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New Solutionaut Troops: Welcome Prashant, Shane and Adam to the Aptira Army.

The Aptira Army of Solutionauts continues to expand with 3 new Solutionaut troops joining the Aptira Army, and more on the way!

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Prashant Abkari


Prashant joins Aptira after working mainly on building telco products starting from 2G roaming solutions to the 4G VoLTE. He has also been involved in virtualization of some of the LTE core products in Nokia. Outside of work, Prashant enjoys to eat and drink, go to the movies, and play cricket. Without them life would be bland.

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Shane Howearth


Shane has a broad background that stems from a love of computer science and networking. He also has interests in Machine Learning, AI (graph search), writing simple device drivers, mechanical keyboards, and LOVES Linux! Outside of work, Shane walks – a LOT! Last year it was ~100 Km/week, but now it’s ~55Km/week. Back in New Zealand he was a volunteer for Forest and Bird, helping with pest management (trapping and poisoning pests).

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Adam Russell

Mission Controllernaut

Adam has been working in the IT business for 40 years, after turning his back on a career as a zoologist and started learning to code in the mid 70’s. Starting as a developer in the nascent days of the PC industry, Adam has spent the last 35 years working on complex systems integration projects both in pre and post Sales roles. Since first taking the role of a Project Manager in the early 80’s, Adam has worked on many large-scale enterprise integration projects, mostly involving custom software, vendor product integration and a global supply chain. For much of the last 25 years these projects have been in the Telco domain and Adam has worked with some of the largest Telco’s in the world to help them integrate solutions in both BSS and OSS domains. Check out Adam’s views on project management at

Our troops are scattered all over the globe, but be sure to catch some of them at one of our upcoming Open Networking meetups, an OpenStack meetup, or the Open Infrastructure Day.

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