Thought Leadership and Insight from CNet Training

Andrew Stevens

For this edition, Datacloud spoke to Andrew Stevens, Chief Executive Officer at CNet Training.

Datacloud: What do you see for the future of the industry?
I see for the future of the industry a tremendous amount of change, growth and uncertainty as we head into unchartered waters. Individuals and organisations are continually making predictions about the future but they are largely pure guesses. We simply do not know what the future holds, what technologies will be adopted or become reality and how these will ultimately be used and then how they impact our sector. It’s going to be a roller-coaster.

Datacloud: What is the biggest opportunity in the industry today?
The biggest opportunity facing our industry is the unknown. For most of those organisations that can keep just behind the technical or service curve, remain nimble and deliver the services and products that the clients are keen to pay for will continue to develop and grow at pace. The industry continually talks about the latest and greatest but the reality is in the volume of core services and products.

Datacloud: What's one of your goals for the next year and how do you expect to achieve it?
One of my/our goals for this year is to drive the conversation about clarity within the industry. We are maturing at a very fast pace and organisations need to take responsibility for the messages they are sending. The industry needs to adopt a new level of professionalism, self regulating the terms and phrases it uses. It needs to ensure it’s marketing is accurate and not misleading – examples are the continual misuse of the word standard and claims around PUE.

Datacloud: What do you think matters most in the development of the industry and its effect on business and society?
Having been in the industry for 29 years, I strongly believe that leaving a legacy is very important. The industry must take a look at itself and ensure that we adopt a growth path that is genuinely sustainable, and sustainable in the correct way - not just focused on energy efficiency, which is not what true sustainability really means. By developing a strong, ethical and sustainable industry we can leave a legacy and opportunity for business to thrive and support the wider society.

CNet Training will be at the Datacloud Europe 2017 congress in Monaco June 6-8th. Meet them there