How do you deal with stress and unwind outside the office ?
Having recently learned to drive , albeit late on in life , I do enjoy taking my young son for car rides and day trips to local attractions , especially historical places and museums .
I also like to go swimming with the family and find it is another good way to unwind . I also love sport and play regularly for a veteran football club at weekends . I probably should do more to relax and unwind but due to a busy work and family life it ’ s not always that easy .
What do you currently identify as the major areas of investment in your industry ?
In my opinion the major investments go hand in hand with the current ‘ hot topics ’ in the industry . The drive to invest in sustainability is pushing towards more efficient and sustainable plant and equipment , in particular more efficient cooling systems . We understand from the market that there is current investment in Hydrogen generators in lieu of diesel fuel etc . which we should be seeing deployed over the next few years . Data centres , as we all know , use a vast amount of energy and the more efficient and sustainable we can make the technology the less impact there will be on the environment .
MOVING FORWARD , I DON ’ T SEE ANY MAJOR CHANGE FOR MYSELF OR MY ROLE WITHIN THE INDUSTRY .
What are the region-specific challenges you encounter in your role ?
I believe the major challenge is more global and that ’ s concerning supply , demand and availability . Due to the recent global pandemic and the ongoing Ukraine war , we have seen an impact on available parts for manufacture , which is common across all sectors of business and economy . I believe that this issue has been exacerbated in the data centre market due to the high demand in the sector and the critical nature of controls and redundancy in system infrastructures . Another specific challenge on a more individual projects basis relates to the availability of local expertise and experience in the delivery and operation of data centres within some countries where we ’ re delivering projects .
What changes to your job role have you seen in the last year and how do you see these developing in the coming months ?
I don ’ t believe my role has changed per-say – just more developed in line with clients ’ requirements and the volatility of costs and supply seen in the construction market .
BCS ensures our roles are agile so we can step up to support our clients , ensuring that we are bringing people , processes , technology and any other required support together to find the most appropriate and effective way of delivering within a client ’ s guidelines .
Moving forward , I don ’ t see any major change for myself or my role within the industry . Obviously , clients and developers will be concerned around the current global financial markets , however , my role would be as diligent as always in supporting any opportunities or proposals . � www . intelligentdatacentres . com