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May Employee Spotlight: Ryan Flynn
May 12, 2015

May Employee Spotlight: Ryan Flynn

This month we are putting the spotlight on our Director of Sales, Ryan Flynn. Ryan has been with Sierra for 2 years, but has been working in the IT industry for over 15 years. Before coming to Sierra, Ryan worked in programming and system management. He also ran a staff of 15 employees that oversaw 450+ servers. To get to this point in his career, Ryan earned a degree in Finance from Indian University of Pennsylvania, and also a degree in Programming from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

Ryan is a very out-doors kind of person. His interests outside of work consist of boating, skiing, and snowboarding. He is a frequent skier at Pittsburgh’s closest mountain resort, 7 Springs. Ryan has a cousin that lives in Tahoe, so he tries to make it there once year to hit the slopes. His hobbies consist of the National Ski patrol, craft beer, and Pittsburgh sports… Now if you ask us, craft beer and sports definitely go hand in hand!

Like most people in the Pittsburgh area, Ryan has his favorite spot to grab a bite. He told us his favorite was Meat and Potatoes, located in the heart of the city. We asked Ryan why he liked it, his response made us laugh:  “Who doesn’t love bone marrow? It’s basically meat butter.” Meat and Potatoes has an interesting menu that we think any ‘foodie’ from Pittsburgh would enjoy.

Helping businesses operate at ease is a trait we like to uphold here at Sierra. When we asked Ryan if he had any facts or tips about the industry he told us:

“We have seen a lot of growth in the hosting of infrastructure market. We look to continue to help company’s become device agnostic and help them focus on their business, not the business of IT.”

According to TechTarget, to become device agnostic means “…can apply to either hardware or software. In an IT context, agnosticism refers to anything that is designed to be compatible across most common systems.”

Ryan is right, most companies now look for this feature to apply to their business. Imagine designing a brand new, swanky website that took hours to create. You are satisfied with the outcome, but you forgot one major component…is it compatible with other devices? This is commonly overlooked and can cause a company to lose out on a lot of sales. When being device agnostic, a website needs to operate correctly whether it be on a smart phone, laptop or tablet. Since most research done now is on the go from a smart phone, having a mobile site is key for companies. If a potential customer visits your site from their phone, and they receive an error or can’t find what they are looking for in the first initial seconds, they may take their business elsewhere.

So now we challenge you to find out: is your company’s website device agnostic? What are you going to do to change it? We can give one suggestion, contact us today for a website evaluation!