Forbes Technology Council Member Spotlight: Erik Gustavson, CTO and Co-Founder of Bitium

Forbes Technology Council members are in a wide range of industries and come from a diverse set of experiences. However, they all have lots of great insights to share, from best practices for technology departments to smart predictions for the future of tech. To showcase their expertise, we’re profiling Forbes Technology Council members here on the blog. This week: Erik Gustavson.

Erik Gustavson is the CTO and Co-Founder of Bitium, a technology that provides cloud-based identity and access management solutions, including single sign-on, password management and analytics for small, medium and enterprise businesses.

What is your background, and how has it influenced what you do today?

My formal training was in physics, which provides a wonderful background in taking very complex systems and breaking them down into easier to understand units. Those skills have served me well during my career as they are applicable to both the architecture and design of software systems but also to how processes and methodologies can be used to structure technology organizations.

What do you think is the most interesting piece of new technology today?

I think the greater cloud ecosystem will continue to drive technology innovation for the foreseeable future. As the focus of computing continues to shift from local devices to cloud devices, it will drive everything from how the Internet of Things evolves to how companies adopt and deploy enterprise software to how mobile applications provide more ways than ever to connect us. In the long run, all software will shift to the cloud with access to that computing power shifting seamlessly between locations and devices.

What’s your best piece of advice for technology executives to keep on top of the rapidly evolving tech space?

Firstly, dream big. The pace of innovation will continue to accelerate. By keeping your eyes on the horizon you can plan for and execute against tomorrow’s problems. Standing still and being short-sighted are recipes for falling behind in a quickly changing world. Secondly, talk to as many people as you can from as diverse a background as possible — inspiration and innovation can come from any quarter. By synthesizing as many different perspectives as possible, you increase your chances of hitting upon the best strategy. Thirdly, make time for yourself to reflect and plan. No amount of vision and planning will compensate for a lack of clarity.