In November last year I was contacted by Mathias and Oskar who attend their last year of the Information technology program at Örebro University. They wondered if they could do their SUP (System Development Project) at TIQQE during this semester.
In late January we kicked their project off, so now a couple of weeks in I interviewed them to get a feeling of their experience of us so far.
1. What did you know about TIQQE before you contacted us, and why did you choose TIQQE?
Mathias – I knew that TIQQE was a company focused on AWS. But I had also heard that TIQQE is a modern company that values both employees and customers highly.
When I was searching for a place for the system development project, I searched for a company who could offer me more than just a challenging project. For me, the company’s culture, values and the opportunity for personal and professional growth were at least as important. After Oskar and I had an interview with TIQQE, I think we realized that TIQQE could offer what both of us were looking for.
Oskar – An employee on TIQQE told us about TIQQE and the way the company values its employees. She also told us what programming languages are mainly used. This made TIQQE attractive for us. I’ve got the feeling that Örebro is kind of a C# hotspot and as a preference, I would much rather work with some other programming language and cloud services. Which TIQQE offers.
2. What was your first impression when you met your first TIQQE:r?
Mathias – They gave a professional impression, provided a welcoming atmosphere and made us feel like a part of their team. We got the feeling that we were valuable to them and that our project are important for the business.
Oskar – Professionalism. Even though we had not begun our project yet at the time, We were met with respect and the staff made us feel like a valuable resource.
3. How has your first time been at TIQQE?
Mathias – It’s been great. The people here are nice and we have been introduced to a lot of new concepts that we have to learn, which is fun.
Oskar – It has been good. Both me and Mathias are eager to start the Project. We have gotten the feeling that the project is of high value for the company, so it is exciting.
4. What will be your actual work while doing your ”SUP – System Utvecklings Projekt” at TIQQE?
Mathias – In short, we will review the current time reporting- and billing system to identify unnecessary time-consuming processes and then investigate what can be done smarter and what can be automated. We have to come up with a new design and then implement it. Which means we need to integrate systems and automate processes.
Oskar – The Project is about refactoring and remake the current salary and time reporting systems. We need to integrate systems and automate processes to save time for the employees, which then creates business value for the company.
5. What are you looking forward to in the nearest future?
Mathias – It’s exciting to be a part of a real system development project, where I will be involved in all parts from analysis to implementation. Come up with a solution that will hopefully make everyday work a bit easier for someone else. But also gain a deeper understanding about cloud computing, learn all the cool AWS features and get to know more TIQQE:rs.
However, I’m also looking forward to getting my bachelor’s degree and starting my career.
Oskar – For this project, I am looking forward to starting developing the solution because it can make a difference for the company.
In life in general, I am looking forward to taking my bachelor’s degree in information technology so I can start my career.
A warm welcome and we’re very happy to have you with us!! We look forward to what you will accomplish at TIQQE during this spring semester.
Zaplox is a market innovator of the contact-free mobile guest journey and mobile key services for the global hotel market with a total market potential of approximately 20 million hotel rooms. Their mobile key solution has already been commercially deployed for 11 years and used during more than 3.5 million guest nights.
When looking for a supplier, Zaplox wanted to find a partner with extensive experience and are specialized within AWS Serverless who would be able to support them within Infrastructure, Operations and Architecture.
They also looked for a partner to trust for their future cloud journey and would be adaptable and open to share ideas, success and failures and learn Together.
Welcome to TIQQE, we’re looking forward to a long-term partnership.
Who is Kevin?
My name is Kevin and I currently live in Stockholm. I have three citizenships (Canada, U.K and Swedish) but consider myself a Canadian at heart. I grew up in a little town called Alexandria (google it😊) but have lived in many places around the world, like New York, Venezuela, Korea, Glasgow, Vancouver, Halifax and Toronto. I enjoy being in new cultures as much as I can be. I have a Sambo, a dog named Seven, and am expecting my first baby in early March. I enjoy reminding my Swedish colleagues of which country is ‘actually’ the greatest hockey hotbed on the planet (yes, its Canada).
