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Tom provides extraordinarily valuable services at competitive rates.

When you hire Tom, you buy unmatched insight into both the technical and the organizational aspects of your situation. Tom creates value for you by ensuring that you get the most out of your technology and your organization. Most technical opportunities have organizational implications, and most organizational challenges imply technical consequences.

When Tom focuses on your technical solution, he creates value for you by taking full advantage of existing (and often free) similar solutions, by applying your limited resources to what most differentiates your solution, and by accurately and correctly discerning the difference. He offers unmatched talent for identifying how your challenge is similar to existing solutions, how your challenge is distinct, and how to best exploit those similarities and differences.

Driven by an initial assessment of your unique situation, Tom will work with you to create and execute an engagement plan that identifies an optimal blend of four related areas of expertise: executive consulting, analysis, design, and development.

Tom's uniquely broad understanding of these four areas ensures that your choices are determined by your needs. This protects you from painting yourself into organizational and technology corners by making inadvertent or premature choices driven by marketing hype, industry buzz, or hidden and inadequately understood implications of “hot” new technology alternatives.

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Gain traction in your technical and organizational landscape

Tom provides unmatched executive consulting services. His uniquely holistic perspective balances the complex technical and organizational aspects of your technology effort. He understands technology and the community that provides it, freeing you to focus on what the effort will do for you. He help you discern your real needs and requirements, set your real priorities, and determine your real cost and schedule constraints.

Executives in all but the smallest organizations are surrounded by alternative viewpoints, competing business and technical interests, and richly varied social structures — some explicit and many implicit. Tom knows what questions to ask, what data to gather, and what results to measure so that you gain the traction you need to ensure the success of you, your ideas, and your team.

Tom can help you recruit and manage a new technology team, energize and focus an existing team, and work effectively with external providers. He prefers to provide frequent deliverables so that you always know what your team is doing. He documents your decisions in criteria and metrics, so that you have accurate, data-driven, and up-to-date information about the progress of your effort. He understands your technology, and speaks the language needed to communicate with your technical community.

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Determine what your effort is for

Tom's analysis services distill your intuitions and hunches into actionable, measurable, and executable solutions. He uses tested and proven processes, guided by his extensive experience and expertise, to identify the aspects of your situation that matter most to you. He knows, first-hand, that virtually every “technology” problem has business implications, and virtually every “business” problem has technology implications.

He will help you identify and articulate the business value to you of your solution, your business and technical requirements, your users, customers, and stakeholders, and the criteria by which the success of you and your solution will be measured.

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Determine what your effort shall do

Tom creates sites that are professional, clean, useable, and effective. He translates your desires and needs into "choreographies" of user interactions and storyboards of screens that provide them. He then renders whatever visual elements and artifacts your solution demands using proven principles of visual communication, graphic design, and user interaction design. His deep expertise in system development ensures that your site uses the full capabilities of current and future technology, while protecting you from falling prey to its traps and pitfalls.

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Tom creates software designs that are similarly professional, clean, reliable, and effective. He separates the “what” from the “how”. This ensures that your design is driven by the forces that govern your unique situation, instead of by usually-costly inadvertent language, framework, and platform choices. He applies mature and tested software design patterns, ensuring that your design takes full advantage of accumulated industry experience.

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Produce a solution that works

Tom offers development expertise that spans the full spectrum of technology your solution is likely to require. He has been coding in html, Javascript, css, and related browser technologies since those technologies were born. On the backend, he is proficient in Python, Smalltalk, Lisp, Perl, Java, and of course C and C++. He is similarly proficient in SQL and relational database technology. He is experienced and comfortable in major platforms including Windows, Linux, and the Macintosh. Solutions are often harvested by refining or adapting existing open-source and pre-existing assets. When more specialized expertise is required, Tom knows who to call and has usually worked with them before.

Tom is a proponent of agile methologies and test-driven development. He will encourage you to fund the development of unit tests if you don't already do so, so that you know that your solution works and so that you can keep it that way. Tom is adept at harvesting strengths of open-source and legacy code. When appropriate, Tom uses performance analysis tools to optimize the performance of your working solution, so that your solution not only works but works fast.

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Portfolio

ZeeLife

Tom created these two "pre-construction" demos, a GenomeBrowser and a PathwayBrowser. When complete, each will allow the user to browse, annotate, and publish arbitrary data at arbitrary detail—all the way from the karyotype or organism to the sequence or molecular level.

Genome Browser Demo

Genome Browser:  Use the Google Map API to browse a full human genome.

Pathway Browser Demo

Pathways Browser:  Use the Google Map API to browse the human metabolic pathways.

ZeeGuide

ZeeGuide™ is a "Facebook for neighborhoods", a social network comprised of businesses, organizations, and individuals related by physical geography and "affinity".

Partners and resources

Mcvinney & CompanyMcVinney & Company is a Massachusetts-based organizational development and executive consulting company.

WingwareWingware is a Cambridge-based company dedicated to the development and sale of software development tools for the Python programming language.

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