The Data Agnostic Services site was created by Tony Nicholls and Rob Halasz to share a new architectural paradigm with the software development community. Tony and Rob hope the framework and ideas presented on this site will help others architect and develop sustainable solutions.
Tony started working in the IT industry in 1985 initially building smart weapons systems for the UK military.
Tony became a consultant in 1988 specializing in code generation techniques, advanced solution architectures, software testing/QA and what later came to be known as DevOps.
Tony moved into financial systems design in 1991 and has since consulted in many industry verticals including: healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, avionics, banking, property management, transportation, non-profit.
Over the years Tony has worked through multiple architectural paradigms including: JSP/DFD/Object. Oriented/Service Oriented and Microservice Architectures
Tony’s focus has always been on rescuing failing projects using innovative approaches to deliver the business value with minimal cost and risk.
Tony co-founded Great Ideaz On Demand Inc. in 2010 with the aim of productizing decades of practical experience into an architectural framework for building sustainable business solutions.
Tony has evolved the Microservice Architecture into a set of principles for building Data Agnostic Services that overcome many of the challenges building traditional applications.
Tony has an honors BSc in Physics from Durham University UK, honors BSc in Mathematic from Open University UK, and diploma in Adult Education
Since 1996, Rob has been leading IT teams across both large and small tech companies in software development and telecommunications.
Rob has extensive technical experience with IT systems administration and operations as well as managing large software development projects.
Rob has led multi-million dollar programs for some of the largest organizations in Canada, and has provided advisory services to various industries, including Healthcare, Banking, Insurance, Non-profit, and Government.
Throughout his career, Rob has had to bring failing projects from the “brink” to a successful implementation.
As the co-founder of Great Ideaz On Demand Inc., Rob has helped influence and shape the flagship product, trellispark (a mature implementation of DAS), to provide tremendous value to their customers.
Rob holds a B.A.Sc. Engineering from the University of Toronto, Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as several other technical certifications.