Quickstep -Michael Ireland

Michael Ireland


IT MANAGER

I run IT here at Quickstep. I manage the tech side so that it supports the needs of the business in a secure and financially responsible manner. I also provide guidance and governance for export controls – a dry, but necessary business function.

My favourite part of my job is seeing technology being used in a place it doesn’t belong. That always makes me smile.

The primary challenge of Quickstep is keeping up with our growth. We make our decisions with the view of how they will play out in three to five years’ time. It’s that balance of supporting the business of the future with the resources of today. It’s never boring!

The biggest thing I’ve developed since working with Quickstep is an acute awareness that cyber security is never a wasted effort. The spectre of hacking is very real in our industry and I enjoy keeping them all disappointed.

I really enjoy project work. I’m always interested in taking on a new topic. Big or small, practical or silly, whatever. You can always learn something new from a project, and the completion gives a sense of closure with time to reflect… before finding another one.

Outside of work, I’m still drawn to tech. Designing electronics, a bit of CAD, video games, performance computers and modifying Nerf blasters to hit really hard. Professional nerd stuff, basically!

I wish people knew: Since the age of 18, I have shaved my beard off only once. It was the result of a poorly placed bet. Lesson learned.

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