Keith Mewes

I started my IT career in the ’70s and can claim to remember seeing the first IBM Personal Computers appearing on desks! Does anyone else remember the excitement over these amazing computers? Of course back then no-one had heard of Microsoft!

Me-July-2011-cropIn those days I worked in Corporate IT centres, those mysterious, secure dungeons in the basement of office blocks. It was there that I honed my skills and was first introduced to a number of things which have stuck in my mind ever since, the most important being how critical data backups are to all businesses! In those days the centres ran 24/7 and I worked many weekends and Christmases “baby sitting” as I called it, these huge monsters.

That era lasted through the 70’s to the 80’s and included stints at American Express and Segas. In the 80s I moved to Australia and still in Corporate IT I had time at Alcoa, Woodside Offshore Petroleum, Telstra and ADI. In the 80s I found I was moving down from the mainframes to the smaller systems including Unix/Linux systems and eventually Windows desktops and servers.

In the 90’s our son was born at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and we decided it was time to move out of the big smoke. I found a job in Bowral and spent the first years working for a mining software company supporting our office and our clients initially on Sun Unix systems and eventually on Windows systems. It was during this time that I was lucky enough to travel to mine sites in NSW & QLD and also clients in Japan and Jordan.

In about 2002 for various reasons I decided it was time to strike out on my own and formed the company HighComm and we are still going!