IRM UK Consultancy

Through our comprehensive network IRM UK has extensive contacts with leading independent IT consultants. Our carefully selected consultants have superior technical knowledge, consultancy skills and a wide range of practical business experience. They are some of the most influential technologists, methodologists and original thinkers in IT today. Details of our consultants can be found below. If you have consultancy requirements, please provide Jeremy.hall@irmuk.co.uk with a brief synopsis of your project and we will get the appropriate consultant to contact you.

Seminar Speakers

Peter Aiken, Institute for Data Research
Peter Aiken

Peter Aiken is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Data Research and an Associate Professor of Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked with many organisations to help them form data management strategies and evaluate the use of new technologies within the area of data engineering and its relationship to systems and business engineering. In 2001 he was awarded the DAMA International Achievement Award and he has been a DAMA International Advisor since 1999. He is the author of Data Reverse Engineering and Clive Finkelstein's co-author of Building Corporate Portals Using XML (McGraw-Hill 1996/99). Mr. Aiken is the co-author of the book "XML in Data Management" published by Elsevier.


Jason Bloomberg, ZapThink

Jason Bloomberg

Jason Bloomberg is President of ZapThink, a Dovèl Technologies Company. He is a thought leader in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Cloud Computing, and helps organizations around the world better leverage their IT resources to meet changing business needs. He is a frequent speaker, prolific writer, and pundit.

Mr. Bloomberg is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovèl Technologies in August 2011. His book,  Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation.

Mr. Bloomberg has a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting). He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996)


George Brooke
George Brooke

George Brooke brings a wealth of technical and managerial experience to his subject of IT Project Management. He frequently receives the highest awards for both content and presentation of his materials.

He provides training and consultancy to organisations on topics ranging from Project Management, Strategic Testing and Requirements Management, to XML, Distributed Systems, SAP, Oracle and Java technology.

George's background includes 10 years as a systems designer and 10 years running his own software company in Germany. Returning to the UK as General Manager for Siemens, he established a new R&D organisation where he was responsible for setting up and managing some 20 projects. Later as part of Siemens Nixdorf, he took over the management of Application Software development for clients such as Tesco, British Gas, PowerGen, Esso and other well-known names. He continues to monitor new technologies and management techniques and more recently has been responsible for the design and delivery of major graduate training programs in the banking industry. He is a member of BCS and IEEE and lives in Cambridge with his wife and nine computers.


Roger Burlton, Process Renewal Group
Roger Burlton

Roger T Burlton is the founder of Process Renewal Group and the author of 'Business Process Management: Profiting from Process'. He is considered an industry leader in the introduction of innovative approaches for organizational change. He is recognized internationally for his contributions in Business Process Management, Stakeholder Analysis, Strategic Architecture Alignment, Prototyping and people based Project Management Methodologies. He is regarded as a realistic practitioner, who delivers pragmatic solutions for his clients.

An exceptional speaker, he has chaired several high profile conferences on Advanced Business and Information Management around the world, including the BPMG Tenth Annual Process Management Conference, Process and Knowledge Management Europe, the National BPR Conference, DCI's Knowledge Management Conferences, Software World, and The Executive Summit. To date, he has conducted over five hundred seminars and has presented to over twenty thousand professionals. His seminars have been translated for audiences around the globe.


Malcolm Chisholm
Malcolm Chisholm

Dr. Malcolm Chisholm is an internationally recognized thought leader in the fields of Reference and Master Data Management. As well as advancing conceptual understanding, he has developed innovative management techniques and practical linkages to metadata management and business rules management for RDM and MDM. Malcolm is the author of the book Managing Reference Data in Enterprise Databases. In his consulting practice he concentrates on practical solutions for RDM and MDM issues, and brings this perspective to his speaking engagements and publications.


Jeroen Derynck

Jeroen Derynck

Jeroen Derynck is a seasoned program manager with a proven track record in business/IT and IT transformation projects. He holds a degree in Interpretation and an additional master in communications and media. As an Enterprise 2.0 strategist he has guided companies to thrive in the "networked society". Jeroen consults, writes and lectures about the information workplace, web/enterprise 2.0 and IT-enabled innovation with a specific focus on the relationships between IT, strategy, communications and Human Resources. When implementing programs, he centers on implementing communication tools that enhance information exchange and stimulate creative interactions between business and IT in a climate of empowerment and community building. He was co-author of the book "business/IT fusion: beyond Alignment..."


Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies Ltd
Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is the Managing Director of Intelligent Business Strategies Ltd. He is an analyst and consultant specialising in Enterprise Business Intelligence, Enterprise Portals and Business Integration. With over 25 years of experience, Mike has consulted for dozens of companies, spoken at events all over the world and written numerous articles.


Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen Gottesdiener, Founder and Principal with EBG Consulting, is an internationally recognized facilitator, coach, trainer, and speaker. She is an expert in Agile product and project management practices, product envisioning and roadmapping, business analysis and requirements, retrospectives, and collaboration. Ellen works with global clients and speaks at numerous industry conferences. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator and a Certified Scrum Master. In addition to co-authoring Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis, with Mary Gorman, Ellen is author of two acclaimed books: Requirements by Collaboration and The Software Requirements Memory Jogger.


Jan Henderyckx

Jan Henderyckx

Jan Henderyckx is a highly rated consultant, speaker and author who has been active in the field of Information Management and Relational Database Management since 1986. He has presented, moderated and taught workshops at many international conferences and User Group meetings worldwide. Jan's experiences, combined with information architecture and management expertise, have enabled him to help many organisations to optimise the business value of their information assets. He is a Director of the Belgium and Luxembourg chapter of DAMA (Data Management Association) and runs the Belgian Information Governance Council. He has published articles in many leading industry journals, and has been elected to the IDUG Speakers Hall of Fame, based upon numerous Best Speaker awards.


Steve Hoberman
Steve Hoberman

Steve Hoberman is a world-recognized innovator and thought-leader in the field of data modelling. He has worked as a business intelligence and data management practitioner and trainer since 1990, and is a popular and frequent presenter at industry conferences, both nationally and internationally. Steve is a columnist and frequent contributor to industry publications, as well as the author of Data Modeler's Workbench and Data Modeling Made Simple. He is the founder of the Design Challenges group and inventor of the Data Model Scorecard™.


Bill Inmon, Inmon Consulting Services
Bill Inmon, Inmon Consulting Services

Bill Inmon - known as the father of the data warehouse - has written 47 books and over 1000 articles. Bill's books have been translated into 9 languages. Bill has a weekly newsletter with b-eye-network of over 55,000 recipients. Bill holds 8 software patents.


Chris Potts
Chris Potts

Chris Potts has been called "the world's leading thinker on IT investments". He has 22 years experience in corporate, business and IT strategies, investment management, Enterprise Architecture and delivery. Chris is hailed as an expert in his field by CIO.com, is a member of the Strategic Planning Society and of Computer Weekly's Strategy Clinic panel. He is the author of the business novel 'fruITion: creating the ultimate corporate strategy for Information Technology'.


James Robertson
James Robertson, Atlantic Systems Guild

James Robertson is a consultant, teacher, author, project leader whose area of concern is the requirements for products, and the contribution that good requirements make to successful projects. James is a leading proponent of the principle of introducing creativity into the requirements process. His controversial article "Eureka: Why Analysts Should Invent Requirements" in IEEE Software has provoked heated discussion and has been widely quoted.

Before becoming a systems engineer, James trained as an architect and his experience in that profession provides inspiration for his work on innovation and creativity. He is co-author of Mastering the Requirements Process, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley 2006), Requirements-Led Project Management (Addison-Wesley 2005) and the Volere approach to requirements engineering. He is also a principal and founder of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a think tank known for its research into new systems engineering techniques.


Suzanne Robertson
Suzanne Robertson, Atlantic Systems Guild

Suzanne Robertson is co-author of Mastering the Requirements Process, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley 2006) a book that provides guidance on finding requirements and writing them so that all the stakeholders can understand them. Her other requirements book, Requirements-Led Project Management (Addison-Wesley 2005) addresses how to use requirements as input to planning and management. She is also co-author of the Volere approach to requirements engineering.

