Neil Murray is one of the founders of Mimecast, a start-up founded in 2003 that offers email management services for businesses to help them cope with the ever-growing influx of messages.
Murray now leads the development of the Mimecast cloud computing platform, ensuring the technology provides customers with the latest email security and archiving capabilities. The firm previously campaigned for industry-wide security standards that will allow businesses to properly evaluate cloud providers.
Prior to his role leading Mimecast Murray was chief technology officer at a South African firm called Global Technology Services, delivering business information services. He entered this role after the firm bought another company Murray had set up in the early 1990s, called Pro-Solutions.
Murray's Hot Seat follows on from a host of leading industry figures ranging from government operating officer Stephen Kelly to Hotels.com chief technology officer Stuart Silberg.
V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
Neil Murray: I guess I’m lucky to be doing my dream job! I was coding from an early age, and it’s what I’ve always wanted to do long term. I suppose if I were to change jobs now, research would be an interesting alternative.
Which key websites do you have bookmarked at work?
I constantly read New Scientist, Wired, Twitter, LinkedIn, TechCrunch.
Which mobile phone and/or tablet devices do you currently use?
At the moment I own an iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and Kindle.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
I wouldn’t be able to single out any one technology as such, but just being online, irrespective of the device, has had the biggest impact on my working life. The ability to view email on any device still excites me.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I’m not really the kind of person who jumps up and down with excitement at any given milestone moment – each day is a slight improvement on the day before. However, I’d have to say the recent announcement about our investment was a great validation of how far we’ve brought the Mimecast business. I think for any company going down the investment route, it’s definitely a time to reflect with pride on all that you have achieved, like a victory lap!
What was your first job in the industry?
I wrote healthcare insurance systems for a small health insurance company in South Africa, working on an Ultimate 1420 Mini!
What’s your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
I suppose IT simply suits my skills. It’s all about brain power applied to the creation of something useful out of what was originally just an idea; or how to turn a thought into something real. Software is my medium of choice for creation. I think of it as a sculptor might think of wood or stone. I’m no good at creating physical things, but I’m OK at fashioning information technology through code.
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