We talked to Ricardo Brandão on how Sky.One gets the most from the cloud for systems and applications, and this is what he had to say.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Ricardo Brandão: At first, the whole scenario was uncertain and worrying, but the quarantine made me spend more time with my family. Enjoying the children, having them closer to my routine was great. We are gradually beginning to resume the old routine, but personal and professional balance is much better.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Sky.One?
Ricardo Brandão: For 12 years, I was in charge of a software company and, together with the others, Sky. One’s partners, we identified a market opportunity with the cloud’s popularization and digital transformation challenges for companies and partners. The start, in 2014, was with its investment, and in 2018, Sky. One received an investment of R$ 22.5 million made by Invest-Tech. The resource allowed to accelerate the process of national expansion and internationalization of the company and transform the partners’ business through technology.
How does Sky.One innovate?
Ricardo Brandão: Innovation is one of our values, which, aligned with Partnership and Overcoming, makes Sky. One innovates when we identify our partners’ and customers’ needs and obstacles, creating the best solution to solve them through digital transformation.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Ricardo Brandão: Sky.One managed to stay well during the pandemic. With the era of remote work, companies have identified the importance of migrating to the cloud. It was necessary to give our employees special attention, seek to accompany them, engage them, and worry about their well-being and family during this period.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Ricardo Brandão: Difficult decisions are made all the time, and they start when we decide to change our business model. Going to an operation outside of Brazil, or keeping the focus on national territory, who would be the investors, who would be the people to accompany us, and so on. And the lesson learned is that it never changes, only the type of difficulty changes, but it is part of entrepreneurship to deal with difficulties.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Ricardo Brandão: I play sports; I also play tennis once a week. I also count a lot on the family’s support, and I try to see things from a more optimistic angle.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Ricardo Brandão: Our main competitor is the legacy server, but we deal with it by ensuring that the cloud is the future.
Your final thoughts?
Ricardo Brandão: In times of a pandemic, we need to know how to reinvent ourselves, innovate, and see opportunities amid the problem. Also, it is necessary to take care of our people, our minds, and our well-being.