Name: Andy Farquharson\nTitle: Vice President, Asia Pacific, LogMeIn\nHow long have you been in your current role? \nFour years - I joined LogMeIn six years ago when working for the business in Amsterdam, and was one of the founding staff members in the Sydney office when it opened in 2009.\nWhat business technology issues are your organisation focusing on? \nFor LogMeIn there are three key business technology areas that we are focusing. With more than 100,000 small-and-medium business (SMB) IT customers, LogMeIn has been actively investing in an expanding IT portfolio designed to help businesses address and embrace the shift to mobile working, cloud adoption, employee-introduced technology \u2013 the bring-your-own or BYO trend \u2013 and the rapid proliferation of apps and connected devices. With the recent launch of AppGuru and the recent acquisition of Meldium, we are bolstering our portfolio in ways that help IT pros manage data, devices and apps in today\u2019s workplace, while helping them win over employees accustomed to consumer experiences and personal choice.\nWe are also helping companies transform the way they deepen their customer relationships, through our IoT platform called Xively. We recently purchased a company with early experience building out IoT-enabled connected customer solutions: Ionia, and we see this as key to helping companies move from vision and planning around IoT to near-term commercial reality. We have seen with early IoT clients including Australian stormwater solutions company Turbid, consumer electronics companies like Lutron and biotechnology companies like NEB to name a few.\nWhat are your interests away from work? \nWhen not travelling for work \u2013 which happens quite frequently, I love travelling for pleasure. I\u2019m lucky enough to have extensively travelled the globe and love experiencing different cultures, meeting the local people, watching new sports and tasting exotic foods. If there\u2019s a place I haven\u2019t visited, then it\u2019s next on my travel list.\nIf you do two things, you are sure to succeed: a.\tWrite a list of things to do; b.\tDo it. Andy Farquharson, LogMeIn\nWhat are you reading at the moment? \nThe Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun.\nAdam recently spoke at a company conference and hearing his story about redefining \u2018Not For Profit\u2019 to \u2018For Purpose\u2019 inspired me to learn more about his passion which includes bringing education to those less fortunate, turning $25 into more than 200 schools around the world.\nWhat's the best piece of advice you've ever received? \nIf you do two things, you are sure to succeed:\na.\tWrite a list of things to do\nb.\tDo it.\nProfessionally, who do you admire most? \nTom Hafey, the Australian Rules Football League player and coach who sadly passed away earlier this year. He ushered in a new era of professionalism, based on simplicity, hard work and accountability into the game he loved and cherished \u2013 Aussie Rules -- and those qualities capture for me all the hallmarks required for success in today\u2019s corporate world. I used to see him whenever I visited my family in Portsea, Victoria. Even in his later years he was still out in the surf, catching waves.\nHow long have you been working in IT? \nI started in the industry almost eight years ago, following in my dad\u2019s footsteps - he has been in software distribution and development industry for many, many years.\nIf you weren't working in IT, What would you be doing? \nSports management. I have a passion for sport, and played Rugby Union for 15 years, travelling the globe to play in Amsterdam, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland and have previously turned my hand at sports and events management.\nWhat's the best thing about working with IT executives? \nTheir willingness to try new technology and using the latest innovations to unlock their creativity to solve problems for their companies, for example the CIO at Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre needed to conduct ongoing device testing and cochlear implant mapping updates for its patient network, with a growing number of clients based in remote and regional areas of Australia, as well as in other countries such as Samoa and Kenya. He decided to deploy LogMeIn Pro to solve his web-based remote access solution \u2013 a simple yet brilliant use of technology to creatively solve his technology challenge.\nWhat is the worst? \nWithin many organisations big or small, there are often IT executives that are really unwilling to try or even consider any new technology and they continue to use dated solutions that still aren\u2019t able to solve problems for their companies. They can really be a roadblock to new ideas in an organisation, for example finding new ways for teams to collaborate \u2013 especially across a base of disparate knowledge workers.\nCan you share one key pointer for keeping abreast of business technology trends? \nI find that I turn to LinkedIn more and more as it offers a great platform to follow key industry groups and trends across a range of interesting local business networks \u2013 everything from the BYOD space, to channel news, and SMB updates as well as regional groups to keep I touch with the wider APAC region as well. It has really grown as a business platform to engage with my peers.\nSend news tips and comments to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.