Employee Spotlight is a series where we get up-close and personal with our team. Next on our list is one of our newest employees, Technical Manager of Networking & Security Services, Chris Beach. Find out more…
What is your role and what do you do?
Being relatively new to the team, I am doing whatever the team needs. Working to grow the networking and security practice, developing different solutions, working with customers, and understanding their problems and needs. Guiding them on the path to a solution that fits their model and their long-term strategic goals. I’m also working with the team to develop new processes and services we can introduce to our customers.
Can you tell us a little about your background and what led you to PureLogic IT?
The people drew me. I knew some of the PL team prior to joining and that was a big help in my transition. My history has been supporting network and security services in large-scale enterprises, crown corps and fortune 500 companies. Moving to PL, I was looking forward to starting with a new group and try some new things with new technologies. PureLogic’s customers are using leading-edge technologies like containerization and network virtualization in projects that are on a different scale then the traditional enterprise.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m all over the map – from home renovations, mechanical work on cars and motorcycles, four wheeling in the bush and camping. Growing up in a small town, it’s always been about the toys and just having fun.
What do you see as the next big shift in technology our for customers?
Cloud is always being talked about, but the security within the cloud and understanding the data and resiliency, plus the financial impact of going to the cloud is often underestimated. Cost control and the structuring of cloud opportunities is at the forefront for our customers. From a network and security place, we are seeing a lot of software defined networking and zero trust mobility, especially since people are working remotely. Another area we have been seeing growth is in the IoT/OT space and the security around these technologies as they provide services that are often critical to everyday life.
What does PureLogic do differently from other companies?
They focus on equipping their staff with the tools and training to deliver quality solutions to its customers. The proper space, training, tools, and staff to deliver an effective service.
What do you think makes a good employee?
A happy employee makes a good employee. If they enjoy what they are doing and the people they are working with, it makes a big difference.
What advice do you have for any young IT professionals?
The biggest advice I have to offer is to get involved wherever you can. It may not seem relevant at the time or may seem tedious, but in the long run it is often foundational for future technologies and expands your skillset into different areas.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
Transitioning to a new environment, the aspect of new and exciting things and not knowing what I’m going to get exposed is a strong driving factor.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I used to do a lot of farming. My grandparents had a farm and every summer I would spend working the fields – corn, peas, and wheat. I feel that set me up with a lot of life skills that I have carried forward in to many other aspects.
What about PureLogic IT makes it a great company to work for?
The people at the end of the day. Supportive, they work well together, and everyone is on the ball. You only have to do your portion of the job and can trust in those you hand off too along the way. Everyone is so helpful.