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Brett Hall

Manager - SaaS
SirsiDynix Corporation

Brett serves as the Manager, SaaS, for SirsiDynix Corporation, the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries and consortia. He is responsible for all aspects of the companies global SaaS solutions. He currently manages a group of senior system engineers responsible for supporting environments in the United States, Canada, APAC and EMEA.

Having more than 14 years experience in the Information Technology career field, Brett began as a computer operator intern for Energizer Battery Company in St. Louis, Missouri. He has served in a variety of roles throughout his career - computer operator, systems analyst, systems engineer, supervisor, and most recently manager.

His education includes a Business Administration degree (emphasis in MIS) from University of Missouri - St. Louis in 1996.

Brett and his wife, Kim, have one child and reside in Eureka, Missouri.

We sat down with Brett and asked him some questions.
  • If you were in college today, what courses would you take?
           I would take more theory and global IS/IT management as well as infrastructure classes.
  • How did you find your first job?
           The Career Services Center at UMSL provided me with an intern position at Energizer (formerly owned by Ralston Purina). After a 12 month intern as a 2nd shift operator the company offered me a full-time position within the Data Center Operations department.
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting in the field?
           Enjoy the challenge of starting and the bottom, proving yourself and working your way up. It's nice to have a high position handed to you but you gain invaluable experience working FOR people, doing the grunt work and paying your dues. Most importantly, respect those in authority positions. This seems to be a lost in today's society and remember that you need to EARN the respect of others; it is not simply given away. Work hard, don't complain and good things will happen.
  • Look into your crystal ball. What do you see changing in the IS field in the future?
           From a system engineering / Data Center management perspective I see the cost of operating an internal IT/IS/SaaS environment becoming increasingly costly. Many corporations are trending towards collocation or all out managed services / Software as a Service (SaaS). Collocation is a great choice for those companies who do not want to manage their own power, cooling, and facility growth. Corporations that don't want to manage the above OR their hardware and operating systems often find that SaaS is their best option. SaaS is not only the hottest industry trend but is seen as the future for many corporations.
  • If you would like to ask Brett a question, you can email him at mbretthall at yahoo.com.


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