I started my IT career while still at University, working with Geographical Information Systems (GIS). I found great satisfaction from programming and integrating GIS with other applications so decided I wanted a purely development focused role. I took the opportunity to become a Systems Analyst/Developer at Newcastle University around the initial implementation go live of SAP in 1999. I specialised in HR/Payroll ABAP development for several years before taking on a Business Analyst role with lead responsibility for Payroll. This gave me a solid grounding in the SAP systems development lifecycle. I gained significant experience in SAP Enterprise Portal and SAP Process Integration technologies during numerous projects providing the chance to extend my technical knowledge. I was appointed as SAP Development Team Manager in May 2008, a job which I find challenging but very rewarding.
I have a real passion for SAP - their company ethic, people and products. I feel privileged to work on their systems, although it can be a love hate relationship!
My personal goals are to ensure our team embraces the vast changes in technology, collaborates more effectively and improves development processes. I’m very much hands on and like to manage through involvement in all development aspects. We support and develop bespoke applications in the following technology areas:
I have a particular interest in the new(er) and emerging SAP technologies (e.g. ABAP Web Dynpro, Adobe Forms, Netweaver Gateway), web service integration and composite applications, all of which are likely to feature in future development projects.
I'm proficient in Italian but would really like to be fluent. I certainly plan to retire in Italy but who knows, one day we may decide to relocate there – I’ve been known to perk up when seeing attractive contracts in Milan!
I like to spend my spare time dining out with my partner, carp fishing (if only I had more time for my soul cleanser :->) and enjoying all that Italy offers (the people, food, wine, lakes, mountains, skiing).