Growing up in a small town there was little to do and since I am not your ordinary jock-like guy, I quickly became board. Until one day, my father brought back a box with a screen. Not knowing what it is I quickly leaped at every chance I got to poke and prod this odd shaped thing that plugs into the wall like a toaster - I was 8.
After finding my way around a computer, I pushed myself on a daily basis. While my peers were socialising and enjoying time outside in the sun, I stayed in-front of the computer. By 16 I developed my very first website, after realising the power of development I kept on searching for new and improved ways to solve problems - both on and off screen.
While I started my career in the Media Industry working for Namibia's largest Media Company NMH (Namibia Media Holdings) I quickly climbed the corporate ladder to becoming the Digital Media Manager, making me the youngest manager in the group (at the time).
In my time as both a Graphic Designer and Programmer I have worked on numerous projects and with various clients, far too many to list on this website. So, in the interest of keeping things short I have formulated a list of projects which I feel best present my problem solving and development skills the best. Click on a link below for more information about the project.
The Namibia Trade Information Portal (NTIP) is an Online Portal which allows traders to search for important information, rules and regulations regarding the importing and exporting of goods in Namibia. After assisting with the conceptualisation and design of the NTIP, my next task was the development. While the website itself may seem rather straight-forward it has several advances CMS features integrated to streamline communication between the various Ministries and the public.
The project is currently not active online.Design, Front-End Development, & Custom CMS Development
In 2015 I developed a Firearms Tracking Tool for a local Arms & Ammunitions business. The main aim of this tracking tool is to track all firearms imported, exported, sold and destroyed by the company. Detailed records of serial numbers, permit details, owners, etc. needs to be kept and may be used by local authorities if required. Local authorities also use this information to track the number of firearms available in Namibia. Note: Due to security reasons no screenshots or links for this project is available.Custom Programming
Agra Limited was one of the first websites I developed while under iWits. While a large chunk of the website is used to inform the public about Agra as a company and all the products and services available at Agra, the Auctions sections main aim is to inform farmers about the latest auction dates and prices. I developed a custom solution which pulls data from the Agra Internal Auction Summaries Management Tool to the website, ensuring that the latest auction summaries are published on the website daily - providing farmers with the most up-to-date pricing.Custom Programming
While I was not the lead developer on the Waltons project, I was responsible for both the Technical Concept and Information Automation Planning. Both were aimed at the conceptualisation and planning of a solution which ensures that the full stock list and details (including pricing and images) are pushed from the Waltons Internal Stock Management Solution to the website. By doing this we could produce one of the first "click-and-collect" websites to hit Namibia.Conceptualisation & Problem Solving
When approached, Brits Audiology did not have a brand; they did not even have a logo. While under iWits, I designed the full CI for Brits Audiology includes but not limited to a logo, business cards, pull up banners, Facebook timeline, Website Design, and Website Development using the iWits Proprietary CMS.
Almost a year, after opening iWits, I took it upon myself to develop our brand. I provided in-house training to both my partner and our team, ensuring that they too understand and uphold to the iWits brand. In addition to this, iWits conceptualised and developed the iWits Proprietary CMS which upholds to IBM App Scan penetration testing. The main aim of the iWits Proprietary CMS is to provide our clients with an online CMS that is user friendly and quickly updates their online presences.
Getting the opportunity to develop a recipe site has been something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. So when Pasta Polana approached us I already knew what I wanted to do. From the start my aim was to improve the user experience of the site with a lot of small, but useful little tools. In addition I really wanted to focus on improving the delivery of recipes. To achieve this I turned to the wonderful world of Machine Learning, that would try and more accurately predict what a user would want, and supply recipes according to user needs.
The project was designed by Advantage Y&R.
An insight article can be found on LinkedIn.
With 12+ years in both Graphic Design and Development it is almost impossible to list (or find) all of the projects I have ever worked on throughout my career. So, here is a short list of "other" projects I have worked on in the past:
I developed the first Ohtlhaver & List Corporate websites while working at ProDG;
While at NMH I designed and conceptualised both Tourism Expo and Motorshow campaigns for the group;
I developed the very first online presence for Blood Transfusion Namibia which was sponsored by ProDG;
While at NMH I worked on a range of "special" projects which included, but was not limited to projects for:
While working at ProDG I assisted with the development on various MTC related projects.
During my time at NMH as Digital Media Manager (2012-2013) I lead a team of developers and managed to redevelop all three newspapers websites and made them completly mobile for the first time.
At ProDG I also worked on projects for Namibian Breweries, Hangana, Midgard, Air Namibia and many many more.
If you like what you see so far and think I can help you with your next project. Then get intouch with me so I can start solving the problems you didn't even know you have.
Thanks to amazing mentors, ample life experience, a great partner and a "can-do" attitude I've racked up quite a set of skills. The skills below are, however, the one's I am the most proud of and consider my top skills.
Those who know me would tell you that I love information, and the more automated that information can become the better the information. I've seen my fair share of "bad" information automation integration - and with the years I've worked on fixing and streamlining these failed processes.
Since realising need for automated information I've helped NMH automating content from the newspaper to the website. I also assisted in the automation planning to automate communication between Waltons POS and website.
While I have worked on a range of Custom Programmed Solutions, the one thing that remained true throughout was the need for both functional and technical specifications.
I have seen the dark-side of a project that was done without proper technical specifications and I have seen the light-side thereof.
When presented with the option, I always choose specifications. I strongly believe that the more detailed and exact the specifications, the more likely the project are to succeed and satisfy client needs.
There are many people who can create pretty things. There is an entire term dedicated to it - it's called art.
It is one thing to create something pretty it is an entirely different thing to create an appealing and user friendly online presence, louring visitors into an online presence.
All my designs are aimed to create the ultimate User Experience (UX) online, offering clients exactly what they need, when they need it and where they expect to find it - anticipating their needs before they realise what they are.
When first presented with the opportunity to manage a team, at NMH, I must admit I made several mistakes. Managing a team was not a skill that came naturally to me; however with determination and a lot of passion I managed to turn a flaw in my skill set to one of my greatest assets.
I strive to pull groups of programmers together to produce greatness, while I may be hard om my team in terms of standards, security and quality I only do it because I want to see not only the company succeed but also each and every team member individually.
I strongly believe that there is no "I" in team!
Even with years of experience in the Print Media Industry, there was one concept I could never wrap my head around. Advertising and marketing without any tracking, how does that work.
While working as the Digital Media Manager at NMH, I completed a course in South Africa specialising in Digital Advertising. After completing the course I took my development, data tracking and digital advertising skills and merged them into one product offering.
Today, I help iWits offer a specialised Digital Marketing & Advertising product in which we provide our clients with guaranteed results, by means of data tracking and reporting.
Data Analysis is not a skill that can (or should) stand on its own. My thrust for data is what has driven me towards success in each and everything that I do.
I believe that if you are able to collect, read, and interpret data you will not only succeed in your professional life, but your private life as well. Everything around us is based on data; it is merely how we process that data that differs.
The one thing that I love most about Data Analysis, is physically seeing the ideas and possibilities that could help improve business processes and procedures, not only streamlining production but resulting in profit increases.
I regularly write articles for the iWits Insight section. In which I share ideas, solutions or anything related to Digital. Below are the four latest articles I published on iWits.
I remember the days when the biggest, thing people wanted was access to more information. The Internet was the tool we were going to achieve it wit
Social media is widely used as a platform that enables customers to communicate with their desired brands. Most customers have been found to use so
A young mind is a fragile and developing mind, thus it is important that parents find the perfect balance not just in terms of their time their chi
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