Due to an extended medical absence of a key customer engagement manager who has ownership of several web/extranet and integration projects, RD Watkins has been engaged to temporarily take on these responsibilities. The projects that are the scope of this contract are LiveLink (OpenText), PlumTree Portal and My Unilever installation and integration of the subsequent legacy applications that will progress as modules into this new extranet environment. In addition to these projects, there is Project Phoenix with it’s objective to integrate the three Puerto Rico facilities into the standard “shared services” support model.
The PMO has also requested that Robert develop several “methods” for the upcoming deployment and utilization of UPlan (Niku – project and resource management software). He originally had a hand in creating the standard MS Project template that has been in use by the PMO over that last three quarters. The first method he creates will outline the production turnover process as it relates to the standard Unilever processes.
RD Watkins extends contract with Unilever in Integration Project Manager role to complete Best Foods NJ facility and Canadian business units Desktop Application roll-outs.
Unilever has committed to an extension of Robert D. Watkins contract so that the GIO Integration Lab may use his skills and years of experience with the Wise scripting tool and desktop roll-outs. Specifically, Unilever is completing the Canadian Aztec II Desktop/Laptop roll-out and the Unilever Best Foods and UNUS business unit deployments in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
This extension is slated to go until March to accomplish these final portions of these deployments.
RD Watkins inks new contract with Unilever for Project Management / Coordination
Unilever North America Global Infrastructure request Robert D. Watkins to assist with several ongoing projects. These projects include the Manufacturing for the Millennium SAP Project, Business Objects Upgrades, Gentran Migration from NT to Unix migration and Legacy Integration, Targeter for the Web enabled AMPs sales, Video Conferencing Production Turnover, Manugistics Enterprise Forecasting as well as the preparation for various Sales Office infrastructure build-out projects. These Projects will be managed for the Home an Personal Care Business Unit.
RD Watkins has been employed prior to this contract with Unilever in a Technical Project Manager role assisting in development of Wise Scripts for delivery of business applications via Microsoft SMS and for 8 locations / business unit deployments in 2001.
Unilever, via Group Technology, has contacted and negotiated a year long contract Bob Watkins as a Wise Scripting Engineer. Unilever is deploying the standardized Aztec II Desktop to various sites and Business Units across North America. As such the application requirements gathering and subsequent scripting of these applications to integrate with the Aztec environment will be critical.
April, 2001 – The Integration Lab Manager has asked that Bob Watkins assist in the creation of training materials and a plan to use offshore resources to provide by Digital India as scripting labor. As the Technical Project Manager, Bob will be training, mentoring and managing the output of these Indian Resources until they are in a stabilized status. Unilever is using this department as a starting point for the OffShore model to be implemented and tested.
RD Watkins inks Wise Scripting contract with Marathon Oil of Findlay, Ohio. USA.
Marathon Oil has contracted with Robert D. Watkins via Darwin Partners (recruiters), to assist in the scripting of approximately 1200 application to support their transformation of their current Windows NT 4.0 environment to a full Windows 2000 SMS enabled and automated application environment.
This will require the gathering of multiple divisional application requirements as well as the User Acceptance Testing and Quality Assurance to deliver the most accurate replication of current business functionality to the 10,000 desktops involved. As part of a team that varied from 5 – 18 scripters, and with input from Microsoft who will be on-site, this team will deliver the application aspects of the new Windows 2000 Desktop.
NovaCare Rehabilitation, a provider of medical therapy and injury rehabilitation, has contracted with RD Watkins to assist in the Y2K assessment and remediation of the Pittsburgh & Baltimore office and the implementation of RainTree Billing software in three new locations in Illinois.
Currently, the NovaCare Facilities need backup and Disaster recovery procedures designed and implemented. The Baltimore office is also to be consolidated into the Pittsburgh office. This move will require the design of an integrated DB to merge the accounts receivable and the movement of all data equipment to the Pittsburgh location.
Robert D. Watkins signs on to assist various clients, including Kraft Foods, with Networking and Y2K consulting.
MI Corp also needs consultant to provide network and project resources to the Kraft Foods company in the eastern US. The primary facility was in Winchester Virginia where Kraft produces Caprisun and Koolaid. Other Facilities RD will service include the Oscar Meyer plant in Coshocton, OH., StoneBreaker Milk products in Youngstown, OH. and two Breyers Facilities in upstate NY. Each of these plants require full Y2K Remediation from the desktop to the PLC’s on the manufacturing line and upgrades of software and hardware suitable to reduce the impending risks.
Interim Webmaster role is inked between Robert D. Watkins and MI Corp supporting hosting and dial-up divisions.
RD Watkins was recruited as the interim webmaster by the owner of MI Corp to assist the Internet division in supporting the 4200 dial up customers and the 100+ hosting clients they had acquired over the last two years. From Mac, DOS and Windows clients to router dial up troubleshooting and account setup and dealing with UUNet and Network Solution for backbone configuration, RD will lead this space maintenance and transition.
As UUNet charges increase Robert will also be tasked to gather the info to assess other backbone providers, then make a seamless transition from the current provider and IP address scheme to the new provider and the allocated IP addresses. This will require learning the details of the Cisco 2500 system as well as the Portmaster hardware + digiboard solution used to accept inbound dial-up modems calls from clients. With this new knowledge RD will assist in the configuration of parallel networks for the above mentioned transition.
Robert D. Watkins begins contracting as a Freelance Webmaster in the Cumberland, MD Area.
Two potential commercial clients have engaged RD Watkins to build several web sites to publish on the web. Tonoloway Lodge and Colors Inc. both need web presences to grow their bricks and mortar businesses.
Below is a link to a current website I have designed and now act as the webmaster for in addition to this site as well as ContractMCSE.com: