The dim and distant past
The dim and distant past
Recruited to maintain the flagship Prospector product (mixed VB6/.Net), with a view to converting it to a .Net platform during 2012/2013. Prospector had around 14,000 users at the time.
Joined in order to expand the software development team for their financial planning software; Adviser Office. Started as a ‘strong coder’ and quickly progressed to deputising for the Team Leader while he was on secondment to another project.
Adviser Office is the primary software package used by around 15,000 users.
While working for 1st/Avelo, I also kept in contact with Lucidus and continued to actively support and develop IPM.
Lucidus was probably my most exciting position. While I did some pretty spectacular projects in my mainframe days, Lucidus was the first place where I started working properly with PC's and PC development. Particularly exciting was the fact that I was the whole IT department, so my decisons had to be right or I had to be the one to fix them!
Working at Lucidus taught me a lot that I carried over into other positions, including proper project mmanagement, a deep respect for designing for usability and a need to develop in an agile way, before agile became 'a thing'.
Clients included BP Chemicals, Pilkingtons, Yorkshire Water and the MoD.
In addition to working for Lucidus, I also developed software packages for some third party organisations.
Anything beyond this point is mainframe based. While I started as a Computer Operator it was never going to be enough to operate a computer, to mount tapes, load disks and feed printers. So, early on in my career, I decided to become a programmer.
I failed to become a programmer, which was a very lucky result for me, as I went on to teach myself IBM/370 assembler and became a Systems Programmer instead.
1990 - 1994 IMI Computing Senior Technical Consultant
1989 - 1990 Lucidus Ltd Developer & Operating Systems Consultant
1988 - 1989 IMI Computing IBM VM/VSE/MVS/CICS/DL1 Technical Consultant
1984 - 1988 Hoskyns Group PLC IBM VM/VSE/MVS Consultant
1984 - 1984 Horizon Travel IBM VM/VSE Systems Programmer
1977 - 1984 Sun Alliance IBM VM/MVS Systems Programmer
Don't take my word for my abilities, take alook at other peoples opinions about me.
One very quickly runs out of superlatives with Steve. He is the cleverest person I know. He is highly innovative, passionate regarding the proper maintenance of agreed standards and protocols and establishes excellent relationships with our clients.
Steve is a rare developer resource who is able to provide a good breakdown of technical solutions for all audiences to understand... Steve understands the importance of project deliverable's both from a client and business perspective and shows a personal pride in ensuring the delivery schedules are met
I have worked closely with Steve for his time with us and long before we formed our company. His technical ability far out-performs anyone I have known or met in companies we have worked with like IBM/EDS/Cap Gemini.
Steven showed a great deal of commitment and skill when he worked with me. His attention to detail, comprehensive documentation and well thought out code, using very impressive technical standards meant that it was always possible to rely on the solutions provided being top notch. Steven is an asset to any company, at any level - if I were able to, I'd love to work with him again.