David Norfolk was working in the Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University in the 1970s, when he discovered that computers could deliver misleading answers, even when programmed by very clever people. His ongoing interest in getting computers to deliver useful automation culminated in his joining Bloor in 2007 and taking on the development brief.
Development here refers to developing automated business outcomes, not just coding. It also covers the processes behind automation and the people issues associated with implementing it. He sees organisational maturity as a prerequisite for implementing effective (measured) process automation and ITIL as a useful framework for automated service delivery. He also looks after Collaboration and Business Process Management for Bloor, and takes a lively interest in the reinvention of the Mainframe as an Enterprise Server.
David has an honours degree in Chemistry, a graduate qualification in Computing, and is a Chartered IT Professional. He has a somewhat rusty NetWare 5 CNE certification and is a Member of the British Computer Society (he is on the committee of its Configuration Management Specialist Group).
He has worked in database administration (DBA) and operations research for the Australian Public Service in Canberra. David then worked for Bank of America and Swiss Bank Corporation in the UK, holding positions in DBA, systems development method and standards, internal control, network management, technology risk and even PC support. He was instrumental in introducing a formal systems development process for the Bank of America Global Banking product in Croydon.
In 1992 he started a new career as a professional writer and analyst. He is a past co-editor/co-owner) of Application Development Advisor and was associate editor for the launch of Register Developer. He helped organise the first London CMMI Made Practical conference in 2005 and has written for most of the major computer industry publications.
He runs his own company, David Rhys Enterprises Ltd, from his home in Chippenham, where he also indulges a keen interest in photography (he holds a Royal Photographic Society ARPS distinction).
Research from David Norfolk
- Open Source Software on 13th May, 2021
- AI: Baking ethics into the software on 12th March, 2021
- Moving to a hybrid multi-cloud platform on 4th March, 2021
- Regulatory issues for “portfolio workers”, homeworking and the gig economy on 9th December, 2020
- Keeping the data flowing after the UK Brexit transition ends on 8th December, 2020
- “Explainable AI” on 2nd November, 2020
- Accelerating Software Quality: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in the Age of DevOps on 29th October, 2020
- BCS SM-ITAM Conference 2020 on 13th October, 2020
- IBM spins out services on 12th October, 2020
- Future of Work can mean Freedom of Choice on 22nd September, 2020