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Diego Morales

Hi, I'm Diego Morales, Senior Program Manager at Softtek.

Diego Morales is an experienced technocrat comfortable with business and technology, with a proven 12 year record of successful Project/IT Operations Management and a comprehensive portfolio of software, infrastructure and process improvement projects encompassing several technologies. Known for been a mentor-focused and visionary leader, has played an essential role in company-wide adoption of IT industry best practices and governance standards. Diego is a well skilled professional in providing technology, software and infrastructure solutions for the business, specialized in problem management and identifying innovation opportunities, expert in leading global teams, IT service delivery management and improving operational results. Personal passion: to develop, train and guide individuals and teams, turning them into top performers, by means of helping contributors grow at their personal and professional levels. Specialties: Agile, SCRUM, PMI Project Management good practices

Diego Morales's Background

Diego Morales's Experience

Vice President of Technology at PMI Costa Rica Chapter

January 2014 - December 2014

Functions: o Lead technology efforts as part of the Board of Directors for the Project Management Institute Costa Rica Chapter o Coordinates volunteer resources in different technology projects in the outlined project portfolio of the chapter o Represent the chapter in official activities related to PR, Leadership, and strategic partner events Major achievements: o Innovated by creating the first PMI Membership code library which can be used by any PMI Chapter around the globe, allowing seamless integration with PMI's Component System and the Chapter's website o Incorporated Online Marketing techniques to PMI Costa Rica Chapter's premium annual congress APCON 2014, showing a 13.75 ROI directly translated into registration.

IT Manager at Costa Rican Vacations

May 2008 - September 2013

Functions: o Program, project and business strategy manager. o Lead the Software Development and Support/Infrastructure groups o Foster career development and complete performance evaluations of every IT team member Mayor achievements: o Lead the creation of a virtual quoting and online payment system that allowed the company to jump in sales by over 40% monthly. o Standardization of project methodology used to develop custom software that combines traditional PMI's waterfall approach and some SCRUM good practices, which allowed an increase of 60% in productivity, a 30% decrease in the incidence of errors per 10000 lines of code and a drastic reduction of 100% of uncontrolled changes (scope creep) in project baselines. o Implementation of the full set of Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) phases, along with the documentation of the process accompanying each of those phases. Several resources were specialized to lead specific phases including Analysis, Design, Development, Integration, Testing, Deployment and Release. o Creation of a complete and comprehensive development environment that includes Testing and Staging replicas of the Production servers and services, along with a clear process for managing code through Subversion repositories and branches. o Adoption of ITIL incident, problem and configuration management, resulting in standardization of IT services with operational level agreements (OLAs), by which the team is measured by targets and key performance indicators (KPIs). o Integration of the on-site infrastructure providing IT services, with a hybrid virtual platform in the cloud (Amazon VPC), providing services such as VoIP, AD, LAN, WAN, and VPN from the enterprise data center, and Application, Database, Storage, and CDN from the cloud, achieving a decrease of 69% reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of on-site equipment and enabled Disaster Recovery and On-Demand Scalability options for business critical applications.

Project Manager / Business Analyst at Hewlett-Packard

August 2007 - April 2008

Functions: o Coordinate and collaborate with multiple resources from Costa Rica, India, United States, and Canada. o Requirements gathering, elaborate design documents and managing of resources. o Monitoring and controlling activities for controlling scope, quality and time. Mayor achievements: o Participate on the VoodooPC acquisition/merger project, which allowed HP to incursion in the gaming PC market.

IT 3rd Level Support Specialist at Hewlett-Packard

April 2007 - July 2007

Functions: o IPG-IT 3rd Level Support Specialist for several B2B and e-commerce applications. Mayor achievements: o Compilation of a series of Knowledge Base articles on a wide range of applications, which improved incident resolution times in all of the involved support groups, from level 1 to level 3.

ECO-IT ARES Costa Rica-Mexico Team leader at Hewlett-Packard

November 2005 - April 2007

Functions: o Lead the Level 2 support / development group conformed by Costa Rica and Mexico resources o Subject Matter Expert (SME) for several B2B applications o Trainer for Level 2 and Level 3 resources Mayor achievements: o Identification of common incident trends allowed the development of applications aimed at solving recurrent cases and improving the team's TTR (Time to Resolve) metrics. o Resource cross-training program aiming at improving incident management, which resulted in an increase of the skills available at any given moment, enabling the group to cover the entire 12 hour shift as required by the underlying service level agreement. o Creation of SME roles for each application supported by the team, which allowed increasing the number of incidents resolved within the level without requiring escalation to Level 3.

Call Center Agent / Technical Leader at Hewlett-Packard

May 2004 - November 2005

Functions: o Call center agent attending technical incidents for US clients. o Technical Leader for e-commerce applications and desktop support. Mayor achievements: o Development of the ASC Notes Support application, oriented to solving incidents related to the Lotus Notes platform. Given the success of this application in Costa Rica, it was subsequently implemented in several other HP call centers around the globe.

Freelance Developer / Technical Support at Professional Services

March 2003 - May 2004

Functions: o Software Developer for Cruz Verde's Order Management System. o Technical Support for Farmacia Jimenez's infrastructure and software.

Program Manager at Softtek

October 2013

Functions: o Research and Development (R&D) Program Manager o Head of various Softtek - HP Networking operations and projects. o Lead the internal software development group as their Technical Project Manager. Major achievements: o Achieved a 40% increase in productivity for the Test Automation group by leading the re-engineering process of the company's metrics dashboard, allowing engineers to accurately track, measure and control their work. o Standardized operating procedures (SOPs) across related teams, improving quality of the processes supporting client deliverables and maximizing resource efficiency. o Identified and pursued growth opportunities with current and prospect customers, directly increasing outsourced headcount and company exposure to local markets.

Diego Morales's Education

Universidad Nacional

2015 – 2016

Master's degree in Information Technology Administration

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

2002 – 2012

Bachelor's degree

Concentration: Systems Engineering

Diego Morales's Interests & Activities

Robotics, automation, astrophysics, quantum physics, experimental physics

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