About WardNet

WardNet is the name chosen by Jonathan Ward as a professional branding for all his IT-related activities online.

Technical Skills & Experience includes:
Server Administration (Windows &Linux), Desktop Support, Hardware Configuration (Cisco networking, IBM servers, WatchGuard, Dell Servers/Storage, HP Servers, Netgear, Ubiquity), Infrastructure Design, Application Installation & Management. Enterprise application tech (Active Directory, MSExchange, SharePoint, IIS) Virtual and Container-based tech (VMWare, Hyper-V, Docker), Web/Cloud tech (Azure, Angular, Nginx, Apache, LAMP/WAMP stacks), Epicor ERP 10(Systems Design, Installation, Management, Training, Toolset, Cloud, Mobile, Web)

Software Languages are a core element of tech these days, and Jonathan has proficiency in:

  • C#
  • HTML/CSS + derivatives
  • Javascript/Typescript
  • PHP
  • T-SQL
  • PowerShell
  • Bash/Shell scripting

As a 2011 graduate in Computer Networks from Birmingham City University, Jonathan is a keen IT professional with interests in all aspects of technology. During his time at University Jonathan had the opportunity to gain experience with one of the world’s leading IT companies, IBM. The placement at IBM was within their rather unique Innovation Center, based in Hursley, Hampshire. The experience gained at IBM helped Jonathan to finish his degree in style complete with a 1st Class Honors in June 2011.

In the same month, Jonathan started his graduate job at Beoley Mill Software Ltd. (BMS) the UK’s leading JD Edwards specialist comprising around 60 consultants and developers working with some very prestigious clients across the JD Edwards Enterprise One and World platforms. Jonathan was initially employed to learn the role of a CNC specialist, however, his clear ability with infrastructure soon showed and was subsequently promoted to the new role of Infrastructure Manager in November 2011. A key function in that role was maintaining the flexibility of the in-house IT systems to match the rapid growth of the company, integrating new technologies in areas such as Virtualisation, Mobile, and Cloud. BMS is now part of Version1 Group.

Following almost 4 years at BMS Jonathan made the short geographical jump across to the demanding world of automotive, as part of a 2 man team responsible for all IT across over 200,000 sq ft of warehouse, primary manufacturing, assembly, and office space. In December 2015 Jonathan was given the opportunity to move to a more customer-focused role, in a locally based IT provider, with customers based all over. This included a reasonable amount of traveling across the UK and remote implementation and support across the world in some cases.

2016 saw big changes again, 6 months into the new customer-facing, almost consulting role with Dot Net IT (the local IT provider) they were acquired by Epicor Software Corporation.

Epicor Software Corporation drives business growth. We provide flexible, industry-specific software designed to fit the precise needs of our manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industry customers. More than 45 years of experience with our customers’ unique business processes and operational requirements are built into every solution―in the cloud or on premises. With this deep understanding of your industry, Epicor solutions dramatically improve performance and profitability while easing complexity so you can focus on growth. For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.

Epicor is a large software company, and so things go full circle, from being at Big Blue, back around a few smaller software consultancy style companies, all the way back to a global player, this time also back to the world of ERP, but in a customer-facing position. I think I need a Visio diagram for that!

The journey began here, and many of the posts on this site reflect some real technical situations faced in the field.

View Jonathan’s LinkedIn profile here

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