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I’m a technology and computer fanatic. Not quite a nerd but I’m very lucky that I could turn my hobby into my profession. People often call me a “technology guru“ because they feel I’m genetically related to computers, and suspect my DNA to be partially digital. And maybe they‘re right. I simply like working with computers and the surrounding technologies.To me it‘s fun to learn and adapt new technologies – and find unorthodox ways to push the limits of both hardware and software wherever I can.

Although I consider myself a thoroughbred engineer, I love the entrepreneurial part of my job just as much. Developing a vision and business strategy, pursuing the company goals, building and managing teams, overseeing and managing projects – I‘m accustomed to all those tasks, and enjoy them a lot indeed. Bringing the company forward and help to achieve higher goals while maintaining the competitive edge is a big part of my professional ambition and motivation.

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My Goals

SOME MIGHT THINK THAT BY BECOMING CIO I’VE REACHED MY MAIN GOAL. BUT GAINING A FANCY TITLE WAS NEVER REALLY A GOAL OF MINE. I REQUIRE OTHER THINGS TO FEEL SUCCESSFUL AND PRODUCTIVE – SOME OF WHICH I WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS, NO MATTER WHAT POSITION I HAVE OR WHAT COMPANY I WORK FOR.

Responsibility

For me responsibility is not a burden but a chance – that’s why I’m never afraid to take over responsibility. It provides me with the opportunity to take action, exert influence and make sure tasks are fulfilled with adequate excellence, regardless whether I execute them myself or delegate them to somebody else.

Improvement

Whenever I see a chance for improvement, I will seize it. Whether this chance presents itself in the form of potential cost savings, enhancements through smart process optimization, or increasing the productivity and profitability by implementing innovative workflow automization. It’s easy if one knows the right levers. I do.

Results

I never do things halfway. Every endeavor I start and every effort I take will always lead to at least some kind of viable result. That’s a promise I give to myself. To me it would be a terrible waste of precious time to do it any other way. Besides, only the results really count in the end – and that makes every effort worthwhile.

Stay Ahead

Increasing the competitive edge of the company I work for is always one of my main goals. Gathering meaningful competitive intelligence is naturally part of the process – utilizing those insights to “our advantage” is exciting and fun for me. Succeeding in this aim is more like a hobby of mine – and actually mandatory, too…

Priorities

My Priorities In The Job

Dedication

Regardless whether I help a friend, co-worker or customer, the best long-term solution is all that counts to me. Even as a regular employee, I approach my job more like an entrepreneur – with the big picture in mind, and my eyes open for opportunities to improve and simplify, or save money – without compromising the mission.

Commitment

In my book, commitment, integrity and loyalty are the main ingredients for success. Once I have committed myself – no matter whether to a company, a job, or a promise – I will stick to it, not matter what. My continuous commitment to everything I do: Always deliver the best performance I can.

Productivity

Efficiency is king. A streamlined approach is always the preferred way to go. Once the goal is set and the objectives are clear, I rather start DOING than talking. Always thinking ahead, outside the box and around the corner to solve any issue, I want to get to it as quickly as possible. Only a productive day that shows tangible accomplishment is a good day.

Ambition

Reaching the position of CTO a couple of years ago was a big achievement. But a title was never important to me. My real ambition is to help my team, department, or employer to stay ahead, and reach even the most lofty goals. Striving to achieve more and make progress in my job, automatically means personal success to me. “Excellence“ beats “mediocracy” every time.

Focus

While I love to multi-task, keeping the goal in mind at all times, all efforts should directly support reaching the particular objective, otherwise it‘d be a waste of time. I find it just as important to always go the whole nine yards – I won‘t settle for less than 100%, and I don‘t mind getting my hands dirty in order to get the job done.

Challenges

I‘m still humbled when people seem to be amazed by how I‘m doing things. But no matter how often I hear “nobody was able to do this, let alone so quickly“, for my own expectations I‘m never good enough. That‘s why I love to challenge myself by pushing my own limits and learn new things wherever I can.

