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My name is Jason and I work for Mozy

 

I define my workspace as…

My preferred workspace is at home on the couch with my laptop in my lap and the TV on as background noise. I work best comfortable, with some distractions. In the office my workspace is my cubical with a 21.5 in screen; it is big and nice. I flip between three desktop spaces to stay organized and keep work separate from quick distractions when I need them for a mental break. I also use my huge white board for structuring projects before I create them.

A device I can’t live without….

I always tell myself that I could go tech-free for a while if I want to, but I am probably too attached to my phone. I get lost a lot when away from home because I have no sense of direction. Without my phone’s GPS, I would never make it anywhere new on time.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

I start by marking my time in a Google doc, so I can know how many hours I have worked in the day/week. I don’t want to cheat the company or my wife! Then I check my emails for anything pressing. After that I try to get done anything I want done before standup, then lead standup because I am the scrum master.

My work routine is…

Come in and work on those things that everyone expects me to have done. When I have done that, I work on more exciting things, like tools to make my job easier, and making the automation we have better. I love that I can use my ideas to improve my job and the work of those around me.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

Having something to listen to helps me to not lose focus. It depends on the day what I want to listen to. Some days it is audio books; some days it is music; some days it is just others in the cubical farm. I prefer audio books because I feel like that’s a better use of my time.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Believe in yourself and have ideas. Anyone can do most any job, but if you are able to innovate even on little things, everyone will like you. Don’t think just because you haven’t done much outside of classwork that you cannot contribute, because it will surprise you what you know.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

People, programming, and baking. I love being around people; they give me the energy I need to be happy. I am not the best programmer; I am learning a lot every day, but it’s fun to know that I can make things that are useful for the world around me. I have cooled down from baking because I gained weight, in part because I have a job where I mostly sit, but I love the look of delicious things when they come out of the oven, and the faces on people when I share those delicious things.

My eating habits are …

Spastic. Before I was married and had someone to cook for, or for me, I lived off of chicken breasts and quesadillas. Now I get in more vegetables, and have a few recipes that work for meals, like chili, meatloaf, and the classic spaghetti and meatballs.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

This is a hard one. I would either be the best friend of Nikola Tesla so I could see him work from up close, or my wife so I could understand why she appreciates me so much.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

My “secret sauce” is my belief that I can do anything. I know things can take a lot of work, but I truly believe if someone else can do something, I can do it too. Maybe not as fast or not as perfect, but I can do it. I can even do things that no one else has done before because I am original. I am not going to try everything in the world, but if I want something, I can reach that goal.

 

I’m Heidi and I work for Mozy

It’s time to get to know another Mozy employee. The more you know us, the more you love us. Meet Heidi Liebl-Slabinski, who is a Technical Writer.

I define my workspace as…

Utilitarian with a touch of whimsy in the form of frogs and a William Shakespeare action figure.

A device I can’t live without….

I do feel naked without my smartphone nearby, even if I don’t touch it for hours. Love my over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Coffee and a quick scan of some news sites.

My work routine is…

Highly variable, often with less writing than you might imagine. Lots of reading and listening and research and discussion and meetings are required. Some days are random chaos. Other days are focused almost entirely on writing and editing.
I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I started listening to music to block out distractions when I need to focus and write. It took me a while to find the right wall of sound, which is energizing and not distracting. I eventually settled on an instrumental/electronica Pandora station. Now, I’ve discovered that I can’t get into the writing zone without the headphones! But otherwise no music, because I get a lot from random cubicle conversations. The walls have ears (and they are mine)!

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

First and always, you need to be a solid writer. But don’t think this is a career for someone who sits at a desk and writes all day. You must be a perpetually curious, self-managed, extroverted introvert. You often have to pursue people to learn what you need to know, and disarmingly ask probing questions. Do your research first though, or you will only annoy people. Take pride in serving your audience well, and be willing to get hands-on familiar with your subject matter. Technical writers often have to manage their own projects, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines. You need to be very detail-oriented while also seeing the bigger picture.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
Literacy. I cannot imagine how difficult life would be without the ability to read, and how sad and narrow it would be without the joy and knowledge that reading brings. I suspect the best writers are also voracious readers of good writing, in every genre. I also really enjoy alpine skiing, concerts and theatre (though I really don’t favor musicals), and time with my friends and family.

