Nick Parkin

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In 2001, Nick Parkin established Proceed Group in response to a growing need identified by SAP UK. Their customers were grappling with rapidly increasing data volumes, which posed significant challenges. Proceed Group was created to provide expert data archiving solutions for these clients. As word of the company's success spread, additional SAP regions began seeking their services, leading to significant growth for Proceed Group. Under Nick's leadership, the company expanded from a small team of three to a thriving organization with over 100 dedicated professionals.   Before founding Proceed Group, Nick Parkin played a crucial role in taking IBM aganet, JBA public in 1993. He joined the organization to oversee the South of the UK and contribute to the development of their open systems ERP system. Managing a team of over 200 consultants and 60 sales staff, he helped the company achieve success.   Before that, Nick had completed his MBA and was working towards his Ph.D. Prior to this period, he was part of a startup IBM Agent. Nick's roles spanned from programming and project management to pre-sales and sales, and he contributed significantly to the company's growth from five to 350 employees with offices across the UK.   Seeking new challenges earlier in his career, Nick joined Eli Lilly, where he was trained in ERP systems and collaborated with colleagues to develop and install bespoke systems worldwide. The projects involved both IBM mainframes and minis, allowing Nick to further expand his expertise.   At the beginning of his career, Nick transitioned to Electronic Data Systems (EDS) after spending two years at a UK government department working on cryptography and ARPANET research. During his time at EDS, which was being acquired by General Motors, he was part of their systems programming team and applied his expertise in cryptography for secure data transmission across General Motors plants.   At university, Nick specialised in cryptography, a method of protecting information and communications through the use of codes so that only the intended recipients can access and process the information. He also delved into the study of ARPANET, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, which was the first wide-area packet-switched network and a precursor to the modern internet. Established by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the United States Department of Defense, ARPANET implemented the TCP/IP protocol suite, which later became the technical foundation of the internet.

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