Schad Ltd, the engineering mobility specialist, has further enhanced its leadership team with the appointment of Oliver Sturrock as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Responsible for the continued development of Extend7000, Schad’s mobile SCADA and maintenance application, Oliver Sturrock leads a team of mobile developers based in the UK and Germany. He also leads the pre-sales and customer services groups.
Sturrock is a successful entrepreneur and has 12 years’ experience building teams supporting the creation of mobile applications. Prior to joining the management team at Schad, he held management positions at weComm, Accenture and the Objective Software Partnership. Most recently, he was VP of Mobility at OpenText, the Business Information Management solutions provider, with a turnover exceeding US$1.3 billion.
weComm, which Sturrock co-founded in 1999, developed technologies that enabled web-services developers to build mobile applications for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, offering considerable cost-efficiencies over traditional development methods. He was a key part of the management team that developed the company from start-up to become a leading mobile platform for the finance and media industries, through winning blue chip customers including BBC, BSkyB and Reuters. As a result of its proven technology platform and track record, weComm was acquired by OpenText in 2011.
“Extend7000 is the right product at the right time as the whole of the business world seeks to improve workforce efficiency,” said Sturrock. “Appropriate mobile tools are a vital component of that strategy. This product brings the real-time requirements of a mobile workforce together with the existing systems that support engineering maintenance routines. This is a powerful combination and Schad is the only company providing these capabilities today.”
James Hannay, Managing Director of Schad Ltd., commented: “Oliver Sturrock is a highly experienced mobile technology developer and this, combined with his entrepreneurial vision, will enable Schad to fulfil its roadmap aspirations and continue enriching the functionality of Extend7000.”
Schad was founded in 2007 with the aim of developing a global standard for the mobile operation, control and maintenance of automated systems using an ordinary mobile device. The company has won a number of industry awards including a 2010 Vodafone Application Award for best machine to machine solution; and a BlackBerry Innovation Award in 2009 and 2010 for transforming enterprise business performance. Schad was also a RIM Finalist in the 2008 Wireless Leadership Awards.
Currently companies using Extend7000 include Brillux (paint manufacturer), LSG Sky Chefs (airline catering services), BASF (chemicals manufacturer), Lugato (building products manufacturer), Frosta (frozen food manufacturer), Budni (personal products retailer) plus Berlin, Munich and Köln Airports.
For more information on Schad and Extend7000 visit www.schad-automation.com