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Dave Rabrun’s “Know Your Why” Spotlight

by Alice Swan Feb 22nd, 2021 EC Inside

Employee Spotlight:

At Evans & Chambers Technology, we believe it’s important to know and share your personal “why.” For our fourth “Know Your Why” Spotlight, we spoke with Dave Rabrun, a software architect who excels at solving the biggest technical obstacles and challenges in his industry. Dave shared what he finds personally fulfilling about his work at Evans & Chambers (EC) and why he enjoys doing it.

What is your role at Evans & Chambers?

I am a software architect at EC, and I solve the biggest technical obstacles and challenges in my industry. My resolutions to such obstacles and challenges involve not only developing architectural diagrams and deploying microservices but also building trust with EC’s customers, coworkers, and community. At EC, I have supported several contracts, mostly as the technical lead, providing positive results for EC’s federal customers. With every project and development cycle at EC, I grow as a software architect, which enables me to have a veritably positive influence on people’s lives.

What is your personal WHY?

I’m happiest when I can work across varied and interesting projects. There’s never a dull moment in my role at EC. One day I’ll load and process terabytes of satellite data, and the next day I’ll build a global outbreak interface to help a federal epidemiologist. I appreciate EC’s community outreach efforts. EC understands the importance of giving back through fundraisers, food drives, and volunteering to build technical solutions for local nonprofit organizations. 

What do you do in your free time?

Dave is an avid outdoorsman, homesteader & DIYer. During the fall & winter months, most of his free time goes into hunting, fishing & making kombucha and ginger beer. In the spring & summer, he’s all about gardening, movies and grilling with family & friends in his backyard.       

Nathan Ostrander’s “Know Your Why” Spotlight

by Alice Swan Feb 8th, 2021 EC Inside

At Evans & Chambers, we believe it’s important to know and share your personal “why.” For our fourth “Know Your Why” Spotlight, we spoke with Nathan Ostrander, a software developer who enjoys tackling new projects and being challenged by his work at EC. Nate shared what he finds personally fulfilling about his work at Evans & Chambers, and why he enjoys doing it.

Describe your role at Evans & Chambers

I am a software developer on the Security Control SaaS development team at EC. My day-to-day work consists of maintaining current and implementing new functionality to meet the customer and team’s vision. I also maintain our corporate partnership status and relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which enables me to learn more about the business side of things. 

Being involved in the earlier stages and participating in the growth of this project has been a great experience. It has been a true pleasure to work with a team that tackles each challenge with enthusiasm and to see our product improve because of it. 

What is your personal WHY?

I look at the big picture, ensuring we tackle problems in a way that improves the product and keeps up with this forever-changing industry. Continuous learning and improvement is what I strive for. I enjoy working at EC because it has given me an opportunity to make my voice heard, even at a junior level.

What do you do in your free time?

In his free time Nate enjoys playing piano, playing video games with his friends, and learning new recipes. Nate’s new go to recipe is Just One Cookbook’s stir fry vegetables. In the summer months, you can catch him either boating with his family or sailing lasers on the Chester River. 

Stephanie Tevenal’s “Know Your Why” Spotlight

by Alice Swan Jan 28th, 2021 EC Inside

At Evans & Chambers, we believe it’s important to know and share your personal “why.” For our third “Know Your Why” Spotlight, we spoke with Stephanie Tevenal, a technical editor who takes pride in facilitating information sharing for key players in the national defense community. Stephanie shared what she finds personally fulfilling about her work at Evans & Chambers and why she enjoys doing it.

Describe your role at Evans & Chambers

I serve as a senior technical editor on one of EC’s DIA contracts. My day-to-day duties consist of editing all-source analytical products as well as directing and coordinating editorial operations. I work closely with writers and experts to enhance product readability and ensure accurate, timely, and quality publications. I also train and mentor junior editors to ensure guidance and standards are communicated clearly to the workforce and to improve production flow and quality. 

What is your personal WHY?

As a military brat and long-time government contractor, I hold integrity, responsibility, diversity, and commitment in high regard. I feel lucky to have joined a company with the same values. I am honored to facilitate information that directly informs intelligence professionals, first responders, warfighters, policymakers, and force planners.

What do you do in your freetime?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I enjoyed spending my free time hanging out with friends, going to the movies, comedy clubs, ax throwing, book club, hiking, bike riding, and traveling. Since the pandemic, I spend most of my free time at home with my roommate Sassy—a beautiful, incorrigible, and loving calico cat that adopted me 4 years ago—and occasionally out with my pandemic buddy for a hike. As an introvert, I’ve enjoyed the extra alone time for reading (16 books so far—fiction and nonfiction) and for various personal and home projects.

