One Month In | Chris Tate

Firstly, let me say at the outset that the title is a little misleading. I joined MYKI on the 14th of April, so it’s been a little over a month now, but let’s not split hairs eh?

You may remember that after I decided to join MYKI, I elected to spend a little more time at home before diving into the role. Little did I know at the time that I’d be spending every minute of the day at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On that subject, it was maybe a strange time to start a new job. I had lots of plans: a trip to Beirut, Lebanon in May, then jumping onto the events circuit, including a trip to Atlanta, Georgia for my 11th DattoCon, and a lot more. Obviously, and correctly, all of this has been postponed, as have all my trips to meet with prospective partners for MYKI.

So the first month has seen me sat on my own, behind a desk, at my home in Nottinghamshire, England. The weather has been great, I have the luxury of a garden, and I've remained healthy, so I do realize I’m lucky.

My first few days were largely around orientation, getting to know the systems and processes that MYKI have in place. Nothing out of the ordinary really, so it was pretty quick to get up to speed.

Then the real work started. In the month since I arrived, I’ve been part of the team that has delivered MYKI’s first ever webinar, created new distribution agreements (stay tuned for details on that), launched the MYKI MSP Partner Advisory Board, created new events, surveyed our client base, and started to finalize the details for our upcoming MYKI Partner Success Program*.

None of this would have been possible if I hadn’t been made so welcome by every member of the team. I was told before I joined that it’s the friendliest company to work for, but nothing could have prepared me for just how friendly the team is. Every single one of them.

The pace of change at MYKI is breathtaking. We are able to turn on a sixpence**, and that is exactly what I was hoping for. The company is super focused on MSPs and every decision we take starts with the MSP. I hope this is clear for all MSPs to see, but trust me, we are only just getting started.

It would be very remiss of me to not mention my new partner in crime, Anne Jebara. Anne has the title of Strategic Planning Manager, and this, like Anne, is very understated. I speak to Anne almost daily, we bounce ideas off of each other, so even in a team of amazing people, Anne stands out. I cannot stress enough that while I may be the one who puts his face to everything, Anne is the one doing the hard work in the background.

To summarize, I haven’t regretted joining MYKI for a single second since I joined. I know it’s only been a month, but I am hoping there will be many more like it as we strive to make MYKI the World Leader in Password and Identity Management for MSPs.

*Yes, I know in English it’s "programme", and I’ve spent many hours throughout my career saying this, but I’ve finally come round to the idea that in a global sense, it makes more sense to say "program".

** I think this also works for dimes and maybe other currencies.

One Month In | Chris Tate
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