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Sep 3 2008   10:09AM GMT

Tag: You’re IT! Meet Ken Stewart

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

ken_stewart.JPG Last month, I tagged Ken Stewart.

1. Ken, when did you first discover your love for technology?

I think I have always loved to play with gadgets. I was always tearing things apart to see how things worked, but I always had spare pieces when I put them back together, and often broke more than I fixed. Gee, not much has changed

It wasn’t until I joined the US Marine Corps that I really understood where my calling was, though. It was there I really discovered that there needed to be a bridge between people and technology.

2. How do you earn a living?

I am presently the Director of Technology at Kearns Business Solutions, finding ways to connect people with technology to hopefully make their work life much more satisfying. In other words, I focus on enabling technologies.

3. What do you love most about your job?

The beating drums of change. Although the pace can be a little harrowing, I relish the fast-pace and challenges I am tasked with overcoming, as well as the puzzles about how to build a better mousetrap I think up myself

4. What keeps you up at night?

Not too much really. I could sleep 18 hours straight if you let me. I suppose what worries me the most is staying focused on being a servant to my team and my family and not allow life to get in the way of living.

5. What do you do when you’re not working?

Hmm I don’t think I ever quit working. Outside of focusing a lot of energy on my new blog, ChangeForge.com, I enjoy weekends with my family and spending time in Aikido. Those 2 things give me a chance to be more balanced in my life and offer me a much needed recharge for my batteries.

6. You’ve looked in your crystal ball and have seen the future of enterprise IT. What does it look like?

Enterprise IT must learn to be the servant and not the gatekeeper. With demand increase on everyone’s time, IT will align itself to deliver business-enabling technologies. Security will continually become an increasing concern and will most likely be the counter-balance to the enabling technologies. This dynamic will create a very tight road for IT to walk, but businesses will find a way to carry on as they always have either in finding, creating, or doing without this component of the business.

Bonus Question: What’s your favorite quote?

Here’s one by Max Lucado from A Gentle Thunder that really stuck in my craw:

Much of life is spent rowing. Getting out of bed. fixing lunches. Turning in assignments. Changing diapers. Paying bills. Routine. Regular. More struggle than strut. More wrestling than resting

You thought marriage was going to be a lifelong date? You thought having kids was going to be like baby-sitting? You thought the company who hired you wanted to hear all the ideas you had in college?

Then you learned otherwise. The honeymoon ended. The IRS called, and the boss wanted you to spend the week in Muleshoe, Texas. Much of life is spent rowing.

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