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Work Experience
January 2016 – Present
CEO / Founder / Director

Building Community Broadcast Television – one frame at a Time

August 2012 – January 2016
Head Of Software Development

Development of private community social/business network called mysocial.buzz (based on open source BuddyPress platform). Functions included managing team of software devs, content management staff and graphic designers. Design & Development of various international web based and mobile products. Custom plugin design specifications and development. UX Design. Content Development

Africa Securities Asset Protection
February 2010 – November 2011
ICT Projects Manager @ Coega Development Corporation

Project Manager for ASAP, an ICT Security Service Provider at Coega CDC. PMO representative for client (CDC) to Dimension Data – ICT network wired and non wired, WAN Infrastructure across 5 sites.

March 2008 – January 2010
Director / Owner

Intelligent Media Technologies – imediate specialises in Portal Development, Web Based Application Development, ECM Consulting Services, Information Architecture (All Content Methodologies).

imediate also operated one of the very first Digital Signage networks in South Africa, using remote content delivery to multiple advertising screens mainly in the West and East Coasts of South Africa (based on the NAVORI system), touchscreen and touch film window displays utilising Ubiq Window

Coastal News Media / Rendercast
March 2007 – 2008
Director & Editor

After leaving Anglo, joined Coastal News Media as Editor, … making up ads, all design and layout in QuarkXpress and Photoshop, transforming the look of the newspaper into a much more funky look and feel.

I really wanted to get started on the initial concepts of IMEDIATE, starting RENDERCAST as a Digital Advertising Company (delivering targeted multimedia advertising to restaurants, malls all over the West Coast).

Also decided to start my own VERY FUNKY ENGLISH newspaper on the West Coast called the footprint, at the same time launching imediate live on the beach during the Hobie World Champs in Langebaan, utilising the NAVORI platform.

imediate launched its digital broadcast network on the beach in Langebaan, at the Hobie Tiger & Dragoon Worlds Championships in March 2008. With only a handful of screens scattered at the best restaurants around Langebaan and at the Laguna Mall, imediate and the footprint, official media providers for the Hobie Worlds Championships, broadcast live footage and results to the restaurants.

Anglo American
Jun 2005 – Jan 2007
Primary Business Analyst / Content Stream – ABM Portal Project

Content Stream, Business Analyst on Portal Project JHB, London & Chile, Information Architecture.

As Namakwa Sands and Anglo Chile were the only two Anglo Base Metal sites to hold vast content repositories, and running in house developed portal solutions, I was seconded to the Anglo Head office as Business Analyst, working from Johannesburg, London and Santiago, Chile.

At the time the Anglo IBM Websphere project was the biggest IBM portal project… I wrote the content methodologies and developed the requirements gathering business processes for Anglo Base Portal , developing all the time an “improved information architecture” for the project. 

Great time… great project

Namakwa Sands / Anglo Base Metals
2001 – 2007
Portal Developer / IT Engineer

Joined NS, initially as an IT Engineer, but decided to put my creative skills to use and developed the Namakwa Sands Intranet/Portal. Wrote a complete Document Management System for Namakwa Sands, which contributed to their ISO9001 accreditation.

The DMS system I wrote is still in use today at Namakwa Sands.. other systems I was working on at the time was an Incidence Reporting Management system for SHEQ/Risk Management… I was asked to assist Anglo Base Metals Head Office with the research and evaluation of a Enterprise Document Management Solution, and the integration of products such as ISOMetriX.

The Consultancy Network / theplanetart
2000 – 2001
Partner – Media Production & Portal Development

Media Partner for Standard Bank Jazzathon Festival; Elixir People’s Portal; Heinz Kaspir Chronologic; SHAWU…. theplanetart was an upmarket Design, Art and Recording Studio and Art Gallery.

The Consultancy Network was a small venture to forge together independent IT consultants for larger projects.

1998 – 2000
Corporate Networking Consultant – Siyanda

Siyanda was one of the first (but premature) satellite broadband delivery systems in South Africa. 

In a nutshell, my job was to develop strategies to sell the product to the corporate sector, finding niche applications for the product, and integration of Siyanda into corporate IT infrastructures. 

