This month we're highlighting our IT apprentice Tiisetso "TT" Mikosi. TT has made a great difference in the time since he joined the team. He has assisted with our labor-intensive ISO 27001 certification and audits, helped behind the scenes on our technology platforms, and even done some graphic design for us-- the new Propel logo is thanks to him! TT is by far the mellowest member of our team, but his quiet office persona covers for an eccentric and creative personality. To draw him out we've devised some similarly creative questions...
Tell us about your role at Synermetric.
What I do at Synermetric is similar to a venn diagram. There are different sides to my job role. On one side I am responsible for taking care of our internal IT systems, collaborating on a range different projects such as marketing, web design and working alongside Dakotah to support the company’s cloud based systems. The other side of my role involves maintaining ISO standards, being the gate keeper of information security (similar to the gate keeper in Thor the Marvel film) and being one of the members of the Information Security Management Team.
What is your favourite part of your work? What do you wish you did more of?
My favourite part of my work would have to be working on the networks and servers. The recent server migration project and network split was one of the biggest projects I’ve been involved in. We are adopting a lot of cloud-based systems and I am very proud of that!
What sorts of aspirations do you have for the future?
In the not too distant future I would like to have a few titles under my belt, more certifications and more technical skills. I would also like to have learned a few new programming languages.
Sky diving, paragliding, or shark diving? Explain your answers.
Sky diving for sure! I want to try it at least once and I think it is one of those things you should have on your bucket list.
A little birdy told us you like a good podcast. Any recommendations? What do you like and why?
I would personally like recommend Star Talk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson, especially when Bill Nye the Science guy is involved! I mean this show covers everything! From astronomy to physics to everything else about life and the universe. On the podcast Neil deGrasse Tyson co-hosts with guest celebrities, comics, and scientists. It is the perfect blend between science, comedy, and pop culture.
If a nuclear apocalypse happened tomorrow and you were forced to barricade yourself into a basement to avoid deadly levels of radiation and/or irradiated monstrosities with only a laptop and a conveniently permanent connection to Netflix to keep you company, what would you watch and why?
Hmm… It would have to be my favourite science fiction programme on Netflix, The Fringe! It's directed by JJ Abrams (a director of the upcoming Star Wars film and the latest Star Trek film series). The Fringe follows a female FBI agent Olivier, a mad scientist Walter, and his boy-genius son Peter. This unlikely three form a strange partnership (The Fringe Division) to investigate mysterious and unexplained phenomena. As you follow the series you start to discover connections between the characters, their past, and a parallel universe. If that’s not enough watch as the two universes wage war against each other and their doppelgangers. It’s the perfect programme to keep you intrigued, with a clever plot full of suspense and twists. I’m sure that watching The Fringe would be enough to distract anyone to forget about the outside world, but that’s just me.