Eric Kassan
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer

Microsoft Certified Database Administrator

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer


Welcome to my professional homepage. The purpose of this page is to share with you my professional philosophy, experiences, advice, and passion for technology. I hope you find the information useful.

Who is Eric Kassan?
I am a proven technology leader who has performed the roles of:
Chief Technology Officer Systems Architect Information Systems Manager
Director of Technology Project Manager Software Development Manager
Database Administrator Information Architect Inter-/Intra-/Extra-net Developer
Systems Trainer Data Miner Software Developer
 
What is Eric Kassan's professional philosophy?
My driving desire is to increase the profitability of a business by best using information and technology. In order to deliver on this vision it is necessary to maintain a culture that encourages and rewards employees to stretch themselves. This also provides side benefits of low turnover and attracting top talent. My three top values are:
1. Provide the right information (not just data) at the right time.
2. Explore new technology for new marketing and sales channels.
3. Use technology to redesign current processes to be more efficient.
 
Which skills are most important?
Developing strategies and having the right people to execute these strategies are two major keys to success. A third key is to make sure your operations are designed to facilitate, not hinder, your people and strategies. My favorite books on these topics are:
Execution - The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
Managing Technical People by Watts S. Humphrey
The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators by Edwin A. Locke
Open-Book Management by John Case
The End of Office Politics as Usual by L. B. M. Serven
Good to Great by Jim Collins
 
How does one keep up in a field dominated by change?
In a word, the answer is communication. One must build and nurture a communicating, learning culture at one's company, so when one member of an organization learns something of value, it is available to all. Externally, one must keep up by visiting industry websites and reading industry periodicals. Some I find most useful include:
CIO magazine and www.CIO.com
www.Microsoft.com which also has a variety of email newsletters
DM (Data Management) Review magazine and www.DMReview.com
www.TechRepublic.com
ComputerWorld magazine and www.ComputerWorld.com
 
How important is it for a Technology Leader to understand his industry?
It is absolutely imperative for a technology leader to understand more than just the technology. He must understand his company’s industry and business so he can align technology with the company’s objectives. Much has been written about companies flourishing because of such an alignment while other companies fail due to a lack of it. While I have experience in the health, insurance, mortgage, food distribution, and internet profiling industries, I am able and willing to learn new industries very rapidly so I can cultivate and maintain an alignment between business and Information Systems.
 
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