My eating habits are …
Everything in moderation. I am proud to say that I can make an order of Girl Scout cookies last a really long time.
P.S. Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce. That stuff is awesome on just about everything.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …
Living and working on board the Starship Enterprise. What’s not to love about an egalitarian meritocracy? Plus, they have tricorders and replicators and transporters!

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

I’m a perfectionist who tries not to take myself too seriously. I love a good laugh.

My name is Alex and I work for Mozy

 

Meet Alex: Avid sports enthusiast, future triathlete, and one of Mozy’s BI engineers

 

 

What you do at Mozy I help Mozy make the best business decisions based on the data from our products. I create reports and dashboards to visualize the data. I also manage and keep the BI servers and services running.

I define my workspace as…

Anywhere I am able to VPN into work; most of the time that’s from the office and home. If something breaks, it needs to be fixed. As long as I have a nice view of the mountains and a cold Mountain Dew, I’m good to work.

A device I can’t live without….

iPhone.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…. 

I first check if there is anything urgent or broken and get those resolved. Then I check the health/status of all the Business Intelligence servers and services and make sure that everything is running the way it’s supposed to. After that, I start working on Redmine ticket and requests.

My work routine is….

I don’t like to do the same things over and over, day after day. However, that can’t be avoided all the time. I like to find something new to learn every day and apply that to what I do. That helps change the routine, improves my work, and makes every day different from the day before.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because….

I listen to music as often as I can; however, part of my job requires talking to people and it’s a little hard to listen to a conversation with my headphones on…

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Get a good education and make sure that the degree is in something you enjoy.  Somewhere along the way you will discover among all of your classes that there is a topic that you enjoy more. Take classes in that subject and learn more about it. If you still like it, take more time to learn. Several careers have certain areas of specialization. It also helps to meet people who are already working in that field. Talk to them, ask questions, and also ask for advice. You would be surprised by how much people are willing to help you.

Outside of work, I am passionate about… Snowboarding and skiing in the winter.  Cycling, swimming, and running in the summer.

My eating habits are… If you ask my wife she will say that it needs to improve. I think it’s just fine…. maybe smaller portions?

If I could be someone for a day I would be…. Anybody who can complete a triathlon.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am ….  Mix Brazilian with Japanese and there you have it.

Women of the world: The computing world needs YOU!

Women in tech

Here at Mozy we appreciate diversity and believe that we need more women in technology and especially in computer science. High-school age young women take 56% of all Advanced Placement tests; however, only 19% of the AP Computer Science tests are completed by girls. In 2012, 26% of computer and math jobs were held by women. Women earn 57% of all undergraduate degrees, but only 18% of computer science and information systems degrees. And the differences are getting more pronounced every year; for example, in the 1980s women received 37% of the computer science degrees awarded in the United States.

At Mozy we are concerned about the growing technology gender gap and are proud to support organizations such as the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and the Award for Aspirations in Computing. This award honors young women active and interested in computing and encourages them to pursue their passion for technology. We want these young women to know that we are excited about their interest and aptitude in computing!

Mozy and EMC are enthusiastic sponsors of our local Award for Aspirations in Computing and were honored to be signature sponsors of the award ceremony last May. Through mentorship, sponsorship and gifts, we are proud to celebrate the achievements of these young women and their aspirations in pursuing careers in computing. We are excited about the future accomplishments of these young women and look forward to their contributions in shaping the world of technology and inspiring others to do the same.

Looking for a career?  Check out Mozy’s current openings! http://mozy.com/about/careers

Sources:

http://www.uvu.edu/uwlp/research/snapshots.html – The Status of Women Leaders in Utah Business

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57632843-78/computer-science-utah-education.html.csp - Report lauds Utah’s computer science Education

http://national.deseretnews.com/article/665/Code-secrets-The-real-reasons-why-girls-need-to-become-computer-geeks.html – Code secrets: The real reasons why girls need to become computer geeks

https://www.ncwit.org/resources/numbers

My name is Heidi and I work for Mozy

It’s time to get to know another Mozy employee. The more you know us, the more you love us. Meet Heidi Hanawalt, who is a Mozy billing specialist.