Skills

Not knowing something is no shame – but no excuse either. While I would never blame anyone for not being familiar with a particular matter, I will never understand why so many people don’t strive after knowledge. I always will.

My take on technical skills

Maybe it‘s my “partially digital DNA“ that makes it so easy and fun for me to adapt and internalize new issues. I love every (new) challenge, that’s why I always approach new issues fearlessly and intrepidly. Since I always know how to FIX things, I’m never afraid to “break” something.

I know, I don’t know everything (yet). Nobody does. However, I also know that with the right skill set, managing and maintaining any IT network, no matter how complex, efficiently and economically isn’t rocket science.

Pre-Sales
96%
Workflow Desgin
96%
SAN (SNFS)
94%
Clustred FS
90%
NAS (NFS,SMB)
94%
Networking
87%
Troubleshooting
95%

What I do

I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERYTHING IN MY JOB. BUT I AM PARTICULARLY GLAD AND PROUD THAT I AM TRUSTED WITH
SOME OF THE MOST INTERESTING TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Team Leading

With 15+ years experience in building, managing, and leading decentralized IT/Technology and Development Teams around the globe and across different continents, I’m confident to say “I’ve seen A LOT.”

Strategical Leadership

20+ years working in the post production and broadcast field have given me more experience in overseeing R&D and network planning as well as project management than I can even say.

Teaching and Training

I don’t guard my expertise, I rather teach and train everyone who‘s interested in broadening his or her knowledge. Passing on what I know and trying to get people as close to my level as possible is a personal mission of mine.

What they say

  • Dan Germain – Principal Product Manager @ Wowza Media Systems

    I had the honour to work with Roger for a few years in California. His knowledge and understanding of complex storage systems, combined with his willingness to get the job done at any time of day or night, has earned him a reputation with customers as somebody they can completely trust. He is exceptionally talented and understands how to turn state of the art technology into a viable commercial solution, no matter the size of the end user. He also has a great sense of humour, so I am happy to give my honest recommendation to any future business partner, customer or employer.

  • Zeljko Dodlek, MapR, Germany

    Roger's attitude: "Never give up" impressed me a lot. His structured work, open ear to the clients needs and delivering the "turnkey" solution were for me the most impressive parts of working with him.

  • Richard D. Picton, Picton Computers, USA

    Roger is a dedicated, customer-focused professional with outstanding technical skills and extensive experience in media and entertainment business organizations.

  • Nuno Martins, Rocket Science, South Africa

    I have very seldom come across the level of professionalism, and technical knowledge that Roger has shown.

  • Shawn Clark, Bright Technologies, USA

    I've had the pleasure of working with Roger for several years. He is extremely knowledgeable, hard-working, dedicated to his craft, and goes above and beyond when it comes customer satisfaction. Roger is always looking at new and emerging technologies to create and develop products that exceed expectations. Roger’s technical expertise, communication skills, and “outside the box” thinking make him a valuable asset to any company.

  • Kathy Weidman, TiVo, USA

    Roger is a true professional with a deep technical and business understanding of the international market, opportunities and customer needs. He is a great team player and leader, but he is also is willing to ‘roll up his sleeves’ if required.’ Roger has an excellent understanding of global media and technology strategies and is well connected in the industry. He is also efficient and thorough and works extremely well under pressure. I would love the opportunity to work with Roger again!

  • Regis Leiss, Vista International, USA

    Roger is a technology guru with amazing skills. He is able to design custom storage network systems and patiently diagnose hidden issues that most people couldn’t find with a map. He is also a good manager for technical teams who keeps the focus on satisfying the customer with unique technology solutions.

  • Mike Oakes – Data Direct Networks

    " I have worked with Roger while he was at DDN, as well as when he was with our partners. Roger’s depth of knowledge in Media workflows and available technologies allows him to analyze and design workflow solutions to meet and exceed any requirement. This ability allows Roger not only to bring the right tools to bear to solve the most complex workflows but also ensures capital expenditures are accurately made and project budgets are maintained. Roger’s can do attitude and attention to every detail are evident in everything he undertakes, a real asset to any team.

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