Peter Whyte - About Me

Hello, my name is Peter Whyte, and welcome to my tech blog!

This domain for me is a space to post anything of interest within the world of computing & software. In my free time, I really do enjoy taking deep dives into different technologies, testing various thought trends then writing about it to help remember whatever the details of the test were. The idea behind this blog is really for me to have a place to refer back to for useful links or info. The best thing is, some years into the journey I find myself utilizing this blog information almost daily!

There's always been a strong passion within me around the world of computing. It was always the path, starting out as a young PC gamer during my mid-teenage years and then jumped into College computing courses as soon as I left school at 16. I had to learn a bit of life stuff and started out my working career from the bottom, but it's all worked out and I'm happy to be able to say I'm working with the technologies I love every day. I'm always hungry for a challenge in and out of work and just love understanding how things work... I aim to prove that anyone can learn anything, it just takes practice and dedication.

I currently hold a role as a Data Administrator within a Data Management team. Job titles can never really summarise what's involved within the role, so see below for more info on recent job responsibilities, if of interest.

When I'm not at work, my life goals are to raise my daughter to the best of my ability. And, to try to enjoy life's journey... Climb hills, keep active, and stuff.

I hope you enjoy what you find here or find it somewhat educational. Feel free to contact me (see bottom of this page) for feedback or questions if you have any.

Cheers,
Pete

Peter Whyte

Recent Working History

 

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People's Postcode Lottery

Oct 2017 – Present

Title: Data Administrator
Description:
# Monitor & maintain the Data Platform & Legacy Data systems. Help ensure they remain secure, compliant, stable, performant, and data are kept accurate.
# Take ownership of incidents, troubleshoot & resolve issues on data systems.
# Assist with the design & development of new AWS Data Platform features, including active involvement in peer-reviews.
# Perform software, OS upgrades & data configuration changes (cleaning/deduplication tools).
# Support the Insight & Campaigns teams, guiding on technical issues and automation of SQL tasks.
# Work with Data Governance & other teams to help ensure GDPR & Security measures are adhered to across the data.
# Produce data system security audit reports and work with department managers to ensure agreed permissions are in place.
# Attend and contribute to wider business security audits & meetings.
# Create, schedule & maintain ETL workloads.
# (project) Deliver phase 1 of a new AWS Data Platform.
# (project) Lift and shift the BI stack to AWS.
# (project) On-board & configure Tableau.
# (project) Build out data selection history, retention, and anonymization components in advance of GDPR 2018.
# (short-term) Support with BAU IT Operations tasks & other small projects.

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Zonal Retail Data Systems

Oct 2016 – Oct 2017

Title: Database Administrator
Description:
# Administration, monitoring and tuning of live datacentre and customer on premise database services.
# Promptly respond to database alerts ensuring high uptime and performance targets are archived.
# Configure SQL Server features to enable reporting or to improve performance.
# Proactively upgrade SQL Server instances, Operating Systems and VM Build versions.
# Ensure backups are sound and RPO/RTO targets are achieved.
# Spawn and provision new Windows GUI or CLI VMs for production SQL Server use, ensuring best practices have been adhered to.
# Configure permissions and arrange networking line of sight required for external data uplifts.
# Attend CAB meetings with external stakeholders and perform database changes in accordance with plans.
# Work with R&D and support teams to resolve issues at hand, including assisting with deployments of new software changes.
# Produce database performance reports for clients.
# Maintain database inventory and other shared documentation.

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Apr 2015 – Oct 2016

Title: IT Operations Application Support Engineer
Description:
# Provide internal on-site & remote IT Support to office & lab sites within Europe, working with other divisions on a global scale to support shared systems. Travel to other locations within the UK to provide VIP support and for other projects.
# Administration & configuration of IT Operations tools & hardware.
# Support internal SQL-based applications and servers.
# Manage new start & leaver requests and re-patching of site server equipment.
# Communicate with 3rd party vendors to query information, report faults, and for purchasing.
# (project) Tech-lead on the roll-out of Web Security (Forcepoint) across the UK.
# (project) Assist in domain migrations for several sites.

Contact Me

 

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