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Digital Innovations Global – Management Team Profiles

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David Dawkins – Founder and CEO

David Dawkins is the Founder and CEO of Digital Innovations Global, an Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, who started the company back in May 1994. David is 100% customer focused.

David specialises in architecting and translating digital strategy into business capabilities; leveraging against 26 years extensive experience designing on and off-premise Service-Orientated Architecture (SOA) for $10bn projects which have delivered for 20 million customers, over £156 billion of payment transactions annually. Using mid-range and legacy systems with virtual Microsoft desktop and server infrastructure, networks, databases, COTS applications including commercial and open source ERP and CRM cloud environments. David utilises a broad knowledge of IBM, SAP Sybase, Oracle, VMware, Java, software development and engineering, solution architecture, cloud computing (DevOps) and enterprise architecture.

David directs strategic platform design, providing the appropriate Cloud infrastructure vendor (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Platform) be adopted. Based on cost and compatible/available features for public, private, and hybrid cloud with IaaS, PaaS, SaaS incorporating auto-scaling, load balancing with real-time Hadoop data warehouse analytics (Big Data), taking advantage of significant benefits that the cloud offers. Benefits include increased efficiency, decreased expenses, instance scalability, elasticity, limitless compute and storage capacities with global reaches removing geographical barriers.

Product and Service Transition

David has extensive experience of product and service transition in complex, flat/hierarchical Banking, Financial Services, Insurance and Telecommunication organisations with a user base more than 50,000, understanding the complexities and processes of moving UNIX and Microsoft COTS application products and services from one supplier to another.

Having a deep understanding of the challenges and steps required to avoid additional costs and the hidden pitfalls of migrating on-premise infrastructure to the cloud, such as existing licencing arrangements, application compatibilities, current and supplier data format conversions, using implementation and security assessments.

Proactively identifying dependencies, policies and standards, assisting with on-demand testing to ensure and achieve viable, stable conceptual, logical and physical architectural solutions designs with end-user satisfaction.

Teamwork / Communication Skills

David can communicate at all levels using in-depth technical language to colleagues; using plain English to non-technical persons to explain complex transactional services IT solutions that all parties can understand and agree, preparing visual presentations and producing technical documents to deliver against project milestones.

Previous Digital Innovation Global Clients

As the Senior Cloud Infrastructure Architect for Digital Innovations Global, David has provided on-site consultancy for leading blue chip companies in the UK, mainland Europe, Asia and the USA.
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, IBM, DWP, Atos-Origin, Siemens, Computacenter Plc, British Telecom, DVLA, Fujitsu Services, IFDS International Financial Data Systems, Standard Bank Plc, Hewlett-Packard, T-Mobile, Vodafone, EDS, adidas, Viag Interkom, Warburg Dillon Read/UBS, Perot Systems, London Clearing House LCH Clearnet/SwapClear, Legal & General, Rank Group Plc, Aspect Telecom, National Rivers Authority, Oasis Holiday Villages (CenterParcs UK), London Electricity Plc, Sun Life Assurance, Royal Mail Parcel Force, Cornwall Council, Hudson Corporation, Shell, Chevron, Esso and BP.

David, involved with many successful high profile projects:

  • AWS IaaS data migration project for 25,000 IT systems for United Bank of Switzerland, used by 60,000 employees in 50 countries.
  • IT Infrastructure redesign for the British Telecom/Viag Interkom 60 million user telephone subscriber IT systems.
  • $25 million on-premise IT infrastructure relocation project from the adidas global headquarters in Germany.
  • $1.6 billion AWS private cloud web portal design, and implementation project for Vodafone, across 8 European countries.
  • £1 million DRaaS IT Infrastructure design and data migration project for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development trading environment.
  • $10 billion project involvement with delivering a private cloud-based, customer management, system for the UK government DWP Department of Work and Pensions.
  • £20 million UK Government project o re-engineer the UK driving licence on-premise IT systems.
  • £1 million project to consolidate 15 mission critical IT systems that run British Telecoms UK phone network.
  • £59 million virtualised project to develop a new UK government DWP Department of Work and Pensions Central Payments System.
  • $32 million IBM server redesign and virtualisation project to migrate/consolidate the primary production systems from three based Akzo-Nobel ICI datacentres.
  • Education / Commercial Experience

  • Devon and Cornwall Police Security Clearance Level 2 since July 2013 (CTC equivalent with occasional SC).
  • BPSS, CTC and SC Security Cleared, by Department for Transport, September 2005
  • Sybase Registered Support Plus, Sybase (UK), Maidenhead, Berkshire, 2001
  • City & Guilds of London Institute, Industrial Electronics & Electrical Engineering (BEng Equivalent), Southampton, 1981

