• Antony B
  • IT Consultant
  • Last/current workplace: Class Financial Systems
  • 46 years old from Sydney, NSW

Introduction

Accomplished international IT executive and technically proficient leader, with a track record of improving business productivity through the delivery of innovative solutions in multi-site and multi-national environments. Passionate technology evangelist with proven ability to transform IT departments by championing breakthrough ideas, motivating staff and embracing automation. Particular focus on providing standardised, centralised solutions that leverage cloud computing to lower costs, reduce complexity and improve agility. Extensive experience in operating and delivering SaaS solutions that service a global customer base. Interested in the following positions: CIO, IT Director, Head of IT.

Employment History

  • Class Financial Systems

    • Jan 2013 - Current
    Class Financial Systems, Sydney, Australia Chief Information Officer (CIO) Class is Australia's market leading software as a service (SAAS) solution for SMSF administration. • Departmental budget responsibility (several million); operational responsibility for the production environment; technical leadership; advisory role to the board; and involvement in strategic planning • Reporting to the CEO; Responsible for the IT Service Management division; 4 direct reports • Managed Global SaaS Platform: Class's cloud offering supports thousands of users, 70,000+ funds and billions of dollars of Funds Under Management (FUM) across multiple countries. • Outsourced Data Centre Operations: Migrated an internally operated data centre supporting thousands of clients, to a cloud-based vendor in anticipation of significant growth, reducing the burden of daily operations, and allowing the ITSM team to focus on adding value to the business without increasing the head count. • Significantly Automated Key Services: Introduced Configuration Management Tools (SaltStack) which reduced the time to build new environments from weeks to days and which cut the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) specified in the Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) from 24 hours to 15 minutes. • Sharded Main Production Database: Split the main production database from 750+ GB into multiple databases over the course of several weeks without unscheduled downtime. This reduced the risk of catastrophic failure, removed capacity constraints and improved operational processes (e.g. the backup window decreased from 9 hours to 1 hour).
  • Red Bull Australia

    • Jan 2006 - Dec 2012
    Red Bull Australia, Sydney, Australia Technical Services Manager for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa Red Bull is a $4.5 billion dollar company and the world's No. 1 energy drink. • Managed Significant Regional Growth: expanded the IT footprint from 5 to 23 countries including challenging locations such as Iran, Kuwait and Nigeria. • Drastically Reduced Implementation Costs: slashed cost of site deployment from $125K to $35K, which encouraged expansion into new markets and improved financial control and communication within the region. • IT Strategy and Execution: instrumental in defining and executing the new strategic direction that improved productivity by expanding services to new markets, reduced implementation costs, and established the APMEA IT Division as a Centre of Innovation. • Established Shared Services Model: standardised and centralised regional infrastructure, which simplified and hastened deployments, removed duplication, cut operational costs and achieved economies of scale. • Lead Cloud Computing Initiative: overcame strong resistance to successfully introduce a regional development environment with an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) partner (Amazon Web Services), dramatically reducing deployment times and capital expenditure, and more closely aligning provisioned capacity with actual demand.
  • Ticketek Australia

    • Jan 2003 - Dec 2005
    Ticketek Australia, Sydney, Australia National Network Manager for Australia and New Zealand Australia's leading ticketing partner to the sports and live entertainment industry. • Established an international MPLS network connecting all sites, venues and ticketing facilities through an outsourced partner (Telstra), thereby reducing complexity and allowing networking staff to be redeployed. • Transitioned server operations to a third party environment (Hostworks), which increased operational stability, simplified the subsequent office move and improved capacity planning through clearly defined variable costs.
  • Loud Technologies

    • Jan 1998 - Jan 2004
    Loud Technologies, Sydney, Australia Founder and Technical Director A software development company servicing Blue Chip clients in various industries. • Developed AAP's editorial software system, providing content to the SMH and NineMSN. • Created Macquarie Banks' Loan Application System, handling tens of millions of dollars in loans.

Skills

  • Information Technology (IT) Skills

Education History

  • Australian Graduate School of Management

    • Jan 2009 - Jan 2013
    Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), Sydney, Australia. Master of Business Administration, Executive (MBA Exec), Distinction Average.
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    Macquarie University

    • Jan 1993 - Jan 1997
    Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Bachelor of Economics - Accounting.