March 2004 – September 2006
Mr. Lopata was Chief Technology Architect for Accenture. He held global responsibility for the company's capabilities in software technical architecture, including Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), architectures for large-scale custom developed applications, renewal of legacy applications, Business Intelligence (BI), Portals and Content Management. He managed an organization of approximately one thousand people globally.
March 2000 – February 2004
Mr. Lopata was responsible for managing the global relationship between Accenture's Government practice and Microsoft. In this capacity Mr. Lopata was responsible for building Accenture's skills and capabilities in Microsoft technology, developing business solutions that met client’s needs and supporting client engagements. Mr. Lopata was actively engaged in the planning, delivery and review of Government projects around the world.
August 1998 - February 2000
Mr. Lopata directed the program management office for Accenture's Year 2000 Program. This $30 Million program spanned forty-eight countries and included participation from more than six hundred people throughout the organization. Mr. Lopata was responsible for management of the overall program including program planning, risk management, status reporting, issue management and program communications. Mr. Lopata also led the design, build and operation of the firm's Year 2000 command center. Mr. Lopata was also the Quality Assurance Partner for the Year 2000 program at ten of Accenture's largest clients.
August 1996 - January 1998
Mr. Lopata led the technology team for a major project to implement a new ERP package for this 'Big 3' auto manufacturer. The project scope included the re-engineering of the business processes for the entire Finance organization. The project included the implementation of a packaged client-server financial suite and its supporting infrastructure and operations architecture. These applications were delivered to 750 users at more than 40 locations in North America.
October 1995 - July 1996
Mr. Lopata led the development of a vision and IT strategy for Cook County, IL. The strategy enabled the county departments to share data and provide data access to the public and the county employees. The work also established a strategy for creating and deploying a CIO organization and put in place a new model for assessing the value of IT investment and development activities.
August 1995 - September 1995
Mr. Lopata was an advisor to a team developing an enterprise-wide information architecture for this Fortune 500 manufacturer. The project addressed the long term strategy for the business and described an application architecture and supporting infrastructure that would meet both the company's current needs and allow migration to its longer term vision.
September 1991 - November 1994
Mr. Lopata worked on the design and construction of a Payroll, Pension and Insurance system for the Government of Canada. This bi-lingual system was designed to support the administration of pay, pension and insurance for 650,000 employees and pensioners across the country. The user population for the system was targeted to be three thousand users at four hundred locations rising to an estimated twenty thousand users over time.
Mr. Lopata was responsible for the technical team, which peaked at thirty-five designers and programmers Mr. Lopata was responsible for the definition of the overall development, execution and operations architectures for the system and for setting the technical direction for the design of the application. He was responsible for establishing design standards and for the technical review of all aspects of the design. Mr. Lopata was actively involved in the design of the reporting architecture, the security implementation, the GUI desktop implementation and the workflow sub-system, as well as definition of the testing approach, performance analysis, configuration management and development environment procurement. Mr. Lopata was the key client contact for all technical matters on the project.
April 1991 - June 1991
Mr. Lopata prepared an evaluation of LAN databases and SQL gateways to support the domestic and international operations of a major New York based merchant bank. The report assessed Sybase SQL Server, Ingres databases and gateways, Interbase, MicroDecisionware and the Gupta gateway. The report was delivered to senior information systems executives at the Bank.
September 1990 - April 1991
Mr. Lopata worked on the design of a cooperative processing Customer Information System for a Health Insurance Company. The application provides an intelligent workstation front-end to several mainframe CICS and IMS/DC based transaction systems. These back-end systems were presented to the user as a single system image using a graphical user interface. The Customer Information System accessed a central DB2 database that maintained customer oriented data and provided cross-references with the transaction systems.
Mr. Lopata worked on the technical team and was responsible for the design of the overall application architecture. This included the strategy for mapping 3270 screens, dialog management, and access to database and communication functions from Easel. He has also been responsible for the design of several native Presentation Manager extensions to the Easel environment and the development of productivity tools.
January 1990 - March 1990
Mr. Lopata worked on computerization of the Swiss security trading systems. The project converted Switzerland's securities market from an open-outcry basis, at three locations, to a distributed computerized system. The project used IBM PS/2s connected on token-ring LANs as the trader workstations. The application is being developed under OS/2 and Presentation Manager in C. Wide area communication is across an X25 network to IBM S/88 processors.
Mr. Lopata was responsible for performance analysis of the workstation and LAN components of the application. He also conducted an overall review of the workstation technical architecture.
March 1989 - January 1990
Mr. Lopata worked on the design and development of a cooperative processing software product. The workstation component ran on IBM PS/2 machines. The technical environment included OS/2, Presentation Manager, C, Database Manager and Information Presentation Facility. Host environment support was developed for TSO, VM/CMS and the AS/400.
Mr. Lopata led the design teams for the workstation technical architecture and for the user interface. He was responsible for the design of a custom, object-oriented execution environment and the associated development tools. Mr. Lopata was also closely involved in the usability testing and CUA compliance aspects of the project.
November 1989 - December 1989
Mr. Lopata developed an economic model to analyze the costs of four architectural approaches to cooperative processing for a US airline. The model considered alternative configurations of mainframe, LAN servers and intelligent workstations and assessed the hardware software and maintenance requirements for a range of applications.
March 1988 - May 1989
Mr. Lopata worked on a number of projects for a region of the United Kingdom National Health Service. The projects included an integrated Hospital Information System, General Ledger, Human Resources, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Purchase Order applications. The systems ran on a distributed network of IBM 4381s in a VM/VSE, CICS environment.
Mr. Lopata designed and implemented a custom workbench for the development teams. The workbench was written in EXEC2 and ISPF under VM/CMS. He also led the benchmarking and performance tuning for four online applications running under DOS/VSE.
Mr. Lopata was also team leader for the design and development of the national data capture and reporting components of the Hospital Information System.
January 1988 - February 1988
Mr. Lopata worked on the development of a PC-based capacity planning model for the authorization and clearing applications. The system ran on an IBM 4381 under the TPF operating system. The model and report produced included analysis of central processing and communications requirements
April 1987 - November 1987
Mr. Lopata was the project team leader for a data center relocation combined with a DOS/VSE to MVS/XA conversion. He worked on the conversion of order entry, credit control and billing systems, which ran on multiple IBM 3090 look-alike mainframes. His responsibilities included team supervision, standards definition, conversion planning and the design and programming of custom conversion utilities.
May 1986 - January 1987
Mr. Lopata worked on a DOS/VSE to MVS/SP conversion for this electrical and automotive parts distributor. He was responsible for conversion and testing of batch COBOL, the LEXICON data dictionary and report writer. He also prepared the production JCL.