Derick V.

Summary

I am a Single Professional offering more than 16 years of work experience across multiple Industries with 11 year plus in the high-tech security industries.

As Technical Lead I function as a Technical Solutions Architect, guiding customers in their journey to design, develop, implement, and maintain solution to fit their challenges by combining Public Safety and Business processes application to create seamless and digitized solutions in the security industry.

With experience in Leading Teams, Implementation, Technical Project management, Solution Designs, Architecture, Development & Surveillance Technology. I am currently focus on AI surveillance technology & Facial Recognition Applications covering the African continent to deploy and develop new Innovative solution for clients.

Being highly analytical, I can identify and analyze issues in a systematic manner and validate solutions with intellectual rationalizations. My innate problem-solving capabilities, clear communication, facilitation, interpretation, and translation skills allows me to work collaboratively with others to provide innovative solutions to complex business challenges. I travel up to 80% across Africa, UK & India and during Large project implementation I would stay in Country for long periods of time to assist in Technical Project Management. (Covid-19 has affected my travel)

Technical ability covers an extensive range of skills including Electronic, Development, Server Hardware, Network knowledge, Cloud Technology, Mobile Development, and other aspects which forms part of the Technical Solution Design and Architecture

Experience

Africa Technical Lead
NEC
South Africa
February-2017 - Present

As Technical Lead I function as a Technical Solutions Architect, guiding customers in their journey to design, develop, implement, and maintain solution to fit their challenges by combining Public Safety and Business processes application to create seamless and digitized solutions in the security industry. During this time I was expatriate for projects Kenya, Nairobi for 14month, Mozambique for 18Months and Senegal 6month Contract and the rest of the time spend in South Africa.

With experience in Leading Teams, Implementation, Technical Project management, Solution Designs, Architecture, Development & Surveillance Technology. I am currently focus on AI surveillance technology & Facial Recognition Applications covering the African continent to deploy and develop new Innovative solution for clients.

I Lead the NEC Facial Recognition Engineers across Africa in all Operation & Implementation aspects and support Head Pre-Sale Division on all designs and solution and from a BU perspective, I am responsible for closing the gap between Business Ideas & Technical Solution.

Supporting System Engineers, Pre-Sale and Post-sale team across all functional areas of a solution. I am a client facing Engineer with experience in hosting Design session, Training and Technical Implementation Schedule session including project Kick-Off meeting. As Technical Lead I also involve in all pre-sale client interaction excluding pricing (quotes, RFI, RFQ, RFP). I create all High-level Software development life cycle (SDLC) documentation, POC & POV documents.

My main focus area is facial recognition solutions covering City surveillance, Airports, Borders and other high-security environments. I'm also responsible for smart technology solutions, safer city, integration and testing of all new technology and innovative solutions required to fulfil the business visions for Africa.

I along with a dedicated engineering team, are leading the facial recognition engineering projects across Africa in an operational aspect. Supporting system engineers, pre-sale and post-sale team across all functional areas of a solution.

Technical ability covers an extensive range of skills including Electronic, Development, Server Hardware, Network knowledge, Cloud Technology, Mobile Development, and other aspects which forms part of the Technical Solution Design and Architecture.

General prototype, Integrations & Software Development utilizing .Net C#, Blazor, Java Android Mobile Development for any/all innovation applications or solutions


