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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Ravi Ragoonanan – Systems Analyst

How would you define a techie?

I do not like that term very much, but I would say, someone who is enthusiastic about technology, not necessarily computing alone.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

My name is Ravi Ragoonanan and I am a Canadian born, ICT Professional based in Trinidad. I received my BSc Computing and MSc Information Systems Management from University of Greenwich via SBCS, and have worked in various types of organizations such as finance, technology, manufacturing and energy for about 15 years. One of my proudest achievements is a distinction in my Master’s thesis which was “Design and Development of a hybrid Information Systems maturity model”, I personally believe ICT is a utility like electricity and gives benefits to all aspects of life, without people even knowing IT is involved. I am happily married and have a beautiful daughter who already seems to be a “techie”.

How has tech improved your life?

Well, considering I have been working in tech for 15 years I can say it has improved my life, but I am unable to say how as I was fortunate enough to have use of a computer since the early 90s. Technology is a part of my identity, from playing on my mother’s 486dx2 (most of your readers may not even know what that is), and gaming for hours on my Nintendo (I remember my “ah ha” moment when I realised the 2nd player controller could have controlled the duck in duck hunt). Technology and computing has helped me build a lifestyle that is completely geared around technology, sometimes I take it for granted.

How can technology be used to improve Trinidad?

Trinidad needs to break away from the energy sector dependency as most may know and appreciate. I think Trinidad needs to take a more holistic approach for technology to have a right impact and be viable for growth of the industry and in turn help other industries. Trinidad is one of the few countries in the Caribbean that has 5 submarine cable links, connecting us to the world, but yet still we feel disconnected.

How did you get started in IT?

No idea, happened so long ago, I remember my first paying private job though … was to run a small peer to peer network for a South American company who was helping to build the new airport. I remember being a teenager and talking to the owner and telling him “sure I can do that for less than half of the other persons”, easiest and most money I ever made at that time … and that started me.

How many laps of the QPS do you think you can walk/run in one day?

Walk maybe 3-4 or run maybe 0.25. Not a big fan of running. I prefer weights.

How would you define an entrepreneur?

A successful entrepreneur: a person who takes a risk, starts a business, makes money.

What is your favourite emoji and why?

Confused or Smirking because they are both self explanatory

What advice you would give to the average home user to protect their home network?

Change all default username and passwords … ALL
Anti Malware and Antivirus are two different things … use both
Patch and update … everything
ABCD123 is not a password
This one is not network but general advice … Shut up on Twitter/facebook/whatever else … If your security question is “What is my dog’s name?” don’t put “Just carried Fluffy to the vet” on Facebook

What tech would you like to own?

Smarter Coffee … google it … it is awesome

What would be your ideal job title/position in tech?

Honestly, at some point a CIO; I love technology, and I believe it can be used effectively in business, and I think I can deliver business value with new technology. Allowing the innovators to continue innovating while people like me keep on consuming.

The best advice you have received?

hmm received … I once had a manager drill into my head to read at least two tech articles a week, not skim but read … to this day 12+ years later, I still do.

Which person in tech would you like to meet?

Satya Nadella … his take on Windows services being platform neutral interests me a lot.

What sports teams do you support?

Hala Madrid (Real Madrid ) … not Manchester United as one of my peers (Nigel Sammy) insists.

Why are manhole covers round?

haha … I know this … so it does not fall in the hole because at no point the circumference of the hole is less than the circumference of the cover …

What tech event would you like to attend?

Gartner Catalyst Conference

How would you invest a million dollars?

No idea, might invest in a startup … or invest in bettering myself

What future technology interests you?

Blockchain/Smart Houses

Are you a leader of a follower? (Explain)

If I have to explain why I consider myself a leader … then I must not be a good one j/k … I believe leadership is knowing when to be in front to lead and guide a team during the journey, and when to step back and let others take the lead.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Do you see the Internet of Things (IoT) as dangerous?

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