Women in Business Series: Rebecca Jackson
Question 1: What is your name, explain your business in a paragraph please?
Rebecca Jackson, Digital Workplace Coordinator at NEXTDC by day, independent visual and digital consultant by night. NEXTDC is where the cloud lives™, we offer data centre outsourcing solutions, connectivity services, and infrastructure management software. As an independent visual and digital consultant I offer illustration and sketchnoting services, helping businesses communicate in a visual way.
Question 2: What do you think is the biggest technology factor affecting your business in 2017?
The speed that technology changes. New products emerge, existing products change, products fall out of favour and it can be difficult to keep up. It’s such an opportunity for smaller businesses who were previously priced out of premium technology solutions. Now they can have all the shiny things, as they are better placed to keep pace with the change because of their size.
Question 3: How do you use your Surface Pro in your business?
Most of our team at NEXTDC have a Surface Pro. In my day job, I use if for everything from notes on OneNote to meetings on Skype for business. I love how easy it is to move from my desk to meetings. I’ve also found it to be a fantastic tool for sketchnotes. Just using OneNote I can capture sketchnotes easily and then share them quickly in a digital format. In the past, that meant waiting to get to a scanner.
Question 3b: What is your favourite feature of the Surface Pro/Book and why?
It’s hard for me to pin down to one feature. Overall though I love how physically light it is, but strong and powerful. I can easily cart it around in a bag or backpack and it’s not a pain. Switching from laptop to tablet is easy. It does everything I need it to do.
Question 3c: Would you recommend the Surface Pro to other SMB’s?
Absolutely. I think it’s a great general purpose device which gives a great laptop experience and a great tablet experience. For smaller businesses who need to be more flexible and more mobile the Surface Pro is a hard working device which easily adapts to different working styles.
Question 4: What do you think are important digital literacy skills for SMB’s?
I think the key to digital literacy is not as much about doing a course in the latest software, great software and tools are now more intuitive. I think the key is learning to work collaboratively, work out loud, train yourself and your team to be adaptable. People who are skilled in this way can easily move from one tool to the next.
Question 5: How would you encourage more women to use tech in their business?
Where technology allows us to collaborate better, to work more effectively with each other and our customers, then we should embrace it. There are so many great apps out there that didn’t exist a few years ago. Being part of a team, being a consultant, running a business, these things are no easier than ever. We can leverage technology for the less desirable tasks and focus on the bits we love. Having said that, I’m still an advocate for non-technology solutions, the right tool for the right job. There is still space for scribbling in a notebook or pulling out butcher’s paper and post-it notes to get the creativity flowing in a different way.
Examples of her SketchNotes: https://rebeccajacksonblogs.wordpress.com/tag/sketchnotes-2/
Stay tuned for more articles in this 6 part series on Women in Business and #Technology.
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