Post UKCA Q&A: Apay Obang-Oyway

Cloud Pro

4 Jun, 2018

Can you detail what Ingram does and its history for those not familiar with the company?

Ingram Micro works with thousands of partners in the UK to help them responsibly transform their business through specialism, diversity, and innovation while helping end-users accelerate business outcomes from their technology investments.

We’ve got partnerships with the leading innovative technology vendors in the industry, whose services we offer through the Ingram Micro Ecosystem of cloud, which provides partners with the ideal platform to deliver premium cloud solutions to their end customers.

Describe your role in three words

Vision, motivate, transform.

Who is your tech hero? And why?

Elon Musk for his disruptive approach to business, innovation and breaking boundaries.

What does your current role involve?

Enabling transformation inside and outside of the organisation and embracing disruption. Articulating and amplifying the business opportunity that is cloud, but also motivating my team to deliver excellence every day.

How did you arrive at your current role?

Through good old hard work, fun and natural progression. I believed and embraced the subscription economy long before it became a reality so when opportunity arose to create the UK cloud organisation for the that was about disruption and I jumped at the chance to lead it.

Did you always want to work in the tech industry?


What do you enjoy most about your role?

Seeing how the partner ecosystem is embracing cloud technology to enhance end-user organisations and change society.

And what is your least favourite aspect about your role/the industry?

The pace of partner transformation needs to be faster.

What was your first job in tech?

I started as an associate product manager at one of Europe’s largest VARs.

How do you think the cloud is shaping and changing our working and personal lives?

The fourth industrial revolution is gathering pace and this is the year that we’ll look back on and remember how the quiet revolution gained full momentum.

We’re almost precisely at that tipping point where the physical environment of computing gives way to the virtual world of cloud and its associated enabling technologies; not just in bold initiatives here, and ingenious transitions there, not just from pioneers within certain verticals, and visionary disruptors, but for every organisation, everywhere, in every industry.