As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at IFS, Dan’s responsibilities encompass researching, formulating, and communicating the strategic direction of IFS Applications. Dan leads the Research & Strategy unit, which includes IFS Labs. He also manages IFS’s technical partnerships with Microsoft, Oracle and other players. Dan is a frequent speaker at IFS and industry events.
Since joining IFS in 1996, Dan has held a number of positions within the company, including software engineer and project manager. In his IFS career, Dan has been the driving force behind major projects such as the development of the innovative IFS Enterprise Explorer user interface, the IFS Touch Apps, a series of cloud-based smartphone apps for the enterprise, and IFS’s move to the cloud.
Dan Matthews is a graduate from the Linköping Institute of Technology, where he studied computer software and software engineering. While still at university, Dan founded his own software development company, which he left to pursue a career at IFS.
Outside of the workplace, Dan pursues his hobbies of carpentry and cross-country skiing.
1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with Business Review Webinars?
This is our third time around I believe. We had quite a good turn out the first couple of times so continuing with a winning concept.
2. What is your favorite thing about presenting to a live audience?
Actually it is the opportunity to get and answer questions. Having this interaction, which you can only have with a live audience, makes it much more interesting for me, and I believe for the people listening in as well.
3. What are you looking forward to explaining to the audience?
What it means to take a pragmatic approach to the Internet of Things. There is so much hype around this topic that someone needs to look at the practicalities of going from talking about IoT to doing something and getting some benefit back.
4. Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
There has to be two answers to this. One place is home. That’s where I have my family and my own little piece of this world—the place I can just be. The second is Melbourne, Australia. It’s relaxed, small enough to get around on foot, fantastic climate.
5. What do you do in your leisure time to relax?
I build stuff. Mainly things like walls, stairs, sheds and things around the garden. Best thing so far was building a Swedish “lusthus” (yes, it means lust house). If you don’t know what they look like just google some pictures.