MES/IIT/OT Specialist

11+ years experience in Petrochemical and Mining manufacturing IT environments, specializing in MES, IIT and OT systems analysis, design, implementations, contracting and support.

About me


About me
I have an 11 year career with Sasol Information Management with the bulk of my experience gained in IIT and MES environments across the Chemicals, Synfuels and Mining businesses. I currently manage large IIT and MES support teams in Sasol as part of an MES/IIT Operations team.


As part of this team, we have established IIT and MES services along with the ITIL Service Management principles which enables IIT and MES services that are always available, reliable and stable. We manage well over 200 IIT and MES SLA's across 20 1st, 2nd and 3rd line support teams focusing on Incident, Problem, Change and Request Management integration with Sasol Information Management.


I am very team and customer-focused, I have a deep understanding of IIT and MES services ranging from Real-Time Platform Data extraction to Securing IIT devices and networks with focused Security Policies, Drones as a Service, Mining of the Future implementations through continuous miners, underground networks, intrinsically safe tablets and devices as well as simpler, but effective Lab systems, GIS mapping and tracking systems across Sasol business units.


I have honed my interest in converging and securing IT and OT by writing a monthly article in the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine talking about IT in Manufacturing and recently completed my Advanced Diploma in Industrial Data Communications, Networks and IT Cum Laude to ensure a deeper understanding of Industrial Technologies such as SCADA, PLC, DCS, Industrial Networks and Security in an OT environment. I have grown as a leader in my team as well as Sasol Information Management as a whole where I have been entrusted with Capital and Opex budgets in the millions, leading IIT and MES teams and Operations Technology users on Cloud journeys and Datacentre modernization in the last year. I am dedicated, dependable and I can adapt very well to different environments and cultures.


My goal is to work in a truly converged IT and OT manufacturing environment where mutual respect and understanding exists between the worlds of IT and manufacturing/Engineering.


My skills


ITIL Service Management

ITIL Foundation, Practitioner and Service Transition certifications

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Industrial IT/OT and MES system design and Implementation and Integration

More than 11 years experience in analyzing, designing and implementing large scale IIT and OT projects and solutions in manufacturing environments.

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SCADA, PLC, DCS and Industrial Networks

General understanding of SCADA, PLC, DCS and Data communications across Industrial Networks and how these technologies are applied, implemented, secured and maintained.

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SQL, C++ and Server Administration

General knowledge on SQL databases, C++ development and Server Administration in manufacturing IT environments

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Azure Technical Architect and AWS

General understanding and administration of infrastructure on AWS and Azure Cloud platforms

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Business Analysis

Certified Business Analyst with 4 years analysis and modeling for manufacturing IT environment requirements.

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Content Writer - IIoT, IoT and OT niche

I am a Content Writer for various publications and companies in the Industrial IT/MES, OT, and IoT markets. I write content for websites, magazines, products, technical proposals and general blogging in the areas of IoT, IIoT, MES, IIT, and OT.

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MES/OT Infrastructure Operations Management

Manage the day - to - day operations of MES and OT infrastructure platforms.

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Education & Experience


B.Com Information Systems : Management Information Systems

Bachelors degree from the University of the Western Cape - Information Systems

Feb 16, 2004

B.Com Honors Information Systems: Enterprise Architecture

Honors degree from the University of the Western Cape - Information Systems Enterprise Architecture major

Feb 01, 2007

Advanced Diploma: Industrial Data Communications, Networks And IT CUM LAUDE

Advanced Diploma from the Engineering Institute of Technology. The focus is on Industrial Networks, data communications and Industrial IT.

Mar 14, 2019

Certifications and Affiliations

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MES/IIT Operations Specialist

Single point of contact for all MES and IIT services in Sasol Secunda, ensuring they are stable, available and reliable. Understanding, analysing, designing and implementing MES and IIT architecture that meet Sasol IM and Sasol Business requirements as well as conform to IM MES standards for IT in manufacturing or Industrial IT. Manage multiple MES and IIT support teams onsite and offsite including Honeywell MES and IS, EOH MES and IIT, and BCX IIT teams, during this time I:

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MES/IIT Application Service Owner

Single point of contact for all MES and IIT applications and services in Secunda Chemical Operations between the IT department and plant process management teams, maintenance teams and technical engineering teams. Analysis of business requirements and translate these into MES or IIT designs and implementations and services, I:

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Business Information Consultant for IIT and MES

Accountable for the establishment and delivery of IIT and MES services while being a single point of contact for the Polymers and Nitro business in Secunda. Accountable for various Chemicals Operations and Synfuels Operations MES and IIT implementations throughout the entire project life cycle, specifically accountable for analysis, design according to MES standards, and quality and assurance handover into the Operations Support of MES and IIT services, I:

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Engineering Lead

Accountable for the design and solutioning of IIT and MES services for Sasol Synfuels especially on Level 2-3/3.5 Industrial IT and MES, I:

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Content & Articles


MES, OT and the IIoT – what’s required for digitalisation?

MES, OT and the IIoT – what’s required for digitalisation?

IIoT is what will deliver digitalization, that being the glue of MES and OT.

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Is South Africa in a 4th Industrial Revolution?

Is South Africa in a 4th Industrial Revolution?

Is ZA in a 4th industrial revolution? Or lagging far, far behind?

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Will OT take over MES?

Will OT take over MES?

This article was published in the November 2020 edition of the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine. https://www.instrumentation.co.za/11648r

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Remote support of critical production systems in Covid-19

Remote support of critical production systems in Covid-19

This article was published in the June 2020 edition of the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine. https://www.instrumentation.co.za/10633r

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11th annual MESA Africa conference

11th annual MESA Africa conference

This article was published in the January 2020 edition of the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine. https://www.instrumentation.co.za/9226r

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Beyond Capex and Opex

Beyond Capex and Opex

This article was published in the November 2019 edition of the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine. https://www.instrumentation.co.za/63940n

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Top tips to help you implement 4IR projects that deliver value

Top tips to help you implement 4IR projects that deliver value

This article was published in the September 2019 edition of the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine. https://www.instrumentation.co.za/63534n

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IT services for manufacturing. Here’s how and why

IT services for manufacturing. Here’s how and why

This article was published in the July 2019 edition of the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine. https://www.instrumentation.co.za/63110n

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Do we need rogue IT units in the modern manufacturing plant?

Do we need rogue IT units in the modern manufacturing plant?

This article was published in the May 2019 edition of the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine. https://www.instrumentation.co.za/62427n

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Traditional vs manufacturing IT

Traditional vs manufacturing IT

This article was published in the March 2019 edition of the SA Instrumentation and Control magazine. https://www.instrumentation.co.za/61999n

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Technical writing


Technical Writing for Software Development Company in IIoT industry

I am an experienced technical writer in the Technology field. I have worked on various local and International Technology bids and tenders for B2B clients. See my deliverables in this niche industry for more detail.

Content writing for Software Development Company selling IIoT and IoT products

I am an experienced Content Writer working in the marketing department of an IIoT software development company. I report directly to the Marketing Director and work closely with videographer, software engineers, animators, graphic designers on various content and marketing jobs, click for more detail.

Contact


  • Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa