Ashley Stewart

Development Specialist and Microsoft Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (vTSP)

+64 4 499 9450

Ashley is a software development specialist who both develops software and advices clients on current practices and tools suited to their development needs. Equinox IT is a Microsoft Gold Partner for the DevOps competency and Ashley has been recognised by Microsoft as a Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (vTSP) where he provides DevOps, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Azure advice to organisations on behalf of Microsoft.

He has specialist skills in:

  • DevOps, cloud, SDLC automation and productivity improvement advice, guidance and mentoring
  • Microsoft development stack advice and implementation, specifically Visual Studio, VSTS, TFS and Azure
  • Front-end, back-end and full stack software development using languages such as C#, Java, Javascript, Angular 2, and Soap UI
  • Automated testing using Selenium and WebDriver
  • Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) and Test Driven Development (TDD).

"Saying you have an ops team who is solely responsible for reliability of software is about as silly as saying that HR defines and owns your company culture. I have a passionate interest in DevOps, cloud services, productivity improvement, SDLC automation and how I can bring the right approaches and technologies together to make a considerable difference to our clients."

Ashley is a regular speaker at technology conferences and events. He is also an Equinox IT certified instructor delivering training courses on Visual Studio, VSTS and TFS.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours and is a graduate of the Enspiral Dev Academy Developer Boot Camp. Ashley holds a number of certifications including Certified ScrumMaster and Microsoft Certified Professional.

When not working at Equinox IT, Ashley and his partner Jackie run the Broken Food Company – a handcrafted almond butter producer, focused on natural ingredients and sustainability.



Examples of Ashley's work

Software, application, web and mobile development
  • App development for an outdoor teambuilding organisation

    What we did: App developed using Apache Cordova to work as part of an outdoor teambuilding organisation's website, including support for offline use and ensuring all security concerns addressed.

    Deliverables: Completed app implemented.

  • Major core business application development for central government agency

    What we did: Equinox IT provided full development services for a central government agency core business application. This was a multiple year project with numerous releases and ongoing enhancements. Equinox IT provided a full team of .Net developers and systems analysts / testers using Agile, Kanban and Acceptance Test Driven Development approaches. Each release was rigorously tested to ensure we consistently met the high expectations of the client. Equinox IT continues to support this core business application today.

    Deliverables: Delivery and support of numerous core business application releases with documentation.

Visual Studio implementation and configuration
  • DevOps advice and VSTS configuration

    What we did: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) configuration and training including definition of build and test approaches and process and workflow development. Consulting advice on Agile value measurement and helping the team work in more effective ways using DevOps, build pipeline, continuous delivery and automated testing.

    Deliverables: VSTS and development team practices configured specifically for needs of team.

  • Migration to latest version of TFS

    What we did: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) configuration and training including definition of build and test process, automated testing and email server.

    Deliverables: TFS and email server configuration and migration.

In-house and customised IT training
  • Kanban training for central government agency Agile team

    What we did: Prepared and delivered an in-house training course for an established central government agency development team to help them adopt the pull-based Kanban method. Delivery included taking the team of nine through a Kanban simulator.

    Deliverables: Provided a solid understanding of the Kanban method including how to measure time to market, the value stream, cycle time, lead-time, WIP limits and retrospectives.

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