biznik encompasses the consulting and professional activities of George Perfect. After a career spent around the globe I am now based near Bordeaux in SW France.
Operating on the global stage from the outset, I have “done business” throughout much of Europe, the USA, Japan, China, Singapore, Australia and Africa building a network of contacts and friends in all those places.
I am a serial entrepreneur who over 40 years has founded, run and grown to success several high-technology businesses. I have performed consulting and advisory roles within the boardrooms of major UK banks and other financial institutions as well as a wide range of commercial, manufacturing and distribution businesses in the UK, Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. I bring the same breadth of knowledge, experience, creativity and enthusiasm to organisations regardless of their size, whether multi-nationals, startup businesses or charitable organisations.
I am a creative thinker – whether originating an endless stream of product ideas, helping global 100 companies achieve their primary business goals, solving business problems, maximising new business opportunities or delivering TV and radio stations inside an Internet-safe “walled garden” to primary/elementary schools.
Time and again I have demonstrated my ability to take on an intractable challenge and see not only its resolution but a clear path and plan to achieve a successful outcome.
I regard all technology as “enabling”. The things I enable are always for the good – of the companies and organisations I work with which inevitably involves all the people that comprise those organisations from the most junior to the most senior – regardless of their very different wants and needs.
Enabling something always involves change. Whether effecting change on a population-wide scale (such as enabling simple access to email or enabling 5-11 year old children to become TV reporters and engineers taking a greater interest in the world that surrounds them), a corporate scale (such as implementing core IT systems for a global company and managing all the people and process changes that follow – including the very thinking of the organisation the better to meet its goals while avoiding and resolving conflict that so often accompanies change) or helping a startup company to find its feet, focus on the important then plan and execute for success my record is using my deep understanding of technology and decades of business experience to enable change for good. Good defined by the people I work with.
My accomplishments in use and deployment of technology and aptitude at the highest levels of business have been recognised by my peers. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD), serving as a Committee Member of IoD France.
I am proud to have given many years of voluntary service including being a Business Mentor with the Prince’s Trust, supporting young people taking their first steps into business and acting as Branch Secretary within the Alzheimer’s Society.
Until 2003, I was Managing Director of the Byline Group – an IT services business I founded in 1987 that grew to become the principal provider of specialist investment and accounting systems to owners of very large property portfolios. The company also provided ERP systems of its own design to manufacturing and distribution companies. Byline was based in the UK with a wholly owned subsidiary in Sydney, Australia.
An earlier company, Derwent Data Systems (DDS) was founded in 1980 – at the very dawn of the “microcomputer revolution” – and went on to develop the AlphaControl accounting software and the Retrieve database package. A desire to test the ‘natural language’ capabilities of Retrieve took me to Japan where the software was quickly shown to work – in Japanese. The software package ChitChat that I designed and developed proved to be the pivotal product that popularised and made public email and pre-Internet information services in the UK and Europe practical for millions of users.
After selling DDS to the Sage Group in 1983, I started another business in partnership with Japan’s largest software company, SMC for which I successfully developed the world’s first Kanji (Japanese script / alphabet) windowed operating system for PCs. Research into voice recognition software for IBM and Texas Instruments followed.
I keep up to date with new technological developments, run several web sites and remain actively involved in designing and developing new software.
Having survived a series of strokes I find myself dependent on a powered wheelchair for mobility. This, quite sudden, change of life has deepened my concern for and interest in people living with disabilities, the problems they face and the failure of technology in general to meet their needs or assist their lives as it so easily could. I regard the physical changes that have occurred to me as no more than a new set of challenges and opportunities opening before me.
If you have an interesting challenge or a truly difficult problem I may be able to help resolve I would be happy to hear from you.