Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 91

GET TO KNOW... On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. . . . Grant Bennett, Country Manager for SUSE South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? What do you think is the current hot technology talking point? I remember this as if it was just yesterday – at a former company, I was the first executive to achieve Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) and the revenue target in a financial year. In my opinion, I believe that the movement from a current on-premise environment to the cloud solution and how customers make this journey is a hot topic and one that needs to be properly considered to ensure businesses make the right move. What first made you think of a career in technology? I have always been drawn to technology and what sealed the deal for me was the fast-paced innovation and impact that technology has in changing the business landscape and how it influences the way businesses are run. In today’s world, technology is the only solution for progression and growth and those that ignore it risk being left behind. What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position? To create a work environment where we have fun while continuously growing, learning and of course making money while we do so. I believe in creating an environment that is welcoming and allows employees to put in the extra work to ensure that the common goal is achieved because they know they are cared for and that you have their best interests at heart. make my weekly early morning sessions at the gym non-negotiable. This is where I can prepare to take on the day, no matter what the challenges. If you could go back and change one career decision what would it be? One thing that years of experience on the job will do for you, is help you realise the How do you deal with stress and unwind outside the office? I believe the gym is the perfect way to destress and get the mind focused, so I “ STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM IS ALWAYS VALUABLE, YOU GET TO LEARN THE SKILLS AND THE KNOWLEDGE FROM THE GROUND UP. INTELLIGENTCIO 91