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Passionate about improving communications between product owners and system developers
  

In a nutshell

Business Architect, expert in analysing & developing IT solutions for Fintech, retail and travel.
  

Availability

Fully Available in < 1 Month
  

Location

London, United Kingdom
  

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  

Top 5 Strengths

  • Great Communicator
  • Highly Reliable
  • Hard Working
  • Outcome Focused
  • Persuasive
  

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HM Expert Since

Monday June 24, 2019
  

About Brendan

An experienced Business Architect / Independent Contractor, expert in analysing & developing strategic IT architecture solutions to underpin business change & transformation. Key strengths include: analysis of business requirements including gap analysis of changes required to people, processes, systems & operating models, defining functional & non-functional requirements; bridging the gap between business & technical teams in order to translate commercial requirements into best-in-class technical solutions; certified TOGAF 9 enterprise/business architect, with a deep understanding of both commercial & technology considerations, facilitating agreement of solutions that satisfy business objectives while delivering superior ROI & TCO; and leading multi-disciplinary teams to design, develop & deploy fit-for-purpose solutions with experience in pre-sales consultancy, project management, ecommerce, card payments & systems integration.
  

Current Role Details

Engaged as a Business Architect by AEVI International GmbH, a Fintech innovator in the payments space. Responsible for requirements management and full business architecture of AEVI Marketplace, an SaaS platform that allows merchant acquirers to sell business-orientated Android apps to small/medium sized merchants with new generation Chip and PIN devices.

Initially engaged for a 2 month requirements scoping exercise, contracts extended as the Marketplace was developed. The Marketplace is now live with World Pay and other leading merchant acquirers globally.

Agile development, user stories, business process models, data models, sequence diagrams, gap analyses, documentation.
  

Brendan's Valuable Contributions

(Case Studies)

BUSINESS AND SYSTEMS IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER (PSP) INTEGRATION (Reveal More  OR   View Full Page)


Situation
AEVI International GmbH's acquirer bank customer wanted to integrate its instance of AEVI's PaaS Marketplace web portal with a Payment Service Provider (PSP) to enable recurring subscription payments by merchants for 3rd party B2B Android apps.

Task
I was engaged to research regulatory issues and to assess the impact of the change on the acquirer bank's operating model and on the PaaS web portal system architecture.

Action
Liaised with Product Owners to document requirements/user stories; provided SME in discussions with acquirer bank; researched US regulation & statutes for recurring card payments; created short list of potential legal liability risks; created business & system process models for PSP’s API; and proposed operating model.

-Make more informed decisions, quickly, objectively and transparently
-Improved confidence in and quality and repeatability of documents, artifacts and models
-Help to understand complexity
-Build credibility and trust across the business


Results
Succeeded by identifying regulatory & legal liabilities to enable AEVI & the acquirer bank to make an informed business decision, based on an understanding of the regulatory obligations, the further due diligence that would be required, the changes to the acquirer bank's call centre operations that would be required and an outline system architecture for the required integration piece.

Value was delivered by;
-Communicate business capabilities, maturity and the value of architecture
-Turn strategy into projects and / or programs
-Ensure alignment and integration of architecture to business strategy
-Design and maintain the future roadmap of the business

Pains relieved included;
-Lack of knowledge transfer
-Getting a seat at the right table
-Lack of strategic focus on architecture from the business




  

Roles & Results

AEVI INTERNATIONAL GMBH - Business Architect (contract)

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Requirements / Actions
Manage requirements and high level design of an innovative Fintech SaaS Marketplace of Android apps, for client's own Merchant Acquirer customer base.
Delivery and Achievements
From scoping the initial requirements, engagement developed to encompass full development life cycle and release to major global merchant acquirers.


JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP - Business Analyst (contract)

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Requirements / Actions
Led a team of 5 systems / business analysts on a large IT change programme to transform the customer experience of ordering goods from multiple channels and sales points.
Delivery and Achievements
Successfully identified gap between JLP’s existing multi-channel order fulfilment system and new order management system capabilities, allowing informed board decision making.


EASYJET - Business Analyst (contract)

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Requirements / Actions
Engaged to provide business analysis and project management support for a B2B project for the sales of EasyJet ticket products to Global distribution Systems such as Amadeus.
Delivery and Achievements
Oversaw the delivery of the software implementation into testing.


MARKS AND SPENCER - Business Analyst (contract)

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Requirements / Actions
 Engaged to support the re-launching of M&S online shopping site in the UK with a robust system for populating the website with rich product information for customers.
Delivery and Achievements
Successfully implemented an interim MS Excel-based solution using VBA macros to transform the data to a format that was suitable for upload to the website.


TESCO.COM - Business Analyst (contract)

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Requirements / Actions
Engaged to support the introduction of a parcel tracking engine component to track direct customer order fulfilment and a hand-held scanning device for use in store.
Delivery and Achievements
Successfully presented the proposed solution to Tesco stakeholders including Call Centre Managers, solution accepted and approved as basis for system development project.


MARKS AND SPENCER - Business ANalyst (contract)

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Requirements / Actions
Engaged to specify and all aspects of internationalisation and localisation of data for the launch of a French language shopping website, using Demandware, for deliveries to France.
Delivery and Achievements
The French language website went from concept to live within 12 months and approximately 10,000 product descriptions were translated on time.


TESCO.COM - Business Analyst (via 3rd party consultancy)

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Requirements / Actions
Engaged to analyse the as-is and to-be product information management processes for a re-launched grocery website.
Delivery and Achievements
Provided in-depth technical and data analysis that was the basis for a successful data management process.


SITA - Business Architect (contract)

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Requirements / Actions
SITA wanted to incorporate sales of ancillary products into its legacy global airline reservation system. Engaged to model end-to-end processes.
Delivery and Achievements
Leveraged knowledge of ecommerce, payments and the hospitality industry to deliver a comprehensive set of Business Process Models, which were the basis for a later implementation phase.


UNIPOWER SOLUTIONS LTD - Head of Consultancy

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Requirements / Actions
For this ecommerce innovator, responsible for all pre-sales consultancy and high level solution designs, including systems integration.
Delivery and Achievements
Highlights included introduction of grocery home shopping services to Milan and Genoa, Italy.,


  

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