About Niels Voll
I work with companies who want to take a meaningful leap in doing business online.
As a result I can lead or participate in a wide range of activities from branding to crafting or refining online business models and key performance indicators. From online advertising to company websites to crafting the strategy and architecture for the underlying IT technology infrastructure including business systems and databases. Because in doing business online, large companies benefit from becoming as nimble and tightly connected between departments as small companies. And small companies benefit from having processes and technology as scalable and failure resistant as large companies.
My professional experience began in a variety of technology and later management roles in large multi-national enterprises (80s and early 90s), then co-founding a start-up company (mid 90s to early 00s), which offered the occasion and need to think and participate in full cycle, bottom-line business thinking and activities from business models to marketing. And that’s where my love has been ever since. After our start-up was sold, I took some time off to re-invigorate and re-invent myself, before diving into the next adventure. Currently I’m taking on selected consulting engagements of varying depth while incubating other business ideas and partnerships.
Some of my more memorable experiences include co-founding a start-up company and defining it’s technology strategy, turning around troubled strategic projects or jumping in after a sudden departure of a head of IT. I’ve also gotten involved in web marketing and advertising, and integrating marketing efforts into the backbone of the IT infrastructure and culture in the context of doing business online.
The 20 second version of my professional CV goes a little like this: After graduating with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, I worked for a few years in IT departments in the Oil and Gas Industry, first with Imperial Oil / Esso / Exxon, later with TransCanada Pipelines, where over time I managed the IT group for the gas marketing subsidiary and several IT infrastructure departments (data administration, distributed data center, desktop technology R&D). Later I managed the software development department for NrG Information Systems, before eventually co-founding a small but internationally focused financial services software development company (Alterna Technologies Group), which eventually was acquired by a larger European based company, before that company itself was also acquired by a larger US based player, but that was well after my time. Since then I’ve been mostly freelance consulting.