C-Suite Talk Fav Tech: Terry McCabe, Mitel Networks

We profile the global c-suite to learn more about their ‘fav tech.

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Terry McCabe

 Job title: CTO Mobility

 Company: Mitel Networks

 Industry: Telecommunications

 Location: Dallas, Tx, US

 Years’ of experience: 20


What is your favourite personal gadget?
The Bose QuietControl 30 in-ear noise cancelling Bluetooth headset – the invaluable productivity and sanity preservation for the frequent flyer now made wireless. I went to the Bose store on the day it was released and I was tenth in line to buy them, even though they still had not been unpacked.

Do you have a favourite piece of personal software?
I am starting to get into home automation, so my “toy of choice” at the moment is seeing what I can do with Apple’s homekit and a range of sensors, switches, and actuators. Right now, I am trying to work out how to put automated blinds in my windows and get them to interact with my heating/cooling and my lighting!

What was the first piece of technology you got really excited about?
Apple Macintosh (showing my age) but I took to the Mac when it was the “classic” form factor back in 1984. One of the things a lot of people (and the entire windows ecosystem in particular) seem to lose sight of is the consistency there has been in the user experience between the product of 1984 and today

What device improves your life most at work?
It has to be my iPhone, always on, always connected. This is an expected reality. The capabilities of the phone as they have grown, have allowed me to dip-into and out of work more easily and there are now almost no occasions when I am restricted in what I am doing through not having access to a “computer”.

What software keeps you most productive at work?
Not really software, but network connectivity is transformative. LTE everywhere changes what you can do and where you can do it, and with the introduction of cost effective connectivity on board aircrafts, and now on intercontinental flights, there are fewer and fewer places where we are not reachable.

Is there any technology that has become extinct that you would like to resurrect?
There is something about the sound and smell of two-stroke engines that I miss and would love to see the latest innovations applied to this technology space.

Is there any technology you would personally recommend that you don’t think enough people know about? (Hardware or software, work or personal)


Do you think anything about your personal use of tech would surprise your colleagues?
I’m not sure it would surprise my colleagues (I complain about it enough) but I am a big critic of distracted driving, in other people and myself. As a result I do not use the phone, even hands free, while driving.

Also in the area of being a “luddite” I really do not use e-books. There is something about the feel and nature of a paper book that appeals to me, so despite multiple attempts and hardware form-factors used, I have abandoned them all.