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2000-2003 Managing Own Software House
Developed web services technologies
addressing CRM, Event Management, Corporate Directory Tools, and Content
Ran a series of seminars on Extreme Programming.
Various assignments as Expert Witness. Lead the technical side of the Law of IT series of seminars.
Delivered seminar on Contract Negotiation. Top
1998-2000 PHAROS Systems Limited
I was invited to be the CEO of the New Zealand company and of
Pharos Systems USA, Inc. I substantially restructured the company, negotiated
distributorships with large companies around the world such as Xerox in excess
of $US2.5m pa, attended trade shows and led seminar sessions for industry
I have managed American staff, sales, administration and development.
I initiated and designed the web site and created marketing
The primary corporate product is UnipriNT, a systems product
consisting of over 1,000,000 lines of code. I created a position of Process
Methodology Manager, reviewed all development processes and introduced Extreme
I have travelled extensively world-wide and in particular in
the USA. Top
1997-1998 Independent Consultant
I am an active member of the iE3 Group Limited, a
well established independent virtual company which I helped form. I provided
much of the input into the formal documentation and working procedures of this
Before that I consulted under a long term retainer to Fujitsu
(NZ) Limited. I have a strong interest in Local Authority IT matters and have
been a regular presenter at the annual ITMG conferences.
I have a substantial knowledge of public sector management and
accounting. I was invited to speak at the working group of the Commonwealth
delivered the IT paper for the MBA for the University of Otago. Top
Taught various courses for APIU; was trained in facilitating various Motorola Courses on TQM and business process management.
Systems review and procurement process for Tasman
Review of the IT Strategic Plan of the Auckland City
Council and conducted Information Awareness Seminars.
Government IT Systems for The Republic of Kiribati
through the Asian Development Bank
Digital Equipment Corporation (NZ) Ltd: Review of IT
Strategy (Internal Systems).
NZ Rail Limited: Audit of the evaluation process for an
EDI systems strategy.
Fujitsu (Japan): Development of the specification for
PEOPL – a proposed commercial 4GL with pervasive and object-oriented features.
Designed Time & Cost Billing System with a practice
management component in New Zealand’s largest patent attorney practice.
Prepared ISO9000 process documentation for software
development and assisted in selecting CASE tool for Fujitsu (NZ) Limited.
Lectured by invitation at the University of Auckland in
Software Engineering to undergraduates and in the post-graduate Diploma of
Business (IS) course. This unit was "The Management of IT".
Surveyed the computer industry in New Zealand on behalf
of the Ministry of Commerce on Views on Government Policy on IT. Consequently I am familiar with the opinions of
most senior leaders of the IT industry, some key users and government thinking.
Presented a seminar at the University of Auckland on
the MIT program called "Management and IT in the 1990s".
I have prepared standards documents for software
1987-91 Managing Consultant of 5GL International Limited
I owned and managed a software house developing in Informix
4GL under UNIX with a staff of 24.
I designed and supervised the development of a major suite of
innovative management financials incorporating EIS, Performance Measurement and
Workflow features. My major clients were public sector bodies. Recently I have
received unsolicited comments that the innovation in the suite was so forward
thinking that it has given substantial advantage 12 years later to its users.
This large project (now known as Corporate Vision) of over one million lines of
code was purchased by Fujitsu (NZ) Limited.
Other products were Professional Time-&-Cost and Records
Acted as an Expert Witness for several civil law cases. I have
a detailed understanding of the law relating to software and contract
1980-86 Independent Consultant
Consulted to The Audit Office (operates within the
Parliament) on the Report on Computing in the Public Sector; presented seminars
on Computer Audit, Software Methodologies, Business Analysis, UNIX, Managing
Computing etc; lectured at the University of Auckland in the Management Studies
Department on Transaction Processing. Top
1978-80 J P Scott & Associates – Branch Manager
I was manager of the Auckland branch which was built to 15
established an education company as a subsidiary. ComEdCo taught systems
analysis and COBOL.
I also organised overseas speakers such as James Martin and
I consulted in both clinical and administrative areas to the
Department of Health. Top
1975-78 L D Nathan & Co Ltd – Systems Development Manager
I managed over 50 staff in a corporate environment. Top
1972-75 Information & Management Sciences Ltd – Managing Director
Developed software for law practices which was sold to a
consortium of all the trading banks in New Zealand. This software generated
revenue in excess of $10m per year for Databank.
I developed software for the largest market research company
in New Zealand hence I have detailed knowledge of market analysis techniques. Top
1969-1971 International Data Limited – General Manager
With 51 staff I developed financials software for several
large businesses such as Wilson and Horton Ltd. Top
1966-68 Mason Bros Limited – DP Manager
I developed the computing operation for New Zealand’s largest
I helped in the calculations behind the Manapouri Hydro Power
scroll casings – the largest steel rolling job ever completed in New Zealand.
I was an early user of Project Management software and am very
competent in PM. Top
1964-66 IBM World Trade Corp – Systems Engineer
I was educated by the best computer and best marketing
company in the world at that time. I have kept in touch with the editor of the
IBM Systems Journal and remain familiar with the best of IBM. Top