Cloud Designer. Devops. Systems Engineer. Technical Executive.
I am a highly motivated, energetic, passionate and professional polymath with a proven track record in Cloud strategy, infrastructure strategy, infrastructure design, infrastructure implementation (mainly Linux & Solaris, but comfortable with Windows), operational services design, costing & pricing, contract negotiation, business transformation, change management and delivery at the most senior levels, both within my current employer and on behalf of Clients. I maintain high personal integrity and credibility providing IT, Cloud & infrastructure strategy advice to Senior Leadership Teams (SLT)/Client Board members, discharging accountability to policy owners and leading from the front on the implementation work by motivating and empowering my colleagues. I have worked on over 250 projects in many of the worlds’ largest institutions across industries such as FSS, Pharmaceutical, Bio-Life Sciences, Advertising, Education and Public Sector.
I am a persuasive and influential networker, seeking to build and maintain effective relationships with internal/external stakeholders, business partners and the IT community as a whole. I am dedicated to the successful completion/delivery of programmes to the highest level of quality with in depth experience at a senior level within the corporate organization and within other large complex Client organizations both public and private sector, built from a base background in Commercial Banking and the Financial Markets.
|2001||Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA)||Aston Business School||“The Electronic Negotiable Instrument: A hyper-liquidity mechanism for the Global Money Markets”|
|2011||Masters Degree in European Commercial Law (LLM)||University of Leicester||“The Global Financial Crisis: A modern day excuse for the anschluss of financial regulation and supervision by the European politocracy?”|
Global ITS Sales "Bell Award"
2008 UK&I National Excellence Award
Global ITS Sales "Bell Award"
Global ITS "Celebrate Success" Award
UK&I Sales Eminence Award
IBM Hundred Percent Club
|2012 - Present||IBM SoftLayer - Systems Engineer||
With the purchase of SoftLayer and the transformation of IBM to an annuity or ‘as-a-service’ business an opportunity arose to return to a pure technical role as the leading designer and implementer of SoftLayer for IBM’s Tier 1 clients in the UK&I.read more
The role itself encompasses all aspects of the sales cycle from inception and development (presenting on Cloud, Cloud as a business enabler, Cloud for cost reduction and operational efficiency, building scale and Devops environment) through to architectural design and actual physical/virtual implementation. The following are some of the key projects during this period.
Cloud GRID for Investment Bank
The design and architecture of a GRID computing capability for an international investment bank to enable value at risk (VAR) calculations and testing of new ‘quant’ models:
Global Cloud Infrastructure for Digital Media
A global implementation of five distinct segregated environments (Dev, Test, UAT, Pre-production and Production) for a renowned digital media agency. The solution provides for global redundancy across geographic locales leveraging SoftLayer private un-metered networking:
Cloud Payment Processing Platform for Financial Services
The introduction one of the world’s foremost payment processors of the notion of using Cloud as their next generation platform. From the outset of describing to COO/CIO how Cloud could transform their business model/approach to the specific formulation of the architecture to PCI/DSS standards using SoftLayer:
Cloud Production Cluster for Online Content Provider
The design and build of a fully ‘born-in-the-Cloud’ solution for a well known retailer to deliver their business an online presence in content delivery (eBooks/Video-on-Demand) including:
|2011 - 2012||IBM Server Technology Group - Puresystems Commercial Manager||
Following several years of successes within IBM Global Services an appointment as the Commercial Manager of the new Puresystems brand within the hardware organization of IBM was proffered. This dynamic role within IBM’s hardware division required the creation of an entire Brand organization from the grass roots upwards.read more
The instigation of a new Brand specifically required the augmentation of existing IBM back and front office processes, including accounting mechanisms (i.e. general ledger) through sign-off delegation mechanisms, sales fulfilment, programming sales configurators to CRM coding and channel enablement. My role as Commercial Manager specifically required active leadership and fine-grained involvement, initially in the development of and subsequently the execution of, a structured multi-streamed Programme Plan to establish a new end-to-end sales/channel process. At a more granular level of detail the role required the:
|2004 - 2010||IBM Global Services (ITS & SO) - Client Services Executive||
Appointed as an ITS Client Services Executive with the following remits:
Specifically this role required the realignment of IBM’s broad IS Services Portfolio to meet the global policy objectives of increased cost effectiveness, enhanced productivity, and streamlined cross-organizational efficiency. Realizing these policy goals within a complex multi-faceted organization necessitated both direct management and indirect influencing of local and virtual teams to obtain the requisite ‘buy-in’ across multiple peer groups to develop and implement an operationally effective plan. The scale of the initiative required a ‘Russian-Doll’ approach with multiple strategic workstreams formed across Contracts, Communications, Resources, Finances, Processes and Quality, each with distinct measurable milestones, time lines and objectives.
Key Projects/Deal (ascending date order)
|2001 - 2003||IBM Global Business Services - Senior Consultant||
I joined IBM in January of 2001 coming in on a pure technical role as a technology leader in the GBS area specifically assigned to Investment Banking but quickly was utilised on cross-industry projects. Having most recently come from ‘bleeding edge’ Linux/Solaris/Unix implementations my skills were immediately utilised to help IBM teams design new architectures for many companies, including:read more
|1998 - 2000||Citigroup - Infrastructure Solutions Specialist||
Leading a Strategic Infrastructure Architecture task force appointed within the Global Derivatives Business with the remit to formulate a next generation derivatives infrastructure platform, encompassing business case formulation, initial design, pilot and the implementation of a broad spectrum of infrastructure solutions including everything from XP migration planning to global data centre consolidation and optimisation. Working with highly experience network and systems professionals on (at the time) a leading edge DWDM network design enabling dual live production services and asynchronous geo-distributed mirroring capabilities providing near real-time business continuity.
|1995 - 1998||IBM Global Services (Contractor) - Dealing Room Implementation Programme Leader||
Leading the implementation of “concrete to commerce”, a new front office dealing room with back office risk management and reconciliation systems in Stuttgart. The remit was to pull together the diverse strands of the programme to formulate an end-to-end strategy, identifying the ‘workstreams’, ‘gates’ and ‘milestones’, driving the SME resource allocations/hires, streamlining the application integration aspects (testing/UAT) and verifying the commissioned delivery within tight timescales and budget.
|1988 - 1994||Systems Administration, IT Architect, IT Specialist||
During this formative career period, engagements both contract and full time based with: