Allen is a consulting engineer with a background in enterprise systems. He runs his own company specializing in systems architecture, optimisation and scaling. He is also involved in a number of start-ups. Allen is a chartered engineer, a Fellow of the British Computing Society, a Microsoft MVP and insider, and both a CodeProject and C-SharpCorner MVP. He is a regular speaker at events both locally and internationally. His core technology interests are Big Data, Data Science and Machine Learning, combining these to create intelligent agents for the web. Allen has numerous qualifications including IT, Law and Training. He is also a ball throwing slave to his family dogs.