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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Can a career in storage be a springboard to the CIO's office? It's a good time to be working in storage. Since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000—just about the time companies were beginning to build storage groups—jobs have been scarce. But today, storage is increasingly viewed as the cornerstone of IT and prospects for advancement within IT are increasing. THE ACCIDENTAL TECHNOLOGIST Bob Shinn, director of service delivery at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) in Boston, took a serendipitous route to a technology career. With a BA in history, Shinn began teaching at the secondary level and then became involved with not-for-profits, running after- and preschool programs, adult sports and fundraising for the YMCA. It was at the YMCA that he was introduced to IT as a career. "I did things that needed to be done because a lot of people didn't have basic PC skills," he recalls. That willingness to step up, and the drive to stay ahead of users' needs, has shaped Shinn's career. Most recently SSGA's storage manager—he built the organization's first storage ... Access >>>

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