No captionTitle: Bede Hackney, managing director, ANZ, Nimble StorageTwitter handle: @BKCHHow long have you been in your current role? 48 daysWhat business technology issue is your role focusing on?Driving disruption in the ANZ storage market. Nimble Storage's founders recognised early on that the advent of flash storage and the emergence of the cloud represented an opportunity to drive significant change in this market. Our technology is helping customers reduce their data centre footprint, deliver a new level of application performance and resilience whilst at the same time reducing opex and capex - my role is to help customers in the Australian and New Zealand markets recognise these benefits.Read, listen, ask why, ask why not, be curious and learn.What are your interests away from work?Life is hectic! I have four beautiful children, Grace, Jonas, Spencer and Reuben aged between 7 to 13 and my amazing wife, Kellie, is also in the industry (leading the Kaseya business across Asia Pacific and Japan). Outside of family, I try to keep fit \u2013 working to squeeze running, oztag and the gym into spare moments when I can\u2026.and (worst of all this season) I\u2019m a tragic Penrith Panthers fan.What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?My dad must have told me a thousand times: \u201cIf it\u2019s worth doing, it\u2019s worth doing well\u201d. I think Dad was usually referring to cleaning up my bedroom or doing my homework but I try to carry that into business, where delivering quality outcomes in everything you do is critical. That said; I think the inverse of Dad\u2019s advice is also true, especially in these days of doing more with less, where I think it\u2019s equally important to remember that if it\u2019s not worth doing; don\u2019t do it!Professionally, who do you admire most?Interestingly, this is the hardest question you\u2019ve asked \u2013 it would be easy to take the clich?d route and nominate one of the headline innovators in our industry or the like but the truth for me is much closer to home. Throughout my career I\u2019ve been absolutely blessed to work for some of the best leaders and mentors I could possibly have asked for. If I had to pick one person I really couldn\u2019t, it would be something of a composite of all the managers I\u2019ve worked for \u2013 proof I guess of how important good managers and leaders are!! How long have you been working in your field?I\u2019ve been in IT since 1993 \u2013 I started as a mainframe operator!How did you get into your role?I was approached about the opportunity at Nimble Storage when I\u2019d only been with VMware for about a year and I really wasn\u2019t looking to explore external opportunities, but Nimble is such as a dynamic company doing so many exciting things \u2013 both technically and commercially\u2013 that it was really too good an opportunity not to join the team and I\u2019m very excited to be here.If you weren't working in your field, what would you be doing?CEO of the [ rugby league football team] Penrith Panthers?! I think I\u2019d have to leave coaching to Ivan Cleary but I wouldn\u2019t mind tackling the business side of the Panthers!Can you share one key pointer for keeping abreast of business technology trends?I don\u2019t think I have any earth-shattering secrets to share \u2013 read, listen, ask why, ask why not, be curious and learn. Following companies and leaders on Twitter is certainly a shortcut!Send news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinapFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nzSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.Join us on Facebook.