Being vice president of Global Technology Systems is never a one-dimensional job.
Noni Gonzalez, the woman currently at that post, is more than a veteran of the information technology industry. She has become one of the most influential Hispanics in business--period.
"I didn't start off in technology initially, but I realized in hindsight that my first job with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) was technology at the time," said Gonzalez. "I learned immediately that pulling and standardizing data was extremely important. At that time, I didn't even have a desktop; I had a phone and a terminal."
Starting at the infancy of the tech field has had many benefits. Gonzalez has seen the evolution of everything from integral systems with companies like Oracle and AT&T. Now with the integration of InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), her career includes extensive experience in data management of the hospitality market.
The learning curve for an ever-changing landscape like information technology is no place for the lackadaisical. With properties across the country and the world, managing that much data and providing the technical infrastructure for such an operation means being involved in even the most rudimentary aspects of the job.
"That started me down the path of programming, and I learned how important technology was to driving success for the business. The next thing I knew, I had a PC on my desk. Then I went through the client server revolution," said Gonzalez.
The advent of the Global Technology Systems and IHG alliance meant creating and sustaining a sea change that was long overdue. Even the scope of the project was formidable.
Yet leave it to the Georgia State alumna to tackle the problem with the same zeal that had characterized her journey to the summit of Global Technology Systems. After all, problem solving is admittedly one of her favorite parts of the job.
"I started at IHG at the end of November 2015. I have been fortunate enough to be part of the largest technology transformation at IHG in taking a reservation system over 50 years old and transforming it into the technology of the future," Gonzalez explained.
For Gonzalez, becoming a business magnate is far from a solitary endeavor. Among the wisdom that has shaped her journey are two simple, but profound words: "Be yourself."
If success is equal parts education and initiative, then leveraging your strengths is surely in that equation. Yet that is all part of simply getting the gig...