Tech Spotlight with Steve Gibson
This month’s Tech Spotlight shines on Steve Gibson, our new Asia-Pacific technical director. You could say that Steve ‘grew up’ at Signiant, having first joined the company as an engineering student. As a member of our Ottawa-based development team for more than five years, Steve has been at the forefront of many of the company’s technical innovations, including our new Media Shuttle desktop file transfer solution. We recently sat down with Steve to get a perspective on his big move from Canada to Singapore, and his new role working with customers and partners in Asia.
Q: Unique aspects of working in APAC?
With Signiant’s expansion in the region, I get to contribute to the process of building new markets from early stages. I like to take ownership and see a project through from start to finish. The opportunity to create and build lasting relationships with partners and customers here is amazing.
Q: Favorite part of your job?
Before I went to Engineering school, I had a good amount of experience teaching. Working in the field, I’m able to transfer those teaching skills to many of my daily activities working with customers. I enjoy collaborating with so many talented people to apply our technologies to solving real business problems. This, and all of the new foods that I get to try while travelling around Asia!
Q: Favorite product feature?
I love how Media Shuttle targets a new audience for our product suite, while still utilizing the same underlying technologies that customers have come to know and trust. In today’s technology market, companies need to be able to make an amazing first impression. It’s all about the “Wow” factor. As someone with a technical background, this means simplicity and branding.
Q: Any inside happenings to share?
As announced at IBC, delivery standards compliance is going to be an important step forward. Signiant understands the importance of unifying formats in order to make digital content available as quickly and smoothly as possible. Knowing my colleagues in charge of Signiant’s products, I can say for certain that the main goal will always be to make products and features that are simple and easy to use.
Q: Miss anything about Canada?
Although I love living in Singapore – just a couple hundred kilometers north of the equator – I actually enjoy Canadian winters (crazy, I know). I grew up skiing, and more recently snowboarding, so I will certainly miss having plenty of fresh powder.