Joe Gardiner

Joe Gardiner

Technical Architect



Joe Gardiner is an experienced technical architect working primarily in a pre-sales function for a number of vendors and MSPs. His background spans product management, business unit management, pre-sales solution architecting, and technical evangelism.

He has worked with a range of technologies, from infrastructure products to database and SaaS solutions, and has successfully applied this experience when working on projects across a range of industries such as finance, manufacturing, retail, and pharmaceutical.


  • Kubernetes
  • Data(base) services
  • Cloud computing
  • DevOps and Automation



Pre-Sales Director EMEA


May 2018 – Present London

Won 2018 Global SA of the year

I joined Portworx as the first Solutions Architect in the EMEA region. I work across all sectors in the region targeting the Global 2k. Notable achievements:

  • Introduced a new POC tracking toolset to the global team resulting in a reduced TTR
  • Developed a basic and advanced training path which is now adopted as the company standard
  • Maintain numerous deployment scripts for advanced architecture demos
  • Presented at various events including Kubecon and OpenShift Commons

Technical Architect (pre-sales)


Oct 2017 – May 2018 London

Senior Solutions Architect

Chef Software

Nov 2015 – Oct 2017 London

In the Senior Solutions Architect role, I have an additional focus (over the Solutions Architect responsibilities) on marketing, developing new engagement models, and owning Microsoft and DevSecOps practice areas.

Operating across EMEA, I continue to present the Chef value proposition, covering business and technology value, to multiple levels of customer organisations. This may include demonstrating the technical functionality of Chef either through product demos or on-sitePOCs.

I devised and executed the Chef GDPR - Continuous Compliance marketing campaign in Europe, which involved various content types (whitepapers, blogs, videos), conference talks, and media engagement.

In the EMEA team I own the following areas:

  • Automating Microsoft technologies- WinOps
  • GDPR marketing campaign
  • Compliance automation - InSpec and Chef tooling
  • Cloud infrastructure - AWS and Azure
  • Developing Compliance led use cases and supporting assets
  • Mentoring other Solutions Architect team members

Cloud Solution Architect


Feb 2015 – Nov 2015 London

I work with new and existing customers to architect cloud solutions built on Rackspace platforms as well as other cloud infrastructure vendors. I then manage the deployment of the solution, which involves project and service delivery. As part of a customer engagement I educate the customer on their options with Rackspace as well as the third party tools available to them. I focus heavily on their business needs and ensure that their pain points are addressed by presenting a suitable technical solution. In addition to this I work on innovation projects in Rackspace and act as a technical point of contact in the business for all things cloud.


  • Design, present and implement cloud solutions
  • Act as a trusted advisor for customers and Rackers
  • Evangelise the benefits of cloud but also recognise the drawbacks
  • Consult on business practices such as DevOps workflows and automation tools
  • Engage across the business to ensure successful project delivery
  • Continuously learn and share knowledge with colleagues

General Manager


Jan 2011 – Feb 2015 Aldershot

Leading on CatN’s business strategy, vision and structure; with a sprinkling of technology strategy thrown in for good measure.

I’m the face of the business and as such am responsible for communicating the values of the CatN brand. This means regularly engaging and developing relationships with clients, soon to be clients, and our strategic partners.

In my time as General Manager I have transformed CatN from a startup to a high growth potential business - I’ve created a sales and marketing function, structured code release cycle, and technology / product roadmap.


Product Development Manager

Fubra Limited

Jan 2010 – Jan 2011 Aldershot

Responsibilities included:

  • Initial product conception and early development
  • Worked with design team to create customer facing media
  • Usability and interface testing
  • Development of business processes

Recent Posts

Security scanning Docker containers with InSpec

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Automating Windows Local Security Policy

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