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Simon Hudson

Consulting CIO/CTO/IT Executive


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 23-09-1971 in Liverpool United Kingdom

I am a business leader and innovator in the IT industry with over 20 years' diverse experience in senior and executive management, software development, enterprise consulting a number of successful startup ventures.

With demonstrated successes in directing business transformation and delivering software development initiatives, I have a track record of bringing clarity and direction to strategic business decisions that enable immediate savings and assure future, profitable business growth.

With a legacy of delivering high-impact projects producing outstanding business results, coupled with proven strengths in setting business and IT strategy, large system development, and creating / leading cohesive teams for implementation along with significant experience in outsourcing and contract management, I understand business drivers and strategy and ensure that technology enables business to meet its goals and objectives.

Contact details

simon@provulo.com

O: +27 (0) 870 060 814


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Business Address

Fourways, Sandton, South Africa


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Current Position(s)

Founder/Chief Technology Officer | provulo
Sandton, South Africa | January 2015 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

provulo drives digital transformation through cloud-based services that help its customers design, optimise, automate, replace and take their business processes online in a cost-effective manner.

we modernise and transform manual, inefficient, people, pen & paper-intensive processes into streamlined, online based services, that our clients and their customers, suppliers and staff can use to work more effectively and productively, from anywhere, on any device, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

provulo assists organizations by improving the management and exchange of business information between systems and parties and by complimenting existing processes and financial and/or ERP platform investments

we make sure all the parties to your transactions can focus on the tasks at hand by providing dashboards, alerts and real-time status updates, with ready access to your entire transaction history via an online document store, that works with your existing staff information access protocals and talks to the systems you already have

provulo specialises in delivering performant, reliable and consistent services that simplify the collection, use, modification and retrieval of transactional data across business processes

with provulo you don't need to invest in additional hardware and software, there are no up-front development costs, you don't need additional staff and there is no per seat licensing; just our simple, predictable monthly pricing model


Previous Position(s)

Director | Africa | ECS
Sandton, South Africa | February 2014 - December 2014

ICT and Telecommunications

Responsible for service delivery, operations, new business development and strategic consulting services.

ECS was founded in 2008 and is a fast-growing UK-based technology company, delivering high quality IT services to FTSE 100 clients. The company has grown consistently and profitably year-on-year, with revenues reported for 2012 at GBP30m and forecasted to reach over GBP50m by the end of 2013. This fantastic growth has been achieved through sustainable principles and is based on a solid balance sheet with no debt.

ECS specializes in providing services in the following practices:

- End-user computing
- Data centre
- Network
- Security

Our services are underpinned by extensive capabilities in IT consultancy and programme delivery. We have built particular expertise with a differentiated offering in application remediation and Windows 7 migration. Our customers tell us they regard ECS as their long-term strategic partner, giving them access to the specialist skills they need to succeed.


Consulting CIO/CTO/IT Executive | Amalgam IT Partners
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2013 - January 2014

ICT and Telecommunications

Amalgam IT Partners offers the experience, wisdom and independent insight that a chief information /technology officer or IT director can bring to a SMME business, guided by the principle that although the owners of a business may not be able to afford or justify a full-time executive to develop their technology strategy and assist their business to grow, there is no reason why they should not have access to one at a reasonable rate if their business demands it.

Amalgam's seasoned strategic executives bring experience and exposure from both business and technology perspectives in the following industries/services:

- financial services
- interim executive services
- enterprise consulting
- government
- infrastructure architecture and operations
- outsourcing and operations
- vendor management
- software development
- advertising and marketing
- online gaming and payments

Amalgam IT Partners has ensured that The Board of Healthcare Funders, Afrovation, One SP, arulo, Central Buying Group, Teljoy, provulo and a host of other organisations have derived the maximum value possible from their IT investments.


Executive Head: Business Improvement & Group CIO | Indwe Risk Services
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2009 - 2012

Accounting, Banking and Finance

At Indwe Risk Services I play five primary roles: business strategist, IT strategist, IT functional leader, technology advocate, and change agent.

I am responsible for conceiving and executing the company-wide initiatives that will form the building blocks to launch Indwe into market leadership.


Consulting IT executive and Founder | Amalgam IT Partners
2007 - 2009

ICT and Telecommunications

Amalgam IT Partners offers the experience, wisdom and independent insight that a chief information /technology officer or IT director can bring to a SME business, guided by the principle that although the owners of a business may not be able to afford or justify a full-time executive to develop their technology strategy and assist their business to grow, there is no reason why they should not have access to one at a reasonable rate if their business demands it.

