Shane Collier

Technologist, Scientist, Explorer

Shane Collier


Innovative and out-of-the-box technology executive with extensive experience transforming organizations by formulating and implementing long-term IT strategies that support seamless business operations. Forward-thinking visionary with entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to guiding organizations through new technology deployments, including cloud computing. Known for identifying and translating business needs into usable enterprise architectures with consistent information assets across application portfolios. Proven record of capitalizing on cost-saving and revenue-generating opportunities through proactive development and implementation of technical business solutions for information and systems management. Confidently lead complex projects to on-time and on-budget completion, including partnering with stakeholders as well as coordinating strategic plans and roadmaps. Exhibit exploratory thought leadership, always maintaining awareness of new technologies, trends, and concepts. Core skill set:

  • IT Infrastructure Design
  • IT Strategies
  • Agile / Scrum (CSPO, CSM)
  • Software Development
  • Deployments & Migrations
  • Process Improvement
  • Project Management

  • Change Management
  • Operations Management
  • Budgeting
  • Vendor & Client Relations
  • International Culture/Business
  • Business Development
  • Consulting
  • P&L Accountability
  • Trend & Needs Analysis
  • Start-Ups
  • Risk Management
  • Team Leadership
  • Social Media
  • Training & Development

Career Experience

Consolidated Reality, LLC / Clouds Without Borders, LLC  | Tampa, Florida  (July 2014 - Present)

Managing Member

Addressing the impact of international culture on Information Technology (IT) including software development processes, project management, team dynamics, outsourcing, product selection, cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), along with customer and vendor relationship management. Developed business strategy, using social media (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube integration) to raise awareness of the actual impact of International culture on IT. Strategic focus: education and training, objective assessments of cultures and their impacts on firms, blending cultures for efficiency. “From many cultures, one reality.” Additionally: company organization, instantiation, trademark registration and sale, negotiations, along with customer and vendor relations business administration, vendor selection, contracts, billing, accounting, and project management. Architected online community cloud for wildlife data management and a cloud-based distributed near-real-time global training system with distributed facilitators. In 2016 Clouds Without Borders, LLC was rebranded to Consolidated Reality, LLC reflecting a shift of focus from the impact of international culture on the adoption and implementation of cloud computing to the broader IT industry.

  • Developed campaign for raising awareness of the impact of international culture on IT.
  • Designed and implemented integrated Social media marketing and branding strategy.
  • Developed cultural assessment and training tools, focused on IT professionals and IT organizations.
  • Developed cross-cultural approach to analysis, software development, and process by IT team blending.
  • Developed Scrum based international cross-culture team evolution.
  • Participated in data management, web site and mobile development.
  • Budget preparation and management, tax preparation, and general business administration.
  • Intellectual property registration, negotiation, sale, and transfer, contract negotiation and fulfillment.
  • Creation of one company and follow-on evolution to a second which facilitated an expanded business market.

University of South Florida (USF)  | Tampa, Florida  (August 2013 - May 2015)

Graduate Student – MS Management Information Systems (MIS)

Completed Master's Degree in Management Information Systems (MIS). Teaching Assistant for the program's Capstone Course: Enterprise Information Systems Management focusing on system planning, project selection, project management, and organizational information management policies.

  • Teaching Assistant for the programs Capstone Course: Enterprise Information Systems Management.
  • Guest Instructor on Agile software development processes, including SCRUM and Kanban.
  • Earned membership in Beta Gamma Sigma - International Business Honor Society and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, academic honor society.
  • Graduated with a 3.945 GPA.

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)  | St. Petersburg, Florida   (April 2008 - June 2013)

Research Administrator

Tasked with establishing data integration throughout institute and driving migration from Java/Oracle to C#/SQL Server infrastructure. Hold accountability for up to 80% of State of Florida's wildlife research data and interface with external organizations at local, state, regional, national, and international levels. Develop and implement standards and processes, identifying areas within institute to leverage technology to further goals, fuel growth, and meet strategic needs. Ensure fulfillment of obligations for digital products. Determine strategic direction for information integration and management spanning separate laboratories, field offices, repositories, and agencies.

