André is an ICT Engineer with 40+ years of practical- and managerial experience with demonstrated knowledge in Data Centre design, business management, Information Communication Technologies, policies-, processes- and procedures scripting, technical authoring, tender response writing, and project management.

Career highlights ~ 2003 - present


2018 - present

  • Authored 'A handbook of contemporary interview arts'
  • Authored 'Document Management Best Practices'
  • Authored 'The iOS Protocol - A practical approach to Data Centre optimisation'
  • Authored 'Business Reference Architecture'
  • Authored 'Business Management Handbook'
  • Major update to 'The Book on Next Generation Data Centres ~ 9th edition'

2017

  • Authored 'Enterprise Architecture Framework'
  • Authored 'Operating Procedures (SOPs) Framework'
  • Authored 'Project Management Framework'
  • Major update to 'The Book on Next Generation Data Centres ~ 8th edition'

2016

  • Started The Helicon Association (www.thehelicon.co.za)
  • Compiled the technical- and financial response for the Eskom and Johannesburg City Council Security System tenders (on behalf of CSS Security)
  • Compiled the technical- and financial response for Umgeni Water (Pietermaritzburg) Data Centre Tender (on behalf of Plessey)
  • Authored 'Data Centre Operations Framework'

2013 - 2015

He contracted to Cannon Technologies as Technical Manager of the Cannon Technologies Africa subsidiary.

Consultation, infrastructure design and bid preparation for Venema Advies' proposed co-location TierIV compliant Data Centre in Agbara (Nigeria), four phases, each consiting of 170 racks.

Implemented an intelligent Class 1 power monitoring and metering system for Standard Bank at their Tier IV Data Centre in Samrand.

Infrastructure design and bid preparation (technical, legal and commercial), and managed the construction project for the Stanbic Bank Data Centre in Accra, Ghana.

Infrastructure design and bid preparation (technical, legal and commercial), and managed the construction project for the Umgeni Water (Pinetown) Data Centre.

2007 - 2012

Joined Business Connexion in the role of Principle Pre-sales Support Specialist. Additionally conducted training for, and mentored 14 interns for the Business Connexion Communications division.

2006

Spearheaded a project for the roll-out of 18 data centres for the South African Police Services and the roll-out of 118 EnviroRac MkIVs for the Department of Justice.

2003 - 2005

Was approached by Mr Terry Kelly, CEO of Datanet, to assist with their pre-sales effort (contractual). He also designed the EnviroRac MkIV, a Data Centre in a rack (up to 4), complete with 18,000Btu integrated cooling, redundent power, fire detection & suppression, and security; the rear door plenum; the in-rack air handling system; and the Modrac POW with integrated power distribution.

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