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: Ofer Laksman.
Ofer Laksman is the CEO and co-founder at Correlata Solutions, a data center management firm. Ofer has over 20 years of experience in the ICT arena, and more than 15 years of experience in senior management roles with companies like HP, AMD, Compaq and SUN.
What is your background, and how has it influenced what you do today?
With over 21 years of experience in the ICT arena and more than 15 years of experience in senior management roles, I’m able to leverage both my technology and management experience. I also served several years in the Israeli Air Force, which for sure created the foundation to drive Correlata’s long term success.
While working for international companies, it was clear to me that there’s a growing gap between what the customer or market really needs and what vendors will sell or deliver at the end. There’s no doubt that the products and solutions being produced are high quality; however, sometimes they are just not what the customer needs.
With the ever-growing complexity of IT infrastructure, there are too many heterogeneous silo operation systems and a lack of technical ability. The way data centers are designed today doesn’t allow them to wisely manage — or be the ideal size for — many business IT needs.
It was clear to me that this is a challenge, and one that can be solved. However, it wasn’t going to happen within those international companies.
What do you think is the most interesting piece of new technology today? (And / or how do you see the technology landscape changing in the next 5 – 10 years?)
No doubt about it – it’s the smartphone. The kind of capabilities and services we can get are amazing. We do need to learn control and balance with them, but it’s for sure one of the greatest achievement in technology. The smartphone opens the opportunity for so many companies to build themselves up and so many individuals to express themselves. The community and social impacts are amazing and strong, which basically changes the concept of our lives.
In addition, we will see more and more projects to promote the use of Green IT by reducing the overall energy and real estate footprint of government and enterprise data centers; reduce the cost of data center hardware, software and operations; increase the overall IT security posture; and shift IT investments to more efficient computing platforms and technologies.
What’s your best piece of advice for technology executives to keep on top of the rapidly evolving tech space?
It is really important to keep pushing for new innovation and technology; however, we also need to be more open and listen to the community. We should try to focus on solving real challenges for the good of all, and try to make it as simple as we can. As for the development process, I’m very concerned about the fact that we see fewer tech people who are trying to deal with the challenges that appear during the development process — for them it’s better to start over instead of investigating and understanding the problem.