KruizeTech was created by Blaine Kruizenga as a blogging site to share information and lessons learned from the years of managing projects in the gray area between Finance and IT. It is a growing collection of knowledge on various topics.
From years of working on implementation projects for new systems, new offices, and even new companies, you tend to get involved with many different processes and technologies. One day you look up and realize that all of those projects straddling the worlds of Finance and IT allow for a unique position of being the liaison between IT folks, C-level executives and everyday users.
With the migration in business to SaaS and everything "Cloud", the challenge has been to find applications that do what you need despite the generic "one size fits all" approach taken by many cloud solution vendors. These trends along with the explosive growth of mobile apps and the Internet of Things have many deciding to learn how to do it themselves.
One of the things that becomes quickly apparent when you start this journey is that, while there is a lot of information out in the wild, it is not always easy to find. Nor is it always easy to understand once you do find it. To that end, this site aims to provide a collection of knowledge to share with others taking this journey. Hopefully, you will find something useful here and perhaps, share some of your own knowledge with others.
Boy, was it fun to rediscover how much I loved development! It had always been more of a hobby than a necessity in my project management roles, but I decided to change gears and pursue development full-time, knowing that my background as a senior-level project manager would help with the big picture. Below are my professional credentials and a few development projects that I have worked on. -Blaine
This knowledge base website is built with Python Django and uses both local app and social authentication with email verification. The blog app is based on the Django package, Zinnia, and uses advanced techniques such as signals, pingbacks, etc.
Content is still being added.View Project
Developed for Southwest Cyber Systems.
This website began with a base HTML template from BootstrapMade updated and modified to work with a Django backend. Company admins can update the content via the Django Admin.View Project
This website is used to house all of the notes taken over the last few years while learning development.View Project
Developed in Mastering the Modern Workflow by Brad Schiff on Udemy.
Focus was on development shortcuts, must-knows, and best practices. Topics covered included Git/GitHub usage; task automation using Gulp, Babel, and webpack; and style organization using BEM, PostCSS and mobile-first.View Project
Manage all internal business processes including social media and web outlets. Develop Project Plans for major customer projects; Document and streamline information, daily processes and partner interaction; Lead tech on Cisco collaboration systems (Call Manager, CME, UC5xx).
Managed Integration (acquisition) and other IT projects in the IT Project Management Office; Established Integration Task Force to improve future acquisitions or new office integration efforts; Designed and developed new PMO SharePoint site; Co-lead in readiness preparation of IT support team for new Oracle ERP system.
Reviewed and analyzed current IT processes and goals on existing projects and provided recommendations for consideration by top IT leaders; Technical Lead on global Kronos implementation, working closely with project developers; Standardized project documentation requirements and created easy to use SharePoint project templates for the corporate Special Projects group.
Managed subject matter expert support staff covering various ERPs, reporting and planning systems across multiple companies worldwide; Prioritized and managed financially-related projects based on company objectives; Liaison among IT, Users, and Management for general interpretation of requirements, concepts, and terminology, as well as provided financial guidance on financially-related projects.
Supported and maintained ERP and financial reporting systems; Assisted upper management in establishing company-wide standards and objectives for business intelligence platform; Worked closely with IT to implement BI vision;