• Matching solutions with the environment
• Evaluating new technology stacks for Business Innovation
• Leading Client Technical Requirement and Solution design Sessions
• Analyzing requirement and Creating viable Solution Design/ Architecture
• Evaluate Solution Integration and Seamless Interaction capabilities between applications
• Supporting Executive management/BU Lead in Company Vision
• POC/POT Prototype Scripting and Innovation Solution design
• High-Level Designs (HLD), Low-Level Designs (LLD), “as-built” architecture
• Operational & Technical PM for Selected Project
• Providing Solution Support to Pre-Sale/Post-Sales
• Skill-Transfer, Mentoring and Supporting Local Engineers
• Application Technical Training for Client
• Providing Development Team with structured feedback, Changelogs, or system requirement to ensure product development Team line-up with Customer/Global expectation (worldly applications)
• Write and maintain custom scripts to increase system efficiency and lower the human intervention time on any tasks
• Provide 2nd and 3rd level support
• Technical Solution Designs for Facial Recognition
• Resource management
• Implementation Scheduling
• Server Configuration, Sever racking & Stacking
• Configuring of Network Infrastructure
• Manage and monitor all installed systems and infrastructure
• Install, configure, test and maintain operating systems, application software and system management tools
• Proactively ensure the highest levels of systems and infrastructure availability
• Monitor and test application performance for potential bottlenecks, identify possible solutions and work with developers to implement those fixes
• Excellent Troubleshooting and Solution Skills
• Thinking out of the box
• Exceptional Methodical work style
• Report, Technical Documenting, As-Built Updates and Sign-off preparations.

Operational Branch Manager
REGAL DISTRIBUTORS (pty) ltd.
South Africa
January-2015 - January-2017

Regal Distributors SA (Pty) Ltd established itself in 1981 as one of SA’s most successful multi-brand distributors of electronic security equipment. With over 35 years in the industry. Regal have a vast distribution network of 27 branches conveniently located throughout South Africa, as well as a fully-fledged Exports division. Regal is the proud distributor of over 15 top international brands, known and trusted, as well as numerous leading local brands. Some of these are HIKVISION, Securi-Prod, Wisnetworks, PLANET, UTEPO, DMP, CROW, RISCO, ZKTeco and Paxton.

Functioning as Branch Manager for the Pretoria region from our Lynnwood Branch, I’ve been Successful implementing strategies that have resulted in an AVR. Growth of over 32% increase in business, won Branch of the quarter twice and won the highest achieving branch for September/October 2016.
Responsible for ensuring a consistent standard of excellence and professionalism in the execution of the Operational, Sales and new business development. As BM, I always attain and maintain a consistent and high standard of liaison with Regal customers, suppliers and colleges. Ensure target monthly, and quarterly goals are achieved.
• New Business Development
• People Management - Counter Sales (Internal Sales Consultants) - External Sales Reps - Administrative Staff - Office Support - Admin staff - Technical Staff
• Assuring that organisation's operations and functional strategies Aligning
• KPI’s
• Operational processes Compliancy
• Stock holding Forecasting
• Sale Forecasting (GP, seasonality etc.)
• Materials, inventory, and warehouse Management (R2.5 – R5m)
• ORM
• Sale new budget, targets, sale strategies
• Key account client management
• Monthly, weekly, and daily reporting
• Competitive Market research

Technical Project Manager
Waverley Systems (pty) ltd
South Africa
January-2012 - December-2014

Focusing on the development of high end technical products from “Identification of need, Planning, Designing, Implementation, testing and documenting, Deployment and maintenance” in different Industries e.g. Automotive - Logistics, security and mining. The units mostly consist of early warning system, CCTV, access and Server controls. I Lead a team to ensure high quality of innovation in the Development section e.g. PCB Development, C embedded software, front & Back end futures, Communications (GPRS/GSM800) as well as Business side e.g.. I was also physically involved on the ground for implementation (Installations), provide technical sales support, sale strategies etc.

Education

Basics of Financial Management
University of Cape Town
South Africa
July-2016 - October-2016

2016 Higher certification NQF 6

Generic Business Management
Edutel
South Africa
February-2016 - October-2016

Higher Certificate NQF 5

Supply Chain Management
University of Cape Town
South Africa
May-2016 - September-2016

Higher Certificate NQF 5 Accredited by the International Supply Chain Education Alliance

Advance Operation Management
University of Cape Town
South Africa
January-2016 - June-2016

Higher Certificate NQF 7