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Jim VanderMey

 

Written By

Jim VanderMey

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October 21, 2015

I was hiking in the Redwood forests in Northern California last year, when I saw a flash of violet in the dense green that if the most overwhelming color in the temperate rain forests.  I looked at the underside of the sorrel plant, and saw the remarkable shade of purple.

It was non-obvious.  And only available for those that were making the effort to inspect the underside of what is common.

How do we create value in a world where so much of the world’s knowledge is available via Google?  Where the understanding of configuration and technology is no longer the exclusive parlance of the technological cognoscenti?

I tell our team that our job is to offer the non-obvious insight.  To use our knowledge and experience and wisdom to offer up substantive information that cannot be obtained through a simple search.  To take orthogonal subjects and show how they inform one another.  To demonstrate that we have read and have learned to the point of mastery, where what we do is so second nature that it appears to be easy.  Our IP is not necessarily in a product that we sell, but in the way we can offer predictable, high-quality results even when we are doing something that has never been done quite this way before.

We will expose people to things that are useful and important that they did not know.

We will provide insights and understanding using multiple disciplines and deep technical knowledge.

And we will take the time at OST to look in the non-obvious places for ways to generate value for our employees, partners and customers.

In a forest of green we will show them where the purple is…

Originally posted on LinkedIn.

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About the Author

Jim VanderMey is the Chief Innovation Officer for OST. Jim has provided the technical leadership and product strategic planning for the organization since the very beginning. Jim is a technology visionary who sets the long and short-term direction for OST. He specializes in seeing the “big picture” of technology, the computer industry, and the business objectives supported by IT. As OST has gained an international reputation, Jim has taught and spoken at conferences in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America.

Jim attended the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music as a pastoral ministries major, and went on to manage significant scale applications and infrastructures in the healthcare, manufacturing, and insurance industries. He has served as a consultant to many large organizations such as Herman Miller, Boeing, Priority Health, Magna-Donnelly Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Amway, Meijer, Komatsu, Mercedes, Navistar (International Truck), Flextronics, the US Navy and many hospital systems including Spectrum Health, Bronson Hospital, and HealthEast.

Jim has senior level data center skills in performance analysis and systems architecture, enterprise UNIX, reliability engineering, SAN design and implementation. He is a voracious learner and has held many technical certifications ranging from UNIX and Cisco administration through cloud architecture and design. As OST has grown and diversified, Jim has engaged with clients on product strategy, IT transformation, cloud enablement, CIO-level organizational change management, DevOps and IoT program leadership. Creating value by connecting the Data Center disciplines of the past to the Design-centric disciplines to help businesses leverage technology more effectively is a place of special focus for Jim in his recent engagements.

Jim has been heavily involved in OST’s healthcare initiatives where he has leveraged his decades of experience in healthcare, enterprise applications and systems architecture to design high performance infrastructures for the Epic EHR application and the client systems such as VDI for the access tier. He has also been directly engaged with the OST analytics team on assisting customers in the adoption of analytics to create substantial value and new revenue opportunities leveraging Big Data. In this space the combination of architecture, data visualization and design can be used to develop important new actionable insights.

Jim sits on the advisory board for the computer science/IS departments of Calvin College and Grand Valley State University Computer Science. He is an avid reader of all types of non-fiction and literature and most mornings can be found paddling a kayak, canoe or SUP before work. On the weekends, family and serving with his wife Ann at their church is a major focus.

Lastly, we must confess that some of OST’s peculiar culture is a direct derivation of Jim’s unorthodox style.

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