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Robert Turrall

Robert Turrall

Z├╝rich, Switzerland
Member since May 10, 2018
Robert is an architect, project manager, consultant, and entrepreneur with over 30 years of practical IT experience in consultancy, international sales, marketing, and management. His project management experience ranges from managing software evaluation/selection projects and startup consultancy, through to Agile software development in a variety of roles including Project Manager, Scrum Master, and Scrum Coach.
Robert is now available for hire
Project Highlights
Expertise
  • Agile Project Management
  • Blockchain
  • IT Projects
  • Mobile/Web Project Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Scrum Master
  • Software Consulting
  • Startups
Employment
  • Founder, CEO
    2013 - PRESENT
    myHourz (logtempo)
    • Built and launched the logtempo iOS App, initially localized for five languages.
    • Founded myHourz company and defined initial business model (Business Model Canvas). Rolled out marketing and social media campaigns.
    • Created the initial product website using Bootstrap, jQuery, and PHP.
    • Led the project to port the iOS app to Android.
    • Developed an OS X Menubar App version of the iOS App.
  • Owner
    2003 - PRESENT
    turrall consulting
    • Designed, developed, and implemented a new workflow system for Cablecom, Switzerland's largest cable provider.
    • Designed and implemented numerous websites and web applications for both large and small clients.
    • Created successful application-driven Facebook campaigns for SwissLotto, Lipton, Warner Bros, Universal, and other large international brands.
    • Provided web and mobile development and marketing consultancy for a range of clients across Switzerland, Germany, UK, USA, and Australia.
    • Collaborated with media agency partners to provide web, mobile and social media solutions for their clients.
    • Created and produced, together with video2brain (now owned by LinkedIn), video courses for Facebook and iOS App development. Sold globally.
  • Director, consultant
    2011 - 2015
    Juice Interactive
    • Developed, supported, and maintained an enterprise iOS App used by over 800+ users, in conjunction with a custom web-based workflow system, for an industry-leading construction client in the UK.
    • Created an iOS/Android mobile conference application for a major scientific conference.
    • Built various successful Facebook campaign Apps for several UK clients.
    • Created an iBeacon-based contextual computing platform for restaurant customer loyalty programs.
    • Advised on recruiting and strategy definition for the creation of a new in-house development team for a private industrial client.
  • Creative Technologist
    2011 - 2012
    Substance
    • Worked on numerous websites/microsites and campaigns for clients such as HBO, Universal, Warner Bros, and others.
    • Created the Hammer Screamboard iOS App for the Hammer Horror films brand.
    • Designed MedEmergency, a medical emergency training app for dental professionals, available for both iPhone and Android.
    • Built numerous Facebook apps for promoting HBO, Universal, Warner Bros, and other large international media brands.
    • Provided internal mentoring on web and mobile design and development.
  • Owner, CEO
    2000 - 2007
    webnames switzerland
    • Established and built a reseller-based web hosting and domain name trading business.
    • Provided TemplateMonster-branded website templates as TemplateMonster.ch.
    • Responsible for the creation and marketing of a CD-ROM product: the WebMaster Tools CD-ROM.
    • Provided first-level support for hosting customers.
    • Successfully managed the migration of clients across hosting platforms.
  • Marketing Specialist
    2002 - 2003
    Interactive Objects Software GmbH
    • Defined and rolled out the company's partner marketing program.
    • Recruited and trained reseller partners from Germany, Japan, UK, Poland and other countries.
    • Served as an internal marketing consultant in an advisory capacity as well as the co-leader of the marketing team.
  • VP, Director of Marketing / Marketing Director EMEA / Sales Manager
    1999 - 2001
    Softwired AG / Sybase Inc. / Software AG
    • Oversaw global marketing, including sales lead generation, channel partner strategy, and program definition and rollout, advertising, web, and direct marketing for Softwired AG.
    • Organized and operated a trade show including a successful JavaOne conference in San Francisco, generating significant sales leads for Softwired AG.
    • Directed EMEA-wide marketing including management of marketing and presages staff in Germany, Switzerland, UK, France, Italy, and Spain for Sybase Inc.
    • Improved lead-generation, partner support/training, and press and developer relations throughout the EMEA region for Sybase Inc.
    • Implemented corporate and international marketing programmes throughout EMEA for Sybase Inc.
    • Launched new business sales activities with a focus on Enterprise clients and Software AG's new XML-based database and related tools.
    • Defined channel strategy for the support of Software AG's reseller partners.
  • Channels Manager/Technical Specialist/Senior Consultant
    1995 - 1999
    Sybase (Schweiz) AG
    • Served as a member of the management team and oversaw sales management responsibility for the Country Manager in his absence. Managed direct sales for a small number of key accounts with full responsibility for channel sales and marketing, covering reseller and OEM partners, education partners, and system integrators. Consistently exceeded quarterly revenue targets.
    • Provided pre-sales and product marketing support for all Sybase development tools and SQL Anywhere database products.
    • Prepared for tradeshows and oversaw technical requirements, planning, and delivery of regular sales seminars and presentations including press events.
    • Redefined the business model for channel sales and marketing in Sybase Switzerland and moved into the position of Channels Manager.
    • Provided consultancy services relating to the Sybase development toolset (previously PowerSoft tools) and database servers. Delivered training to developers and end-clients in both English and German, in Switzerland and Germany. Became the first Certified PowerSoft Trainer in DACH. Also a Certified Sybase Trainer for database products.
    • Tasked with defining and then implementing the business plan for direct/indirect sales and consultancy for all PowerSoft products (PowerSoft was acquired by Sybase in 1995) before moving into a role focussed primarily on this business plan.
  • Programmer / Analyst
    1992 - 1995
    Bank for International Settlements
    • Tasked with the evaluation and recommendation of new development and deployment tools and technologies within the bank.
    • Joint-led a project to select an entirely new toolset, to transition much of the organization's systems, from a mainframe-based approach to a client-server model.
    • Moved on to evaluating various systems, including a replacement library system for the Bank.
    • Developed in-house systems using Sybase and PowerSoft technologies.
    • Maintained the bank's key CICs COBOL systems.
  • Director, consultant
    1988 - 1992
    Turrall Systems Design Limited
    • Built and maintained mainframe systems for Shell's UK business.
    • Refactored a business-critical oil reformulation calculation mainframe Fortran application into Cobol.
    • Built and maintained internal billing and customer management systems for National Power.
    • Developed various small-scale mainframe applications for UK-based clients.
    • Ran a small computer hardware and software business serving small local businesses.
  • Senior Consultant
    1987 - 1988
    London Specialist Software Systems
    • Implemented and supported the company's standard software solution for various clients.
    • Installed custom software and acted as support for the company's clients.
    • Provided emergency support for clients such as Rolls Royce.
    • Contributed to an automated warehouse management project for VAG UK.
    • Developed In-house products.
  • Programmer / Analyst
    1984 - 1987
    GEC Telecommunications
    • Implemented DB2 within the company.
    • Supported internal systems running on DB2 with PL/I.
    • Contributed to in-house product development including warehouse management systems.
    • Provided in-house product design and product management.
Project History
  • Scrum Master - Health IT
    Led a Toptal Projects Scrum team, together with various organization-internal business units in a successful website build.

