Peter Alcock

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EXPERIENCE

2014-2016

HBOGO

SENIOR INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEER

Advisor in the architecting of a new, scalable Amazon Web Services infrastructure to bring HBOGO into the cloud off of legacy systems. Optimized the HBOGO platform to withstand millions of concurrent video streams as a member of the site reliability engineering team to ensure zero-downtime for the season premiere of the award-winning series Game of Thrones, as well as Silicon Valley, Veep, and other popular television series. Developed and integrated core infrastructure acceptance test harnesses, integrating strictly monitored continuous integration workflows and build pipelines. Created the Greenseer platform, an internal Site Reliability Engineering management system to handle SSL certificate management, encrypted key storage, and incident management communication, which continues to grow as an internal DevOps automation initiative.

2013-2014

Turner

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Developed internal software solutions for Turner’s EPIC digital advertising initiative as senior engineer on the AMPT Digital Ads team, a key part of the Turner 2020 reorganization strategy. Primary developer for Rocketeer, the internal application to be used by Turner’s marketing teams in New York and Atlanta for the management of all advertising across all of Turner’s digital properties, including CNN, AdultSwim, TNT, and many others. Lead engineer for Helmet, a Python web-crawler and advertising health coverage tool which scans every page of every website Turner touches on an hourly basis, analyzing code changes to assess the progress of Turner’s web developers as they move ad slot syntax from the legacy Google DE ad delivery system to the new DFP API, visualizing progress using d3.js as part of an easy-to-use dashboard for upper management. Responsible for the creation of automated deployment and configuration recipes using Chef for delivering internal tools into production environments as well as unit, integration, and acceptance testing harnesses for Turner’s internal applications using RSpec and Capybara, following test and behavior-driven development processes as appropriate. Ensured that security best practices were fully implemented during the software development process in preparation for annual compliance audits, performing pre-launch penetration-testing as necessary.

2011-2013

VisiKard

DIRECTOR OF INFRASTRUCTURE

Proactively managed a team of over thirty reports in three countries, including technicians, developers, and system admins to build out infrastructure from a concept into a state-of-the-art, centralized model with distributed services across the U.S., focusing efforts on operational needs evaluation, risk analysis and long term technological business value, including an API which allowed 3rd parties to pull data from the platform. Architected and implemented scalable machine-learning engines to scan conversations in VisiKard for positive or negative sentiment, identifying happy/unhappy users and ‘influencers’, recommending products, matching compatible personalities, and automatically flagging inappropriate or illegal activity as to alert us via integrated electronic ticketing systems. Developed the Administration System using Ruby on Rails, allowing for customer service to have complete control over community content, and for customer service to manage Kards flagged as inappropriate, as well as VisiStats, which visualized global user activity. Reduced infrastructure costs by over 50% by developing automated configuration systems, maintaining 99.99% uptime for all company networks, maintaining 24/7 health monitoring of all layers. Evaluated new products and technologies related to the design of large-scale computing systems as the primary liaison between technical and non-technical employees, bridging knowledge gaps between departments and instituting information security education programs for company employees.

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