Alex Gore has a distinguished career of consulting across public and private sector digital transformation programmes for over ten years. From police deployment of mobile networks to building major Enterprise Resource Planning systems for universities and multinational organisations, he’s a pro at upgrading digital processes to achieve ambitious transformation goals. Alex is also a qualified scuba diver and likes to do a bit of DIY when his wife lets him.
What attracted you to work with UBDS?
The people in the company are some of the best and most high-performing people I’ve worked with. I was excited about the projects UBDS works on and the opportunity to get involved in significant, complex and valuable work.
Then there’s the UBDS culture and ethos and the chance to be involved in something that’s growing fast:
- The people are great.
- The projects are large, cutting-edge, stimulating, valuable.
- We have a real impact on customers, end-users and citizens.
The ethos of the company is that it gives you the opportunity to be your best self!
What projects are you working on currently?
I’m the Solution Delivery Manager for the Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) and network access service for a large central government organisation. This is a significant programme; we’re modernising a large and complex legacy network estate. We’re rolling out SD-WAN to 900 sites across the UK, upgrading their connections from legacy copper to modern fibre, increasing bandwidth to 100 GBps connections and through SD-WAN, enabling access to their cloud hosted applications. We’re giving them more flexibility as they modernise their estate, moving away from that legacy network architecture.
How have you developed your career at UBDS?
One of the great benefits of working at UBDS is that the projects and programmes we work on are some of the biggest and most complex you’re likely to see. On a day by day basis, it’s always a new challenge!
The work we do is cutting-edge – deploying SD-WAN into the public sector was seen as something not possible just six months ago, and the department had tried and hit issues, so we’re pushing the boundaries with what we’re doing. That is what I thrive on; it’s what I’m passionate about. But that also comes with challenges: overcoming institutional inertia, resistance to change, bureaucracies and so on, and the pace we work at means sometimes those conversations can get challenging.
How would you describe the UBDS team?
We’ve got a good team. We’ve got some fantastic people technically and from the service side as well, so when we do have challenges I think it’s fair to say we rally around and help pull things together to get them through. I’m enjoying my time. I’ve met some of the best technical people, worked on some of the most exciting projects I’ve ever been involved with, which bring a lot of value to UK citizens, so a good sense of wellbeing comes from that.
What do you do on a day off?
I’ve got two young children, so every minute of my spare time I spend with my kids and my family. I also play pool competitively – I played for Scotland once!< Our People