She has more than 30 years experience in systems specification and building. Her courses on requirements, systems analysis, design and problem solving are well known for their innovative workshops and practical applicability. Current work includes research and consulting on finding and involving the right stakeholders, the building of requirements knowledge models and running audits for assessing requirements specifications. She is a principal and founder of The Atlantic Systems Guild and is founding editor of the Requirements column in IEEE Software magazine.


Mike Rosen, Wilton Consulting Group

Mike Rosen

Mike Rosen is Chief Scientist at Wilton Consulting Group, which provides expert consulting in Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Model Driven Solutions. Mr. Rosen is also Director of Enterprise Architecture for the Cutter Consortium, Editorial Director for SOA Institute, and a founding member of the Business Architecture Guild. His current emphasis is on the implementation of Enterprise and Business Architecture and programs. He has years of experience in the architecture and design of applications for global corporations and 20+ years of product development experience for distributed technologies including DCE, CORBA, DCOM, J2EE, Web Services, Transaction Processing, and Messaging. Mr. Rosen is an internationally recognized speaker and author of several books including Applied SOA: Architecture and Design Strategies.


Ronald Ross
Ronald Ross

Ronald G. Ross serves as Executive Editor of www.BRCommunity.com and its flagship publication, Business Rules Journal. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences world-wide. Mr. Ross is recognized internationally as the "father of business rules." He is Co-Founder of Business Rule Solutions, LLC and is the author of eight professional books. His newest are: Business Rule Concepts (2005), a 2nd edition of his popular, easy-to-read 1998 handbook, and Principles of the Business Rule Approach, Addison-Wesley (2003).


Alec Sharp, Clariteq Systems Consulting

Alex Sharp

Alec Sharp has managed his consulting and education business, Clariteq Systems Consulting Ltd., for over 30 years. Serving clients from Ireland to India, and Washington to Wellington, Alec's expertise includes facilitation, strategy development, data management, business analysis, and business process improvement. He conducts workshops and conference presentations on these topics globally, consistently receiving "excellent" ratings. Alec is the author of the second edition of "Workflow Modeling" (Artech House, 2008) which is widely used as a university text and is a best-seller in the field.


Len Silverston
Len Silverston

Len Silverston is a data management consultant with over 23 years of experience in helping enterprises integrate data. He is the author of the best-selling "The Data Model Resource Book" series (Wiley, 2001, http://silverston.wiley.com),which describes over 230 integrated, reusable generic and industry-specific data models. Many of these "Universal Data Models" are now licensed worldwide by Microsoft and included in SQL Server Enterprise Edition. His most recent book, which provides universal data models by various types of industries is currently being translated into Chinese. He is an award-winning, international speaker and a popular writer for publications such as Data Management Review. He was nominated for the DAMA International Individual Achievement Award in both 2002 and 2003. Mr. Silverston's company, Universal Data Models, www.universaldatamodels.com), provides consulting, training and software to jump-start data modeling and data warehouse design efforts while increasing design quality and facilitating data integration.


Graeme Simsion
Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion has over twenty five years experience as a consultant and CEO of a successful consultancy. After working as an internal consultant, managing a technical team, he founded Simsion Bowles and Associates in 1982. He built the consultancy to some seventy staff in three capital cities, selling to a US company in 1999, and then working as a business unit manager within that company for a further two years.

Since then he has continued to consult and to deliver education in Australia, North America and Europe, drawing on his experience to help consultancies and consulting teams to perform better. His one-day consulting skills workshop has regularly been voted "best presentation" at major conferences in the UK and the US, and he is the developer and presenter of the postgraduate course in Professional Consulting at the University of Melbourne.

Graeme's technical background includes business and information systems planning, business process design and data management. He is the author of two books on data modelling and holds postgraduate qualifications in both information systems and business administration and a popular presenter at industry and academic forums.


Rick van der Lans, R20/Consultancy
Rick van der Lans, R20/Consultancy

Rick F. van der Lans is an independent consultant, author and lecturer specialising in Internet, XML, data warehousing, and application integration. He is Managing Director of R20/Consultancy based in The Netherlands. Rick has advised many large companies worldwide on defining their Internet, client/server, and data warehouse architectures.

