Steve Hallett
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Steve Hallett

Principal ConsultantSpecialising in Product & Delivery, Technical

With over 20 years experience as a successful consultant, Steve is highly skilled in delivering niche tech and digital experts to complex projects. Steve specialises in Product & Delivery and Technical: Development, Software, Infrastructure, Security & DevOps.

Hanover are proud to support a range of UK Government Departments in their mission to deliver digitised, optimised, public services for the benefit of UK Citizens through consulting and team building.

Our services are available through the following frameworks:

  • G-Cloud

  • DOS

  • Bloom/NEPRO 3

  • PSR

  • "I worked as a Hanover associate on a complex central government technology project. The working relationship with them was over a sustained period of time and I always found them to be supportive and knowledgeable, both on the associate and project side. They understood the complexity of the technical project I was landing into and it was a great fit for my skills, resulting in the right outcome for the client."


    Software Engineer

  • ​"Unlike other recruiters, Hanover treats contractors like human beings, rather than revenue-generating commodities! I would not hesitate to recommend their consultants"


    Project Manager

  • ​"Hanover were clear, friendly and straightforward. Their intuition about roles suited to me was excellent and now I love my job!"


    SEO Analyst

  • ​"My biggest appreciation of Hanover is that they helped me believe in my own work. It completely paid off and I got the job!"


    Digital Designer

  • "What especially impressed me was that Hanover truly listened to what I was looking for and what my expectations for career progression were."


    UX Designer

  • ​"Not only were Hanover great to deal with but they also followed up with me when I started in my new job to see how I was settling in." 


    System Admin

  • Software Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • SEO Analyst
  • Digital Designer
  • UX Designer
  • System Admin
  • IT Operations
    Programme Manager

    ​Programme Manager with previous defence integration of systems experience required.Responsibilities:To lead and manage the accelerated procurement of solutions Writing programme artifacts to shape requirementsMinimise risk to output by responding to emerging requirements, making appropriate decisions as the situation dictates. Routinely undertake scrutiny of the project and identify issues/solutions as required.Build and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders and external agencies.Ensure coherence of capability requirements to business artefacts necessary to advance approval of procurementEstablish a sustainable, high performing, multi-disciplinary team to coordinate project deliverables.Ensure the programme delivers a coherent and balanced core capability, to support current and future operationsDetailing performance against (and risk to) delivery of the Plan.Experience:Previous integration of systems experience is essentialAbility to work independently to form a programme is keyStandard IT systems used – general Microsoft Office competency

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  • Product & Delivery
    Delivery Manager

    ​We're looking for a Delivery Manager to lead the digital transformation of all client offices within a specific geographical region (NW England). This will involve leading the transformation of all devices to cloud first, refreshing all end of life devices and ensuring the office is transformed to meet our new ways of working. As Delivery Manager you will plan site/office migrations as offices close and existing sites are transformed. You will transform IT in offices moving to a full laptop organisation with a cloud first solution. You'll lead a blended team of suppliers and internal resources, manage plans, internal and external dependencies, risks and provide key MI and reports on progress. This role requires excellent stakeholder and supplier management skills working in a one team approach. Skills and experience: Demonstrate experience of working at pace in a large scale organisation and/or GovernmentExperience of managing Digital Delivery as part of a complex business change programme in an multi supplier environmentDeveloping site migration and implementation plans forming part of a national programme plan. Escalate where appropriate to ensure the delivery is completed to expected standards and are delivered within timescales.Lead Project checkpoints, report progress and MI.Experience in managing Risks, issues and dependencies.Providing support and guidance to members of the delivery teams and acting as a point of escalation for issues impacting deliveryStakeholder engagement, managing expectation, ensuring stakeholders are kept up to date with progress, risks and issues. Desirable skills:Experience of delivery in large scale complex Estates led programmesCloud First Windows 10 deployments

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  • Data
    Data Warehouse Expert

    ​The Data Development team plays a vital role in the delivery of this government agency's operations, by developing and implementing data products and services and integrating them into analytics and business intelligence systems. The team works collaboratively with data analysts, statisticians, IT professionals and external service providers to deliver value from the agency’s data assets. This is a brilliant opportunity to develop and deliver data products key to supporting the agencies objectives. Collaboratively working with digital and technology project teams as they design and build new operational systems and data streams. Assisting the Analysis and Performance function to maximise the value of the agency’s data assets across multiple enterprise-level data services.Skills:Data Warehouse ExpertKnowledge of Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS), ETL and SAP BO

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  • Technical
    Oracle Cloud ERP Finance Functional Consultant

    ​Oracle Cloud Finance Functional Consultant required to support the development of the ERP Financial features in an Oracle cloud ERP programme. Working within the respective functional consultants within the workstream, the functional consultant will be a Oracle Cloud Financials specialist, additional skills in the P2P space highly desirable.​The role requires:A background in Oracle Cloud financials, particularly in the design, implementation and testing of Financials modules (desirable P2P) to support a solution which spans both the department requirements and its supporting commercial operations. The ability to support the business to drive out a full business process for solutions that have already been tested through SIT. The knowledge to link standard Oracle cloud processes into a full end to end process solution to include off system processes.Your skills and experience: Strong influencing skills, with the ability to drive to conclusion key decisions with senior leaders and key business stakeholders.Broad knowledge of Financials solutions in the Oracle Cloud product setStrong bias for action and a “solution orientated” attitudeAble to work closely across a diverse multi-workstream programme team to expeditiously deliver resultsAbility to convey ideas and recommendations in a clear, compelling and succinct way in written and verbal communicationsGood attention to detail and an ability to analyse and use data in decision makingExperience identifying, diagnosing and resolving issues independently; taking initiative even under unfamiliar or ambiguous circumstancesExperience of business analysis and functional requirements gatheringBroad knowledge of Oracle/ERP modules and functionalityStakeholder management  and good people skills to gather requirements and agree specificationsExperience of working with configurable package solutions or large IT projects.Expert knowledge of Oracle Cloud solutions within a multi-supplier, multi-tenancy, multi-release, central government context.Knowledge and experience of Oracle Cloud Payables in particular payments configuration and expensesKnowledge and experience of Oracle Cloud Tax EngineExperienced in working remotely in a requirements, design and configuration role.

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  • Product & Delivery
    Digital Project Manager

    We are looking for someone who has a strong desire to deliver outputs for our strategic Digital projects, the ability to lead, influence and motivate a broad team to deliver exploitable project outputs and also manage and influence stakeholders to ensure project success.Responsibilities:Delivery – Create and lead the project to deliver the agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints.Project Management – Day to day management and leadership of the project and the project team. Set project controls. Design the project structure appropriate to stage. Select and apply appropriate delivery methodologies.Business Case – Coordinate development of the Business Case.Budget – Track delivery within budget.Resources – Schedule / manage resources to deliver the project. Benefits Realisation – Ensure benefits are identified, understood, measured, tracked and owned. Ensure appropriate Benefits Realisation Strategy is in place, and monitor longer term delivery of benefits against the Business Case.Stakeholder Management – Identify key stakeholders and develop effective relationships.Risks & Issues – Identify and monitor project risks and issues. Develop mitigating actions and escalate as appropriate.Governance – Provide key reports and support effective governance and decision making.Assurance – Support or set appropriate project assurance.Change Management – Ensure effective Change Management processes are in place to agree and document changes to deliverables as agreed with stakeholders.Project Performance & Controls – Build Project Plan and apply appropriate project principles to deliver stated objectives. Identify and set appropriate Project Controls. Track and report delivery against milestones.Essential:APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ), or equivalent qualificationContract Management Capability Programme (CMCP) – Foundation (CMCP) (or achieved within first three months)Desirable:APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)APM Registered Project ProfessionalProject Leadership Programme (PLP)ITIL

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  • Technical
    Digital Architect

    ​As a Digital Architect, you will be responsible for ensuring design governance across the digital estate. You will work to influence and contribute to digital strategy and direction.  You will provide corporate governance and technical advice to digital programmes, projects and services to ensure that strategy, policy and design principles are adhered to whilst taking into account customer requirements to provide advice and direction.  There is a requirement to maintain and develop design principles, policy and standards, authoring sub-strategy and related documentation. You will maintain and develop good working relationships between the Architects’ team and the relevant internal and external key stakeholders.Experience: Experience of delivery as an Application, Technical, Solution or Enterprise ArchitectExperience of working with commercial suppliers, understanding their motives and contractual constraints.The ability to quickly develop good working relationships across a range of levels and resources.Good interpersonal skills with an ability to translate complex technical matters to a simple business related view.Good networking skills.Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.The ability to handle conflicting priorities and successfully delivering to changingrequirements

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  • Product & Delivery
    Programme Manager

    Programme Manager required for the continued development of an important network in a Central Government department. Further details can be provided on successful application. You will:Co-ordinate activities that will establish a network as a delivery programme Oversee configuration management, interfaces and standards and integration with current and future systems.Co-ordinate with continuing research by the department into frameworks for integrating autonomous systems. Align and coordinate trial activity Deliver the mandated documents to make the network a programme of record.Skills:  Experience in complex programme managementExperience in Defence maritime system/sectorGeneral project managementDesigning strategic programmesDesigning business cases

