Andrew Frederick Cowie
Andrew Cowie is a long time Linux engineer, but—somewhat unusually—started his career as an infantry officer in the Canadian army, having graduated from Royal Military College, Kingston with a degree in engineering physics. He saw service across North America and a tour in the former Yugoslavia. He later ran operations for a mobile internet company in Manhattan and was a part of recovering the firm after the Sept 11 attacks.
Moving to Australia he founded Operational Dynamics and for many years worked with a worldwide clientèle on their operations management, specializing in planning and executing major upgrades to critical infrastructure. He also has significant experience solving difficult problems in uncertain and complex environments.
More recently, Andrew was Head of Engineering at Anchor Systems, where he designed and deployed a scalable hosting infrastructure on OpenStack. He established Haskell as the working language for all internal systems with a view to improving the calibre of software being developed. Focus was on aggressively gathering metrics and building statistical model based decision capabilities to augment monitoring, troubleshooting, and capacity planning.
Andrew is presently working as an Engineering Manager in the Systems Engineering group at Commonwealth Bank. He had accoutability for engineering practice on the analytics platform and is now leading the integration between containerized infrastructure and cyber security.
On the technical side, Andrew is a strong open source advocate and contributed to the GNOME Desktop for many years. Past experience includes coding in C, Perl, and Java. Recent work has emphasised reliable distriuted systems and has concentrated heavily on the Haskell functional programming language to that end.
Andrew has wide experience as a corporate director, having served on the boards of international organizations promoting excellence, leadership, and innovation amongst youth; advocating Linux; and promoting Open Source professionals’ interests.
Andrew is a frequent conference speaker, presenting about increasing the level of professionalism in the operations world, and encouraging people to pursue the cause of freedom—in software and in the world beyond.