About Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Biography

Paul now concentrates on web design for small businesses and has diversified into picture framing and golf event management. Picture framing was a natural extension to Paul's love of photography. Golf event management came about from organising large charity events at his local golf club.

Paul began his career as a draughtsman/architectural technician, working for Macintosh, Haines & Kennedy in Croydon. He used to work on all aspects of building projects from planning & detailed drawings, to tendering and running the building sites.

In 1984 Computer Aided Design (CAD) came along and Paul discovered a natural talent for computers. CAD helped considerably with multi million pound contracts in Docklands.

Paul then worked for Vistec Business Systems who supplied and supported CAD systems. It was here that he learnt about peripherals and networks.

Paul then moved on to work for the property department at the London Stock Exchange. he helped combine different CAD systems and different drawing styles into a single system and a single professional drawing style. The Exchange's LAN couldn't cope with the huge file sizes that CAD creates, so he helped the property department build it's own LAN. As the property department also had natural links with the engineering department, the LAN soon turned onto a WAN covering several buildings in the City of London. The LAN was then connected to the Exchange's main network so as e-mail could be exchanged with other departments.

Whilst at the Exchange Paul gained his Novell qualifications - Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) & Certified Novell Administrator (CNA).

In 1998 he joined the newly created IT department at the Exchange. Together with IBM and Andersons, they replaced the existing Novell network with Windows NT 4.0 and Lotus Notes. This involved changes to the network, installation of new Compaq servers and rolling out over 600 new PC's.

Paul then moved to a firm of City solicitors as their IT manager. His role covered all aspects of computers, networks, telephones & photocopiers. Paul has carried out a number of upgrade projects:

  • Upgrade from Wndows 95 & Wordperfect to WIndows NT & Office 2000
  • Upgrade to Windows XP & Office 2003
  • replace the Firm's Paractice Management System with SOS Connect from Solicitors Own Software
  • Move all software to a hosted environment with e-know.net