I have always been innovative and a little ahead of my time, where I have seen the potential of technology.
My journey has taken me down many paths where I have gained a wealth of experience, some of which you can read about below.
I initially started out as an accountant in 1970 through to 1984.
The accounting industry relied on computer bureaus as the cost of owning a computer was initially prohibitive, plus the space required to house a mainframe.
As technology advanced the cost of computers decreased making it affordable for accountants to own a computer.
At a cost of $65,000 plus you could buy a DEC PDP-11/23 plus the cost of the software.
The market changed as accountants then became the Bureau for processing clients accounts receivables/payables plus payrolls.
It was during this time my involvement shifted from accounting to software development, as the software I was using needed some improvements.
My desire for a better accounting system led to my involvement as a contract software developer for a firm called ‘BCL’ who provided accounting software for most of the Chartered Accountants in New Zealand.
One of the projects I led was the development of a module for GST as New Zealand prepared for this new indirect method of collecting a tax.
Many years later I find that the software is still in use today.
The arrival of the IBM XT computer was to change the face of computing and the direction I would head in
In 1986 PSI launched a PC clone onto the market for a cost of $5,500 slashing $9,500 off the IBM XT cost.
As people saw the opportunity for a quick dollar, the market became saturated.
After PSI, I became interested in the fledgeling Internet industry at a time when people doubted the webs viability.
Simon Weller shared my same vision, so it wasn’t long before we formed NZServers to cater for this emerging market.
I also have a broad range of skills with most Microsoft products, Corel Draw Products, versioning systems and numerous other products.
1975 – 1982