F. Grahame Murray
Raleigh, NC 27608 +1 (919) 828-9879

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DevOps, Scalability, Python, Docker, Terraform, GCP


I am looking for a full-time position as a lead or principal software (and/or systems) engineer or architect, designing and developing interesting and challenging systems, services, and applications.


  • 20+ years software development and operations experience
  • A highly curious generalist
  • Product development and consulting experience
  • Depth in language, educational, and community projects


  • High-scale web application and service development
  • Combined development, deployment, and operations
  • Systems architecture and design


Director - Lead Engineer, May 2020 - Present

Deutsche Bank - Cary, NC

CTO, Cloud Services, Core Engineering
  • Completed Global Enterprise Engineer program to be in the top 5% of the bank’s engineers
  • Created and led a multi-region engineering team to build and operate a GCP Control Plane
  • Designed Landing Zone platform to enable end users to safely self-service GCP infrastructure using GitHub and Terraform Enterprise
  • Architected a mechanism to allow the platform to be safely extended by the community
  • Delivered Landing Zones to 250+ application and infrastructure teams
  • Constructed stadardized Terraform module authoring framework
  • Regularized GCP organization management via Terraform Infrastructure as Code
  • Evangelized the platform across the bank by producing documentation, training, communities of practice, and events

Vice President - Lead Engineer, February 2019 - May 2020

Deutsche Bank - Cary, NC

Global Transaction Banking, Digital Office, Data Platform team
  • Created a Data Platform out of native Azure components, namely Databricks, DataLake, SQL DataWarehouse, EventHub, Monitor, and AzureML
  • Automated and orchestrated Data Platform using Azure DevOps, Terraform, Docker, and Ansible
  • Evaluated Cloud Custodian in Azure

Senior Principal Software Engineer, September 2016 - February 2019

Nuance Communications - Raleigh, NC

Automotive division, Cloud Reliability Engineering, Infrastructure team
  • Swype’s Connect Operations team moved to the hosting group for the Mobile division, which later became to the new Automotive division
  • Remained in 1st tier on-call rotation for Swype Connect
  • Implemented Foreman for system management and provisioning of bare metal, ESX, and Azure instances
  • Deployed infrastructure world-wide in Azure using purpose-built and reusable Terraform modules
  • Integrated Katello for management of system and application content across all datacenters
  • Rolled out FreeIPA to centrally manage SSL certificates, Kerberos, DNS, system auth (sssd), and application auth
  • Designed and built proof-of-concept multi-tenant compute platform using Mesos, Marathon, Consul, Calico, HAProxy and Docker to support auto-scaling and blue-green deployments of microservices
  • Architected a solution to provide applications and systems “Visibility” for our customers using ELK for logs, Graphite for metrics, and Sensu for alerts
  • Built and maintained centralized, per-datacenter, secure, multi-tenant, ELK-stack clusters for “Visibility” using Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, ElastAlert, and ReadonlyREST
  • Created go app that generated Sensu checks for services running inside Kubernetes, querying API for services annotated with configmaps that describe alert thresholds
  • Deployed Jenkins 2.0 integrated with GitLab for CICD. Built shared pipelines (as code) to build all our RPMs, Docker images, and Puppet modules
  • Made and/or used rspec-tested Puppet 4 modules to deploy all of the above
  • Authored Puppet 4 “base” system module to manage all fundamental aspects of our systems, including: puppet, mco, auth, sshd, time, osquery, limits, firewall, auditd, packages, sysctl, monitoring, logs, selinux, DNS, and metrics
  • Used Packer to bake Azure images for faster provisioning
  • Setup a CI/CD pipeline to package each customer’s “visibility” configurations (Kibana dashboards, Logstash configs, ElastAlert rules, and Grafana dashboards) and install them on the appropriate clusters
  • Documented our platforms and stacks, evangelized them to our customers, and assisted with customer on-boarding

Principal Software Engineer, January 2012 - September 2016

Nuance Communications - Durham, NC

Mobile division, TextIO R&D, Connect Operations team
  • Swype was acquired by Nuance!
  • Continued the development and improvement of the Swype Connect API, with the main focus on performance, allowing us to scale to hundreds of millions users
  • Improved visibility of our connected services, using Graphite, statsd, collectd, Grafana, Kibana, and SNMP, giving us insight and trending data into how our application is performing and being used
  • Switched from EC2 Auto-Scale to a Puppet managed, but manually scaled system
  • Migrated SwypeConnect from AWS to an in-house, managed ESX cluster
  • Used Hadoop and Pig to mine Cassandra for application usage and trend data
  • Built second API in Go, wrapping core business logic written in C, to support realtime predictions in the cloud
  • Assumed responsibility of legacy Java/Spring language database mangement system
  • Built server support for on-device storefront
  • Deployed and support applications in Chinese datacenters

