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Introducing Ariel Richtman

The author: Isabella Hales


Written by Isabella Hales

At SilverRail, we’re not just about trains and tech- we’re all about our people. We’re a key player in the rail industry, not only leading the way in transforming the way people move but also placing a strong emphasis on the happiness and the growth of our employees. In a field where innovation is paramount, we stand out not just for our advancements but also for our commitments to building a vibrant and inclusive company culture. We are dedicated to empowering and championing our workforce, employees are not merely contributors but integral members of a tight-knit community.

We're delighted to introduce the outstanding individuals that make up the SilverRail team. Each team member contributes unique skills, dedication, and perspectives, playing a crucial role in the overall success of our organisation. In this blog we'll focus on Ariel Richtman, Senior Platform Engineer at SilverRail, who is based in the Brisbane office.

What do you do at SilverRail?

I am the Senior Platform Engineer and I lead the platform engineering/devops/sre function for the Search division out of Brisbane. Our mission is facilitative infrastructure, so we work with anything digital that helps our company meet obligations and deliver value.

What are you most excited about in your role?

Currently we're undertaking a substantial greenfields rethink of how we deploy, operate, and maintain our services. There's tremendous real-world challenges to tackle here and the impacts are clear and meaningful.

And what’s the biggest challenge?

Unification of business divisions, across time zones, cultures, requirements and more requires a lot of consistent communication.

Where do you see the future of rail?

Trains are to mass transport as crabs are to evolution. There's substantial desire from people for faster, more frequent rail. I think there would be more focus on rail if not for politics and aversion to capital expenditure and that rail is only going to continue to grow.

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I have worked in many different unusual jobs, such as rubbish removals and an ESL teacher trainer.

Describe what you were like at age 10.

I had a keen interest in dinosaurs and was probably very annoying to those around me with my dinosaur fact file. Never did get all the issues/cards in the series...

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy cycling, reading and travelling when time and money permits. I have recently been visiting the classic cinema near me during my spare time too.