Integration Hero: Alex ten Harkel
Enable U consists of individual heroes. Some work with customers, others send...
But the Enable U machine works so efficiently mainly because of our many integration heroes. This series of Integration Heroes is meant to honor those individuals.
Yegor works as a Java Developer in the Enable U OpenTunnel team.
Most of my tasks are mainly related to the development of the Managed Integration Templates (functionality that was introduced in the OpenTunnel 4.0.0). We have a lot of conversations within the team about the future of our MI templates, and make improvements to the template’s functionality, which in turn allows our colleagues (consultants) to work more efficiently with these templates. Of course, we write the code for those improvements and bug fixes. All of that is part of my daily work routine.
I joined Enable U about two years ago as a Java Developer. This role is actually my first experience in this field and I am thrilled to have this opportunity.
I started a career in journalism out of ambition, but soon had to change my profession to something healthier and more profitable. So in the ten years that followed, I expanded my skills as a specialist in pre-printing (including graphic design), printing, and various post-printing processes. After that, I decided to take the next step and switched to the profession I had dreamed of since childhood; I became a programmer.
My favorite part of the job is when conversations and research turn into consensus, starting the development phase. It probably doesn’t look like anything valuable to people outside the process, but it gives me the same feeling as time travel would!
As a technical specialist, I don’t have to do much to be up-to-date: just keep reading documentation and books, about development as they are, and follow the news about modern frameworks and technologies. And of course, I can always ask my colleagues for advice. In this respect, the help of my colleagues is invaluable. Human contact is really important, also in technology.
Enable U resembles a young adult, on the verge of a new phase. Ready to excel with all the accumulated attributes. Whether in Europe, the Northern Hemisphere or possibly on a global scale.
Hmm, in my spare time I read books (sci-fi), and watch series (also sci-fi, and Japanese animation). And I love good dishes – so I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking.
Moving has a huge impact on daily life. And it’s not about what to buy in the supermarket for dinner (Belarus and Lithuania don’t differ much in that regard), but above all it’s about losing your social network. But, fortunately, I am not alone in this; this is the problem of every colleague who has moved from Belarus to Vilnius. Everyone misses their friends. I can’t invite them over for dinner, or to play board games. We can’t go on short walks. The distance to some friends now measures not only kilometers, but also years.
However, I have a psyche strong enough to overcome all of this. Moreover, we support each other here in the Vilnius office. Because only as a team will we have the ability to overcome any problem and solve any difficulty we may encounter.
‘Connecting people – integrate the future!’ I believe that people are the key element of any success. People, the sum of their skills, the combination of their ambitions, the merging of their ideas and the merging of their dreams helps in building a better future for each person, in the scope of the company, but also in the whole society. So the relationships between people are essential for you, for your team… You can take this proposition as far as you want.