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Welcome Alan Lark to the Optimate Team

Alan Lark is a new addition to the Optimate team, based in Perth. Now he is a couple of weeks in, we wanted to share a little bit more about him.

Tell us a little about you and your background?
I’ve spent the last 10 years working in the Power utility sector within Western Australia, originally as a Power Systems engineer but gradually moving more into operational data, performance engineering and analytics.  My most recent prior role was leading a business intelligence and analytics team, with a strong focus on developing a Microsoft Azure based analytics platform.

How did you come to be working at Optimate?
I’ve worked with Optimate as a customer for around 6 ½ years.  I’ve always had a strong interest in operational technology and saw a role with Optimate as a natural fit for my technical and domain experience, and a great opportunity to gain exposure to broader industries.

What have the team had you doing so far?
So far I’ve been getting hands on with some ongoing decommissioning and PI System builds works, as well as some system architecture design.

Have you managed to visit any customers on site yet?
I’ve been up and down the terrace a few times to client offices but I’m yet to get on site.  I’m eager to get out and see what our customers do.

What do you think the future is for the industry?
I think the demand for operational technology expertise is only growing as companies are still discovering the value of their data, especially outside the traditional usage of operational trending.  There are also exciting emerging industries such as renewable energy which provide a great opportunity for our company.