In our section ‘Employees in the spotlight’ we like to show which people are behind our organization. Every day Archive-IT is committed to support organisations in the transition from a paper to a digital working environment. Besides that, we develop software to guarantee safe digital accessibility. But who does what? And what are the motivations of the Archive-IT team members? Time for a look behind the scenes.
This time Gideon Edel is in the spotlight. Gideon is working for Archive-IT as a Full-stack Developer since May 2022. We would like to introduce him to you!
How long have you been working at Archive-IT and what did you do before?
"I joined Archive-IT in May 2022. Before this, I had several ICT jobs. I grew slowly in the ICT world, with projects getting bigger and bigger. I used to own a car tyre company. When that business was shut down, I joined an ICT company in Helmond as a salesman. That was in the days when the internet had only just come into existence. They didn't have a good website yet, so I thought: I'll program that. At that time, I discovered that my passion lay in software. As an independent software developer, I could get no further than the website of the bakery around the corner, so I started collaborating with other ICT companies. This is how projects became bigger and more interesting. Eventually, I ended up at Archive-IT where huge projects lie ahead."
Can you tell us more about the position you have now?
"My role at Archive-IT is Full Stack Developer. As a Full Stack Developer, I am responsible for coding our programmes so that everything works properly. So I have to know in great detail how the software works. I have only been working here since May, so it is mainly discovering how the software is put together and how it works technically. This is different at every company. Moreover, everyone works in their own way and priorities are different. At Archive-IT, they find it important that all systems work stably. It's not that the software has to be put together quickly, but rather it is carefully thought through. Tasks are divided based on the strategy and goal, so everyone works on their own project. That stable factor suits me better than that quick rush."
What does your average working day look like?
"In the software field, there are always parts that can be improved. Oscar, Team Leader Software, has given me the task to figure that out. That's the learning curve for me now. As a result, I am also getting to know the software better and better. All day long, I'm puzzling. Figuring things out as long as possible until I find a smart solution."
What motivates you most in your work?
"Making sure everything is running again. If I get things working as they should, then I feel I have achieved something. It motivates me tremendously when the puzzle is back together. Moreover, the sociability of the team motivates me and I find the assignments we are working on interesting."
Nice to know: Gideon is a junk collector. In his spare time, he enjoys going to thrift shops and car boot sales. As he says himself, he collects all kinds of nice things, like rugs and knick-knack lamps. Throughout the year, his living room looks different every time. The attic also gets fuller and fuller. When it is too full, the van is loaded up and he himself stands at a market to sell the knickknacks again. It truly is a hobby.
What are your goals at Archive-IT?
"My goal is to enjoy going to work every day. That has been achieved so far. Furthermore, my goal is to know all the in & outs of the software running here. I set my personal goals higher than they are set from me. Occasionally, I am told that it seems like I want to know everything and that is true. I like to be involved in the whole project and not just my own. Despite the fact that this is not always necessary. Otherwise, you can do everything on your own and the rest can go home, but it doesn't work like that. I really enjoy working together at Archive-IT. Because everyone has their own responsibilities, you also work together as a team and you need each other to get to the finish line."