Hi, I’m Tarek

I’m an Independent Technology Architect. I can help you with your Digital Transformation and with adopting Machine Learning in your Business.

MBA & MSC Educated

I have an MBA from London Business School and an MSC in Computer Science; combining top-tier business and technical education with more than 18 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies. 

OUTCOME FOCUSED

I love technology, especially new and innovative ones like Machine Learning and Blockchain. I also believe that the value of technology comes from its successful application by businesses in products and services that impact their customers.

Balancing outcome-focus, innovation and pragmatism is the shortest path to winning and I strive to make that balance in every engagement.

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PROFILE

I am an outcome focused, independent technology architect with experience in Digital, Cloud and Operating Model transformations.

Technology wise, I am passionate and recently worked in Machine Learning engagements and I enthusiastically believe the intersection of technologies like Blockchain, IoT and Machine Learning will create opportunities for people and businesses.

I am educated to both MBA (London Business School) and MSC (Computer Science) levels. I believe one of my strengths is the ability to use my business and technology experience and knowledge to communicate, influence and manage a multitude of stakeholders and C-level executives at various levels in the organisation.

My roles are typically in technology advisory either in enterprise architecture, technology strategy & innovation, technology roadmap or transition planning during M&A due diligence or post acquisition.

Although I work on a senior level, I am tech savvy and understand what makes a good software and what doesn’t. I also excel at transferring my knowledge and expertise to many different verticals, domains and industries.

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Recent Experience
£550M Telco Digital Transformation
  • I worked with commercial teams and Bain & Company to put together a roadmap and phasing strategy for customer and Data migration in alignment with commercial, regulatory and legal parameters including GDPR.
  • I also had Architecture responsibility and oversight of vendors (IBM, Tech M and TCS) delivering 37 solutions spanning the full IT stack from digital channels, retail, contact centre, ERP, CRM to back office revenue assurance, network integration and charging to allow the running of the old and new stacks in parallel during the transformation and until the customer migration is complete.
2018
Machine Learning in Recruitment

I worked with a start-up in the recruitment space advising on Machine Learning approach & types of algorithms to use and when to achieve their commercial objectives. I put together an architecture that uses a supervised algorithm for decisioning on CVs, an unsupervised algorithm for identifying new impacting decision factors and a deep learning algorithm for assessing relevance of the newly identified factors before updating the decisioning algorithm.

2018
Machine Learning & IoT Roadmap

I worked with Product & Architecture teams of a Major Software Vendor to put together their Machine Learning and IoT roadmap.

2017
£10.2BN M&A Integration Planning

I supported a major Telecom group in their integration planning during their attempted acquisition of another telecom provider in the UK. My support included Architecture planning, governance and vendor assessment to ensure commercial and technology synergies are delivered post the £10.2BN acquisition. My delivery also included transition roadmaps and scenario planning in addition to indicative costings based on a vendor assessment and selection exercise.

2016
Digital Transformation in MVNO

I worked with the a major MVNO in the UK to deliver their 2020 Digital IT Strategy that is aligned to the commercial strategy and direction of the group that includes organic expansion in non-telecom verticals and preparation for an IPO.

2015
Digital & Cloud Transformation in Financial Services

I supported a financial services organisation with architecture governance and vendor management for the pilot phase of their digital & cloud transformation with the goal of leveraging cloud economy and reducing total cost of ownership.

2015
Digital Transformation in a Hospitality and F&B Group

I worked with a major hospitality and F&B group supporting their strategic architecture and vendor assessment of a group wide Master Data Management (MDM) platform as part of their digital transformation into a customer centric company.

2015
Digital Transformation in Global Telecom

I supported a Multinational Telecom in the global digital transformation of their B2B business including the implementation of a new B2B focused IT stack across Europe to enable the management of global customer accounts and the expansion of the growing lines of business (e.g. Machine to Machine / IoT).

2012 - 2014
Various Roles in Architecture, Design and Development

I had various roles in enterprise architecture, solution design and software development, writing code to manipulate the Linux Kernel’s network protocols – this was in the 90s when we only knew about errors in the kernel code when we compiled and got a black screen with a massive data dump after the machine reboots!

Before 2012

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Motivation
Having seen the challenges of delivering high quality software in large organisations, I understand how poor software delivery practices constraints companies from exploring innovative products and services; it is too difficult and will take a long time to deliver.

That’s why I am a keen supporter of technology tools and practices in the DevOps, Microservices and Serverless spaces.

CONTACT

I am always open to connect with individuals or companies who share my passion for Digital, Cloud, BC & ML and would like to have an uncommitted conversation about the latest developments in these technologies or upcoming events.

Get in touch.

Please use my email contacts below or the form on this page to get in touch, I will endeavour to respond within 24 hours.

+44 (0) 785 213 9022
tarek@tareknegm.com