Andrew Rea

Andrew Rea


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I have been working in software development for over eleven years. Primarily working with web technologies on the .NET platform, I haave worked on several high…

Andrew ReaAndrew Rea

I have been working in software development for over eleven years. Primarily working with web technologies on the .NET platform, I haave worked on several high traffic web sites, for well-known brands in the United Kingdom.

I began my early career working with VB6 and classic ASP, moving into the .NET 1.X framework and continuing through to the latest versions using C#. I operate in a consultant capacity maintaining an up to date and fundamental skill set in Software Engineering. My current interests lie in Golang, Python, C and JavaScript due to their performance and interoperability across multiple operating systems.

My previous roles included working as a Software Engineer and Technical Architect at Moneysupermarket.com, Laterooms.com and HP Enterprise Security Services working in different contexts including high concurrency and high security.

I was selected by Rullion to conduct a technical review of their systems including a deep dive on the code bases. The review took place over a two week period, listed detailed observations about the systems, scored different aspects of the system against a maturity model (based on quality attributes from the Software Engineering Institute) and provided a number of relevant recommendations.

My current main engagement is for the DWP as a consultant Technical Architect. Reporting into the Head of Architecture, I am tasked with research, development and review of standard patterns, practices and principles for how applications should be built, tested, deployed, operated and decommissioned across the entire DWP including the existing heritage systems of which there are many. Whilst at DWP I led the deep technical review of Universal Credit Full Service with Thoughtworks.

I have presented at several conferences and given an insight into what Microservices are, how they are built and how a Microservices architecture is transforming the way the DWP build their applications and ultimately the benefits it is delivering to the wider organisation.