Principal Product Marketing Manager, Data Protection Management Software Solutions
For 17 years, Tom has brought storage, data protection, security and wireless products to market through roles in product marketing, product management and sales. He loves to speak with customers and prospects about their business goals and challenges, their experiences and their needs, and has had a lot of opportunity to do it. Backed with a master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA, Tom is equally comfortable digging into the details with technical personnel as well as translating and delivering the business value story. But honestly – TELLING STORIES is SO much more FUN for him! Tom's current role in product marketing focuses on data protection management solutions and management strategy. He gets to spend his days thinking about how to help you simplify and enhance your experience achieving your data protection objectives. When not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching new and innovative offerings, you’ll likely find him cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of more of his interesting experiences in a future post from time to time.
Drones. Quadcopters. Small remote-controlled flying vehicles. Whatever you want to call them, they were THE hot item this holiday season. I had two orders cancelled by Amazon once they determined they were accepting orders beyond inventory capacity. It was a miracle I was finally able to find one for my son at a local store.
As an 11 year old, my son was initially challenged with the vehicle controls. The controller had 2 joysticks, 2 elevation buttons, a start button, a “trick” button, trim/elevation/turning fine-tuning buttons, takeoff and landing buttons and a LCD display. And learning how to manage the vehicle occurred only after he had manually built much of the tiny aircraft. That’s a lot for anyone to accomplish in short time before they can get value (fun!) out of it. And even then, I still needed to be in the flight area to protect pictures, lamps and the cats from being hit.
Recently we embarked on one of the scariest and most rewarding projects I ever worked on at EMC…to build a functional data center in less than 48 hours and ensure that our live provisioning challenge (aka The Jeremy Burton Challenge) against Jeremy Burton, EMC’s President of Product and Marketing, run smoothly on a live VMAX system at EMC World. What can go wrong!
It was a project that was all about teamwork to deliver nothing short of a face-melting awesome customer experience. To that extent, I had the honor of working with some of the finest EMC’ers I know, from different parts of the business, different functional groups, and different coasts. In the end, we were able to spend quality time with customers who in turn could experience the power of the portfolio in one confined space. Where can you bring your beer into a data center, open the cab of the VxRACK, and ask all the questions you want?
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