Phil Blades is a veteran of the networking industry. He has enjoyed a successful career in IT service management working in Investment Banking, Telco and life sciences as well as the military and public sector. He is co-founder of event and fault management software company, RiverMuse and currently serves as VP of Products and Community for RiverMuse.
Previously he was at a consultant and technology leader at Capgemini. Blades joined Capgemini in the mid 90’s during his 7 years Phil was instrumental in building their networking practices first across the UK then EMEA. His appointments with Capgemini included Head of Network Consulting, CTO for Telco, Media and Networking business and VP Technology Consulting Global Service Line.
In the early 90’s as head of network operations Phil led the infrastructure renewal of Union Bank of Switzerland, at a time when network and systems management was just arriving on the scene, leveraging what experts existed he architected a comprehensive platform much of which is still in use many years later. As part of the programme he was the very first beta tester of Micromuse’s NetCool Omnibus, going on to implement it many times. He acted as advisor and reference during the growth of the then independent Micromuse.
At CapGemini Phil spearheaded a relationship with Cisco that became a joint venture to architect, design and build the OSS and BSS ecosystem framework for Cisco’s (then) “new world” IP services. As VP Telco Development Programmes Phil led this EMEA based initiative with the result that Cisco invested US$870 million in a telco and networking joint venture. Phil then served as VP business development for the IP Services portfolio in the joint venture company before moving to the US as VP Technology Consulting Global Service Line in the merged firm of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.
In 2003 he formed ImageChoice Ltd, advising start up’s in the UK and Europe as well as acting as trusted adviser for a number of FT100 companies. In his spare time he owns and manages his own wine production on his vineyards in Piedmont, Italy.