WWD Reader Profile: Scott Priestley, Founder, Lionshare Software


WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Scott Priestley; I’m the president and founder of Lionshare Software Inc. I help small- to medium-sized businesses navigate through the myriad of vendors and options to select ERP and CRM applications that are best suited to their specific needs, and then help them manage their project through development, testing, training and deployment.

What’s a typical day like for you?

With our clients, I’m usually either outlining to the executive leadership the value proposition of using independent software consultants, or am in front of a core team facilitating business process review, preparing vendor demo scripts or participating in a vendor demonstration. After hours, I spend a fair amount of time reviewing new software applications in the CRM and ERP space, so I’m often setting up server images, installing software and running it through its paces in a virtual environment. I also speak frequently at user group conferences and write a blog. I engage in the social media space through Twitter and LinkedIn, although I have firmly resisted engaging Facebook for business; instead I reserve it as a place where I can connect with friends and family. I have an 8-month-old baby girl and a 3-year-old son, so a typical day also involves the diapers, feedings, toy trains and wrestling that comes with that. Luckily my 23-year-old daughter is in the U.S. Navy and is quite self-sufficient!

What gear and software do you use, and why?

I use a Dell laptop (s dell) and a 500Gb Western Digital MyPassport loaded with VMware images and a server in my home office that I connect to via LogMeIn. I keep everything backed up with Carbonite. Camtasia lets me record screencasts for training and demo videos. Skype keeps me in touch with friends and colleagues and lets me webcam with my family when I’m traveling.

For mobile communication, I have to admit to carrying both a Verizon Droid (s vz) and an AT&T iPhone (s t) (s aapl) — the Verizon network is rock solid, but we’ve recently begun developing some iPhone applications also, so I need the iPhone, too!

For mobile productivity, I use a mashup of Google Apps (s goog), RememberTheMilk and Jott so that I can sync up everything to both handsets, Gmail, Google Contacts and Google Calendar. I’m hoping to add a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader to my bag as soon as they are available — great for reading PDFs while traveling!

What’s your favorite web working tip?

The main thing I’ve learned is that I need to use tools that are linked together in order to keep track of my responsibilities and commitments, both with my family and my clients — hence the software and gear choices I’ve outlined above. The other thing is that jumping into a global dialogue through Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs really keeps me connected with people just like me all over the planet.

If you would like to be profiled on WWD, get in touch with me at simon (at) gigaom (dot) com.

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