Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 4 - Page 101

GET TO KNOW... On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. . . . Alastair Pooley, CIO at Snow Software What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? It would have to be the adoption and growth of public cloud at my last company. In 2013, the CTO and I decided we should focus on a ‘cloud first’ strategy, so I closed nine physical data centres and moved 80% of our customer-facing infrastructure to AWS. As a result, the business gained flexibility and an ability to grow rapidly that proved critical in allowing the huge growth rates the company subsequently enjoyed and its successful IPO. What first made you think of a career in technology? I’ve been interested in computers since my teenage years. My first job was with a local IT firm, building computers from scratch. This was during the early 90s, a time when we still had to assemble the components. It wasn’t until I was at university studying physics that I thought about it as a career. I didn’t have any IT qualifications when I graduated. As there weren’t that many people with network or Internet experience, the ISP with whom I secured my first job was willing to take a gamble on people based on sheer interest. What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position? I believe it’s important to know what drives and inspires you and what will make coming into work every morning that bit easier. Once you work with your team to identity these key motivators, you can ensure that you’re managing them in a way that helps them perform to the best of their ability and supporting their career progression to deliver better staff retention. What do you think will emerge as the technology trend of 2018 and why? What do you currently identify as the major areas of investment in your industry? Fundamentally, we develop technology that helps provide visibility to our customers of software usage across the enterprise. We seem to always be looking at our toolset of how we build, test and operate our technology. We also invest heavily in Data governance is becoming an increasingly important responsibility for the CIO, with GDPR on the immediate horizon. Ownership, insight and visibility will ultimately enable the CIO to have better discussions within the business and truly add real value. “ THE REGIONAL CHALLENGE I FACE IN EUROPE IS THE INCREASED FOCUS ON PRIVACY BY DESIGN. INTELLIGENTCIO 101