Tech Talk: Building Out a DevSecOps Pipeline

by Alice Swan Jan 27th, 2021 Cloud EC Inside Tech Talks Technology

Anyone who is familiar with the process to achieve Authority to Operate (ATO) understands that it is often fraught with issues that can holdup development and delivery of software products to their customers. Software development teams are in need of an effective development strategy to shorten these timelines and even make a continuous ATO possible. 

DevSecOps is becoming increasingly popular in the Federal Government to push through these limitations. Leveraging the continuities gained with DevSecOps such as Continuous Monitoring, Continuous Inspection and Continuous Testing, a development team’s security & development posture is robust and can more easily navigate the Risk Management Framework (RMF) & ATO process.

Dave Rabrun, a software architect at Evans & Chambers, presented a virtual tech talk on building out a DevSecOps Pipeline with readily available open-source tools & libraries. Dave was able to showcase the benefits of continuous inspection tools such as SonarQube and Arachni. From there, Dave presented a seamless DevSecOps pipeline that leveraged development with Github, integration with Jenkins and deployment with AWS CloudFormation.

About the EC Tech Talk Series

The Tech Talk Series is an employee-led platform dedicated to EC’s core value of continual learning. These talks aim to cover a broad range of technology-based topics to promote the sharing of best practices and ideas across EC’s project teams.

Kayla Cross’s “Know Your Why” Spotlight

by Alice Swan Jan 5th, 2021 EC Inside

At Evans & Chambers, we believe it’s important to know and share your personal “why”. For our second “know your why” spotlight, we spoke with Kayla Cross, a software developer who embodies EC’s core values of excellence and teamwork. Kayla shared what she finds personally fulfilling about her work at Evans & Chambers, and why she’s doing it.

What is your role at Evans & Chambers?

I am a Software Engineer at EC who loves coding and communicating effectively. I strive to understand the needs of our user base, as well as to extend the mentorship I have received at EC to new members of the team. I now mentor our interns on projects and strive to emphasize that it takes time to get familiar with the codebase and encourage deep learning of our framework. Through mentorship meetings and weekly knowledge shares, our team’s effort to continue connecting while being fully remote makes me proud.

What is your personal WHY?

My journey at EC illustrates how much of a difference mentors make in career growth. I joined the company in 2018 as a software development intern. My first interview for the internship was with Jamil Evans, and I was surprised that the cofounder of the company took the time to interview me. It communicated how flat of a structure EC has and how deeply involved the leaders are in day-to-day work.

That close involvement extended well after my interview. My fellow team members placed importance not on the need to know the answer immediately, but rather on the process of learning together. I became much more confident in my coding and felt welcomed as a member of the team. Additionally, I was happy to find out that the learning doesn’t stop after our internship program – for example, this year I was lucky enough to attend the AWS re:Invent conference using the resources EC provides for training. I prosper with EC’s investment in team members who care about mentorship and continuous learning at all stages of employment making our company a positive and engaging place to work.

What do you do in your free time?

Kayla enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction (in non-quarantine times, with the help of the DC Writer’s Salon), and her current project is a novel about a fake psychic. Her latest obsession is training her 3-month-old pup Oscar, who has been crate trained but hasn’t yet learned to code. She lives with her partner Max in DC.

Pat Ryan’s “Know Your Why” Spotlight

by Alice Swan Dec 15th, 2020 Events News

At Evans & Chambers, we believe it’s important to know and share your personal “why”. For our first “know your why” spotlight, we spoke with Pat Ryan, a seasoned systems engineer with a passion for solving tough problems for several of our customers. Pat shared what he finds personally fulfilling about his work at Evans & Chambers, and why he’s doing it.

What is your role at Evans & Chambers?

My position is cloud practice lead. In my customer-facing role, I work with national security customers in migrating mission applications in the cloud. The customer’s objectives are typically to dramatically reduce cost and increase mission effectiveness within a highly secure environment. As practice lead, I advise executive management, support sales teams, promote cloud excellence both internally and externally to the company, and mentor the younger staff toward objectives such as professional certifications.

What is your personal WHY?

I’m most effective when I can work within a small, talented team on a challenging objective. I thrive on solving tough challenges with elegant solutions.  EC has been great at hiring smart, talented people and getting them on contract to work on difficult problems in the public sector. The hours and budget for training gives me time to keep my skills up-to-date.

What do you do in your free time?

Pat Ryan is a DC-area native and lives in Rockville. In his free time, he plays guitar in a cover band, rides his bike, and spends time with his wife and two children. He is also very attached to his cat, Tim, who he rescued from a shelter last spring. This past October he participated in a 310 mile bike ride for Operation Second Chance, a charity for veterans.

       

Introducing Evans & Chambers ‘Know Your Why’ Spotlight

by Alice Swan Dec 14th, 2020 Events News

Evans & Chambers Technology (EC) is a close team of professionals driven to tackle National Defense and Intelligence challenges through the IT solutions we create. Drawing from our collective expertise, we deliver best-practice, right-size solutions that create a decisive advantage for our customers. Ultimately, we recognize that a company’s quality is its team.

