What’s your work-life philosophy?
Work to live, do not live to work! My job is absolutely a part of my life and my family’s life, but realizing that family always comes first is most important. Being in technology, there will always be scenarios where travel is required or a fire-drill occurs right as you sit down for dinner. But making most of the time you have with your family and making sure to take time to enjoy the small things is what is important. There will still be work to do tomorrow!
What do you like best about working at UDT?
The customers and projects that we get to engage with. In most organizations you cannot go from securing millions of financial transactions to ensuring emergency services in rural areas have the best communications strategies in the same week! With UDT, our customer reach if expansive and the projects we participate in are just as diverse. Whether we are helping make sure a hotel has the best experience for in-room entertainment or that the hospital down the road has the best technology support for patient care, UDT is there.
What is your favorite technology solution?
There are too many to list but if I had to choose a leader it would be identity management and access control. The proliferation of IOT devices and non-traditional workers in the environment have made it a challenge to maintain existing strategies for segmentation – to say the least. New and upcoming technologies approach these solutions with the limitations existing architecture in mind and create approaches to solve for these problems in ways that both enhance the customer support experience and simplify support and compliance.
How do the solutions you work on help to make clients’ lives easier?
By allowing them to focus on what is important to their organization. The less time an IT organization must spend on the “noise”, the more time they can spend on enhancing solutions that they provide to their business partners.
What do you think is the next big idea in technology?
I think we are on the edge of seeing bandwidth consumption, the likes of which could never have been predicted a decade ago. With this demand comes the technology that supports it, either in way of delivery infrastructure (cellular, WLAN, etc.) or backend systems (servers, storage, etc.). I think we are going to see very unique technology solutions that address these demands on a micro level more frequently and with less complication as those demands continue to rise.
How does technology accelerate progress in your field?
I think it all comes down to productivity and ease of deployments that exceeds customers’ requirements and expectations.
What is the best professional advice you would give?
Don’t be afraid to fail, but never fail and forget to learn.