I started my professional career building and working with robots. When my plans to start the robot uprising toward world domination fell through, I turned to software consulting. For the past decade, I have spent my time working closely with clients across the globe helping them navigate the dangerous waters of Identity and Access Governance. Prior to becoming an Identropian, I was the VP of Global Services for Courion Corporation where I built and ran a successful global professional services operation.
The thing that excites me most about Identropy is being able to help customers solve their most complex business problems through a mix of strategic vision, best-in-class technologies, and transformational consulting.
A passionate and seasoned HCM professional with over 20 years of global HCM experience. I love the work the I do and am greatly energized seeing the impact that great HCM work has on the business and its people! When I'm not in the office, I teach yoga and meditation, hike and spend time with my family and friends.
I believe my passion for the IT industry actually blossomed during my first career out of college: hazardous waste management. The regulatory compliance needs of that industry quickly challenged my organizational skills and I realized I needed to up the ante to avoid drowning in a sea of paperwork. But working for a small company, there was no concept of an IT department to turn to.
So armed with books on MS Access/VB6 and an understanding of what I hoped to accomplish, I created a number of databases and supporting applications that bridged the gap, although in hindsight those early database designs were not ones I would admit to authoring today. Combining that interest and additional formal training, my second career was launched and opened the doorway to assisting
Senior Identity Engineer
I started out in the Finance area and was the New England Divisional Controller of Corporate Express Office Supplies where I was also the Divisional HR Director. After deeply being involved in 8 acquisitions at Corporate Express in under a year I decided to change my career path.
I joined Cambridge Technology Partners* which was acquired Novell* and left to join Courion*
I have been in the IAM space for about 15 years working as Business Analyst, Project Manager, Program Manager, Solution Delivery Manager, Director of Services and now Client Partner.
I am based out of my home in Danvers MA and will be practice cross functional with the goal of working with the Identropy teams and Clients to ensure successful IAM implementations
That is the reality of what I have and am doing – my dream was to be an international spy. I took an abundance of language classes in both undergrad, post graduate college and to date am not fluent in any language with maybe the exception of English. I am still working on the spy skills.
Like many others, I’ve found a home here at Identropy. The people shape the culture of the company, and our culture is one of shared passion for Identity Management and caring about the people around you. I like to think I fit into that way of thinking. The future is bright here and I’m excited to be a part of it!
In my career I have performed several roles in the IAM space, including working as an instructor, implementation engineer, architect, and even doing some custom software development. I bring a strong focus on generating a solution that will not only meet a customer’s needs, but will bring to light the value of having a true IAM program in place to streamline business process.
In my spare time, I am a guitarist playing a variety of music from punk to blues, an avid baseball fanatic (go Halos), a Whovian, and a general geek. My greatest enjoyment is bringing my passion for these things to my wonderful family.
Jim McDonald is an Engagement Manager at Identropy, where he is responsible for delivering strategy and roadmap engagements for the company’s clients. He brings to this role his extensive expertise in rolling out identity and access management technologies from various vendors as a practitioner at companies like Ingersoll-Rand and Ally Financial. Jim is an avid baseball fan and is passionate about his New York Yankees.
Solving Identity Management puzzles is my hobby; my job is divided between my family, running, snowboarding and scuba diving (I’m a professional in these last two *). Always looking for the best burger, sushi, pizza, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other similar places.
* Definition of professional: doing the sport in question more than one time.
I was almost 30 years old by the time I figured out what I wanted to be when I grow up. Ever since I got my TRS 80 Color Computer as a child, I knew I wanted to work with computers. In school I was led to believe that I could either be an engineer or a consultant. The former was too technical; the latter not technical enough. Finally I learned about Professional Services and found it to be the perfect balance of consulting and technology.
Working as a system administrator for a town government with a shoestring budget taught me the importance of efficient, repeatable business processes, and automation. Graduate school formalized those lessons. I see my career as the logical next step of applying what I learned to help businesses improve and automate their processes.
After making the switch into Identity and Strong Authentication almost 15 years ago I have discovered two passions: Professional Services and Customer Success! I am very fortunate to work at a company like Identropy which embraces Core Values as away of doing business. When I am not working I can be found raiding the refrigerator, mountain biking on amazing single track, running, or enjoying the California sunshine.
With over 12 years of experience in IT, from Level 1 Support to Administration, working in this field has taught me one thing: It’s not about what you know, but how fast you can figure out what you don’t.
I plan, build and run Identropy. In short, I make sure an extremely agile team of consultants has everything they need to provide innovative identity management solutions that enable businesses.
After looking around the IAM market a bit for a new place to call home, I got introduced to Identropy by a friend. He had nothing but good things to say about the company, and right from the get go I was able to see why he liked working there so much. I’m glad to have become a member of the community here and I’m looking forward to my future working with Identropy.