 

I define my workspace as…

Mobile. I have changed cubicles so many times that I’ve lost track, but I’m happy to say I’ve kept the same chair from day one (three years now!). I have my kids’ artwork tacked to almost every wall and then of course Jacob of Twilight fame, to protect me from vampires. ☺

A device I can’t live without….

There isn’t one. I grew up without electricity, which was awesome! So, I don’t really get attached to “devices” and I try to unplug as much as possible when I’m not at work. We did have a Nintendo Entertainment System once when I was a kid, but we had to start the generator if we wanted to play it. ☺  P.S. I kicked butt at Duck Hunt.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Filling up my water bottle and then checking out the Drudge Report while all my tabs are loading. I don’t watch TV at home so this is the only time I get updated on world events. Then, off to Aria land I go.

My work routine is…

Prioritize my emails—ones from the boss get answered first—check my tasks in Sales Force, and then check Redmine tickets, which is where I mostly live. I help sales, finance, and support with billing issues.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I do listen to music at work. I usually have some Pandora station on. The station I listen to depends on the mood I’m in. Some of my favorite stations are Keith Urban, James Morrison, KT Tunstall, Jack Johnson, and Enya. (I usually listen to the last one when things are hectic and I need to calm myself. ☺)

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …

Well, first of all, congratulations on graduating! I would also say, have fun! Numbers day in and day out can be challenging, so make a game of it. I like to think of the tasks I take on as a mystery I have to solve. I go back through all the data and details and find clues or pieces that fit and then, ta-da! Mystery solved. I’m a total nerd about it, but it’s a good feeling. A huge thing too is always double-check your work. Sometimes I get lazy and forget and it always comes back to bite me.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

My family! I love spending as much time as I possibly can with my kids. My favorite thing to do is take them up the canyon and just toss a football around or lie on a big blanket and read books out loud. I’m also passionate about food. But it has to be quality food. I actually think I might be motivated by food the way some people are motivated by money. And the outdoors; camping, sports, hiking. Hooray for summer!

My eating habits are …

I’m kind of a grazer. I could snack all day. I try to bring healthy snacks to work like cucumbers and cherry tomatoes because if I don’t I’ll just end up snacking on what’s in the break room, and we all know how healthy that is. But I love all kinds of food—cheeses and soups and breads and pastas and meats and fruits and desserts. The list goes on and on and on and on.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

A girlfriend of my mom’s while she was in high school. (I can go back in time right?) I just think it would be so cool to see what kind of teenager she was. She went to an all-girls Catholic school in Texas, uniforms and everything, but I heard she kind of walked on the wild side. I would have loved to have hung out with her for a day.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

Determination. I never give up. I might get exhausted and tired, but I always get back up. I thank my mom for that. Whenever I messed up or things weren’t going my way she would sing this little rhyme to me, “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. “

My name is Kris and I work for Mozy

Welcome back to another edition of our “My name is…” series – this blog series is dedicated to introducing you to some of our in-house talent, the talent that keeps the Mozy running. There is no question that we are very fortunate to be able to work with intelligent, compassionate people from around the globe.

This month we’d like to introduce you to Kris Meulemans, one of our EMEA senior Cloud Systems Engineers. Kris spends his time helping customers, sales teams and many others to spread the Mozy love. Kris has been instrumental in helping our EMEA customers with familiarizing themselves with the awesomeness that is Mozy. I know that Kris has helped me with many requests over the months and has always been extremely accommodating.

My name is Kris and I work for Mozy

I define my workspace as …
Whatever bit of space I can put my laptop down on, although I do love my double screen set up.

A device I can’t live without …
My mp3 player – although a snazzy laptop that boots in no time is a close second.

When I arrive at work, I typically start off by …
Saying hi to my colleagues, discussing any hot issues over a coffee and getting started into my email.

