What is your professional position? What technology do you work with?
We are Eclipse developers best known for the MyEclipse IDE, MobiOne cross-platform mobile app builder and Secure Delivery Center for managing open source. Genuitec is a founding member of the Eclipse Foundation along with IBM, SAP, Intel and others.
Please list web addresses where one can see something about you.
Secure Delivery Center: http://www.genuitec.com/sdc
Do you consider yourself a geek?
Absolutely. We are hard core science geeks, love NASA and what's going on now with the Curiosity rover. The teams over at CERN are doing fascinating work as well with smashing atoms. Anything having to do with programming we follow closely as our product lines are often on the forefront of enterprise application development.
How did your professional interest in technology come about?
We follow IBM closely, so in watching the great strides IBM was making in the late 1990s we decided to add value to their software products. That's how we started!
Were you one of those who broke toys to see the inner workings?
We broke the toys but put them back together - sometimes they worked other times they didn't. But we understand the ins-and-outs of the Internet and the current software landscape for enterprise development - we don't break those toys. ;)
How would you describe the emotion that comes from getting involved in a new technology?
Excitement mixed with curiosity.
In your field of work, what is the major technological trend on the horizon?
Better automated code creation in the cloud. Mobile code standardization. Machine learning.
What factors should one keep in mind when giving advice about an investment in technology?
Small vocal crowds do not represent enterprise development as a whole. Give technology time to prove itself, make sure it's easy to understand and has an existing audience or customer base. You don't want to educate an audience on a new technology, you want them to understand it fairly fast.
Do you think businesses waste a lot of money on bad technology?
Yes and no. Yes, a lot of technology is oversold and with capabilities most companies will never use that they paid too much for. No, because in today's day and age even with unused software capabilities, many companies like to own the whole package just in case it might be needed for development further down the road.
What brands or companies within your professional environment are you used to recommending with great confidence?
We love IBM, but we compete with them too. So IBM hardware, Salesforce.com, Oracle hardware, and Google software.
How do creativity and methodology combine to resolve technological problems?
Collaboration. Whether for in-house development or brainstorming - we collaborate a lot. Using white boarding, wire framing, architectural designing and roadmapping, we're always thinking about tomorrow and how to creatively embrace it with Genuitec technologies.
Which one is needed to work in technology: great patience, or an especially ordered mind?
Patience. And a good plan that everyone signs off on.
Does pressure impede your concentration or is it a stimulus to outdo yourself?
HA! When aren't software developers under pressure. It's a stimulus. From bug fixes, to getting customers specific features, to rolling out updates while creating new technologies - we live in a pressure cooker; that's why it's important to really like your co-workers.
Aside from work, what other technologies interest you on a personal level?
Social business and social personal. Whether we're playing with customer portals to learn about socializing businesses for better B2C relationships, to tracking Twitter conversations - we're all over the Internet. We like robots too.
What are your favorite gadgets? If someone can't find you, what store would they need to go to in order to look for you?
Probably Barnes & Noble Book Store is where you'd find employees of Genuitec; when not working we're reading and having fun. Actually staying off gadgets because our work life requires we use them is something that we practice - time away. That said, Android tablets and phones, iPhones and iPad, and Kindle Fires make up the gadgets in our pockets and briefcases. Some of us travel with wifi hotspots, others with laptops running insane hardware to continually meet enterprise demands on the road.
Are kids and teens too “technified”? Can one become addicted to technology?
Sure. Balance is key though. IF you spend too long on the computer, take the dog out for a walk. Take the kids to the aquarium - get out of the house, go for a run, mountain bike, go to the theater. Kids and adults can all benefit from putting technology aside for personal growth. Plus, we've found you do your best thinking not in front of the computer.
Which is more difficult: dealing with machines or dealing with people?
Machines. We're all developer- type sales people. A unique mix of technological minds attuned to friends, family and customers. We get machines, better than most, but people are what it's all about!
How often are you called on outside of work hours to solve an urgent problem?
Everyday. With most Fortune 500 companies as customers, we're always helping to make sure they're getting the best investment from our technologies. We take turns though to avoid burnout, and enough of us live across different time zones to always be available on a global scale.
Play futurologist: what will the technology of your sector be like in 20 years time?
Java will remain the same for legacy systems. In the future we'll have flying cars and robotic house cleaners (actually wasn't that 50 years ago?). More automation in software development for robotic systems. We're here now, but it will get more refined.
Do you attend fairs, conventions, or other events related to your sector?
Sure do. IBM events all over the USA, Eclipse Foundation events, and Mobile development events. If you look, you will find us.
What professional challenge would you like to undertake at this time?
Tell the world about Secure Delivery Center. We revolutionized open source management - now companies can take charge of existing Eclipse installations for governance, and to create App Stores of their technologies for in-house development. No one else does this, and our existing customers love it.
Where is your professional career headed? What do you imagine yourself doing five years from now?
Hard to say. We'll keep adding features to our software as its embedded in most Fortune 500 companies - so that won't change. We'll mix mobile with cloud and big data, but that's closer than 5 years away. Possibly machine learning, AI, and better customer experiences. Who knows. But the future is bright!
What magazines, forums or websites do you use to keep up to date with technology?
Informationweek, eWEEK, InfoWorld, Dr. Dobb's Journal, Computerworld, Wired, NY Times, WSJ, Businessweek - those are mainstays.
What advice do you have for those reluctant to try new technologies?
Just don't break anything, and stay off the servers! Just kidding, try to have fun creating your visions for others.