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Sam Hill® - Chief/Leader/Manager/Director of Engineering and Architecture Advocate

About Sam Hill
Hello! I'm Sam Hill, a proactive and hands-on highly experienced IT leader with a proven strategic, engineering, architectural, management, and delivery track record.

I've been involved in software engineering in a variety of forms for over 25 years, and I'm currently the Head of Software Engineering at the BBC where I'm the professional lead across the BBC supporting over 570 engineers. Day to day I am responsible for leading the development strategy, planning, implementation, integration, testing and on-going engineering of the BBC Platform that covers everything from BBC News, BBC Sport, iPlayer, websites, broadcast and archiving.

Before this, I spent 9 years in retail most recently as the Chief Digital Architect and Head of Platform and Technologies at Marks and Spencer where I was responsible for the delivery of their new digital platform and defining technologies to allow the implementation of a digital transformation to a new retailing model based on micro-services and technologies hosted on the cloud using kubernetes and other SaaS techniques. Prior to that I was Head of Architecture at Tesco leading the architecture and engineering for their online e-commerce platforms that handled sales in excess of £3billion/year.

I'm also an Architecture Advocate, where I believe that great software can be created at speed without sacrificing good design approaches with the ability to scale through thinking lean, focusing on walking skeletons (with good bones) and great collaborative ways of working. I beleive that the value can really be unlocked by people working together on shared goals with a common single vision for what good looks like; alongside this I also beleive that everyone should always be looking to improve themselves as well as the software they create - by aiming to learn something new every day.

Read my blog - latest thoughts and views
a week in IT Yes, like almost everyone it seems, I have a technology blog called A week in IT where you can find a weekly update on my view on the latest technology, concepts and IT.

This week it's about: With Linkedin - how far back do you go...?
Which was published on Mon, 08 Apr 2019 08:38

Sharing ideas through giving key notes and presentations
True to my beliefs, I present at many conferences and meetups where I shares tips, tricks and insights on making use of engineering culture, best practices, how to guies for the Cloud, DevOps and software architecture using services/micro-services and sometimes I give talks about my experiences delivering massive scalable, enterprise platforms.

If you would like me to speak at a meetup/hangout/conference then do get in touch.

Up coming sessions:
Previous sessions:
From the archives...
Early days - For those who are interested in my history, I started out in software development back in 1992, creating games for the Commodore Amiga and a variety of different business (think Windows PC desktop) applications. This included a period in the summer of 1998 creating rendering engines that had the fun task of converting SGML documents into PDF, Word and printshop (PostScript) templates.

1999 - I moved to the fast paced Internet and Telecoms sector holding a number of senior roles and worked building, growing and helping to transform a number of the UK's largest ISPs and telecoms providers into profitable, multi-award winning businesses. Companies worked for included: NetDirect, Ision, and energis.

2002 - I along with two others founded a start-up called NDO where I was the Development Director responsible to the design and engineering of all the products and services offered. Over nearly 3 years we managed NDO from conception through investment, growth, acquisitions, and profitable divestiture to Namesco who I then joined as the Services Development Manager where we created amongst other things tvMAX.

2007 - I moved sectors to news publishing at Thompson Reuters - Complinet as the Head of Technology leading the software engineering/development, architecture and testing teams producing bespoke solutions around risk management, regulation compliance and policy management for most of the worlds leading financial institutions.

2009 - I joined Tesco and was the Head of Solution Architecture leading the architecture vision, driving innovation and transforming the online grocery platform into an SOA-based services/micro-services platform with a team of architects designing all the individual capabilities that make up the platform and supporting their delivery and deployment. This multi-award winning platform transacts sales of approximately £3 billion pounds a year and is currently operational in all 11 of Tesco's operating countries. The platform is an Services/Micro-Services (SOA) Based, multi-language, multi-tenanted platform and new features are designed and delivered utilizing Agile techniques aiming for continuous delivery with a global distributed team. The overall aim is to become every customer's favourite way to shop groceries online, whether at home, out shopping, on the move, anywhere in the world becoming the world's leading ecommerce business that at its peak in 2015 accounted for 57% on all online grocery transactions in the UK [Kantar data].

2016 - I moved to Marks and Spencer initially as the Chief Digital Architect to define the new digital strategy and as the Head of Platform Technologies to lead the transformation of the technology platform into a DevOps, Cloud based, CI-CD driven agile capability with micro-services and events at its foundation.

2018 - Saw my latest move, where I joined the BBC as the Head of Software Engineering for the platform's transition from linear consumption and supporting nearly 250 engineers to continually improve both the systems and themselves.

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