Meet the team: Craig Kirby

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Our very own go to guy, Craig Kirby tells us a little bit more about what he gets up to when he’s not problem solving D-Link UK and Ireland’s technical questions.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like

My day to day role involves many different aspects and there are times where each day can be very different from the last. Sometimes I am in the office catching up with debugging and technology testing, performing training to end users and partners, and others where I am performing site surveys at a new site, or maybe building solutions over the phone and email. Each day can be very different, which to me is very refreshing and keeps things interesting.

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

Achieving a first class degree as a mature student was probably my biggest academic achievement, however I’m most proud about taking the initial decision to change my life and go back to education in the first place. I always loved computing and networking, and that decision has helped me get back to the path I has always wanted for myself. For anyone considering doing the same, take my advice, go for it and believe in yourself, and you may even make some great friends along the way.

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

I’d definitely be a Cadbury’s Crème Egg, because I am a bit of an egg-head. I am the stereotypical techy who likes to dabble with new technologies, many times you can hear me waffling on about switches and other devices, and generally confusing those around me who do not have the same interests. Just ask my girlfriend!

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

Jetpack, seriously, why don’t we have one of those yet? Failing that, I’d invent a system which allows you to rate the driver in front of you, as someone on the road a lot I’d love to be able to give a thumbs up to good drivers and let the bad ones know just how bad they are.  Too many bad marks and you get ejected out of your seat into the nearest river.

What would be the soundtrack to your life? 

Anything from the album Spiritual Machines by Our Lady Peace, the concept combines technology and the future with the impact on our conscience and psyche. It sounds deeper than it really is, but I do feel that a balance in our lives between social media and other technologies should go hand in hand with nature and the environment, how we treat ourselves, and how we treat those around us.

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?  

In truth, I would want to be my fellow Technical Pre-Sales engineer colleague Jatin, that way I have the same job role!  I get to talk to people about technology, help those who are in need of advice, travel around the country, and get creative with building solutions. Technology is all about learning, and I get to do it every day.  I consider myself very lucky.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit? 

My favourite place is Amsterdam, to be able to see the Van Gogh and the Rijksmuseum buildings and absorb the different culture in the area is great. Plus the food really appeals to me, and as everyone around me knows I am definitely a “foodie”.

Do you have any hobbies? 

This year my plan is to prepare for some summer fun runs for charity so I am currently trying to improve my fitness to raise awareness for the McMillan Cancer Support services. I feel it’s time to give something back as I have been very fortunate in life. Now, if I can only stop catching the flu…

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be? 

Be brave, follow your heart not just your head. Accept change and role with it, and be open to new experiences.

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine, Kind words, and Kind deeds. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Meet the team: Jatin Patel

In the hot seat this week is our longest standing Pre-Sales Engineer, Jatin Patel, who’s been with D-Link for over 3 years. When he’s not out on a customer site or training partners, we find him hiding in his man cave – the testing lab! Find out more about the martial arts Silver medalist below.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

My role consists of wearing many hats and I get to experience the buzz of a company that shows every day is a challenge and never the same. As an Engineer a large part of my role involves working with our partners and end customers to understand their networking, wireless and surveillance needs in order to deliver custom solutions that solves these needs.

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

One of my key hobbies is in marital arts, I have participated in Judo, TaeKwonDo and Karate (Wado-Ryu and Shotokan). After being out of the sport for approximately 15 years I joined Go-Kan-Ryu Karate about a year and half ago. Within this time I have won two silver medals and one bronze medal and passed four grading’s. Definitely shows this old man has a few tricks up his sleeve still.

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

Running around a 2 year old and 6 year old who are constantly sometimes leads to messy results. Based on this I would say a Picnic bar. Have you ever seen how many ingredients in this chocolate it’s a mess, containing nuts, raisins, chewy nougat, chewy caramel covered in peanuts, biscuit, puffed rice and covered in milk chocolate. That’s a lot.

