Meet the talent: Alberto Marini IT Engineer

Place of residence: Siena, Italy

Position: IT Engineer

Please describe a day in your life:

Early Rise: Wake up around 6:30 AM to kickstart the day. Morning Fuel: Enjoy a breakfast while checking and responding to emails from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM. Refresh Break: Take an hour break to recharge and refocus. Work Flow: Dive into work at 9:00 AM and go full throttle until noon, with some small breaks in the middle. Client Connections: Spend late morning, before lunch, and early afternoon engaging with clients. Afternoon Grind: From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, power through the afternoon, making strides in projects.

How many projects are you currently working on? Please describe them:

I’m currently working on two website projects – one focusing on specialized services and e-commerce and the other on an Intranet portal with advanced data integration across diverse databases. Simultaneously, I’m developing a CRUD system to streamline data management within a business context.

In your opinion, who is the most influential person/company in the world of technology these days?

In the realm of technology and disruption, OpenAI stands out as a key player, particularly in the field of artificial intelligence. OpenAI has been advancing AI research and development, contributing to natural language processing and machine learning breakthroughs.

If you could pick one app/product/project existing now that you wish you were involved in, what would it be?

If I could choose a project to be involved in, it would undoubtedly be SpaceX. The revolutionary concept of reusing rockets for space travel is groundbreaking and has the potential to reshape the entire space exploration industry. The idea of making space travel more sustainable and cost-effective is both visionary and impactful. Being part of a venture that pushes the boundaries of space technology and exploration would be a thrilling and transformative experience.

How do you see technology evolving in the next ten years?

Over the next decade, I expect a surge in artificial intelligence applications, leading to increased automation across various industries and streamlining processes, enhancing efficiency, reducing costs, and reducing the need for repetitive tasks. Additionally, emerging technologies such as quantum computing and 5G will likely play pivotal roles, revolutionizing computing power and connectivity. The Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to expand. Overall, the next decade holds promise for transformative innovations that could reshape the way we live and work.

What would you like the industry to look like in ten years?

In the coming decade, we can expect increased collaboration across diverse fields as technology intersects with various industries to tackle intricate challenges and devise comprehensive solutions. In my view, the healthcare sector will likely be at the forefront of this collaborative trend, followed by agriculture and education.

Alberto Marini IT Engineer
Alberto Marini IT Engineer

What are the three characteristics you have that make you successful in tech?

Persistence and a relentless drive to understand how things work and identify potential challenges.

Fearlessness in approaching and learning new things, embracing the challenges that come with unfamiliar territories.

A customer-centric focus, consistently directing attention to understanding client requirements by asking questions, even twice if needed, to ensure accurate comprehension.

What is the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your career?

One of the most challenging experiences in my career was leading the integration of cutting-edge technology within a rapidly evolving web platform. The project demanded staying ahead of the technological curve and seamlessly collaborating with diverse teams. The complex balance between innovation, meeting deadlines, and addressing unforeseen hurdles required strategic thinking and adaptability, making it both a demanding and rewarding endeavour in the realm of web development.

What is your most outstanding achievement up until today?

Collaborating in creating a web platform that attracts hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors and provides real-time integrated information, documents, and services stands out as one of my most significant achievements to date.

What do you wish yourself with respect to your career?

I wish myself the opportunity to continually learn new things and collaborate with diverse individuals, bringing knowledge different from my own. This way, mutual enrichment through diverse perspectives would contribute to personal and professional growth.

Alberto Marini IT Engineer
Alberto Marini IT Engineer

Where do you see yourself in five years?

As the world of technology evolves rapidly, the realm of work mirrors this dynamism. The hope is to find fulfilment in working for an expanding customer base and continue to ensure the highest possible quality in projects.

What is your next goal?

My next goal is an ongoing objective of continuous learning and improvement. There is always something new to discover. Ultimately, the aim is to remain consistently focused and enthusiastic about acquiring knowledge.

What do non-tech people around you (family, friends) think you do?

Most of the time, it’s like I’ve handed them a Rubik’s Cube without any instructions. They either don’t know or can’t figure out what magical mysteries I’m untangled in the tech world.

Which famous person would you like to have dinner with and why?

I would love to have dinner with Jeff Bezos. His role in founding and shaping Amazon, as well as his contributions to the development of AWS (Amazon Web Services), have significantly impacted the business landscape and our daily lives. Exploring the insights and innovative thinking behind these ventures would be an inspiring and enlightening experience.

Do you have a person who influences or motivates you?

I don’t have a specific person who influences or motivates me. Instead, I find inspiration in the support and encouragement of my closest family and friends. Their belief in my endeavours fuels my determination.

What did you dream of creating/inventing/doing as a child?

As a kid, I dreamt of becoming a lawyer—completely distant from the world of technology. I found joy in exploring the insides of toys, often disassembling and breaking them just to see how they worked. The journey toward the tech field was a bit of a detour, taking some time before I realized that tinkering with technology was where I wanted to be.

How has Covid-19 changed the way people view technological development?

The perception of technological development has undergone a significant shift due to Covid-19. Technology is now embraced in a more ubiquitous manner, playing a crucial role in our daily lives. The traditional in-person meetings have largely been replaced by virtual calls, marking a fundamental change in how people connect and collaborate.

Antonino Caffo has been involved in journalism, particularly technology, for fifteen years. He is interested in topics related to the world of IT security but also consumer electronics. Antonino writes for the most important Italian generalist and trade publications. You can see him, sometimes, on television explaining how technology works, which is not as trivial for everyone as it seems.