About Michael Acton

I am a principal founder of the new I.T. Done Right.  My role focuses on B2B strategy, marketing and sales with a subordinate emphasis on IT engineering, technology, customer service, and solution implementation.

I’ve been married for more than 25-years to an amazing woman and middle school math teacher, and I have two adult kids in college.

On the podium – PRIMM 2009

I’m an avid outdoorsman and hiker (#52HikeChallenge2017), enjoying camping, overlanding, dirt bike riding, and rock crawling in my Jeep.  I also race off-road Jeeps in the Best In The Desert off-road series when the race car isn’t being repaired from previous adventures.

A type-A, pedal to the metal, multi-talented tool guy with a philosophy that failure is not an option.

Never give up!  Never give in!

 


BUSINESS CV

Late 2000’s to 2015 – Senior Business Analyst

I spent almost 10-years at Pearson in various “business troubleshooter” capacities.  I was described as an expert with struggling and at-risk development projects.  During my tenure with the company, I was charged with analyzing, quantifying, and crafting a road map to recovery for five different educational software brands.

1990’s to 2003 – Founder & Chief Technologist
I formed Network Engineering at the beginning of the enterprise networking revolution to dominate the Southern California IT market with a three-pronged strategy:

  • One – We specialized in cross-platform connectivity for enterprises that required both Windows and Macintosh solutions to play nicely with each other.
  • Two – We focused on implementation, support, and migration of enterprise server solutions from Novell, Microsoft, and Apple during Microsoft’s rise to dominance with NT and SQL Server.
  • Three – As a licensed, bonded, and insured California C-7 Low Voltage wiring contractor, and as a sales agent for emerging Internet ISP technologies, we provided end-to-end networking solutions that were legally installed, and exceeded all building and fire codes.

Mid-late 1980’s – Entrepreneur and Electrical Engineer

I formed a company called By Design that created electronic device prototypes for established manufacturers.  One such device was the first remote start module for automobiles, based on the Intel 8749 embedded processor, that when mated to an existing Clifford Alarm solution allowed the user to start the vehicle, and roll up and down the windows.

Late 1970’s into early 1980’s – Software Engineer and “Dev-Ops” Specialist

I was part of the team that wrote the first integrated application called XED.  It included a word processor, spreadsheet, database, forms generator, print engine, spelling checker, communications terminal application, and all supporting drivers to run on mid-sized UNIX computers.  There were no competitors at the time and the product was sold extensively throughout the federal government, the university system, and international business community.