Mike Somerville

What belief do you hold about your industry that is not shared by many? by Mike Somerville

In my specific vertical of “Cloud & Digital Transformation”. I’m amazed that there are still people that believe having data “on premises” is more secure than in the cloud. Even as recently as last week, I had a very seasoned technical leader say, “I know the cloud can potentially save us big money; of course we don’t need to worry about power and airconditioning BUT I still feel its safer in our own datacenters”.
I would invite ALL technical leaders: take a much more holistic look at ALL the “costs” associated with your data. Second only to your people, it is THE most valuable currency your organization has. Protect your data based upon DATA, not on a feeling…

About Mike Somerville

I consider myself to be a fairly accomplished Senior Executive, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Board Member with more than 35 years of success in the technology, radio, TV, IT, cloud, and start-up industries. WITH A LOT OF ROOM TO GROW! I love learning. Anything. Especially if it allows me to add value - ideally globally. Leveraging extensive experience as a global IT leader I'm considered a valuable asset for start-ups or small to mid-sized technology or consumer-focused companies based in or looking to do business in SE Asia, with a focus mainly on Thailand but of course the near-by Southeast Asia HUB of innovation: Singapore. I have developed a knack to help translate business needs to highly technical staff. Overall I'd say my areas of expertise include engineering, team building, obsession with world-class customer service, communications, enterprise software, engineering management, global strategy, and organizational leadership. Currently, I have a residence in Bangkok, Thailand and am involved in several "tech" projects. I have a passion for Revitalizing the Radio Industry with a new definition of "Radio". In 2020, I founded the fully English speaking Internet Radio station that originates from Bangkok: BKK.FM Shortly thereafter my team is re-birthing a heritage radio property 91.75 KISS FM in the very popular vacation and party city: Pattaya, Thaialnd. These two properties are now the foundational brands for what will become South East Asia's newest radio network. Prior to this permanent move to Thailand in Novemver of 2019 I was the Chief Cloud Evangelist & IT Manager of Systems Support at the University of San Diego (USD). I was honred and blessed to have a team of IT athletes and together we were responsible for the architecture and administration of the entire IT infrastructure on campus including all servers and network storage, over four data centers in San Diego, California and Phoenix, Arizona as well as extensive Cloud infrastructure extending to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft AZURE & the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Prior to my work at USD, I owned an IT consulting company (BiG I, Inc.) with offices in San Diego, CA and San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. During this time my team and I provided high-speed wireless Internet to families living in 100% Solar powered communities.

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