Skills

Skills

Software Development

9 years experience in software development, predominantly in consulting and a 1 and half in product development/engineering.

Systems Analysis

6 years experience in analyzing customer's business requirements, designing solutions and writing technical specification documents. Mostly using Microsoft Visio to draw network diagrams, flow charts and UML.

Technical Pre-Sales

Supported the sales/account managers throughout the sales cycles in order to  design, deliver and present tender proposals, as well as develop and demonstrate POC applications . Also compiling BOMs (Build Of Materials) and quotes for solutions requiring both mobile hardware and software.

Project Management

Managed the the majority of the software projects I've been involved in. Used online tools such as Basecamp, Freedcamp and Pivotal Tracker.

Waterfall Model Development

5 years experience in implementing the Waterfall model/methodology (while working at Psion & Motorola).

XP and Agile Processes

3 years experience in development with teams using XP and Agile.

Microsoft .NET

9 years experience with the Microsoft .NET technology stack.

C#

8 years experience in programming desktop, mobile, web and speech applications using C# .NET.

Visual Studio

9 years experience in using Visual Studio for software development as well as 6 months experience in developing a Visual Studio plugin.

SQL Server Database development.

8 years of experience in using Microsoft SQL server. Although reasonably proficient in T-SQL, I mostly prefer using LINQ to SQL and LINQPad to interact with databases.

Mobile Databases (SQL CE & Replication/Synchronization Services, as well as DB4O)

7 years experience in implementing mobile applications for Windows Mobile/CE and Android using SQL CE and DB4O.

SOAP/REST Web Service development.

8 years of experience in developing SOAP services and 3 years in REST services using Microsoft WCF. Mostly for mobile applications, but also for system integrations.

Windows Mobile & CE application development

8 years experience in developing .NET Compact Framework mobile applications for Windows Mobile and CE devices .

Windows Desktop Application Development

9 years experience in developing Microsoft .NET Windows Forms applications and 1 year experience in developing Microsoft WPF applications in XAML/C#.

Web Application Development

1 year experience in developing ASP.NET web applications and 2 years experience in developing ASP.NET MVC web applications.

Java

2 years experience in developing Android applications in Java using Eclipse as an IDE and 1 year experience in developing BlackBerry applications in BlackBerry's JDE.

Android Development (Java & C#)

2 years experience in developing Android applications: both native Java applications using Eclipse as well as C# applications running on top of Mono for Android coded in Xamarin Studio.

BlackBerry Development (Java)

1 year experience in developing BlackBerry applications using Java in BlackBerry's JDE.

Java J2ME

3 months experience in developing 2 small mobile Java applications: one for Windows  Mobile and the other for Symbian.

VB.NET

1 year experience in developing desktop applications using Visual Basic .NET, while I was still a student.

Delphi

2 years experience in developing desktop application using Delphi, while I was still a student.

Assembly Language

Studied Assembly Language while completing the Digistics Systems S3 subject/course at the Vaal University of Technology.

VHDL

Studied VHDL ([Very High Speed Integrated Circuit] Hardware Description Language) while completing the Logic Design subject/course at Vaal University of Technology.

XML

8 years experience in using XML within applications.

HTML

3 years (in total) experience in writing HTML web pages.

IIS

8 years experience in using IIS for hosting web applications and web services.

Git

2 years experience in using Git on Bitbucket for source control.

Subversion

8 years experience in using Subversion for source control.

Cruise Control .NET & NAnt scripts

1 years experience in being build master (managing the build server) for the company, using Cruise Control .NET and writing NAnt scripts.

TDD Test Driven Development

2 years experience in implementing TDD (Test Driven Development). For a year (I was in charge of the internal tools development) in order to profile the results of unit tests and other applications serving as test cases for our framework (when I worked at Red Live Labs).

Community Server Development

1 year experience in developing custom pages and plugins for Community Server i.e. a very successful ASP.NET based CMS (Content Management System).

Sales Force APEX API

1 year experience in integrating and supporting the integration between our ASP.NET Community Server web site and Sales Force.

Virtualization

9 years experience of working with virtual machines, using VMWare, Microsoft Virtual PC and Parallels (virtualization software Mac OS X).

Sagem Fingerprint technology and development

2 years experience in developing biometric applications using Sagem's fingerprint identification/verification technology (hardware/software).

RFID technology and development

2 years experience in developing mobile RFID applications.

Vocollect voice application development stack

5 years experience in designing, developing and implementing Vocollect Voice recognition applications using the Vocollect technology stack i.e. hardware and software (Task Builder, Voice Artisan, Voice Direct, Voice Console etc.).

