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About me professionally…

My full name is James Rickard Cogley, though people call me “Rick”. I’m an experienced technology manager and consultant, avid cyclist, and family man who is based in Japan, and fluent in Japanese. I’m Founder and CEO of eSolia Inc., specializing in bilingual (English - Japanese) IT management and support services.

You can download my vCard, and I can be reached at Sawa Bldg. 6F, Nishi-Shimbashi 2-2-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003, Japan ( map), email: rick@cogley.info or direct: +81-3-6273-3501.

A photo of Rick Cogley, eSolia CEO In my professional career so far and prior to starting eSolia, I was a charter member, co-owner and the CIO of PTS, a professional IT training and IT services firm. I’ve led projects including Mobil’s standard managed environment Japan localization effort, Boston Scientific Japan’s IT re-structuring for SAP R/3, project management training development and execution for UBS Japan IT, Ocular Sciences Japan and CooperVision Japan’s ERP, EDI, and SOX compliance efforts, Cook Medical Japan’s IT infrastructure and ERP rollouts, amongst others, and am now working on a combined IT-reorg and ERP rollout for a US multinational.

My goal is to develop eSolia into a global consultancy, focused on providing business-focused bilingual-liaison consulting to companies, on the most challenging projects.


About me personally…

As a teenager, I was a semi-professional drumset player in a local wedding band, and because of the great support of my older band mates, my weekend music work helped me save a little money to put towards tour fees for Drum and Bugle Corps, and small purchases.

A photo of Rick Cogley Speaking of Drum and Bugle Corps, a summer athletic musical activity (a “spart”, if you will) in which groups of 150 performers compete in stadiums nationwide in the US, I was blessed to get to march snare drum in DCI for 5 seasons, starting in 1981 at 15 years old in the General Butler Vagabonds of Butler, PA, continuing on with the Defenders of Rockland, MA in 1982, and finishing with the 27th Lancers for three years, from 1983 through 1985, when I was 19. Drum corps is a hard activity, and continues to be so today. Performers practice in hot and humid summer conditions for 12+ hours a day, tour the US staying in sometimes-not-so-nice facilities, all for intense 12 minute shows. The season culminates in a championship week, and every year yields shows that are just scintillating and unforgettable. I never regret that hard work, because it was the crucible and made me what I am today.

I was fortunate to be able to attend Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA, where I was majoring in Biology, with emphasis in science and math for the pre-med side of things, as well as taking a lot of Art History, for the “liberal arts” side of things. My Allegheny adviser gave me an introduction to a professor of pharmaceutics (Dr. Sugiyama in the Biopharmacokinetics Dept) at Tokyo University, and a homestay opportunity made it possible to attend Tokyo U as a research student for one year in 1988. I made the decision to leave research, and leveraged my interest in the Fortran algorithms we used to analyze experimental data, as a stepping stone to a career in IT.

I’ve come a long way from my first wide-eyed days in Japan, but I stayed with it, grew roots, started companies, made a family and lifelong friends. I keep really busy, but in my spare time, I like cycling, being with my family, tinkering around on my blog and with “web 2.0” tech, drumming, watching films, studying to develop myself professionally, participating in Japanese cultural events, and an occassional drink with friends.

It has been a wild ride so far!


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Photo of James Rickard Cogley (Base-64 format)
Geo Location (Totsuka Japan): 35°23'47"N, 139°31'57"E (Geo Tools)
Tel: Cell (Preferred): +81-90-9959-5452 , Work: +81-3-6273-3501 , Work Fax: +81-3-3593-3511
Organization: eSolia Inc.
Work Address: Sawa Building 6F, Nishi-Shimbashi 2-2-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo  105-0003  Japan
Tags: Business Owner and CEO, Japan Hand, Project Manager, Bilingual English and Japanese, Cyclist, Percussionist, Avid Technologist


About this site…

As they say, we ”stand on the shoulders of giants”, and this site is certainly no exception. After a while watching my previous site deteriorate, I decided to employ a “baked” style of website, which involves generating locally, and copying static HTML, CSS and Javascript files up to the server. There are too many static site generators these days, but due to the popularity of Github, Jekyll is a well-supported one, written in the popular Ruby language. After a lot of waffling, I decided on a wrapper around Jekyll called Octopress.

You really need to be a bit of a hacker, to use a static site generator. Octopress was complete and polished enough that I could learn the related technologies at my own pace. An ulterior motive was that I wanted to learn how to use git, as all the cool kids are using it. The workflow of writing a post or page in markdown, adding it to my local git repository, committing it, pushing it, and deploying it to the site, has now become second nature. I am using Atech Media’s CodebaseHQ and DeployHQ to host my repo and deploy its files to my site folder, over at the rock-solid Webfaction.

I hired Paul Serous, Web Developer, () who is based in the Ukraine, to coach me in learning git and the other technologies I need to know, and, to do the heavy ruby programming that I have no time or need to learn. He did an exemplary job not only on those things, but going the extra mile to adapt a responsive HTML5 and CSS3 theme based on the famous and somewhat ubiquitous Twitter Bootstrap, up and running on this site. I really appreciate his quality work, help and patience.

A lot goes into the cosmetic look of a site, namely with CSS for visual styling, and javascript such as JQuery or what Twitter has written into Bootstrap for effects. We started with a basic theme, but there are a lot of actors playing on the stage you see now. I’m using Adobe TypeKit webfonts, namely Freight Text Pro for the body text, Adelle for the headings, and Source Code Pro for monospace code blocks, primarily because they look good, and it means a consistent look to the site for most viewers with modern browsers. Also, because Font Awesome icon fonts and Glyphicons are included with Twitter Bootstrap, those too are taken advantage of in the design.

As you browse around, you may see that Semantic HTML is the base, while I’m using some now-well-accepted Microdata such as the Person schema, and Microformats such as hCard, with rel-tag sprinkled in around the site.

Now to get down to the content creation!

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