“I worked with Toki whilst managing the online channels at Melbourne IT. In a team of Unix administrators, Toki stood out as someone with commercial acumen, and an awesome knowledge of anything Unix/Solaris/DNS related. Not only was Toki incredibly responsive and focused on providing solutions to the business, if he wasn’t sure about something he would go and find the answer without breaking anything. I would highly recommend Toki to anyone looking for a technical genius. He is the real deal”
- Jon Stribling - Focusing on Leadership, Strategy Development, & Innovation
“I was fortunate to be Toki’s Manager from October 2006 to April 2011 while he was working at Melbourne IT. What impressed me most about Toki was his ability to very quickly and thoroughly learn new technical skills and concepts. Toki had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and he would learn about new technologies in his spare time for enjoyment. When attempting to reward Toki for outstanding performance on a project, he would request vouchers for technical books. Toki was required to work with a complex mix of technologies and he always gained a thorough understanding of every technology that he worked with.
It was this thorough understanding that enabled Toki to engineer systems for High Availability and ensured that we achieved outstanding results. This prompted us to very quickly promote Toki to Unix Technical Specialist and later Technical Lead (UNIX/Linux/Applications). Toki was also good at sharing his knowledge and did an excellent job teaching other team members. Toki took great pride in the quality of his work and he would put in extremely long hours in order to ensure that he never missed a project deadline.
Toki was also very customer focused. A good example of this was when he moved his start time to 4.00am for several months in order to ensure good overlap with a U.S. based Development Team with whom he was required to work closely. I have no hesitation in recommending Toki for technical roles involving UNIX/Linux and associated applications”
- Peter Berry – Transformation Environment Planning Manager at Melbourne IT
“Toki is without doubt one of the most diligent, talented, productive and capable system administrators I have ever worked with. No request was too difficult and he always responded quickly and professionally with exactly the right output.”
- Tony Hobbins – Program Manager at Melbourne IT
“I had the opportunity to work directly with Toki for a short period in my role managing MIT Services. I was quick to see what others had long told me – he is an absolute go-to guy with strong technical skills and a commitment to ge the job done. His efforts on a large Transformation project for Melbourne IT were ensuring that the project maintained momentum through obstacles that may otherwise have stalled progress. He has been quick to learn new technologies to the extent that he is able to solve very complex problems within a short time after using a new technology stack.”
- Kurt Euston - Practice Manager – Data Centre Solutions at Dimension Data
“Working with Toki has been both enjoyable and productive. It is rare to find someone with excellent technical skills and the ability to retain a goal oriented focus that allows them to collaborate well with others. Yet Toki possesses both attributes and melds them well to produce high quality outcomes in small and large projects. Working with Toki to deliver technical solutions always resulted in an outcome greater than the sum of its parts because of his contributions and open attitude. I can recommend Toki to any employer who wishes a highly skilled, self motivated and collaborative UNIX specialist.”
- Kal Feher - Enterprise Architect at AusRegistry Group
“Toki was a key technical resource on a large system migration project that I managed. He has strong technical skills, an impressive commitment to getting the job done, and a “can do” attitude. He was able to stay on top of many specific technical details, while keeping an eye on the larger picture of application integration and interdependencies. I quickly learned that he could be relied on when making commitments to the project team. When faced with delays outside his control, he put forth the extra effort required to get the project back on track and delivered on time. I would happily invite him to work on future project teams, or any other opportunity to work together.”
- Jay Everson, PMP - CTO and Director Information Technology
“IWS Transformation is the largest project that MelbourneIT have ever committed to delivering; Siebel CRM, Oracle Financials and integration to internal provisioning systems. Toki is the key technical resource who has worked tirelessly from the day I arrived to ensure critical environment delivery milestones have been met. Toki is respected by his peers and managers; most project and BAU teams constantly relying on his experience and knowledge for complex troubleshooting and problem solving.
His commitment to the project and MelbourneIT are unquestionable; long after everyone else has packed up and gone home; Toki can still be found either at his desk or working remotely.Our professional respect for each other will continue long after the project has been successfully completed. His efforts are greatly appreciated.”
- Simon Duffield, Senior Project Manager at Australia Post (February, 2011)
“Toki is an intelligent and surprisingly patient system administrator. With his help, we were able to solve many issues quickly, quietly and effectively. His tasks were never easy and his eagerness to get it done and done right with some innovative methods impressed me. Very happy with his performance and expect him to exceed expectations where ever he chooses to work.”