Nicholas Sydenham

Personal Information

Home location:Worcester
Preferences:Technical Architecture work in the Midlands

Key Skills Training

  • Solution Architecture
  • Team Leading
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Java - JEE, JSE
  • Linux
  • NoSQL
  • XML
  • Open Source
  • University of Birmingham 2:1 BSc(Hons) Computer Science / Software Engineering
  • Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform 1.4


CSC02/2008 -

Lead Solution Architect - UK Government 09/2009 -

Lead Solution Architect - UK Government 05/2009 - 08/2009

Designed secure development environment. Part of Architecture Management Group.

Lead Solution Architect - Zurich Financial Services 03/2008 - 04/2009

Lead architect overseeing an international architecture group developing one of Zurich's web portals.

Capgemini10/1998 - 01/2008

Technical Architect for ASPIRE (HMRC) 06/2004 - 01/2008

Nick was a Technical Architect for the eDelivery part of HMRC, responsible for developing architectures for new projects and providing technical oversight during the project.

Java, XML, Service Oriented Architecture, WebLogic

Designer/developer of booking system for ATOC (UK railways). 07/2003 - 05/2004

Working closely with analysts and COBOL designers, Nick was primarily responsible for producing detailed designs in Rational Rose for Java developers. Nick also implemented a number of the designs using Java and Struts.

Insurance application using J2EE, XML and XSLT 01/2000 - 06/2003

Nick was a team leader responsible for designing, building and integrating an internally built insurance service with two third-party systems via EJB's (WebSphere Advanced 3.5), XML/XSLT, JDBC and MQSeries. Other tasks included writing some of the core business logic for the application and writing an emulator for one of the third-party systems.

Nick was also responsible for the production of an EJB that interacted with Versant's object database and writing a number of Swing-based tools to aid debugging and testing.

Intranet ordering application 01/1999 - 12/1999

Nick developed a number of CORBA services in Java (Visibroker) for a distributed, multi-tier, Intranet-based suite of applications. He designed and implemented the security architecture for the suite based on Netscape's Directory server and a role based security policy. Other tasks included the setting up of the Netscape Enterprise and Directory servers, Java servlet development, Server-side JavaScript and coordinating the efforts between the GUI and database designers.

DERA (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency)08/1994 - 09/1998


Open source Java

Nick has developed a number of open source Java applications in his own time.

Interests and Activities

Playing the piano, reading sci-fi, Wadokai Karate (2nd Dan black belt)

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