Welcome to our new team member Lachlan!

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Lachlan Gordon started with the Optimate team at our Brisbane office a little over four weeks ago now and we thought it was time to get to know him a little better.

How did you come to be working at Optimate?

I started out working in the IT Industry working around Brisbane before realising I wanted something a bit more challenging. I made the decision to study a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics and Robotics at QUT. Upon leaving UNI I was working in the Building Management Services (BMS) Industry as a control systems engineer which sparked my passion for smart technology integration.

What have you been working on during your first few weeks at Optimate?

I am currently learning PI and getting my PI accreditation.

What will you be working on for the next few weeks?

I will continue with my training and completing the accreditation. I am also scheduled to complete Claroty – Cyber Security partner training.

With all of this study and training you are doing.. Have you managed to visit any customer sites yet?

Yes! It has been great to see first hand the work that has been done and is being done at customer sites. As well as the relationships Optimate have built with customers over the years.

What sites have been your favourite so far?

I would say the milk bottling factory and the cement factory would be highlights so far! There has been heaps of innovation and work done by Optimate over the years and It is great to see it all in action.

Last question! What do you think the future is for this industry?

I think the Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber security. Anything to make things more efficient for people.

Thanks so much for your time Lachlan! It has been a pleasure getting to know you better!

DATE: Nov 14, 2019
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

With change comes opportunity and growth



Ten days in, and I can honestly say, I have never been more excited for the future of Optimate.

With the transition of myself into the CEO role, and succeeding Steve Miller, we have completed the changes as far as the executive leadership of Optimate goes. It is no doubt a special occasion for all involved, for the first time since the company’s inception, all key leadership roles are now filled by new generation ‘Optimates’.

Naomi Robinson, heading the Eastern regions, and myself are well aware we are filling big shoes of the previous leadership, that inspired the company over many years of success. I bring with me their full support and encouragement.

As our business grows in scale and complexity, we are increasing transparency throughout our processes. By driving greater accountability for ourselves, we will lead with impact and tackle head-on the areas where we can improve.

First and foremost this will become visible in our invigorated focus on flawless execution. We will exceed our benchmarks.

The core values of accountability and transparency are reflected in our relations with you, our customers. Realising outstanding and lasting value together remains our driving passion, and I’m using those words with intent. The combination of experience, innovation and motivation in our people is something I’m very proud of, and frankly, a bit protective; we have an exceptional team, which enables us to provide our customers with the Optimate Edge.

And we’re here for the long run. We build lasting strategic relationships with our customers. We challenge, suggest, innovate but above all work together with our customers, as one team with a single objective.

Speaking on behalf of our board and staff, I want to say a huge thank you to all our clients and relations.  We wouldn’t be where we are today without you, and lean with excitement into the next chapter ahead.

With change comes opportunity and growth. I now invite you to join our conversation – what challenge can we solve for you today?


Francois Mevis – Optimate CEO

DATE: Oct 10, 2019
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Change of Upper Level Management


Announcement from Steve Miller – Founder and CEO of Optimate Pty Ltd

 It is with great pleasure I would like to announce exciting changes within the Management team at Optimate. Our Regional Manager – West, Francois Mevis is stepping into the role of CEO at Optimate Pty Ltd as of the 1st October 2019.

Francois has been with Optimate for 15 months now has as the Regional Manager – West has come to learn and understand our business very well. Having worked with him over the years providing services to assist with his business solutions, we have had many years and many situations with which to test the respect that we had gained for Francois, prior to him joining Optimate.

With over 20 years of experience in delivering effective business solutions that integrate people, processes and technology he has brought significant depth and dimension to the benefit of Optimate. Francois role as Regional Manager – West will remain with him for at least the short term while he evaluates the impact of the growth we are experiencing and the administrative changes we have made.

Naomi Robinson has stepped in to the role of Regional Manager – East. Naomi joins us with a depth of experience in selling and delivering software solutions into the mining industry. Her experience in liaising with customers and building teams to deliver to the customers requirements will assist Optimate to grow our customer base in new areas and build our team to meet these challenges.

I will move into a Principal Consulting role within Optimate. In leading the data management practice I intend to ensure that the decision automation journey our customers are on, is as resilient as possible to the onslaught of continuous change.

Mark Darlington is also moving into a Principal Consulting role within Optimate. Marks significant experience and pragmatic approach when leading and delivering business outcomes will again be available to our customer base.

Optimate has been delivering Automation and Integration expertise for our diverse and impressive customer base for over 15 years. These latest management changes complete a transition for Optimate to move the Directors / Shareholders out of management roles and to create a more sustainable organisational structure for the future.

Please join with me in extending Francois and Naomi your best wishes and your support for the exciting challenges ahead.


Steve Miller


DATE: Oct 1, 2019
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate

Western Power PI User Group

User Group

The Western Power PI User group held an event about the current and future use of the OSIsoft PI suite as a catalyst for driving business benefits from Operational Data. Rudy Bake, Development Manager in Network Operations, and a long-standing advocate of innovative use of data in Western Power got together a diverse group of across Network Operations, Asset Performance, ICT and Business Intelligence and Data Analytics.

As innovation partner for Western Power, Andrew McDonald and Tony Watkins of Optimate were asked alongside OSIsoft to shed some light on the technology behind the Digital Substation initiative, which is a flagship project under Western Power’s Digital Transformation program. This sparked an animated discussion about subsequent initiatives that will require ground breaking integration of asset, financial and SCADA data sources and is likely to reach into cloud technologies like AWS or Azure Databricks.

Andrew Patterson and Joel Halpin of OSIsoft continued with a very coherent overview of the latest developments in the PI suite, and it’s integration capabilities. From the latest PI World conference Joel demonstrated an excellent case study in the Power Transmission and Distribution domain around real-time line capacity management based on weather modelling.

Finally Francois Mevis from Optimate discussed common fail factors that frustrate the realisation of benefits from the data analytical software investment. Based on his experience as IT and analytics leader in Synergy and Shell he provided a practical approach to combat bad data quality, low user adoption and inability to scale analytical models.

DATE: May 29, 2019
AUTHOR: Admin_Optimate