GRIFFIN ASSOCIATES of Deal, Kent. Consultant Director and Artemis IT Solutions on the Costa Del Sol, Spain

I now undertake consultancy roles in my specialist areas inc. Windows XP/2000/2003 networking and infrastructure design and security and with partner organisations inc. The Wheelbarrow Group, am available for other ad-hoc work including hardware supply and installation.

We are authorised Microsoft OEM System Builders and authorised distributors for CafeSuite - professional cyber cafe management software in Spain. We're also responsible for Spain for Artemis Remote Data Solutions.

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Projects undertaken recently have included the following:

  • Upgrade of infrastructure and hardware inc. installation of Deep Freeze and CafeSuite in a popular cyber-cafe in Spain.

 • Project managing a server room move for Ove Arup of 60+ servers to purpose built server room in their new offices.

• Project managed a change of warehousing and associated business process procedures for P&O Ferries

 • Undertaken a community radio station including wireless links for local firms and free Internet access for disadvantaged members of the community.

   • Web-site design and publishing for local firms inc. Charleigh's Restaurant (Mediterranean cusine), Charleigh's Recruitment (catering industry) and Kaelle Ltd (specialist pharmaceutical industry project management).

You may be interested in my earlier work, so detailed below, you'll find a CV of those various roles over the past 15 years.

1999- Jan 2001 NATIONAL CANCER CHARITY IT Manager.

• Installation of 2MB leased line Internet connection giving web browsing and external email facilities to 500+ users. This included writing suitable policies and procedures.

• Re-processed the Help Desk and a 15-strong technical team functions to offer help to users in Regional and locally based Appeals offices as well as introducing “out of hours” coverage for critical systems utilising HEAT software.

• Planned and project managed all aspects of the IT and communications needs following the move to the new HQ building for 150 people including a transition from Token Ring topology to 100Mb structured cable Ethernet LAN with downtime of only one working day.

• Project managed a transition from NT4 to W2K on 30+ servers and 500+ desktop/laptops inc. upgrades of all hardware around the UK.

• Project managed an upgrade to the AS/400 infrastructure to deliver a 40% improvement in response times to finance users

• Planned and implemented a structured training process for all IT applications for the entire organisation

• Planned, documented and tested a full off-site Disaster Recovery process for all aspects of the IT and communications as part of the overall business continuity planning

• Managed the move from an Approach based Fundraising system to one based on fully replicated Notes databases giving improved reporting and management control to Appeals and Regional offices.

• Managed a budget of in excess of £2 million per annum

1997- 1999 SHEARMAN & STERLING – US LAW FIRM NETWORK MANAGER EUROPE Ran the European IS operation for this leading firm of US lawyers covering 4 offices in London (European head office), Paris, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf and reporting to the IPS Director in New York was responsible for a 10 person infrastructure team in the various offices.

• Controlled the 9 month phased move from a DOS/Windows 3.11 based environment to a fully routed and switched networked infrastructure around Europe, inc. new Frame Relay based WAN with TCP/IP and IPX traffic, Notes email and databases, MS Office and NT application servers for a total of 500 users.

• Oversaw infrastructure planning and design consultant appointment for move to new offices.

• Hired and trained four additional staff members to undertake systems administrator roles in each office.

• Managed IS budget for Europe in excess of US$2 million per year.

• Implemented secure extranet giving clients and partners access to appropriate information resources via dial-up and VPN.

• Designed and implemented a move from NT domains to Novell Netware 5 NDS throughout Europe releasing significant resources.

• Planned initial stages of MS Exchange rollout for intra-firm and client communications.

1993- 1997 MISHCON DE REYA – SOLICITORS IT MANAGER Managed a team of five support staff.

• Responsible for specifying, managing the tenders process and implementing a twin-backbone multi-server Novell Netware SFTIII environment totalling over 190 workstations and 30 printers. This was successfully rolled out over a period of 3 months with all staff being given access to the network. All users additionally have access to e-mail, diary and scheduling applications and word-processing.

• Project Managed the installation of and cutover to a new Unix based accounting system, now utilised by all fee-earners via a Windows front-end for time-recording and billing purposes and by support staff for enquiry/reporting functions.

• Implemented a further expansion to the network system to move to Category 5 UTP flood-wiring and intelligent switches/hubs to allow for the introduction of a full document management system (to include automatic input, retrieval and archiving) and multi-media/video conferencing applications, with further plans for a structured move to 100MB access for specialised work-groups.

• Successfully implemented a number of Lotus Notes NT servers and clients utilised as the basis for a firm-wide knowledge-base for cross-departmental/discipline work and for technical support/problem resolution.

• Installed and supported a Lotus Notes Domino web server to allow access to the Internet and to run an internal Intranet encompassing human resources, legal precedents etc.

• Setup and configured a Sparc-station based 64k-Kilostream full Internet feed with firewall security which is utilised by a number of partners and fee-earners within the firm as well as the Library.

• Oversaw the rollout to selected senior partners of a computer based voice-dictation system.

• Designed and implemented a new 8 seat multi-media training room for in-house seminars and computer based training.

1989 - 1993 SOLITAIRE SYSTEMS LIMITED Network Manager

• Installed, configured and supported a wide area network for a large public company running Novell Netware v3.11 and supporting nearly 150 users.

• Set up seven email sites around the country on behalf of Hays Distribution plc with over 400 users running cc:Router with directory propagation etc. which are utilised to board-room level.

• Implemented and supported Internet access for a large Dover-based public shipping company ensuring connections between their various sites in the UK and Chile to allow ships manifest details to be automatically routed between sites allowing instantaneous updates to their stock control and shipping movement systems.

SKILL SET Have specialised in Novell Netware from ELS II to v6 both in LAN and WAN environments and now Microsoft W2K and XP. Client software utilised includes OS/2, Windows, Windows/NT and Windows9x and XP. Extensive experience in LAN management packages including Novell Managewise and Intel LANDESK Manager. Extensive experience in configuring and installing LAN/WAN gateways over high-speed modem, ISDN and Kilostream links using Spider/Cisco routers, 3COM Netbuilder and Newport Systems LAN2LAN/64 systems to enable connections for various purposes inc. DEC/VAX, IBM AS/400 and RS/6000 and Unix mini access.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Lecturer at local Adult Education Centre in Information Technology. Reviewer for pcLan trade magazine. On-going involvement in Microsoft beta testing programmes. Implemented and documented in-house ISO9000/BS5750 procedures.