This month's Claritas Spotlight is on Head of Database Solutions at Claritas, Andy Tate.
Tell us about your role at Claritas
I 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 yourself
I 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!