Psion/Motorola voice application development stack

6 Years experience in designing, developing and implementing Psion/Motorola's speech recognition applications using their TekSpeech technology stack (TekSpeech Connector, TekSpeech Emulation, TekSpeech Pro Client, SPA (Speech Process Analyzer, TekSpeech DOM etc.)

Work History

Work History
Feb 2013 - Present

Founder & Software Engineer

Binary Chef

Binary Chef is my own non profit software lab focusing on developing open-source products, utilities and code code samples as well sharing tricks and opinions on software.

Figlut Suite: a suite of applications that aim to provide an out-of-the-box data capturing solution by providing reusable applications, utilities and developer kits which aim to abstract the technical logic. This results in reduced development costs by enabling customers and developers to focus more on the custom business requirements as opposed to technical implementation. Development of extensions/plug-ins is also supported for custom/complex business requirements. 

Watch this short video of how to create a web enabled desktop and mobile stock taking application within 15 minutes.

  • Figlut Web Service : an out-of-the-box RESTful Web Service that enables the exposure of a Microsoft SQL Server database to the web without requiring any development for basic CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations; it simply needs to be installed and configured to point to a Microsoft SQL Server database. Supports XML, JSON and CSV formats. Supports development of (.NET) extensions for advanced business requirements. Furthermore, for custom query purposes, filters (where clauses) can be applied directly to the URI query string and developers may also post raw SQL queries to the service to be executed directly against the target database e.g. for select queries that join tables.
  • Figlut Desktop DataBox : An out-of-the-box web based Windows desktop client application that utilizes the Figlut Web Service to enable users to perform basic CRUD operations on any Microsoft SQL Server database regardless of the database schema. Absolutely no software development is required; it simply needs to be installed and configured to point to the Figlut Web Service. Development of (.NET) extensions is however supported for more complex business requirements.
  • Figlut Configuration Manager : Both a Windows desktop application and MMC (Microsoft Management Console) snap-in are available which allow for the configuration of the Figlut Web Service and Desktop DataBox.
  • Figlut Mobile DataBox (for Windows Mobile 6) : An out-of-the-box web based mobile client application that utilizes the Figlut Web Service to enable users to perform basic CRUD operations on any Microsoft SQL Server database regardless of the database schema. Absolutely no software development is required; it simply needs to be installed on a Windows Mobile device and configured to point to the Figlut Web Service. Development of (.NET) extensions is however supported for more complex business requirements.
  • Figlut MonoDroid DataBox (for Android): a version of the Mobile DataBox for Android devices targeting Xamarin's Mono for Android. 
  • Figlut Mobile Configuration Manager (for Windows Mobile 6) : A mobile application which allows for the configuration of the Figlut Mobile DataBox.
  • Figlut Server Toolkit : A server side library targeting the Microsoft .NET Framework containing over 100 reusable classes such as SQL query generators, ORM (Object Relational Mapping), and many other helper classes saving you endless development hours. Wrapper classes are also included to consume the Figlut Web Service with single method calls.
  • Figlut Mobile Toolkit (for Windows Mobile/CE) : A mobile version of the server toolkit targeting the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework with some additional windows forms controls and utilities, such as Image Map control, camera, SA driver's license scanning, SQL CE query generators and Microsoft Synchronization Services helper classes. Wrapper classes are also included to consume the Figlut Web Service with single method calls.
  • Figlut Mobile Toolkit (for Windows Mobile/CE) : A mobile version of the server toolkit targeting the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework with some additional windows forms controls and utilities, such as Image Map control, camera, SA driver's license scanning, SQL CE query generators and Microsoft Synchronization Services helper classes. Wrapper classes are also included to consume the Figlut Web Service with single method calls.
  • Figlut MonoDroid Toolkit (for Android): a version of the server toolkit targeting Xamarin's Mono for Android.
  • Figlut ReModem : a utility (windows service) that allows for an internet connection to be established or disconnected on a 3G modem by sending an SMS to the modem. Can be used in scenarios where a server needs to be brought online when not having physical access to it. Thereafter you may connect to the server using some application like Team Viewer.

Emitson: just for fun, I developed a small Android app and web service to allow me to control Winamp on my PC wirelessly i.e. a mobile remote control application for my music.

May 2014 - Present

Senior Technical Consultant

Datasmith

Datasmith is a Microsoft Gold Partner and software consulting company that has been in business for over 15 years. Originally specializing in ERP and CRM implementations using products such as Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) and CRM. Datasmith also specialize in system integrations. Furthermore Datasmith have also developed their own WMS (Warehouse Management System) from the ground up.

