After studying Engineering, my career in IT started in 1974 working as a test Engineer for GEC, during my 10 years with GEC I worked on a number of projects implementing major systems around Europe.
Leaving GEC in 1985 with two colleagues running a computer company supplying support to small businesses, in 1989 we were taken over by Aquix systems where I lead the development team & focused on implementing systems for controlling the ticketing and access to football stadiums and other major sporting venues around the UK (My fame on TV & Radio).
I left in 1993 to join Cash Card Systems to develop a pre-paid loyalty card system for the leisure & gaming industry.
After completing this work left in 1997 to form CTS, a Lincolnshire based business providing computer system Design & Support to companies within the county. I was successful in gaining several major clients which included, Westbay Distributors, The Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation and others.
In 2001 I was approached by Logica to work for them as an IT consultant based in the Netherlands where I have spent most of this time at Shell providing application support for their global IT systems in a variety of roles as Developer, Test & Support Engineer/Lead, System Implementer and Administrator.
QA & Testing
System development, Implementation and Support
System Administration, Integration & Change Management
Skilled in a variety of programming languages and platforms
2001 to date Logica (IT Consultant/Developer/Business Analyst)
1997 to 2001 CTS Systems (Developer/Analyst)
1993 to 1997 Cash Card Systems (Developer/Analyst)
1989 to 1993 Aquix Holdings (Developer/Team Leader)
1985 to 1988 Web Logic Systems (Developer)
1974 to 1985 GEC Computers (QA/Test Engineer)
Shell Information Technology - Global Functions
Oct 2010 - present
Application Development, Configuration Testing, Transitioning applications to support, Leading application support team, Focal point for Business and Vendors, Maintaining service levels, Performing security audits. Problem analysis (root cause), Incident & Change management,
System administration & monitoring.
Tools/Applications: Service Manager 7, MS Sharepoint, Nice Vision, ProWatch, Upside Contract, Compendia, MS-SQL, Oracle, VMware, Visual Studio, TFS, SSO, Visio, Nagios, SQL Server management studio, Toad
Dec 2012 - present
System administration (Windows/Unix)
Shell scripting: Bash, Python, Perl
Middleware: Business objects, Tibco
Software Development: Java, C#, VB .Net, Xcode
Internet: XML, HTML, ASP, PHP, CSS
Oracle 7 to 10g & Exadata, PL/SQL
I was contracted to develop for a private client a VPN solution for providing secure internet access to IPTV services and the provision of set top IPTV boxes to end users.
The job involved custom configuration of router firmware to support OpenVPN and remote access via SSH, Technical & User documentation, QA & Testing. Development also included providing Android OS based devices to function as Set top Media players on domestic TV sets.
Tools/Applications: OpenVPN, DD-WRT, SSH, Eclipse, Android SDK, ADB
Operating systems: Android
Languages: Linux Shell Script, Apache, PHP
Lincolnshire Independent Newspapers
Wednesday March 22, 2000
Microsoft – Dos, Windows 3 to 8, Server 2003, 2008,NT
Unix: BSD, AiX,Solaris, OS-X, Linux (Red Hat, Debian)
Energy & Utilities
I USED to say that old age and guile beats youth and fitness every time but I am a bit concerned that in recent times, my generation might have `lost the plot' and been found wanting in this ever changing world of modern technology.
In ten years time perhaps talking IT will take care of almost every need. Voice recognition and other very clever programs will take home or leisure pleasures and business by storm. But for the following ten years you can be assured of the best deal only if you keep up to speed with the modern technology, or sit close to a man who can understand and work it.
IT skills are a precious commodity these days for as fast as you catch up with the most recent revolution, a new era comes around the corner and you are off again on a new voyage of discovery.
In the near future, when you build a house, the so called `utilities' will include a central computer which conveniently takes care of the most tedious tasks, around the homestead. Yes; the pioneering `log cabin' of the future will be at the cutting edge of a new age frontier. In the future you will be able to turn on or off' send a letter; change the channel or order your stores, by speaking to the computer.
In the era just around the corner, many of we `traditionalists' could find life a little confusing unless we join in. Never mind about the techno stress and e-mail overload. None of that need affect you. In this modern era where the home computer is soon to become the best home help this world has ever seen, it would pay each and every one of us to learn a little of IT which will make life very much easier.
Being a comparative newcomer to computer technology, I have been slower than most - to pick it up, but, like all converts I tend now to be a bit over-enthusiastic about the subject. Happily, my saving grace is the fact that I am still not sure about some of the technical terminology and jargon. I just treat the computer like a car. Get in there - drive it from A to B and when I have been and seen and done, I come back to base and switch off. The vast majority of us only need to be able to do that. How good are your navigational skills? There is a course near you. Go for it.
How to operate in Mike's domain
COMPUTER programmers love technology and will resort to hours of research in an effort to find the answer to your computer problems.
Mike Wilson is a problem solver with modern technology at his fingertips - A problem solver who has set his mind to a variety of exotic problem and puzzles. With his expertise and considerable programming skills, Mike has held gangs of wild football hooligans at bay and devised programs for conception and creation. Not bad for a lad from St Albans, you might muse! But there is much more.
