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Allen Versfeld

Senior Technology Consultant


Born in Durban South Africa

Have worked as network engineer, maintaining WAN and LAN infrastructure while providing front line support to end users and operating email and proxy servers.
Systems administration for over 60 Local Government clients, with focus on maintaining their financial databases, and supporting their users

Contact details

M: +27833065075


Web presence

Business Address

Faerie Glen, Pretoria, South Africa


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Urban Astronomer website

in Urban Astronomer

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Current Position(s)

Owner, Publisher, Writer | Urban Astronomer
Pretoria, South Africa | 2009 - present

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Writing bulk of content, soliciting guest posts, editing, publishing and administrating the popular astronomy website Urban Astronomer.


Technology Consultant | Business Connexion
2004 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Started as unix administrator, supporting Natural/Adabas based municipal finance product. Role included telephonic support to client's technical staff, maintaining client server's to standard set by SLA, resolving general unix issues (Mostly Solaris or Linux) plus monitoring Adabas backups. Roll out product releases, travelled a lot to municipal clients across South Africa.
Later, moved to Development to work on next generation of the product. Gravitated towards server administration, creating and supporting environments for java development team on VMWare ESX servers. Some exposure to Java, JavaCAPS. Supporting glassfish, Linux (Redhat, CentOS), Oracle, IngreSQL, MS SQL Server, homegrown backups (shell scripts, NFS).


Previous Position(s)

Network Administrator | Wandata
1998 - 2004

ICT and Telecommunications

Installation and manitenance of IT infrastructure. Started as 1st level support for ISP clients, and technical assistant to server administrator. Later promoted to fulltime network and server admin, responsible for all technology - dial-up RAS, email, web hosting, DNS provisioning, WAN infrastructure etc, as well as internal tech support for other companies in the group.
Migrated all ISP systems to Linux and FreeBSD servers, supported backend infrastructure behind province-wide pager system.
Throughout, I provided frontline telephonic support to ISP clients.


Technician | Interactive Data Solutions
1997 - 1998

ICT and Telecommunications

Pietermaritzburg
- PC repairs and support
- Building new PC's to customer requirements
- Customer support (dead PC, can't install software, etc)


Technician | Unisys
1996 - 1996

ICT and Telecommunications

Pietermaritzburg
- Various short term contracts, including assisting with province-wide roll-out of
new IT infrastructure for Standard Bank of South Africa, and race-day support for

Educational history

Secondary

Alexandra High School, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (1994)

Tertiary

University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika

2009 - 2015

BSc General - Computer Science, Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics

Achievements

Academic Achievements

ASSA Scholarship | 2011

Granted an undergraduate scholarship by the Astronomical Society of South Africa

Activities

Memberships

Astronomical Society of South Africa

Section Director: Astrophotography, 2009 - present

Member of the Pretoria centre of the Astronomical Society of South Africa

Other Activities

Chess

Casual player, January 1984 - present

I've been a recreational chess player since I was 6 years old. I've never taken it seriously, or become very good, but I'm always up for a game

Astronomy

Amateur, 1983 - present

Passionate amateur astronomer

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