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

Part of any parent’s brain or in human nature general is to recognise danger and prepare our body to react to it. This is called amygdala. In a Childs moment, they see this is fun, and doesn’t alert them, in essence false alarms. Would be great to have a device that can freeze a Childs action or moment before they are involved in an accident.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

Both my mother and grandmother had a passion for Indian classical music, then there’s my dad who has a passion for Motown Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Blues. Lucky for me I inherited their passion where I grew up playing three musical instruments and wrote music. So my soundtrack is a mixed between the classics from Indian cinema and the likes of Stevie Wonder and James Brown.

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?

Honestly in the office, as I enjoy my role, I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. If you enjoy your role, have passion for the position and interest why would you change what you do.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

I have been lucky enough to have travelled to many places, however I would like to hike around South America, just for the famous sites such as Machu Picchu, Iguaza Falls and of course the famous Copacabana Beach and experience Brazilian football.

Do you have any hobbies?

Apart from karate, I also enjoy running regularly, about 2 to 3 times a week during my lunch breaks, having the fresh air, disengaging from the tech world for an hour and applying that energy into pushing boundaries gives an element of satisfaction.

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Well kind what I tell my both my children, work harder, study first play later. Education is key to any success. Everyday you learn something new and you should always learn from any mistakes,

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

As a person with a speech impediment, the fact of life is be yourself, use your body language to express yourself and for others to react.

 

Meet the team: Dan Bieny

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Stepping into the ring next we have Dan Bieny who joined the team just last year. When he’s not in meetings with our distribution partners you can find him living in the sticks adding to his unique bottle collection. Find out more about the channel veteran below.

Next week we will hear from one of the longest standing members of the team, any guesses? There’s a bottle of something in it for the first to get it right.

 

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

I’m the Business Channel & Distribution Manager for UKI. It’s a big role and has two key functions to it. The first is strategizing and leading the B2B sales function to work with our existing and potential new VIP+ partners. The other half of the job is working with our distributors to deliver sustainable growth. It’s an exciting role which gives me a full 360 degree view of the business.

 

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

CRN fight night without a doubt. Anyone who knows me, knows there isn’t an athletic bone in my body, nor one which would needlessly put itself in harm’s way. An experience I’ll remember forever. If you fancy a full blown laughing fit then the video is still on YouTube.

 

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

Celebration selection box. As they say, variety is the spice of life. Why not go from a Mars to and Malteser. It’s also worth reminding ourselves that now and again, life does serve you a Bounty and you just have to get on with it. Just for the record, I will also eat the Bounty.

 

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?
An invention to regrow thinning hairlines. I would be the first customer, however I also know there are an awful lot of customers out there.

 

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

My music taste is appalling. A blame my parents. All I can remember is listening to as a child was Simply Red, Wet Wet Wet, Alanis Morissette and Celine Dion. There is just no way I could pin one soundtrack to my life.

 

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why? 

Dhara Kothari, D-Link’s UK & Ireland Marketing Manager. I’ve got a very creative streak and I would like to have the time to exercise it with colouring pencils, crayons and maybe work my way up (dream big) to a glitter pen. Haha! Only joking Dhara. I’m going to pay for that…

 

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

I’m a firm believer that it’s a big wide world and I shouldn’t go back to the same place until I’ve seem more of it. My favourite so far was Thailand. It’s where I proposed to my fiancé, we had the most amazing 2 weeks of our life.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

Does making the most of the weekend count? Long walks in the countryside with a good pint of bitter and pub grub on route. After a busy week it’s nice to do something at a slower pace with no real objective.

 

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be? 

Buy a new build house. The romantic notion of buying an old a decrepit Victorian property and doing it up is not fun!

 

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan

The Alarming Truth About Your Home Security System

With police-recorded crime rate being higher than ever, having increased by 10% across England and Wales in 2017*, including an increase in burglary, it is clear to see why society is more security-conscious than ever before. This increase indicates that typical security systems such as security alarms are not effective solutions to combating the problem.

