face of Kevin A Crothers

Kevin A Crothers Department Head of
Corporate Web Systems
for WORLDCOM, inc.
Kevin Crothers worked on contract for LDDS Communications from fall of 1993, was hired on full-time as an LDDS Communications (original parent company of WorldCom) employee out of Jackson, Mississippi in June 1994, and has worked in Information Services/Technologies since that time. He designed, constructed, and implemented a good bit of our original IT infrastructure including:
  • the first company wide e-mail
  • high-speed Local Area Networks for all corporate offices
  • our original Novell Netware v2,3,4 Networks including the Netware Directory Services network
  • some of our high-traffic UNIX-based operations
  • our first subdomained DNS environment
  • brought Internet-use (TCP/IP) to the user desktop with our first bootp and DHCP IP address allocation systems and a switched-56KB leased line to GridNet
  • our first (www.lddsnet.com) and current (www.worldcom.com) Corporate Internet site, which has never been hacked or brought down
  • our first (home.lddsnet.com) and current (www.wcomnet.com) Corporate Intranet site, which got its TEAMnet name in 1995 (Total Environment for Account Management Network)
  • our first and our current LDAP-based, distributed Corporate Directory, which is called ONEworld (Open Network Environment world)
  • our company's first High Availability and Geographically Balanced systems (TEAMnet using Alteon 180e boxes), which won a Computerworld Smithsonian Natural History award and listing in year 2000
  • additional enterprise architecture environments.
Kevin feels his best contribution within WorldCom is the shaping of the TEAM network Corporate Intranet (www.wcomnet.com / TEAMnet), which recently won the CIO Magazine Web Business 50/50 Corporate Intranet award, and is one of the smartest and busiest Corporate Intranet sites in the world. TEAMnet was the first WorldCom web system to require LDAP-based Login and Password, and its Usernames and Passwords (the TEAMnet login) created and became the base for the ONEworld LDAP-based Single-Sign-On.