In our section: ‘Employee in the spotlight’ we would like to show which people are behind our organisation. Every day, Archive-IT is committed to supporting organisations in the transition from a paper to a digital working environment. In addition, software is developed to guarantee safe, digital accessibility. But who does what? And what are the motives of the employees of the Archive-IT team? Time for a look behind the scenes.
In the ‘Employee in the spotlight’ of August, Henk Westhuis was nominated by Patrick Thijssen. We would like to introduce Henk Westhuis to you!
How did you end up at Archive-IT?
“It’s hard to imagine these days, but via a vacancy in the newspaper! In 1998 this was still done in the old-fashioned way. At the time, I was working at Philips in Eindhoven on a secondment basis. Secondment was not my preference and the many trips I made to this position made me resist at a certain point. When I read the vacancy for programmer at Jalema, which fitted me perfectly, I didn’t hesitate for a second and applied immediately. Now Archive-IT has really grown, but at the time I was the fifth person to work in Jalema’s ICT department. The relevant ICT department at Jalema later became the new company I-FourC.”
Henk, can you tell us something about the course of your current position (and any previous positions)?
“Programmer was the first position I accepted at Jalema. Soon I became a project leader. That’s what I did most of my career at I-FourC. We had a whole team of project managers and took care of the installation of our software at the customers’ site. Very diverse, a lot of contact with customers and therefore very varied! When the Cloud started to gain ground and we as a company started to offer our software more and more in the Cloud, there was much less demand for project leaders. As a result, installations no longer had to be carried out on the customer’s site. Last year, our Operational Director asked me if I would like to fulfil the role of software tester. I answered Yes to this immediately. This is because it fits in well with my knowledge, because I myself have a great affinity with programming and know the system and applications of Archive-IT well. I also like to take a critical look at our solutions and thus achieve a better end result.”
Nice to know: Did you know that Henk has a (tour)motorbike in his spare time and often goes out with it? He does this together with his motorcycle club: ‘the happy riders’!
Where do you get satisfaction during work?
“I get satisfaction from my timely detection and tracing of errors in our software, so that the end user is never confronted with them. As an organisation, I don’t try to test the software, but rather to look at the software as an end user. It’s great that in this way I contribute to good, solid software solutions and ultimately to satisfied customers. That’s what it’s all about in the end!”
For the next month, you can put someone in the spotlight. Who do you want to nominate and why?
“I would like to nominate Daniela Sanhueza. As a data analyst, she has a position within our company that is difficult for many people to visualize. What exactly are the activities involved? I think it would be nice to put her in the spotlight for once!”