About Us

Orange Specs Consulting is a boutique consulting firm that specializes on helping companies understand where they are today and where they need to be tomorrow in order to improve their businesses with Enterprise Application Integration, Service Oriented Architecture and Enterprise Service Buses with a technological focus (but not limited to) the IBM DataPower product suite.

The IT industry is in a state of constant evolution and requires expertise in order to ensure prudent decisions and sound technological investments are made. Orange Specs Consulting will be your trusted partner on this journey by providing a honest and transparent relationship with our clients.

Founded in 2010, Orange Specs Consulting is owned by Dan Zrobok, a 14 year veteran of the industry.

Who Is Dan?

Dan is a former prolific IBM WebSphere Blogger at DanZrobok.com where there are currently over 100 posts about DataPower, WebSphere Process Server and other technical matters from 2008-2010. That blog was put on hiatus due to a mismatch in blogging values between himself and his employer at the time.

Dan has been in the industry since 2001 and is highly conversant in the technologies that rule the integration world of today: WSDL and XSD, SOAP, JSON, REST, HTTP/S, MQ, JMS etc.

Dan graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario with a Bachelors of Engineering in Software in 2001 (B. Eng). Interestingly, this was the first class of Software Engineering graduates to be awarded engineering degrees in Ontario. This degree allows Dan to perform work in the USA using a NAFTA visa.

Upon graduation, Dan joined IBM as a Java Software Developer on the WebSphere Application Developer Integration Edition (WSAD-IE) product. He was also a developer on the Integration Test Client bundled inside of  WebSphere Integration Developer (WID). Upon the release of WID, Dan transferred to the ‘SWAT’ team. This team was responsible for working with clients around the world (Canada, USA, UK, South Africa, Chile) and educating them on the product to ensure they were successful. It was at this point that Dan became interested in the consulting industry for it’s ability to affect meaningful change in the companies that used the products.

In 2007, Dan left IBM to join Perficient and travelled around North America for various clients in Toronto, California, Pennsylvania, Indianapolis and Indiana. The work focused on SOA, Web Services, DataPower, WebSphere Process Server and WebSphere Transformation Extender.

In 2011, Dan left Perficient to found Orange Specs Consulting and has had successful engagements with TD Bank and RBC Royal Bank in Toronto.