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Thomas M O'Hanlon

TomOHanlon Senior DBA
Express Scripts

Tom currently shares responsibility for DB2 software and performance on multiple platforms. As a Senior Business Manager, his responsibilities include licensing and software implementation, performance tuning, data modeling, and capacity planning activities.

Previously Tom was Data Administration Manager for General American Life Insurance Co. While at General American Tom directed the acquisition of the hardware and software to build what was then the second largest data warehouse in St. Louis. He lead a team of developers that established criteria for CASE software, a commercially developed warehouse methodology, and a centralized repository. Working in conjunction with business management, Tom was influential in the creation of a COTS GUI interface to the data warehouse. His team designed the hardware requirements for the UNIX based hardware platform that established the standard for client server applications for the life insurance line of business at GALIC.

Tom earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in MIS in 1981 and B.S. in Administration of Justice in 1983. In addition, he earned a Master of Information Management at Washington University in 1995.

Tom began his IT career at McDonnell Douglas Automation Company in 1981. Tom has held application development positions with the 8th district Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis and the Regional Justice Information Systems. Tom holds a master’s degree in management information systems from Washington University-St. Louis. He currently serves on the University of Missouri St. Louis Mentoring Board, and the University of Missouri St. Louis Board of Visitors. He is also currently active as a Boy Scout Leader and is active as a NRA certified instructor and range safety officer.

We sat down with Tom and asked him some questions.
  • Why did you decide to come to UMSL?
  • Why did you pursue a career in information systems?
           It was a brand new and exciting field in 1970's.
  • What college classes did you find most useful to your career?
           Systems Design, Accounting, and Financial Management
  • If you were in college today, what courses would you take?
           Java, Telecommunication Courses
  • How did you continue your education after your first degree?
           Continued night school for post graduate degrees, took industry specific courses for industries I worked in.
  • How did you find your first job?
           I sent out a lot of resumes to companies in town.
  • In what non-academic activities did you participate in college that you would recommend to others (and why)?
           Work! Work in lots of industries to see which one appeals to you.
  • How would you change your career if you had it to do all over again?
           I would stay in management instead of going back to technical work.
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting in the field?
           Learn as much as you can about the IS industry. Read all the trade journals in the library and on-line.
  • Look into your crystal ball. What do you see changing in the IS field in the future?
           More out-sourcing. More emphasis on project management and 'managing' the IS function in businesses.

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