While I was working at Motorola, the company's global strategy changed in terms of services and support, with the company deciding to fully implement the channel go-to-market model i.e. eliminating  direct service (software development/support etc.), but rather resell their products via distributors and VARs (Value Added Re-sellers), with the VARs handling the project implementations and support. With this move, I was assigned to a pre-sales/project management role and was tasked to provide speech development training to 3 channel partners (VARs). As part of the training process, I was offered employment offers from 2 of those partners, one of them being Datasmith. 

I was specifically hired by Datasmith with the intent to start a mobile and speech solutions  (hardware & software) division i.e. Datasmith had never delved in mobile and speech solutions before.

My roles at Datasmith:

  •  Software Development: 
    • Mobile : Windows CE/Mobile, Android, biometrics, RFID
    • Web Application Development
    • Desktop: WinForms
    • Web Services: SOAP/REST
    • Mobile Speech Recognition: dialog development & integration into ERP/WMS
    • Databases: SQL Server
  • Solution Architecture:
    • Business Requirements Analysis
    • Technical Research
    • Writing Proposals
    • Writing Functional/Technical Specifications
    • Compiling BOM (Bill Of Materials) i.e. on software licenses, mobile hardware, SLAs etc.
  • Support:
    • Remote
    • Field Service
  • Pre-sales:
    • Demonstrations
    • Presentations
    • POC development
  • Sales:
    • Lead generation
    • Quotes
    • Procurement of mobile devices & software licenses from distributors and OEM

Work I've been involved in:

  • Sales/Pre-sales: During my time at Datasmith, I have brought the company owner and several employees up to speed with the speech technology landscape, as well as generated leads and led 3 major speech tenders, two of which we successfully won. Also managed to successfully win a tender to develop and implement a mobile payment solution for Sanlam in South Africa. Have also worked on a few other smaller deals for mobile hardware and software.
  • Speech Development: converted the previous Vocollect voice solution at Digistics to the new Motorola hardware and software (device management and speech recognition engine). Have also been providing support thus far. This is the first site in South Africa to implement the Motorola TekSpeech Pro speech engine. See case study video here

http://youtu.be/A0IKH9NwhNY . See solution offering presentation herehttp://www.slideshare.net/paulkolozsvari/datasmith-warehousing-solutions

  • Burger King & Vector Logistics integration: performed the analysis, development, testing and project management (from Datasmith side) for an integration solution to integrate the two companies electronically (between Micros on Burger King and SAP on Vector Logistics.) i.e. handling orders, invoices and product catalog between the two companies with email alerts etc. Solution was developed using WCF SOAP web services, FTP file transfers and MS SQL server on the middleware server.
  • Excel Insight: Datasmith have an Excel plugin product called Excel Insight, which allows customers to query data in the Microsoft GP (Great Plains) database from within their spreadsheet in order to calculate their general ledgers. This is performed via Excel UDFs (User Designed Functions). I've been given the product to support and develop and whatever additional features are required by new customers. Among other improvements, I've improved the performance of searches from 10 minutes to calculate a spreadsheet with 100 000 records, down to 1 minute and half with wild card searching and 10 seconds without wildcard searches.
  • Toad NUTS: developed an Android and web application for an organization called Toad NUTS that focus on the conservation of the endangered Western Leopard Toad. The Android application enables the capturing of pictures and information (including GPS co-ordinates) of Western Leopard Toad sightings while the web application displays the captured data, creates statistics reports and plots sightings on a Google Map, . Additional features include the ability to setup areas by drawing polygons on Google Maps thereby enabling the system to automatically calculate and allocated toad sightings to specific areas. Areas are assigned to coordinators that receive automatic email notifications when toad sightings occur within their area. Currently in the process of developing an iOS app too. See website here: http://www.toadnuts.com 
  • Sanlam TouchBuy: developing a mobile application allowing Sanlam employees to pay within the Sanlam shops (e.g. cafeteria), by using their RFID proximity cards. Integration will be required into the Sanlam HR system. Research on the  mobile devices required and analysis has been completed. Currently in the development stage. 
Oct 2012 - Apr 2014

Project Manager - Speech & Warehousing Solutions

Motorola Solutions

“To help bolster Enterprise sales to a new segment of customers, we are establishing Speech & Warehousing Solutions team that will leverage Psion’s experience and domain expertise in warehouse management and integrated supply chain solutions”

As Project Manager for the "Speech & Warehousing Solutions" overlay group in South Africa, I manage anything to do with speech technology i.e. sales, development, project management, customer/partner relationships and including pushing the sales people to sell speech and warehousing solutions and close deals etc. in order to achieve the set targets.