  • Technical Skills

  • Methodologies
    ITIL, Siemens Chestra, DWP Life-cycle , TOGAF, STaT-RI / EITA, EDS SI&M, IBM WWPMM, IBM Global Services Method, Microsoft Operations Framework 4.0, Agile, Waterfall
  • Project Management
    Microsoft Project, Prince2
  • COTS CRM Packages
    SugarCRM/SuiteCRM, Peregrine, Clarify, Siebel, Dynamics (ERP / CRM)
  • Virtualisation
    VMware, Parallels, OVM Oracle Virtual Machine, IBM LPAR, IBM VIOS, Microsoft Hyper-V, SCCM, APP-V, Solaris Containers
  • Cloud Solutions
    AWS Amazon Web Services: CloudFront, Route 53, Elastic Beanstalk, CodeDeploy, EC2, RDS, SES,SQS, EMR, Kinesis, SWF, AppStream, WorkSpaces. Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Platform, RackSpace, OpenStack, Oracle Exadata X5-2, Apache Cloud Stack, Mongo DB (NoSQL document database), WordPress
  • HA Solutions
    SAP Sybase Replication Server 15.7, 12c, 11g RAC, 10g RAC Oracle Standby Database, SRDF Link, Veritas First Watch HA, IBM HACMP
  • Relational Databases
    IBM DB2, Oracle MySQL, Microsoft MS SQL 2005, 2008, 2014, SAP Sybase ASE 4.9 to 16, SAP Sybase Data Warehouse IQ, Oracle 12c, 11g, 10g, 9i, 8i, 7.3.4, 6, Oracle Engineered Solutions
  • Database Backup & Recovery
    MS SQL, SAP Sybase ASE4.9 to 16, Oracle MySQL, Oracle 12c, 11g, 10g, 9i, 8i, 7.3.4, 6
  • Performance Tuning
    MS SQL, SAP Sybase ASE4.9 to 16, Oracle MySQL, SAP Sybase Replication Server 15.7, Oracle 11g, 10g, 9i, 8i, 7.3.4
  • UNIX/LINUX Operating Systems
    HPUX 11i, Sun Solaris 2.0 to 11.2, OpenSolaris, SunOS, IBM AIX Power, CentOS 7, Redhat Enterprise Linux 7.1, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, Ubuntu Server 14.04, Amazon Linux AMI
  • Microsoft Operating Systems
    Microsoft Server 2003, 2008, 2012 R2, Microsoft DOS, Windows NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 1nd 10
  • Programming Languages
    UNIX ksh, sh, bash, expect, Perl, PL/SQL, SAP Sybase T-SQL Transact-SQL, PHP 5.7, C#, C++, VB, JSON, REST
  • Backup Software
    VERITAS Netbackup API, Legato, AWS Snapshots, EMC, SRDF, IBM TSM Tivoli Storage Manager, HP Systems Insight Manager, BMC SQL-Backtrack
  • Development Software
    Visual Studio 2010 and 2012, Microsoft Team Foundation Server
  • System Monitoring
    Tivoli, Nagios, Net Saint, Big Brother, Quest Spotlight, BMC Patrol/True Sight, SpiceWorks Asset Management, Oracle eAM Enterprise Asset Management. SolarWinds
  • Automation tools
    Puppet, Chef, Ansible Tower, Docker, Patch Management
  • Database Modelling
    Erwin, Power Designer 2000
  • Servers
    Oracle: ODA Oracle Database Appliance X5-2, IBM: RISC RS/6000, System p5 570 and 595, Sun: E25K, E4500, E6000, E6500, E10K
  • Storage
    SAN, NAS, EMC Symmetrix Storage (SRDF), A1000, RAID 0, 0+1, 5, Veritas Volume Manager, IBM: SVC, GPFS, DS8700, Oracle: ODA X5-2 150Tb.
  • Microsoft COTS Products
    Active Directory, Outlook, SharePoint , Exchange 365, WSUS, Exchange 2007, Office: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Visio
  • Networks
    VLAN, LAN, WAN, WIFI, TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, DHCP, DNS/Bind, LDAP, NIM, NFS, Cisco switches, Load-Balance Switches, Routers, Gateways
  • Security
    BS7799, ISO17799, Web Application Firewalls (WAF), Firewall Testing, Computer Forensics, Security Testing, Security Audits using GFI and Nessus, Sun SunScreen and PIX checkpoint Firewalls, Security Perimeter Vulnerability Scanning, Symantec ESM Security Compliance, CIS/DoD STIG Analysis, Infrastructure Security Hardening, Port Scanning, SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting (XSS), Remote File Inclusion (RFI), HTTP Parameter Pollution (HPP), Evasion Techniques
  • David's Latest CV Profile in Adobe PDF format, dated 21st Feb 2017

    David's Business vCard

    David Dawkins QR barcode

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    Chetan Kotecha – Co-Founder and MD

    Having worked with David previously, Chetan wanted to join a company that shares his core values; Professional, Dynamic, Efficient, Passionate, Expert and above all Integrity - Always providing clients honest advice, even if that means no business for Digital Innovations Global at that time.

