COO / CTO
Implementing processes and procedures to ensure that Stage2Data is ready for the growth phase we are expecting and driving as an organisation. Ensuring that there is clear communication between sales and tech. Ensuring the technical team is empowered through continual training and improvement especially around the products and services that Stage2Data has to offer. This is assisted by focusing on core products and services and ensuring that a formal productisation process is adhered to before going to market with new offerings. Improving communications of the professional services department. This in turn improves customer query and issues resolution. Ensuring good corporate governance is put in place, looking after the infrastructure and assuring that Stage2Data remains one of the leading providers in Canada and is ready for the growth to come.
Unique Talents & Skills
Petrus has almost 20 years of IT experience of which 15 has been in the backup and DR industry. Over this period he has successfully grown small businesses into well-functioning and operated organizations with excellent customer support with clear internal and external processes. He implemented standards that ensured what was sold to the customer was delivered and that the solution was “as advertised on the tin”. He is able to build strong and long lasting relationships with people and customers and have always been a trusted adviser for customers and vendors alike. Petrus will bring good structure to Stage2Data and help to grow the organisation to have a greater footprint in the Canadian Cloud services market.
Petrus had multiple IT related roles before joining Attix5 (acquired by Redstor in 2015) as a technical operations manager in 2003. He became very experienced with IT technology and backup and disaster recovery in particular whilst serving and supporting customers. After a few years he proved himself as a key player in the organisation and was appointed as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and moved to the UK to grow Attix5’s footprint in the UK backup market. He put together a strong technical and sales team and established various strong partner relationships which in the end led to the recent acquisition by Redstor.
While managing the UK operations, he also looked after the technical roadmap of the product and gave strategic direction. One of his notable achievements while serving as Attix5’s CTO was contributing to the patented technology titled, Live and Virtual Restore. This allowed backed up data to be accessed instantly and instantly allowed read and write operations cutting out the wait time associated with traditional restores (eg editing documents or running SQL database queries) while being restored. This effectively reduces RTO to a few minutes and a game changer in DRaaS using backup technology. This technology is available in one of Stage2Data’s technology partner products, Redstor Backup Pro.
Petrus is of South African origin and enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys long distance running, golf, cricket, cooking and likes herpetology (catching snakes while visiting his parent’s farm in South Africa).