PNW native and Cloud IT geek here! You might be asking yourself, "why am I here?"
You might be a: Prospective client, recruiter, colleague, family member, friend, or even a member of a tech community I am active in.
Who am I and why are you here?
For now, you are here to read. So keep going.
In a nutshell, I'm a bearded, friendly, and talkative IT Professional. (sounds like half of Seattle, right?!)
I learned the value of working hard at the age of 15, however, my IT career started as a Geek Squad Agent at Best Buy. With over 9 years of IT experience, a love of everything Microsoft, and a hunger for knowledge, I feel I am ready to take my next big step.
In the office, I've been known to crack a joke or two and highly value humor in the workplace, yet, I know when to be professional.
What am I really good at though? Understanding a customer's business and helping them effectively use Microsoft products to reduce and displace costs through strategic account management and long term planning. Microsoft 365 doesn't deploy itself, data is always at risk, GowenPlaces goal is to make it easy for you to be Cloud-First.
Poke around the website and then reach out. I'd love to talk with you.
Geoffrey Owen, aka "Grizz"
Question of the Century: Who is your favorite superhero and why?
Answer: Booster Gold.
Booster Gold is the hero no one knows about. He's more like you and me than most other DC Universe stars because Booster arms himself with tools he believes will help him achieve his own version of greatness, however, he's flawed just like everyone else; seeking the approval of others and in many cases, going about it the wrong way. Booster is a formidable hero and saves the world on many occasions and wants to be recognized for his successes, yet, he knows deep down his own worth.
Sounds oddly similar to the lives of many IT workers?
1. Who’s someone you admire, and why?
Richard Branson - His view of the world is different than ours, however, we can definitely take some lessons from him. Consider something he said: "Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change."
2. What’s a typical day like for you?
A typical day includes coffee, emails, more emails, even more coffee, studying new IT skills... the usual IT stuff.
3. Do you have any skills or hobbies that most people don’t know about?
Most people don't know me yet! My inner circle knows I am an experienced home cook, a huge board games fan, and quite the 'artiste' on roller-blades.
4. If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?
Microsoft HQ (seriously, it's awesome)
5. Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I wanted to be an architect and build skyscrapers. As Ted Mosby would say from "How I Met your Mother", I wanted to paint the Seattle skyline with my architectural brush. Little did I know that career includes heights.
6. Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...
Sleeping? Wait, is this a test?
7. What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next five years?
My plan is to get a B.S. degree in Information Technology, then apply for an MBA of Information Technology Management at UW or WGU. Its going to be a crunch. Looking forward to 2026!
8. What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?
Inquisitiveness, persistence, and a good sense of humor.
We all know how the Cloud has disrupted the traditional model of IT.
What comes next?
Is it Project T288?
What about blockchain?
How about robots?
Maybe it's bionics?
Hmm. Have you seen those (legit) jetpacks?
Beefless... beef? (Bill Gates thinks so!)
When I think about the future, I still think about the Cloud and its unlimited potential to increase productivity, lower costs, and collaborate in smarter and faster ways. In fact, the cloud empowers the ingenuity to create all of the amazing things above.
That's why I love Microsoft products.
That's why I also think of the Power of Now.
When should we invest in ourselves? Now.
When is it a good idea to invest in your business? Now.
GowenPlaces is designed to help you with your Next Big Thing. Right now we are focused on migrating customers to Office 365 and signing them up with for Microsoft 365 and backing up the data. This could change at any time as business trends evolve and we'll be right there with you, every step of the way.
Stop thinking average and get "Gowen" today.
-Geoffrey N Owen