My work routine is …
Never the same and always as efficient as possible due to the many hats I wear during a day. Prioritize, run emails through the do, delegate, delete routine and have regular coffees to keep up with ‘the pulse’. That’s if I’m not travelling somewhere.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …
I definitely do, my headset is on most of the times. In a nearly open plan office with people on the phone all around me it’s the only way to get and stay in ‘the zone’.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …
Learn as much as possible in any way possible. Your degree is an entry key; the rest comes down to constantly adapting and continuously improving what you do. If you see problems, fix them.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
My family and friends, Saltimbocca and music. There are many stories attached to the second, suffice to say that any Italian restaurant can be judged by it.
Author’s note: I will have to agree with Kris on this statement – Saltimbocca is definitely at the top of my list for Italian favorites. Oh the deliciousness that is Italian fare…

My eating habits are …
Quality first, as much as possible with friends and always ending with a good coffee.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …
A drummer on tour with a world famous band.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …
The exactly measured recipe combining techie consultancy, project management, general fixing of things, listening, coaching, strategic thinking and a special secret selection of spices.
Author’s note: Well put, Kris!

Four key questions to ask your cloud provider

What questions should you ask before trusting your data to a cloud service? Not all cloud services are the same and by not asking key questions up front, you can leave your business exposed.

To highlight what can happen when you trust people with your data without checking them out first, Mozy carried out a hidden camera experiment asking a series of strangers in a coffee shop to look after a laptop. Find out what happened:

What should our man have asked before trusting anyone with his data?

  • How long will you look after it?
    Just as some of our participants only protected the data for a limited period of time, not all providers are in it for the long term. Find out how long the provider has been around and how committed to the market it really is.
  • Will you look at my data?
    Some participants in the experiment thought the data on our laptop might be of value to them. Some cloud providers will scrape your data to create anonomised information to sell on to advertisers. Encryption and privacy commitments are essential here – make sure your cloud provider has them.
  • Will you leave my data vulnerable?
    Some of the people in our experiment did very little to keep the data safe, leaving it unattended as they left the coffee shop and went about their business. Some cloud providers don’t encrypt data and some take physical security more seriously than others. Make sure that your cloud provider is storing your data on enterprise-class equipment, in tier 4 data centers and in an encrypted state at all times.
  • Can anyone take my data?
    In the film, we saw someone take the computer they were trusted with but we also had people who let a computer be taken from them. Data can be intercepted when using cloud services if the provider has failed to secure it. Ensure that your provider offers end-to-end encryption and transfers data over an SSL connection.

For more advice on what to ask before choosing a cloud provider, check out this whitepaper from IDC.

We’re Proud to Be On the List

Top Apps Employees Sneak Into the OfficeIf you’re a fan of Mozy (and it’s hard not to be if you like simple, automated, and comprehensive backup that includes everything—even the sync—and first-class support, and all of this for a bargain), you’ve probably seen the article in Business Insider about how Mozy is one of the top 50 apps employees sneak into work. Mozy is on the list at a respectable #18.

Now, I’m not a fan of sneaking apps into work. I tend to follow the workforce philosophy that was pounded into me while serving in the military: “If it isn’t issued to you, then you don’t need it!” But today’s workplace isn’t the same. For example, with more and more employees embracing the bring-your-own-device approach to get the job done, it’s not hard to see why so many of the apps on The Top 50 Apps Employees Sneak Into Work made it on the list. Today, I don’t believe it’s so much that employers are concerned about too much goofing off on company time with these apps; instead, it’s more that IT has concerns (and rightly so) about employee privacy and corporate data security. But as employees were quick to recognize the benefits of BYOD (such as workforce productivity and the flexibility for employees to do their work from just about anywhere and at any time), employers have recognized that it makes for good employee morale when the workforce is enthusiastic about getting the job done in a way that works best for them. It’s one of those win-win situations that isn’t going to go away.

But getting back to the list, clearly, some of those apps have nothing to do with work. However, these days, it’s not always easy to know why someone downloads an app at work. For example, while one employee may be checking their Google mail to see if their recent amazon.com order just shipped, another employee may be sending a work file to their Gmail account to so that they can work on it at home later that evening . (Clearly, this employee needs to learn about Mozy and quickly download the Mozy backup software with file sync capabilities and mobile access. And after he’s done that, he needs to share his knowledge with his fellow workers and manager. (I can hear the conversation now: “Sir, Mozy is complete data protection with anywhere, anytime file access. It’s time to boost productivity, sir!”)