Rick van der Lans is an internationally acclaimed lecturer. For the last twelve years, he has been presenting professionally, and has lectured in many of the European countries, South America, the USA, and in Australia. He has presented many keynote speeches at international events.

He is chairman of the Database Systems Show (organised annually in The Netherlands since 1984), he is columnist for two major newspapers in the Benelux, called Computable and DataNews. Additionally, he is advisor for magazines such as Software Release Magazine and Database Magazine.

His popular books, including 'Introduction to SQL' and 'The SQL Guide to Oracle', have been translated into many languages and have sold over 100,000 copies. Recently, he has published a very successful book on presentation skills.


Andy Wilkins, Perspectiv LLP

Kate Stuart-Cox

Andy Wilkins has more than 20 years' experience helping people, teams and organizations significantly improve their performance.  He has delivered more than 450 programs, workshops and coaching sessions for international companies in 11 countries. In 1997, Andy co founded Perspectiv, a research, consulting and training company specializing in the use of creative problem solving, strategy, leadership, and team development methodologies to help change and growth.  Before that, he worked for 16 years at international IT companies as director of innovation and change, business unit managing director and director of strategy and marketing.  Andy is also an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School in London on various MBA and MSc courses on innovation and management.  He is currently working with the Business School on the delivery of the new master's program in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership.  Andy is researching the leadership approach necessary for dealing with “wicked problems” to help organizations better understand how to get the most from their methods.


Selvyn Wright

Selvyn Wright

Selvyn Wright Is a professional trainer with over 17 years of experience teaching technology and analysis, design and architecture methodology.  He has taught TOGAF for over 5 years.  During this time he has taught over 450 students with a certification pass of approximately 99%.  His clients include Barclays Capital, Atos, Network Rail, Logica, Ericson, BAE and MBDA.  Previous to this, Selvyn was a Graduate Training Programme Lecturer at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and a Technical CORBA Architect at NATS. 


John Zachman, Zachman International
John Zackman

John A. Zachman is the originator of the "Framework for Enterprise Architecture" which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, or "periodic table" of descriptive representations for Enterprises. He is not only known for this work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early contributions to IBM's Information Strategy methodology as well as to their Executive team planning techniques.

Mr. Zachman retired from IBM in 1990, having served them for 26 years. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement (ZIFA), an organization dedicated to advancing the conceptual and implementation states of the art in Enterprise Architecture. He also operates his own education and consulting business, Zachman International.


Testimonials:

"Best instructor of any course I have ever been on."

Trish Daniells, Designer, AA

"Superb. Really well paced and easy to understand."

Peter Herring, Systems Analyst, Capstone Mortgage Services

"He designed the Framework. Nobody can deliver the same quality of lecture as John."

Kitty Hung, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Metropolitan Police Service

"Suzanne's experience and enthusiasm was infectious."

Eve Finney, Business Analyst, ING Direct

"Excellent style and level of knowledge."

Damian Ward, Solutions Architect, LINK Interchange Network

"It was of the highest quality. Maintained a good balance between informing and giving examples to work out."

Sue McCahy, Information Analyst, Ministry of Defence

"One of the best and most relevant I"ve been on. Knowledgeable, great style and good sense of humour."

Ian Birdsey, Head of IS Customer Relationships, Co-operative Financial Services

"Extremely knowledgeable on topic and explains it really well."

Ann Brigdale, Data Quality Lead Specialist, Nationwide Building Society

"Very relevant to my role. Can"t wait to apply it and "sell" it within my company. Completely inspiring!"

Karen Willis, Business Analyst, Lloyds TSB

"Steve was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, humourous and a great instructor."

Jacqueline Tomlinson, Data Analyst, Pension Protection Fund

"Very knowledgeable, created easy atmosphere and added humour!"

Heather McCracken, Software Research Engineer, NCR

"Intense. Thought provoking!"

Iain Roy, General Manager, Service Management, Nuffield Hospitals

"Lots of energy and enthusiasm. Passionate."

Simon Bathie, Group IS Programme Plan Manager, MBDA UK

"Engaging and charismatic."

Mark Luxton, Systems Manager, Bank of Scotland Treasury