Sandra Yeow, Principle Consultant, Nucleoconsulting
Data&StorageAsean: How did you get into this part of the industry? Was it intentional?
Sandra: My passion for IT developed when I was 12. After I graduated from school, I started off with a financial consulting firm as an office administrator and was given partial IT administration scope. My ex-company saw my great interest in IT and gave me opportunities to develop in that area. My last held position with them prior to my own startup Nucleo Consulting was Regional Technology Manager.
Data&StorageAsean: Has there been any resistance you have felt being a woman in a mail dominated industry?
Sandra: It is not easy, but with a positive mindset, I just have to push forward. I believe that as long as I know my stuff, there will be clients who would trust my judgement and advices. Some of my current clients told me that they used to wonder if this lady knows what she is talking about during our first meeting but I have proven to them that I am passionate about IT and I do my best to help their business. I was really thrilled when I heard that from them.
Data&StorageAsean: What keeps you motivated day to day?
Sandra: Seeing my clients' staff working efficiently motivates me because I know that our solution made an impact on the way they work and in return, our clients get the most productivity out of their human resources.
Data&StorageAsean: Do you have a role model in the industry?
Sandra: Yes, Steve Jobs, I feel that he has great vision and great determination, despite being very particular with details and push the whole team towards his vision. That's what a leader needs to do.
Data&StorageAsean: Any advice to someone interested in the industry about what to look out for in data/storage?
Sandra: As data grows it is critical to have an efficient and effective backup solution. Loss data consume the most amount of time (and money) during recovery so it is important to make sure that your safety net is really reliable during such disasters. Most users don't realised that they should not be using portable storage or cloud storage as their only source of data storage. They should have a storage strategy e.g. additional RAID system private NAS to backup cloud storage etc. For corporate/businesses, the backup strategy varies among our clients. Some require offsite backup which the backup images are sync across and store it in our data centre via an encrypted tunnel. This is critical especially with ransomware attacking a lot of corporate environment these days. You do not want to pay ransom for your backup data.