Name:\nJustin Robbins\nTitle:\nCountry manager \u2013 Sage Business Solutions New Zealand\nTwitter handle:\n@jprobbins\nHow long have you been in your current role? \nThree months on the ground in New Zealand.\n What business technology issue is your organisation focusing on?\nSage provides ERP, payroll, HR and customer relationship management tools to businesses ranging in size from small to medium all the way through to upper mid-market. How businesses are currently being run is changing rapidly, and our focus is on ensuring that not only owners and managers are in control, but shop floor and customer facing staff as well. We\u2019re all about creating a good customer experience, and we achieve this by providing a great software user experience.\nWhat are your interests away from work?\nPretty much anything that involves being outdoors, fishing, golf, kayaking. New Zealand has a great work life balance, so time with the family is great here.\nWhat are you reading at the moment?\nDavid and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and the ironically titled What could possibly go wrong by Jeremy Clarkson.\nWhat's the best piece of advice you've ever received?\nAs soon as you try control things around you, you lose control of the only thing you truly can influence, yourself. The last few years have been a roller coaster in business, and have taken their toll on many professionals I know. I was speaking to a mentor one day and he shared this piece of advice: "It\u2019s all about focusing on what you can do, rather than what you can\u2019t." Simple yet effective.\nProfessionally, who do you admire most?\nIvan Epstein, the CEO of the Sage AAMEA (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia) region. He was the little guy who played it big, and won. He\u2019s built an incredible business over the years and he\u2019s still as active as back in the day. He\u2019s a true entrepreneur and for him no just simply isn\u2019t an option.\nHow long have you been working in IT? \nEleven years now. I started on the project and consulting side and started the transition to sales and marketing six years ago.\n If you weren't working in IT, what would you be doing?\nI like to think I\u2019d be a farmer, but I really enjoy working with people, so I\u2019d have to say some form of role in marketing. Or maybe owning an outdoor goods store\u2026\nWhat was your first job?\nIT projects co-ordinator.\n What's the best thing about working with IT executives?\nThey\u2019re innovative. Their job is to streamline, control and just do things better all round. Some of my most interesting conversations have been around ideas they\u2019ve had for their organisations. So by nature, they have exciting ideas and great energy when putting these across.\nWhat is the worst?\nGoogle has all the answers \u2026\nCan you share one key pointer for keeping abreast of business technology trends?\nThe quickest and easiest is to find a tech publication or blog and subscribe to their news feed. These are normally condensed, so in a few minutes, you can go through all the headlines and pick an article or two to read through. The other great way is meeting IT executives and having discussions around innovation. It often happens that everyone brings different things to the meeting, so it\u2019s a shortcut to learning about what\u2019s important to people.\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\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.