My roles at Motorola Solutions:

  1. Sales (writing tender proposals, presentations, quotes on hardware/software/services)
  2. Pre-sales (demos, presentations etc.).
  3. Systems Analysis (technical/functional specifications).
  4. Software Development (mobile & speech development).
  5. Project Management (making sure all projects go smoothly, delegating work if necessary) 
  6. Technical Writing (articles/blog/videos) etc. 
  7. Field Service Support (implementation of projects, installations of devices and software, troubleshooting etc.).
  8. Training (software and devices).

Projects and work I was involved in:

  • Custom solutions development and consulting: Using the Microsoft development stack I have developed several custom solutions for various large retail and warehousing companies in South Africa. Technologies used: .NET Compact Framework in combination with either SOAP/REST services,  Synchronization Services, Replication Services and SQL Server. Voice recognition applications were developed with a variety of Voice technologies and development tools such as, Psion TekSpeech, Psion Dialog Builder, Psion SPA (Speech Process Analyzer), Psion MMS (Multi Modal Speech), Vocollect Task Builder, Voice Console and Voice Client. Customer backend DBMS'/systems which I've integrated into include Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and SAP WM. Technologies utilized in mobile solutions include: barcode scanning, GPS, camera, RFID, bluetooth mobile printers, biometric (fingerprint) readers, signature capturing etc. During most of these projects I managed both the projects and customer relationships as well as gathering requirements, writing technical/functional specifications, implementations/deployments, user training, support, etc. Some of the customers I have been involved in include: Spar, Pep, Digistics, TFG, Aberdare Cables and Vector Logistics.
  • Products Developed
  1. Motorola TekShed: An on-site device management console using fingerprint identification. Watch the TekShed video here
Sep 2009 - Sep 2012

Software Developer

Psion (now part of Motorola)

Company Description:

Psion is a pioneer of quality mobile handheld computers and their application in industrial markets around the world. We have been innovators in mobile computing since 1980, starting with the invention of the PDA, the NetBook and the Symbian OS, through to helping our global customers solve their business problems today. Our customers in South Africa include Pep, Spar, Transnet and many others. Through our open innovation business model, we have the ability to work directly with our customers and partners to co-create new variants of our mobile hardware, software and services that meet the specific needs of the marketplace.

My roles at Psion:

  1. Pre-sales and Business Development (demos, presentations etc.).
  2. Software Sales (quotes etc.)
  3. Systems Analysis (technical/functional specifications).
  4. Mobile Software Development (including web services, desktop/web applications, reports, databases etc. to support the mobile applications and integration requirements into customer backend).
  5. Mobile Speech (Recognition) Software Development (including middleware development to support integration requirements into customer backend).
  6. Project Management.
  7. Software Development Support Desktop (sample code, SDK Q&A etc.)
  8. Technical Writing (articles/blog posts on Psion's Ingenuity Working community and product documentation).
  9. Field Service Support (implementation of projects, installations of devices and software, troubleshooting etc.).
  10. Training (software and devices).

Projects and work I was involved in:

  • Custom solutions development and consulting: Using the Microsoft development stack I have developed several custom solutions for various large retail and warehousing companies in South Africa. Technologies used: .NET Compact Framework in combination with either SOAP/REST services,  Synchronization Services, Replication Services and SQL Server. Voice recognition applications were developed with a variety of Voice technologies and development tools such as, Psion TekSpeech, Psion Dialog Builder, Psion SPA (Speech Process Analyzer), Psion MMS (Multi Modal Speech), Vocollect Task Builder, Voice Console and Voice Client. Customer backend DBMS'/systems which I've integrated into include Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and SAP WM. Technologies utilized in mobile solutions include: barcode scanning, GPS, camera, RFID, bluetooth mobile printers, biometric (fingerprint) readers, signature capturing etc. During most of these projects I managed both the projects and customer relationships as well as gathering requirements, writing technical/functional specifications, implementations/deployments, user training, support, etc. Some of the customers I completed projects for include: Pioneer Foods, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Europcar, Suzuki, Nissan, Probe, Bull Brand, QK Meats, Woolworths, Rialto Foods, Duraset, Aberdare Cables and many more.
  • Products Developed:
  1. Visit Us: an access control system for estates/office parks. Residents make bookings for visitors which then get an SMS with bookings code to be presented upon arrival. Driver's licenses and vehicle licenses are also scanned via the mobile application, verified and saved in the cloud. 
  • Internal tools development and work: When in between projects, I developed several applications/utilities such as:
  1. Psion Cabster: A utility for building, wrapping and deploying CAB files (Windows Mobile installers) to devices: Psion Cabster
  2. Psion Kapture: Due to us technicians/developers not having an efficient method of capturing our time, creating quotes for services, creating invoices and capturing customer signatures on site, I developed Psion Kapture with the intention to solve some of these problems. I developed mobile applications (BlackBerry and Windows Mobile) and a desktop application.
  3. Psion Mobile License Manager: In an effort to prevent customers from pirating the mobile applications I develop for them, I developed a node lock licensing system to generate licenses that would lock an application to a specific device. Furthermore I ensured the licensing mechanism prevents the application from running on other OEM's devices. Therefore a customer wanting to move over to a competitor would require for the application to be developed.
  4. Psion Aplex: For those customers having devices that are always connected to the internet, I developed Psion Aplex which is a cloud based licensing system whereby we can allocate licenses to specific devices/applications for a certain period of time. My intention was to cater for customers that prefer the SAAS licensing model as opposed to a once off payment for development work.  
  5. Psion Kiosk: A small mobile application I developed to enable supervisors to restrict users to only certain applications that should be used on the device, as well as restrict the web sites they can launch on the devices. 
  6. Psion Africa Web Site: Due to us not having sufficient information about our local subsidiary online, I put up a web site for us. The web site was online for over a year until corporate policy dictated that we should only have a single web site world wide. Before it was taken offline, the www.psionafrica.co.za web site consisted of product catalogs, blogs, forums, surveys, downloads area etc. As part of this initiative I created surveys to be sent out to customers.
Oct 2008 - Aug 2009

