Brian McAlpine

Cloud & IT Services Manager - FastTrack


With over 18+ years IT industry experience, I provide guidance and direction to the development and operation of IT infrastructure. I'm passionate in what I do and take pride in my work and achievements. My strategic thinking and outside the box approach has been crucial for my current company in planning, building and deploying a global cloud based solution for clients in the recruitment industry. While I do operate at a senior level reporting directly to the CTO and the board, I still maintain a hands on approach while managing my team, ensuring highest standards in Internal and cloud delivery.

Work History

Work History
2013 - Present

Cloud and IT Services Manager

Fasttrack recruitment software

Established in 1992, FastTrack is one of the largest providers of software to the recruitment industry globally.


  • Designed and built a cost effective cloud solution globally available to clients with high availability and multiple redundancy points.
  • Acknowledged by Microsoft as "the first" to design RDS for cloud with multiple redundant Geo locations.
  • Creation of disaster recovery processes and procedures. 
  • Involvement in creation of processes and security policies for ISO 27001.
  • Turned IT into an efficient and cost effective department.
  • Implemented ITIL process and ticketing software and real time cloud server monitoring.
  • Implemented a change managment process and approval workflow for all infrastructure and cloud related changes.
  • Member of the Cloud Committee, Change Management Board and BC/DR Committee

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage an internal team of three, leveraging support and development teams,  plus manage vendors to ensure Internal IT and cloud is delivered and streamlined efficiently and effectively, while defining and maintaining SLA agreements.
  • Work closely with other internal teams to project future design changes and requirements for hosting of the cloud and internal infrastructure requirements.
  • Vendor management and contract negotiations.
  • Manage IT budget and expenses.
  • Define IT Strategy and planning.
  • Implement core business solutions.
  • Develop and maintain disaster recovery strategy plan and processes
  • Implement monitoring, support and RACI matrix for the cloud infrastructure.
  • Streamline and decrease cloud delivery times
  • Maintain security of the cloud and internal infrastructure
  • Manage cloud and internal network infrastructure
  • Report to the Board for all cloud and IT matters of topic

2009 - 2013

Infrastructure Manger

Fasttrack recruitment software

In November 2008, I was approached by FastTrack to join their IT team.


  • Reduced running costs in excess of six figures pa.
  • Streamlined the IT infrastructure from bulky, expensive physical hardware into a complete virtual private cloud environment.
  • Defined IT disaster recovery plan
  • Defined IT strategy for the growth of the business
  • Implemented a cloud CRM system, cloud phone, video conferencing and private cloud solution. 
  • Completely rebuilt and refreshed the infrastructure which now runs on the latest version of Microsoft products (Server, Active Directory, Exchange, SQL, Sharepoint, OS, Office etc) 

Responsibilities included:

  • Managing network infrastructure
  • Manage IT budgets
  • Develop vendor relationships and manage vendor contracts
  • Provide technical expertise and industry knowledge to support sales and marketing efforts
  • Provide strategic recommendations to the business
  • Investigate new technologies to benefit the business
  • Build virtualised development and test environments
  • Provide Level 1/2/3 support
  • Review hardware, software and technology applications
  • Provide technical consulting to our clients
  • And much more
2005 - 2008

Network Administrator/Senior Desktop Support

MacPherson + kelley lawyers

Established in 1905, M+K have 300+ staff over four offices nationally, covering a range of legal services across commercial law, tax advisory, property law, litigation, employment law and intellectual property.

Responsibilities included: 

  • Maintained network infrastructure
  • Maintained workstations and SOE deployments
  • Provided Level 1/2/3 support
  • Built/administered/maintained Servers
  • Software installation/upgrades
  • Maintained internet and security
  • Manage Exchange servers
  • User accounts administration
  • Provided training to staff
  • Provided recommendations to the business
  • Maintained BlackBerry server
  • Database administration
  • Website development
  • Maintained PABX and swipe card security systems
2002 - 2005

Network Administrator

William angliss institute of tafe

William Angliss Institute of TAFE delivers a range of hospitality and tourism courses to thousands of students.


  • Maintained approx. 1200 workstations
  • Provided level 1/2/3 support for network, staff and students
  • Built/Administered/Maintained approx. 50 servers 
  • Managed software upgrade and installations
  • Maintained Internet and security
  • Maintained Microsoft Exchange servers
  • Maintained network infrastructure
  • Set up routers, switches, firewalls and wireless networks
  • Administered user accounts
  • Provided staff training
  • Database administration
  • Implemented VoIP phone system (first company in Australia to implement)
  • Product research, planning and vendor management
2001 - 2001

Network Manager - Traineeship

William angliss institute of tafe

Completed a Certificate IV in Network Management, with placement at William Angliss.


  • Maintain approx. 900 workstations
  • Build and maintain servers
  • Perform software installation and upgrades
  • Provide software and hardware support for staff and students
  • Maintained network, internet and security


2001 - 2001

Certificate IV - Network Management

Inner eastern group training
1998 - 2000

Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Applied Science - Information Management and Mathematics

Deakin university

Completed 3 years of study before deferring and changing into an IT direction.

1996 - 1997


Hampton park secondary college



Microsoft operating systems - server 2003-2012 R2, windows xp-10

Including skills around DNS, IIS, AD, DHCP, Load balancing, Remote Desktop Services and much more

Microsoft software solutions

Including, Sharepoint, Exchange, Threat Management Gateway, SQL Server, Office, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio and others

Cloud software

Hyper-V, VMWare, Citrix, Office365, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Akamai solutions, Microsoft InTune, Microsoft System Center and others


Load balancing, redundancy, networking, routing, hardware



References are provided on request.