Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 9 - Page 102

GET TO KNOW big believer in player/ coaches. I don’t expect anyone to work harder than I do and believe that my most important responsibility is to help my employees accomplish their goals. Achieving those, plus mine, spells success for everyone. What do you think will emerge as the technology trend of 2018 and why? Let’s face it – everyone, not just millennials, is addicted to connectivity. That’s one use case that drives Cradlepoint solutions onto cars, trucks, buses, trains and even in the ocean. And if you haven’t heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), you’ve been living under a rock. These trends aren’t necessarily new, but I see them accelerating and I believe that 2018 represents a real inflection point that will send that growth skyward. What do you currently identify as the major areas of investment in your industry? 5G and the pathway to 5G. Dubbed by Qualcomm, 5G is ‘as transformative as electricity’. Certainly, there’s a lot of hype around it, but we’ll see initial launches in various places around the world this year and that will only act as an accelerant for the connectivity trend I mentioned. How do you deal with stress and unwind outside of the office? My wife and I love to drive in the country with the top down. There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind in your hair on a warm summers day with the sun shining down. 102 INTELLIGENTCIO “ If you could go back and change one career decision, what would it be? I’d have to say that my one career regret is that I travel so much and I missed a lot of my kids’ activities when they were growing up. I don’t think I’d have accomplished as much, but you can’t turn the clock back. At the end of your life, what are they going to put on your headstone? That you were a great employee? Fortunately, I have a great relationship with both my sons and even though they live thousands of miles away, we talk regularly and they come to me for advice. What are the region-specific challenges when implementing new technologies in Europe? The big challenge for wireless in Europe and around the globe is what we call spectrum harmonisation, or the lack thereof. Since every country has its own set of regulators “ CRADLEPOINT FULLY INTENDS TO BECOME THE MARKET LEADER IN 5G. MY WIFE AND I LOVE TO DRIVE IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE TOP DOWN. THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE FEELING THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR ON A WARM SUMMERS DAY. who decide how the airwaves get allocated, it is very difficult to get agreement on a consistent ‘band plan’ on which wireless equipment operates. This adds time and cost as equipment manufacturers need to build more complex radios that work on different frequencies in various places. It’s certainly a problem that can be solved by technology with software- defined, multi-band radios, but as with all things political, it’s tough to get everyone to agree. What changes to your job role have you seen in the last year and how do you see these developing in the next 12 months? At Cradlepoint, we’ve been working with network operators around the world as they develop the pathway to 5G. This has put us in more of a development mode since the technology is still new, but that’s what market leadership is all about. Cradlepoint fully intends to become the market leader in 5G. What advice would you offer somebody aspiring to obtain C-level position in your industry? Hire the right people. Check references yourself. Schedule time to think. Get your hands dirty. And have fun! n