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  • IT Operations
    Senior Infrastructure Engineer

    We're looking for a skilled Senior Infrastructure Engineer for a large, dynamic Central Government department.  You'll need:  Knowledge of Tanium Cyber Security Platform. IT Infrastructure - Designs, implements, administers and supports infrastructure technologies, solutions and services such as: compute, storage, networking, physical infrastructures, software, commercial off the shelf (COTS) and open source packages and solutions, virtual and cloud including PaaS, SaaS Systems Integration - Defines and designs the integration build. Able to co-ordinate build activities and understands how to undertake and support integration testing activities Technical Breadth - Has a deep understanding of the technical concepts required in their role and understands how these fit into the wider technical landscape. Understands the limitations of digital technology Skills:  Knowledge and expertise implementing and managing the Tanium cyber security platform in a large enterprise.  Expert knowledge of Tanium infrastructure and modules is essential.  Experience implementing these in a complex environment, including AWS and Azure, and integrating Tanium with other platforms, alongside knowledge of infrastructure as code and Terraform.

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  • Technical
    Digital Architect

    As a Digital Architect, you will be responsible for: Ensuring design governance across the digital estate. Work to influence and contribute to digital strategy and direction. Provide corporate governance and technical advice to digital programmes, projects and services to ensure that the strategy, policy and design principles are adhered to whilst taking into account customer requirements to provide advice and direction. Maintain and develop design principles, policy and standards, authoring sub-strategy and related documentation. Listen to the needs of technical and business stakeholders and interpret them to make decisions based on risk and complexity. Turn business problems into technical design. Design systems characterised by medium levels of risk, impact and business or technical complexity. Works across multiple services or a single large or complicated service. Skills/Experience: A familiarity with writing and reviewing technical documentation within an architectural context. Hands on experience of working as an Applications, Technical, Solution or Enterprise Architect. Experience of working with and writing architectural strategy, policies, and processes. Experience of working within a similar governance and/or assurance role. Experience of writing and reviewing technical design documentation. Bridging the gap between the technical and non-technical. You can mediate between people and mend relationships, communicating with stakeholders at all levels. Governance. You can evolve and define governance and take responsibility for collaborating and supporting services in wider governance. You know how to assure services delivered by technical architects across sets of services. Making and guiding decisions. You can make decisions characterised by medium levels of risk and complexity and recommend decisions as risk and complexity increase. You can build consensus between services or independent stakeholders. Strategy. You can define and challenge strategies, patterns, standards, policies, roadmaps, and vision statements. You can provide proactive advice and guidance for their definition across the organisation. Turning business problems into technical design. You can design systems characterised by high levels of risk, impact and business or technical complexity. Understanding the whole context. You can understand trends and practices within the broader organisation and how these will impact on your work. You can look for deeper underlying problems and opportunities and anticipate problems before they occur. You can identify the impact of changes to policy. Comprehensive knowledge of application and systems architectures. Familiarity with enterprise architecture methodologies, tools, and techniques. Technical leadership, influence, and people management skills. Good communication and information sharing skills with an ability to translate complex technical matters to a simple business-related view. A good problem solver with experience of constructively challenging proposed approaches and solutions, considering wider opportunities, impacts and longer-term strategy.

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​We’re living in an increasingly connected world, with a growing number of devices and digital services collecting, storing and processing more data than ever before.Emerging technologies continue to add value to our lives in work, social and consumer settings, but how does this impact cybersecurity risk?​Our Digital FootprintOur personal data is collected in countless ways. Manufacturers collect technical data when we have issues with an app or our computer, we fill out online forms to access public WiFi when we travel, retailers collect our behavioural and demographic data to inform advertising efforts – the list goes on.According to anti-virus provider Kaspersky, more than 940,000 of its users were attacked by malware designed to harvest a variety of data on their computers in the first half of 2019. In a world where most transactions are now done online, we often assume organisations will have appropriate security measures in place, but even the most sophisticated cybersecurity technology isn’t foolproof. A study from Juniper Research predicts annual online payment fraud losses from ecommerce, airline tickets, money transfer and banking services will reach $48 billion by 2023.​Emerging Technology and Increased ConnectivityAs businesses continue to disrupt traditional industries with emerging technologies, there is immense opportunity to create value but equally a greater need for security. Although IoT offers endless possibilities – from smart homes to entire smart cities, data sharing and connectivity between devices leave businesses significantly more vulnerable to a breach.The sheer amount of data being collected, not to mention how and where it is collected, processed and stored, makes it extremely difficult to safeguard. When a breach occurs in one data point, the entire ecosystem is at risk of being compromised. In the absence of official IoT guidance, technology partners are left to develop their own cyber risk policies as data governance is not evolving at the same pace.​Data Protection LegislationJust over half of all countries globally have some form of privacy and data legislation in place, and nearly one in three companies fall under the EU GDPR jurisdiction. GDPR applies to any organisation processing data of EU citizens, requiring the secure storing and processing of all sensitive data using appropriate operational and technical measures. It holds businesses accountable for managing security risk, reporting incidents and minimizing the impact when they do occur.Data protection should be the concern of more than just the IT department, and organisations should demonstrate shared accountability across key business functions. In its latest annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey the Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) reported that cyber security is a high priority for 78% of businesses, up from 74% last year.Among the organisations that identified breaches or attacks (32%), the most common were due to phishing emails, impersonation and viruses or other malware. 30% of businesses made changes to cyber security in regard to policy, training, system configurations and contingency plans because of GDPR, but there’s still a long way to go.​If you're looking for a new job in data, analysis, marketing, tech or digital, head over to our jobs page for our featured jobs or to submit your CV!

