Mark Hazleton

Solutions Architect, lifelong learner, not sidetracked by sizzle

As a Solutions Architect and lifelong learner, I create solutions that make technology work for businesses. With a focus on tangible benefits, I avoid getting sidetracked by sizzle that does not deliver . The goals of the business are the primary drivers for a solution to be successful. I have extensive experience developing solutions for both on-premises and cloud-based providers. From small business-to-consumer websites to large enterprise projects, I have worked with organizations of all sizes to deliver successful solutions.

Recent Articles


With a career dedicated to bridging technology with business goals, these articles embody a commitment to cutting through the noise and focusing on the essentials. Drawing from my experiences, I try to write from a pragmatic perspective where substance reigns supreme and tangible outcomes matter most.


I have worked for a variety of businesses and organizations. From building back-end web applications to creating user-friendly front-end interfaces, I have used my skills to create custom websites tailored to the needs of the client. Below are some of my featured projects.

DevExpress YouTube Video

May 29, 2012
While at a conference, I ran into the team from DevExpress and was talking about the lack of content on DevExpress and SharePoint integration. I ended up making this video with them. The project in the video never made it out of beta, but I did get to use lots of DevExpress controls in SharePoint.

Website Projects

These are some of the websites I have built. I have used a variety of technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and ASP.Net. I have also used a variety of frameworks including Bootstrap, jQuery, and Pug Templates.


Senior Software Developer
  • Successfully migrated a legacy API from ASP.NET to ASP.NET Core, resulting in improved scalability and maintainability.
  • Worked with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and implement custom logging solutions for specific business use cases, resulting in improved alignment with business objectives and increased customer satisfaction.
  • Developed and maintained internal wikis to promote consistency of API delivery and improve onboarding of new team members, resulting in improved collaboration, knowledge sharing, and faster ramp-up time for new hires.
  • Conducted code reviews and mentored junior developers, resulting in improved code quality, faster onboarding, and increased team productivity.
  • Conducted training sessions for developers and stakeholders on the importance of logging and reporting for API development and management, resulting in improved awareness and adoption of best practices across the organization.
  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams to gather requirements, design APIs, and implement new features, resulting in improved alignment with business goals and increased customer satisfaction.
August 2020 - Current
Solutions Architect / Consultant

Control Origins is a technology solutions provider that is passionate about delivering high-quality, value-added services to our clients. We work with businesses across industries to help them achieve their goals by leveraging world-class technology and best-practice frameworks.

Control Origins specializes in implementing business processes that closely align with regulatory requirements, industry standards, and business strategies.

At Control Origins, we believe that technology should be an enabler, not a barrier, to success. We are committed to providing our clients with innovative solutions that drive growth, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. Our focus on quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction has earned us a reputation as a trusted partner in the technology industry.

April 2006 - Current
Digital Solutions Architect
  • Responsible for the delivery of comprehensive and cost-effective digital solutions.
  • Designing, developing, implementing, and releasing high-quality custom software solutions using Scrum.
  • Applying the very best technical agile patterns and practices when building custom software solutions.
  • Collaborating frequently with business leaders to provide technical consultation and assistance, and working with these leaders to deliver software solutions that maximize the value added to the business.
November 2015 - June 2020
Solutions Architect / Consultant

Successful project management is part "art" and part "mechanics". Project Mechanics are objective and relatively easy to describe, whereas the art of project management is left to each individual's interpretation. However, Project Mechanics are tasks that simply must be carried out to ensure project success. The level of detail associated with each task is determined on a project-by-project basis, but the fundamental steps must be followed. It is important to note, however, that simply mechanically performing tasks will not ensure project success. The tasks and procedure framework described are only a foundation for project success - not a guarantee.


January 2002 - November 2015
VP of Delivery Management

Advice Interactive is a digital agency focusing on improving visibility across the digital universe through search social design and development. Advice is recognized as one of the fastest growing interactive agencies in the US by the Inc. 500

December 2013 - July 2014
Director - SharePoint Services
  • Responsible for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing information technology (IT) projects that address the operational needs of multiple departments in order to deliver specified requirements, meet customer satisfaction, on time, within budget, and with quality results.
  • The position ensures appropriate management, customer, and supplier involvement throughout the life of the engagement.
May 2010 - November 2013
Manager - SharePoint Services
  • Develop proof of concepts and pilot demonstrations of the value of Microsoft SharePoint Solutions.
  • Evaluate client needs and propose and deliver SharePoint-based solutions.
October 2009 - April 2010
Project Director
  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of specific projects ensuring consistency with client strategy, commitments and goals.
December 2008 - June 2009
Project Manager
  • Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of projects ensuring consistency with business objectives, commitments and goals.
February 2006 - July 2006


Languages & Tools
Roles and Processes
  • Cloud Solution Architect
  • DevOps continuous integration / continuous deployment (CI/CD)
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Agile Development & Scrum


Systems Engineer Development (SED) Program
Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
University of North Texas
Bachelor of Arts
General Studies - Business, Communications, Radio TV & Film


Apart from being an avid technologist, I find joy in exploring various activities that allow me to immerse myself in different experiences. Here are a few of my passions outside of work:

Travel and Outdoor Exploration
Imagine the joy of immersing oneself in different experiences and uncovering the wonders of the world through serendipitous encounters. That's the thrill I seek through travel and spending time outdoors. Whether it's discovering new destinations or stumbling upon hidden gems nestled within charming towns, I find solace in exploring the world around me. As I wander through unfamiliar streets, a sense of excitement fuels my curiosity, leading me to remarkable discoveries and unforgettable moments.
Hiking and City Exploration
As the warmer months arrive, I take pleasure in hiking through picturesque trails and uncovering hidden gems within cities. Exploring new surroundings allows me to broaden my perspective and appreciate the diverse cultures and landscapes that exist. With every step I take, I embrace the joy of serendipity, allowing chance encounters and unexpected detours to guide my exploration. The fusion of nature's beauty and the vibrant pulse of urban life captivates my senses, igniting a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and awe-inspiring landscapes.
Culinary Adventures
I am an outdoor cooking enthusiast, I've been drawn to the world of smoking and grilling, consistently discovering new ways to infuse flavors. Through hands-on experience, I've developed a knack for handling smoking techniques, experimenting with different wood types, and embracing various grilling styles. My approach revolves around the shared happiness that these culinary ventures bring, fostering connections through the love of food.