Let’s talk tech – Pamela Napier, Veeam

It’s no secret that the global tech sector is advancing at an astonishingly rapid pace – not least in relation to the now integral role of digital transformation in spearheading growth and success. But no matter the size or scope or your organisation – or how sophisticated your innovation strategy is – the only way to drive significant change is to leverage the power of people.

So, to champion some of the industry’ finest talent, and gain some insight into the minds of individuals from across the tech space, we’re inviting friends and partners of the business to take part in our quickfire Q&A.

Up next, it’s Pamela Napier, Senior Manager – Cloud UK/I at Veeam…

Tell us about your role at Veeam and the part you play in the tech sector.

Veeam® is the leader in backup, recovery, and data management solutions that deliver Modern Data Protection. We provide a single platform for Cloud, Virtual, Physical, SaaS, and Kubernetes environments.

I have been at Veeam for nearly five years. My main focus is to ensure we support, innovate, and enable our service providers to deliver the best possible services, as well as protect the data of all the end customers consuming those services powered by Veeam.

What innovation was the turning point for your organisation, to get it to where you are now?

In 2014, Veeam® launched Cloud Connect, whereby customers get a fully integrated, secure, and efficient means to move backups to an offsite repository – managed by the service provider of their choice, but without the upfront capital investment of an offsite infrastructure. Veeam have continued to innovate and grow the capabilities and services possible with cloud connect through our service provider community.

And where’s next for your business?

Veeam’s main goal has always been to be the most trusted provider of backup, recovery and data management solutions that deliver Modern Data Protection. During 2023 you will hear more about how we are enabling our service providers to protect SaaS and Kubernetes environments.

The biggest misconception faced by the tech sector is…

That everyone who works in IT knows everything about IT. I am sure that you have been asked, or sought the help of someone who works in the industry, to help solve generic tech issues – usually a family member or friend. We all tend to have specialities in certain areas, which when it comes to business, the need for a strong partner eco-system with varied skill sets is imperative.

What do you think will be the biggest tech trend over the next 12 months?

I think disaster recovery and business continuity will come to the forefront again, with the continued threat of ransomware and security concerns for organisations large and small.

This is an area I feel particularly passionate about, as data is one of the most valuable assets to any company. To support this, Veeam shared a recent Cloud protection trends report, and this area ranked very highly as a focus for most businesses over the next couple of years.

What top tip would you give to an individual trying to excel in their tech career?

Always look for learning opportunities, and embrace them – whether that’s exploring the latest tech trends or developing personal skills. A career is a journey, and from what I have observed over my 20 years in the IT industry, self-learning keeps you motivated and prepared for change.

Another tip is that you will make mistakes, and that’s ok – just ensure you learn from them.

The next purchase on my personal tech wish list is…?

I’m not sure about next, but I recently purchased an intuitive telescope that connects to a smart phone. It helps navigate the universe and directs you quickly to particular stars or objects in the night sky. Warm clothing also advised! 

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

As a child, I remember having a Binatone – it was a games console that plugged into the TV, and you could play squash and tennis. It was very basic (although amazing at the time!), made for two players, and was essentially a line for a bat and a circle for the ball. My sister and I could play for hours.

What is one longstanding piece of tech you are shocked is still used today?

Fax machines. I can remember when they were widely used, as well as the sounds of the modem dialling before the fax was sent. Do a search on fax machine usage today – the list for why people use them still is quite interesting. 

If you are without the internet for an hour, what would be the first activity you resort to, to pass the time?

I have always been a fan of music, so the first thing I would do is get the record player out, and put on some of my vinyl records. 

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