ALA Chicago Business Partner Spotlight - Stephen Howard, InterVision [4/30/20]
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
My name is: Stephen Howard
My title is: Client Director at InterVision
The company's product or service is: InterVision is a strategic service provider (SSP) focused on business outcomes-based technology solutions. We aim to help IT leaders transform their business by solving for the right technology, deployed on the right premise, and managed through the right model to fit their unique demands and long-term goals, whether it be cloud migration, remote workforce enablement, IT disaster recovery, managed security services or machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions. We deliver law firms their strategic vision AND capability to reach that vision.
The company has/is: InterVision has AWS and Azure cloud services, machine learning and artificial intelligence, data analytics, data lakes, containerization and data storage services, Disaster Recovery as a Service, Backup as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, managed security services, compliance services for frameworks such as GDPR, PCI, SOC 1, 2 and 3, HIPAA, HITRUST, FEDRAMP, and many others.
Before becoming a business partner to the legal market, I was: a founding employee for a startup tech company that delivered cloud-based communication services.
I entered the legal market because: My organization recognized the legal industry was challenged to transform their IT infrastructure while under unprecedented pressure from clients, partners and other stakeholders. We believed we could assist law firms in this transformation while also remaining secure against growing cyber threats.
I have a degree in: I attended Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
I support ALA because: ALA has become a foundation in the legal industry in connecting members with new opportunities and trusted vendors that can assist in legal-related needs.
To be successful in the legal market, one has to: Strategize for the long-term, anticipating changes in the technology landscape and how these changes might shift client expectations.
The thing I like best about being a business partner to the legal market is: I like being a part of a foundational part of our society. It connects the past, present, and future.
The best advice I have received is: Always accept a gift or advice from an individual when they give it, even if you don’t want it. You can always discard it later. The reason is you never know when they are going to give you something you want or need.
The best advice I would give to someone just entering the legal market is: My advice is to talk with your new peers, getting their input on what has worked and hasn’t worked over the years. Challenge them when something doesn’t make sense – sometimes your fresh perspective can lead them to innovation. In other words, you both could probably learn a thing or two from each other.
I try to motivate myself and/or my staff by: My experience has taught me that having success big or small is motivating. To create these successes as often as possible I take larger projects or objectives and make them bite size and then celebrate each milestone.
Three things I do well are: I do well at not losing sight of the end goal, realizing what works and what needs improvement, and helping organizations focus on technology innovations that truly empower their long-term goals.
While I love my current job, my dream job would be: A helicopter pilot that gives tours of large city skylines and natural landmarks like the Grand Canyon.
The last good book I read was: It is an essay written in 1841 by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance.”
The last good movie I saw was: Too Big to Fail.
The last vacation I took was: to Washington DC .
In my free time, I: like to volunteer for a number of organizations:
Deca: DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
Local Church College & Career Mentor: provides one-on-one and class guidance to help recent high school and college graduates kick off their career.