evolution of cloud computing

At a time when Digital Transformation is on everyone’s lips and the sheer volume of tech coverage around some of the usual suspects such as AI, VR and Big Data is huge – Cloud Transformation is still current and one of the most prioritised initiatives for both big and not so big businesses across EMEA going into H2.It is no longer a question of whether or not companies will undergo a cloud transformation – but what services should be shifted into the Cloud exactly, how quickly can this happen, how much will it cost or indeed save the business and what are the priorities; from either a bottom up or a top down strategic approach. Cloud computing has an ability to kick-start other activities, for both external customers and internally as an organisation.​Short History of Cloud ComputingCloud Computing has been around for years and started back in the 60’s when an intergalactic computer network was first conceptualised by JCR Licklider. Since then, Cloud Computing has evolved somewhat. By the late 90’s, Web 2.0 came around, thanks largely to the availability of much improved bandwidths for the masses.SFDC arrived in 1999, leading the charge of delivering enterprise applications through a relatively basic website, laying the foundations for other software houses to begin delivering applications over the internet too. Google and others began offering browser-based enterprise applications including Google Apps (G Suite) as Web 2.0 really took off and another SaaS milestone passed. Microsoft contended with Office 365. Oracle, SAP and Microsoft encouraged their customers to upgrade to new cloud-based products over the next few years with great success. Monthly subscription services also appealed to IT buyers to avoid the CapEx peeks associated with hardware and software upgrades.Amazon Web Services (AWS) emerged in 2002, before launching Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in 2006. Today, they dominate the global IaaS market and according to Gartner in 2017, many enterprises now spend more than $5m of their IT budgets on Amazon’s cloud services a year.The next decade of Cloud Computing will be just as eventful. Security in the Cloud is perhaps now seen as a strength rather than a perceived weakness early on. Over the course of the past decade, cloud computing has evolved from being something service providers told companies they should be adopting to becoming the technological lifeblood that runs through most modern enterprises.​Legacy providers vs. cloud native suppliersLegacy software providers, such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, have all made a concerted effort over the past decade to encourage users of their on-premise software offerings to upgrade to their cloud equivalents that they usually subscribe to on a pay-as-you-go basis. This, in turn, has seen IT departments gradually shift away from treating their software and hardware purchases as “big bang” capital expenditures that happen once every so often (or as the upgrade cycle dictates).As enterprises have become increasingly accustomed to the pay-as-you-go cloud billing model, treating IT purchases as more of a day-to-day expense has become the norm, and – where SaaS is concerned – there is still a lot of room for market growth. Particularly, there are still plenty of enterprises yet to join the cloud software bandwagon, points out John Dinsdale, chief analyst at IT market watcher Synergy Research Group.“Traditional enterprise software vendors like Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and IBM still have a huge base of on-premise software customers and they are all now pushing to aggressively convert those customers to a SaaS-based consumption model,” he says.“At the same time, born-in-the-cloud software vendors like Workday, Zendesk and ServiceNow continue to light a fire under the market and help to propel enterprise spending on SaaS.”​IaaS and the public cloudAnother important milestone in the development of the cloud market as we know it today was the emergence of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2002. The company provided a suite of cloud-based infrastructure services including storage, computation and even human intelligence through the Amazon Mechanical Turk.Then, in 2006, Amazon launched its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) as a commercial web service that allows small companies and individuals to rent computers on which to run their own computer applications. Today, the firm is the undisputed leader of the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market, the company continues to add thousands of new services and features to its cloud services portfolio each year, and is a bone fide multibillion dollar enterprise.According to figures published by IT analyst house Gartner in 2017, many enterprises now spend more than $5m of their IT budgets on Amazon’s cloud services a year. “With an accelerating pace of innovation on top of an already rich portfolio of services, and an expanding impact across a range of IT markets, [AWS] is the provider most commonly chosen for strategic adoption,” stated Gartner in its 2017 IaaS Magic Quadrant report, which ranks the runners and riders of the cloud infrastructure sector. While not the ideal for every need, it has become the ‘safe choice’ in this market, appealing to customers that desire the broadest range of capabilities and long-term market leadership.”