Recent research by D-Link may give us some insight as to why this may be. Interestingly, the research found that 39% of respondents said that if they heard a security alarm in their local area, their initial assumption would be that it had been set off by mistake, with only one in six saying that their initial assumption would be that it had been set off by unusual activity, suggesting that to many people, a home alarm is part of the daily soundscape of life, and therefore they are not always taken seriously. Despite this, when asked about the safety of their own homes when they are not there, household security is at the forefront of people’s concerns as just under a quarter of respondents regularly worrying about someone to break in. This indicates that further security measures are needed.

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D-Link’s research also found that 42% of respondents agreed that they would worry less about what was happening at home if they could monitor it on their phone. D-Link’s newly launched HD Wi-Fi cameras, the DCS-8000LH Mini HD Wi-Fi Camera, the DCS-8100HD 180 Degree Wi-Fi Camera, and for your outdoor needs; the DCS-2670L Full HD 180° Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera,  are the ideal solution as they make it easy for you to monitor, automate and control your home from anywhere, at anytime from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet via the Mydlinkapp. This enables you to experience HD 720p resolution viewing from your mobile device, along with a number of embedded security features such as motion and sound detection that can send alerts to the users phone as well as trigger video recording, for maximum security.  The cameras can be placed at key points of entry, feature a night time mode for round-the-clock monitoring and have the ability to record and play back video footage for maximum home security.

 

The cameras make the ideal choice to provide any home-owner with a secure and reliable security system at an affordable price point.

See the whole range here. 

*https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/20/official-figures-show-biggest-rise-crime-in-a-decade

Meet the team: Mark Carty

Week 5 of our Meet the team series focus’ on one of the guys you might already know a little bit about. Mark has been with D-Link for nearly 3 years and spends the majority of his time in house since taking ownership of the internal sales team. We do let him out sometimes if he is well behaved.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

I am the Business Solutions Team Leader which means I look after some of our silver and gold partners and I also get to manage the internal account manager team in D-Link UK HQ. I help drive them by bribing them with lots of tea and biscuits.

 

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

My proudest moment, hmmm… being able to tie my shoelaces with one hand! It took months of practice.

 

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

Such a difficult choice, there are sooooooo many options and variety. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, that’s the same as choosing between my left or right arm on which to get chopped off.

If I have to choose I’d say Ferrero Roche coupled with a cup of tea is the best/naughtiest indulgence.

 

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

The Star Trek – Matter transporter. Think of the many thousands of lives you would improve if we didn’t have to sit on the M25 stuck in Friday evening traffic. Let’s help the endless stream of bored Brits.

 

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

The soundtrack to my life, disclaimer: I blame my Dad for my music taste. From a young age I was listening to a lot of roots reggae artists like John Holt, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy to name a few. Then you have classics like Nat King Cole – Incredible. I love that song. Finally, Motown – The Temptations, 3 Degrees, Aretha Franklin. I could go on forever.

I do like the new stuff too, these young ones listen to! Apart from Justin Bieber…. No Bieber!

 

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why? 

I’d want to swap with Olly Coleman. He says he always busy so I’d like to see it for myself.

 

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

The Caribbean, golden beaches and more sunshine in a day than Britain gets in a year. Not forgetting the food: plantain, curried goat, rice and peas and RUM, dark spice RUM. Enough said.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

Airsoft – for those of you who aren’t familiar, it consists of running around the British countryside, dressed in military gear playing a sophisticated game of hide and seek. Its great fun, hard work but you also meet some interesting people. Until they shoot at you.

 

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Mark – Leicester City will win the premiership in the year 2016 – Copy Biff in Back to the Future II and make your own Biff Co… Not that I condone gambling.

 

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts – Winston Churchill

Meet the team: Andy Woolhead

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Introducing one of our newest members: Andy Woolhead who has made a huge impression in just a short period here at D-Link. Find out his favourite chocolate bar, hobbies and interests below.

