|Featured Consultant: Sandy Lott, Senior Project Manager|
TT: How and when did you get involved in telecom?
SL: My first association with telecom was when I was assigned to the MCI account as a system engineer in 1999 to support their mainframe applications. .Since then, I've also worked at DexKnows and Level 3 Communications as a project manager on a number of different applications including web and voice.
TT: What is your subject matter expertise and how did you develop your knowledge in that area?
SL: My area of expertise has evolved into project management over a span of about 15 years. During that time, I have successfully managed application development, new software implementations, conversions from legacy software to new applications and databases, and upgrades of existing hardware and software platforms for a variety of business applications including retail (POS), utility companies (primarily gas and electric), state governments, banking and financial institutions , ERP solutions (JD Edwards, SAP, and Oracle) and telecom (web commerce applications). My latest long-term project was successfully managing the migration and conversion from a "home-grown" legacy system into cloud computing managed by a third party vendor as well as scheduling hardware and software installations at a variety of diverse locations across the country.
TT:What do you feel is the biggest contribution you've made to a client?
SL: Because of my experiences in a number of environments, I have the ability to quickly understand the business environment and the problems that are being solved by the application being developed.
TT: What is one of the most interesting projects you've worked on?
SL: Taking a number of legacy billing applications and merging them into a customized billing system for a utility company. There were a number of inputs and merge points that needed to be addressed as well as incorporating federal and state regulations. This particular project gave me the chance to travel to New Zealand to work with the software development team.
TT: What is your favorite city/country to work in?
SL: I started out in the northeast, migrated south to North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Idaho and worked assignments in Europe and New Zealand; my favorite place is near Denver, CO. The mountains, climate and wide open spaces are appealing to me since I spend as much of my free time outdoors as possible.
TT: What hobbies do you pursue in your free time?
SL: I have a number of interests which allow me time to recharge my batteries. I am an avid gardener and I take advantage of the Rocky Mountains for camping, hiking and river rafting with my family. My third son and wife recently expanded their family with twin boys! I am also an active equestrian and compete in a number of events when I'm not out trail riding.
TT: What do you like best about working with Alliance?
SL: This company takes care of its consultants through frequent communication and socialization. The support Alliance gives its consultants makes me feel as though I am a valued member of the team.