Product owner/project manager with 5 years experience in a dev environment. Currently a Master's in Informatics student. Knowledgeable in e-learning, UX and multimedia.
ITSI Develops educational software used by primary and secondary schools. My day to day activities included generating content from various sources and publishing it in various formats (mainly Actionscript 3.0 Flash and HTML 5). I left this position to pursue an new opportunity within ITSI.
Due to the successful prototype of a digital publishing workflow I lead I was given the opportunity to create a new department at ITSI. As Head of Publishing I oversaw the conversion of more than 1500 PDFs to EPUB 3.0. International publishing houses such as Pearson and MacMillian was some of the clients myself and a team of 20 developers were able to assist. ITSI led the implementation of digital textbooks in schools and our customer base grew so did the need for a store. I acted as product owner for both the ITSI Store (https://store.it.si) and the ITSI Publisher Portal. This involved change management, acquiring product to sell, training and consultation as client facing activities. As product owner I also led the testing team as well as the new feature integration.
As the publishing Department at ITSI grew out of startup phase and into a successful business unit, selling more school level e-books than any other store in South Africa it was decided to move me to another department within ITSI. As Head of DevOps my main day to day tasks is the overseeing of more than 260 servers used by ITSI clients, ensuring stability and protection of our client data. The rollout of all services developedby ITSI also forms part of DevOps, and maintaining developer infrastructure relations is a critical part of my job. We make use of opensource technologies such as Gitlab and CI runners to deploy code written in Scale, NodeJS and Python to our Ubuntu servers. I am still new to this role and learning the ins and outs of devops, but my technical background helps me to get acquainted quickly.
Awarded the Employee of the Year award for my contribution during my role as Head of Publishing.