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Robert Turrall

Robert Turrall

Zürich, Switzerland
Member since February 12, 2014
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
Portfolio
Experience
  • User Experience (UX), 20 years
  • User Interface (UI), 20 years
  • System Architecture, 20 years
  • Web App Development, 14 years
  • Objective-C, 7 years
  • Google Analytics, 6 years
  • jQuery, 6 years
Zürich, Switzerland
Availability
Full-time
Preferred Environment
Xcode, Atom, Tower (Git), Sketch, Eclipse, MacOS
The most amazing...
...project I've architected, developed, and implemented was a new workflow system for Switzerland's biggest cable provider, Cablecom.
Employment
  • Founder, CEO
    2013 - PRESENT
    myHourz (logtempo)
    • Built and launched the logtempo iOS App, initially localized for 5 languages.
    • Founded myHourz company and defined initial business model (Business Model Canvas). Rolled out marketing and social media campaigns.
    • Created 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.
    Technologies: Objective-C, Java, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML(5)
  • Director, consultant
    2011 - PRESENT
    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.
    Technologies: Objective-C, Java, Appcelerator Titanium, PHP, JavaScript (jQuery), HTML(5)
  • 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 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.
    • Worked with media agency partners to provide web, mobile and social media solutions for their clients.
    • Created and produced, together with video2brain (now owned by Lynda.com), video courses for Facebook and iOS App development. Sold globally.
    Technologies: Objective-C, Java, PHP, HTML(5), JavaScript, MySQL, Flash ActionScript
  • 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.
    • Created 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.
    Technologies: Objective-C, Appcelerator Titanium, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML5, Flash ActionScript
  • 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.
    Technologies: HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Linux, cPanel
  • Marketing Specialist
    2002 - 2003
    Interactive Objects Software GmbH
    • Responsible for the definition and rollout of the company's partner marketing program.
    • Worked on recruitment and training of reseller partners from Germany, Japan, UK, Poland and other countries.
    • Did Internal marketing consultancy, in an advisory capacity.
    • Worked as Marketing team joint lead.
    • Responsible for Product marketing support.
  • VP, Director of Marketing / Marketing Director EMEA / Sales Manager
    1999 - 2001
    Softwired AG / Sybase Inc. / Software AG
    • Softwired AG: Global marketing responsibility, including sales lead generation, channel partner strategy and program definition and rollout, advertising, web, direct marketing.
    • Softwired AG: Trade show organisation and operation, including a successful JavaOne conference in San Francisco, generating significant sales leads.
    • Sybase Inc.: EMEA-wide marketing direction, including management of marketing and presages staff in Germany, Switzerland, UK, France, Italy and Spain.
    • Sybase Inc.: Lead-generation, partner support/training, press and developer relations throughout the EMEA region.
    • Sybase Inc.: EMEA implementation of corporate and international marketing programmes.
    • Software AG: New business sales activities with a focus on Enterprise clients and Software AG's new XML-based database and related tools.
    • Software AG: Definition of Channel strategy for the support of reseller partners.
    Technologies: Marketing and marketing management, sales management roles
  • Channels Manager / Technical Specialist / Senior Consultant
    1995 - 1999
    Sybase (Schweiz) AG
    • As Channels Manager: Member of Management Team and overall Sales Management responsibility for Country Manager in his absence. Direct sales responsibility for a small number of key accounts. Full responsibility for Channel sales and marketing, covering reseller and OEM partners, education partners and system integrators. Consistently exceeded quarterly revenue targets.
    • As Technical Specialist (and Product Manager): Presales and product marketing support for all Sybase development tools and SQL Anywhere database products.
    • As Technical Specialist (and Product Manager): Tradeshow preparation and technical responsibility, planning and delivery of regular sales seminars and presentations, including press events. A regular (frequent) presenter.
    • Redefined the business model for channel sales and marketing in Sybase Switzerland and moved into the position of Channels Manager.
    • As Senior Consultant: 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.
    • As Senior Consultant: 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.
    Technologies: Sybase and PowerSoft products
  • 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 organisation'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.
    Technologies: Sybase SQLServer, PowerBuilder, PowerDesigner, SQLWindows, Project Manager Workbench, COBOL (Mainframe), CICS
  • Director, consultant
    1988 - 1992
    Turrall Systems Design Limited
    • Contract for Shell UK Oils: Built and maintained mainframe systems for Shell's UK business.
    • Contract for Shell UK Oils: Refactored a business-critical oil reformulation calculation mainframe Fortran application into Cobol.
    • Contract for National Power: Built and maintained internal billing and customer management systems.
    • Developed various small-scale mainframe applications for UK-based clients.
    • Ran a small computer hardware and software business serving small local businesses.
    Technologies: COBOL, PL/I, CICS, DB2
  • Senior Consultant
    1987 - 1988
    London Specialist Software Systems
    • Worked on implementation and support for the company's standard software solution for various clients.
    • Installed custom software and acted as support for the company's clients.
    • Responsible for Emergency support for clients such as Rolls Royce.
    • Worked on an automated warehouse management project for VAG UK.
    • Developed In-house products.
    Technologies: Cobol, PL/I, DB2
  • Programmer / Analyst
    1984 - 1987
    GEC Telecommunications
    • Worked on the project implementing DB2 within the company.
    • Supported internal systems running on DB2 with PL/I.
    • In-house product development, including warehouse management systems.
    • In-house product design and product management.
    • Computer operations shift work (mainframe).
    Technologies: PL/I, DB2
Experience
  • Logtempo (Development)
    http://www.logtempo.com

    Logtempo is a simple-to-use, pragmatic time-logging app.
    Time spent on any task or project can be logged with just two taps, saving you precious time for the tasks that matter. It is the first in a line of products which will create a new approach to recording time, producing invoices for both freelancers and small businesses

  • iPhone and iOS 5 Advanced App Development: Learn by Video (Other amazing things)

    Created and recorded by myself and released to coincide with the availability of iOS 5. This course covers advanced and new iOS 5 features such as storyboards, iCloud, Twitter integration, blocks, and UI appearance. A video2brain Learn by Video workshop published in partnership with Peachpit Press.

  • MedEmergency (Development)

    Also available for iPhone, the UK’s first ever medical emergency mobile application aimed specifically at dental care professionals.

    The app features:
    • Current Resuscitation Council UK and GDC guidelines
    • Adult and pediatric treatment guidelines
    • All the information you NEED to know
    • Clear and simple diagrams and graphics
    • Quiz to test your knowledge and to support your CPD
    • Medical emergencies and cardiac arrest management for the dental practitioner

Skills
  • Languages
    HTML5, JavaScript, Objective-C, PHP, SQL, CSS, Java
  • Frameworks
    Core Location, Cocoa Touch, Core Data, Bootstrap 3
  • Libraries/APIs
    Facebook API, Facebook SDK, Google AdWords, jQuery, jQuery UI, Node.js
  • Tools
    Google Analytics, Xcode, Adobe Dreamweaver, Atom, Adobe Photoshop, Botkit, Fireworks, Appcelerator Titanium, Eclipse IDE, Sketch, Language Understanding (LUIS)
  • Paradigms
    Model View Controller (MVC), Data-driven Programming, Object-oriented Design (OOD), Event-driven Programming, Object-oriented Programming (OOP), Distributed Programming
  • Other
    Web App Development, Single-page Applications (SPA), Google Tag Manager, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), System Architecture, Prototyping, Chatbots, WordPress Design, WordPress Themes, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (ML)
  • Platforms
    WordPress, Microsoft Bot Framework, Heroku
  • Storage
    MySQL
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