John Jenner is used to high-pressure situations, both in the kitchen and in the office. When Jenner, a former chef, joined Brookhaven’s Information Technology Division (ITD) last month, he jumped right into a group responsible for implementing new software across the Laboratory.
The new software, called Microsoft SharePoint 2010, makes it easier for people to work together. SharePoint 2010 users can set up websites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions.
“Right now, there are separate groups here at the Laboratory and there’s not that much collaboration or sharing of information between them,” Jenner said. “SharePoint allows for shared documents, blogs, discussion boards and business workflows.”
In the past four years, Jenner has helped companies like Time Warner Inc. and The Knot Inc. (a media company supporting weddings and new parents) adopt the platform to improve internal communications, content management, and internal websites.
SharePoint 2007 is already in use in certain parts of the Laboratory. ITD intends to set up the 2010 software across the laboratory during the 2011 fiscal year, an ambitious job.
Luckily, Jenner is used to handling a lot of projects under pressure. As his nickname at work -- “Chef” -- suggests, Jenner is a professionally trained chef.
“Being able to multitask 20,000 different things at once is something that being a chef and working in IT have in common,” Jenner said.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant in information technology, Jenner worked in restaurants at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia and the Carlyle Hotel in New York City.
Born and raised in Patchogue, Jenner knows every restaurant on Long Island, where to get the best fruit pie, and how to find the best ingredients. He also studied French cuisine, mastering rich, creamy recipes.
So what’s Chef’s specialty?
“I love seafood,” said Jenner, an offshore fishing enthusiast. He occasionally serves up the catch of the day.
Now, Jenner continues to share his love of cooking with his family. He is the cook at home, and his daughter, who also likes to cook, is learning the ropes from her dad.