We are already on week 4 of our series, who has been your favourite so far? Check back next week for another D-Link introduction.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

My role as Business Development Manager means I’m on the road 4/5 days a week. My duties are varied ranging from CEO level business planning to customer visits incorporating our pre-sales teams. Whether on the phone or on the road you’ll always find me driving our business solutions story to our eager channel partners. It is a very fast paced role which I enjoy and am looking forward to continued success throughout 2018.
What is your proudest – none work/academic related achievement?

Marrying my best friend and biggest advocate; Louise and taking the responsibility of organising the day. It was truly unforgettable and must have gone down well as I’m still married!

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

A Yorkie because I’m very much a “man’s man” and what you see is what you get.

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

Teleportation device so that I could visit some of my favourite far-away places. I am a terrible flyer and the ability to save that amount time and hassle would be phenomenal.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

“It’s my life” by Bon Jovi, the title says it all.

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?

Paul Routledge UK&I Country Manager. Paul’s role is a 360 degree view of the organisation and no day the same with plenty of challenges.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

Has to be the Caribbean for the warm water and abundance of sunshine. Every Island harbours something different and I simply couldn’t choose just one.
Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a lazy sportsman so I very much enjoy static sports, my favourites being English pool and clay pigeon shooting. I’m also a season ticket holder at Luton Town FC but the less said about that, the better.
If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Don’t panic about not seeing results immediately. Persistence and consistency are far greater traits than we give credit to. Life isn’t a race but an opportunity to learn and most importantly enjoy.

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem:

If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0.

Meet the team: Gigi Salmoiraghi

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We recently caught up with Gigi, our Sales & Marketing Director who oversees a number of different countries in Southern Europe. He talks about the importance of self discipline, listening and how he keeps the balance of work and play.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

I co-ordinate in a number countries in Southern Europe with the addition of UK & Ireland. This involves travelling a lot, understanding lots of different channels and working with an abundance of people. I spend a lot of time ensuring that Marketing guidelines are implemented at a local level, whilst finding a compromise between all these different lifestyles to push a consistent company-wide message and allow room for localisation to maximise success. One size fits all very rarely works in my job, it is about listening to what each individual business unit needs and prioritising the next steps.

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

Considering that when I was younger I hated running, I have been able to train myself to run a marathon and, more recently, a half Iron Man. This required a lot of self-discipline to be able to find the time in-between an extremely busy family, work and other commitments so I am proud to of achieved this.

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

Dark chocolate – the reason being, when you first eat dark chocolate you probably won’t like it because you’re used to all the sweetness of milk and sugar that is usually surrounding it. However, dark chocolate is chocolate in its purest form, it is what it is, like it or not!

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

I would create a time machine because I think our lives have become very hectic. We tend to miss important moments not realising how precious they are at first, but I would like to be able to go back and relive those. Maybe, in the form of an app where you get to re-live one moment a month.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

Bruce Springsteen! I grew up listening to him and I remember going to his first concert in Milan in 1985 at the San Siro stadium. My parents didn’t want me to go because I was so young but I had been listening him for so long on my cassette, they couldn’t say no. His music also helped me when I was learning the English language, he has a very story-telling style to his lyrics which made me have a greater understanding.

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why? 

I would love to be a pre-sales engineer for the day because I got my master’s degree in telecommunications engineering. I left a lot of those technical aspects behind when I stepped into Sales and Marketing, but it is always something I have been passionate about.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

To visit it would be the Maldives, without a doubt the most beautiful place I have visited. It’s the perfect retreat.

However, my favourite place to be is at home. I spend a lot of my life traveling in and out of hotels, so normality is very rare for me.

Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, as I mentioned before I run a lot, it keeps me fit and calm. Also, a recent hobby I’ve taken up, thanks to my brother in law, is piano lessons. It’s always something I’ve wanted to do and it complements the physicality of running with a more mentally challenging way to spend time.

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Try to listen to everyone and put yourself in their shoes. Listening is important but understanding is even more so. Stay curious, stay hungry and never give up. I believe that behind every evolution; there is curiosity.

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

It’s a town full of losers and I’m pulling out of here to win [Thunder Road – 1975]