Rob Thatcher has substantial experience helping organisations to build effective technical operations, support, and delivery teams, and design and operate effective IT architectures. With Director-level experience in the financial services sector, his focus is on building high availability and high performance environments in on-premise deployments, hosted private cloud environments, and public cloud services.

Co-founder at Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd, he is focussed on enhancing technical operations teams and architectures, and helping organisations adopt good practices for building and operating software systems: Continuous Delivery, DevOps, aspects of ITIL, and software operability.

Detailed Profile:

Rob Thatcher has worked in IT since the mid 1990′s, taking on roles in technical operations, systems support, network engineering, project management, team management through to board level as IT Director of a Financial Services company in the City of London.

Co-founder and Principal Consultant at Skelton Thatcher Consulting (http://skeltonthatcher.com/), he has considerable experience of deployment, management and support projects in the financial services and logistics sectors with technologies including Solaris, Linux, Microsoft, Cisco and Juniper networking. He has also designed, project managed, and overseen the building of several financial trading floors in the City of London along with associated data-centre and market connectivity.

He has built technical operations teams comprising offshore, UK and European staff for on-premise, public, and private hosted cloud environments (AWS and Azure). Rob has led teams combining IT staff across multiple disciplines for managing electronic trading platforms, virtual and physical infrastructure, VPN services, LAN, WAN and Campus networks, along with cloud-hosted systems in AWS, Rackspace, and Telemaxx.

Before moving to the City, he spent time working in a range of IT, and supporting roles in 24/7 technical operations teams on IBM SP2 (aix), AS/400, CICS and Mainframe, to teaching IT skills, and mentoring in the workplace.




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