Pieter Lourens is an IT Leader specialising in information technology. His primary experience is in the financial sector (since 1999) mostly spent in the insurance industry. Pieter worked at multinational organisations servicing large corporates and implementing enterprise systems. These global enterprises contributed to a solid cross-cultural and best practice experience.
Pieter has a broad and in-depth knowledge of information systems and their technologies, combined with leadership and management competencies; Pieter is a change agent specialising in the application of information technology to improve organisational effectiveness and efficiency.
He received a MSc in Information Systems Management from the Roehampton University, BCom in Business Informatics from UNISA, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from Heriot Watt University. He completed various higher education certificates and courses from UNISA, GIBS, University of Oxford, and Stanford University. He earned professional certificates including ZCE, ISTQB® CTFL, OCP Developer, OCP DBA, OCUP™, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, PRINCE2®, ITILv3®, and M_o_R®.
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Strengths (by Mintzberg Roles)
Styles: Transformational, Situational, Servant
Strategy: SWOT, PESTAL, VRIO, Balanced Scorecard, Value Chain, SISP (using SAM), McKinsey 7S
Service Techniques: Asset Management, SDLC, Incident Management, BCP, DR, Service Desk
Project Methodologies: Agile, Waterfall, Spiral, PRINCE2, XP
Project Techniques: Budgeting, Procurement, Scoping (incl. CPM, PERT, EVA), Quality Management, Risk Management, Stakeholder Analysis, Facilitation, Estimation (incl. COCOMO)
Integration: Flat File, CORBA, SOAP/XSD/WSDL, JSoN, Open/Public API
Databases: Oracle, Ms SQL, MySQL, IBM DB2, PostgreSQL, Access
Hardware/Networks: Windows Server/Desktop, Linux, Oracle Solaris, IBM iOS, TCP/IP, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP/FTPS, GSM, SSH, POP, IMAP, SMTP, PPP
Pieter manages information systems implementation and innovation projects, enabling the company to grow their customer base and at the same time extend the business capabilities. The effort extends to the improvement of project management practices, standards, and better integration with functional divisions.
Q LINK , the largest transactional switch in Africa, has automated the ability to implement rules and smart processes for high volume deductions ensuring, amongst others, compliance and an improved success rate of such deductions.
Pieter is the founder and general manager of the business, structuring and leading the business.
ISTec is an IT consulting and development firm, specialising in online information systems. ISTec´s major customers are DHI and NextEra.
DHI is a transnational organisation, specialising in hydrology. ISTec contributes to the South African Water Affairs project, developing a Geographic Management Information System. ISTec also assists in sizing the needed infrastructure, servicing a nationally distributed system.
NextEra is a local telecommunication business, consulting and advising on telecommunication best practices and cost-savings. ISTec advises and helps the business to implement the needed platform architecture. ISTec also consults and assists the business to develop a Telecommunications Management Information System, using an XP methodology.
Andrew Pott, Executive Director
Pieter manages IT applications deployment and takes responsibility for the overall management of small projects in relation to release management & technical integration, and assist with larger scale projects. The role also extends to procurement, input to new business propositions, investigation of new products and technologies, and business contingency; both internally and externally to the organization.
SSP is a transnational corporation, specialising in short-term insurance information systems. SSP´s customers are served through hosting, maintenance, development, and complete managed services.
Rhys Collins, Head of Operations
David Wills, Account Manager
Ian Frew, CIO
Russell Brett, Enterprise Architect
Pieter consults customers and internal divisions to understand their information systems needs better, responding with proposed solutions. When approved, solutions are designed and handed over for development. Pieter also contributes to larger scale bidding processes, responding to the technical parts of tenders.
CSC is a transnational corporation with over 70,000 staff in over 70 countries. CSC provides IT services and professional services to a broad range of industries. Pieter operates in the insurance division.
Pieter is a member of the Research and Development (RnD) team, developing innovative solutions. Pieter developed the initiatives using embedded development to auto-detect electronic capabilities of a GSM modem and integrating an SMS gateway with an exchange server to send SMSs from Ms Outlook. Visual Basic and MS SQL are the default programming languages utilised.
LEAF International Communications is a medium-sized telecommunications and engineering company. In partnership with MTN, LEAF developed new innovative products.
Conrad Leigh, Managing Director
Pieter is a software programmer, part of a 30 member software development team. The project team develop an employee benefits system using Graphtalk and an Oracle DB. Pieter programs business models and processes using the Object Orientated language (OOP) and an Object Relational Model (ORM), persisting data to an object database.
IntelX Solutions is a small start-up business comprising of IT professionals, selling their expertise to Computer Science Corporation (CSC).
Pieter managed a citrus farm, harvesting bananas all year round. Operations comprised of personnel management, maintaining equipment, procurement, and improvement of operations and facilities.
LouPrins is a close corporation owning a 24-hectare farm, employing 15 staff members.
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2015 - Negotiations (Professional Course)
2015 - Leading Innovation (Professional Course)
2014 - Politics (Course, FHEQ 4)
2014 - Globalization (Course, FHEQ 4)
2014 - Financial Management (Professional Course - 70%)
2014 - Accounting (Professional Course - 83%)
2014 - Project Management (Professional Course - 77%)
“I highly recommend Pieter as an extremely knowledgeable IT specialist. While working with DHI Pieter applied himself diligently to the tasks required of him. Pieter was always willing to share his knowledge with the rest of the team, and was always willing to take on difficult technical challenges.”
“Pieter is a very clever individual who researches the subject matter thoroughly before embarking on implementing change. He successfully completed a number of development projects at SSP prior to moving to the role of infrastructure manager, He has a broad understanding of IT in general which he can apply to any given role. He also has a great sense of humour!”
“In early 2009 Pieter was seconded from South Africa to complete a critical delivery component of our project based in Melbourne Australia.
Pieter´s dedication to the task at hand coupled with his skills and ability to grasp the issues at hand were a pivotal component in meeting our deliveries.
In addition to being an invaluable asset through his time on the project. Pieter has continued to make himself available for international discussions sharing his knowledge and experiences as and when needed.”
“Pieter was sent over from South Africa as an expert in his field to assist us to deliver our strategic initiative. From the moment he arrived we had clarity and started to see rapid, dependable delivery with pragmatic approach and advise. I can´t recommend Pieter highly enough.”
“The combination of Pieter's deep technical knowledge combined with his persistence and determination to resolve complex problems and exceed the client's expectations makes him one of the best technologists I have had the pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.”
“Pete is a brilliant developer and analyst, would recommend him to anyone!”