DCN May 2017 - Page 15

meet me room What part of your job do you find the most challenging and rewarding? Helping customers navigate themselves to agree their own requirements. The bigger the enterprise, the more opaque the process, so we try to help customers identify their own stakeholders, agree project goals that align with the company’s strategies – usually around digitisation of service – and help the project be a success. Can you tell us about any projects you have been working on recently? Demand so far in 2017 has been strong in two areas: Email threat detection and CRM driven communications to customers, partners and suppliers. Patient Zero Detection alerts an email manager that previously undetected malware is sitting in a user inbox. This malware may have navigated past multiple levels of virus scanning as it is a brand new type of threat, hence Patient Zero. But, we can help you find it and neutralise it. Our business is information logistics; and the timely and secure delivery of critical information can improve the performance of every single part of an enterprise’s business. We own and operate our own global network of data centres. This means we have end- to-end control, which gives our customers end-to-end visibility. We can show them, to the second, when we have delivered a critical piece of information to their ERP system, customer, supplier or partner. Did you have a career Plan B? I always wanted to be a TV news show host. But my then frizzy hair and grey teeth meant I found a home in IT! What has been your proudest work related moment to date? I’m always proud when I can win business for my company over the bigger players. And this is something that I am able to achieve a lot as we have a great service and reliable products. If you could invite three guests, dead or alive, from history to dinner, who would they be and why? A good dinner party needs good food, good music and laughs. So, Nigella sorts the menu and we all eat with our fingers. Iggy Pop brings his vinyl and talks about Bowie and Julie London in the 60s. Richard ‘I always wanted to be a TV news show host. But my then frizzy hair and grey teeth meant I found a home in IT!’ Pryor to keep the giggles coming. And yes, you can come too, just bring a bottle and leave your shoes by the door. What are your hobbies/interests outside work? Biking, hiking, tennis, golf, snowboarding, cooking, music, dancing. In reverse order of enthusiasm. Where is your favourite holiday destination and why? I am extremely lucky that I have a partner who is building a beach house. It’s not finished yet, but it’s still my favourite place in the world to visit. If you could travel back to any time period in history which would it be and why? Late 50s. Memphis. The music, the vibe, the expectation. Otherwise, the Cretaceous period as I fancy myself as a bit of a caveman. I could ride a dinosaur, no problem! So, not tech related at all! May 2017 | 15