Samenfeld Strategic Consulting provides services to large and small organizations. My broad experience in the for-profit, nonprofit, and academic sectors and across many different industries gives me a unique perspective on project management. My mantra is "Success is not an Accident". Click on the tabs below to find out more about the array of services I can provide to help your organization thrive.
Everything is moving to the web. Developing web based applications is more than just writing some html code. One of the best ways to develop web based applications is to use a Content Management System (CMS). Systems like Lotus Notes and GroupWise are proprietary CMSs that can cost quite a bit to install and maintain. There are some excellent Open Source alternatives such as Joomla (used for this site), Droopal/Civicspace, and Plone. All of these systems combine database back-ends with web front-ends. The purpose of any CMS is to move the focus from the technology to "content" and to provide a very flexible, modular environment for collaboration and information sharing.
Samenfeld Consulting/Muse Stew Productions
June 2005 - Present
Board of Directors, Nonprofit Net, Inc.
July 2008 - Present
I am a member of the recently restrutured Board of Directors.
Steering Committee at Nonprofit Net, Inc.
September 2005 –July 2008
I am a member of the Steering Committee which, in the absense of an expanded board, acts as the Board of Directors for this nonprofit organization. I am also the creator and developer of the organizations website and community building/outreach efforts.
Director of MIS at The Community Builders
(Non-Profit; 201-500 employees; Non-Profit Organization Management industry)
September 1998 – September 2003 (5 years 1 month)
Responsible for all IT realated activities across the entire enterprise. Network architect, customer service (helpdesk), application development, knowledge management systems design and implementation, training, strategy, vendor management, leadership, team building, etc
Manager of U.S. Systems Administration at Harlequin Software
(Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry)
September 1997 – April 1998 ( 8 months)
The company was a major player in the high-end postscript printing industry and went bankrupt due to poor financial management by the owner.
I was responsible for all computing at our 3 U.S. locations. I was part of the management team for the entire organization which I shared with my 2 UK counterparts.
Director of Network and Internet Services at Central Computer
(Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Networking industry)
November 1994 – August 1997 (2 years 10 months)
I directed the company's LAN/WAN services to corporate customers and led a team in developing internet services in the early days fo the internet boom. We developed and deployed the first pre-configured, drop-in Linux server utilizing HP server hardware and established a partnership with the leading Linux vendor of the day -- Caldera. We also developed a number of sucessful websites for our coporate customers and helped them take their products to the web.
Director of Computer Services at The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
(Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry)
September 1988 – September 1994 (6 years 1 month)
Responsible for all computing activities at the School of Government. I was the equivalent of the CIO. I architected the first LAN and WAN at the school and built the computing services from the ground up. We were the first school at Harvard to bring the full suite of internet technologies to the desktops of all faculty, staff and students. I established the first comprehensive training program for staff in the use of computers and applications. I designed and helped build a brand new student computer lab with a dedicated classroom for such training at any of the Harvard schools. I was responsible for all budgets for student, staff and research computing for the school. I also participated in University-wide copmuting and governance and helped to design and build the University's High Speed Backbone Network.
Consultant to Corporate Human Resources at Unisys
(Public Company; 10,001 or more employees; Information Technology)
September 1988 – September 1990 (2 years 1 month)
I worked as a technical resource to the Strategic Partnership Program and reported directly to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Unisys. This program provided grants to strategic partner organizations like Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to help them establish early computer networks at the beginning of the computing infrastructure buildout in the late '80s. Unisys' business in Federal, State and Local Government was strategic and I had recommened that they provide the technical resources to ensure that the grants given to the selected educational institutions was used well. They took my advice and loaned me to the Kennedy School of Government to oversee the 3 million dollar grant that they had given to KSG. I accepted the position of Director of Computer Services at KSG when the position became vacant and did both jobs simultaneously for 2 years. The program was eliminated at Unisys during a downturn in the computer industry during the early 90s.
Computing Manager at The American Academy of Arts and Sciences
(Non-Profit; 11-50 employees; Think Tanks industry)
September 1986 – August 1987 (1 year)
I was responsible for all computing in support of both the administrative computing and the research activities. 50% of my time was spant advising the Program for International Negotiations in their work developming computer aided negotiations tools and strategies under a grant from Unisys. The team included such noteables as Elliot Richardson and Howard Raifa.
Computing Consultant at Westinghouse Broadcasting, WBZ-TV
(Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Broadcast Media industry)
September 1985 – August 1986 (1 year)
I acted as liason with headquarters and with our computing vendors. I installed and configured over 50 clustered (networked) computers throughout both the radio and TV stations at WBZ. I trained the entire staff in the use of word processing and spreadsheet software and designed a budget system that allowed all departmental budgets to roll-up to the master budget in the Controller's office. I assisted in the computerization of the TV News Room and in developing the first media database for the stations library of video tapes.