Paul Evitts is a systems and management consultant from Toronto, and the President of neoLogistiks, Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in systems integration, technology planning and implementation, and software methodology/lifecycle development. Paul's clients have included dozens of private sector and government organizations across North America, including insurance and manufacturing companies, real estate and retail organizations, educational institutions, and financial sector firms.
Over the last 10 years, Paul has successfully crafted custom use-case driven development approaches for clients, acted as business architect and project manager for individual projects, and provided strategic planning support for clients migrating to new technologies.
His consulting activities have not been limited to traditional applications development and system integration. He has also evaluated business opportunities for systems technology in the Third World (Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean), acted as technical producer for a commercial CD-ROM published by The Voyager Company, assisted a startup multimedia media company in business planning, and worked as a system architect for one of the significant successes in business re-engineering.
Paul's methodology consulting practice has not been limited to object-oriented development. He spent many years in the 1980s providing clients with Rapid Application Development and event-based development approaches, coaching and mentoring modeling using a variety of CASE tools.
Before getting into Information Technology, Paul was involved in community development and the use of emerging technologies to promote social change. As a socio-economic consultant, he was an early part of the Inuit Land Claims effort in the Canadian Arctic, which recently culminated in the establishment of a new Canadian Territory called Nunavut. Paul helped the Inuit use video and other media in the process of initial consensus-building across the North, and he provided advice on housing and community planning. His first exposure to the ideas of Christopher Alexander came about earlier as a result of work with a legalized squatting community in London, England--where he was involved in the cooperative rehabilitation of abandoned neighborhoods.
Paul studied community development, politics, and advanced technology at Rochdale College in Toronto. Rochdale is an experimental educational community that he helped establish. It is an alternative to traditional universities. His experiences at Rochdale were recently made into a very popular television documentary in Canada, which aired a number of times by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and is available as a video from the National Film Board of Canada. Please refer to Paul's Web site, www.umlpatterns.com, for further materials related to this book.