Allow me to introduce another of our Security & Mobility Now bloggers. Please meet Ashur Kanoon, senior manager, technical marketing.
What did you want to be growing up? Did you see yourself where you are now?
As a kid, I always liked seeing how things worked and trying to fix whatever I had the opportunity to. During freshman year of high school, I had eye surgery and the ophthalmologist not only knew how my eyes worked, but he fixed them—one problem at least—and so I thought I would love to be able to this.
The next year, I took a programming class and that combined a bunch of the things I liked and I knew that working on computers would challenge me and make me happy. At that age, I don’t think I thought about where I would be 20 years later, but I did spend the last 13 of 15 years as a software engineer and that’s what I wanted to do. Wanting to get to the practical applications of what I was developing led me to jump to technical marketing.
What led you to Juniper?
I spent almost 14 years with a competitor and Juniper was always a major thorn in our side. Having had the chance to work on some Juniper gear, and being extremely impressed, I knew that if the opportunity presented itself, I would definitely pursue it. A year ago, the move to Juniper happened, with the opportunity to help build a world-class tech marketing team and join a group of amazing, intelligent individuals.
Tell us about your blogs. What do you write about?
In my blogs, I try to educate about new and upcoming trends and technologies, along with brainstorming about some innovative ideas to create value by repurposing some existing solutions to solve new problems.
Not only do I try to think about the technical challenges, I also try to think about the administrator and end-user experience. A solution will only be used if the experience is generally pleasant. Moreover, we need to remember that end users are not always engineers.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? What’s your passion?
When I am not working, most of my time is spent with my family—my wife, six-year-old daughter, and four-year-old son. On an average day, we spend a lot of time doing homework, doing art projects, and playing. There’s nothing like listening to some nursery rhymes while playing with Legos to help you relax.
We are fortunate to live in the Bay Area so not only can we enjoy the great weather, but also all the different parks, restaurants, and family destinations. We especially enjoy going to the many zoos in the area—this is me and my daughter at one of the zoos.
I also continue to spend a lot of time learning about technology, cars, and history.
And lastly, I am a huge international soccer (go, Germany!) and NFL (go, Bears!) fan.
Please connect further with Ashur on Twitter or JNet.