Arcware Solutions Ltd

Arcware Solutions Limited (ARC) offers IT and business process outsourcing services. It has partnered with suppliers in South East Asia and manages the entire outsourcing process.

Testimonial from Ray Catindig, co-founder:

“Highly industrious and knowledgeable about the Technical landscape and, most importantly, maintains a high level of moral fiber.”

My Role as a co-founder

Project Manager and Technical Advisor, 2003 to 2007

My role in ARC is divided into several areas:

  • Project manager for client projects.
  • A manager for the company’s IT infrastructure.
  • A technical advisor when bidding for projects.

Most of my time is spent working with clients and clients to assess what a project involves. Together, we identify what are the business and technical requirements; select suitable suppliers; and provide specification documents.

Web Developer

I re-coded our original static website it for W3C standards compliance and accessibility using WCAG. The website was optimised, reducing average page sizes from 300k to under 120k. Technical skills important for the website project were:

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Apache
  • Linux
  • Knowledge of W3C standards
  • Knowledge of WCAG

The Centre for Filipinos

The Centre for Filipinos (CF) is a UK-based non-governmental organisation. It was set up to help Filipinos enrich the quality of their lives in the UK, and maintain their distinct and unique cultural identity.

My Role as a freelance

Consultant, May 2004 to Jan 2005

CF wanted to review its processes for managing information. It wanted to find out how it could improve knowledge sharing between staff and service users.

With the help of staff and other volunteers, I identified important areas where information could be shared more effectively. I also suggested how it could improve the current information management processes.

Web Developer, Mar 2003 to Jan 2008

I am on CF‘s management committee and have been volunteering my work for many years. In 2003 the Centre asked me to develop its website to help with community outreach work. Since it wanted the site to be as inclusive as possible, it was designed and coded with accessibility in mind.

Technical skills important for the website project were:

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Knowledge of W3C standards
  • Knowledge of WCAG

Travel Agency (name withheld)

This travel agency specialises in flights to South-East Asia. After being in business for several years, it found that its Microsoft Access database was no longer sufficient.

My Role as a freelance

Database developer, Apr 2004 to Jun 2004

This project required me to analyse the company’s existing Microsoft Access database; redesign a new model; install and set-up a MySQL database on the
company’s Apple OS X server.

Technical skills important for this role were:

  • Microsoft Access 2000
  • MySQL
  • UML
  • Apple OS X (Darwin)
  • Microsoft Windows 98 and XP

Web developer, Apr 2004 to Jun 2004

After migrating from Microsoft Access to MySQL, the company needed me to develop a web front-end for their new database. It is used by separate office locations over VPN as the company’s main application for CRM and sales transactions.

Technical skills important for this role were:

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Apache
  • Apple OS X (Darwin)
  • Knowledge of W3C standards
  • Knowledge of WCAG

Leading Mobile Operators (names withheld)

These companies rank among the world’s leading mobile operators.

My Role as a CMG consultant

Consultant, Advanced Mobile Solutions Team

As a consultant under CMG‘s Advanced Mobile Solutions team, I worked with several leading mobile operators. Only a brief summary of some projects are included to keep the details confidential.

Developer, Location Based Services for web and WAP

An operator developed a platform to collect information about a mobile user’s geographic location. It enabled innovative location based services over web and WAP browsers. I was part of a development and testing team adding new features to the platform.

Technical skills important for this project:

  • Java
  • XML
  • XHTML
  • CSS

Developer, Web-based Photo Album Application

I was part of a team to add new features to a web-based photo album for MMS photos.

Technical skills important for this project:

  • Java
  • HTML
  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • WAP
  • WML

Developer, Intranet Database

An operator needed a Knowledge Management Database for mobile device features. The application needed to publish its data as web pages on the company’s intranet. I designed and developed the database using Microsoft Access. VBA modules were used to output web pages.

Technical skills important for this project:

  • Microsoft Access
  • VBA
  • SQL
  • HTML
  • XHTML
  • CSS

CMG plc

CMG was large Anglo-Dutch IT services company providing management and IT consultancy. Its SMS Service Centre and WAP Service Broker was used by mobile operators around the world. CMG became LogicaCMG after a merger with Logica in 2002.

My Role as an employee

Consultant and Team Leader, Feb 2001 to Apr 2002

I was a consultant in CMG’s Advanced Mobile Solutions team, specialising in systems and software development for mobile services. CMG assigned me to a wide range of projects for mobile operators Orange, Vodafone and Hutchison 3G (known as ‘3’ in the UK). These included development and consulting-based work, either as a team leader or team member.

Summary of projects:

  • Involved in the development of an advanced Location Based Services engine. Solution is designed to track mobile users and pass location information to third-party applications.
  • Produced a wide range of technical studies, including investigation for a 3G Network Operator’s Application Enabling Platform.
  • Consultant for the development of a Knowledge Management tool to improve information sharing throughout the organisation.
  • Investigated cutting-edge technologies and their implications for next-generation mobile devices. Areas included Java MIDP and WAP 1.2 specifications such as the Wireless Identity Module and Wireless Telephony Application.
  • Responsible for WAP-over-GPRS technical feasibility studies for a Managed WAP Gateway.

Technical skills important for development projects were:

  • Java, J2ME, MIDP, KVM
  • XML
  • Apache
  • Tomcat
  • Microsoft Access
  • Visual Basic
  • VBA
  • SQL
  • HTML
  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • WAP
  • WML
  • Web development to W3C standards

ADVFN plc

ADVFN.com is one of the UK‘s leading financial investor websites, reaching over 35 million page impressions per month. It offers innovative tools over the web, mobile devices and interactive TV.

My Role as an employee

Systems Developer, May 2000 to Jan 2001

At ADVFN I was a New Media Developer and headed the development of WAP and interactive TV services.

Other tasks included:

  • Developing dynamic web pages using PHP and HTML.
  • Integrating our Sybase, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases with the front-end application.
  • Creating financial feed handling tools using C/C++ for back-end processes.
  • Direct contact with customers through Focus Group meetings and day-to-day support.

Achievements:

  • Developed ADVFN.com Interactive TV services in under four weeks; able to save the company over £60,000 and six months development time.
  • Created ADVFN.com Mobile Internet site using existing tools and Open Source Software; rapid development and low-cost saved further time and money.
  • Opened communications with Orange. This resulted in a major collaboration agreement.

Technical skills important for this role were:

  • PHP
  • HTML
  • WML
  • C and C++
  • Sybase, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Apache
  • VI text editor
  • CVS
  • Linux
  • Knowledge of Liberate platform for interactive TV