Mic Check: TIAA’s Mark Ford returns for Tasktop Connect 2018

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We live in an amazing age of technology and online connectedness, but sometimes there’s just no real substitute for being there in person and experiencing that human connection – Mark Ford, Lead Developer, TIAA 

Ahead of Tasktop Connect next week (December 6th, Washington, DC) I’ve been speaking to some of the scheduled speakers to give you a flavour of what to expect from the event. Next up is Mark Ford, Lead Developer from Fortune 100 financial services company TIAA. Mark is also Vivit Board Director/Community Chair.

Mark at last year’s Tasktop Connect, explaining how Tasktop works “like magic” for TIAA (Photo: Robb McCormick Photography – https://www.robbmccormick.com)

Hi Mark! You attended and spoke last year – what was your experience of the first Tasktop Connect?

I found it to be a great investment of time. Getting out of my day-to-day environment and being immersed in the topics of Tasktop Integration Hub and Value Stream Management really helped me to focus on the concepts and step back to reassess our strategies at TIAA. Being able to meet the Tasktop Product Management team and provide input and feedback was awesome. It was also a great opportunity to speak with other Tasktop customers, sharing implementation strategies and ideas. The conference was very well organized and executed. Very impressed!

Tell us a little bit about you’re looking to speak about Tasktop Connect 2018?

I departed the Tasktop Connect 2017 conference energized to move from Tasktop Sync to Tasktop Integration Hub. The 2017 conference was perfectly timed for us as we had several new integrations we were starting to work on and I decided to launch them on Hub instead. We’ve also moved nearly all of our previous Tasktop Sync integrations over to Hub as well, so I want to share the details of our journey from Sync to Hub, what I’ve learned along the way, and share some tips to help others get more out of Hub.

What would you like the audience to get out of your session?

I would like the audience to learn a few things about Tasktop Hub that they didn’t know before.  If they haven’t yet moved from Sync to Hub, it is my hope that I could inspire them to consider making that move by hearing the benefits that we’ve been able to observe.  I look forward to some great discussions as well throughout the conference.

What do you think are the 3 main trends driving enterprise software delivery?

CI/CD, easier and more integrated form of automated testing, and lighter weight cloud-based tools. Financial institutions have been fearful of cloud but are embracing it more and more. I expect us to eventually return to the concept of a “dumb terminal” as everything will be completely in the cloud.

Why do you think people should attend Tasktop Connect?

I’m a big fan of attending conferences in person because there is so much to be gained personally and professionally when you place yourself into another environment temporarily, allowing you to really think outside the box.  At Tasktop Connect, you get to hear visions from thought leaders, future directions from Tasktop’s Product Management team, and success stories from Tasktop customers that you can take home and integrate back into your own daily life. We live in an amazing age of technology and online connectedness, but sometimes there’s just no real substitute for being there in person and experiencing that human connection.

Mark in action!

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