Mike Bilson
  • East Hartford, CT
  • United States
  • 860-335-2683
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161 Janet Drive East Hartford, CT 06118
Mobile: 860-335-2683

Enterprise IT Applications Project Portfolio Management Team Development

Strong IT leader with a proven track record of completing large scale IT projects on time and on budget. Reputation for defining enterprise technology strategies/solutions that reduce costs, improve efficiencies, support organizational goals, and maximize investment. Highly valued strategic partner at senior management levels. Solid background in IT, manufacturing, and process improvement methodologies. Certified Agile Scrum Master and Lean / Six Sigma Black Belt.

IT Strategy & Execution – able to create IT vision and roadmaps at the global/enterprise level, define and source the right IT solutions to support business objectives, and build cost-effective and scalable solutions that support business growth

Enterprise Applications – implemented and later upgraded a highly complex Oracle ERP system. Implemented several high ROI projects that yielded substantial cost savings and enabled significant revenue increases

Vendor Management – track record for building strong relations with the right vendors to reduce costs, improve support/service, and support strategic goals

Leadership & Talent Development – ability to attract and lead top IT talent, inspire excellence, and create team culture of accountability for results and innovation

Lean / Six Sigma Black Belt Certified – understands the importance of business process improvement, and applies Lean / Six Sigma principles to achieve greater business value


• Enterprise Application Management
• Leadership and Talent Development
• Vendor Management
• Project & Portfolio Management
• ROI for Capital Expenditures
• ERP Development & Planning
• Systems Integration
• New / Emerging Technologies
• Budgeting


Valassis / Harland Clarke Holdings Company – Windsor, CT
$3.3B Company

Senior Manager, Enterprise Applications 2013 – Present

Lead and manage an enterprise applications support organization of 42 associates and contractors (including three Applications Managers and one DBA manager). Overarching responsibility for the support of all applications and databases within Valassis. Responsible for supporting applications created under diverse technologies such as .NET, Java, PL SQL, Apex and COBOL. Responsible for the support of various versions of MS SQL Server and Oracle databases. Responsible for the administration of the Release Management process within Valassis. Partnering with key business leaders and sponsors on prioritization of projects and building 3-5 yr. roadmaps. Managing team resources and provide leadership including planning, allocation, and staff development. Project manager and project sponsor roles in large company projects.

• Upgraded Oracle eBusiness from version to 11.5.10 RUP7
• Upgraded Oracle eBusiness database from version to
• Implemented an integrated SAP HRIS solution replacing the legacy ADP HRIS system
• Implemented SAAS solution for AP department to reduce cost and increase efficiencies of payment processing
• Implemented custom order entry system utilizing OA framework technology (Yielded $800K / yr. of savings in the Client Services department)
• Delivered a solution to interface data to an external vendor that enabled production facility consolidation, yielding an annual savings of $4M
• Delivered a solution enable to insourcing of one of Valassis’ top Shared Mail products, yielding and annual savings of $1.2M
• Enabled SSO functionality with SAML authentication for Oracle eBusiness Suites and custom applications

Valassis, Inc – Windsor, CT
$2.6B Direct Mail Company

Senior Manager, Applications Support 2009 – 2013

Managed the break-fix, enhancement, and project activities of the applications team. Supported all applications that serviced the Shared Mail business. Managed team resources and provided leadership including planning, allocation, and staff development. Project manager on large company projects.

• Completed the design, testing, and implementation of a rewrite of the company’s trademark VRMS software application.
• Upgraded Oracle eBusiness from version 11.5.9 to 11.5.10. Upgrade avoided $30M of cost as 11.5.9 was no longer a supported version of Oracle
• Designed and implemented a custom proprietary order capture application for one of Valassis’ largest clients
• Designed and implemented a custom application and optimization algorithm for capturing client bids and awarding the highest bidder for the company’s wrap product. System enabled $80M+ of revenue for the wrap product
• Implemented End to End Automated Test Scripts to reduce testing cycle time by 15%
• Implemented Oracle Transportation Management application to 17 Shared Mail Production facilities to yield savings > $2.6M / yr. in freight, postage and admin costs

ADVO, Inc – Windsor, CT
$1.5B Direct Mail Company

Manager, Applications Support 2006 – 2009

Managed the support activities of the applications support team. Managed the support call process and met service level commitments. Partnered with key business leaders and sponsors on prioritization of projects. Project manager of medium to large size company projects.

• Implemented a project to label addresses on the outside wrap of the Valassis Shared Mail package. Yielded savings of > $45M / yr. of postage costs
• Led the applications team and partnered with infrastructure to successfully in-source the Data Center. Saved $5M / yr. on Data Center operations costs
• Led applications team and partnered with infrastructure to successfully in-source the Help Desk. Saved $2M / yr. on Help Desk operations costs

ADVO, Inc – Windsor, CT
$1.5B Direct Mail Company

Business Technologist 2004 – 2006

Successfully implemented and supported the Oracle ERP system.
Partnered with key business leaders and sponsors on prioritization of projects and enhancements.

• Led a team of 50 associates consisting of business leaders, functional, and technical consultants to design, build, test and support an Oracle 11.5.9 eBusiness implementation to replace legacy systems.

ADVO, Inc – Newark, DE
$1.5B Direct Mail Company

Production Supervisor 2002 – 2004

Motivated, coached, and led 60 production associates while driving improvement upon overall production and performance efficiencies. Provided associates with consistent administration of company policy. Managed the reporting of all work related injuries.
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