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WITI Women | Tama Olver

Tama OlverTama Olver
Vice President, Information Services and CIO
Quantum Corporation

Tama Olver joined Quantum as vice president and chief information officer in January 2000. She is responsible for Quantumıs global information services, applications, and operations. She is dedicated to ensuring that Quantum uses information technology effectively to maintain and grow its industry leadership.

She previously served as vice president and chief information officer of Informix Software and Amdahl Corporation.

Prior to her roles in Information Technology, Olver held positions at Amdahl Corporation, Remote Computing Corporation, and Control Data Corporation in product development. She led development of the earliest timesharing a computer graphics applications in the industry as well as pioneering data management solutions for investment and trading.

Olver has been named to the McGraw Hill Companiesı list of the nationıs "Top 100 Women in Computing for 1996" and named "Woman of Achievement in Science and Technology" by the Womenıs Fund of San Jose. She often participates as a guest speaker and panelist at conferences and trade shows. She is on the advisory board of Women In Technology International Foundation, the board of the Society for Information Management Silicon Valley, and the board of the Child Abuse Prevention Center of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Tama holds a B.Sc. degree in mathematics from Michigan State University.

Tama Olver answers these questions:
1. What was your first job in technology?
2. Who has been your most significant mentor? Why?
3. What has been your greatest challenge and what strategies did you use to overcome obstacles?
4. Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
5. What lessons have you learned that would be valuable to women beginning their careers in technology?
6. What new technology do you believe will have the most positive impact on the world in the next 20 years? The most negative impact?

On the lighter side:
1. If you could have dinner with any 2 people (living or not), who would they be?
2. What was the last book you read? What books do you love to recommend?
3. If you couldn't do what you are doing now, what profession would you choose?
4. What is your definition of success?

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