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.
Last year our colleague Christoffer Pozeus shared how to get started with AWS from a technical perspective covering the different alternatives such as AWS Landing Zone, AWS Control Tower and AWS Deployment framework (ADF). If you haven’t read his blog make sure to give it a read!
In this blog we would like to share some of our experience with some of our recent customers and also what we are seeing in the market and get up and running as quickly as possible with your new AWS environment.
What we are seeing are two main directions customers are taking, first group of customers are moving to the cloud, we are going to migrate from our data centers and go all in AWS. The second group has a lot on-prem, doing a huge lift & shift will not be cost effective and time efficient so they start small and grow from there.If you are a company in situation one or two then you will need to start with building your foundation and AWS in this example there are many ways of doing this. What we are seeing is that many do this themselves and if it’s to build competence within AWS then that is great, but our recommendation is view it as just this, to build competence and not our future foundation that we will over time will move business critical applications which requires a high level of security, cost control and scalability.
Depending on your situation if you have an in-house team who you want to build this competence within or if you want someone else to manage this for you make sure that you receive some help. All from guiding principles, lessons learnt to recommendations. This will enable you and your team and set you up for success and of course avoiding costly troubles later down the road.
We have done this journey many times over the years with all different kind of customers in different shapes and sizes and the question we always get is how long will this take? The boring answer is of course it depends, but the realistic answer is from a few days to a few weeks.
We strongly believe that the best out-comes are when we do things together understanding you as a customer where you are, where you wantto be and how we can support and share our experience and learn together.
To summarize, make sure to set a solid foundation as early as possible which will be sustainable over time!
We’re very happy to welcome Van Brigoli to our growing family at TIQQE.
A full-stack developer experienced in developing softwares and web applications. Van has been exposed to working with various technologies such as ReactJS, AngularJS, and Angular. He also has experience with Express, NestJS, Python, and Java in developing backends, while using NO SQL like MongoDB, and Relational Database like Postgresql.
When he doesn’t work, he spends quality time with his family, or he might be seen playing online and mobile games like Dota 2 and Black Desert Mobile.
Van is a part of our team for PostNord – Common Solutions.
We’re very happy to welcome Anthony Mondoy to our growing family at TIQQE.
A software developer experienced in developing web applications. He has some great experience working with Python Frameworks like Flask and Django along with ReactJS and Go.
He enjoys working more on backend processes and producing efficient programs. He also has extensive experience working on Relational Databases like MariaDB, MySQL and PostgreSQL.
When he is not coding, you will find him freediving, enjoying crossfit, or surfing in Siargao – a beautiful island in the Philippines!
Anthony is joining our SRE-team.
We’re very happy to welcome Maria Gantuangco to our growing family at TIQQE.
Maria is a proactive and results-driven test engineer with a strong knowledge of the whole software QA processes, methodologies and tools. She has an extensive working experience both in manual and automated testing. She is a true team player and she always ensures that the delivered product is of the highest quality. Professionally Maria enjoys learning new software technologies and also keeping up with current trends.
When she’s not testing, she’s spending her time as a full-time mother – shopping for baby items, doing laundry and basically doing the whole nine yards.
Maria is a part of our delivery team at PostNord.
We’re very happy to welcome Lito Talaba to our continuously growing family at TIQQE.
Lito has his background in application development, developing web applications and software solutions. He has a great experience from working with Java, JEE and Spring. He has worked with multiple teams and he’s a dedicated software developer.
In his spare time he enjoys drawing and painting, playing instruments and meeting up with friends and colleagues to play video games.
Lito will be a part of our delivery team to PostNord.