Software Developer

Agilisto

Company Description:

Agilisto was a software development company, which mainly focused on web solutions, mobile applications and location based solutions. Projects and work I was involved in:

  • Road defect info capturing mobile application: In the mining industry, due the large size of the trucks being used, the ability to capture information regarding the state of roads is critical i.e. based on the number of faults on the roads and their severity one can calculate the petrol consumption (as well as other factors) and therefore the amount of money lost due to the existance of the faults. We had a solution that allows users to capture defects on the roads and their GPS co-ordinates via a Microsoft .NET Compact Framework based application. Defects are then synchronized with the mobile application server using the Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET. An ASP.NET web application performs calculations on the captured data and displays the results as well as plots the defects on a map. I was involved in the development of the mobile application and some of the code required to implement the synchronization services.
  • Freight/Courier mobile applications: We in partnership with various other companies have developed several .NET Compact Framework based applications designed to meet the needs of the freight and courier industries. These applications allow our clients to give their drivers specific tasks to be completed throughout the day. The applications were built using iTask; a Sybase workflow framework built on top of the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework. A Microsoft SQL Server database was used on the mobile application server. The iTask mobile application utilized Sybase's UltraLite database on the device. Synchronization between the devices and server was handled with the aid of Sybase's MobiLink. I was involved in building a few of the task types on the mobile application, as well assisting in the development of the integration layer between our clients and our mobile application server.
  • Selling of Electricity mobile application: An electricity company in northern Africa had a prepaid system that allows users to recharge their given smartcards with electricity. We had been in the process of developing a mobile solution that would allow operators to sell electricity from a mobile device. We have developed a .NET Compact Framework mobile application that allows a user to insert a smartcard into a Windows Mobile device and recharge the card with credits. All communication between the device and our mobile application server is handled via web services. I developed the mobile application. Furthermore, to enhance the appearance of the mobile UI, I developed a framework centered around the idea of animated sheets i.e. where a sheet corresponds to a form. Utilizing the framework simply involves adding sheets and thereafter controls on the sheets. Requesting a sheet to open or close results in the sheet and its controls to be moved on and off the screen.
  • VanSales / SFA (Sales Force Automation mobile application: We were in the process of developing a .NET Compact Framework application that allows sales representatives to sell products from a vehicle. The user has the option to sell, thereby create an invoice based on the items available in his/her inventory or alternatively create an order based on a product catalog. All relevant data is synchronized with the mobile application server running Microsoft SQL Server via the Microsoft Synchronization Services for ADO.NET. All data on our server was synchronized with Pastel Evolution on the client's server. I have assisted in creating the specification for the solution, developing the mobile application, designing and implementing the Microsoft SQL Server database on our mobile application server and implementing the sync services. 
Feb 2007 - Sep 2008

Software Engineer

Red Five Labs

Company Description:

Red Five Labs were developing a product called Net60, which was a .NET Compact Framework implementation for Symbian, S60 3rd Edition mobile devices This enables applications targeting the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework to run unchanged on mobile phones running the Symbian operating system. Projects and work I was involved in:

