UNLEASH. People – Gary Moran

“I used to go shopping, somewhere like PC World, to purchase some sort of Microsoft product and assume Bill Gates was sitting out the back in the warehouse sending stuff through when the showroom ran out of items! I didn’t realize how many steps there were between Microsoft creating products, sending them to their various partners, and them ending up in front of us, ready to be bought.”

Hi, I’m Gary and I’m the Senior Front-End Developer at The Channel Agency, which means my day generally consists of: – 25% problem solving: Trying to find out why something isn’t working or doesn’t look like it should… and fixing it! – 50% visual wizardry: Turning designs into a working, dynamic web page—whether that be within a portal or on a landing page. – 20% Translating: Collaborating with the Design Team and translating creative lingo into dev lingo to ensure dev output is perfecto! – The last 5% involves sarcasm and topping up the caffeine and sugar levels. The best part of my job is creating portal pages. We work with a few different providers, such as Impartner and Zift, that have various limitations and boundaries. I enjoy pushing those boundaries to make the pages as interactive and unique as possible. I love to problem solve so the main thing that motivates me is seeing something wrong. And I won’t stop until it is fixed. Most of my career has been creative. My first real job was as a sign writer, designing and fitting vinyl signs. Then things got a little more digital in 2011 when I started getting into web design. I managed to work on my coding during the little free time I had, working late nights on the London Underground. After a few months of repetitive coding, I landed my first web design job. I gained valuable skills in web design, coding, project management, and client satisfaction. Years later, I found another great opportunity at The Channel Agency, where I am now part of a great team and pretty much part of the furniture! I think one thing that surprises people most about the channel is the scale. I used to go shopping, somewhere like PC World, to purchase some sort of Microsoft product and assume Bill Gates was sitting out the back in the warehouse sending stuff through when the showroom ran out of items! I didn’t realize how many steps there were between Microsoft creating products, sending them to their various partners, and them ending up in front of us, ready to be bought. The channel is a massive machine that consumers don’t really know much about. Outside of work, I like hanging out with my family (most of the time), but I also have many creative hobbies. I have been known to make mixed-media jewelry from wood, resin, and clay. I’m also a bit of an indie game dev/artist; I enjoy creating pixel and vector art and have three games on the Google Play Store and about 40 more under development. I like to jump between projects. Oh, and I like baking goods that contain chocolate! My advice to anyone looking at creating a better partner portal experience would be to keep them looking fresh, on brand, and with up-to-date content. A lot of portals come to us and look outdated. Luckily our brilliant designers can fix this and will provide me with designs that I can use to help build some visual consistency. Then it’s up to vendors to follow our lead and keep the consistency going when they make updates. Partners will be far more engaged when there is cohesion between pages across a vendor portal.
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