    The client was building a new marketing website as a first stage of a major new health IT initiative and needed a Scrum Master to lead the project, which was staffed by Toptal Projects. My role was not limited to managing the daily running of the Toptal team, however, as various other organization-internal business units were involved in the provisioning of the overall environment and other aspects of the websites integration with other external systems - for example Sales Force Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics. The project was short, and finished on time and on budget - including fitting in some extra, initially-unplanned, work towards the end.

  • Technical Project Manager - Cryptocurrency Exchange
    Helped a cryptocurrency exchange establish architectural and agile project management practices for a relaunch/rebranding.

    Provided both on-site and remote software architecture and agile project management consultancy for a cryptocurrency exchange based in Shanghai. During a stay in Shanghai, I was responsible for reviewing their platform architecture choices, team structure, and cementing their transition to the use of an Agile methodology (Scrum). I also provided both one-on-one coaching and group Scrum Master training for the Product Manager and development teams. Directly reporting to the CEO and working closely with the CTO and Product Manager, my contribution to the product's rebranding also extended to advising on support organization and resourcing.

  • Software Development and Deployment Infrastructure Selection
    Led evaluation/selection of a new software development and deployment platform for a large international bank.

    Whilst working at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, I was responsible for leading a number of software/product evaluation projects. One such project involved the replacement of the entire software development and deployment infrastructure for the bank - moving away from a mainframe-based transactional computing infrastructure (CICS/MVS) and its associated toolset to a client/server model. The project encompassed the full range of tools and platforms required for the entire software development and deployment lifecycle, including design, development, project management, source control, support systems, and the server and database platforms required to redevelop the bank's systems. Over the course of just over a year, we evaluated and selected all products, culminating in a successful rollout of the new infrastructure and tools.

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