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Chief Architect, applying modern software paradigms to regulated finance.
Utilizing his specialist knowledge honed from over a decade of experience, Damien has created API-first, event driven and scalable solutions which solve the complex problems of modernizing traditional financial systems. Bringing a wide range of both technical and leadership skills, Damien leads by example and brings Agility and transformative communication to his teams.
|May 2020 - Present
|Rebase / Embed
|Chief Architect (Consultant)
|Jan 2020 - May 2020
|Jun 2019 - Jan 2020
|Bluebike / Duty of Care
|Nov 2018 - May 2019
|May 2018 - Nov 2018
|Chief Technology Officer
|Feb 2018 - May 2018
|Feb 2016 - Feb 2018
|Third Party Trade
|Oct 2015 - Feb 2016
|Lynx IT / Tabcorp
|May 2013 - Oct 2015
|Chief Technology Officer (Consultant)
|Feb 2013 - Oct 2015
|Oct 2012 - Feb 2013
|Jan 2012 - Oct 2012
|Apr 2011 - Dec 2011
|World Vision Australia
|Feb 2011 - Apr 2011
|Integration & Field Programmer
|Jul 2009 - Feb 2011
|Project Support Developer
Embed has created modern, developer-focussed APIs and portals which enable businesses to create innovative investing experiences within traditional financial systems. As chief architect, I am responsible for techology decisions and API design.
Navigating a complex regulatory environment, Embed successfully launched its clearing product to market on-schedule; while maintaining a developer-led focus.
ANZx is a project to build a new modern bank within the ANZ's traditional bank brand and infrastructure. As a chapter lead within the 'Fabric' team, I was responsible for the adapter layers between legacy bank platforms and the new applications.
Nearmap provides aerial imagery to customers through in-house map browsers, and integrations with GIS software. Their WMS server is a legacy application which adapts the standard map tile API to an open WMS standard. To add native support for GDA2020, and to assist in migrating to a new map tiles service, major changes were required in the legacy WMS server.
Due to split focus in a relatively small team, I was given full code ownership of these changes. I achieved the goal by wrapping legacy services with a new Go layer as an adapter for incoming and outgoing requests, and progressively replaced functions in the legacy codebase until there was none left, with no disruption to customer flow, allowing for the future release of GDA2020 and other new workflow features.
ECAL is an online calendar marketing platform. As CTO, I began a team and technology transformation from a quagmire of tech-debt into a planned and 'clean' micro-services architecture.
Third Party Trade is an API-First online securities brokerage. As chief architect , I designed and built a quality, modern API, aggregating various 'industry standard' (read: legacy) systems into a single, radically simplified interface.
Customers of Third Party Trade were able to add financial trading functionality to their applications in a matter of weeks, using the services we developed, up until its acquisition by Square Inc. My architecture is now used to power Square's 'Cash App' Investing platform.
I was brought on to design and code APIs that would support new gambling platforms for Lynx IT's largest client - TabCorp.
The unique requirements of the project required innovative solutions to meet emerging standards within the highly regulated Australian gambling industry.
Examples of innovative approaches to meet project requirements included:
In addition to this new API providing extend functionality and improved reliability, it had to remain backwards-compatible with the existing website.
A key part of my role at Lynx IT was to design, build and maintain the development and production environments, across multiple platforms.
Regulatory constraints necessitated the use of different platforms for different aspects of the project, using both AWS and various Private Regulated Networks.
I was responsible for building a continuous delivery pipeline, designing and delivering Git workflows, as well as implementing automated testing.
Employed by by Sapient to redevelop their Medical Practice Management software using modern technologies and techniques.
This project required integration with the technically outdated and under supported Medicare Australia Client Adaptor.
Forming a partnership between my own company (Rebase) and Sapient, we crafted a business model that developed a public API to address the various limitations with the Medicare Client Adaptor.
Sapient's API makes medical billing integration easy for developers and businesses. The API:
Rebase had been my 'side business' since 2008. In 2013, with support from Smart Matter as my first of many steady clients, I was able to take the risk and build my own company and hire developers.
Rebase successfully delivered a wide range of solutions which continue to run today, including bespoke ERP systems, BMS integrations, and the Claiming.com.au API which spun off into its own startup company, Sapient.
Smart Matter (formerly Greenbox) are an ‘Internet of Things’ energy and resource management company who build intelligence gathering hardware and software which can be installed in homes and businesses to manage and optimise energy usage. Smart Matter specialise in Solar Systems, and provide end-user web portals for energy retailers.
I was contracted by Smart Matter to build all front-end components of customer portals, working with styling and designs from agencies, and building APIs to import data from Smart Matter hardware and databases.
Outside of developing software, I was contracted to formalise the team’s Agile process, and implemented a ScrumBan-like approach with rotating scrum masters, daily stand-ups, and fortnightly iterations. Most importantly, this process had a positive impact on our customer relationships and improved developer morale.
Some of the Portals I have developed include:
All portals are in active use by tens of thousands of end clients each day
Based on the success of this work, Smart Matter have been contracted to develop customised energy management portals and applications for several other large customers.
SpecialistLink is an Australian based cloud provider of Health Practice management software, automating and streamlining the entire Healthcare value chain. SpecialistLink’s ‘HealthKit’ application provides diary management, secure patient record storage, online payments processing, and health-fund claim processing.
Leading a small team, my role was to transform and rebuild SpecialistLink’s existing application into a global offering that could meet the needs of practitioners around the world.
Introduced the Scrum-Agile project management methodology, combined with Jira and Greenhopper software. The new project management methodology increased productivity on the project by highlighting bottlenecks in the work-flow.
Developed a secure software platform that processed Medicare claims, provided complete medical practice management functionalities and was readily scalable and adaptable to be launched in any global market
This involved the design of a flexible data model which allowed users of the system to customize the application to work with their regionalized requirements
Web Standards Development:
Responding to a lack of clearly defined development standards in the team, I worked with management to design a ‘best practices’ framework that covered design, development, testing, deployment and content management. Redeveloped a number of websites
Urban Intelligence builds and installs AV and automation solutions for residential and commercial clients. I was hired as a Dynalite specialist to program non-standard requirements in assembly code, and build custom interfaces into building management systems, way-finding installations and a touch-screen cafe table to allow customers to order from the table.
Lightmoves are a specialist lighting design, control and installation company, specializing in complex ‘Dynalite’ products. The company was looking for a software solution to track customer quotes, proposals and projects by consolidating various computer-based and off-system processes.
The solution was a fully customized, hosted CRM and ERP application, based on open-source libraries and languages.