What did you know about TIQQE before you started?
I knew that they were a young, fast-growing company focused on AWS. I have also worked with Tiqqe peoples in the past who were all high performers.
Why did you want to join TIQQE?
Tiqqe has a wide variety of skills, experience and cultures. Whether I am working on an IoT initiative with a Senior Architect or mentoring a ‘newbie’ in how to run an agile project, I enjoy these different types of challenges that will inevitably come my way with such a dynamic group.
Getting more experience in AWS and Cloud was a big factor and I also like the simplicity of Tiqqe’s offering. Everyone knows what Tiqqe does, what they are good at, and what they don’t do. This transparency with clients and aligned focus internally was compelling.
What is your role at TIQQE?
Towards customers, my skills are generally used earlier on in the project lifecycle than most of my Tiqqe teammates. Whether it’s process, policy, people or systems analysis, I analyze the as-is and identify a to-be state that addresses our client needs. You could think of me as a Business Process Analyst, Data Scientist and/or wearing the traditional Project Management hat during implementation. When its time to develop the solution (the hard part) I hand that over to the Tiqqe wizards and help ensure that the projects run smoothly.
Internally, I will be a part of the strategy team and am entrusted to mentor and coach in analysis and project management best practices.
What are you looking forward to in the nearest future?
Number 1 is for Corona to be over. From a work perspective, just to meet my team, get started on projects and learn as much as I can in AWS and from my teammates and customers.
Thank you Kevin and welcome to TIQQE!
– What did you know about TIQQE before you started your full-time employment?
I knew that TIQQE is a company with years of experience in cloud computing. I also knew about the great community in the company that makes TIQQE a phenomenal workplace. Everyone is incredibly kind and caring of each other and that is something I really appreciate.
– Why did you want to join TIQQE?
Since I worked on a project at TIQQE as an intern last spring and worked as a SysOps Tech over the summer, I’ve gotten to know the ways of TIQQE and all our friendly colleagues. I never thought about looking elsewhere for my first full time job as a developer. I already was a part of the TIQQE family and I’m happy I’ve been given the opportunity to stay and grow as a developer in a new role.
– What was your first impression of TIQQE?
My first impression of TIQQE was how friendly everyone was and it felt like I was cheered on by everyone from day one. All my expectations of the company were confirmed to be true.
– What is your role at TIQQE now?
Today I’m working as a site reliability engineer in a team working with PostNord.
– How has your first month been at TIQQE in this role?
The first month I was on-boarding, getting to know the team and the system. There’s a lot to learn so I’ve been focusing on expanding my knowledge of AWS and the workflow of the team.
– What are you looking forward to in the nearest future?
I look forward to learning new skills and being a great asset to the team as a reliability engineer. I can’t wait to get to know my colleagues even better and be a part of the journey and growth of this company.
– What do you know about TIQQE now?
TIQQE provide customers with great knowledge and experience of everything within cloud computing. I know that TIQQE is a company with amazing and skilled people who value their customers and colleagues. Everyone at TIQQE will support each other to become their best selves and to keep growing together
Thank you Fanny for sharing your thoughts about TIQQE!
This year has not been as we planned. We sat together for the first time on the 2d of January in Örebro and made big visions of how this year would be. We had a great Kick-off in mid January where all employees of TIQQE set the scene for the year. We had workshops, made dinner together and it felt great! A lot of laughter, warmth and forward-thinking. February went on as planned and then came March.
In March we were heading for the Philippines. We had planned this trip thoroughly, meeting up with the team, having a kick-off in Cebu, talking about leadership and getting to know eachother better.
A few weeks earlier we started to hear about a mystic flu that spread across asia. The afternoon and night before our departure we started to wonder if it was smart or not. The bags were packed, passports ready and movies downloaded to the iPads. Then it started. COVID.
The 13th of March we communicated to all our customers that we intended to keep our employees safe and that we would stop travel to meetings and assignments.
From that day we also started to encourage our employees to work from home.
