Scott started his IT career back in 1994, working for New Zealand Dairy Group as an Analyst/Programmer. He soon became Oracle Systems Manager there, which lead to a number of career highlights. One was spending a few weeks at Oracle Headquarters working on a customer beta testing programme, and another involved working with Data Warehouse consultants to create the NZDG Data Warehouse database. These consultants later became WhereScape. After the formation of Fonterra, Scott moved to the retail subsidiary, RD1, to take up an Infrastructure Manager Role.
Tell us a bit about your background.
I was born in Dannevirke, and raised on a dairy farm about 10km from the town. I was very much a country boy and interested in farming, machinery and how things worked. I liked to help out on the family farm, and this developed into holiday and weekend jobs on neighbouring farms involving a lot of physical labour – things like milking cows and throwing hay bales around. This has changed a bit since I got involved in IT!
How did you get into BI/Data?
My Infrastructure Role at RD1 included Web Applications and Business Intelligence, and one of the key initial focuses was building a Data Warehouse. This project prompted me to get engaged with WhereScape again, and ended up being very successful. I was very impressed by the new data warehouse automation tool they were using at the time (WhereScape RED).
What's your most memorable WhereScape/NOW moment?
I went to London for a short consulting engagement a few years back. The Project Manager said, "This is a 2 million pound project, and we have delivered nothing so far. I am down to my last 20K, which I have used to bring WhereScape in. You are my last throw of the dice." Nothing like a bit of pressure to get you focused! We got things sorted for them, and they are still a customer today.
What do you do outside of the office?
Fitness and sports – I try to get to the gym, run, or cycle when I can, and completed a marathon in 2016. I’ve played a lot of rugby and cricket over the years, and still play a bit of cricket for a team called the PLANKs (Players Long Ago, Now Knackered).
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I was in a TV commercial in the early nineties. When I went back to Dannevirke at Christmas time, I had people telling me that they kept seeing someone who looked just like me on television.