Jim VanderMey

Chief Innovation Officer at OST Jim VanderMey’s headshot

Jim VanderMey has served as VP of Technical Operations, CTO and now Chief Innovation Officer for OST. Jim has provided the technical leadership and product strategic planning for the organization since the very beginning. Jim is a technology visionary who sets the long and short-term direction for OST. He specializes in seeing the “big picture” of technology, industry trends and the business objectives supported by IT. As OST has gained an international reputation, Jim has taught and spoken at conferences in Europe, Japan, and throughout the US.

Jim attended the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music as a pastoral ministries major, and went on to manage significant scale applications and infrastructures in the healthcare, manufacturing, and insurance industries. He has served as a consultant to many large organizations such as Herman Miller, Boeing, Priority Health, Magna-Donnelly Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Amway, Meijer, Komatsu, Mercedes, Navistar (International Truck), Flextronics, the US Navy and many hospital systems including Spectrum Health, Bronson Hospital, HealthEast.

Jim has senior level skills in enterprise architecture (EA), capacity planning and performance analysis, SAN design and implementation, systems architecture and design, and the application of ERP to the manufacturing environment. He is a voracious learner and has held many technical certifications ranging from UNIX and Cisco administration through cloud architecture and design. More recently, Jim has directly led executive innovation projects using Design Science and Human Centered Design (HCD) to creatively develop technology and business solutions to some of the hardest problems of 21st century business. DevOps, Agile development and the intersection of EA, application development and managing infrastructure as an extension of the code set is part of his current work.

Most recently, Jim has been heavily involved in OST’s healthcare initiatives where he has leveraged his decades of experience in healthcare along with enterprise applications and systems architecture to design high performance infrastructures for the Epic EHR application and the client systems such as VDI for the access tier. Jim has also been directly engaged with our analytics team on assisting our clients in the adoption of analytics to create substantial value and new revenue opportunities leveraging Big Data. In this space the intersection of architecture, data visualization and design can be used to develop important new actionable insights.

Jim sits on the advisory board for the computer science/IS departments of Calvin College and Grand Valley State University Computer Science. He is an avid reader of all types of non-fiction and literature and most mornings can be found paddling a kayak, canoe or SUP before work. On the weekends, family and serving with his wife Ann at their church is a major focus.

Lastly, we must confess that some of OST’s peculiar culture is a direct derivation of Jim’s unorthodox style.

Areas of expertise: Systems Architecture & Design, Design Science, Human Centered Design