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Meet... David Sanders

5 January 2018

As one of Ideal's core product architects, David will be fundamental to defining, designing and deploying exciting new products and services. But what's he looking forward to, and what makes him tick? We caught up with him before the real work began.

Welcome to Ideal! What's your new job title?

My job title is cloud architect.

What will you be doing day to day?

I’ll be working with the solutions team as the main point of contact on all things public cloud related, which currently means Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

What attracted you to Ideal?

Several things: the location, Ideal’s approach to customer engagement, solid funding and long-term plans to really put energy into moving into public and hybrid cloud.

What are you most looking forward to?

Being a key driver in the creation of a cloud offering that can really add value through best-practice architecture and managed services.

Tell us about your career in 100 words or less

Highly varied. From developer to operations to dev-ops and finally to a specialisation in cloud technology, I’ve had many different roles in over 20 years in the industry, and I’ve worked in technical organisations of all sizes. What it has taught me is that all parts of an organisation face similar technical challenges, and that throwing things over the fence, or even having a fence, is always a bad idea.

What will be your biggest challenge(s)?

It will be convincing people, both within Ideal and our customers, about the value proposition of cloud, and especially public cloud. Our core business is still very much a traditional on-premises model, and there will be some shaking up.

In five years, what do you hope to have achieved?

I hope that I’ve helped Ideal create a mature, profitable cloud offering that our customers are delighted with.

What do you do outside work?

I spend most of my time with my wife and daughter, and we’re expecting the newest member pretty soon.

Recommend a film, TV show, game or book

The film Solyaris by Andrei Tarkovsky. I’d been thinking about it recently after being so disappointed with Blade Runner 2049, despite the endless reviews that hailed it as an incredible work of art. Solyaris really is a work of art, and uses almost nothing in the way of special effects.


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