​Cloud service providers: The runners and ridersAmazon, in particular, initially started out pitching its wares to startups, hailing the public cloud as way to get their businesses up and running without having to shell out tens of thousands of pounds to acquire on-premise servers, storage and networking equipment.Unburdened by the capacity, cost and maintenance constraints that come from having to rely on traditional, legacy, on-premise hardware, this eased the path from startup to scale up for many of these early cloud-adopting companies. So much so, “cloud-native” organisations (as they came to be known) started to emerge that were able to out-innovate their longer-established (and oftentimes better-funded) peers because the business agility cloud afforded them.The Google Cloud Platform, which is the coverall term used for its IaaS offerings, has also followed a similar path, by starting out focusing on winning over startups, before ramping up the enterprise-readiness of its services to boost their appeal to a wider range of users. Keen to prevent their hold on whatever market they’re operating in from weakening, enterprises soon followed the lead of their nimbler, cloud-native contemporaries and began looking for ways to reduce their reliance on on-premise technologies too. And it is here that Microsoft, with its Azure public cloud proposition and its sizeable enterprise install base, has found itself with something of an advantage over its startup-focused competitors.While Amazon and Google have both sought to increase the enterprise-readiness of their offerings, as they have set their sights on conquering the world of corporate IT, Microsoft has years of experience in knowing what CIOs look for in a prospective IT provider. Originally pitched as Microsoft’s take on platform as a service (PaaS) at launch in 2012, the remit of Azure was extended to include IaaS in spring 2013 with the general release of Azure Virtual Machines around that time.On the back of long-term users of the Redmond giant’s on-premise technologies upgrading and migrating workloads to Azure, Microsoft is now regularly cited by the analyst community as being the second biggest IaaS provider (after AWS) in the world.“Microsoft is frequently chosen as a strategic cloud provider by customers that are committed to Microsoft technologies or that like Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy, which spans IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and on-premises solutions,” said Gartner, in its 2017 IaaS Magic Quadrant report. Microsoft is leveraging its tremendous sales reach and ability to bundle Azure with other Microsoft products and services to drive adoption. It is steadily growing the size of Azure customers; many are beginning to spend more than $500,000 a year, and a few exceed $5m in annual spending.​The evolution of cloudCloud has also prompted a number of other service providers to tweak their product offerings and wider business strategies to account for the change in enterprise IT buying behaviour this industry mega-trend has brought about. HPE, Dell and VMware, for example, initially set out to go head-to-head with Amazon, Google and Microsoft before calling time on their public cloud initiatives at various points over the past five or so years, citing competitive pressures.While some have opted out of the game altogether, VMware and Rackspace have taken a slightly different route, with both positioning themselves as organisations that can help enterprises manage the applications and workloads running in their competitors’ public clouds.In the case of Rackspace, it ended up ceding its initial early lead in the IaaS market to AWS, and since 2015 (or thereabouts) has moved to help enterprises manage their Amazon, Microsoft and Google cloud deployments. This pivot has paid off for the firm, with its AWS managed service offering regularly flagged by the firm as being one of the fastest-growing parts of its overall business.VMware, meanwhile, sold off its public cloud business to French IaaS challenger, OVH, in April 2017, having spent a couple of years before that repositioning itself as a hybrid cloud provider that can help enterprises manage and applications in the AWS and Microsoft clouds.​Where next for Cloud Computing?In light of all this, it is fair to say the next 10 years of cloud are likely to be just as eventful, as enterprise appetites for the technology (and their expectations about how it will benefit their organisations) continues to grow, adds Synergy Research’s Dinsdale.“Major barriers to cloud adoption are now almost a thing of the past, with previously perceived weaknesses such as security now often seen as strengths,” he says. “Cloud technologies are now generating massive revenues for cloud service providers and technology vendors and we forecast that current market growth rates will decline only slowly over the next five years.”​If you're looking for a new job, check out our featured jobs and send us your CV here!Hiring for your team? 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