This is the first interview in a new series in which we ask our unique and diverse Datasource Consulting staff to share a bit about themselves, both professionally and personally. We've been amazed and inspired at their talents, hobbies, and aspirations and we hope you are, too!
Name: Eric Linneman
Title: Competency Director, Cloud
Years with Datasource: 4 months
Total Years Industry Experience: 23
Current Home City: Littleton, CO
Provider a summary of your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
I started at DSC at the end of March 2017 as the competency director of the Cloud practice. In this role, I am helping build the practice from the ground up. We are developing capabilities with the major cloud vendors, building our marketing with the very talented marketing team in-house, training consultants, and working proposals for planning and moving our customers to the Cloud.
Integrating the Cloud practice with the other very strong practices here at Datasource is critical to both our and our customers' future. The cloud does not negate the need for our other practices, but complements them well. Developing our capabilities in the cloud will make us even more essential to our customers.
We are actively working the cloud to offer to customers in consumer services, taxes, banking, communications, and construction. I’m looking forward to growing this practice tremendously with the Datasource talent.
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Acceleration, teammates, passionate
Tell us what you like most about working at DSC.
Clearly the talented people. The folks in many different roles who I have worked with are all top shelf - from delivery consultants, who deliver exceptional solutions and develop the trusted advisor relationship with the customers, to the leadership, who are accessible and engaged with every aspect of our success. I have been humbled by the passion, talent, and drive that Datasource brings every day.
Describe what you were like at age 10.
I was a dorky, skinny kid working on my grandfather’s farm outside of Chicago in the summers. I learned how to drive on a tractor at this age, so those who would possibly ride in a car with me have fair warning. My family did a lot of camping, and I was then and remain now a huge Chicago Bears fan.
What is on your bucket list?
My wife and I are planning a New Year's trip to Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. We were in Prague in the fall of 2016 and it is an easy place to fall in love with. We also have our 30th anniversary this October and are celebrating with friends in Maui.
Name accomplishments for which you are proud.
I was a multi-sport athlete in college – I competed at the national level in football and track and field. In a meet in 1983, I beat the then-current world record holder in javelin! I still throw discus when the hurt parts don’t hurt too much, and am targeting the U.S. Senior national championships next year.
What we are most proud of is our children. Our oldest son was diagnosed as autistic at age 2, and graduated from CU Denver with a degree in Economics. Our youngest just graduated from Columbia Law School in NY City.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
As far as hobbies go, I take a lot of pictures - mostly of landscapes and flowers. I have sold one picture, so technically I am a professional photographer!
I still do a lot of camping with my family – both of our sons are Eagle Scouts. Together we canoed in Canada, paddled 93 miles on the Missouri River along the Lewis & Clark path, hiked 60 miles in New Mexico, and did Sea Base in the Florida Keys.
My wife and I have a secret escape in Santa Fe, NM. There is something magical about Santa Fe – the food, the architecture and the art. We try to go there at least once a year for our mental and emotional health.
What celebrity do people think you look like?
I got the nickname Bam Bam in college, so I guess him from the Flintstones.
What is your hidden talent?
I can cook and love to do it. My high school girlfriend’s parents ran a cooking school in San Diego, and I learned from her dad. I make the world’s greatest cheesecake and am willing to accept any challenge from a fellow Datasource member on that one!
What phobias do you have?
Heights! And horses, since the last time I rode a horse was also my first helicopter flight to the ER.
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?
Tiny elephant, we had hamsters when my kids were little. Definitely the elephant!
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
In 2002 I worked on a project for the Los Angeles County Sheriff. During that effort, we learned about the problems they had with Amber Alerts and coordinating with over 50 other agencies. Our team developed and delivered, pro bono, an XML schema that enabled this coordination to happen quickly and easily, and solved a major issue. We were thanked by the county supervisors and I like to think that our efforts with data made a big difference for other kids and parents. Our efforts with data don’t just help companies solve a problem, they can change lives.