Global Education Leads to Local Impact

Zyanya Bejarano

During grade school, in Mexico, I was fascinated by my first computer class. The idea of connecting people through a network seemed so interesting. However, the archaic computer’s black screen made me feel removed from the grand idea of digital connection. By the end of the year, through repetitive typing exercises and boring commands, the class became my least favorite.

Very soon, my interest in computers was replaced by business. At the age of seven, armed with my business card, I would sell just about anything to friends and family — need poinsettias around Christmas time? I was your girl!

By the time I got to college, I was applying to an exchange program in Costa Rica to learn all about the coffee business. Luckily, my Department Chair challenged me to take a bigger leap. A few months later, I was on my way to Hong Kong for a semester abroad program.

In Hong Kong, I was out of my comfort zone and even further away from home. At the time, international calls were quite expensive but technology came to my rescue: Skype allowed me to stay connected no matter the distance. From Mexico to the United States to Hong Kong, my perspective of the world shifted, I began to witness how technology (really) connects us all.

All Roads Lead Back to Technology

Shortly after earning my MBA, with a bit of grit and luck, I landed a position at Instructure, a SaaS company and, not-so-coincidentally, a Zylo customer.

Combining my curiosity for international business and education technology, I helped global institutions evaluate student engagement solutions. Aligning with the priorities of technology leaders (from budgets to tech innovation), I kept running into the same concerns and frustrations:

  • We don’t have the budget.
  • We already have too many applications.
  • I am sure we are not utilizing our software properly.
  • I don’t even know how much we’re spending: it’s all fragmented.

The reoccurring feedback got me thinking about how institutions can professionally manage all their technology solutions.

At Instructure, I came across an article about an Indianapolis-based company that was creating a new category — SaaS for SaaS. Something clicked. The founders of Zylo spoke of the same problems I had encountered with institutions: visibility into the organization’s software spend is a necessity.

I Became Determined to Join Zylo

Zylo totally made sense to me and I wanted a seat on the bus. I hunted down the email address of Eric Christopher, Zylo Co-Founder and CEO, and sent a cold email. Thankfully, my genuine interest and excitement rang true to Eric. Weeks later, I was offered an interview.

Today, I am excited to join the Zylo team. I am looking forward to working with technology leaders and gathering their feedback as we continue our path of constant improvement. I am particularly excited about our product updates like workflows which enhance the functionality of the Zylo platform.

Coming from the world of education, I am ready to keep on learning and sharing best practices for SaaS management. Very soon I’m hoping to help our customers save time and optimize resources. With so much to learn and experiences to share, I cannot wait to grow and learn with Zylo.

About the Author

Zyanya Bejarano

A lifelong learner and travel enthusiast, Zyanya is a Mexico City native who has lived in multiple countries and worked in SaaS domestically and internationally. In her free time you can find her whipping up a new recipe or planning a trip. She loves finding tunes in Spotify from Mozart to Reggaetón. She joined Zylo to help teams manage and maximize their SaaS solutions and hopes to mentor the next generation of women in tech.