Dave Sidnam

Dave Sidnam
  • MS, Computer Science, West Coast University, Orange, CA
  • BS, Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine
  • Professional Scrum Master I Certification
  • Professional Scrum Product Owner I Certification
Dave Sidnam
Chief Technology Officer


  • Extensive experience in the information technology industry, serving in the positions of CIO, Principal Technology Consultant, and software architect/engineer, including 10+ years working at Microsoft Corporation.
  • Practical experience bringing together business and technical individuals from different organizations and turning them into teams that can clearly define business goals, select the proper technologies to achieve those goals, and develop products that help the organization meet its objectives.
  • Ability to bring flexible project and product management disciplines to an organization, ensuring that the business goals of the enterprise are reflected in the prioritization process.
  • Proven track-record leading the design and development of enterprise-class solutions such as Microsoft’s internal license management system; the inaugural release of expedia.com; and a web-based, statewide welfare system.
  • Expertise with software architecture, methodology, source code, and technical team evaluation for corporate management and potential partners or investors.

Professional Experience


Director of Solutions Architecture, State and Local Government

October 2011 to Present

As the Director of Solutions Architecture, State and Local Government, I lead a start-up team that works with customers to demonstrate how to map their most critical business needs to flexible technology solutions. We work with CIO’s and business leaders to help them understand the unique benefits of the Pega platform, determine how it would fit into their current technology architecture, and show how they can build flexible solutions that provide immediate business value that will keep pace with their constantly changing business and technology needs. In this role I also work closely with partners to build complex proofs of concept and frameworks that demonstrate the power of partnering with Pega across a broad set of use cases.

Tagma Computing


April 2009 to October 2011

As President at Tagma computing, I helped bring order to my customers’ technology projects through architectural and methodology review and guidance, enterprise technology planning, and project management expertise. The primary project that I worked on during my tenure was at the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a technical consultant and project manager for the SOMS project. In this role, I assisted the department with architectural and SDLC reviews and project and development management duties. I also provided significant operational review and guidance, overseeing the deployment of the desktop hardware and software (over 12.000 PC’s), helping to develop the release management process, and overseeing the implementation of their help desk.

Hanson McClain

VP of Technology/CTO

January 2007 to October 2008

As the VP of Technology/CTO, I initially managed the technology group for both Hanson McClain Financial Services and Liberty Reverse Mortgage (which was ultimately spun off). At Liberty Reverse, I managed all aspects of the technology platform and brought new project management disciplines to the organization. In particular, to overcome previous challenges in the organization, I created a project scoring system that allowed us to drive enterprise consensus on which projects best met the fiscal year planning goals to determine which should be prioritized. Also, I oversaw the design and delivery of a new loan management system that replaced salesforce.com as our primary computing platform. This solution utilized both COTS and custom components developed by a mix of internal resources and an offshore team. For Hanson McClain, I helped update several aging platforms, including moving the organization to Microsoft Dynamics CRM to provide a solid application development platform to build our key LOB systems upon.

Kelley & Swain


May 2004 to September 2006

As CIO for Kelley & Swain, I put together an overall technology plan that would provide a secure computing platform and directly support the company’s business goals. This included architecting a new platform to replace our existing Access-based agency management system. The new system incorporated a COTS agency management system component, as well as new ASP.NET custom components developed by an off-shore team in India. 

Microsoft Corporation

Principal Consultant

June 2001 to May 2004

Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) State & Local Government Practice: As a Principal Consultant, I worked with customers, partners, and internal Microsoft groups to design/review application architectures, create enterprise application development infrastructures, and develop strategic business and technology plans that map to the organizations’ business goals. The solutions I worked on include a statewide bio-terrorism alerting and collaboration portal; a statewide, web-based Medicare system; a data warehousing initiative for a superior court; and a prototype application delivering critical suspect information to peace officers in the field via wireless handheld devices. In addition, I worked closely with agencies to implement effective project management environments that facilitate the realistic determination and communication of project status and ensure project success.

TeaLeaf Technology, Dir. of Platform Development

Director of Platform Development

August 2000 to June 2001

As the Director of Platform Development at TeaLeaf Technology, I was responsible for the design and development of the capture and pipeline components that allow our users to monitor, transform, and store the entire data stream coming from web servers. TeaLeaf (now owned by IBM) provides infrastructure software that allows companies to monitor the real-time state of their web applications and to analyze customer usage patterns for their sites. 

Microsoft Corporation

September 1992 to August 2000

  • Sr. Consultant                                                                      

Microsoft Consulting Services, Sacramento Practice.

  • Sr. Consultant               

Microsoft Consulting Services, Advanced Technology Group. 

  • Database Architect and Team Lead

Travel Products Group (Now expedia.com). 

  • Technical Manager

Information Technology Group

  • Sr. Programmer Analyst

Information Technology Group.