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Expert in Information Technology, Software Design, Entrepreneurship, Business Change and Turnaround

Expert ID: 728497 United Kingdom

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Expert has over 35 years experience in the information technology industry. He is able to use his deep technical knowledge and understanding in a business context. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and former regional Chairman of the Computing Services Association.

As a software designer, he has designed mass market PC applications including the first successful email client (ChitChat), the world's first Japanese/Chinese windowed operating system, real time operating systems and communications and display applications. His commercial application experience includes retail, distribution, accounting, manufacturing, finance, insurance, banking, property and asset management. On the web his experience encompasses website design, database integration, IPTV and digital media, VOIP, design of web development frameworks.

Expert has consulted in multinational and corporate boardrooms within the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors. His advice helped investment clients to gain and retain top 10 positions in fund ranking tables and across sectors effect multi-million pound annual savings through effective implementation of information technology. He has managed multi-million pound system implementation projects.

As a businessman, Expert has started, grown and successfully exited several high technology companies. He acts as a non-executive director in the IT/software sector, successfully delivering business transformation and turnaround. Expert also acts as a business mentor on behalf of the Prince's Trust.

Expert was a key adviser to a large multi-national insurance group on the merger of several of its investment subsidiaries to form a single, large fund manager. Through effective implementation of information technology, productivity gains of more than 40% were achieved alongside strategic competitive advantage that saw the company rise to the top of the investment rankings - its key business objective. Expert acted as adviser to Japan's largest software company, helping the board to identify key technology trends and implement improved working practices in software development and creativity in product design. Expert designed an IT system that controlled the distribution of fashion clothing in multiple retail chains. Using heuristic techniques to place stock where it is most likely to achieve greatest turnover/value the system added 20% or greater profit improvements to the companies that adopted it. The system was adopted by most high street clothing retailers and is still in use some 30 years after it was first implemented.As consultant to the board of a young software company, Expert implemented effective financial and management controls, improved governance and risk management and helped safeguard shareholder value. He was instrumental in identifying new product opportunities and in driving their development to successful profit generation. His advice turned the company from loss to profit in less than 12 months and set it on the road to high growth and high capital value.As advisor to a venture capital provider, Expert has conducted technical due diligence on the viability of proposed new products aross software/hardware and media. His advice prevented investment in businesses that (backed by others) subsequently failed and, more valuably, he was able to suggest changes to product designs and market timing and positioning that helped others succeed.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1996 Degree: FIoD Subject: Company Direction Institution: Institute of Directors

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert provides technical and business consultancy services to Biznik's clients.
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Responsibilities: He developed an innovative digital media (TV, radio etc.) collaboration, production and broadcast platform for use by schools.
Years: 1983 to 2003 Employer: Byline Group Title: Managing Director Department: Responsibilities: Starting as a high-tech software house, Expert grew the business to become the pre-eminent supplier of large property investment and accounting systems to the financial services industry. The company also provided ERP systems of its own design. It operated worldwide with offices in the UK and Australia.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1983 to 1995 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Design and development of the first Japanese windowed operating system for PCs. Advisor to the board of Japan's largest software company.
Years: 1982 to Present Country / Region: USA Summary: Expert has worked in the software industry (involved in several PC applications). He has also helped establish franchise and other distribution networks across the U.S. and Canada.
Years: 1995 to 2003 Country / Region: Australia Summary: Expert established first a distributor then a wholly owned subsidiary company for Byline to sell and implement the company's property management, investment and accounting software products.
Years: 1984 to Present Country / Region: Europe Summary: He has wide experience in negotiating and managing distribution networks for software products.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
UK High Court experience as litigant and expert witness in application software, systems implementation, information technology.
Training / Seminars
Expert has conducted seminars across subjects as diverse as property investment, IT procurement, software development, business development and entrepreneurship.
Marketing Experience
Expert maintains a close eye on developments in the information technology and related areas. He has a solid track record in translating new technologies into opportunities for new products, accurately predicting new markets and demand for the benefits of new technologies. For example, in 1983, he predicted the eventual creation of (what has become) the "mobile Internet" while participating in a Microsoft industry leaders seminar.

He is equally good at applying technology to business processes, whether for cost saving or to gain competitive advantage.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert combines a deep and broad technical understanding with the insight that comes from decades of business experience - running his own companies, consulting in FTSE 100 boardrooms and advising SMEs.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Reasonable conversational French, including IT technical terms. Social French practised several times per year. Technical French last practised several years ago.
German Rusty but once quite proficient in business and technical usage of the language.
Japanese Enough Japanese to survive - confirmed by many, many visits to the country.

Fields of Expertise

application software design, business system design, client/server database access software, communication software, communication system, computer memory management, computer software technology innovation, computer system administration, computer-aided engineering software, computer-aided software engineering, computer-human interface technology, corporate strategic planning, CP/M, cross-platform development, database management system, database technology, digital audio broadcasting technology, digital media technology, document management software, educational software, graphics software, groupware, IBM personal computer disk operating system, information technology engineering, information technology management, input/output software, just-in-time software, mainframe software, management information system, Microsoft disk operating system, Microsoft Office software, Microsoft Windows software, project planning software, project scheduling software, software design, software engineering, software maintenance, software process management, software project management, system software design, tracking software, UNIX application, World Wide Web application, corporate turnaround, product recovery, corporate compliance, application security, design technology, accounting technology, financial management, executive management, estate management, design management, contact management, cash management, asset management, software design patterns, software reverse engineering, entrepreneurship, business strategy, business operations, software conversion, business management, software porting, business intelligence, order entry software, marketing software, multimedia software, distribution management, software registration process, software protection, software integration, parser software, handwriting recognition software, software agent, automation, information delivery, information network, software installation, software selection, PIM software, Microsoft Project Manager, software rapid prototyping, sorting computer software, document management, software copyright, version control software, information storage and retrieval, presentation software, software package, software modeling, electronic output, database searching, UNIX software development tool, Microsoft Visual Basic, application software, system software, report generator software, new technology business value measurement, project management software selection, word processing software, database management, communication, information technology, information storage, design process, computer technology, spreadsheet software, software re-engineering, software development tool, software design recovery, information system, information science, facility management, computer software, business process re-engineering

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