Having commenced working in the industry in 1983, I have accumulated technical experience on a diverse range of platforms.
My roles have covered the full life-cycle of software development. I have successfully led and contributed to teams that have delivered applications to corporate, small to medium business, NGOs and government organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Read on to learn more about my professional background and what others have had to say about my work.
In September 2019 I took over the role of Head of Engineering.
Watch this space for further details.
I joined Clover.com.au in June 2019.
During my first few months the bulk of my work was focussed on re-engineering the main Ruby on Rails application to support multiple advisors.
In January 2018 I joined Birdsnest, an online retailer based in Cooma, NSW. Whilst I visited “the nest” most months until my departure in June 2019, I was based remotely at my home on the NSW Central Coast.
My work included:
Since late 2006 I have been a keen participant in the Australian Ruby community.
One of the highlights of my career was leading the organisation of RubyConf Australia 2013, the inaugural Ruby conference in Australia, which was held in Melbourne in February 2013. This conference has since been held yearly, attracting speakers from all over the globe.
In June 2015 I joined the technology team at The Conversation on a contract basis to contribute to the development of the web applications that support their sites in Australia, Africa, Canada, France, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as a Global Perspectives edition.
My work included:
After founding Cockatoo Software in November 2007 I undertook assignments including:
From March 2014 until June 2015 I worked for Blake eLearning as a permanent member of their staff, allowing me to focus fully on contributing to the development team responsible for Reading Eggs, Reading Eggspress, Mathseeds and WordFlyers.
Building upon the earlier contributions I made whilst consulting to Blake, I:
During more than seven years with Cirrus Technologies I contributed to teams developing software using Java’s standard (Java SE) and enterprise (Java EE) editions for many clients. I also provided services as an instructor.
For example, I:
In my spare time from 2000 onwards I explored many Java technologies, especially open source frameworks. In 2004 I began to take an increasing interest in the Ruby programming language and the Ruby on Rails web application framework.
Amongst a variety of assignments during my time with ASE, major clients included Qantas and Woolworths. I assisted a Qantas software infrastructure team as they migrated from CSP to VisualAge Generator. In particular, I taught members of the team the fundamentals of the Smalltalk programming language. For Woolworths, I managed a team of ASE consultants as we developed a Bank Reconciliation system using COBOL/CICS/DB2 and demonstrated the value of Micro Focus software tools. Within ASE I managed the improvement of business procedures as part of the implementation of a Quality Management System. I also provided pre-sales support for Object-Oriented development tools such as VisualAge for Java, Toplink for Java and Simply Objects.
In my early years as a professional programmer I used technologies such as PL/I, COBOL, IMS, CICS and DB2 on IBM mainframes. Having started in the IT industry as a trainee programmer for TNT, I moved on to work at IBM Australia where I gained project management experience. During 1988 and 1989, an overseas working holiday included the chance for me to work as a contractor at Lombard North Central in Redhill, UK. Continuing contracting on my return to Sydney, I provided services to major corporations including IBM, Woolworths and Westpac.
From about 1992 onwards I began exploring Object-Orientation and Internet technologies in my spare time. From an OO programming perspective, I began with Smalltalk and later moved on to Java.
I hold a Bachelor of Science from Sydney University and am a member of the Australian Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery.
I invite you to explore my background, which may suggest how I can assist you.
If you would like to know more about what I can do for you or would like to talk with one of my referees, please contact me.
Keith was immensely helpful as soon as he joined Clover. We had a big Rails migration project that had been stalled for quite some time, but with his experience the project was quickly unstuck, and progress made on this business critical migration. He also helped mature our remote working practices, with better routines and better communication. I enjoyed the time I worked with Keith and hope I can work with him again in the future.Alan Harper, Head of Engineering, Clover.com.au
Keith is a conscientious developer with a professional and methodical approach to building software. His clear communication style makes remote collaboration a breeze, and his friendly approach is sure to fit in with any team.James Healy, Technical Director, The Conversation
Keith was such a delight to work with — experienced, thoughtful and enthusiastic, not to mention an all-round good guy. As a remote team member, he put extra effort into communication and collaboration, and that made working with Keith productive and enjoyable. His passion for Ruby along with his commitment to the Ruby community means you're guaranteed to always learn something from his approach and enthusiasm for technology.Travis Winters, Former colleague at The Conversation
I worked with Keith for a couple of years at Blake Education. He is a very proficient and professional developer, as well as a great bloke to have around the workplace. Keith could always be relied on to get the job done and had a keen interest in improving how we (the developers) could improve our processes and code.Tim McGilchrist, Former colleague at Blake eLearning
From the moment I met Keith, it was very clear that he cared deeply about the people around him and the broader community. I was not at all surprised to find him very active in the conversations that led us to start a new non-profit organisation to further the Ruby community in Australia. We could not have chosen a better person to be our founding president, and it was my privilege to work alongside him. As if that was not enough, Keith also organised Rails Camp 9 and the inaugural RubyConf AU. Few people can say they have done as much as Keith to help the Ruby community in Australia.Sebastian von Conrad, Development Manager, Envato
Keith Pitty and his company Cockatoo Software have worked closely with Healthworks over recent years to develop and upgrade one of our critical web platforms. He is an experienced and gifted programmer and he worked closely with us to scope, develop and trouble shoot as required. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.Ken Buckley, CEO & Founder, Healthworks
Keith delivers well tested software with a commitment to quality. He is open to new ideas, easy to work with and involved with the professional community.Martin Stannard, Lead Web Developer, Blake eLearning
Keith's methodical ways, backed with 20+ years of experience in the software industry are a winning combination. Listen and act on his advice and you'll be ahead of the game.Matt Allen, Director & Software Developer, Dev Logic Pty Ltd
Keith, Map 10 is working well. Thanks for all your work in getting it up and live. There'll be some happy kiddies out there in Reading Eggs land.Katy Pike, Publisher, Blake eLearning
I have worked alongside Keith on a number of projects. I'm impressed with his ability to address complex customer requirements on one hand, whilst attending to a mass of technical detail on the other. I continue to recommend Keith's services.Alan Green, Former Colleague at Cirrus Technologies Pty. Ltd.
Keith's wealth of programming experience combines with keen attention to detail, a mind always open to new ideas, and an unwillingness to compromise on quality.Charles Miller, Former Colleague at Cirrus Technologies Pty. Ltd.
As one of Keith's peers at Advanced Software Engineering, I could always count on Keith's professional integrity, and his ability to be able to get the required results for our customers, in either a pre-sales role, a consulting assignment, or in delivery of teaching materials. Keith was always a pleasure to work with, and I found him to be very knowledgeable across his many areas of expertise.Chris Fuller, Former Colleague at Advanced Software Engineering Pty. Ltd.