Raleigh - Programming
After graduating from James Madison University and working a few years in the finance industry, Raleigh enrolled as a full time computer programming student. His first programming position came in the early 1980's for SAGE Software Systems in Rockville, Maryland. Raleigh gained valuable experience in a short period, loving every minute of it. He worked for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Pennsylvania in the late 80's as a programmer-analyst supporting the sales and marketing unit.
Raleigh returned to his native California in 1989 and was hired by Kaiser-Permanente of Northern California as a technology analyst and application programmer. As part of several project teams, he designed and developed online medical records systems for Kaiser health care providers. This encompassed coding applications for pen-based tablet computers, imaging systems and other emerging technologies. Raleigh transitioned to being an independent consultant in the early 1990's and developed software for a variety of businesses. Clients included American Building Maintenance, Arterial Vascular Engineering, Pacific Bell, Legacy Marketing and Kaiser-Permanente.
Raleigh's introduction to the wine industry came in the late 1990's with a number of small projects for Kendall-Jackson winery. When Kendall-Jackson later decided to develop their own winemaking software, he was brought in as a full time consultant. He helped determine the foundation technologies that would be used and assisted other developers through the learning curve involved in this new (to them) domain. The end product known as BIMS, or Bulk Inventory Management System, encompasses all phases of the winemaking process from monitoring grapes in the field though to final bottling. The front end logic and user interface was programmed in MS Visual Basic. It runs on Windows workstations and links to secure IBM iSeries DB2 databases for all its data. Having been involved in numerous projects over the years within the wine industry, Raleigh's favorite work is developing software for people who keep the wine flowing!