ABOUT JASON SUTTIE - JASON SUTTIE
Jason Suttie Head of Disruption at The Foundery division of Rand Merchant Bank
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ABOUT JASON SUTTIE

ABOUT ME IN THE TECHNOLOGY & DISRUPTION SPACE
Technical leadership is a natural fit for Jason, and his career in Telecommunications, Enterprise Software and Consulting lead him to his career at RMB in 2010. Jason became Head of Development & Integration – which later expanded to Head of Core Technology to encompass a broader portfolio that included BI. Jason established strong Centres of Excellence as well as introduced Agile to RMB. In 2015 Jason also became an ambassador in the DevOps movement in South Africa, as well as internationally. Jason most recently ran the RMB Head of Technical Architecture role and now fills the Head of Engineering role at Foundery which officially started late 2016.
Believer of Infrastructure as Code. Cheerleader of Agile. Ambassador of DevOps. Diagnostician for Silo Sickness. The force behind the technology disruption unit.
2013

Enterprise Exception Management Tool: 3rd Place

2014

Financial Mapping System: 2nd Place

2014

Realtime Reconciliation System: 1st Place

MY STORY

I spent large amounts of time writing programs in any language I could get my hands on, it started with Basic, Pascal, Assembler and then C
I was fortunate to grow up in a household filled with computers, my first program was written on a programmable HP calculator at age six. Games were my focus, this extended throughout school, as I worked my way through ZX Spectrums, Commodores, IBM PCs, IBM XTs and finally “Pentiums”.
I spent large amounts of time writing programs in any language I could get my hands on, it started with BASIC, Pascal, Assembler and then C.
I also had a keen interest in electronics and built many projects – mostly related to HI-FI.
University followed this focus, in 2000 I completed a post-graduate Electrical Engineering degree at WITS with focus on Computer Science and  Telecommunications.
One of the deliveries that I am most proud of at that time was delivering the Low Income Lending project to Standard Bank in partnership with Microsoft.
My first few years of work was in the Telecommunications industry, where I wrote software for Newbridge/Acatel line cards. Technical leadership was a natural fit and after a few years, I became the “fire fighter” that was sent primarily to customers overseas to fix their issues.  In 2004 I moved into enterprise software having decided that a greater scope existed for this type of work in  South Africa.
I worked for a consulting firm for a number of years and had the privilege of delivering diverse projects to all of the leading South African banks.
During this time I moved into a technical architect and team lead role. We built tax engines, mobile applications, internet/mobile banking and a few things in between.
One of the deliveries that I am most proud of at that time was delivering the Low Income Lending project to Standard Bank in partnership with Microsoft. What was special about this project was that we worked truly in an Agile manner with a
well-constructed and highly skilled team – I was the development manager.
My deepest contribution to date at RMB is building strong COE’s (BPM one COE) as well as the introduction of Agile to RMB.
Some ex-consulting colleagues of mine then brought me into RMB to manage a development team working on a key finance transformation project. Two successful deployments later I was promoted into the Head of Development & Integration – this later expanded to Head of Core Technology to encompass a broader portfolio that included BI. During this period I established strong Centers Of Excellence as well as introduced Agile to RMB. 2015 marked the year when I become involved in the DevOps movement in South Africa.

 

In 2016 I was formally given the RMB Technical Architecture portfolio to run. Also in 2016 RMB established the Technology Disruption Unit which was later renamed to the Foundery. At mid 2016 I found myself at a major inflection point as I had been offered the Head of Engineering role at Foundery, this was a particularly difficult decision as I had the choice of two dream jobs. Ultimately I took the Head of Engineering role at Foundery which officially started late 2016.

 

Since joining Foundery we have developed a number of R&D prototypes, one of which is due to go to market by Q2 2017.