History of Espero Computer Systems
Back in 2004 I resigned from Co-Operative Computing, who played a big part in my development into the IT industry and started working for an new IT company (name deliberately withheld). Being a newly qualified Master Certified Novell Engineer (MCNE), this company was keen to scoop me up (there were not many Master CNE's available). During the interview I was asked where I see myself - in the client's face or in the server room. Being a bit of a loner, my answer was clear - in the server room. All looked very good. I took the job and started. The morning I started there was a sales meeting. I stayed seated. I mean, "sales meeting"! I am an engineer, in the server room! And that was my first encounter with what I came to hate in the IT industry - sales, at any cost! New operating system? Sell it. Does the customer need it? Who cares. Sell it! Server warranty expired? Sell a new one! Oh so you can still extend the current onsite warranty? No you're crazy! SELL A NEW SERVER! Did the network suffer a minor glitch? Sell a switch. And new management software!
Yes I agree, I am also in business for money. But not at all and any cost. This attitude is what gave life to Espero Computers' slogan - "if you succeed, we succeed!". If I suck a client dry for the benefit of my own pocket, he will eventually over-extend himself and fail, or decide I am a crook and find a different support company. Either way I lose! If I take care of him, being careful with his financial situation, we can BOTH grow together. But whether or not to push a sale still is a fine balancing act.
This, I believe, is why I still have most of my original customers. I did not become a millionaire while others maybe did, but I am still going strong.
Introverted - something that does have an adverse effect on my business.
I am a qualified Master Novell Engineer which means I have demonstrated my skills not only in the Netware OS, but also advanced knowledge and understanding of networking concepts in general. I also hold a Comptia certificate in IT Project Management.
I am Microsoft Certified Professional.
Early riser - I don't sleep much. 4 to 6 hours. You can easily find me working anytime from 3 in the morning!
I love reading and I have a keen interest in astronomy and astrophysics and theoretical physics. I have read several of Stephen Hawking's books.
I have read ALL of Dan Brown's books including the lesser known ones like Illuminati, Deception Point and Digital Fortress and the latest Inferno and I am keenly awaiting the release of the newest book "Origins" at the end of 2017.
I love Classical music. Mozart, Bizet, Chopin, the whole Strauss family and Karl Orff are some favourites.
Yes, and no to forget, I have a Jackie and 2 Dobermans. The Jackie is getting old but the dobies are the most amazing dogs I have ever dealt with. First time ever I trained a dog, and I am so proud of what I achieved with my male. He is a absolute gentle giant of 45kilos.
I consider myself a family-man with a beautiful wife (Elmien) and daughter; which is where I spend most of my free time. My wife will also quickly tell you that I am an excellent cook. Elmien owns and runs "The Office Chair Repairers" and repair office chairs - broken mechanisms, sinking gas, broken wheels etc. She can, as a matter of fact, build you a completely custom office chair.
Facebook: The Office Chair Repairers.
I also assist at "The Furniture Clinic", an upholstery and furniture restoration shop. As a hobby I personally do all the wicker work (pressed rattan, hand-woven rattan, cane, riempies etc) because working with my hands somewhere other than on the keyboard is a great form of stress-relieve.
We are also on Facebook: The Furniture Clinic on Facebook.
I recently enrolled for a SEO course (Search Engine Optimization) which will come in handy with my plan to offer webdesign together with all the other services available at Espero Computers.