Mike J. Walker is an accomplished architect with a vast amount of experience as a leader, innovator and technology expert. In his 13 year IT career he has been responsible for development, architecture, project management, and strategy. As the Co Editor-in-Chief of Microsoft’s Architecture Journal and Microsoft’s Enterprise Architecture Portal, he is internationally known as an expert in enterprise architecture. Walker’s insights are sought-after at major events worldwide and have delivered keynote speeches for conferences and events on five continents.
Walker is skilled at solving complex problems with innovative solutions through full life cycle implementations of mission critical solutions. He has also evolved many of the concepts behind mainstream architectural approaches and styles. Walker has delivered his works in books, trade publications, authoritative architecture guidance, articles and standardized frameworks. As an expert in architecture, IT luminaries have published his quotes and referenced his ideas in articles and books such as, “Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post- Gates Era”, where he is named as a key thought leader at the Microsoft Corporation. His works have been featured in media outlets such as: InfoWorld.com, CNN.com, eWeek.com, ComputerWorld.com, and has been demonstrated in keynotes by Bill Gates at industry events.
Microsoft - April, 2006 - Present
As the managing director for enterprise architecture at Microsoft Corp. he is responsible for the creation of strategy, frameworks and guidance for Microsoft. This is executed through partnerships with business units, IT CIO leadership, the CTO and through external collaboration in executive briefings, standards bodies, events and publications.
Fifth Third Bank - May, 2003 – April, 2006
Founding member and co-creator of the enterprise architecture office. Responsible for ensuring uniformity of designs and technology decisions across the enterprise through proven architecture methods such as architecture review board, standards creation, building of reference architectures and ensuring alignment to the business through principles, policies and standards. He owned and was ultimately accountable for a series of mission critical solutions in the application portfolio such as wire transfer, check processing, credit, and loan systems.
Independent Consultant (Cincinnati, Ohio) - June, 2001 – June, 2003
QSS Information Systems - Security Advisor
Business Integration Group (Cincinnati, Ohio) - April, 2002 - May, 2003
Acted as Development Manager for all development initiatives within the Consumer Financial Services Division. Responsibilities included:
Compuware Corporation (L.A., California / Cincinnati, Ohio) - June, 2000 - April, 2002
American Financial Group (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Jan., 2001 - Dec., 2001
E-Commerce Technical Lead for Great American Insurance
Designed and implemented multiple n-tier web-based solutions with technologies such as: ASP, visual basic, C++, Win API, MQ Series, and COBOL that reduced provided support for customer facing portal and internal rating engines.
Spherion (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Dec., 1998 - Jan., 2000
Consultant to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Consultant to Sente Group
Consultant to Prograde
Consultant to Cincinnati Financial Corporation
QSS Information Systems (Cincinnati, Ohio) - Nov., 1996 - Dec., 1998
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
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