Company: Eurodata Systems.
Job title: Managing director.
Place of birth: London.
Year of birth: 1967.
Marital status: Married.
Career highlights: Working for the fastest-growing hardware reseller in England, Cavelle Data Systems, from 1988 to 1990. We began Eurodata Systems and immediately turned over £3m from scratch. Reaching a peak of £36m turnover in 1999/2000 Eurodata Systems has seen dramatic growth in the industry when others did not. Finally, being an early adopter for change, we recognised early on the need for hardware sales and value-add services, being the first to turn Eurodata Systems from a hardware reseller of 98 per cent hardware sales to less than 50 per cent, replacing it with more profitable IT services and consultancy.
What do you love most about the IT industry? The pace at which it changes, and the increasing need to provide better services.
Which company do you most admire or respect in the IT business? Microsoft.
Which individual do you most admire or respect in the IT business? Steve Ballmer, for his continued passion for what he does.
What is the biggest technology trend you anticipate in the next 12 months? Utility Computing is going to be the next big thing, including servers and storage as a commodity, but the biggest issue will be management (servers and the desktop).
What is the one thing working in the technology industry has taught you? Never stand still.
Where do you think the channel will be in five years time? I see that this could go two ways, and it depends on the organisation. It could act as a pass-through agent for manufacturers or a predominantly consultancy-led organisation.
Which do you think is the most influential vendor in the UK? Microsoft.
Which do you think is the most influential ISV in the UK? Peoplesoft.
Which vendor's technology do you think has changed the face of IT? Intel.
How do you unwind or spend your spare time? Reading, watching films. I am also a qualified rescue diver and enjoy martial arts.
Where is your favourite place to eat? San Lorenzo [in London].
What is your favourite drink? The finest whisky.
What is your favourite TV programme or film? Taxi Driver
Who is your favourite musician, band, artist or genre? Classical music.
What is your favourite book? To Kill a Mockingbird.
What career would you have pursued if you hadn't worked in the channel? Commodity trader.
What has been your greatest business achievement? Growing a company from nothing to approximately £25m turnover in 15 years.
What is your personal ambition? To own a second home in the sun.
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