Senior Systems Engineer, June 2011 - December 2011

Swype - Durham, NC

Engineering, Connect Operations team
  • Came on board to lead the effort of building a high-scale web-service to support tens of millions of mobile transactions per day, to enhance phones using the Swype keyboard
  • Built a multi-datacenter, geographically redundant, Python/WSGI web-service to support millions of write-heavy requests per day, backed by a similarly redundant Cassandra cluster
  • Hosted in Amazon Web Services, for ease of build-out and managed infrastructure, utilizing EC2, AutoScale, CloudFront, CloudWatch, S3, Route53, RDS, ElasticCache
  • Used EC2 auto-scaling to ensure a timely response to customer demands
  • Built a true DevOps team, using PagerDuty, Nagios, Graylog, SyslogNG, and EC2, plus our stateless custom web service that we both developed and operated in Production

Principal Software Engineer, September 2002 - June 2011

BBH Media - Raleigh, NC

Engineering team
  • Architected and developed and new website platform; moving all high-volume sites into a centralized, load-balanced, three-tier, standardized codebase using jQuery, PHP on Zend Framework, SOAP, JPA, EJB3, MySQL, and Lucene
  • Built a web-service-exposed, JEE middleware to power customer self-service and management portal using JPA, EJB3, SOAP, and MySQL
  • Architected, designed, and developed a scalable, clustered, high-availability, J2EE-based content authoring and management system using JBoss, Hibernate, JSP2, XSLT, and SQL Server
  • Designed, optimized, and normalized all major business systems’ database schemas
  • Developed custom content management system using JBoss, EJB, Struts, Velocity, JSP, JSTL, and PostgreSQL
  • Made heavy use of DHTML and JavaScript for both front-facing and internal applications, including remote scripting and AJAX
  • Built and extended a custom PHP-based CMS system for e-zine publication
  • Wrote functional, integration, and unit tests
  • Administered CruiseControl and Hudson continuous integration and build systems
  • Mentored junior and new engineering hires
  • Documented requirements for outsourced projects
  • Designed and built internal web applications to automate internal business functions, such as content publishing, indexing, and search
  • Built international, multi-currency money management system, including automated thirty-party import and international credit card processing
  • Created and maintained PHP and PERL scripts for website management and content validation
  • Ported and rewrote legacy PERL scripts with more robust PHP scripts, also adding new site features such as pagination
  • De facto and acting Linux, BSD, and Windows system administrator

Lead Engineer, May 2002 - September 2002

Sun Microsystems - Menlo Park, CA

Internal Support, Developer Web Services
  • Led engineering effort for devCK, Developer Community Knowledge project
  • Main developer for reimplementation of JCP site, tasks included:
  • Redesigning the entire DB schema, as well as creating object-relational mapping
  • Porting and upgrading the administrative site from old Vignette TCL to the new Java platform
  • Rebuilding the public website from JSP (Model 2) site to MVC, as well as using the new data model

Java Engineer, September 2001 - January 2002

James Irvine Foundation - San Francisco, CA

Systems Engineering team
  • Independently contracted with the James Irvine Foundation to complete Coral Connect project.
  • Designed and implemented message boards, file storage, address book, and other interactive services of the project using Arsdigita Community System, XML, XSL, and Oracle 8i.
  • Configured qmail, Courier IMAP, JWMA Web mail, and ACS for Java on Solaris 2.8 for custom integrated webmail feature.

Java Systems Engineer, March 2001 - September 2001

Liquid Thinking - San Francisco, CA

Systems Engineering team
  • Designed and implemented binary parsing, scoring, and other educational algorithms for an interactive educational product using Rational Rose and ATG Dynamo 4.5.
  • Architected and designed file system integration for intranet using Arsdigita Community System 4.6, XML, and XSL.
  • Implemented product family parametric search for Cypress Semiconductor using JavaScript, PERL, and ColdFusion.
  • Led Quality Assurance effort for Certicom site redesign using Logigear TrackGear.
  • Began work on CoralConnect but entire team was then down-sized (finished at subsequent position with James Irvine Foundation)

