Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 47 - Page 81

Tim Klein , President , CEO and Co-founder of ATTO Technology
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Tim Klein , President , CEO and Co-founder of ATTO Technology

wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement ?

I have been blessed that I have been able to pursue and realise many achievements in my life . Some small , some big , but they are all part of the overall story of my life . My wife would say it is the day that she accepted my marriage proposal and she is probably right . But with respect to ATTO , which I founded when I was 26 years old , I would have to say the most memorable event was the very first sale we ever made .
It was the validation of the dream that we could make something better that others would benefit from and get paid real money for it . So many things have branched from that moment . After all this time , I still get excited when our customers place a high value in the great products our team creates for them . And while it is no longer a singular event , the continuous excitement is still the most memorable achievement .
What first made you think of a career in technology ?
I have always been fascinated with electronics and technology in general . When I was in high school , personal computers were just starting to come out and I wanted to learn more and more about them . Interestingly , I also researched the top Fortune 500 companies and found that CEOs tended to have an engineering background and thus my path was set .
What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position ?
My management style has changed directions multiple times based on both my personal maturity as well as what I believe the company needs at the time . Companies change and evolve , sometimes with very senior experienced people , sometimes with more younger energic people who need more guidance . Even teams within the company can have different personalities and need different management styles and approaches as well . Thus , my philosophy is to build strong learning teams , sharing my knowledge and experience while being flexible in learning new things .
What do you think has emerged as the technology trend of 2021 and why ?
Working in the compute and storage segments , I see more applications for the Internet of Things ( IoT )
As more people are relying on technology to make their lives easier , companies that can deliver faster access to that information with the least effort will drive the future .
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