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Theodore Cowan

Salem, Massachuseets


Entrepreneurial, professional and focused on the “big picture” of organizational goals. Deep expertise in architecture and delivery for Software-as-a-Service business. Decisive and goal-driven.

Free software advocate and contributor; adept in the Python and Golang programming languages.

Areas of Expertise: SaaS Architecture, Cloud Architecture, DevOps, AWS, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Free Software


AWS (most services), Linux (especially RedHat), AWS Cloudformation, Terraform, OCI Containers, Kubernetes, OpenShift, TeamCity, Jenkins, NewRelic, ElasticSearch, SELinux, PostgreSQL, LDAP, SaltStack, Google Cloud Platform, SQL, BASH, Python, Golang

Free Software Development


Contributions:Project creator and maintainer.
Period:September 2016 - Present

"The immutable secrets manager", tISM is PGP encryption-as-a-service for secrets management. Decrypt/Encrypt PGP secrets via API with token authorization.


Contributions:AWS ELBv2 module, tISM module, TeamCity metarunner, bug fixes.
Period:February 2015 - November 2018

SaltStack is a configuration management tool for platforms and infrastructure.


Contributions:Project fork, new features and fixes.
Period:April 2019 - Present

Forge is a tool for continuous delivery of AWS Cloudformation templates.


Pluralsight Boston MA

Title:Senior DevOps Engineer
Location:Boston Massachusetts
Period:February 2018 – Present

Focused on software delivery, infrastructure and architecture for a machine learning and data science SaaS product team.

AWS (Fargate/Kinesis/Athena/Cloudformation), Machine Learning, Apache Airflow, Tensorflow Serving, Nodejs, Python, Podman, Kubernetes, SaltStack, TeamCity, Fedora Linux, GitHub, NewRelic, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Immutable Infrastructure

Pluralsight Farmington UT

Title:DevOps Engineer
Location:Farmington Utah
Period:January 2015 – February 2018

AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Docker, Kubernetes, Project Atomic, SaltStack, TeamCity, NodeJS, .NET, RedHat Linux, Windows Server, GitHub, Python, GoLang, Powershell, Bash, NewRelic, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Immutable Infrastructure

Spritz Technology Inc

Title:Cloud Architect
Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Period:May 2014 – January 2015
  • IT Operations: AWS, Amazon Linux, MongoDB, ITIL, Change Management, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, IT-as-service, Splunk, Graphite, OpenShift, ManageIQ
  • DevOps: SaltStack, Nexus, AppDynamics, GitHub, Jenkins, ManageIQ, Tomcat, Apache, Python, Bash, Continuous Integration


Title:Support Engineer
Location:Draper, UT
Period:June 2012 - May 2014
  • Application Development: Red Hat Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP
  • Change Management: EMC Symmetrix DMX/VMAX20/VMAX40, Avamar, Avamar Extended Retention.


Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Period:April 2009 - May 2014
  • Website Administration: Website and database administrator for website has 2,000,000+ users. RHEL, PHP, MySQL, ImageMagick, Amazon AWS, SaltStack
  • Application Development: Migrated and further developed systems from Legacy Manufacturing Solutions for Compax.
  • Business Consulting: Coached and advised general manager and quality director in Asia, and served as resource for executives around the technology from Legacy Manufacturing Solutions.
  • Business Consulting: Worked on special projects including QC documentation and process improvement.
  • Application Development: Created and deployed a data entry and analytics application for Utah citizen initiative group Count My Vote. OpenShift Online,Simple PHP Framework
  • Application Development: Created OSS "Utah E-Petition" for two citizen initiatives groups. PHP, MySQL, Apache, Linux, and a small amount of C.
  • Public Activism: Assisted in development of legal arguments and technical method for gathering petition signatures electronically. Acted as an expert witness regarding the validity of electronically gathered signatures on citizen initiatives.

Legacy Manufacturing Solutions LLC

Location:Salt Lake City, UT
Period:December 2006 - January 2011
  • Application Development: Developed business workflow application that managed all activities between US and China offices. Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP
  • CIO: Deployed all business applications and systems. CRM, Zimbra, Asterisk, KVM, VMware, Redhat Linux
  • Business Operations: Set company goals and objectives, developed and improved operational procedures and methods, created business workflows, and resolved problems.
  • Business Development: Investigated new business opportunities, completed competitive analysis, developed new product disciplines.
  • Business Development: Maintained relationships within the local and global business community.
  • Legal: Drafted non-disclosure, service and finance agreements.
  • Sales: Managed sales, marketing and customer accounts. Recruited sales staff. Authored marketing materials.
  • Sales: Advised customers in sourcing/manufacturing strategy in China and product development
  • Sales: Introduced bridge financing products.
  • Sales: Negotiated pricing and terms. Calculated duty and delivery paid pricing.

Novell Inc

Title:Linux Expert
Location:Provo, UT
Period:September 2005 - December 2006
  • Developed and deployed remote administration tool for off-network Linux desktops.
  • Linux expert for IS&T helpdesk and internal migration team.
  • Monitored systems from the network operations center.


Snow College September 2001 - June 2002

Certifications and Training

  • EMC Information Storage and Management (EMCISA)
  • EMC Virtualized Infrastructure Specialist (E20-018)
  • EMC IT-as-a-Service Expert (EMCCAe)
  • The Linux Foundation LF520 – OpenStack Cloud Architecture and Deployment.
  • SaltStack Training @ SaltConf 2014
  • OpenStack Training @ LinuxCon 2012

Professional Associations

  • OpenStack Foundation
  • Cloud Security Alliance
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