At EC, our purpose goes beyond an understanding of what we do or how we do it. As Simon Sinek shared in his insightful TED Talk on the Golden Circle, knowing your firm’s “why” is key to a culture that inspires teams to deliver mind-blowing results to its customers and partners.

We also believe it is important to know and share your personal “why”. We asked our employees to share how their personal “why” aligns with Evans & Chambers “why” by writing “Know Your Why” blogs. These blogs will be published over the coming weeks. We’re excited to introduce you to some of our awesome team members as they share about the important work they do! 

Tech Talk: Amazon S3 Tools and Best Practices

by Alice Swan Oct 9th, 2020 EC Inside Tech Talks Technology

With cloud storage becoming an increasingly attractive option for businesses due to cost-savings and no physical hardware management, many products & services have been moving to the cloud.

Amazon’s S3 is one of the most popular cloud storage services on the market. It offers industry-leading scalability, availability, security, and performance. S3 can integrate with websites, applications, and much more. While AWS handles many aspects of security ranging from physical hardware security to network security, the customer is still tasked with configuring S3 to meet their regulatory and compliance needs.

On October 8th, Colin Ardizzone, a software engineer on the Security Control team at Evans & Chambers, held a virtual tech talk to provide an overview of S3 tools & best practices for meeting regulatory and compliance requirements. He discussed configurations and practices you can take when managing your S3 infrastructure to provide security and redundancy when handling data in S3. He also discussed how to enable inventory reports which can be used to help identify gaps in your configuration and prove you are meeting compliance regulations.  Using Amazon Athena, inventory reports were queried using SQL, allowing for a quick and easy analysis of large batches of files. Lastly, he demoed Amazon Macie, a fully managed data security and privacy service that uses machine learning and pattern matching to help identify and protect sensitive data in S3.

Security in S3 is a shared responsibility between AWS and the customer. Tools like S3 inventory, Macie, and Athena can help alleviate the customer’s burden by staying on top of security risks and helping maintain an evidence trail.

About the EC Tech Talk Series

The Tech Talk Series is an employee-led platform dedicated to EC’s core value of continual learning. These talks aim to cover a broad range of technology-based topics to promote the sharing of best practices and ideas across EC’s project teams.

Tech Talk: DevOps with AWS

by Alice Swan Jul 2nd, 2020 Cloud EC Inside Tech Talks Technology

DevOps has reshaped the way software is processed and delivered by providing a structured and decoupled approach by way of the DevOps toolchain.

Using CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) in your DevOps pipeline provides automation that improves delivery time, thus allowing developers a faster and more reliable way to go from code to deployment.

If you’re already invested in AWS cloud infrastructure, then it’s worth checking out AWS’s DevOps suite, as they’ve created tools designed to integrate their services for a quick to implement solution. AWS CodePipeline allows you to create custom workflows and control how CI/CD is implemented in your system.

In June 30th, Jim Davis, a senior software engineer and tech lead at Evans & Chambers, conducted a tech talk on the advantages of incorporating DevOps into one’s software development cycle, and demoed a “hello world” application going from code to a hosted deployment in about 15 minutes with the push of a button.

About the EC Tech Talk Series

The Tech Talk Series is an employee-led platform dedicated to EC’s core value of continual learning. These talks aim to cover a broad range of technology-based topics to promote the sharing of best practices and ideas across EC’s project teams.

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Tech Talk: AWS Amplify

by Alice Swan May 28th, 2020 Cloud Tech Talks Technology

In the fast paced and ever-expanding world of software development cloud computing has become the new norm. AWS, being a leader in providing on-demand cloud computing services, is always looking to make it easier for the customer to build end to end solutions.

The traditional cloud model is to provision servers for computation and storage. This requires developers to manage and maintain operating systems, size, scaling policies and much more. What id there was a way to have a backend provisioned in the cloud without having to manage servers? AWS Amplify was introduced in 2017 to do just that.

On May 26th, Nate Ostrander, a software developer at Evans & Chambers Technology, gave a Tech Talk on how to utilize AWS Amplify to quickly build serverless solutions in the cloud. Nate gave a brief overview of the Amplify framework and which AWS services/coding frameworks are currently supported. He also demoed on how to build a reactive mobile application using Amplify, App-Sync and DynamoDB.

AWS Amplify gives developers the ability to rapidly prototype solutions that are built to scale for production. We will see more growth in the software development community as it is easier to quickly build cheap solutions with services like Amplify.

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About the EC Tech Talk Series

The Tech Talk Series is an employee-led platform dedicated to EC’s core value of continual learning. These talks aim to cover a broad range of technology-based topics to promote the sharing of best practices and ideas across EC’s project teams.