Mike was actually born in Corydon, in 1954 but his family moved to St Albans when he was just five years old. He attended local schools before studying at Marshalswick Boys' where his best and most favored subjects were the sciences. Determined to pursue a creative career Mike progressed to college in Welwyn Garden City where he studied electrical engineering.
Electrics and radio have always been subjects of interest. Mike obtained his amateur radio licence when he was just 15 years old and having completed his HND course in electrical and mechanical engineering went on to work for GEC at Boreham Wood where he took a post in the computer development and testing department.
"It was interesting." Mike told me. "Much of the work was on controls for aircraft - Jaguar and Nimrod aircraft including flight simulator and guidance systems.
Out in the `field' Mike was installing computer systems for the GPO and also for post office services throughout Europe. Having traveled all over the continent Mike learned to resilient and resourceful. But after ten years `in transit’ in 1983, he and a couple of colleagues decided to go into business for themselves. At this time the computer and PC business was blooming and they opened a retail outlet in Luton, selling and installing computers.
“It was pretty busy.” Mike told me. “Business was good and we were developing programs to suit all kinds of businesses. We devised programs which suited their exact requirements.”
Then came a notorious day when Luton Town played host to Milwall and to say that there was `trouble at mill’ would be an understatement.
In the aftermath of the worst crowd trouble seen for many a year, there were cries for all kinds of controls. The FA were analyzing various methods of controlling who went into football grounds to watch the match and even the Prime Minister had plans to revolutionise the watching of football in this country with a series of tough measures including compulsory identity cards for anyone going to a match and a ban on all fans of away teams, even in local derbies. There were also proposals to ban alcohol at football matches. The whole of Britain was appalled by what happened and the public expected stringent action to stamp out the violence in football.
The FA crack down on soccer's hooligans, caused a stir. Some of the proposed measures were seen as an infringement of liberty and the recommendation that offenders should be banned for life was seen as being difficult to implement, but the FA hoped to get round that by making the carrying of identity cards compulsory for all supporters.
Several companies claimed to have proved to the FA that it was possible to start a card system for 500,000 members and to keep a tight curb on it. Luton Town were one of the first clubs to have such a system installed but the company responsible for the installation had tried in vain to make their system work.
A couple of days before the first match of the new season. Mike received a call. 'HELP' - Can you make the system work'? Whilst the club chairmen flew home for crisis meetings, Mike set about the computer program and much to the relief of everyone concerned. he was able program the computer correctly and make the system work.
The eyes of the world were on the system and a `celebrity hooligan appeared on the front page of a national newspaper showing the card which his aunt had bought to get him into the most peaceful UK football ground. However - in the manner of all sub-normal characters, the idiot held up his card for the front page photograph which allowed Mike to scan the bar code and program his exclusion. When the guileless galoot came to the turnstile the bells rang out loud and clear and the cops towed the troublemaker away.
Mike’s program worked perfectly. So much so that he came to live in Horsington, and went to work with the Lincoln based company, installing the card-swipe system at football clubs and sporting arenas throughout the UK. Norwich, Everton, Everton, Leeds, Dundee, Derby and Scunthorpe were amongst the clubs which adopted Mike's system. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, Cadburys and several top London hotels were keen to install the system which was seen to have other benefits in addition to exclusion of the unauthorised gatecrasher. Tickets and takings could also be monitored and the system could also be monitored and the system could be used to detect fraud against the firm or club. World-wide implications and developments took Mike as far afield as Korea. By the end of 1993, Mike decided to go it alone, supplying individuals and business with computer equipment and programs, tailored to their needs. He also saw the need for support services for those businesses which were not yet comfortable nor converted to computers or the World Wide Web. After a couple of years the fledgling CTS company had grown too big for the family home and moved into premises in Horncaatle’s, South Street. There is a shortage of people with IT skills in this area.” Mike told me. “People are still not aware of the potential of modern computers - and its not only in business terms where a computer can be helpful. For example. We have customers who are unable to type or communicate, because of a disability, but with the computer and voice recognition systems which are now available, they can dictate and send their letters, talk to their bank or order their provisions.
This is beneficial in many ways not only for people with a disability; Busy mums can employ the computer to good effect and keep up with the children at the same time. Once you get into it, the computer can be a labour saving device which gives you more free time."
Mike's programming skills are helpful to many local people but his passion for programming has had far wider implications. For example he devised a program to help people who want to know, when is the best time to conceive, which can work in the opposite way of course, since the program will tell when you are not likely to conceive, If you are in search of either option, log on to CTS for the program.
There is much more to Mike Wilson than `meets the eye' on this page and sadly the rest - His television mast acrobatics; dramatic rescue of radio Caroline DJ's and various charity projects will have to be wait until another occasion.
Any clues for youngsters coming into the computer business today? I asked.
"Yes." Mike said. "Lateral thinking is a clue to problem solving and if you are intent on going into business, find something a little bit different - some component or service which can be useful to people - which will help them in some way and you will not only succeed but get a ;great deal of satisfaction out of your work."
Good advice and a great pleasure to lean on the wise words of an expert
Lincolnshire Independent Newspapers
Wednesday March 22, 2000