Intelligent CIO APAC Issue 16 - Page 44

CIO OPINION
I ’ m a firm believer that the customer comes first , the company and the team second and self last .
Brad Drysdale , Field Chief Technology Officer , Asia Pacific and Japan , Kong

Do or deliver : Generating positive outcomes

Brad Drysdale , Field Chief Technology Officer , Asia Pacific and Japan , Kong , talks about delivering better experiences and outcomes for customers .

Brad Drysdale , Field Chief Technology Officer , Asia Pacific and Japan , Kong , has a long and successful history of working in the IT industry .

He previously worked for Netscape , the now defunct browser company , back in the mid-nineties .
“ I never had any aspirations regarding technology as a child that I recall ,” he said . “ I spent most of my time surfing and windsurfing . Then my parents noticed I had a bit of natural talent with some of the computer-related things I was doing in early high school and so they bought me an Amstrad computer .
“ That was the start of the web browser boom and Netscape was a bit like what Apple is today – people were banging down doors and queueing up to hear what was going on and what new products were being announced ,” he said .
“ I was fascinated with this thing and what I could make it do and I started buying magazines containing pages of code you could type in to make a program . When it came time to head to university in the big smoke ( Sydney ), computer science felt like a natural choice .”
Previous to this he grew up in Port Macquarie in New South Wales , Australia , back when it was a much smaller beach town .
With an illustrious career behind him and a bright future ahead , we asked his opinion on some of the major industry talking points .
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