  • Technical Writing: I wrote several articles that were included in our product help file as well as in our web-site's knowledge-base.
  • Testing:I was involved in testing our prior CTP and Beta releases. Additional testing that I carried out included the development of simple POC's of several popular mobile DBMS's, such as IBM DB2 Everyplace, Sybase SQL Anywhere 10 (for Windows Mobile), Microsoft SQL Server CE and db40 6.4 (.NET1). The purpose of this investigation was to determine which of these DBMS's are supported by our product Net60.
  • Patient Management Application: I designed and developed a demo application that consisted of a Microsoft SQL Server database, a web-service and a .NET Compact Framework client application. The purpose of this application was for us to perform demonstrations and perhaps distribute it with Net60 as a sample application in the future.
  • Building infrastructure: I was assigned Build Master and therefore was responsible for general maintenance of the build server, which ran Cruise Control .NET. My duties included diagnosing broken builds, reorganizing build projects and modifying NAnt scripts, ensuring daily test runs ran correctly and troubleshooted any broken builds and test runs.
  • Testing infrastructure: With some guidance from my CTO at the time I designed and developed the following tools that are used to perform additional profiling and coverage analysis on our test results. The majority of these tools were executed from NAnt scripts. While our runtime executed and JIT compiled an application it also loged major events into a binary log file. This file is parsed using our Log Viewer tool. The Log Viewer also generates some useful profiling information based on the parsed data and therefore almost all of the following tools that I have developed are dependant on the Log Viewer: 
  1. ProfileWriter: searched through directories for such log files and parses them to generate the profiling data. This data is then written to either an XML file corresponding to each log file or the entire merged data is written to a Microsoft SQL Server database.
  2. ProfileNotifier: Retrieves profiling data and notifies team of test run result. 
  3. ProfileXmlMerger: searches a directory for the above mentioned XML files and then parses and merges their contents into a single XML file. 
  4. CLI Tests web site: an ASP.NET, AJAX enabled, web page that retrieves and displays the profiling data. This web-page also generates and displays graphs that illustrate the performance of our product over time i.e. based on the profiling information. 
  5. DeltaGen: a simple tool for generating a delta between the last and penultimate test run and thereafter emailed the results. The results include percentages of passing tests, as well as a list of newly passing/failing tests, previously passing failing tests and previously failing passing tests. 
  6. CovAn: a set of tools that utilize the profiling data from the database to compile a list of methods that were executed on the last test run and compare this list with a list of methods that exist in our assemblies, which is compiled using Mono.Cecil. This comparison then constitutes our code coverage i.e. which methods are being covered by tests and which are not. An additional tool performs a coverage progress analysis by comparing our coverage results between any two given test runs and determining our velocity (methods/day).
  • Application server: I was responsible for maintaining all of our internal web-sites and databases on our application server i.e. blog, profiling, wiki etc.
  • J2ME performance test application: I developed a simple multi-threaded J2ME application, that utilizes J2ME's File.Connection API. Its purpose was to compare its performance to an equivalent application running against our .NET Compact Framework on a Symbian mobile phone.
  • Community Server customization: Community Server is our pre-made and customizable ASP.NET web-site. I created several custom pages, CSModules, CSJobs and other custom work on our Community Server web-site. Some of the work included integrating our web-site with www.SalesForce.com. This was achieved using SalesForce's APEX API i.e. web service and SOQL (SForce Object Query Language). Furthermore all objects sent to SalesForce are queued in an MSMQ i.e. to prevent data loss.
  • Genesis: we had a tool that our customers used to bundle a .NET Compact Framework application into a .sis file in order to deploy it to a Symbian phone. The initial tool, was a console application. I was involved in the process of upgrading the application to integrate it with Visual Studio. We created a custom project type in Visual Studio, allowing the user to add a new Symbian SIS project and bundle executables and resource in it, as you would with a cab file for Windows Mobile. I also developed the initial version of the wizard that allowed for the capturing of information related to the SIS. 
Jan 2006 - Dec 2006

Software Developer (Student Projects)

Vaal University of Technology
  • Little Birdie - Network monitoring tool: a tool that monitors the status of machines (on/off) and user accounts (logged on/off) over a LAN. Additional features include the capturing of screen-shots from the machines on the LAN, as well as sending messages to the users logged on those machines.
  • ICOC - LAN based companies integration system: me and a friend of mine developed a system that integrates several companies' transactions and inventories. Our lecturers selected our project to be submitted and presented at Microsoft's Project Firefly in 2006
Jun 2005 - Jun 2005

Customer Service Networks Technician

LANmetrix

Holiday job: I worked on a call desk at LANmetrix which amongst other services, managed WAN connections for some major companies such as Barloworld. 

Education

Education
Nov 2012 - Nov 2012

Training

Psion

Training on developing Voice applications using Psion TekSpeech Emulation, which is a new tool part of Psion Dialog builder that allows developers to map HTML screens to Voice commands to be sent to devices. No coding is required; it's all configuration and wizards. 