With that said, we’ve had a fantastic year. Strange but great. When we realized that this wasn’t anything that would pass quickly we made some guiding decisions:
- We wouldn’t back on anyone that we’ve signed up to work with us
- If we had to do economic cuts, we would take us in the Supportgroup ( our leadership team ) first.
- At all cost, keep our employees safe as far as we can control
So, this year we’ve employed 12 more TIQQE friends in Sweden (three starts Q1 2021) and we engaged 7 new friends in the Philippines.
We have done a lot online. Lunches, monthly meetings, a summer party with an online escape room, and year-end meeting with reflection. We drove around Sweden walking and talking one-on-one and delivering prosecco so we could celebrate later online.
All the things we’ve done with our employees and customers have been successful because we do it together. No one has been in this pandemic-year alone.
So when we sum this year up, we want to THANK YOU ALL. All customers for feeling TRUST in us, so we have been able to keep collaborating and develop AWESOME stuff without physical meetings & all TIQQErs for putting up with us and having the COURAGE to have faith in our way of working. Ùbúntù – we are because We are. Let’s make 2021 better than 2020 together!
Have a wonderful Christmas & a Happy New Year
Jacob & Sofia
Our Vision at TIQQE is Vision Zero when it comes to employee and customer turnover. What do we do when one of our employees decides to leave us?
Well, we make sure that we’ve checked the following boxes
- We’ve explored every possible way
- It’s been a really really hard decision to make
- It’s what’s best for the employee
In this blog we would like to share a story about our employee #5 Benjamin Bandy who has decided to leave TIQQE. With that being said, he’s leaving us in person but never in our hearts.
Benjamin joined TIQQE just when we were starting up as a company, it was the first of september 2018.
Benjamin has been an employee and a friend who has always lived the values which are so important, he is nice, caring, sees the potential in everyone and always a pleasure to be around.
He is also a kickass techlead and developer who has always been highly appreciated by our customers.
So why does someone that lives and breathes our values want to leave? Well, two years ago Benjamin met the love of his life. Unfortunately for us she lives overseas, in the US. For some unknown reason she doesn’t think that Sweden is a fantastic place to be (coming from Silicon Valley and working for Roblox), so in a couple of weeks Benjamin will take his belongings and move 7.921 kilometers away.
Benjamin has been an amazing colleague for everyone at TIQQE, he has been a great friend and will be hugely missed by us all. However he has promised us to keep his Slack account so we can still frequently be in contact with him and not to forget that every friday morning at 4am he will wake up and join us for our weekly Quake tournament.
And we’ve created a mini-Benjy that we’ll keep in the office until you come back.
Even though he will be a few more kilometers away from us he will always have a special place in all our hearts. We wish you all the best Benjamin and hope that you come home soon!
Jacob & Sofia
We want to welcome yet another awesome developer to our TIQQE family
Joakim Akterhall a.k.a Akke will be joining us at TIQQE early January. He’s not only known as one of the world’s best players in Dota 2, he’s also a recognized developer. Of course one might be curious on why Akke wants to join us, so we asked him exactly that.
How come that you wanted to start at TIQQE?
- I’ve been working as a private consultant the past 1,5 years but I missed being a part of a company for a longer time, to be able to see and help the company grow and build relationships with both co-workers, partners and customers. I looked for a company with an interesting product that I believe in and that I can be proud of saying that I work with and where people seemed very friendly. And it looks like TIQQE has all this which makes me very excited to start working here!
What are your expectations?
- The expectations are mostly on myself, to get familiar with AWS and be able to perform and give value to the company. In the long run I’m looking forward to extending my knowledge about AWS and learning more programming languages and frameworks.
We all look forward to Akke’s start!
We’re excited to welcome Justine Valmores to our growing family at TIQQE.
Justine is an experienced full-stack developer with a passion in developing single-page applications and mobile-responsive websites.
When at work, he develop in ReactJs, AngularJS, TypeScript, jQuery and ActionScript.
With that said, he has a great experience in front-end development as well as in back-end design.
Outside work Justine keeps learning new web-technologies, but he also enjoys playing video games, watching TV series and anime.
Justine is part of our team for PostNord – Common Solutions.