August 2, 2021

Welcome, Fernando de la Iglesia, Quside’s new VP Cloud

July was a great month with the arrival of professionals with impressive careers, such as Fernando de la Iglesia, Quside’s new VP Cloud. He has more than 25 years of experience working at Internet-related companies, the last 20 of them at Telefonica, mostly in cloud computing, and arrives to boost our product strategy. Fernando is from Madrid, holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, and talked to us about his previous experiences and plans. 

Hello Fernando! Welcome aboard Quside! 
Can you please let us know a little bit more about your role as VP Cloud at Quside? 

[FI] Cloud is becoming the main delivery strategy and services consumption method that all industries are adopting. My role is devoted to getting the fantastic technology in Quside to this cloud service model. That means not only technology. It means processes, support models, and offerings in perfect synchronization with our business development team (creating business value), and our technology, engineering, and computing teams. 

What will be your main challenges at Quside? 

[FI] I think I have a clear and short answer for this: to build a robust (both technically and in terms of business) and scalable cloud offering for Quside’s solutions. The main challenge will be to work with our customers to ease the integration of our solutions in their business processes, in a smooth and convenient manner. 

Recently ABC listed the most relevant European quantum technology startups and mentioned Quside as quantum revolution's latest big bet. What was the perception you had when you first met Quside? 

[FI] I had the opportunity to know and start collaborating with Quside a few years ago, when working at Telefonica, and we executed a Proof of Concept oriented to deliver Telefónica cloud customers randomness as a service. I was excited and questioning how quantum technologies will drive change in cloud environments, for both security and computing, and the bright proposals of Quside in these fields. 

If you could advise other big companies about quantum today, what would you recommend as a first step? 

[FI] Quantum technologies are today surrounded by great hype. There is plenty of news about quantum cryptography, quantum computing, and big tech companies announcing great advances in different aspects. But what is the meaning of these advances for our daily life (personally and professionally? Those announcements don't make that clear. Therefore, my recommendation to them would be to learn and distinguish between the different quantum technologies and their development status. Also, understand what those companies can leverage from them in the short, medium, and long term. For big companies, I recommend creating a quantum technology center of competence with trained, passionate employees, from different areas, able to distinguish reality from hype. Also, to take advantage of each of the different quantum technologies in the right moment. That should include actions as attend selected training, research activities, participate in collaborative innovation programs, as well as deploy and use business-ready technologies.  

If your company wants to discuss ideas for cloud and quantum technologies, please, reach us for advice! I’d be more than glad to assist you with your quantum journey. 

Thanks for sharing all these exciting ideas and your plans as VP Cloud with us!  

Now, a bit more about Fernando… What are your personal interests and hobbies? Or your favorite place in Barcelona (as a good Madrileño), and a plan still going on for 2021? 

[FI] My number one hobby is music. I really enjoy discovering once and again the delicate harmonies and melodies from medieval European music, monodic and polyphonic... Find the emotions of the renaissance polyphony and the clear musical architecture of the baroque... But the definitive musical and human experience for me is to listen. Learn and capture the feelings and essence of the people and their culture through their music. I also enjoy learning this cultural heritage from literature, architecture, history, and artwork. 

My favorite place in Barcelona is the Gothic Quarter. But I like the whole city, with its historic places, popular neighborhoods, parks, beaches, museums… Barcelona is absolutely lovely. As for the plans, I hope I can enjoy some days with the family visiting some city or village after the hard pandemic year. 

July 19, 2021

Meet Steve Takhar, Quside’s new CRO, Chief Revenue Officer

Steve joined Quside as CRO in July, has 30 years of experience in sales and marketing in a wide variety of roles, he's British, and based in London. Previously, he was Head of Global Sales for Cambridge Quantum Computing, a company in cybersecurity. He’s a seasoned professional leader with an extensive and impressive background with roles in various enterprise technology vendors, such as Dell-EMC, VCE, (a former joint venture of EMC, Cisco, VMWare, and Intel), and DEC.   

Hi Steve! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and welcome aboard! Can you tell us a bit about what motivated you to join Quside? 

Quantum is truly a paradigm shift in technology as we know it. Its effects on wider society will eventually be all-encompassing, particularly in the field of cybersecurity. Allied with the threat of ‘harvest now, decrypt later’ a reality today; Quside is uniquely positioned to help organizations combat this looming threat. It gives me great pleasure in joining Quside and helping on the journey to becoming a trusted advisor company and thought leader in the field of quantum and quantum-derived cybersecurity. Quside’s solutions will allow our customers and partners to address the quantum cybersecurity threat with renewed confidence. These were my motivations for joining Quside. 

What is the role of a CRO and what is your first challenge at Quside? 

The role of a CRO, Chief Revenue Officer, is primarily to deal with all matters that are intrinsically customer-facing and revenue-generating. Capturing, devising, owning, and delivering the ‘go-to market’ strategy and supporting the overall unique customer experience. The challenge at Quside is to leverage the great quantum work done to date and harness it into intrinsic business value to our customers and to accurately articulate that message.  

How do you see the Quantum Technology ecosystem evolving over a 5-year period? 

As each day, week and month goes by, the quantum ecosystem develops and grows further. From small startups to global multinationals, I see collaboration as the key to success for companies of all sizes. Technological breakthroughs will occur more often and quicker the more we see collaboration thrive. This includes the new and emerging hardware, software, and niche players with unique use cases in the quantum space. I believe the unique value in quantum is only a few years (as opposed to a few decades, as some may believe) away from being realized.  

What was the major accomplishment of your career so far? 

To date there are two accomplishments to mention, both were new major product launches in the enterprise technology vendor space, namely converged infrastructure & hyper-converged infrastructure in the last decade at VCE. Taking a new technology and capability and helping to create a new multi-million / billion dollar market from scratch within just a few years. I am in the quantum marketplace in order to attempt to do the same. 

Who is Steve outside the work environment?  

My interests outside of the workplace involve sport, either playing, watching, or studying how it can relate to real-life scenarios. My main activities involve golf, football, cycling, and, wherever possible, motorsport. Also, when the world opens up again, I would like to get back to experiencing traveling internationally again!  

Thanks, Steve!  Any final messages to our clients and prospects who you will be in touch with, in the next couple of months? 

Unfortunately, one of the major growth industries currently is cyber criminality! Quside developed a unique quantum-derived technology that can help keep you, your customers, and your partners safe from attack. We will do our best to articulate how we can help you achieve this in an effective manner for your business, and we hope to be in contact with you soon, in the meantime take care & be safe! 

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