Avocet Staff: Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson is Avocet's primary consultant. Alex had over 20 years of IT management experience prior to participating in the founding of Avocet Software in 1998.


Seven years of Lotus Notes/Domino development experience, along with up-to-date certifications. Four years full time consulting experience for two Fortune 500 companies. Part-time consulting experience for small, rapid growth start-ups. Experienced in roles from business analyst, project leader, system designer, developer, mentor, user trainer and Domino administrator. Recent industry experience includes financial, consumer marketing, laboratory systems and manufacturing industries.

Prior career background includes senior IT management experience at divisions of three Fortune 500 organizations in chemicals and engineering consulting industries.


Over seven years of Notes/Domino development experience
Over seven years of Lotus Script experience
Over two years of Domino/JavaScript/HTML web development experience
Full life cycle development
Architectural design of complex applications
Linking of Notes/Domino with custom Excel VBA applications
Integration of Adobe PDF applications with Domino
Notes administration with multiple servers
Formal user training classes
Mentor other developers in a team environment
Highly experienced taking over and completing troubled projects
Principal CLP certification in Development - Release 5 and 4
CLP certification in Release 5 Domino Administration

LOTUS NOTES - MAJOR SYSTEMS DEVELOPED (more details available on request)

Lutheran Brotherhood "Investment Research" database:
Restructuring, enhancement and support of this complex Notes financial industry application.

Lutheran Brotherhood "Compliance" system:
Modifications to this workflow and document management application allow use within both Lutheran Brotherhood and Aid Association for Lutherans domains during the merger of the companies.

Pillsbury "Market Research Library":
Major rework and support of this large-scale knowledge management application; also, added workflow capabilities.

Pillsbury "Event Planning & Execution Tool":
Rework and support of this multi-company collaborative planning and workflow application for Windows and Macintosh.

EA Lab:
Development of domino system for secure distribution of drug testing results via the web. Also, system for doctors to review results and approve them over the web.

Lester "LesterNet":
This is an extensive system for information exchange and E-Commerce with Lester dealers.

Lester "Major Projects":
This is a system to plan, monitor and coordinate sales response to major project opportunities.

Lester "Weekly Activity Report":
A simple system for weekly sales manager reporting and coordination with management.


Domino R5 administration for two startup clients
Domino R4 to R5 upgrade for client
Tier three administrator for Lotus Notes R4 network with:
One central server with spokes to three regional servers
Replication of over 500 databases
NotesMail for about 250 users
About 30 remote sales managers
About 250 dial-in independent dealer businesses

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE (references available on request)

1998 - Present Co-Founder and owner, Avocet Software, Inc.
Founded personal Lotus Notes consulting practice.

Primary clients include:

2000 - 2002: Lutheran Brotherhood (full time):
Support and enhancements to Financial Investment System, plus mentoring of an intermediate developer to take over support

1999 - Present (ongoing) Other Clients (part-time):
Developed Domino web site for secure retrieval of test results by drug testing lab clients. Performed R4 to R5 Domino upgrade and assisted with R5 administration at two startup clients.

1998 - 2000: Pillsbury (full time):.
Planned and developed systems using Lotus Notes. Some project management and mentoring of less-experienced developers to take over support.

IT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE (references available on request)

1988 - 1998 - Manager, Information Systems, Lester Building Systems Division, Butler Manufacturing Co.

I reported to the president of this $60M wood-frame building manufacturing company. I was responsible for both top level strategy and, as a member of the president's staff, participated
in planning and management of the overall business. Business consists of four regional businesses, each with manufacturing operations. I left during a change in management. Managed staff of 7 employees plus consultants.

Personally developed pioneering Lester Net E-Commerce system which distributors view as a leading technology in the industry: used LotusScript in a Lotus Notes environment.

Developed and managed Help Desk to provide phone support for distributors using Lotus Notes and Lester Net.

Full life cycle development of two major sales and marketing applications, using Lotus Notes formula language:

Major Project System
Weekly Activity Reporting System.

Economically transferred all mid-range legacy systems (Unisys) to client/server network.

In the late 1980's, led corporation's first adoption of client/server networking.

Personally implemented ERP system as pilot project in Illinois regional business.

Implemented systems critical to company success in design engineering and CAD: Paradox applications using PAL language.

Justified and implemented infrastructure consisting of: 50 CAD stations, 250 PCs, 11 servers and wide area networking.

Managed software development through outsourcing.

Achieved zero turnover in IT over nine years.

Held IT costs for this configured-to-order manufacturing business under one percent of sales.

1985 - 1988 Manager- Information Systems, Agricultural Chemical Group, W.R. Grace and Company

I reported to the deputy group executive of this $600M fertilizer
mining, manufacturing, distribution and retail business. I was
responsible for IT planning and strategy for the business and
several subsidiaries. I left due to dissolution of the
Agricultural Chemical Group. Managed staff of 50 plus
consultants. Detailed information is available on request.

1980 - 1985 - Systems Department Manager, Burns & McDonnell Engineering, Armco Corporation
1975 - 1980 - Chief of Systems, same company

I reported to the senior vice president of this $40M engineering
consulting firm. I was initially responsible for department
management and, later, responsible for planning and strategy for
internal IT as well as client billed engineering computer support.
I left to pursue a greater opportunity at W.R. Grace. (Management
staff of 25) Detailed information is available on request.

1968 - 1975 - Programmer, part-time, Burns & McDonnell Engineering


1992 - MBA, University of Kansas, evening program
1974 - BS, Caltech, double major in Civil Engineering and Mathematics


2001 - Principal CLP Administrator, R5
1999 - IBM / Lotus Business Partner
1999 - Co-Founder, Avocet Software, Inc.
1999 - Principal CLP - Lotus Notes Developer Release 5
1999 - Certified Lotus Script
1998 - Principal CLP - Lotus Notes Developer Release 4
1984 - President, Kansas City Chapter of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
1980 - Present: Registered Professional Engineer, Missouri