Lead 29+ current projects with 12 direct reports, 8 indirect reports, and $1M budget. Interface regularly with external partners and stakeholders. Acquire funding via grants and proposals. Hire, train, mentor, and review performance of staff. Negotiate product selection and purchasing as well as license management. Drive strategic vision for software development. Deliver consulting services, answering software development and process questions. Designate and manage co-location vendors.

Determine server hardware and networking requirements, along with hosting approach for website management. Formulate integrated approach to data management, bringing disparate data sets from individual labs and partner organizations together. Organize disaster recovery strategies. Craft strategic plan for metadata management, including establishing in-house metadata repository. Define and implement common technical infrastructure to provide shared software development, database, file server, and supporting services to internal and external customers.

  • Minimized costs through aligning resources with needs and eliminating projects of minimal value.
  • Championed successful and rapid software development efforts by using Agile-based processes, focusing on XP and Scrum. website
  • Raised $750K in funds via grants despite economic crisis, decreased costs approximately $500K, and obtained $4.5M grant from NOAA; earned award for Streamlining and Cost Savings.s
  • Identified and capitalized on opportunity for system to collect and manage information regarding Florida’s boat ramps; coordinated vision, process, justification, and funding as well as delivered system for $90K (previous attempt by another individual failed with $1M spend). Established public site to locate boat ramps and provide feedback to suggest corrections or report new ramps.
  • Saved approximately $300K and reduced overall server count by 3 through internally executing migration from Java/Oracle to C#/SQL Server 2008 R2 environment with large-scale critical path application for Fisheries Dependent Monitoring program.
  • Generated $130K via internally migrating data-driven website from 3rd-party developer/hosting facility to FWRI co-located server.
  • Produced $80K in annual savings by successfully transitioning users from Oracle 10g to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, including migrating 10 Oracle instances with 18+ databases, 2 Oracle Application servers, 2 ESRI ArcSDE instances, and numerous OracleXE instances to 6 SQL Server instances supporting 40+ databases.
  • Led efforts to transition from Federal FGDC standard to ISO standard being adopted as well as designed and expanded internal program supporting full lifecycle metadata management system.
  • Played key role in moving from physical hardware to virtual machine environment, championing transition to cloud computing based on Windows Azure platform.

Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts  | Lake Buena Vista, Florida  (November 2006 - April 2008)

Presenter/Trainer, Passenger Vessel Captain/Trainer

Memorized 15- to 25-page presentations, maintaining high-level focus on quality of service and customer experience. Performed Segway tours and presentations at EPCOT regarding technology, history, and world culture; trained customers and cast members on use of Segways. Captained watercraft transportation at Downtown Disney; trained new captains and maintained boat operations.

  • Designated as Disney Trainer for Innoventions Presenters and Downtown Disney Captains
  • Participated in venue design efforts with Imagineers in development of new venues and modifications to existing venues.
  • Achieved zero customer or staff accidents on Segways and boats.

Digital BioTech, LLC  | Brandon, Florida  (July 2005 - December 2010)

Managing Member

Drove business formation as well as market identification, independently originated Software as a Service (SaaS) business model, product development, and daily management. Devised and managed budgets, along with coordinating project management. Established disaster recovery strategies. Oversaw annual tax processing. Fostered relationships with partner organizations, including Dallas-based MarketNet, Tampa-based PintSize, and Minneapolis-based Agile Professionals. Developed products through prototyping stage. Selected hosting providers, along with acquiring and installing servers.

  • Created business vision and strategy, pioneered Software as a Service (SaaS) identifying niche markets where technology could be used in biotech industry; crafted business plan, raised $35K in start-up funding from investors, and initiated business to implement products.

