itContracting Quick-fire Q&A: Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Have you wondered what it takes to become a Chief Information Officer? This week, we have a quick-fire Q&A round with Evros CIO Joe Brady, explaining his career path and outlining key technology requirements.
Chief Information Officer: this covers many areas including technology strategy, pre-sales, client engagement, and internal IT. I also have responsibility for the development of our Security proposition.
Explain your technical experience and how it brought you to your position at Evros?
I worked as a security engineer and then a network engineer/consultant about 10-15 years ago before moving into virtualization when it became mainstream. This developed into building out the Digital Planet Cloud platform and building a team to develop and manage it.
What are the key technology skill requirements for your position?
In my current role there is not any one set of technical skills I can pick out…because of my change in specialisations over the years, it meant I had a good all-round knowledge of infrastructure which is valuable for solution architecture and being able to engage clients in a wide range of topics. Currently the main technology skills I am using and improving are related to security and public cloud.
How did you acquire those skills?
When I was starting out, I had a good mentor, which helped me understand what I needed to do to develop. A lot of self-teaching: reading, labs and just trying to build or fix things until I was comfortable that I understood how they worked.
If there was a technology or project that nobody knew how to implement, I would often be the one to volunteer and then I would do whatever I needed to get it delivered.
What was the most challenging part of the journey to your current position?
It was challenging to move from delivery to a more managerial role. I found it very difficult to let go and move from doing everything myself to trusting that my team was very competent and that I could leave them to it.
What advice would you give to someone looking to do what you do?
Be engaged and proactive and look to take ownership of issues or projects and see them through, even if it means going above and beyond. Take your career into your own hands and study, qualify, volunteer – whatever it takes… do not wait for it to be handed to you.
What certification or qualifications are useful for your position at Evros or on our client sites?
I have gained many certifications (multiple MCSEs, CCNPs & VCPs), some of which have expired as I have become a bit less hands-on, but which were valuable for where I was at the time.
Studying for certs such as TOGAF & ITIL were useful, as I learned that how we were delivering services aligned with official frameworks, not just good practice.
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