Eric Blum is the chief technology officer for BMC in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a role he has fulfilled for the last two years.
Blum knows the middleware development firm well, having spent the last ten years in a variety of roles that have included services vice president, consulting services vice president and technical director. Prior to BMC, Blum spent three years at SAP as the director of the mySAP.com portal.
Blum takes to the V3 Hot Seat as news breaks that BMC will be sold to a group of private equity firms for $6.9bn.
What would be your dream job, apart from your current role, of course?
Driving the next generation of Techmed [medical technology] to the market as this will give people the ultimate sense of what technology can bring to society.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
I now have the Samsung Galaxy Note II and I am no longer sure I need an Apple tablet.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
Bill Gates, for what he brought the world with Microsoft and because of his new step into charity.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
My first tablet, as it has doubled the type of information I am able to consume in the same amount of time.
What was your first job?
Developing decision support applications for the defense industry.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
Making people's lives better, easier, faster.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
What keeps you awake at night?
I get kept awake worrying I could have done more the day before.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
Born to Run by Chris McDougall. It is not about victory or even accomplishment, but how to touch the essence of the journey.
Who is your favourite band or musician?
John Coltrane is my favourite. I also like Herbie Hancock, a jazz composer, player and so many other things. He is always on the edge of creation, and in sync with the newest movements and styles over the last 40 years.
Do you prefer e-readers or real books?
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
All of them, of course.
My favourite film is 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Stanley Kubrick. I have watched it 20 times, and it is a new movie to me every time.
Windows or Mac OS?
I use Windows, but what does it really matter today, when most things go through Chrome.
Where's your favourite holiday destination or favourite place for escape?
Paris, the place I live. Travelling around Europe most of the week, I love putting some tourist glasses on and rediscovering the city again and again.
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