University of South Florida (USF)  | Tampa, Florida  (December 2003 - June 2006)

Research Associate

Conducted stroke research, rodent brain harvesting, and other post-mortem tissue collection, tissue staining, microscopy image capture, image processing, analysis, and computer management. Performed data management and assisted in drafting scientific articles in Brain Research concerning strokes. Administered graphic design, information architecture, implementation, and search engine optimization to drive web presence for USF College of Medicine, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

  • Pioneered development of Java-based image processing tool to determine extent of brain damage due to stroke
  • Implemented department of Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics website
  • Participated in ongoing research activities  | Dallas, Texas  (December 1999 - April 2003)

Sr. Technical Consultant

Provided internal and external technical leadership and contributed to the strategic vision for major clients, including 3M and Halliburton/KBR. Acquired full understanding of web-related technical infrastructures, databases, and back-end systems. Spearheaded process development. Headed teams, projects, and cross-organization efforts to set strategic direction, plus championed technical approaches. Participated in buy-versus-build, selection of 3rd-party hosting facilities for online purchase and fulfillment, and other critical path activities. Promoted Agile software development approaches and implemented Microsoft's .Net architecture. Provided thought leadership with the adoption of Agile methodologies. Played key role in establishing as 3M's agency of record for online efforts. Also led efforts developing 3M the technical standards and supported efforts regarding design standards. Developed training programs for content management systems. Led production development efforts for Filtrete, 3M ESPE dental products, and many others. Provided international support by travel to Brazil in order, advocate standardization and reuse, train, assist in bringing 3M do Brazil online.


  • Played integral role in generating over $2M in sales with 3M, turning failing client into one of largest and strongest in company's history, by providing critical client management services.
  • Established online presence for 3M, enabling diverse customer base to effectively navigate site with 60,000 products, while maintaining consistent brand across more than 100 websites.
  • Earned positive praise in July 2001 issue of Harvard Business Review article Don't Homogenize, Synchronize for 3M engagement success.
  • Performed key role in sales strategy and effort, including conducting high-level sales presentation to Halliburton Board of Directors; translated business structure into technical implementation to deliver on their goals.
  • Championed effort to assess Halliburton's existing web delivery capabilities, determining strategic online goals and migrating them to Red Hat Linux/Oracle/Java Server Pages (JSP) architecture.
  • Successfully managed major client relationships with up to sixty personnel and ten simultaneous projects.
  • Supported Global Customer base in North, South, and Latin America, Along with Asia, Europe, Middle East, South America, and more down to the national and regional levels.
  • In-country training and coaching of 3M staff in Brazil.
  • Earned positive praise in July 2001 issue of Harvard Business Review article “Don’t Homogenize, Synchronize” for 3M engagement success.
  • Championed effort to assess Halliburton’s existing web delivery capabilities, determining strategic online goals and migrating them to Red Hat Linux/Oracle/Java Server Pages (JSP) architecture.
  • Operated in a highly matrixed business environment.
  • Managed client relationship with both technical and business elements within 3M.
  • Participated in business development efforts.
  • Responsibilities involved communicating complex technical concepts and implementations to general audiences for status, training, funding, supporting executive decision making and attaining buy-in.


Career Note: Previously served as Information Specialist at Electronic Data Systems (EDS); GIS Director, Systems Architect, Research Biologist, and Developer at Texas A&M University; Student roles in Data Management Office and Analytical Software Development at Texas A&M University; and Electronics Assembler, Clerk, Developer, and Computer Operations Professional at Texas Instruments.