Amalgam IT Partners have ensured that Indwe Risk Services, Eduloan, Heinemann Publishers, The Board of Healthcare Funders, Biobox, Standard Bank (Beyond Payments), The Presidency of South Africa, South African Tourism, Fleet Street Publications, Eskom (Amos Laycock) and a host of other organisations, derived the maximum value possible from their IT investments.


Chief Information Officer (CIO) | Tradestream (RMB)
2007 - 2007

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Tradestream is an international trade management service provider - it processes and manages international trade transactions on behalf of its clients, with a specific focus on the retail sector, servicing 4 of the South African majors. The platform has trading, financial, treasury, logistics and regulatory functionality and is integrated with international trade service providers, such as banks and logistics companies, as well as with client systems and their trading partners to deliver an interactive, real time service.

As CIO and a member of the executive team, I was responsible for the Tradestream product roadmap, client management, contractual arrangements with respect to service level and delivery agreements, business analysis services, data warehouse services, and all aspects of the development of the Tradestream platform including but not restricted to operations, architecture, quality assurance and product management via the various group companies and investments.


Enterprise Consultant |
2004 - 2007

ICT and Telecommunications

Business Connexion as Principal Consultant: Technology (2006/01 – 2007/03) as enterprise strategy consultant, strategic architect and account executive to customers such as Edcon, Sasol and the South African Presidency.

Metsentia as Chief Technical Officer (2005/07 – 2006/05)

Standard Bank of South Africa as Senior Consultant: Strategic Technology Projects (2004/06 – 2005/06) for the determination of a near to middle term desktop software road map and licensing regime, including vendor negotiation with an initial total spend of over R200m.

I have also actively engaged in consulting to a number of other blue-chip South African companies such as KPMG South Africa, Amos Laycock for Eskom, Enviro-Fill and MunichRe, Digital Mall and Knowledge Factory

I also have a share holding and participate in an internet hosting service provider that has been successfully offering outsourced web, DNS, email and fully managed content hosting services since 2003.


Chief Operating Officer | WMC/Aqua Gaming
2002 - 2004

ICT and Telecommunications

WMC/Aqua Gaming operates as a management company, managing and marketing a top three online casino and group of related properties, providing 24/7 call centre and payment processing services.

• Tasked with setting up, managing and driving the SA and international operations. (Including: Finance, IT and development, Customer Loyalty, Data Analysis, System Development and daily operations).
• Initially tasked with reorganizing the process and performance of the company in order to stem losses of $500,000 per month and moving all of its operations from the United Kingdom to South Africa
• Subsequent to these initial requirements, the need to integrate and right size the operations of an additional company, which was purchased, arose. This operation was losing approximately $200k per month at the time of purchase.
• Overall responsibility for all matters with respect to technology and operations, including hardware and software platforms on 3 continents, in 5 countries.


Chief Technical Officer | clickStream/comitant
1998 - 2002

ICT and Telecommunications

The company is a software services provider focusing specifically on Internet Service Providers. I conceived and constructed the clickStream product (http://www.clickstream.co.za) and was instrumental in its adoption by the Internet Solution as their sole real-time website statistics provider.


Director (Various) | Rapid Blue Interactive
1998 - 2000

ICT and Telecommunications

• Primary tasks include research and development into and for the implementation of new technologies specifically within the internet/intranet and extranet environments.

• Invented and constructed a number of tools specifically targeted at the IP environment as well as a large number of internet (web) specific developments

• In addition, had primary production responsibility for all work delivered from within Rapid Blue/Y3k Interactive, as well as full time management, strategic steering of the company and people management aspects of the business.


IT Manager | Tool
1996 - 1997

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Responsible for IT strategy development, management of all information technology needs, project management and development solutions to meet client requirements as lead developer, consulting to the group as to their IT requirements and to clients from a technical perspective.


Support Developer | Wyrm Software
1994 - 1996

ICT and Telecommunications

Responsible for network, communications, operating system and hardware and software installations for 20+ offices distributed countrywide. Also performed software development and user training on a one to one and group basis

Educational history

Secondary

Jeppe High School for Boys, Johannesburg, South Africa (1989)

Tertiary

Financial Services Board (FSB)

Pretoria, South Africa | 2012 - 2012

FAIS Key Individual Category I, II, IIA, III & IV - Short Term Insurance

All key individuals who are responsible for managing and overseeing a business relating to the rendering of financial services for financial service providers in Category I, II, IIA, III and IV are required to write this examination.

University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2011 - 2011

Marketing Strategy Programme 2011 - Marketing/Strategy

Senior Management Development Programme

University of the Witwatersrand

1990 - 1994

B.Com - Information Systems

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