We’re pleased to announce the winner of our 2014 IT Asset Management Scholarship, Nathan Morin! Nathan is a freshman at Purdue University where he studies Information Technology. We had an opportunity to talk with him this week about his background, interests and future growth in the IT space.
What inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology?
I’ve always had an interest in computers since I was very young. It just felt like the natural path for me to take.
What do you hope to do after you graduate?
I would love to work in an emerging IT market such as healthcare.
How will your degree help you accomplish those goal?
The IT program at Purdue is a dual-focus of both technical and managerial learning. We learn not only the fundamentals of IT and how to develop technology, but also the teamwork, communication and managerial skills necessary to apply it.
What is your favorite or most interesting trend in the IT space this year?
The trend I find most interesting is the focus on M2M mobile and devices such as wearables, smart homes and smart cars. The ability to monitor data and control other devices from a single device is very interesting, and I think there is a growing need for IT developers to focus on building a cohesive user experience for all of these devices.
In your essay to us, you express an interest in improving IT implementation rates. What do you think are the contributing factors to the lack of IT success rates?
One of the projects I worked on at Purdue was a research paper describing the problems that cause so many government IT projects to fail and how IT managers and leaders can improve those projects. As I have continued thinking about this problem, I realized the large percentage (over 50% by most estimations) of failed projects was a significant problem for not only governments, but also for most businesses. This large number of failed projects threatens the amazing technologies businesses create every day. Training and culture seem to be the root of many problems. I think many organizations do not have adequate management or team buy-in. There is often a lack of understanding of the limitations of IT, and the amount of time required to properly develop and integrate it. My training at Purdue and the real-world experience I hope to gain will provide the skills I need to successfully manage IT projects in my career. I hope to become a leader who is able to show the way toward better practices and methodologies for successful IT projects.
What do you think are some emerging markets for IT?
IT has made large strides in most businesses; however, some sectors still lag behind. In my view, the most significant sector needing IT talent is the medical / health care industry. With the recurring focus on health care’s spiraling costs, I think health care will be the next big sector for IT to transform. The opportunities are significant, perhaps even larger than in traditionally IT-friendly sectors. For instance, hospitals are drowning in the same rising health care costs as the rest of us. Because of this, hospitals and medical facilities are becoming more financially concerned about home health factors such as medicine usage, diet, home health metrics, and exercise, over which they have traditionally had little control. The increases we have seen over the past 5 or 6 years in consumer electronics now make it possible to securely monitor patient’s health metrics and automate many traditionally error-prone home health tasks. This will provide people with a new level of health care extending before and after people enter the traditional health care system. This new level of care will be critical for the business of health care to stay solvent. I would like to use my training in systems development and integration to bring all the different home health devices together so people have a seamless, effective home health system.
Do you see any barriers to the successful application of IT within the healthcare industry?
I think the adoption of technology within the healthcare market has been slow due to the vast compartmentalized structure of the healthcare system. My father works for a mid-sized hospital and has noticed how size and structure can impact IT implementations. There are also privacy and security risks, as well as strong regulations that many IT providers are not able to comply with. I would like to use the education I have received to overcome these barriers and expand this emerging market because it has the potential to improve not only business operations but our everyday lives as well.
Congratulations to Nathan on his accomplishments; we wish him continued success in his IT career. For more information on our scholarship program, visit www.expressmetrix.com/company/scholarship. You can read more about Nathan and his career journey on his website at www.nathanmorin.com/.