tools that helped him lead more effectively. Some other qualities that made the project a success: not afraid to challenge status quo even from the C-level, he was passionate with good foresight and team oriented puts in place the proper building blocks for the creation of a high performance team. You want to hire a consultant who will tell you what they see rather than what you want to hear. This quality in a consultant was critical for this global project to succeed. Results oriented. Excellent consultants like Alex are focused on the results and outcomes of their work and stands by his decision as compared to what I call the wishy-washy consultant that can’t make decisions and leaves their client in a holding pattern until the blame game begins. Top 4 project qualities: Quality work and deliverables, accountable, proven relationship-builder with good interpersonal skills and innovative problem-solver who can generate workable solutions and resolve roadblocks.

Walter Thompson

Managing Director at BearingPoint

I had the pleasure to hire Alex as a consultant in a couple of difficult projects; he’s a detailed professional with excellent interpersonal skills and with a great track record. He raised the bar as it relates to professionalism and performance in the US public sector and a global Fortune 500 business transformation project, team builder, leader and most important delivers the quality and results clients expect of a consultant. He understands the importance of teamwork and makes the climate a great place to work.
I know of not too many people with his drive, zest for the leading edge and comprehensive knowledge of marrying technology, people and business solutions. Four areas that he excelled during the projects: 1)The “WE” concept he never took credit for his efforts, he showed a lot of humility 2) His readiness to reach out when he needs to discuss options, always as a business partner, 3) His professional background speaks for itself. His knowledge and experience can be noticed everywhere. 4) Excellent negotiator and managed scope creeping in an impressive fashion did manage difficult decisions and was not intimidated to go against the status quo decision making always towards the best interest of the project as the engagement partner made my life uncomplicated. He was able to save the projects a substantial amount of money by providing a systematic and more innovative way of doing things; both projects were large multi-million dollar projects (20M+) were on time and on budget. I called him for a new project but he’s busy on a long term project in Montreal, would work with him again. I would recommend him for any critical enterprise project.

Contact

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Montreal, Canada Area

5142404090

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