Staff Biography - Werner Mayer
In detail, what is your role at Think IT?
My role at Think IT is Network Administrator. As a Network Administrator, I mainly deal with network monitoring, analysis, and optimisation. I get to use a variety of tools and scripts to achieve my primary goals. Best practices for network infrastructure and defining network policy and procedures are regularly tested and updated by means of team collaboration and feedback.
What is it that drives and encourages you within your work and personal life?
Pushing limits (within reason of course). I am constantly looking for ways to do things differently with less effort and more impact. Not being afraid to fail in those challenges, otherwise, you might miss the opportunity to learn from it.
Who, or what, was the biggest influence in your career today?
Powershell. It is a script-based tool designed to take advantage of the .NET framework that every Windows Operating System have. Look for Powershell on your own Windows computer, and you will find it. As the saying goes... "I write code to give me more time to write more code".
Whose biggest fan, are you?
Jeffrey Snover. Not only is Jeffrey the Father of Powershell, but also the Chief Architect for the Azure Infrastructure. Looking at the success of both Powershell and Azure, I would say that Jeffrey would one day be placed alongside fellow pioneers.
What accomplishment are you most proud of within your job role at Think IT?
Taking a concept, and realising that concept into tangible infrastructure that will improve the services we provide for our clients gives me immense pride. Some of the services that I am involved in include our Managed Backup Solution, Wireless Infrastructure, and Network Security Solutions.
What technology most excites you?
Ever booked a flight? Made a reservation? Place an order? The gears behind it are called Application Programming Interface, or API. At its most simplistic form, all it does is responding with data that you ask for. Spotify and Slack are 2 great examples of API driven applications. I can write a short book on how amazingly awesome it is, in fact, a lot of my Quality Assurance automation code plugs into various API systems to ensure proper configuration or flag anomalies within seconds.
What areas should business be focussing on when it comes to technology?
The lack of security awareness in today's world can crumble small businesses really fast. We see it every day in the news. Focusing on enhancing security from a network point of view is good, but it doesn't stop there. It doesn't take a lot to become a Power User, which will be a great asset for any business to assist in identifying security risks and potential pitfalls.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Taking a step back from Trap Shooting lately, I do enjoy tramping and writing code!
If you could gain one super-human power, what would it be?
Mega Memory would be my go-to power. Just like the movie Limitless!