Software Engineer, June 1999 - February 2001

SRI International - Menlo Park, CA

Policy division, Center for Technology in Learning
  • Architected and implemented many web applications, online surveys, and web assessments using Java Servlets, JSPs, XML, and MySQL databases.
  • Designed and coded various reusable frameworks, from survey tools to database abstraction layers.
  • Co-developed and designed ChemSense, a Java-based Knowledge Building Environment for high-school chemistry students.
  • Built CILT Knowledge Network and affiliated web sites, and single sign-on framework in Cold Fusion and MySQL on Linux.
  • Designed and authored TeamLab, a Palm Pilot-based open-ended assessment application, desktop conduit, and website that supports off-line data collection and on-line statistical analysis.
  • Helped port URLex from Python code to Java.
  • Implemented Instructional Metadata IMS Metadata XML Generator tool, on a contract for Sun Microsystems


Computer Languages:

Python, Java, Go (golang), Javascript, Ruby, JSP & JSTL/EL, Scala, XML, PHP, DHTML & XHTML, Groovy, XSLT & FO/P, PERL, Bash, Velocity, i18n, C & C++, ColdFusion, Lisp, MIPS assembly, InstallShield Script


Cassandra, MongoDB, MySQL/Maria, PostgreSQL, MS SQL, Oracle, Solid, FileMaker Pro, mSQL, Access


Kubernetes, Mesos, JBoss, Tomcat, Zend Framework, Spring, Resin, ColdFusion, Vignette, ATG Dynamo, Arsdigita ACS


Web Servers: nginx, haproxy, uWSGI, gunicorn, Apache

Provisioning: Terraform Enterprise, Foreman, Cobbler, Terraform, Packer, AWS CloudFormation, Azure Templates

Container: Docker, Mesos, Kubernetes, Marathon

Virtual Network: Calico, istio, Flannel, Weave, OpenVSwitch

Service Discovery: Consul, Zookeeper, Etcd, MesosDNS

Configuration Management: Puppet, Ansible, MCollective, Chef

Search: ElasticSearch, Kibana, Logstash, ElastAlert, ReadonlyREST, SOLR, Lucene, Verity

Monitoring: Sensu, Nagios, SNMP, Cacti, SyslogNG

Metrics: Graphite, Prometheus, Carbon, Collectd, Statsd, Bucky

Identity/Auth: FreeIPA, Vault, OpenLDAP, OpenID, OAuth

NoSQL: Cassandra, HBase, MongoDB, CouchDB, Riak

Reporting: Spark, Hadoop, Pig, Hive, Pentaho, Jasper, Crystal Reports

Messaging: RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, JBossMQ, JBoss Messaging

IDE: IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, Eclipse, NetBeans, Xcode, Visual Studio, CodeWarrior, JBuilder

Modeling: Visio, OmniGraffle, Rational Rose, Visual Paradigm, Poseidon, Argo UML

Version Control: Git, GitHub, GitLab, Subversion, CVS, Perforce, SCCS, RCS

Bug Tracking: JIRA, Bugzilla, Eventum, TrackGear

Web UI: jQuery, YUI

Build: Ant, Jenkins, Travis, Hudson, Cruise Control, Maven, Ivy, Make

Unit Testing: py.test, JUnit, Cobertura, Mockito, EasyMock, JMock, Cactus, TestNG

Performance Testing: JMeter, Apache Benchmark, JProbe

Acceptance Testing: Inspec, rspec, Cucumber, serverspec

Caching: Redis, Memcache, APC, XCache

Web/Integration Testing: Selenium, JProbe

Persistence: Hibernate, JPA, EJB, OJB

MVC: Django, Ember, Angular, Struts, Grails, Spring MVC, Cake PHP, Bebop

Virtualization: AWS, Vagrant, Azure, ESX, VirtualBox, Xen

Text Editor: vi(m), Atom, Emacs

Installer: InstallShield, NSIS

Command Line: GNU tools, Cygwin

IM: Jabberd, Openfire

Aspect Handling: AspectJ, JBossAOP

Operating Systems:

CentOS, Windows Vista/XP/2000/NT, RedHat EL, MacOS, Solaris, PalmOS, BSD, SunOS


“Disambiguating Drag-and-Drop: The Click-and-Fill alternative to managing hierarchies” I explained my implementation of a new “Drag and Drop” like interface Published: CHI 2000 Conference Proceedings, April 6, 2000

“Workpad + Palm Series Powered Pack 2000 Edition” My software was written up, rated, and included on accompanying CD-ROM Published: ASCII Corp., March 10, 2000

“Workpad + Palm Series Powered Pack” My software was written up, rated, and included on accompanying CD-ROM Published: ASCII Corp., June 11, 1999


1995 - 2000 Goucher College Towson, MD BA in Computer Science Courses in Java, LISP, 3D Graphics, A.I., Assembly, Software Engineering, Algorithms, Hardware Architecture, and Computation

Summers 1994 - 1997 University of Delaware Newark, DE Graduate & undergraduate courses in C, C++, compiler design, computer graphics, and multimedia design.


Available upon request