IT DEGREE OPENS UP A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR TERRY
Network engineer and software developer, Terry O’Keefe contradicts any image you might have of the computer geek isolated in his office tapping away at a PC.
Since graduating from Bond University with a Bachelor of Computer Science in 1995, he has traveled the world, working in The Netherlands, Austria, West Africa and Kenya on projects ranging from setting up company intranet systems to providing technical support for the United Nations Forum on Climate Change Control.
"In West Africa, I was involved with setting up a network using satellite communications between Ashanti Goldfields’ eleven mine sites spread across Ghana, Mali and Guinea so I certainly got to see plenty of the countryside," says Terry.
"Then in Nairobi, I was working on a network and infrastructure upgrade for the United Nations, so we had a great social life taking holidays to the beach in Mombasa and heading off on safari in the Maasai Mara.
"This particular project involved installing a new network used by the United Nations Forum on Climate Change Control, which was held in Nairobi last November and attended by over 8000 people. The UNFCCC is the background to the Kyoto Protocol."
Born and raised in England, Terry first came to Australia as a student in 1992, transferring to Bond after two years at the University of Wollongong, because the curriculum was much more pertinent to his career.
Since leaving school almost 20 years earlier, he had established a career in the IT industry, going way back to the days when there were only 13 sites on the internet (ARPANet) and the institutions needed a large satellite dish for a few hours access.
"The Bachelor of Computer Science was obviously appropriate to my profession; it also gave me the opportunity to move to Australia which I’d wanted to do for quite some time."
|Terry celebrating his birthday with friends in Nairobi
Now based in Perth, Terry has established a specialist IT consultancy providing network and network management applications including mobile Java.
"Accessing internet services from mobile phones and hand-held devices is the next big thing in ICT development," he says.
"It hasn’t really been taken up so far because people are still using old technologies but the Java programming language will ultimately make mobile internet cheaper and more efficient."
"Given that mobiles are portable and that users are so familiar with them, mobile internet take-up is forecast to exceed internet growth as these new technologies become more widely available."
If you’re interested in finding out more about mobile internet, you can contact Terry at Terry Comms Ltd on 0411 552 066 or visit www.terry-comms.com