Off the Cuff With Industrial Color's Director of Technology

Christopher Mainor

TITLE: Director of technology

COMPANY: Industrial Color Inc., New York

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 75 total; 15 in IT at offices in New York, Miami and Los Angeles

INDUSTRY SECTOR: Digital processing and production

WHAT DOES INDUSTRIAL COLOR DO?: We offer several services to customers like Tommy Hilfiger, including doing photo shoots, photo editing and digital asset management.

WHAT'S YOUR TOP IT CHALLENGE?: We do five to 10 photo shoots a day, and each shoot yields about 1,500 photos. Each photo can be up to 80 megs. It's a massive amount of data that we keep forever. So it has to be managed.

BEST CIO DECISION: Changing our infrastructure layout and eliminating single runs from each desktop back to the data center and using zone runs, at one-tenth the cost.

BEST TECHNOLOGY DECISION: Changing our ISP. Now we've got a carrier at one-quarter the cost.

IF YOU WEREN'T A CIO, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?: In real estate. I've always wanted to be the next Donald Trump.

WHY YOU WENT INTO TECHNOLOGY: I was a nerd as a kid. I used to read the encyclopedia and maps.

BEST PERSONALITY TRAIT: I'm a people person -- a super-plus in this industry. It's not a corporate, stuffy environment.

WORST PERSONALITY TRAIT: Once I become impassioned about something, it consumes me.

Lauren Horwitz, former managing editor, production, for CIO Decisions, is now managing editor for TechTarget's Data Center Media Group. Write to her at lhorwitz@techtarget.com.

This was first published in April 2007

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