MicroScope puts its questions to Niall Anderson, regional channel director, UK and Ireland, Avaya
What is the best advice you have received and from whom?
My father always told me: "believe in yourself." I now tell my children the very same thing.
What is the best book you've ever read?
William Manchester's biography of Winston Churchill called "The Last Lion" was a fascinating read.
Tell us something most people do not know about you:
I spend a lot of time working with charities and I actually biked across Africa to raise money for charity.
What temptation can you not resist?
Chocolate - of any kind.
Where is one place you'd like to visit before you die--and why?
The Galapagos Islands for the nature and scenery - it is a unique place on earth.
Which bit of technology would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island, and why?
An MP3 player. I would need music.
Who helped you get to where you are today?
A previous mentor who spotted a talent in me and believed in my potential
What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?
My first car was a Ford Escort. Like my current car, it had a heated rear windscreen!
Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
I have a dog, named Bailey.
Why are you good at your job?
I'd like to think I have the ability to get the best out the people who work with me and I am able to stop speaking and really listen to the people around me.
If you were shipwrecked, who would you like to have with you?
I would want to be with my friends and family.
Name three items (smaller than a fridge) that you would like to have with you if you
A coffee machine is absolutely necessary, then I would want a phone and a camping bed.
If you could be an animal for a day, what would it be?
A dog in a good house.
Do you prefer cities or the countryside? Explain why:
I just have a preference for the country; I like to visit the city, but visit from the country.
Describe your prefect night out:
A nice beer at a nice restaurant, surrounded by a crowd of family.
What would be your perfect holiday?
A trip to Sicily.
Sum up the IT channel in one sentence:
It is a value added channel that performs various parts of a solution and must be well-trained and well-resourced.
This was first published in June 2011