Nov 2011 - Nov 2011

Course

Vocollect University

Introduction to developing Vocollect voice applications using Vocollect Voice Direct ERP for SAP, which is a tool for mapping SAP Console HTML screens to voice commands to be sent to devices. All HTML to voice commands mappings are coded XML.

Jun 2011 - Jun 2011

Course

Vocollect University

Course on developing Vocollect voice applications using Vocollect Voice Artisan, which is an Eclipse based development environment for developing Voice applications. All applications are coded in Python.

Feb 2011 - Feb 2011

Course

Vocollect University

Course on developing Vocollect (device) voice applications using Vocollect Task Builder. Vocollect Task Builder is a development environment for developing voice applications that run on the client/device. Applications are developed in a Vocollect proprietary language/methodology.

Feb 2011 - Feb 2011

Course

Vocollect University

Course on extending/customizing Vocollect Voice Direct, which is an existing Task (device voice application) that caters for most processes in a warehouse.

Sep 2010 - Sep 2010

Course

Vocollect University

Course on developing voice application with Vocollect VIO (Voice Interface Objects). Vocollect VIO is an API which allows Voice applications to be developed that are server driven. TCP/IP packets need to be intercepted, interpreted, and data to be formatted correctly before being sent back to the client. No client side application needs to be developed in a VIO implementation.  

Jul 2010 - Jul 2010

Course

Vocollect University

Course on the fundamentals of Vocollect Voice products and technologies; Vocollect devices, server/device software, how voice systems work etc.

Jul 2010 - Jul 2010

Course

Vocollect University

Course on providing technical sales support to Vocollect Voice prospects; describing the benefits  of voice to customers, helping customers understand how ROI (Return On Investment) can be achieved through a voice implementation, the basics of warehouse management.

Jul 2010 - Jul 2010

Course

Vocollect University

Course on implementing Vocollect Voice systems; configuring hardware, networks, software installations, troubleshooting, licensing etc.

Jan 2010 - Jan 2010

Training

Psion

Training on developing voice applications using Psion TekSpeech as middleware. Psion TekSpeech is a middleware server used for receiving and interpreting TCP/IP messages sent by Voice devices. Each message sent by a device is handled by a TekSpeech agent that needs to be developed in a .NET. The agent is then responsible for making the queries to a database and returning data to the device. Additionally, TekSpeech has API's for integrating into SAP systems using a combination IDOCs, RFCs and BAPIs.

TekSpeech comes bundled with tools such as Psion SPA (Speech Process Analyzer) for capturing timestamps from devices and generating graphs displaying worker performance. TekSpeech is part of of a suite of tools called Psion MIS (Mobile Integration Suite), which also includes TekConsole, TekConsole_SC and TekRF. These additional tools allow SAP screens to be emulated to devices via NarrowBand (or WiFi for that matter), as well as allowing for SAP transactions to be modified on TekRF/TekConsole.

Lastly, we have Psion Dialog Builder; our very own IDE for developing client/device side voice applications that produce Tasks (device voice applications) equivalent to that produced by Vocollect Task Builder.

Mar 2009 - Mar 2009

Training

Kaizania Agile

Training on using Scrum, XP and agile as software development methodology.

Mar 2009 - Mar 2009

Training

IT Intellect

Training on developing Windows Mobile application using the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework.

Feb 2003 - Nov 2006

National Diploma

Vaal University of Technology

·Communication Skills - 69%

·Computer Skills - 95% (PD)

·Electronics S1 - 61%

·Electronics S2 - 61%

·Electrical Engineering S1 - 52%

·Digital Systems S1 - 91% (PD)

·Digital Systems S2 - 80% (PD)

·Digital Systems S3 - Programming in Assembly Language - 74%

·Logic Design 3 - PLD programming in VHDL - 88% (PD)

·Programming 1 - Delphi (Console applications) - 61%

·Programming 2 - Delphi Introduction (Object Pascal) - 60%

·Programming 3 - Delphi Intermediate (Introduction to Databases) - 74%

·Projects 1 - 78% (PD)

·Mathematics S1 - 65%

·Mathematics S2 - 64%

·Mathematics S3 - 81% (PD)

·Design Project 3 - Thesis on Computer Protection and Security - 66%

·Networks 2 - 86% (PD)

·Networks 3 - 95% (PD)

·Operating Systems 3 - 72%

·Operational Research 3 - Quantitative Analysis for Management - 80% (PD)

·Systems Analysis 2 - 62%

·Database Principles 3 (SQL) - 87% (PD)

·Industrial Electronics 2 - 74%

·Software Engineering 3 - 82% (PD)

·Computer Practice (Internship) 1 - 84% (PD)

·Computer Practice (Internship) 2 - 80% (PD)  A "(PD)" indicates a Pass with Distinction.

