What is your role at Xtravirt?
I’m responsible for managing and delivering Xtravirt’s Technical Pre-Sales effort for our customers and partners, providing scoping and support services to aid the delivery of successful projects as well as developing our partner capabilities.
What attracted you to Xtravirt?
The reputation and the ‘leading-edge’ technology areas were the first attraction really. It wasn’t long before I realised the commitment to excellence in all areas which is ultimately underpinned by each person working here.
What makes Xtravirt great?
The drive to deliver excellence in each and every project. This drive is in the people, from the highly skilled, revered and constantly developing consultants to the all the other supporting business teams and functions. There is a real team feel and the ethos of being able to achieve more than should be possible. Getting more from less and punching above the weight are things that spring to mind.
What industries would you say you know well?
Leisure, retail and hospitality.
Functional or technical skills
Software defined technologies particularly in End User Compute, I was a Citrix Consultant for a number of years. General IT infrastructure, particularly Microsoft and VMware server virtualization, understanding technical procedure and process as well as the ‘building’ and maintenance of a solution. ITIL methodology and helpdesk processes. PCI and security compliance. Customer service.
What makes a great Technical Pre-Sales Consultant
Having a good knowledge and understanding of the technology coupled with a commercial eye and a ‘can do’ and flexible attitude. Willing to go the extra mile to meet project deadlines and milestones.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
I still get excited by the technology, so for me working with the latest industry leading technologies is great. Also learning from the consulting practice and the feeling of ‘winning’ and delivering successful projects.
Solution architecture and solution delivery in EUC and infrastructure projects.
People would be surprised to hear that I worked as…
A trolley pusher at ASDA, loved it!
Vauxhall Nova (with a broken exhaust)
I have lived/worked in the following cities
London, Los Angeles, and New York.
Charities, causes, or institutions I support
Cancer Research, NSPCC, Dogs Trust and any other animal welfare causes, Shelter, MIND / mental health charities and vulnerable people, anything that helps support our older generation.
Running, gym, golf. Watching sports, football, golf and cricket are my favourite to attend. Music gigs, and guitar.
Immediately prior to joining Xtravirt I worked self employed as a technical consultant coming off the back of a 2 year Citrix and MS server refresh project for a leading vehicle leasing company. Before this I have held roles ranging from IT & infrastructure support, field engineer through to 3rd line specialist, IT Manager and technical consultant across leisure, retail, real estate and hospitality industries. I was a consultant for an IT services firm for 2 years also delivering projects in sectors including Financial, manufacturing, local government & healthcare.