James Valentine

Solutions Architect

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ABOUT ME
ABOUT ME

ABOUT ME


Career

Solutions Architect

Languages

English, German


Hobbies

Travel, Tango, Boating, Piano

Availability

Contract basis


When not working, thinking about work or planning my next departure into entrepreneurialism you'll find me dancing tango with my partner Kelly in London and all over Europe, sailing, jetskiing and navigating our narrowboat through the canals of England.


WHAT CAN I DO

Solutions Architecture

I extract business requirements and communicate effectively with your technical team to deliver solutions. For smaller enterprises, I'm used to dealing with much of the implementation through my network of advisers and technical experts. I'm also trusted to rescue companies from a broad range of technical and IT-business issues when the need arises.

Fractional CTO

When workload and budget don't measure up to requiring full-time input, I am often trusted to challenge the board when it comes to the direction that their client-facing IT products are taking.

AWS Cloud and Linux Systems Administration

I have never lost my technical touch. I'm confident in the design and implementation of scalable cloud solutions. It helps that I'm a Linux systems administrator with more than 10 years of experience of fresh server setup and hardening, migrations, backups, automation and monitoring. My skills extend into DevOps, allowing me to design and manage the whole software development and deployment pipeline and bring your developers up to speed in distributed revision control, testing and finally CI/CD techniques.

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

Senior Consultant - Brandon Cross Technologies

2019 to present

2019

I'm part of the team at Brandon Cross which performs essential requirements gathering and business analysis, feeding into the high-level strategy for the design, development and deployment of new systems. I take special interest in the engagement of business users, making sure that their needs are fed into the objectives underpinning the development process.

Chief Technology Officer - Universal Mobile Enterprises

2010 to 2019

2010

As CTO I have overseen rapid growth in UME, culminating in the recent sale of the business to a Frankfurt-listed competitor (Bloomberg) in July 2017. In this role I:

  • Shape the high-level technology strategy.
  • Take responsibility for all procurement, infrastructure selection and the management of key third-party relationships (primarily with external consultants).
  • Continually modernise the company's software development, testing and deployment processes.
  • Lead internal and client-facing application development, providing hands-on management
  • Play a key leadership role within the business, driving all technology-related aspects of growth with the senior management team at board level.
Founder - Kohera Limited

2004 to present

2004

Kohera is my own consultancy - the company I work outside of IR35 through. It's also how I structure my work with contractors and business associates to provide novel technical solutions to business problems. Kohera is much more than the sum of its parts and is becoming a familiar name in the industries we've worked in.

The name comes from the Esperanto word for 'coherent' - a value which has always been at the heart of how I engage with my clients and associates.


EDUCATION

The University of Exeter

2002-2005

2002

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (hons.) Exon.


SKILLS

My broad experience of organisations at various stages of development has endowed me with a growing range of skills ranging from the highly technical to the business-orientated.

Cloud
75%
Strategy
100%
BI
65%
People
75%
PHP
65%
CONTACT
CONTACT

 

CONTACT ME


Phone (int)

+44 7971 287041

E-mail

jvalentine@kohera.co.uk

Phone (UK)

08458 689024

LinkedIn

/in/jdvalentine/


I am particularly interested in conversations around Enterprise Architecture and organisational design challenges which have a technical element, for example, an impact on implementation of a software product.

I am actively seeking satisfying projects and longer roles where my experience can be brought to bear.

Please get in touch.


 

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