Better Quality of Life
Shawn Clancy is a rock-star employee and our Data Engineer Manager. He started his career as a pharmacy technician, before briefly dabbling in video game creation, ultimately landing in the field of computer science. Originally from Toms River, NJ he’s been with Vital Decisions for four years. Shawn has vast creative hobbies – from singing in a metal band to gaming to writing short stories. Shawn works in our Informatics department as the Data Engineer Manager.
I oversee our Informatics department which is responsible for the managing, monitoring, storage and distribution of data, whether it is data our customers are sending us or data we are creating internally. Additionally, I am responsible for designing tools, functionality and reporting for every department within the organization so that they can optimize their use of the data and ensure business goals are met. This role allows me the ability to be involved in all aspects of the organization and have responsibilities tied to every department from system development to financial reporting.
The mission, the work we do, and knowing there are people who rely on me.
Management level really listens to us and communicates very well. It’s great to see the CEO tuned in to what we are going through and our wants and needs. The level of caring is different for me. We have a good mission which is a big motivator. It feels good to play a significant part in something that makes a difference in someone else’s life.
On a basic level, my interest in video games pushed me to get more involved with computers and how software works and also got me thinking about pattern recognition and system optimization. Playing lots of role playing games probably set the groundwork for me to better understand those concepts so that when I encountered them in a business setting, I got my head around them pretty easily.
A lesson I have learned here is if you recognize that something is a problem and you believe you have the capability to fix it, you should take that opportunity. In the past I would say that some things weren’t part of my job description or something like that and try to pass on certain things I wasn’t totally comfortable with. But I wanted to be more of a leader and someone people could rely on, and that means having to step up to unexpected tasks sometimes and be proactive.
What we do cuts across all demographics. I think end of life is not something that people in America think about enough and that it needs to be a bigger topic in our culture. I know I certainly didn’t put too much thought into it before. Now I know how important it is to figure out what I want and to get it documented. I’m still figuring all that out, but I know there are questions I will have to answer eventually.