As part of Protiviti’s Technology Consulting Practice, Chris Balcer brings over 15 years of diverse experience in a variety of technical roles, in both presales and delivery, including Project Management. Chris’ focus rests on enterprise design and implementation, focusing primarily on cloud technologies. Chris provides Protiviti’s clients with years of experience as a trusted advisor in Cloud Solutions. Chris has participated in many complex projects during his career, leading them from inception through to completion.
- National Food Distributor, Architect / Engagement Manager
Technical Lead on mobile app and reporting platform for national food distributor with focus on trade show revenue / sales generation. Facilitated business and IT meetings to drive towards best solution for maximizing the ability to pull through sales via a mobile app focused on both customers and vendors at show. Provided guidance and training during shows that led to usability sessions for future enhancements. Over two shows, sales were increased by 78% due to efforts of team.
- Higher Education Software Company, Director / Integrations Manager
Designed, planned and implemented gamified learning solution to be used within client's software platform to enhance the homework experience. Lead the team through an agile transformation, including integration of DevOps into the SDLC, to optimize efficiency of product team. Solution was built with cloud-first approach on the Azure platform using both IaaS and PaaS and led to increased student retention.
- Rail Transportation Company, Cloud Solution Architect
Lead Cloud Readiness Assessment for rail transportation company. Provided education on cloud technology models as well as developing a cloud migration strategy. Deep dives into application portfolio with the end goal to provide application roadmaps to align with business goals.
- Global Financial Services Firm, Enterprise Architect / Delivery Manager
Lead software development team in build of research platform for Buy Side team including analysts, portfolio managers, and traders. Created best practices for development while building a multifaceted platform using a global team for front-end, back-end and reporting components. System lead to firm wide movement towards a quant-focus in research.
- Electronics Manufacturer, Cloud Solution Architect
Provided guidance during corporate split to define where cloud solutions could be used to lessen the risk of platform / application migrations due to shifts in resources, both human and technical. Documented application portfolio and all connection points to help create a cloud risk assessment for entire portfolio. Lead migration and modernization of five applications to the Azure cloud to increase ability for larger scale growth post corporate event.
Areas of Expertise
- Custom App Development
- SQL Server
- Analytics / Reporting
- Agile / SCRUM
- Financial Services
- B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Computer Science – Saint Joseph's College - Indiana