Job title Managing director.
Year of birth 1970.
Place of birth Nuneaton.
Career outline In my early career I worked for Orchard Business Systems, Orchard ATC, Paxus Professional Systems and Solution 6. In 1991 I launched Ramsac, where I have been managing director ever since.
What motivates you every morning to get up and work in the channel? The love of technology, the desire for the success of Ramsac and the strong wish for the growth and personal development of the Ramsac team.
What has been the most over-hyped technology in the past five years? Linux. Those industry pundits predicting the widespread uptake as file-and-print servers in the SME market place were clearly very mistaken. Don’t get me wrong, Linux still has its role to play, but not in the roles previously predicted.
What will be the most underrated technology in the next five years? Businesses will underrate the importance and value that collaboration tools have on business.
Which technology would you most like to have invented? Oh, to have invented Citrix.
Do you have any regrets from your time in the industry? I don’t do regrets. Every experience and decision have helped make me the person I am today.
If you could swap places with anyone in the industry, who would it be? Bill Gates has to be in a very envious position for the shaping and moulding of the industry as we know it, for his lifestyle and for the humanitarian acts that he is now able to do.
What is the biggest hurdle you have faced in your career? In the early days of Ramsac, the hardest issue was obtaining distribution credit accounts big enough to service the sales we were making, thus sometimes delaying the speed of sales.
What is the biggest success of your career? Other than appearing in the A-List, it has to be the successful launch of our IT Due Diligence services now used widely in the corporate sector.
What piece of technology could you not live without? The internet and email.
What would be your advice to anyone starting a career in IT? Strive to understand your clients’ business, what hurts them and what functions are most important to their own success.
What is your favorite computer game? Golf Pro 2 on my Nokia E60.
What would you like for Christmas if you could have anything? An Aston Martin Vantage.
What is your favorite karaoke song? Daydream Believer, by The Monkees.
What would be the title of your autobiography? The Art Of Making IT Simple.
Do you have any phobias? No.
How many beers before you fall over? 11.
Number of staff you manage? 25.
What car do you drive? Porsche Cayman S.
Number of air miles you have? A lot.
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