This month, we hear the wise words of Blaine, as he talks slideware, shiny boxes and why he couldn’t live without his sat nav!

How did you first get into the world of tech?          

I joined British Telecom as a graduate recruit and was posted with the datacomms product team, merely by chance.

And what is your earliest memory of tech in your life?

A colour TV in the late 60s!

What’s the one quality you need to thrive in this environment (especially at Vapour)?


And what is the one thing you would change about the tech sector?

I know it’s a recurring theme when colleagues complete this Q&A, but, without a doubt, I wish there was less slideware from companies who promise solutions they cannot deliver.

Why do you think Vapour stands out in the channel?

A dynamic organisation that punches well above its weight to provide effective solutions while delivering an attentive level of partnership that many bigger players cannot match.

Complete the sentences:

The best piece of tech ever invented is…GPS. My sense of direction is appalling, so it has personally saved me many hours of wandering around and reduced my carbon footprint.

The next purchase on my (personal) tech wishlist is... a new mobile (Samsung) as my contract is due for renewal.

A tech firm that has really stood out for me in the last 12 months is... Huawei, for the level of global controversy surrounding it.

The biggest misconception in the channel is that... the commodity purchasing of ‘best of breed’ products (services) leads to the best IT environment.  Integration is the key, not the shininess of the boxes.

By the end of 2020, our tech will have made organisations far more... able to cope with the changing priorities and work patterns that come from this current pandemic.