Hosting one of the world's largest female golf tournaments, the Solheim Cup, golf club St Leon-Rot Eicko general manager Eicko Schulz-Hanssen regularly has his work cut out managing the event's IT infrastructure.
However, with a passion for IT that started with a C64 8-bit home computer, and having served under powerhouse SAP IT veteran Gerhard Oswald, Schulz-Hanssen has proved up to the task time and again.
Keen to see what makes Schulz-Hanssen tick and get his thoughts on key trends shaping the future of the IT industry we put him in the V3 Hot Seat.
Schulz-Hanssen is one of many important movers and shakers in the IT industry to take the V3 Hot Seat, following on from Royal Caribbean Cruises CIO Bill Martin and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust director of IM&T Will Smart.
V3: What's your favourite part of your current job?
Schulz-Hanssen: Probably working to set up the Solheim Cup for the first time in Germany. I really enjoyed being part of the biggest women's professional golf event worldwide.
What would be your dream job?
I would like to be a business angel for young IT startups, helping to bring new innovations to the market.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
The Apple iPhone and iPad.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
Two people I admire are two of the co-founders of SAP, Hasso Plattner and Dietmar Hopp.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
I would have to say GPS, just for the sheer convenience when travelling - it's become almost second nature to rely on it nowadays.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
Being an assistant to Gerhard Oswald, a board member of SAP. It provided a great grounding within a large IT business.
What was your first job?
I worked as an apprentice in a publishing house.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
The pace of change and continuous innovation.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
From my perspective, it's exciting to see how technologies that have traditionally been used in the business sector are starting to transcend into sports - for example big data and predictive analytics. It will be interesting how this plays out over the next few years in giving teams and individuals the competitive edge.
What do you do enjoy doing when you finish work?
Spending time with my family and my three daughters.
What keeps you awake at night?
My three daughters.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. It's good to see that some things haven't changed for thousands of years.
Who is your favourite musician?
Definitely Phil Collins and Herbert Grönemeyer.
Where's your favourite holiday destination?
I like going to Lacanau Océan in the south of France.
E-readers or real books?
I generally use e-readers.
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
I mainly use Facebook.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Who are they? Just kidding, The Beatles.
For me it's Happy Gilmore with Adam Sandler.
Windows or Mac OS?
I use Windows.
On-premise or cloud?
I prefer cloud, if it works.
What's holding back women from entering the IT profession?
They're too smart.
How can we get more school children interested in IT careers?
We need a stronger influence on school education, and technology leaders need to get more involved through schemes like work experience and internships.
Did you always grow up wanting to work in IT?
Ever since I had my C64, the 8-bit home computer. I thought the IT industry would be a good opportunity for me.
Which websites do you have bookmarked at work?
Currently I have solheimcup.de, rydercup.com and Google News.
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