Interviews

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C-suite career advice: Andrey Shklyarov, DataArt

What tips would you give to someone aiming for a C-level position? “Broaden your mind. Look into the areas of business and life that are not directly tied to what you do.”

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CIO Spotlight: Prasad Ramakrishnan, Freshworks

What roles or skills are you finding (or anticipate to be) the most difficult to fill? “… the role of the business analyst or IT product manager as it is being referred to nowadays, is very critical.”

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Secret CSO: Dana Simberkoff, AvePoint, Inc.

What advice would you give to aspiring security leaders? “Building and maintaining a strong network of peers within the security industry is vital… constant communication with industry peers and mentors also lets you learn from their...

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CTO Sessions: Frances Sneddon, Simul8

Are there any technologies which you think are overhyped? "While I think AI and machine learning are great technologies, I do feel they are often seen as the answer to everything, which they are not!"

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Much-travelled GBG CIO takes on a new identity

Mark Mamone has a long CV and now spreads himself across product development, security and internal systems at UK identity verification giant GBG.

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C-suite career advice: Dob Todorov, HeleCloud

Did you always want to work in IT? "I was 9 when I started developing my first programmes in Applesoft Basic on a community centre Apple II. I was hooked pretty much from day one..."

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CIO Spotlight: Erik Bailey, Anaqua

What are the CEO's top priorities for you in the coming year? “We are aggressively growing in 2021, both in terms of internal headcount as well as our client roster… this growth requires constant re-evaluation and optimisation of our...

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EMEA CEO: Tableau set to benefit from board's data focus

Two years into its life as part of Salesforce, Tableau is expanding across Europe.

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Secret CSO: Sam Rehman, EPAM Systems, Inc.

What is the worst current trend in cybersecurity? “The worst is 'one click fixes' all type of solution. There is NO silver bullet, and anyone who claims that it can be a hassle-free single solution is not being truthful.”

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CTO Sessions: Simon Bennett, Rackspace Technology

Which emerging technology are you most excited about the prospect of? “The next one that’s not been invented! We work in a fast faced industry, developing new things and ideas all the time.”

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C-suite career advice: Mark Vivian, Claremont

What are the skills or abilities you look for in prospective candidates? “Most important though is aptitude. Have they got the ability to develop, and have they got the growth mindset that will allow them to develop…”

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CIO Spotlight: Matt Deres, Rocket Software

Explain your career path. Did you take any detours? “My entire career was a detour…”

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Secret CSO Series: Tom Conklin, Fivetran

What's the best career advice you ever received? “Your career will be shaped far more by the relationships you build than the work you get done.”

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CTO Sessions: Matt Watts, NetApp

Do you have any trouble matching product/service strategy with tech strategy? “Not really, as you always have to start with the pain point, the product or service is then tailored to meet it.”

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Appian CEO says low-code automation is the next chapter

Matt Calkins of Appian wants to stretch the remit of the low-code movement the company pioneered.

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C-suite career advice: John Lyons, Zen Internet

What are the most common mistakes made by candidates in an interview? “The main mistake I see is people not preparing enough in advance.”

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CIO Spotlight: Paul Acevedo, CSAA Insurance Group

What business or technology initiatives will be most significant in driving IT investments in your organisation in the coming year? “COVID has really accelerated adoption of digital and self-service across industries; we are making...

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Secret CSO: Tim Bandos, Digital Guardian

What is the best current trend in cybersecurity? "The best trend in cyber security today is the notion of automating and integrating your security solutions through orchestration type software and available API’s."

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