Paul Alves

Cloud Technology Services Practice Director
Paul Alves, Cloud Technology Services Practice Director
“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” - General Eric Shinseki, Former Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army

What is your role at CompuCom?
I’m the Cloud Technology Services Practice Director in the Professional Services business unit at CompuCom. I've provided guidance and have acted in a trusted advisor capacity to both key customers/accounts and CompuCom senior management over the last ten years.

What is a fun fact about yourself?
I often have to remind myself to not take myself too seriously! My two young daughters help me with that – you can imagine how many times I’ve had to wear a tiara or role play! I’m willing to try almost anything at least once.

What motivates you at work?
What drives me is learning about new technologies and new business models. I stay on top of new technologies and new ways of doing things, and am always looking to better understand and improve things. I’m very competitive and always feel like I need to be at the top of my game.

What is your favorite place in the world?
I love travelling and seeing new places and meeting new people, but my favorite place is my lake house located in Cottage Country just north of Toronto (Muskoka/Haliburton Ontario).

What are some key achievements at CompuCom?
I led the team that designed and implemented CompuCom’s first Cloud Infrastructure as a Service offering. Over the last ten years, I have led and grown the North American Cisco Networking technology practice that has become a key component of CompuCom’s go-forward strategy.

What drives you in life?
What drives me in life is curiosity. I love learning how things work and how to improve them.

Why did you choose CompuCom?
The breadth and depth of the company and being a part of such a diverse community/company. I appreciate that CompuCom covers a large geographic area, wide customer base and provides the opportunity to collaborate with other business units that have so much to offer our customers. I not only learn from my peers but also from my customers.

Share a little about your background
I’ve been in the technology industry for more than 20 years and I live in Toronto, Canada. Over the last 20 years, I’ve worked with the technologies of many of the IT industry's most important contributors, including Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, EMC, NetApp and HP. I’ve held some of the highest designations for many of these companies over the years, and I currently hold three Cisco Certified Internet Expert Designations (for more than 16 years).

What is the best part of working at CompuCom?
The best part of working at CompuCom is the breadth of the company’s capabilities and reach. CompuCom is a true North America company and I get to work with a wide range of customers in different industries and regions, from east to west and north to south, all across North America.

 

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