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'm confident in the design and implementation of scalable cloud solutions, particularly involving AWS infrastructure and with spend exceeding £100k annually. I extract business requirements and communicate effectively with your in-house or outsourced team to deliver solutions into development, staging and finally production environments. For new projects, I can provide full-stack implementation through my network of development teams and subject matter experts all of whom have worked with me on prior projects, allowing us to hit the ground running.

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.

Linux Systems Administration

I have never lost my technical touch. 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, so I can design and manage the whole software development and deployment pipeline and bring your developers up to speed in distributed revision control, testing and CI/CD techniques.

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

Founder Exec Member - 4i Forum

2020 to present

2020

The 4i Forum seeks to disrupt modern business practice by delivering high-impact interventions at senior management and board level. Through a dialogic session we call a "Thought Forum", we help business leaders challenge themselves and their organisations by asking themselves the difficult questions. By thinking creatively about the internal and external environment, new strategies can be formed, and, with 4i's expert team of industry specialists, peer-learning and best practice are always within reach.

Senior Consultant - Brandon Cross Technologies

2019 to present

2019

Requirements gathering and business analysis feeding into a large-scale review of the legacy ERP system of a major UK Contract Electronics Manufacturer. This lead to UI/UX workshops and a comprehensive report into replacement options. The proof of concept of our recommendation, a NodeJS server and client-side implementation, is ongoing. I have advisory involvement currently, on a contract basis.

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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