In our section: ‘Employee in the spotlight’ we like to show which people are behind our organisation. On a daily basis, Archive-IT is committed to supporting organisations in the transition from a paper to a digital working environment. In addition, software is being developed to guarantee safe, digital accessibility. But who does what? And what are the motivations of the employees of the Archive-IT team? Time for a look behind the scenes.
In the ‘Employee in the spotlight’ of February, Marc Polmans was nominated by Tom Buysse. We would like to introduce Marc to you!
How did you end up at Archive-IT?
“I started at Jalema’s system administration department 23 years ago. This was when the first archive room was opened and we were busy writing the first software programs for it. I later became a team manager in the same department. When I-FourC originated from Jalema, I started working at I-FourC together with the rest of the software developers. In the meantime we have changed our name to Archive-IT and I am working as a product developer.”
Can you tell me anything about your current position?
“I’m in charge of product development. I like the fact that this is a collaboration between software development, sales and marketing. These are three areas in which I have worked in the past and which I still find very interesting. Product development is actually not a separate department, but is done on a project basis. Per project, the right people from different departments are brought together and a project team is formed.”
What does your average day look like?
“This is very diverse and actually varies from day to day. In general, I’m doing a lot of collecting feedback and experiences from marketing, sales and software development and seeing where we can apply this. I look at current application areas, but also at solutions that might be interesting in the future. It is then up to me to determine what we need for this, for example knowledge, services, investments and software. I am also sometimes called a window-watcher. I am constantly looking around for the latest developments and trends, from which new ideas, innovations and solutions emerge.”
Where do you get satisfaction during your work?
“I get satisfaction from creating things; software is really a creation process in my eyes. I am a creative person, this can be seen in my work as well as in my hobbies. It’s really nice to see when one of my creations is actually used in practice. If this then leads to commercial success or some other kind of success within the organization this gives me satisfaction! An example of this is the creation of my very first software package. When I actually saw during a visit to a hospital that they were using it on a daily basis, it really gave me a boost!”
Nice to know: Marc listens to podcasts every night before he goes to sleep. His favourite podcasts are the podcasts of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. Highly recommended according to Marc!
For the next month you can put someone in the spotlight. Who do you want to nominate and why?
“I’d like to nominate Marcel Nobel for the month of April. I’m very curious about his motivation and motives!”