Employee Spotlight: Brian Lewis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009

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What do you do at the Church?

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I work on the .NET Stack Team with Bryan Hinton and Jim Byer.

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What does the .NET Stack Team do?

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There are two main goals of the .NET Stack Team. The first is to provide general support to all teams at the Church working on projects with components that use the Microsoft .NET Framework. This support can range from answering technology questions to identifying and resolving specific problems that project teams encounter.

The second goal, which facilitates the first, is to maintain and continue to develop the .NET Stack Library and Services, which are a set of tools to help Church developers quickly accomplish common tasks so that teams can focus on the unique and project-specific design issues they face instead of re-writing the code blocks that occur across most ICS projects. The .NET Stack includes tools for ASP.NET web pages, WPF projects, WCF services, authentication through LDS Account, application logging, and much more. We have even developed Visual Studio New Project templates to enable developers to create Stack-enabled projects with just a few clicks.

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Employee Spotlight: David Torgerson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009

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What do you do at the Church?

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I am a security engineer for the Family History department, working on the new FamilySearch site. I spend most of my time making sure that our layered approach to security is functioning correctly, and looking for ways to improve our site security.

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What role do you think Web site security plays in the Church organization and to the public?

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Working for the Church has been interesting. Instead of working on protecting trade secrets or financial information, I focus on protecting sacred ordinance information and user information while providing a way to make most data public. I have been involved in an initiative to collaborate and share data with external organizations. We have many affiliates, and even more in the approval process. Working with affiliates has introduced many exciting and interesting security challenges, but we try to adhere to as many industry security standards as possible.

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Employee Spotlight: Jim Adams PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Thursday, 09 July 2009

QuestionJim_Adams

What do you do at the Church?

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As a member of the Information and Communications Systems department (ICS) Mobile Device Team, I help coordinate cellular communications for Church headquarters. That includes ordering cell phones and mobile broadband data cards for laptops, helping employees with an array of phone issues, and generally safeguarding the Church’s investment in this popular business tool.

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What role do you think the Mobile Device Team plays in the Church organization?

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We try to make the employees’ mobile device experience as smooth and trouble-free as possible. For example, a lost, damaged, or stolen cell phone can represent a minor tragedy in the life of a citizen of the 21st century! We resolve problems as painlessly as possible by having a small stock of lightly-used surplus devices available for immediate replacement. This minimizes “phoneless” down-time. Without this service, hundreds of dollars would be spent on each replacement phone, so we feel we save the Church significant dollars as we help maximize employee productivity.

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Employee Spotlight: Amy Quintanal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009

QuestionAmy Quintanal

What do you do at the Church?

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I am the portfolio analyst for the Human Resource and other operations portfolios within the Information and Communications Systems Department.

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What role do you think program management plays in the Church organization?

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Program management acts as a liaison between ICS and other Church departments. We are able to build relationships with our customers to understand their needs and provide solutions to help them achieve their goals.

 

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Employee Spotlight: Brittany Moore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Tuesday, 31 March 2009

QuestionBrittany Moore

What do you do at the Church?

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I am a Recruiting Coordinator for the Information and Communications Systems Department (ICS). I support ICS recruiters in hiring exceptional candidates to work in the department.

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What role do you think human resources/recruiting plays in the Church organization?

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Recruiting plays a pivotal role in the success of the Church as a corporation because this success depends, in large part, on the employees we find and hire. When we as recruiters are able to find the most experienced and qualified candidates to fill our positions, we are strengthening the corporation of the Church. Because we know that our teams of top performers, we can expect only the best possible output from them.

 
Employee Spotlight: Jimmy Zimmerman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Tuesday, 24 February 2009

QuestionJimmy Zimmerman

What is your current position at the Church and what are your responsibilities?

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I am a FamilySearch support engineer for third party developers. Software engineers from around the world are connecting to FamilySearch data through our RESTful Web services. I help companies and engineers learn about
our API and integrate their products with our systems.

More specifically, my responsibilities include:

  • Giving presentations at conferences and Webinars
  • Writing sample code and documentation
  • Recruiting developers to the FamilySearch Developer Network
  • Networking with key individuals in genealogy industry
  • Troubleshooting API bugs
  • Maintaining the FamilySearch Developer Network Web site
 


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