Philip Wintermyer named Tech Advocate Finalist in AZ Top Tech Exec Awards

Wintermyer_Philip-XLRecently, Avnet Director of Web Development and eCommerce, Philip Wintermyer sat down with the Phoenix Business Journal to answer a few questions. Wintermyer was recently named a Tech Advocate Finalist.

What was your introduction to technology possibly being a career?

In 1983, I moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, at the point in my life when it was time to get serious about a career. LSU had a campus in Shreveport, and I spoke with councilors about degree options. They had just formed a computer science department. While I hadn’t had any exposure to computers, I had always been interested in science and technology. I was completely sold during the first semester.

What do you see as your biggest accomplishment in the technology field?

I led an initiative to select and deploy a new content management system to make it easier for business to collaborate.

What has surprised you most regarding the growth of technology during your career?

The rate of adoption and advancement of the smartphone is remarkable to me. To go from a ‘high-tech’ flip phone to the smartphones of today in less than 10 years is amazing.

What do you see as the next big thing in tech?

IoT (or the Internet of Things) is the obvious answer, but I believe the autonomous car has the potential to completely change the way we live our lives and how we spend our time.

What makes a good leader in the technology field?

The ability to accept, manage and help others through change, as well as being a good communicator.

What great sci-fi item would you want to exist in the world of computers today?

“Star Trek’s” transporter. I struggle with six hour or longer flights.

“Star Wars” or “Star Trek,” and why?

Tough question, but I have to go with “Star Trek.” I grew up watching “Star Trek” and reenacting the scenes with my nerd friends.

What question do you hear constantly in your company?

“Can we get it sooner?” The technology industry moves at a fast pace, and my team and I are always looking for ways to make IT more responsive to the business’ evolving requirements.

What question do you wish you didn’t hear constantly?

“Why did you build it that way?” Another area an agile development approach may help.

 Years in Industry: 33

This article originally ran in the Phoenix Business Journal, US, May 13, 2016. Photos and video courtesy of Ken Wood. 

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