ABOUT WILLOW SOFTWARE
I took a year out from the 9 to 5 to stay at home and look after my baby daughter. This gave me the time to think about what I wanted out of life, so tried my luck at becoming an IT consultant, running under my own steam and at my own pace.
I setup a website, put an advert in the local paper and decided to call my company "Willow Software" (named after a lovely tree that resides in my parents garden)
As of 2018 onwards, I am now associated with theCollective.je - A fantastic group of creative people based in the UK and Jersey, with many amazing talents and I am proud to be part of the revolution.
MY MISSION STATEMENT
MY WORK EXPERIENCE
Banking & Finance
I started my career at Barclays Bank after leaving secondary school, spending over six years from cashier, phone support, Personal banker, then managed to move to IT as I liked helping the IT team out and they could see I was more useful working with them.
UBS AG, the Swiss private bank, I spent another 5+ years there, I did an awful lot of day to day IT stuff and was on call to fix any issues that came up over night. Used and learnt about OpenVMS servers and scripted in DCL (Digital command Language) Also dabbled in a bit of COBOL.
Pure Software Development
I spent my time there developing JSP (Java server pages) based commerical client sites, converting Perl scripts to PHP scripts and setting up and configuring Red Hat Linux servers.
Internet & Network Security
I like the security side of IT, so took a gamble and moved to Evolution. Pretty much had a ball learning about the security side of IT (pretty important these days!) I was involved in client PCI compliance, developed an app in PHP/Ajax/mysql to control Nessus scans and write reports. Plenty of Pen testing, Symantec reporting and maintained the in-house secure email hosting cluster.
When there, I temporarily moved to an associated company called Fortress Managed Services and was involved in developing a pretty cutting edge global portal.
I spent a few years (on and off) working for feelunique.com, maintaining their custom built system, which included warehouse apps, stock, reporting, analytics, product feeds as well as the actual website viewable to the public.
Go check them out if you want to buy cosmetics, they have great brands and great prices!
While doing projects for clients through Willow Software, I have just added to my overall experience. I've also been involved in Agile project management, team based KANBAN and SCRUM.