Matt Johnston

Principal Consultant

+64 9 307 9450

Matt is a Principal Consultant with a focus on technical leadership, solution architecture and analysis. His considerable experience and professional approach makes a valuable difference to clients, where he defines processes and designs solutions that enable them to commit to major projects.

With many years experience in IT, Matt helps clients with:

  • Technical advice, recommendations and decision making
  • Solution architecture for applications and technology
  • Project dependencies and strategy
  • Communicating business and software systems through models
  • Business and process analysis.

Even a list like this under-represents Matt's true capability. Equinox describes Matt as the ultimate consultant. Clients rely on Matt to help them make vital decisions across a diverse array of IT problems and challenges.

"I keep getting involved with new business initiatives and technologies, and innovative people - it certainly makes work interesting! Some familiar types of problem surface again, and sometimes successful solution ideas from the past are the best to reuse. But the challenge is to identify the essence of what needs to change, and the best combination of people, process and tools to achieve this."

Matt has worked across a breath of industries including telecommunications, utilities, primary industries, education, health, finance, science, petroleum, software and government.

He is also an Equinox IT certified instructor, delivering training courses on analysis and architecture.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Victoria University of Wellington. He is a member of the IT Professionals New Zealand.

In his spare time Matt ventures into the mountains and explores NZ's coasts.



Examples of Matt's work

Agile, DevOps and process improvement
  • Practice and process improvement for utility company

    What we did: Equinox IT provided advice to a utilities organisation to help them improve their IS project lifecycle and accelerate the process of creating business cases and obtaining approvals. Activities included leading workshops, reviewing current practices, and identifying process improvements. The work introduced the theme of 'just enough documentation to address the problem, priority, solution, cost, risk and delivery'.

    Deliverables: Project lifecycle report, implementation recommendations, 'defining business benefits' and 'solution architecture overview' training.

Architecture and technical quality assurance
  • Architecture advice for an education sector organisation

    What we did: Equinox IT provided advice to an education sector organisation on their processes, technologies, software license management and capacity to resource new projects. The activities included business and data analysis for identity and access management, solution architecture for software licence management, assessing the suitability of current practices and technologies, and providing recommendations.

    Deliverables: Identity and access management audit and analysis, service management data analysis, software asset management solution architecture, internet processes and technology assessment report.

  • Independent architecture advice for central government agency

    What we did: Equinox IT provided independent architecture advice to a central government agency undertaking a complex core business replacement programme. The work involved several assignments over a number of years, with activities including reviewing solution architectures, identifying technical risks, providing software development and system integration guidance, assessing design processes, and recommending refinements.

    Deliverables: RFP solution architecture enhancements, independent quality assurance reports, technical debt and risk review report.

  • Solution architecture services for primary sector organisation

    What we did: Equinox IT provided solution architecture services for a number of primary sector organisation projects and initiatives over multiple years. Activities included providing solution architecture advice, assistance with business case creation and solution architecture definition.

    Deliverables: Solution architecture documents.

Business analysis and business change
  • Business analysis services for a utility organisation

    What we did: Equinox IT helped a utility organisation that had four projects in the business case preparation stage. The role involved working closely with the client’s business representatives and solution architects, and leading gap analysis, business benefits and requirements definition activities for each project.

    Deliverables: Risk and incident management analysis report, business case and high-level requirements, training material.

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Image: Walking down to Rock Burn Valley by Tomas Sobek, used under Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0.

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