Eric Charran

Eric Charran

Chief Architect


Microsoft

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
First, I got into programming late in college.
Then I got a marketing job and rewrote the entire interviewing system in Microsoft Access and VB.
Then I got into Data Warehousing which was REALLY hard.
Then I branched into consulting, which I loved.
Then I focused on app development and reporting.
Then I began focusing on the way that technology systems interact and should be designed.
Then I got really good at communicating to technical and business decision makers.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Hatboro Horsham Senior High School
Bachelor
Marketing/Computer Science
Temple University
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Temple University

Career

Chief Architect

I design complex software solutions using Artificial Intelligence.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Travel
Being Creative

Day to Day

My day typically starts with architectural review sessions from software architects around the world. These include whiteboarding sessions where we figure out what the best combination of technologies, techniques and capabilities would be to meet a problem. We then determine which combination of artificial intelligence algorithms would meet the need. The next half of the day is spent making sure that we utilize AI the right way and follow principles to make sure the technology use is ethical.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

A growth mindset to realize that failure is not the end, but the beginning. The ability to understand who will help you in an initiative (green lights) and who is on the fence and can be convinced (yellow lights) and who is against you (red lights). The goal is to convert red and yellows into greens. The ability to think about what's next and never stop thinking about what could be around the corner.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Understand the growth mindset and apply it at every possible turn. This means that people should be bold and fearless. Try things as if you couldn't fail. If you do fail, don't think of it as a setback or black mark to be hidden away. Be proud of your failures and broadcast your learned lessons. Effort is what should be rewarded. Results should be secondary.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Marketing/Computer Science
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should just get a business degree and go be an accountant or marketing associate. Work to get a 401K and then retire."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Family Mental Illness