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  • Would you recommend me - and why?

" Absolutely! Your technical aptitude and strategic abilities are hugely valuable when a company is lacking technical leadership and/or speciality in your areas of expertise. You not only fill that gap in the short term, but you help your clients replace your abilities with talent who can take the torch long term. You have a very rational, calm approach to burning issues and recognize the time it can take to gain buy-in. Additionally, your soft skills and communication style are top notch and make working with you FUN for both technical and non-technical stakeholders alike! Your presence will certainly be missed by our group. " Liz Willette - PerformLine


I’m on a mission to make sure every software team can ship now.

Unlike other consultants who focus on just one piece of your stack, a narrow technology, or a specific part of your process, I understand that every team, product and platform is unique.

I’m David Raistrick. For over 20 years I’ve been called a network engineer sysadmin systems engineer SRE director leader devop[|s] - and worse! I’m a veteran of AAA sports video games (Tiger, Madden) and an expert at building the infrastructure and tools to scale online services. I’ve guided infrastructure for companies of all types and sizes, from scrappy startups like HypGames to globe-spanning giants like Electronic Arts and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Since starting my first ISP, Atlasta, I’ve worked with almost every technology used to build Internet software platforms.

I understand how to tie all the pieces together and make them work, but most of all, I know that technology changes rapidly. So when you come to me for a solution, I don’t hand you a canned response made up of buzz words and promises, I work with your team to develop a custom-fit solution using technology that can grow with you—or that you can evolve out of.
 I specialize in you.

Explore the companies, projects, and technologies I’ve worked with on my LinkedIn Page.

The Process

My goal is to identify your unique needs and help you build the best software delivery solution for your team. That might require off the shelf products, processes, or tools, or it might involve designing something entirely new. I’ll also consider the future: we might need to develop a solution that will be a stepping stone to your ideal, but whatever we build, you’ll have a plan for how it fits your long term goals.

I won’t insist that you throw out all of the work that’s been done.  We can’t just get rid of your legacy. It’s what got you here, and it makes you and your project unique. Your history can be leveraged to succeed now and in the future.

I’m not afraid of unfamiliar environments. I hear from a lot of teams, “It takes months for new engineers to learn enough to contribute!” That’s not me. I’m an expert at learning and adapting. Even in a single 30 minute call, without the disclosure of secret information, I can help you move the needle on any problem you’re working on—check out my testimonials!

My career has focused on technical infrastructure, but I’m also a business owner. I built my consulting business from the ground up and opened (and closed) a retail business. I bake those hard-won lessons (hiring, taxes, accounting, marketing, location, contracts) into real-world solutions.

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