While old habits are sometimes hard to break, I think I am changing my ways. I don’t have any issue with someone downloading Mozy on their work computer if it helps them do their job better and they’re more enthusiastic about doing their job because they can do it in a way that works best for them. And while the military way of “If it isn’t issued to you, then you don’t need it” approach isn’t always the wrong approach, sometimes there are better ways.

But if you’re going to download Mozy on your work computer, be sure to drop a line to your IT department about the benefits of Mozy. Mozy just makes good sense. And we’re #18 on the list to prove it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to check my latest LinkedIn news…

My name is Scott and I work at Mozy

Welcome to our first anniversary of the “My name is…”, our blog series on introducing you to some of our talented team members who directly contribute to the success of Mozy. Mozy has been fortunate to win “Utah’s Best Place to Work” four times in a row. We’re successful; our products are secure and sustainable, and we value our customers. Having said that, Mozy wouldn’t be the amazing place it is without our dedicated, passionate and generous team members. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by extremely intelligent people who inspire and motivate others around them.

This time, we’d like you to meet Scott Lee, our Director of Marketing. Scott is a key driving force behind all the marketing initiatives that we undertake for our business-to-business products and channel marketing for MozyPro and MozyEnterprise. Scott has provided some key insights to how and where Mozy should position itself, in the B2B space.

My name is Scott and I work at Mozy

I define my workspace as …
Depends on the day or time of day. Sometimes it’s a desk, sometimes a conference room, sometimes the hallway.

A device I can’t live without …
iPhone.
Author’s note: I mean, if you own an iPhone then you know this feeling (myself included)! How did we ever manage without it?!?!?

When I arrive at work, I typically start off by …
Filling up my water cup…must stay hydrated. I check email, the business dashboard, and then usually wander over to the sales team to see how things are going. Then off to meetings or whatever.

My work routine is …
I am a list guy. I make a list of objectives for each quarter, then a list of weekly projects or tasks, and manage to that each day. Of course it doesn’t all get done, but it keeps me focused on the big things while limiting as much minutiae as possible. I even schedule time in my calendar for tasks as if they were meetings. I also float around a lot to talk face to face with people, hear what they think, etc. It’s crazy how many great ideas come from actual conversations! #emailhasitslimits

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …
Definitely do. I have Spotify or Pandora on when I’m at my desk, usually listening to classical if I’m in a heavy analytical mindset, classic rock for pounding through email, or a mix of stuff if I’m writing/reviewing content.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …
Work hard, work smart, work with others not against them.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
My family (my wife and I have five children), golf, road cycling, and college sports. Go Cougars!

My eating habits are …
Better than they have been for a while. I have a weakness for chips and salsa though.

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …
Jimmer Fredette in a Utah Jazz uniform.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …
Intense curiosity.

My name is Richard and I work for Mozy

It’s that time again when we introduce you to one of our stellar team members and this month we’d like to present Richard Hales, Mozy’s very own Business Development Director. Richard is one of the team that makes sure that we help our business partners build competitive advantage. He is an extremely versatile person and anyone who has interacted with him knows that he is a man of integrity. Mozy is extremely fortunate to have Richard as part of our “secret sauce.”

My name is Richard and I work for Mozy

I define my workspace as …
Wherever I am.

A device I can’t live without …
Mains adapter.

When I arrive at work, I typically start off by …
Waking up.

My work routine is …
Follow the sun, except to some extent on Sundays!

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …
I’m talking to people.

The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …
Use your ears and mouth in proportion.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …
Passion. And understanding. And challenging exploration.

My eating habits are …
A constant battle against a million years of evolution that has bred humans to consume more calories than necessary for storage ready for the lean times (that no longer come).

If I could be someone for a day – I would be …
Me.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …
Knowing that everyone else is my equal, and I theirs. (Irrespective of their inflated badge/label/title).