After Hours: Gareth Scott
Garreth Scott, Director of Sales at Credence Security.
Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick.
How did you end up at Credence?
Back in 1996, I helped a friend who owned a small networking company and had just landed a large government contract with a very short delivery period. After a long weekend of pulling cable, building machines, installing and configuring servers, something told me there is money in this and I should switch my chosen career path. The rest, as they say, is history and I have never looked back.
What is your management philosophy?
My management philosophy is fluid. I focus on people and personal development and this guides most of my decisions as a manger. I want my team members to be successful in their careers and their lives and I always strive to position people for success. We work hard, play hard and deliver results. Results are key!
What was your first computer, and when did you first use it?
I was a little late jumping into the PC world; my first computer was in 1996 and it was a Pentium 150MHz. I built it on my second day at my first job while on induction.
What is your greatest achievement?
There is no single achievement that stands out as the most memorable but there are many projects that people said were impossible, or many targets that were set that people thought we would not achieve. For me, success is so much sweeter when you achieve what people thought would not be possible and when you enjoy doing it.
What was your biggest mistake?
I have travelled the world in my career but in most cases, I would fly into a destination, have back-to-back meetings and then immediately fly out to the next destination. I didn’t take enough time to breathe, see new cities and soak up the culture.
What is your fondest memory of working in the Middle East IT industry?
Living and working in the UAE in the early 2000s, when the rulers of the UAE were laying out their vision for the country. I was fortunate enough to be involved in a number of very large, first-of-their-kind projects that most people would only see once or twice in their lifetime.
What technology do you think will have the biggest impact in 2016?
There is very much a trend of consolidation at the moment — large vendors acquiring smaller technologies and adding these niche technologies as part of their core product to give them the edge over competitors.I feel this will continue more than ever into 2016 across all platforms. The sharing of threat intelligence, creating threat intelligence platforms and moving away from the traditional model of proprietary solutions are some of the other trends I expect to see in to 2016. Mobility will be a huge driver again in 2016 as we see more and more technologies converge to mobile platforms. Endpoint visibility is important within all organisations from a forensics, incident response and cyber-security perspective.
What’s the best way to deal with stress?
Watch a movie in IMAX where you can block out the world for 90 minutes or have a relaxing evening with good friends and family around a BBQ.
Nationality: South African
Number of years in the industry: 19
Favourite food: Sticky ribs
Holiday destination: Barcelona, Spain; Livigno, Italy (in ski season); and Greece
Music: I love music, but don’t ask me to name anybody; I am terrible with names!
Dream car: I hope my next car is a Porsche 911 GT3
Gadget: I pride myself on having them all!
Movie/book: Any good thriller or action
Piece of advice: Anything is achievable if you put your heart and soul into it, but remember it is never too late to have a happy childhood.