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Theo Burden

Nickname: 'Theo'

Senior Trainer at Torque IT

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Stellenbosch South Africa

Theo is a reliable, loyal and committed person. He started as an Electronics Technician and subsequently attained a Diploma in Datametrics (Computer Science and Information Systems) followed by a BCom in Management Science (Information Systems and Business Economics). He has worked in various industries (Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Medical Aid Administration, Banking and Eskom) as developer, analyst and architect. During this he also delivered Training on various products, locally and internationally. International training was delivered on contract for Sun Microsystems on Service Oriented Architecture and Enterprise Application Integration systems.
Recently he also certified as an Oracle Implementation Specialist and Trainer, for which he delivered Weblogic and Business Process Management training.
He has a working knowledge of various programming languages including Java and has a conceptual understanding of Java Enterprise Edition as this is part of the Weblogic training. His best work was done in design, technical analysis and training.

Contact details

M: 0825713970

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Senior Trainer | Training | Torque IT
Johannesburg, South Africa | June 2013 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Training Oracle SOA, OSB, Weblogic, Glassfish, Java,

Principle Consultant | Bytes Technology Group
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2006 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

During this time Theo was busy with mentoring staff, championing and Project Managing the implementation of a cloud base collaboration system base on Sun Portal, Alfresco, Subversion and other Open Source software as part of a bigger Quality Assurance drive. Also during this time he was involved with International Training as a Sun Java CAPS instructor. This covered most of Europe, UK, Philippines, India, Moscow, Malta, Nigeria and Los Angelos. He has trained Sun staff and clients as a contractor to Sun. He also attended Train the Trainer courses at various times in his career. In between he was also involved in converting projects from ICAN to CAPS, implementing best practices and Training in South Africa. He passed his ICAN/CAPS Certification exam and is a certified CAPS and Glassfish trainer.

Preceding this Theo was involved with the development of EAI adapters and projects for SeeBeyond, ICAN 50 as well as pilot/proof of concept projects on ICAN 50 and Seebeyond 4.5.3. Before that he was involved in a Revenue Assurance project in the Telecom arena using Oracle (PL/SQL) and VB. He also supported Business Objects for 2 years as a technical consultant in the Business Intelligence arena. He was involved in the BI (MIS) arena working on OLTP and Datamart projects.

Principle Consultant | Bytes Systems Integration
2006 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Trainer | sun microsystems now oracle
International, India | 2004 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Previous Position(s)

Programmer | Siemens
1985 - 1997

ICT and Telecommunications

Educational history


Oracle Certification Program

2011 - present

1Z0-451 Oracle SOA Foundation Practitioner

University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika

1989 - 1997

BCom - Management Science, Info Systems



Computer Society of South Africa

Professional Member, 1988 - present


Dr. Petr Zemanek, Oracle University delivery manager for Africa. Former SUN Learning Services delivery manager for Eastern Europ

"Theo is a highly qualified training professional. He has deep detailed technical knowledge of many SW products (Advanced JAVA, SOA, ...), experience from multiple
international projects (where mentioned products have been implemented) and also unique skills that enable him efficiently train these complex products.

I have been working with Theo for approx 10 years. Theo delivered numerous trainings on behalf of SUN Learning Services and also several trainings for Oracle.
Customer feedback on trainings he delivered was always very positive, both on the technical and pedagogical side.

Besides technical and teaching skills, Theo can very efficiently deliver training for audiences with different background and coming from various multicultural environments.
Theo delivered training in many African and European countries, always with great customer feedback.

I has been a pleasure for me and for our customers to engage Theo as a professional instructor.
" - 2005

David Alderton, Oracle EMEA Sales Training Director,

"I have worked with Theo since 2004 when I was the EMEA Training Director for SeeBeyond Corporation and he was one of our leading external technical trainers working for Bytes. He provided nothing but the best level of support, delivering with great success some of the tougher training assignments across EMEA and always demonstrating great flexibility to focus on customer success. When I moved to Sun Microsystems in 2006, Theo continued as a highly valued technical trainer and continued this role when Oracle acquired Sun in 2009. If I were still running an EMEA technical training organization, Theo would be the first person I would be in contact with to help out" - 2005

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