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Technology & Enterprise Architecture

I consider myself to be foremost a technologist, but not a technology for the sake of it, but the application of technology to solve genuine problems.  The centre of my technical skillset is around Integration technologies both on-premises and cloud primarily using Oracle and Red Hat. But as many will know, middleware and PaaS (Platform as a Service) has become the software foundation stone for enabling innovation or should I say Digital these days.

The application of Technology in my professional life is informed by the use of Enterprise Architecture practices – such perspectives help to ensure that particularly on large transformational initiatives you can trace the business needs and decisions through to specific technical decisions.  This isn’t documentation for the sake of it, but enough to communicate well thought out strategies, to enable effective communication and continuity of understanding within an organisation and not create the case that everyone becomes dependent on me.

I believe there is value in knowledge, and it should be made to enable others. This leads me elegantly to why I blog, written books as well as act as technical reviewer of texts.

This also means I like to get out present, and hear other people’s stories. The more situations you discover, the more ideas can be adopted to be reusable, and therefore worth sharing. So I am currently pretty active with the UK Oracle User Group – reviewing submissions for the user group journal – Oracle Scene.  Plus actively engaging in the Middleware Special Interest Group and event committees.

With this emphasis on enabling others with an Oracle focus, has lead to being recognized as an Oracle Ace.

My professional profile can be found at http://linkedin.mp3monster.org

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Personal View

When not engrossed in technology then my life is dominated by two thing – my family and music.  My love of photography, cycling & motor sport also get the occasional lookin. So my blog, twitter stream etc get peppered with the bits and pieces from these passions.

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Where Did MP3Monster Come From?

It’s origins started as joke in the late 90s. A friend introduced me to MP3s (still fairly new at the time) and thought his double digit MB collection was substantial and warranted bragging rights (back then we measured disk sizes in 100s MB and compressing at 128bit meant albums didn’t use up too much space so a CDR could hold atleast a dozen albums.

Even in those days I had a large music collection, and proceeded to rip a lot of it to MP3 so that I could then take good chunks of my collection with me to work or when I traveled.  As the ripping progressed and I started buying CDRs in bulk, the collection was more than once described as ‘monsterous’ in size, which became MP3 Monster.

Last bit, came from the fact that the monster bit and the fact I was for while just ripping non-stop conjured the image of cookie monster from Sesame Street. But CDs instead of cookies. That lead to the adapted logo.

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The Cookie Monster inspired logo

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MP3Monster in the study with a fraction of the collection

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. I’ve been going back and fixing/replacing the broken links 🙂

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  2. Been through and fixed

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