About Denis

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“A customer centric technologist with 12 years’ experience in multi-disciplined leadership roles in multinational and start-up environments, in people management and technical capacities. Has realized over $2 million in savings through workflow automation, global manufacturing test and IoT optimizations.”

“Online influencer/writer and global circuit speaker on tech trends in Innovation, IoT and Data Science. Lean agile development evangelist through microservices deployment. Excels in global roles. Patent holder. Social technology and STEM activist.”

The Day Job

Learning and working with great people @ McKesson, a Fortune 5 company – as their Global Vice President of Technology Labs. We have three labs – Product Labs, Innovation Labs and Developer Experience Labs.

Experience

My last role was as the Lead Technologist for IoT with Johnson Controls Innovation Group based in Cork, Ireland. That role meant collaborating extensively between technical and sales teams to drive further commercialisation opportunity through technology (both our own and partners/startups) into our sales channels, specifically looking at the emerging Smart Building 2 IoT market. The projects include our existing technologies – Building Security, Retail, HVAC and Building Energy –  and emerging technologies such as Wearables, IoT, AR and Machine Learning.

Prior to Johnson Controls, I held a position of Principal Data Architect and Development Manager with EMC from 2010 to 2015, spending 2011 in Silicon Valley. I  led a team focused at reducing and consuming nine test automation platforms from external manufacturers to one EMC cloud hosted platform. I also worked on a number of workflow automation software replacing tedious manual extract, search and report compilation that resulted in efficiency gain (written in Python). I also built predictive analytics application in manufacturing and data science models for the customer vertical with the CTO office. Denis brought microservices based design along with distributed storage and processing to the group, changing the development culture in the process.

Education

I have a degree in Electronic Engineering (2H) from Cork Institute of Technology, a Masters in Microelectronic Chip Design (1H) from University College Cork and a Masters in Computer Science (1H) from Dublin City University.

Extras

I speak on the national and international circuit at numerous technology conferences. My leadership style is leadership through trust and delivery, and I take responsibility for my team, compassion and humility are also important as a leader in my opinion. I like to build a balanced culture, with the peoples personalities important inputs into that.

I was also a member of EMC’s global innovation council and as an ambassador with their office of the CTO, leading their customer insight software development. I was lucky to win won two global innovation awards in my time with EMC, in the areas of sustainability and e-services, and has a patent in intelligent power management on storage architecture. I began my career  worked with Alps automotive division from 2005-2010, in a variety of roles, including as the lead computer vision engineer, and the lead technologist on European research projects in the areas of in-vehicle distraction monitoring and smart home devices.

I also spent time consulting in the start-up world, such as a healthcare informatics consultant with ACE Health, leading the development for an application which helps healthcare service providers achieve better patient outcomes and cut costs through a regulator-approved predictive analytics platform in the Dutch and US markets. He also had helped numerous startups on building their technology roadmap to align with defined target markets and customer bases.