This month finds our spotlight back on Media City and part of our Senior Management Team, as we have a chat with Simon Inman, our Head of IT Operations.
Simon was a fairly new face to the old Ingenium business when BiP Solutions bought the company. He has since made himself an invaluable part of the team – and not least because he keeps the Media City office in coffee and loo roll! (We’re very grateful, Simon!)
He’s also an i-serve master and knows how to fix computer problems with witchcraft – he tells me it’s a ‘picnic’ issue?
Simon was also a winner at this year’s annual awards, coming joint ‘Manager of the Year’ – a popular and well-deserved choice for this accolade.
In what capacity did you join BiP?
I joined BiP on the first day back from Christmas of 2017, in a cosy, unglamorous office in Stockport as “Web Development Manager”, with a team of just me. Although it felt like I’d already been there some time after having my interview a few months prior and stealing Donnys ticket to attend the Christmas party.
What does your job as Head of IT Operations entail?
My role at BiP covers our network infrastructure, desktop support, Cyber Essentials, and our organisation’s quality and information security management. My team and I ensure our products remain live and on modern, secure systems, our colleagues have the technology and support to do their jobs and that our organisation is continuing to improve with effective quality management.
I also change the odd toilet seat, which I like to roll out at dinner parties when my partner’s trying to impress people.
With IT and software changing before I can comprehend them, what major developments do you think are on the horizon?
IT and software are growing massively every day, with offensive and defensive developments in information and cyber security but also in more at home areas like artificial intelligence. The growth of AI, is beginning to take away manual effort and user error from many everyday tasks and we will see this really take off to automated intelligent workflows, predictive services supporting report and content writing and even intelligent defences. Roll on Skynet!
Are there any changes or initiatives you’d like to implement into BiP?
We’ve changed so much in the past couple of years and are in such a better place than when I joined Ingenium, we have our innovation day coming up and I think if we’re really able to grow that, it could be spectacular.
When are you at your most productive?
Definitely at the start of the day after a couple of coffees.
What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?
Swift half with Stephen Donlan (DCMC) to break up our magical commute, catch up on any of the days gossip, or just simply talk about the up-and-coming town of Stockport. That, or I’ll be often found on away missions with some chums drinking Romulan ale. So… In the pub or in a different pub.
- Joggers or Jeans – Jeans
- Ties or T-shirts – Ties
- Coffee or tea – Coffee
- Lager or ale – Ale
- Book or film – Film
- Football or rugby – Rugby
- Cat or dog – Cat
- Hot or cold – Cold
- Salty or sweet – Salty
- Tattooed or not – Tattooed
- Night out or night in – Night in
- Janeway or Picard – Janeway