We brought Douglas on board at Salesforce to help with a lot of urgent, high-priority projects to benefit our sales business groups: first he tackled an issue for our compensation team helping to reconcile orders against sales teams and territories, and then moved on to building great applications that helped to automate our fiscal year deployment in our HR systems and into our internal Salesforce.com application. During this time, I saw:
- Douglas handles changing requirements and priorities with grace, agility, and urgency.
- When given clear requirements and a target outcome, Douglas is able to compose access-intense solutions that are elegant and easy (one click!) for the business user to understand
- Incredible expertise in Microsoft Access, VBA, and Excel
- Ability to cascade multiple decision trees and multiple sets of criteria to produce all kinds of what-if or if-then data outputs
During his time at Salesforce, Douglas quickly developed familiarity with our internal tools, including SOQL, the Dataloader, and Workbench. He went above and beyond in responding to feedback on the applications he built for our team and in supporting our HR department at the turn of the fiscal year. Great work, Douglas!
Working with Douglas was a pleasure and yielded fantastic results. He demonstrates a relentless effort to produce top quality tools to drive meaningful efficiency gains. I had no idea one could be an artist with Microsoft Access until I worked with Douglas. He transformed business processes that previously took a team dozens of hours of active effort to perform monthly into a few clicks of a button on a sleek, easy to use UI.
Douglas displayed exceptional technical expertise which resulted in an automation reporting database. He demonstrated a strong ability to GAJE (Gather, Analyze, Judge and Execute). He was able to deliver a quality program in 3/4 of the time estimated by other programmers. He engaged the business to seek new ideas and approaches then determined whether he could automate those functions. He created a user manual for reference and educated staff on how to read and translate SQL and VBA code in the event we wanted to enhance the database in the future. He has also made himself available if I ever have questions. If I ever need another programmer Douglas is first on my list to contact!
–Bupa Scherer, Financial/Cost Analysis Manager, National Facilities Services, Kaiser Permanente
I worked with Douglas on a number of complex projects in the energy efficiency business, and he was able to introduce a variety of ingenious and innovative approaches saving our company substantial dollars in operating expense. He stands out in particular in his capability to integrate Oracle back end products with Microsoft Office front end products. I’d give him a very high recommendation.
–Bruce Feld, Senior Analyst/Programmer, Pacific Gas & Electric
Douglas is a a strong analyst and clear communicator. He consistently and successfully worked to simplify complex business and IT processes that had grown unwieldy over time due to unexpected scope expansion. He is a team player and easy to work with. I would recommend him to any project in need of his skill set.
–Ken Barsky, Technical Architect, Pacific Gas & Electric
Douglas worked for me for a couple of years. During that time he built systems that saved our team both time and money in large proportions. He consolidated dozens of various systems in our Asset-Backed Securities Pricing group into one, easy-to-use interface. Another significant process improvement was to our Securities Master. He was able to automate the gathering of reference data derived from multiple vendor feeds. He quickly understood what we needed and gave much more than I expected to get from a programmer. I highly recommend him for any job. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
–Constantin Vulpescu, Operations Manager – Functional Analysis, Pricing & Securities Master Group