Scott Pletcher

technologist | teacher | mentor | speaker | helper



A Cloud Guru, Ltd.
Melbourne, Austrailia (remotely based in Indianapolis, Indiana)

Create technical training videos and online content for A Cloud Guru's B2B and B2C subscribers. Engage with subscribers and prospective students in person and on discussion forums providing advise, coaching and helping answer technical and career questions.

2018 - Present

Director, Products and Innovation

Applexus Technologies
Seattle, Washington

Launched AWS Practice specializing in SAP on AWS. Additionally, serving as a member of the leadership team responsible for Strategy and Innovation, both internally as well as leading customer-facing initiatives in these areas.

Launched Applexus Labs, a division within Applexus Technologies run as a small start-up to (1) create structure around innovation initiatives and (2) establish a customer-facing brand for our Innovation as a Service concept

Regularly conduct innovation and emerging technology sessions with Fortune 500 C-level execs as part of Applexus’ customer relationship building activities

2016 - 2018

Enterprise Architect and Omni-channel Lead

Discount Tire Corp.
Phoenix, Arizona

Chief Architect of omni-channel application roadmap, approach and integrations with SAP ECC, SAP Customer Activity Repository, HANA, Hybris and OneView Commerce all deployed on Amazon Web Services. Future roadmap elements include Call Center Integration, Warehouse Management modernization and Supply Chain Optimization.

Authored, pitched and executed business plan for Innovation Lab, earning budget of $2M in “seed money” from executive board for stand-up of space devoted to innovation and design thinking

2012 - 2016

SAP Technical Director

Columbia Sportswear
Portland, Oregon

Peered with SAP Functional Director and SAP Program Manager on senior project leadership team for Columbia’s global SAP implementation; responsible for strategy, planning, execution and executive report-out to Operating Committee and Executive Steering Committee.

Championed Agile and Lean development practices within the SAP ASAP 7.2 framework. Iteration planning, sprint planning, backlog management, time-boxing, burn-down charts, daily stand-ups, visual management and rapid prototyping were used with measurable success to create transparency into SAP Development activities

2010 - 2012

Manager of Application Development

Coldwater Creek
Sandpoint, Idaho

Through coaching, leading by example, MBWA and one-on-one mentoring, built SAP development competencies from scratch within the 10 person Applications Development team.

2007 - 2010

Manager of IT Operations

Bosch Automotive
Charleston, South Carolina

Accountable for all IT operations and service delivery to fourteen Tier 1 automotive parts manufacturing and administrative facilities, $4B annual revenue, in US and Mexico serving approximately 7,000 associates. Responsible for hiring, performance reviews, salary and headcount planning, personal development plans, succession planning for multinational distributed staff of 30. IT Infrastructure project manager for Automotive business mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

2000 - 2007

i2 Technical Analyst

Portland, Oregon


Project Lead, Data Warehousing

Bosch Automotive
South Bend, Indiana

1997 - 2000

Consultant, Business Systems Development

Mid-South Data Industries
Birmingham, Alabama

1992 - 1997


The Citadel

Masters, Business Administration
2003 - 2005

University of Alabama in Birmingham

BS, Management Information Systems
1992 - 1996


AWS Certified Machine Learning - Speciality

Validation Number T8BDTJN1BJQQ119G
Apr 2019 - Apr 2022

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional

Validation Number PWRJS2R1CB41Q1W8
Sep 2015 - Oct 2021

AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Validation Number QXQ1DMV2KFEE1MGN
Sep 2015 - Oct 2021

Google Cloud Certified Professional - Cloud Architect

License 1121600
Feb 2018 - Feb 2020

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

License 1864378
Oct 2015 - Oct 2021

Project Management Professional (PMP)®

License 441608
Dec 2006 - Dec 2019

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)®

License 84966
Dec 2005 - Dec 2008

Content & Publications

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional Course - 2019

A Cloud Guru

AWS Certified Machine Learning Speciality Course

A Cloud Guru

"Deepracer 101: Lessons from Victory Lane"

DEV Lounge Talk | AWS Summits in Atlanta (May 2019) and New York (July 2019)

"AWS DeepRacer: A Gaminfication Path To Close The Machine Learning Knowledge Gap"

AWS Machine Learning Community Conference | Seattle | August 2019

Awards and Causes

  • 1st Place | AWS DeepRacer Self-Driving Car Competition | 2019 | Chicago Summit
  • Volunteer Judge | Indiana VEX Robotics State Championship
  • Volunteer | TechPoint Foundation for Youth
  • AWS re:Invent Hackathon Winning Team | 2016 | Las Vegas
  • Implement Better Award | 2013 | Awarded to Discount Tire by SAP
  • Best Retail Implementation | 2009 | Awarded to Coldwater Creek by SAP
  • Most Valuable Player | 2009 | Awarded by Coldwater Creek SAP Project Team
  • Highest Job Satisfaction in IT | 2007 | Bosch Charleston IT staff as ranked by company-wide Job Satisfaction Survey
  • Eagle Scout | 1989 | Boy Scouts of America | #11676