Get to know Erich Noriega

Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Man staring at camera with neutral facial expression with computer workstation in the background
What is your job title?
  • Infrastructure Architect
How do you see your role going forward?
  • As an enabler.

    Being an architect only means that you’ve adapted to manage change as an inevitable trade of your craft and to mitigate risks. You might as well make the most out of it.

    Aiming for an environment where we can explore ideas through creating, troubleshooting, trial and error and thus gaining first-hand experience.

    The information technology field is more alive than ever with hundreds (if not more) of new techniques, tools, platforms, languages and frameworks every year. Keeping up is a full-time job. I am lucky enough to be part of a thriving community such as uOttawa, where curiosity allows us to try new ideas while delivering value to every user.

    As with every journey there are different stages, we’re in a privileged and unique position thanks to the hard work of the bright people that I call colleagues. It humbles me realizing how we’re living in such a historic moment. There will be a before and an after, but the most important thing for me is how Information Technology has demonstrated value in ensuring business continuity and as a strategic partner on future endeavours.
Do you have any professional certifications?
  • I have had a bunch of them throughout the years, but as with anything else in IT they have an expiration date. Certifications expire. Luckily knowledge doesn’t, so many of those certificates are the core basics that I’ve built upon. At different points in time I’ve been certified in: CCNP, MSCE, RedBook Author, Linux Foundation Scholarship Recipient.
What countries you’ve lived in/visited?
  • I was fortunate enough to take a gap year. I went travelling for 11 months eastbound on an “around the world” plane ticket. The more one learns, the more one realises how little you know. Earth is a big place full of wonder.
Why did you get into your field of work?
  • It started in 1986 (I was 9 at the time) when I got my hands on my first computer. A few weeks later, my mom came into my room just to find that I’d gutted out the hardware (because I was puzzled about how it worked). I managed to put it back together, albeit with some remaining pieces, in working condition. From there, the rest has been history. I’ve always been exposed and intrigued by the information technology domain; 20 years in this field!
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