To All,

I have recently ended a series of long term contracting jobs in the Aviation Maintenance and Overhaul industry, plus fueling operations, credit card auth and settle, etc. This has been primarily RPGIII/IV and Embedded SQL, between 3 companies, over the 9 years, with 6 years of tele-commute with 10% on-site. This included mergers and sales of parts or all of the operations, plus conversion from other systems.

I am currently seeking new projects. I do work from Greensboro, NC, and have my own i-520 for development, as well as set up for tele-commuting.

Below is a brief resume.
At this time I am not considering re-location. All the previous experiences are as an employee of an IBM BP, or working direct with principals (software companies or customers).


Summary of technical skills and years in IT and/or communications, along with key accomplishments throughout the technical professional's career

technical skills System i, iSeries, AS/400, System 38, System 36, System 34

STRONG SKILLS Application Design/Development, Communications, Security, System API's, System Design, Configure & Management, Automation, e-commerce, Server Inter-operability, Executive Information Systems, Training (technical and user), Requirements Compliance, Disaster Recovery

LANGUAGES ILE RPG, RPG IV/III/II, SQL, CLP, SDA, DDS, Websmart (BCD) iSeries Web Developer, Easy400 (CGIDEV2) Web Developer, HTML, OCL, Synon2e.

COMMUNICATIONS TCP/IP, FTP (scripted and automated), EDI, APPN, APPC, ICF, Async (Credit Card Apps), Bsync (Bank Apps), LAN & WAN, VPN, SSL, HTTP

SOFTWARE BCD Software - Webmart web development tool

Net Iq (PentaSafe) Security Suite

Acom Check Printing Software

IBM BRMS (Backup/Recovery Mgr)

Fax/Email software - IBM Fax, FaxStar fax/email, RPGMail (email from RPG)

Scott Klement's IFS Tools

RJS Software - Batch Report Server, WinSpool, PDF Splitter

Gumbo Software - Spooltool PDF conversion

WorksRight PerZip Postal Software - implementation & customize


James L Franz (my own company) Contract Programming - since 2000 all have been direct with customers.

Landmark Aviation, formerly Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation, Winston Salem, NC.

Contract Programmer/Analyst May 2007-July 2008

a.. Major design and enhancements of ASAP Aviation software with RPGLE, subfiles, CLP, SQL.
b.. Landmark operates in over 30 locations nationwide, fueling aircraft, light to heavy maintenance, plus parts sales and inventory.
c.. Enhancements include fuel inventory, fuel sales, credit card application (I authored in 2001), purchasing,

a.. Managed the conversion from older AS400 to new iSeries, install in co-location center (Data Chambers).
b.. Managed the conversion and upgrade of major software packages, including Net Iq Security Suite.
c.. Designed automated output from iSeries in Excel format to use in Executive Dashboard and other business analysis tools.
d.. Provide technical assistance to other programmers and network technicians.
ASAPII Aviation Systems and Programming - Contract Programmer/Analyst Jan 2003 - May 2007

a.. Working for 2 of ASAP's customers, remote tele-commute and on-site.
b.. Sabreliner Corp-Large Aircraft MRO (Maint/Repair Operation)in St Louis, Mo.
c.. Midcoast Aviation - FBO, Large MRO, Major Completion Center. St Louis.
d.. Working in all areas of application - design and programming.
e.. At this point, ASAPII software was native RPGIII, ILE RPG, SQLRPGLE, CLP, Subfiles.
f.. Converted S36 code.
g.. Major enhancements to all app areas. Work and train operations managers on best practices.

Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation, Winston-Salem, NC Contract Programmer/Analyst Jan 2000 -Dec 2002

a.. Major testing, fixes, design & enhancements after original ASAP installation. RPGIII, RPGLE, RPGII, CLP, OCL, Subfiles, SQL, CGIDEV2 web.
b.. Worked directly with several user departments.
c.. Designed and wrote major Line Service enhancements including Credit Card processing (auth & settle, plus bank payment application) and Fuel Inventory/Sales.

Systematic Control, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL Senior Programmer/Analyst/Consultant- VP of Technical Services (since 1990) July 1983 - Dec 2000

a.. An AS/400 Consulting Company and IBM Business Partner in
b.. For 17 years, I worked at customer sites on long term projects. In most of these projects I was a combination of Consultant, Business Analyst, and Programmer.
c.. Some projects ran concurrently.

a.. Ten years (1990-99 mostly full time) at major nationwide furniture retailer - Levitz Furniture
a.. working on both store and corporate applications.
b.. RPGIII (Sys 38), RPGLE, Synon2e, Aldon Chg Mgr.
c.. Design/ program on-line finance applications with GE Capital.
d.. Designed major security enhancements.
e.. Maintained network of 168 AS/400's (major metro areas) consolidated into thirty regional AS/400s, plus multiple Corporate servers.
f.. Design/code/implement wireless handheld 5250 scanner/terminal for warehouse operations.
g.. Design/code/implement employee time clock system for 168 locations across country.
h.. Design/code/implement special printing application for Sale Tags.
b.. Fifteen years (part time) maintaining a Construction Services system.
a.. Rewriting and enhancing major applications to increase user efficiency.
b.. Work directly with users and managers to re-design business applications. Replace many S/36 RPGII programs with ILE RPG and SQL.
c.. Designed/wrote iSeries based web ordering system with Websmart tools running very securely on their iSeries.
d.. Authored edi-like system with US Postal Service for daily bulk mailings and certified mail tracking.
e.. Built security exit programs.
f.. Designed, built Lockbox Payment Application, later change to Check Scanning/Payment App.
g.. Customized printing with DDS (barcodes, ipds, forms).
h.. Interface MS Word docs with iSeries data via 3rd party VB app.
i.. Automate conversion of data from multiple non-iSeries sources via ftp on daily schedule.
c.. Two years at Value Rent a Car
a.. designed and built a Claims System for auto accidents.
d.. Three years at a large Insurance Managing Agent
a.. With a team of programmers to rewrite the entire system.
b.. Personally designed and wrote the Auto Insurance Claims System. RPGIII, CLP, DDS, Subfiles.
e.. Five years Insurance Premium Finance
a.. team leader, designed, wrote, maintain system. RPGLE, DDS, CLP, Subfiles.
f.. Four years maintaining a Wholesale Food Distributor system. RPGII, RPGIII.
g.. Other industries: Apparel (Shoe Importer), US Customs Broker, Government, Construction, and more.
h.. I have installed, configured, secured twenty to thirty new iSeries or AS/400 systems.

Certifications and training

IBM Certified Specialist iSeries RPG IV Developer

IBM Certified Specialist iSeries System Administration


University of South Florida B.A. Music Education, 1979,

IBM Common AS400 iSeries User Conferences (every other year for 20 years)

Professional achievements

Since 1980 I have pursued a career in computer applications design and programming, striving to be the best one can be. Education and knowledge are very important to me, and I consider it a never ending process. In many shops I have worked, I have played a consulting role, working with staff to achieve great things for a customer's business. - running on my iSeries

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