Jan 1998 - Nov 2002

High School

Norkem Park High School

·English (SG)

·Afrikaans (HG)

·Mathematics (HG)

·General Science (SG)

·Electrical Theory (SG) - N3

·Technical Drawing (HG)

Interest

Achievements

  • Toad NUTS: developed an Android and web application for an organization called Toad NUTS that focus on the conservation of the endangered Western Leopard Toad (2015): http://www.toadnuts.com
  • Implemented the first TekSpeech Pro Client (speech engine) solution in South Africa (2015): Case study video: http://youtu.be/A0IKH9NwhNY . Also, currently the only TekSpeech certified developer in Africa.
  • Toastmasters - won an award for best public speaking (in the newcomers category) at a Toastmasters event, for an impromptu speech (2014).
  • Developed the Figlut Suite of applications, which is an out-of-the-box data capturing solution, that allows users of the Windows Desktop, Windows Mobile and Android applications to perform CRUD operations on a SQL server database, without requiring any coding. See video here: http://www.binarychef.com/community/Videos.aspx
  • Implemented half of the speech driven Warehouse Management solutions in the country and managed/supported 10 out of 11 of them (2010-2014)
  • Completed National Diploma in Computer Systems Engineer and averaging with a distinction across all subjects (2007)
  • Microsoft Project Firefly Cup Finalist (November 2006)
  • Vaal University of Technology - best Foundation Engineering Student for both modules - with distinctions (June 2003)
  • Turbo CAD student of the year - with distinction (December 2002)
  • Best Maths Student In the Standard (1998, 1999, 2000)
  • Second best Maths Student in the Standard (1997)
  • Best Maths and Art Student in the Standard (1994, 1995, 1996)
  • Kenpo Karate - won 2 gold medals at the South African Martial Arts championships (for musical and creative Kata) (1996). As well as several other medals at smaller regional championships. 
  • Kenpo Karate - Most achieving student of the year (1996)
  • Kenpo Karate -  class student of the year (1995)

Personality Traits & Qualities

  • Big picture kind of person: I always think about the big picture and don't get too bothered about petty discussions. I become demotivated when there is no long term goal/vision to strive for, and vice versa. For example, I often concern myself with the state of the company that I work for, or the industry that I'm in, even if it has nothing to do with my specific job.
  • Generalist: I enjoy trying my hands at multiple things.
  • Quality over quantity kind of person: have always prioritized quality over quantity, but due to external factors, sometimes this is just not possible e.g. budget constraints, difference of opinion with colleagues etc.
  • Presentation skills: I have been complimented in the past (by a manager) that apparently I'm very good at doing technical presentations.
  • Good teacher: I have been complimented in the past (by a manager) that apparently I am very good at taking a complex concept and explaining it in a very easy to understand manner. I particularly enjoy explaining concepts to people who ask for my help; such as to my non-technical customers.
  • Explicit & transparent communicator: I tend to be very explicit when I express myself and I always mean what I say and say what I mean.
  • Human nature: have always taken an interest in basic psychology and philosophy principles in order to understand human nature.
  • Aesthetics: have always appreciated good design and I think I have an eye for it.

Languages

  • English
  • Romanian
  • Afrikaans

References

References

Jean-Philippe Candel Durand

Motorola: Global Technical Director for Speech & Warehousing Solutions

Directly reported to Iean-Philippe for 1 and a half years.

Email: JEAN-PHILIPPE.CANDEL@zebra.com

Mobile: +33 61 489 4523 (based in France)

Michelle Hollis

Psion: Country Manager/Managing Director

Motorola: National Sales Manager

Directly reported to Michelle for 4 years.

Email: michelle@orcamobiledata.co.za

Mobile: 082 442 8960

Iqbal Ahmed

Psion : Financial manager 

Motorola: Operations Manager

Indirectly reported to Iqbal for 4 years.

Email: iqbal.ahmed@zebra.com

Mobile: 082 371 7420

Dusan Babich

Red Five Labs: CEO

Indirectly reported to Dusan for 1 and a half years.

Email: dusanb@devicemagic.com

Mobile: 082 461 0082

Mike Welham

Red Five Labs: CTO

Reported directly to Mike for a 1 and half years.

Email: mikew@devicemagic.com

Mobile: 082 881 3980

Craig Paterson

Agilisto: co-owner

Reported to Craig for 1 and half years.

Email: darksavant@gmail.com

Mobile: 082 377 3416

Armand du Plessis

Agilisto: co-owner

Reported to Armand for 1 and half years

Mobile: 082 555 9629