Sid Bala is president and CEO of Alligatortek,which leverages technology to enable organizations to fuel their growth. The company develops custom software applications that remove bottlenecks that challenge many businesses.

(Photo Courtesy of Sid Bala)

(Photo Courtesy of Sid Bala)

What is your background in the field of technology?
“I have held positions as a research analyst and a programmer/analyst. I have a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from University of Chicago and masters in Computer Science from State University of New York, Stony Brook.”

How do you feel your formal education has helped you to achieve overall success in your career?
“I credit my education with enabling me to ‘think.’ I cultivated the ability to logically dissect a problem and be resourceful enough to find the solution. This is something that is crucial in a functioning business.”

What do you feel are the biggest misconceptions when it comes to degrees in technology as a whole?

“There is a common misconception that learning the right tools will make one more marketable, when in fact, the key is to learn how to diagnose and solve problems. The tools constantly change and the best technology workers know how to go about solving the problem and then look at which tools to use.”

What advice can you give others who are looking to get in the technology field?
“Follow your passion and not the buzz. The best technologists are those who apply technology to solve real problems. In order to stay the course, you have to love what you do. There is a critical need today for people who can think clearly and articulate that well to the lay business person.”

How do you feel technology has changed through the years?

“Technology used to be a set of tools available to the more sophisticated users. Today, it is ubiquitous and no longer an advantage to a select few. What that means is the solutions we develop today impact literally everyone in the workplace.”

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