About me

Work

I work as a Solutions Architect in financial services in Cape Town, South Africa. Most of my work is managing the technical architecture and integration across web and mobile platforms.

  • TOGAF 9 Certified
  • ESB integration
  • Legacy systems integration
  • Application design patterns
  • WSDL and XSD definitions
  • REST/JSON
  • RSA UML design – specifically for IAA/IPS
  • Chairing technical design team meetings
  • Phonegap/AngularJS/Node.js
  • ACORD, IAA
  • Archimate designing

Programming background

  • I wrote my first computer program at the age of 11 on an Apple 2 computer
  • I have programmed embedded C-bases systems, Windows applications & services, SQL, websites, integration layers, web services, ESB’s, SharePoint and WordPress.
  • I have programmed in most languages (C, C++, C#, VB, ASP, ASP.NET, JAVA, SQL, BASIC, PHP, Javascript frameworks, Pascal), and have worked onsite for many South African companies, including Old Mutual, Woolworths, Sanlam, Santam, and Metropolitan Life.

Some past projects

  • embedded device programming
  • telephone switchboard config software
  • 400+ seat call-centre software architecture
  • e-commerce website architecture
  • SharePoint solutions architecture
  • SAP integration
  • VISA credit card migration
  • Corporate websites (Santam, Sanlam, Old Mutual being the big ones)
  • Project managed the redevelopment of the Woolworths.co.za retail website
  • Designed call-center software for a 500+ seat call center (including credit and store card system integration)
  • Written software to allow the mainframes and PC platforms to use common interfaces (of course XML)
  • Written software for insurance, retail, manufacturing, shipping, banking, securities, professional speakers, NPO’s, SMME’s and individual people
  • Hand-coded RS232 and RS485 Com port drivers (in the olden days); I have even hand-soldered and wired the cables
  • Implemented wireless warehousing scanning directly into SAP processing (in the mid 1990′s before wifi was mainstream)

Business References

Education

  • BSc.Eng.Elec (UCT)
  • BSc.Hons.IS (UNISA)
  • TOGAF 9 certified
  • Diploma in Coaching
  • Diploma in Professional Photography
  • Distinguished Toastmaster

IT and Technical

  • Used VI, one of the best and strangest text editors in the world
  • Hand-coded HTML and CSS (in the olden days before we had frameworks)
  • Written more lines of code than I care to remember
  • Host approximately 80 client web sites, most of which I developed as well
  • Wrote my first program in 1984
  • Learned about OOP in C++, loved it in Delphi, discovered that it is not-existent in VB, and found it again in C#
  • Designed and tested a real-time telephony call processing architecture in SDL; a forerunner of UML
  • Helped companies by solving technical problems, writing better code, and designing better systems
  • I am a WordPress fanatic, and love to use that amazing platform.

Photography

  • I am also a keen photographer and make a small supplementary income from photography (really just enough to support the hobby).
  • Pictures of mine have been used on book covers, magazines, websites and brochures.
  • Here is my portfolio
  • Here are some photography references

Music

  • A song of mine has been used as the theme tune for a show on National Public Radio (USA)
  • In 2003 my band hit #1 on a South African MP3 download chart.
  • I have being played on national and regional South African radio (5FM and KFM respectively)
  • Play about 7 musical instruments to varying degrees, including the bagpipes, saxophone and bass guitar
  • You can download some of my music from the past and from the distant past

Social

  • Sponsored a Guide Dog
  • I have created and hosted the occasional free website for NPO’s

Public Speaking

  • Headed up Toastmasters Southern Africa (representing 9 countries and about 2000 members) in 2010
  • I have spoken and trained all over Southern Africa (mostly through Toastmasters International)
  • Expert Ezine Articles Author
  • I have taught public speaking to juvenile prisoners

The person

  • I have played the bag pipes in Edinburgh
  • I have touched the Liberty Bell
  • I made over 1000l wine (cabernet sauvignon)
  • I make approximately 150l beer per year (all grain from scratch)
  • I have voted in every democratic election in South Africa
  • I run an a Cape Town blog which has been active for over 7 years (and counting)
  • I run a public speaking blog
  • I read Lord of the rings for the first time when I was 11, and have done so several times since
  • I own every Pink Floyd Album (even the not so good new one)
  • I am married to a blind person
  • I own every Diskworld novel by the late Sir Terry Pratchett, and was privileged to have met him
  • I have read War and Peace and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • I have run loads of half marathons, a few full marathons and some ultra marathons

I have not

  • Seen every movie by Quentin Tarantino or read every book written by Stephen King – yet!
  • Read the entire PMBOK (I tried really hard)
  • Learned COBAL or FORTRAN