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Three Questions with Tina Timmerman, Technical Manager of Professional Services at SailPoint

Tina Timmerman has a deep technical background in software development, but how did she get there? Tina started her career as a programmer, working in product development at several enterprise software companies. Along the way, she worked as a system engineer/analyst and as a project manager but eventually switched to professional services. She joined SailPoint 10 years ago as a solution architect on the professional services team, a match made in software heaven. Tina enjoys the variety – working on implementation projects, delivering training, assisting with pre-sales, and more recently assisting with setting up new teams/PS offerings. Here are three questions with Tina Timmerman, technical manager, professional services at SailPoint. 

If you could learn any skill by snapping your fingers, what would it be and why?

I enjoy using technology to solve real business problems or make business processes more automated. Two technologies and skills that I think would help me do that better are data science and security. I find data analytics/machine learning/AI fascinating, and I consider security to be one of the most important areas for IT to address today.

What goals have you set for yourself for 2021? 

I’ve found no way to predict what I’ll be doing in six months throughout my career. As a result, setting career goals for myself has never made a lot of sense to me. I’ve had things I want to accomplish/learn in my personal life, but I look for the next new challenge in my career. It hasn’t gotten me an executive title – happily, that was never a goal of mine – but it has given me the skills and confidence to attempt a wide variety of challenges and situations.

What advice would you give to new women professionals going into the new year?

At my first job out of college, the manager of our organization had a great philosophy:

Hire people who are smarter than you.

  • Make sure they know what they need to do.
  • Keep the way clear for them to get it done.

That philosophy rings true for me.