Brendan O’Brien, vCIO

  1. How did you arrive at Spade?

I had spent 5 years managing internal IT for a leading tech manufacturing company in Massachusetts and was looking to return to my true passion: consulting.  I started with Spade as a Proactive Network Administrator which allowed me to work directly with customers and their environments in a proactive fashion.  After a year I was promoted to vCIO and have thoroughly enjoyed advising and providing guidance to my customers since.

  1. What’s the best thing about working at Spade?

The best thing about working at Spade, in my opinion, is our heavy focus on proactive maintenance vs. reactive solutions.  This is a philosophy that I have carried with me throughout my IT career and I enjoy spreading this good word to my customers when consulting for them.

  1. What’s the one problem you are best at solving for your clients? What do your ideal clients say about you?

I love solving any problem that ties back to the real-world business impact or revenue-generating activities of my customers.  Ideally, a customer would view me as a truly trusted advisor on not just problems relative to technology, but to business processes in general.

  1. What are you most passionate about professionally?  What most excites you about the work and the contribution you can make.

What most excites me is the prospect of making a positive difference in the lives of the employees and/or clients that make up our customer-base, whether directly or indirectly.

  1. What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

I am passionate about music, my two cats, cooking, literature, film/movies, sports and friends.

  1. What’s an accomplishment your most proud of?

I am most proud of my work as a musician & writer.

  1. Can you think of a story that shows off why you enjoy working at Spade?

Every story that exemplifies why I enjoy working with Spade begins with a very difficult problem and ends with a diverse group of people and roles coming together to solve it.  Spade is a true team environment, and everybody knows that their teammates have their back.

  1. Do you have a favorite story about one of your clients?

My favorite story about a client involves deploying Google Classroom and Google Chromebooks for a client of ours that is an independent tuition-free middle school for boys from low-income families.  It was exciting to be a part of a technical solution with the potential to impact school operations in such a positive way.

  1. Where can we find you when your not working?

Making music with my friends, writing or reading, or in the kitchen cooking.