What industry trends are keeping you interested?
At the risk of appearing to have fallen for the hype, cloud computing is the trend I’m most interested in. While ‘cloud’ can be seen as a 21st century variation of renting compute time on a mainframe, I see it as an opportunity for businesses to return their focus to what they do best. As this trend continues, solutions to the difficult problems of information management and integration (so important to modern organisations), will necessarily be developed outside these businesses by those who do this best. It’s an interesting time to involved in the IT industry.
You’ve worked for Integral before… what made you want to return?
My time away from Integral allowed me to work with a range of organisations of different sizes and levels of maturity. Of the problems I was engaged to address, I was naturally drawn to those that coincidentally were the ones that I knew Integral regularly solved as part of its core offering. I knew that I would eventually make it back; it was simply a matter of timing. Having started back it feels like I only took an extended leave of absence.
What motivates you to do what you do?
I am a principal consultant currently delivering solutions for the problems of enterprise application integration. I engage with clients at a senior level to guide them through the generally difficult problem of enabling their disparate information systems and processes so they operate together as an efficient, cohesive whole.
My aim is to deliver on Integral’s value proposition by combining the domain expertise of the client with Integral’s integration methodology and my own abilities. I am motivated by the challenge to see that aim realised with each new engagement.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
To quote Grahame’s water rat there is “absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats“. I am currently restoring a 125 sailing dinghy to race with my son but will follow up the slightest possibility to crew on anything with sails and floats on water.
What’s the biggest life lesson you have learnt?
After 24 years of marriage and 4 children, living in 3 different continents and travelling to others, meeting many types of people and hearing their different stories, I have learned that life is best lived when it is shared.