End Point Team
Our team, headquartered in New York City, has developed, maintained, and hosted ecommerce and other web solutions since its founding in 1995. We combine web application development, database and hosting expertise with understanding clients’ objectives to excel in client satisfaction.
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With End Point since: 2008
“Josh did a great job last week — we were very thankful for his participation …” —Mike Herrick, Collaborative Software Initiative
Having managed server groups and clusters both large and small, Josh specializes in making computers work together well. He combines an in-depth understanding of database systems, networking technologies, and operating systems with formal testing procedures to design scalable and maintainable systems, quantitatively ensure performance improvements, interpret results properly using statistical analysis, and quickly resolve problems.
A devoted disciple of open source concepts and community-based innovation, Josh is a contributor to PostgreSQL projects and a PostgreSQL evangelist in his local community. Other strengths include Perl, the WebLogic application server, and UNIX-based operating systems.
Multi-system health monitoring framework. Developed a library suite for building simple, in-depth monitoring systems in complex ecommerce environments. The library provides simple interfaces for full testing of application servers and various incidental services.
DoD EMall Catalog indexing system. Consolidated a complex and fragile set of scripts and configuration files into a Perl-based system to control builds of search engine indexes. The improved system allows much faster configuration and deployment, and allows for better parallelization of the process.
DoD EMall Data warehouse metrics collection. Created several processes to capture user actions and system performance for a large ecommerce website, providing valuable insights to users of a data warehouse while shielding the end user from an unnecessary barrage of data.
Configuration Manager, Data Miner for Partnet, Inc. from 2005–2008. Partnet maintains a major portion of the U.S. Dept. of Defense EMall project, the largest federally operated ecommerce website in the United States. Josh was responsible for ensuring performance of both the production environment and several development and testing environments, as well as deploying consistent product builds. He spearheaded EMall’s monitoring and metrics collection systems.
Software Developer, Network Administrator, and HIPAA Security Officer Raintree Systems, Inc from 2000–2005. Josh worked as a core developer of the Raintree flagship medical practice management software package and also implemented customizations for Raintree users. He also maintained the Raintree server infrastructure. Josh was Raintree’s first HIPAA security officer, and was primarily responsible for HIPAA training, policy development, and security awareness. He also helped open Raintree’s Estonian office.
BS, Computer Science, Cum Laude, American College of Computer and Information Sciences, 2005.
GIAC Security Essentials Certification, 2002.
DoD IT Level 1 Security Clearance, 2005–2008.
Josh enjoys, in no particular order, his family, his music, his food, and his statistics texts. He hopes one day to build a bamboo and carbon fiber recumbent bicycle, and to learn microcontroller electronics sufficiently to replace the innards of his aging Hammond organ with something that sounds decent.
Recent Blog Posts By Josh Tolley
May 13, 2013
Original images from Flickr user jenniferwilliamsOne of our clients, for various historical reasons, runs both MySQL and PostgreSQL to support their website. Information for user login lives in one da... (Foreign Data Wrappers cont.)
May 8, 2013
People occasionally bring up the question, "What exactly is a data warehouse?" Though answers to this question vary, in short a data warehouse exists to analyze data and its behavior over large swaths ... (Dimensional Modeling cont.)
April 15, 2013
The major motivation for writing Kamelopard was that writing XML by hand is a pain in the neck. But there were other motivations as well. In particular we found some limitations of Google Earth's def... (Creating Smooth Flight Paths in Google Earth with Kamelopard and Math cont.)
February 15, 2013
I've just pushed Kamelopard v0.0.10 to RubyGems. With the last couple of releases, Kamelopard has gained a couple of useful features I felt deserved some additional attention.Support for viewsyncrelay ... (Kamelopard Updates cont.)
June 13, 2012
I started a job several years ago as a "configuration manager", but had to admit when I started that I didn't have any idea what "configuration management" really meant. The idea, as I soon learned, ... (Chef and Puppet Overview cont.)