03 Oct Maxwell People | Meet Steve Baker
Meet Steve Baker, Senior Consultant at Maxwell GeoServices
Role – I was System Administrator here at Maxwell for 13 years before resigning to travel and work on some other projects. Now I’m back to help prepare the WebSHED product for commercial release.
Career to date – I have a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mathematics and Computing from Curtin University. I started my career at a company called Australian Technology Resources, an IT consulting company. I began in software development, then later moved into a system role combining systems administration on Unix systems and Oracle database administration, although I continued to be involved with software development teams occasionally. Whilst at ATR I worked with multiple clients in the areas of government (health, transport, treasury), mining, finance, research, and others. Since leaving that company in 1995 I have worked with several other IT companies, again supporting clients in multiple industries, before starting with Maxwell in 2003.
Favourite part of work – The best part about the work I do is that it is continually evolving. Most of the technology and software that we use today did not exist at all when I started my career, and tools and methodologies have evolved to match. I enjoy making things work – the process of troubleshooting to find why something doesn’t work, and then creating solutions to those technical problems.
Working with our clients – I don’t tend to talk to clients often, in the past it has usually been to provide SQL Server support that is too technical for the client’s primary Maxwell contact. I expect that will change quite a bit in this role, as WebSHED is deployed more widely I will be discussing product features and direction with clients to incorporate into future releases.
Keeping up to date – I keep up-to-date by following technical news sites and subscribing to technical newsletter emails from major vendors. Downloading trial software and running in a test environment, or using online hands-on labs supplied by the vendor, is also a good way to get great experience with various systems and tools.
Other interests – I play a sport called Ultimate (aka ultimate frisbee) and have competed and officiated at Australian national championships, and at Asia-Oceania and World Championship tournaments. Ultimate is a non-contact team sport played with a flying disc, it’s a fast-paced sport involving lots of running and is unique in that it does not have umpires – the players umpire the game themselves.
Please feel free to ask Steve any questions you may have. You can contact him here – email@example.com