Keith, Architect

What first attracted you to pursue a career in IT?

I graduated with a business degree from Edinburgh University and started my career doing various business development roles. One of the organisations I worked for required me to sell IT solutions to companies around Ireland. This is when I found my passion for IT and it made me want to pursue it further.

Tell us about your career progression within Liberty IT.

I’ve been with the company for nine years now and have worked in different areas since joining. I started as a Systems Engineer working in the local support team, which was a great experience as you typically have to assume responsibility for different technologies such as OS virtualisation, Networks, Security, Storage and Voice.  I then progressed to a more senior role and had the opportunity to get involved in the setup of our Hosting Services division which continues to evolve. I’m currently an Architect within the organisation.

What does your role as an Architect involve?

My role is to help shape new architectures in both Liberty Mutual and Liberty IT. It’s a challenging but also very rewarding job and my main focus is working on different projects and looking at how our people, technology and processes can deliver the best results to the business. It requires me to have a holistic view of our Hosting Services division and also, what the industry trends are from an infrastructure perspective. We are going through an exciting time in this space with the influence from cloud technologies which is changing the approach of traditional data centres to be more software driven.

Can you tell us about the culture within Liberty IT?

Liberty IT has always been a people focused organisation and there is real appreciation that employees are the most important aspect to the business. I have always found my work place to have a professional but fun atmosphere, with everyone having a sense of camaraderie while working towards the same goal.

If you were to offer one piece of advice to someone starting out in their career, what would it be?

If you are looking for a career which continues to change and brings new challenges, then IT is definitely a path to consider. As with most professions, it isn’t all about the technical capabilities, it is also valuable to build your communication skills but most importantly, the key to a fruitful career is to always enjoy what you are doing.

What do you like to do with your free time outside of the office?

I have a young family so most of my time is spent running after them, which I wouldn’t change for the world.  During any spare time that I do have, I like to do outdoors sports.