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SOA & UML course in Stockport
(near Manchester)

22nd September 2008


Web Usability Patterns Site


Web Usability Products & Services

A comprehensive tutorial on UML





      
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  Alan Cameron Wills

   
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Dr Alan Cameron Wills has been a consultant and trainer in object design since 1992, working with clients in a wide variety of fields in Europe and the USA, to whom he brings over a quarter of a century's experience in computing. He is well known in the UK and internationally as an authority on object and component based development. He takes a leading role in the promotion of good practice in the industry, writing and presenting on design methods, taking part in the organization of conferences, and supporting professional development programmes.

Alan is author (with Desmond D'Souza) of Objects, Components, and Frameworks in UML: the Catalysis Approach, a significant work on object and component development, published by Addison-Wesley in 1998. Many industry commentators, including the Gartner group, the Butler CBD Forum, have acclaimed Catalysis. Several tool vendors support or are about to support it; and it is in increasing use in a variety of large component and high-integrity projects.

Alan's original training in physics led him into telecoms hardware design, from which he moved into software and took an MSc in computing. He then worked on a variety of industry/academic collaborations as a designer of advanced software development tools. During that time, he developed a strong awareness of the central issues of object oriented design methods (in which he gained a PhD), which he was able to elaborate in subsequent work as an independent industrial consultant.

Consultancy work has included mentoring, reviews, audits, and mentoring in finance, commerce, GIS, telecoms and manufacturing. Recent examples include leading a team reviewing and advising a back-office project in Union Bank of Switzerland. Leading a team auditing component development in a major European leasing company. Leading a design mentoring team in a Customer Relations Management development. Training and advising a major Irish stockbroker, and mentoring requirements analysis for a billing system.

 
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