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Technology / Telecoms Consultant
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Throughout my consulting career, (spanning eight years and having worked for independent technology consultancy firms (4C Strategies and BBW Consultants), for my clients I have always centered on the notion of business needs before technology adoption.
Keeping supplier solutions separate to the actual business requirements of an organisation has allowed me to provide that independent viewpoint which clients so often find refreshing. This approach also means that in conjunction with senior stakeholders, when 'work-shopping' to develop key business requirements, a solution/supplier agnostic viewpoint can be adopted.
As an Associate Technology Consultant for BBW, I have assisted numerous clients (Multi-national, UK Private & Public Sector) with their Unified Communications projects (be they at the Strategy & Business Case start of the cycle or deployment and benefit management end).
It is widely becoming accepted that for business, Microsoft and it's Lync platform is a serious contender to the landline, however with recent announcements regarding re-organisation and re-focus many clients still are not 100% convinced of their next steps in terms of UC strategy adoption.
I have a keen interest in the changing technology marketplace and as an industry observer, whilst the accelerating shift toward mobile and flexible working is perhaps obvious, the underlying infrastructure to support this mode of working for their employees, is every CTO or CIO's major concern.
Often hearing questions from clients around the perceived economic effectiveness of BYOD and the subsequent discussion that always follows regarding security and MDM etc, shows that organisations are yet to fully embrace this future, despite pressure from workers (fueled by the consumer market and handset manufacturers).
My background stems from the carrier space, when I have worked with Nortel Networks as a IN Software Developer, Marconi Communications and Ericsson as a System Design Engineer. This has given me a solid grounding and support for Telecoms Consultancy roles in the Enterprise sector.
Prior to this my education was from the University of Sheffield, where I obtained a B.Eng (hons) degree in Computer Systems Engineering. I continue my professional development and have more recently qualified at both Practitioner and Foundation level in Prince II project management.