Clients at the time included Sanlam, Pick and Pay, Checkers, Old Mutual etc… Unfortunately for all on the project, the product was too early to market, broadband costs were just NOT competitive and delivery mechanisms unreliable.

Intertrust Group / Bentinck (Isle of Man) Ltd
1997 – 1998
DB Administrator

DBA MS SQL, Aggresso and Timeview systems. Edsaco (Bentinck) was an offshore investment portfolio management company in the Isle of Man.

Harris Interactive Inc. (Total Research Corporation)
1995 – 1997
IT Manager (London UK)

IT Manager for the offices in Chiswick and Acton Park, London… Large portion of time was spent on the migration from Apple Talk network to a Windows NT/PC LAN environment.

Total Research Corporation specialised in the development and application of predictive marketing research and other advanced research technologies. Total Research also provided integrated marketing services, including e-products and services used to assist clients worldwide in applying information and insight to marketing practices through the point of sale. The Company was based in Princeton, New Jersey and has other offices in London, Buenos Aires, Detroit, Minneapolis, Poughkeepsie, NY and Tampa. 

TRC was acquired by Harris Interactive

Research Europe (UK)
Graphics Production Manager

On arrival in London, and shortly after joining Research Europe, was promoted to Graphics Production Manager in charge of all graphics production for the London Office, working out of Chiswick. 

John Murphy saw my IT skills and asked me to join Total Research (sister company) as IT Manager

Banana Republic / Clear Communications
1994 – 1995
Partner – Media Production

A “bridge the gap” leading up to my departure to the UK. Banana Republic partnered with Clear Communication as a Graphics Production / Multimedia Production company… corporate branding, graphic design, print design, writing copy for ads, video post production on the MAC based Media100 system.

NanoTech CC
1993 – 1994

NanoTech was “MCA Data Systems” version 2, bigger, but not necessarily better. Cape Town based, 7-9 employees, SMME market… the glorious days of LANtastic and Novell. Decided to close business down due to personal reasons

MCA Data Systems
1991 – 1993

MCA Data Systems was my first business. PC/LAN consulting to the SMME sector, days of XT’s, 286’s and 386’s, PCAnywhere, Novell and LANtastic…. good old days

Burlington Ocean & Burlington Data Systems
1990 – 1991
Branch Admin Manager

Employed as Branch Admin Manager (Cape Town Office BEX) in the Finance department and seconded to BDS because of my inherited IT Skills… It was at the time PC based LAN systems started taking over from systems such as the IBM System 36 and Data General MV2000. I managed the change over process to Novell, installing LAN environment, applications roll outs.

The General Manager at the time, recognised that IT was one of my passions and suggested I start up an IT Consulting business of my own, which I did as MCA Data Systems

Neutron Paints (Pty) Ltd
1987 – 1989
Company Buyer / Credit Controller

First placement after 2 year National Service in the the Army. Assistant bookkeeper, was in charge of all company purchases, secondary function was maintaining the IBM System 36 and then very “rudimentary” PC Network

Business Skills
Project Management, Business Analysis, Requirements Analysis, Information Management, Content Strategy, Knowledge Management, Information Architecture
Relevant Skills
8 years+ … known amongst buddydev community as a skilled plugin developer and integration specialist
Other Skills
Change Leadership Assessment
Most comfortable working in the fog, copes well with uncertainty. Has no great need to structure as this might undermine creativity.
Likes to go on quests. Has some goals but no defined means (how). Early adopters are pioneers.
Belbin Team Roles
Plants are creative, unorthodox and generators of ideas. If an innovative solution to a problem is needed, a Plant is a good person to ask. A good Plant will be bright and free-thinking. Plants can tend to ignore incidentals and refrain from getting bogged down in detail.
Resource Investigator
The Resource Investigator gives a team a rush of enthusiasm at the start of the project by vigorously pursuing contacts and opportunities. He or she is focused outside the team, and has a finger firmly on the pulse of the outside world. Where a Plant creates new ideas, a Resource Investigator will quite happily appropriate them from other companies or people. A good Resource Investigator is a maker of possibilities and an excellent networker.
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