This week, we're shining our Champion Spotlight on Pete Meechan! Pete has been a member of the IBM Middleware User Community for over a year and was gracious enough to let us pick his brain! Keep reading to hear more about our IT consulting colleague from the United Kingdom.
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How do you interact with IBM’s products on a daily basis?
As a principal consultant working for Orb Data, and an IBM Premier Business Partner, I use IBM products on an almost daily basis. My current expertise includes IBM Workload Scheduler (IWS) and Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM). Working with different customers in many different sectors from retail to finance, it never ceases to amaze me how the same product can be used in quite different ways by different customers.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy walking, listening to music, building my own PC, reading fiction novels and tasting Scotch Malt Whisky. I bought a hogshead of whisky from a Scottish whisky distillery that is now 21 years old and I have just started investigating how it can be bottled. I am looking forward to tasting the whisky from my “own cask”.
What do you see as the hottest trends in technology today?
There are quite a few to choose from, but I think Internet Of Things (IoT) is probably one of the hottest (and most challenging from a security perspective) along with AI (from Watson to the household assistants like Alexa from Amazon). My personal interest is in the 3D printing arena where there are some very interesting advances; particularly in the health and medical sector.
How can an organization stay relevant five years from now?
This is becoming increasingly challenging with the accelerated pace of change and development. Organizations that stay true to their beliefs and keep their eye on the rapid change will be best placed to succeed.
What do you consider most promising in the era of cognitive computing?
Watson has set the benchmark in this area for industry and commerce, whilst the smart home and household assistants are bringing the AI experience to the consumer. Although there can be major advantages in the processing of mass amounts of data to (e.g.) identify common threads from the results of medical trials, analytics for risk assessment, etc., I do not believe that there are enough safeguards currently in place for data protection for individuals. At the same time the users themselves are not protective of their own personal information, which is something that will also need to be addressed in the longer term.
What app couldn’t you live without?
WhatsApp to keep in touch with the family and Google Maps for real time traffic updates.
What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
Working in a UK fish and chip shop peeling potatoes whilst studying at college.
You pull up to a coffee shop. What do you order?
Black, no sugar. In Italy, a ristretto; in France/Germany/Belgium/Holland an express; in the UK and USA, a cup of tea!
Most importantly... if you were a breakfast food, what kind would you be and why?
Haggis, because no one (other than the Scots) really know what it is!
Thanks for sharing with us, Pete!