This month's Claritas Spotlight is on Head of Database Solutions at Claritas, Andy Tate.
Tell us about your role at ClaritasI run the database solutions team and develop the operational processes that the department follows.
I also manage a number of Claritas internal systems.
How long have you been at Claritas?10 years 3 months. I started July 2006 after being made redundant by one of Claritas' customers. I was then approached by Claritas employee, Wes Rowland, and asked if I would come to work for Claritas.
What prior experience do you have?I have 32 years experience in Information Technology. My previous job was to ensure the day to day running of all the company servers. I was also the only software developer and wrote the original identichip website and database solution.
I have written various applications in my career, in a number of languages eg. rpgII, Cobol, informix 4gl, coldfusion, and C#.
What would a normal day consist of?
- Ensuring Claritas internal systems and Client hosted applications are running
- Providing support to internal users on various applications eg. Paperchase, Sharepoint, Team Foundation Server
- Writing database solutions for clients
- Providing support to the technical team for database / application issues
Why is your role so important to Claritas’ customers?
Most applications these days connect to a database; if the database is not available or has performance issues, the client is going to have performance problems with their applications. This leads to end users having a negative experience of the application.
What’s your favourite part of your job?The best thing about my job is that every day is different and I love diagnosing problems and coming up with the correct solution.
Tell us a couple of quirky facts about yourselfI ran the London Marathon when I was 18.
For me, everything has to be black or white, there can be no grey areas!
What 3 things would you take with you if you were spending a year stranded on a desert island and why?
- A hammock to sleep on as I would hate to be on the ground with all those pests. This can also be re-purposed as a fishing net or a bag for carrying things
- A book on survival - Hopefully this would enable me to learn how to survive for 12 months
- Sun cream - I wouldn't want to get sunburn on my tropical island!