“It really hit home when I was on the checkout line at the grocery store and realized that I had left my wallet…but I had my phone.”
As a kid, Noni was all about sports and technology, so when the Atari came around he was mesmerized by the stick basketball figures and pinging a ‘ball’ across the screen. Cut to the launch of the iPhone, and Noni was brought back to that same awestruck feeling. As an IT leader, it’s no different - you have to be ahead of the curve because that’s where you can drive innovation. Noni dives into the critical issues facing IT leaders today, and where his passion for technology originally took off.
“I found technology a bit by accident. The network [at work] had gone down - after that moment I said I’ll never leave that responsibility in someone else’s hands again.”
Danielle didn’t use technology growing up, in fact, she didn’t have internet access until she was an adult. Starting her career doing hair, she made the jump to technology as a single mom wanting solid benefits and a consistent income to support her daughter. From decades-old chunky laptops and dial-up to raising her daughter of the first generation growing up with a cell phone, Danielle dives into how IT has had to shift and become more advanced as technology (and access) has evolved.
“Nintendo was a big deal, it was the first time we had something that required set-up and was more interactive. We played Duck Hunt and Mario Brothers - even my grandma got into it!”
Technology has always been an innovative way for Erica to connect with others starting from an early age. Back in the day of the first Nintendo, she remembers spending hours with her family playing games. When instant messenger came out, it allowed her to connect with classmates and friends with a whole new way to socialize. Part of her role in technology is to bring people together, such as the tech and business teams, to collaborate. Throughout her career, successes around effective communication between teams has always been a source of pride.
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At Lumos, we celebrate the IT leader holistically, as a whole person…not just the person who manages your tech.
IT Obsessed looks at what fuels IT leaders personally; via the technology, stories, and memories that unite us. Technology is integral to our lives, it’s a part of us. Technology itself wouldn’t exist without the technologist. We hope you enjoy these stories and maybe see a little of yourself in each.