With many years in the IT industry, I graduated with a PhD in 2016 from the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) at The University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In 2011, I gave a guest lecture in FEIT on Ethical Choices and subsequently became a casual lecturer at UTS in 2012. I also joined the Northern Sydney Institute (NSI) as a casual lecturer in 2016. At NSI, I developed and taught a course on Distributed Systems and am now developing a Knowledge Management course. At UTS I developed an on-line course in personal contributions for engineering students undertaking their internships. Although I have a wide technical background, I feel that I am best equipped to teach in areas with a focus on human centric processes and their organisational contexts. My research interests include the use of computational modelling as a teaching tool for distributed systems and knowledge creation collaborations.
Green IT and Carbon Abatement Experience from 2008 to 2012.
Between 2008 and September 2012, I was engaged in HP Green Practice in the role of Chief Consultant Architect. I invented new ways of reducing the impact on the environment of business processes and improved data centre sustainability, my work was used in over 20 studies both in Australia and overseas for HP clients. Green initiatives must make business sense. Cost reduction and efficiency initiatives in datacentres reduce power usage and the use of non-renewable resources and are therefore “Green”. Green is really a label for doing more with less.
In November 2007, I began work on developing methodologies to track application performance and power utilisation in diverse IT environments with a view to identify application tuning and modernisation opportunities. This work led to US and EMEA HP patent applications for my inventions (Rose 2009, 2010). During my time at HP from 2008, I was a registered inventor and continued my contributions as I developed my green architecture for tracking, analysing emissions, devising/accessing emission plans and managing emissions until my departure in September 2012. As the Chief Consultant Architect at HP Green Practice, I conceived and developed an application called C-Counter that was an implementation of my architecture to support Green abatement engagements. It was first used in 2008 and since then has been utilised for clients in Asia, EMEA and the US to identify carbon abatement projects to reduce clients’ IT asset carbon (and energy) reporting baseline over a period of 3 years by between 30% and 45%. HP Green Practice reports were routinely audited by clients and external auditors.
A formal technology transfer agreement was put in place in 2009 by Hewlett Packard Labs (HPL) to support my work in integrating embedded carbon measures and analysis developed by HPL into my architectures. This work was successfully concluded in April 2010. I have co-authored papers on data centre sustainability and energy dashboards with HPL. I was author of a paper on knowledge management in optimisation of application development environments. HPL worked with me on a study for one UK client covering embedded carbon and its business implications in two new data centres.
In addition to my research and devellopment activities within HP Green Practice I have worked on demonstration concept systems for leadership, mentored developers and trained Carbon Emission Management Practitioners from Japan, Australia and the UK.
Business Process Optimisation Experience from 2002 to 2008.
As a contractor for EDS (later acquired by HP) from 2002 to April 2008 I worked on cross platform application architecture, design, development and implementation in UNIX and IBM mainframe environments for a large financial institution. I specialised in load performance and optimisation of a large banking data warehouse. During this period, my projects delivered operational savings in excess of $23 million for a cost to client of approximately $6 million. Savings were confirmed by client and external audits.
In 2013, I received a grant from UTS to help commercialise my research. In 2014, I completed my case studies and published my findings (Rose 2013; Rose, Hawryszkiewycz & Kang 2013; Rose, Hawryszkiewycz & Kang 2014, 2015). I submitted my thesis in May 2015. I am an associate of the Faculty of Engineering and IT. I am currently developing tools for CWS based on modelling collaborations as complex adaptive social systems. I build on NetLogo with integration of modules from the Java language platform supported by the PostgreSQL database technology.
My first case study was at the then Department of Planning and Infrastructure in the Research and Analytical Services Team. The research outcomes led to working for the team from November 2013 to November 2014 as a senior business analyst. In this position I worked on analysing the gaps between current and required capabilities as the department embraced 3D planning concepts, 3D graphics software and the supporting technology. This work gave me valuable insights into applying my research to achieve business goals.
Previous experience covers the full life cycle of IT applications and systems including Mainframe MVS, COBOL, JCL, UNIX and Wintel. In the period between November 2013 and October 2014 I took a position in the Research and Analytical Services team at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to follow-up on findings of my PhD case studies. I worked on quality management system application, 3d data standards and lastly on collaborations for gathering, analysing and matching requirements for 3d database management tools.
Casual Lecturing from 2011 to 2016.
I was accepted as a candidate for my PhD in 2011. During my PhD candidacy I acted as a guest lecturer at UTS in the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) in 2011 and subsequently I became a casual lecturer in FEIT in 2012. At UTS, I wrote and presented lectures in work place ethics as part of the IT Professionals and Society course.
My Research 2011 to January 2016.
My PhD focused on improving sustainability (“doing more with less”) in collaborations to create value following the introduction of new ideas and processes into well-established businesses. In this research, I leveraged my successful experience in IT process optimisation and carbon abatement policy and strategy development. My research devised and validated a series of methodologies for tracking and informing the improvement of value creation through collaboration. Together, I call these methodologies the “Collaborative Wellness System (CWS)”. I conducted four case studies to validate and use CWS to measure and improve alignment of business capabilities with client needs. At Woolworths Limited, CWS was applied to a collaboration across logistics business units to investigate truck fuel reduction ideas. My work showed how to achieve a fuel saving of 11% through the adoption of low rolling resistance tyre technology.