I was born in South Africa, having lived out my child hood in Mpumalanga, and later, after school moving to Cape Town.
In 2013 I spend 6 months in Porto, Portugal and some time in Qingdao, China.
Currently I am living in Berlin, Germany with my lovely wife and son.
My interests are: Cloud Computing, Automation, Nature, Light and Space.
He has great knowledge of all the aspects of modern IT infrastructures, he is an outstanding AWS Cloud architect and remarkable Puppet expert.
But, most of all, Riaan is a great person, an unique gem that can shape, drive and motivate a group, the kind of colleague you always want to work with.
Riaan’s skills range from working with server hardware, networking, puppet, AWS, Cloudformation and his passion to ensure that the modern mentality of ‘infastructure as code’ is a reality make him an asset for any company.
If anyone is looking for a hard working, quick and reliable engineer then this is your man.
Riaan was one of the best hires we ever made. He is very skilled and energetic, solves any IT problem and is exceptionally reliable. In addition to keeping the IT in his fast growing venture up to speed, he helped out on other ventures (partly in his free time). Riaan is very well respected at Rocket and colleagues go to him with all their problems. He can translate complex IT problems in plain language so that non-IT experts – like myself – understand them.
When Riaan left the venture that he supported for almost a year, we made sure that he stays within the Rocket Internet family of businesses. I hope that he stays for a long time with our organisation as he is exceptionally gifted and a very good fit. I would recommend Riaan for any similar position. Do not hesitate to contact me for a reference.
As you can tell by now, I am not a native english speaker. There is no hidden code in this recommendation. Riaan is an exceptional person and employee.
Riaan is a very experienced system engineer and has excellent knowledge in all key aspects of this field. His main areas of work included managing the Linux based infrastructures which are driven by a complex puppet setup. The puppet certification enabled him to maintain and enhance this construct in a very helpful way.
Riaan is a very dedicated employee and goes great lengths to ensure optimal results.
Riaan will be leading the system engineering department in our tech centre in Portugal from 2013 on.
Riaan is a highly valued part of our Team of global experts and I would always recommend working with him!
work, and to be completely honest, it was quite infectious. I think I’m still feeling the after effects a year later!
As a Systems Administrator he was dedicated, concise and solution focussed, with a flair for finding simple solutions to apparently difficult problems. He is a clear and direct communicator, and manages to state his arguments in a unambiguous manner. I recommend Riaan as an excellent addition to any organization’s technical team!