Profile of Mike Stolp, Cask Sr. Advisor
1. What do you do at Cask?
A: I provide advisory level services to both our customers and our internal organizations in enterprise architecture, security and digital transformation.
2. When did you join Cask and why?
A: I joined Cask about two and a half months ago because it was the organization that had the most potential for growth, both business-wise and personally. This is an area that I’ve worked in for years and years, having spent most of my career dealing with security, digital transformation and enterprise architecture. Also the Cask culture is incredibly attractive to me: a growth mindset, highly motivated, high-operating individuals with high accountability.
3. What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Cask?
A: The breadth and depth of our customer base, both public and private.
4. What professional certifications do you have?
A: CISSP (ISC)2 — CISSP is a Certified Information System Security Professional by the System Security Certification Consortium. Also ITIL V3.
5. What advice would you give someone who uses ServiceNow?
A: My advice would be to establish very early on what you, as an organization, want to get out of ServiceNow. Not the vision you have for the service, but really answering the question of “What is the business problem you’re trying to solve?”
Then spend twice as much time as you think you need to, on defining what that problem is and what your expected outcomes are—before you ever turn it on, before you ever fire off an instance, to go through that exercise.
The second thing would be, honestly, to engage someone like Cask to help you through that process to establish the best practices, the guard rails, and the frameworks to build out your instance at the very earliest stage so that you’ll succeed.
6. What’s your favorite book or what are you reading now?
A: Right now I’m reading a book called The Passage – Justin Cronin. It’s a trilogy.
7. If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which ones would you pick?
A: Uber, Wells Fargo, and WeatherUnderground.
8. Describe a hidden talent that your coworkers or customers don’t know about:
A: I used to sing and perform professionally.
9. If you weren’t working at Cask, what would you be doing?
A: If I wasn’t working at Cask, I would either be working at Microsoft or I’d be working for Perspective
10. Describe your most gratifying implementation experience:
A: I don’t have one with Cask yet, since all of mine are ongoing. But the one that I would say is: creating or implementing the worldwide tactical network for U.S. Special Operations Command.
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