Education, Honors, Certifications, and Relevant Professional Training


Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology: Texas A&M University, Fall 1993

Activities: Volunteer: Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network; Volunteer: Scientific Cruise Technician, GulfCet Mammal Survey; Instructor Sea Camp for Jr. High to High School: Biology, Aquaria, SCUBA Demonstrations, Marine Science Data Collection, Beach Ecology, Wetland Ecology

Master of Science, Management Information Systems: University of South Florida, Spring 2015

Activities: Teaching Assistant program captstone course - Enterprise Information Systems Management

Honor Societies and Awards

Honor Societies

Beta Gamma Sigma - International Business Honor Society

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, academic honor society


Leadership Award (2012) - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Streamlining/Cost Savings (2009) - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Antarctic Service Medal of the United States (2000) - National Science Foundation (NSF)


Scrum Alliance — Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO); Language Link London — Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL); CompTIA — Cloud Essentials; The Hofstede Center — Lecturer in Intercultural Management, Lecturer in Organisational Culture and Change

Relevant Professional Training

Techincal Training

Scrum Master Certification Training (2017), Scrum Product Owner Certification Training (2017), Windows Forms 4.0 Programming Using C#, SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL Programming and Database Design, MS Transforming IT with Cloud Computing

Government Training

Situational Leadership, Florida State Government, Staff Supervisor and Management (Florida State University), FEMA Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS-100.a), MC252 Post-Emergency Response (BP-252, Deepwater Horizion, Oil Spill Gulf of Mexico)

USF Small Business Development Center Training

Starting your Business, Ultimate Business Plan, Marketing and Sales, Basic Bookkeeping, Government Contracting



Collier, S. (2016). Do the clouds really have limits? Journal of Information Technology Education: Discussion Cases (JITE: DC) Volume 5 , 2016. 1-22. (reprinted from Muma Case Review)

Collier, S. (2016). Do the clouds really have limits? Muma Case Review, 1(3). 1-22.

Collier, S. (2015). The future of learning, The Trends Journal, Summer 2015

• Duckworth, E.A.M., Butler, T., Collier, L., Collier, S., Pennypacker, K.R.: NF-kB Protects Neurons from Ischemic Injury after Middle Cerebral Artery Occulusion in Mice. Brain Research, 1088:167-175, 2006

• Duckworth, E.A.M., Butler, T.L., De Mesquita, D., Collier, S.N., Collier, L., Pennypacker, K.R.: Temporary Focal Ischemia in the Mouse: Technical Aspects and Patterns of Fluoro-Jade Evident Neurodegeneration. Brain Research, 1042:29-36, 2005

• Davis, R. W., Collier, S. O., Hagey, W., Williams, T. M. and LeBoeuf, B. J. (1999). A video system and three dimensional dive recorder for marine mammals: Using video and virtual reality to study diving behavior. Proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Biotelemetry, Strasbourg, France.

• Davis R.W., Fuiman L., Williams T.M., Collier S., Hagey W., Kanatous, S.B., Kohin S., Horning M. (1999) Hunting behavior of marine mammal beneath the Antarctic fast-ice. Science 283:993-996

• Fertl, D., A.J. Schiro, S. Collier, and G.A.J. Worthy. 1997. Stranding of a Cuvier's beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris, in southern Texas, with comments on stomach contents. Gulf of Mexico Science 1997(2):92-93

• Davis, R.W., W.E. Evans, G.P. Scott, D.C. Biggs, R. Leben, K.D. Mullin, J.C. Norris, C. Ribic, J. Wormuth, B. Würsig, S.K. Lynn, S.O. Collier. 1996. Distribution and Abundance of Cetaceans in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Interim Report No. 1. Prepared under NBS Contract 1445-C109-96-004

Collier S.O. (1993) Design Considerations in Modeling and Microcomputer Based Simulations. Tenth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, 12-15 November 1993. Galveston, Texas


Co-chairs and co-facilitators: Professor T. Grandon Gill, University of South Florida, USA, Dr. Manish Agrawal, University of South Florida, USA, and Mr. Shane Collier, Consolidated Reality, LLC, USA, "Case Studies in Cyber Security", The 7th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2016, Orlando, Florida USA - March 8, 2016

Scrum and Kanban, Simplified, Analysis and Design course, Muma College of Business, University of South Florida (USF), March 31, 2015

Scrum and Kanban, Simplified, Graduate Level - ISM6124 Advanced Analysis and Design course, Muma College of Business, University of South Florida (USF), October 23, 2014