    PSaaS - Pre-Sales as a Service

    Chetan is responsible for setting the overall direction of sales engineering activities, tools, and processes. Day-to-day operations include leading a team of Solutions Architects to provide comprehensive, detailed technical expertise (covering all aspects of pre-sales activities) for customers, partners and prospects to support consistent sales growth with a focus on Cloud Migration / hybrid on-premise / private solutions.

    Managing all aspects of the professional relationship with Channel customers and strategic partners.

    Provide technical leadership in customer meetings including preparing technical supporting materials; presenting and explaining product capabilities, features and benefits; demonstrating products, and developing solutions to meet customer requirements.

    Present complex technical topics and solutions to customers.

    Lead solution design sessions with the client to ensure the solution is fit for purpose.

    Lead and direct all phases of pre-sales activities from inception to quote including project delivery - Methodologies / Frameworks include (Prince 2, Agile, Waterfall, ITIL).

    Coordinate staffing of sales engineers to sales opportunities and managing requests for company additional resources.

    Primary owner of technical proposals, including RFI/RFP responses; analyze and understand the customer’s business problem and develop a plan that articulates the features and benefits of working with D.I.G as a solution provider.

    Digital Innovations Global - Special Forces

    Chetan is responsible for bringing together world-class IT consultants (Special Forces) to resolve the most challenging IT operational issues, leveraging against his vast network of world class Subject Matter Experts.

    Software Solutions – Focused on ‘Information Automation’

    Chetan is responsible for continuous development of our range of software solutions sold in over 50 countries around the globe. Leveraging against his ‘Trading’ and ‘Recruitment’ knowledge, Chetan oversees product development and sales for the ‘Foreign Exchange Multi -Currency Strength Meter’ and the ‘CV Analyser App’.

    Education / Commercial Experience

  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics 2:1 - The Nottingham Trent University
  • Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate
  • Diploma - Trading & Financial Market Analysis
  • APM Project Management - In Progress
  • Prince 2 - Practitioner - In Progress
  • Over 18 years technical and commercial knowledge stems from a diverse career in banking, insurance, telecommunications and manufacturing.

    Previous Clients
    Vertex Fusion, dsp Global, Fidelity Investments, BlueBay Investments, Permal Investments, SunGard, Softcat, Omnifone, Laing O’Rourke, Ladbrokes, Global Switch, Cisco, Attenda, British Telecom, The Garden Centre, Jersey Telecom, NCP, Anne Summers, IFPI Secretariat, NHS Trust, Gearbulk, Aspire Defense, Amplify Trading, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Churchill Insurance, iprox, Vizzavi (Vodafone), DST Innovis, Standard Life Investments, British Steel Stainless.

    Project Management
    Chetan has been involved/delivered high profile projects including Cash Transformation Programme, Claims Transformation Programme (Guidewire),
    Mobile Services – Vodafone Live (Vizzavi Portal), Database / Application Upgrades – (Banking, Insurance), Disaster Recovery Planning (RPO/RTO) and Execution – (Banking, Insurance), Hardware Provisioning (Banking, Insurance), Data Centre Migrations (Banking, Insurance) Methodologies / Frameworks include (Prince2, Agile, Waterfall, ITIL)

    Technical Specialist
    Technical Specialist in Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) based on Oracle High Availability (HA) technologies including Real Application Clusters (RAC), Oracle Data Guard, Oracle Versions (7 -> 12c) databases, Visualization - Oracle Virtual Machine, VMware for database consolidation, with a strong focus on Oracle Licence Management and optimization. (Servers) - Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Cluster Node, E25K, E4500, E6000, E6500, E10K, RS6000, DEC Alpha, Compaq, Fujitsu Siemens, Prime power 2000. HP Super Dome, RHEL Blades (Operating Systems) - Sun Solaris 2.9, 2.8, 2.6, AIX 4.3, Redhat & SUSE Linux, Open VMS 7.1, DOS, NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 (Cluster Software) - Grid Infrastructure Rel 2. Sun Cluster 2.2, 3.0, HA Oracle 8.1.6 (Disks) - EMC Storage (SRDF), A1000, RAID 0, 0+1, 5

    Chetan's Latest CV Profile in Adobe PDF format, dated 24 Jan 2017

    Chetan's Business vCard

    Chetan Kotecha QR barcode

    Contact us at Digital Innovations Global on +44 (0) 207 193 8246. Our offices are located at 72 Great Suffolk Street, London Bridge, SE1 0BL

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