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November 03, 2004

Success stories

Looking back over my career at Warwick, it's pleasing to see how many of the projects I've done have been successful. My first real development project – development from scratch rather than incrementally improving unix/network services – was the printer credit system whereby students can buy a credit slip from Costcutter and put the number into a web page, instead of having to take cash along to the CSV sales desk during its limited opening hours. The web side has been redeveloped but I think they still use the code that generates the credit slips.

After that I worked on implementing the SAP finance system which now handles all the University's money, then I managed the design and implementation of the videoconferencing system that enables medical school students to participate in lectures at Leicester from Warwick's campus. After that I developed the Law School Database, which was successful in that I delivered it on time and to budget, though it was never fully used as designed. Then I worked on Enrolment On Line – I wrote the front-end, Peter wrote the database – which has been used by every student at Warwick since.

Shortly after that e-Lab was formed and I spent a year doing/managing the initial design and development of WarwickForums, and the last two years on the MLE programme, the biggest project within that being the Online Module Registration system which is used by most undergraduates, and soon taught postgrads too.

One of the striking things about these projects is their ubiquity – all students at Warwick use systems that I designed as well as worked on developing. Regardless of how much the University values what I've done, or how many users know it, I get satisfaction from knowing that my work has made a difference.


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