About KruizeTech

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.

In the beginning...

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.

The winds of change...

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.

And here we are...

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.


Personal note from Blaine Kruizenga...

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

Development Projects

Family Tree

A genealogy website tracking the lineage of my family, allowing users to sign up and add their own family history information. It is built with Python Django.

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KruizeTech

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.

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Southwest Cyber Systems

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.

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Code Notes

This website is used to house all of the notes taken over the last few years while learning development.

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Clear View Escapes

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.

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Yelp Camp Website

Developed in The Web Developer Bootcamp by Colt Steele on Udemy.

This course focused on responsive design and third-party frameworks. We used JavaScript, NodeJS and the other libraries available through NPM as well as MongoDB and 3rd-party development/hosting platforms like Cloud9 and Heroku.

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Skills

Development

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Python
  • Django
  • JavaScript
  • Node.js
  • jQuery
  • SQL
  • Visual Basic

Project Management

  • PMP
  • Waterfall
  • Agile
  • Requirements Gathering
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Scheduling
  • Budgeting
  • Change Management

Business Intelligence

  • Data Warehousing
  • ETL
  • ERP Implementation
  • Process Improvement
  • SQL DBs
  • non-SQL DBs

Employment

January 2013 – Present

Southwest Cyber Systems Inc

Sr. Project Manager / CFO

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).

July 2011 – January 2013

KBR

Sr IT Project Manager

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.

August 2003 – February 2010

National Oilwell Varco (2008 - 2010)

Business Process Manager

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.


Grant Prideco (2006 - 2008)

Global Financial Systems Manager (Parent Company)

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.


ReedHycalog (2003 - 2006)

Global Financial Systems Manager (Subsidiary)

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;

Education & Certifications

Angelo State University

1985 - 1989

Bachelor of Business Administration

  • Accounting Major with strong IT and Business Systems curriculum.
  • Graduated Cum Laude.

PMP

2009

Project Management Professional

ITIL

2008

ITIL v3 Foundations

CCNA

2014

Cisco Certified Network Associate

CCNA-Voice

2014

Cisco Certified Network Associate - Voice