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Vincent’s Life as a Data Engineer

My name is Vincent, 25 years old and I live in Rotterdam. Last May I started at Devoteam as a Data Engineer, so I am still one of the new guys. Not so long ago I studied business economics at the Hogeschool Rotterdam. It didn’t take long before I noticed that analysis was more interesting to me than accounting. I started working at as an data analyst intern and thus grew up in the Business Intelligence and Data Engineering side.

My roommate works at Devoteam in the DevOps unit, so I kept hearing all the positive stories about how much fun it was at Devoteam. Nevertheless, he managed to persuade me in sending my CV. My first contact with Devoteam felt very normal and relaxed. Within a week I had signed my contract and the week after I could pick up my laptop.

Experience at Devoteam

For the first 3 weeks at Devoteam I didn’t have an assignment yet, but that didn’t mean there was nothing to do. Together with a colleague I could help with an internal project, I got to know my colleagues and followed some training.

After 3 weeks I started at Heart for Health, a healthcare software developer, as a Data Engineer. There I get a lot of freedom and responsibility to try things and figure them out myself. I am also involved in everything related to data: from architecture to analysis.

I am now working in Google Cloud Platform, while I had actually only gained experience in the Microsoft BI stack. I like it, it allows me to learn something new. Fortunately, I can always turn to my Devoteam colleagues to ask questions when I am stuck on something.

Day in the life

At my client, Heart for Health, I am currently the only one focusing on data. As a result, my work varies a lot. One moment I’m talking to a Serbian client about reports, the next I’m brainstorming about the security of the data platform. It is an organization with a lot of growth, so there are a lot of questions about reporting, it’s very dynamic to say the least.

Because I am still a bit of a financial person, here is a small overview of an average work day.

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Start with coffee, organize mail, update Jira board.
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Weekly check-in, setting priorities for this week. 
  • 10:30 – 13:00 Collecting Data Warehouse requirements for a customer in the Netherlands. 
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Jira ticket resolution (write SQL query, adjust dashboard).
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Going through Dashboards with a customer from Serbia. 
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Brainstorm session management reporting service desk.
  • 16:30 – 17:30 Studying for Microsoft Administrator (AZ-104)

Hobbies and activities

Being a big Formula 1 fan, I can sometimes put a lot of time into this. With friends I watch the GP every race weekend with frankfurters and beer. I would watch every session if I could.

I like to read books, ranging from management books to novels. In addition, I like to watch cooking shows. I can watch those for hours. I like to cook sometimes, usually with a nice glass of wine or something to go with it!

What are you most proud of?

A few weeks back I was asked if I could make a proposal for the architecture of the future data solution. This was for me the first time to do such a thing, and also in Google (while I have experience with Microsoft). With the help of Devoteam colleagues, I was able to come up with a nice proposal that the customer was very happy with, which met their requirements/expectations.

And of course that I won 1st place with karting at the DaaS unit outing 🙂

Advice new colleague

I personally found it very nice to schedule an introductory call with as many colleagues as possible. Even though almost all of us are still working at home/at the client’s site, it helps to get to know the unit and the company better. Also, you then know who can help you or who you might be able to help.

Vincent is part of the DaaS Community

The Data as a Service (DaaS) practice within Devoteam Netherlands consists of a team of about 30 specialists who are focused on three technologies: Microsoft, Google and Elastic. Working in the DaaS practice therefore means that as a consultant you have a specific focus on one of these three Gold Data Partners of Devoteam.

In short, everything and everyone that has to do with data and the information-driven management of organizations is part of our DaaS practice. From Data Architects and Data Analysts, to Azure Platform Specialists and Elastic Monitoring Experts. Will you join us?