If you weren't working in IT, What would you be doing? Playing bass in a band, but I'd be making money doing it.
What was your first job? Serving beer in a real ale pub in Salford, Manchester. It still remains one of my favourite jobs, I'd love to own a pub one day, or maybe I love the idea of owning one, I'm sure the reality is much different to my fantasy.
What's the best thing about working with IT executives? The excitement about the industry, there's always so much happening right now and so many fascinating new things on the horizon.
What is the worst? Tough question, sometimes it can be their inability to recognise the benefits external suppliers like us can bring given our breadth of exposure to technologies in a wide range of industries.
Can you share one key pointer for keeping abreast of business and technology trends? I rely very heavily on my suppliers for this, I do read around the subject but we encourage our suppliers to talk to us and visit us as often as possible. The guys at Exeed are great, they courted us for a long time before we did anything with them because I'm usually very loyal to my suppliers if things are going well, but they're a great team to work with. Jeff Maslen (senior business manager - storage and servers) at Ingram Micro is also a great resource for us, he's one of the most knowledgeable people I've met.
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