I am a senior technology leader and strategic thinker who manages people, processes and technology as one — and, at heart, a deeply technical person with strategy, marketing and business development experience, acquired over two decades of cutting-edge work in the telco/internet industry doing just about everything from network planning to mass-market product development.
As part of what I do I get to hack on stuff that ranges from IoT hardware to large-scale, cloud-based data processing using Spark/Hadoop, but my current passions are split between the evolution of telco VNFs to public cloud and the more generic realms of data science, machine learning and service orchestration, which are rather popular topics these days thanks to the AI renaissance and shift towards containers.
First and foremost, I'm the father of two kids who also seem to have the knack.
But whenever I have time to myself I use it to pursue a number of hobbies — some of which are inevitably tied to my work...
Even though I'm not really supposed to, I still code a fair bit and have an embarrassingly large amount of GitHub repos.
I have a passion for photography that is only kept in check by time and storage constrains, and carry a camera whenever I can — even if it's “only” the one in my phone.
I have an electronics background, so I have a little menagerie of microcontrollers and ARM development boards around. Even clusters of them.
Like a number of like-minded people, I wish technology was a little more tangible and applicable to everyday endeavors, so I got into 3D printing as a hobby.
I read voraciously, partly as a way to take my mind off work and for the extra edge that comes with constantly learning new things.
As a result, I have an ease with words that serves me well in everyday life and enjoy writing about a variety of topics, including technology. That opened up a few opportunities, and I'm mulling writing a book of my own some day.
I live in Lisbon, Portugal — and love it here.
Lisbon might be more popular in tech circles these days due to massive events like the Web Summit, but there is a lot more to it than just events - the weather is excellent, the food simply glorious, and it has become a thriving, modern city with a unique blend of centuries-old architectural wisdom and modern living.
Despite regular bouts of economic crisis there is a lot of activity in the technology sector and plenty of knowledgeable people.
Many big international players are setting up tech hubs in the region, but most importantly there are dozens of high-profile startups that foster an exciting technology community that is still small enough for mostly everyone to know each other.
I like to travel, but so far I haven't found anyplace better to live in.
What I do during business hours is a key part of my life and shapes many of my interests, so it's worth putting up an overview of what I've achieved so far.
And yes, there's plenty more detail on my LinkedIn profile.
I'm currently at Microsoft Consulting, working as Chief Architect for Telco Solutions in the EMEA region and leading the telco consulting practice, a somewhat predictable outcome given both my background and my having spent some time as Principal Technical Delivery Manager/Program Architect in both telco and financial services.
I'm part of a team whose mission is to drive large-scale, groundbreaking tranformation projects in key Microsoft customers, a role that affords me unique insight into strategy, business development and internal product/engineering roadmaps and still keeps the engineer in me very much alive.
This came about as part of a renewed focus on the telco industry that stems from Microsoft's Azure for Operators initiative and the acquisitions of both Metaswitch and Affirmed, and was a logical move after having moved to Microsoft Consulting to join the Office of the CTO Architecure and Industry Services team.
Before that I spent a few years at the Portuguese subsidiary's Customer Success Unit, where I focused on helping partners and customers leverage Azure services and Open Source technology (doing just about everything from scaling Docker containers to designing and building large-scale data processing and machine learning solutions). During those years I spent a lot of my time dealing with advanced analytics and major digital transformation projects like EDP's transition to public cloud (which was one I particularly enjoyed taking a lead role in).
Over all of this time I gradually gravitated to the AI renaissance side of things, but yet, somehow, still managed to be deeply involved in things like Building The Future, Pixels Camp and Um Sobre Zero, which afford me the opportunity to keep doing community outreach, public speaking and discussing the impact of technology in modern days.
I worked for five years at SAPO, originally part of MEO (formerly Portugal Telecom, now acquired and rebranded by Altice), Portugal's major fixed and mobile broadband operator, as an engineering director leading projects in cloud services, business development and technology procurement after a stint managing the Big Data team and keeping tabs on our internal DevOps tooling and processes.
SAPO is the largest Portuguese internet portal, a major digital advertising business and a technology and innovation factory that supplied MEO with world-class solutions for a number of consumer offerings ranging from mobile apps to IPTV services.
By the time I left (in late 2015) it was widely recognised as having the best internet technology team in Portugal, and heavily supportive of Open Source and major technology events like Codebits (now Pixels Camp) and the Lisbon Maker Faire, which I was proud to help organise.
I worked over a decade at Vodafone, where I took part in a number of online projects (the Netcétera/Vizzavi portal, e-commerce and online gaming), several ISP initiatives (dial-up, corporate ADSL, Wi-Fi services, mobile broadband and consumer DSL) doing project management and network planning.
As product and program manager, I tackled many smartphone launches (including the usual suspects) and managed a wealth of services ranging from LBS and M2M to triple-play for both consumers and SOHO/SME, before leaving in 2010.
After graduating from college I did technology consulting, sold networking equipment (including some of the very first Ethernet switches), and even did a brief stint as a consultant at Andersen, but quickly decided that the internet business was what made me tick.
I soon joined the engineering team at IP Global, one of the first major national dial-up ISPs, leaving in 1999 for Telecel (later to became Vodafone Portugal).
I enrolled at IST (Portugal's largest engineering, science and technology university) in 1989 as part of the first set of students to undergo a five year (MSC-equivalent) engineering degree in Information Systems and Computer Engineering at that prestigious school.
I graduated in 1994, majoring in Computational Systems (focusing on digital electronics and telecommunications).