Harvey Diaz, the newest architect to join TIQQE, has a solid 15+ years of software development experience, providing solutions for various business verticals – ranging from digital ad service providers, to enterprise resource management vendors, to platform integration specialists, earning him a mark as well- rounded software architect. But the last 7 years has been more focused on specializing on the e-commerce industry and its integrations with shipping carriers and third- party logistics providers.
He was one of the main developers of an ecommerce software which proudly features self-integration with marketplaces, shipping and warehouse management, and which automates order syncing, label printing, bin pickup allocations, AI-assisted on-demand packing and pack railways, among others.
He was previously a volunteer-trainer for free and open source software in Southeast Asia as part of the International Open Source Network, a United Nations Development Programme regional capacity building initiative. At free time, besides learning new technologies, he engages in community service and volunteerism, trying his best to make a positive change in society. He is currently the president of a local chapter of the Junior Chamber International in Cebu City.
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 and now they will finally present what they came up to!
Who we are and what is the SUP?
We are two students from the Information technology program at Örebro University, who have studied together since the beginning of our studies. We are currently in our last semester. Our last semester involves carrying out a system development project, where you either do your own project or you carry out a collaboration project with external actors (such as a company).
The point of the SUP (system development project) is to apply and develop previously acquired skills in a longer project. The project means that we plan and carry out independent work where the focus is problem solving and application. This involves all parts of the system development, from analysis to implementation.
How did we end up at TIQQE?
For us, there was no doubt that we wanted to do the SUP at a company. So last year in November, we started thinking about what kind of company would suit both of us. For us, it was important to find a company that could offer a challenging project. But it was at least as important that the company’s culture and values were in line with our own, this was important because we wanted the best opportunities for personal and professional growth. We wanted to be in a place where it feels good and that we actually contribute something. So we came in contact with an TIQQE:r who told us about TIQQE, the culture, values and what technologies they use. This caught our interest, so we contacted TIQQE because we wanted to know more about them and if they could possibly be interested in offering us a project. We had an interview, where it turned out that they were interested in a SUP project. They were able to offer us what we were looking for and best of all we got the same good feeling from those as we got from the TIQQE:r that we had spoken to earlier. So the journey started from here.
What is the project and what was the result?
TIQQE had a time reporting and salary system that was working but the current processes were time-consuming and not sustainable for the future. It involved a lot of manual work, so TIQQE wanted us to review this and see if we could automate this instead.
We started by reviewing the current time reporting- and salary system to identify unnecessary time-consuming processes and then investigate what can be done smarter and what can be automated. After investigating we came up with a new design, created and implemented it.
The solution for the new salary system ended up to work like this:
First we are collecting all the absence time entries from the past month from Clockifys API by making some GET requests. This data is then sorted so only TIQQE employees’ time entries are left. The data is then transformed into an XML file and saved in an S3 bucket. This is done with AWS Lambda. The Lambda then creates a temporary link for the file to be downloaded within 7 days. The link gets mailed out with SES to a group mail owned by TIQQE. From here the person responsible for the salary can just download the XML file from the group mail and import it to Visma (The salary system).
When the automation of the salary system was implemented we started to work on creating an analyze tool with AWS Quicksight. This is done by getting a detailed report from Clockifys API by making a POST request from a Lambda. The data arrives in CSV format and gets transformed into JSON and saved in an S3 bucket. When the data is in the S3 bucket, a Crawler creates metadata for an ETL which transforms some data types into other data types and saves the newly formatted data as parquet into an S3 bucket. This data is then crawled to create metadata about the parquet files. With the new data in place, all we needed to do from here is to create SQL questions that are used in Quicksight to pick out relevant data. Then create the Diagrams to display the data. And now TIQQE can see things like total profit per month/year, profit per customer, and much more.
We have done some testing and everything seems to work. So now we are eager to put it in production.
How has it been to do SUPEN at TIQQE?
It has been a great experience. Everyone at TIQQE is super nice and we felt as if we were a part of the team since day one. They included us in meetings and activities if we wanted to join. We never got the feeling that we are “less worth” only because we are there and doing a school project, which is great. TIQQE also provided us with a good project at a perfect difficulty level. We also got a person to give us technical advice when things got a bit tricky. When we have talked to other students, some of them didn’t even get any technical specialists or advice, and this held them back quite a lot. Both from learning and from progressing with the project. We did not experience any of what some of our fellow students explained. So this was well done by TIQQE. Lastly, we want to thank everyone involved and TIQQE for allowing us to do this project. We learned a ton of new stuff.
We been very happy to have you with us and great job with your SUP!!
I knew that TIQQE worked with Amazon Web Services and that the company strived for a good company culture, which basically was what made me interested. I was looking for a job with something interesting to work with (AWS) and where I would enjoy going to work everyday and TIQQE ticked both those prerequisites off. I also knew Jacob (TIQQE’s CEO) from before, and knowing how good of a person he is, I also knew that TIQQE would be a great place to work at since he worked there!
What was your first impression of TIQQE your first week? Since we’ve been working from home the whole time it’s been a bit different compared to other jobs, but I’m also quite used to talking to people through Slack, Google Hangout and similar services so I didn’t think too much about it. But we started off with a couple of meetings and introductions during my first days so I got into contact with multiple colleagues straight away and got assigned a mentor that has been very helpful.
What is your role at TIQQE? Full Stack developer, currently working with PostNord.
How has your first time been at TIQQE? It’s been great! Everyone at TIQQE has been very nice and friendly, and I’ve gotten into a great team at PostNord. It’s a lot of fun and rewarding to work with something that is used daily!
What are you looking forward to in the nearest future? I haven’t thought too much about that – since I just recently joined both TIQQE and the team at PostNord I’m just trying to get up to speed with everything and do my best!
What do you know about TIQQE now?
That it indeed is a great company, and I’m very happy that I joined! Looking forward to see what the future brings!
If you want to read why Joakim joined TIQQE follow the link here!
Edwin is an innovative web developer who manages all aspects of the development process. He’s passionate about solving problems, creating ideas, and learning new technologies. He has a lot of experience working on different technologies such as Python, PHP, Typescript, Angular, VueJS, Docker, and so much more. He is more focused on backend development, and how to automate things.
When not at work, Edwin loves biking and motorcycle riding. He also loves playing MMORPG games and spending time with his family. For Edwin, work, hobbies, and family should be well-balanced.
On January 31 2020 the first Covid-19 case was reported in Sweden. After that very little has remained the same. Successively the restrictions have increased and as an employer it’s really hard to navigate in all Do’s and Don’ts, and if you like me sets great value in the personal interactions and building relations it has been a challenge. Except the fact that we usually interact in the office that we now don’t, we also used to do fun stuff together after office hours – that we now don’t do. Most of us are also friends in different constellations, which has made it natural for us to stay after we closed our laptops and just hang out in the office playing board games or meet up outdoors for a AW.
So how do we keep up the feeling that it is us together that are doing things? Well, we keep on doing things. A little adjusted execution and not as spontaneous but we still do them in a way that allows us to follow all restrictions. So during last spring, summer and autumn we went downhill biking, golfing, stand up paddle boarding, frisbee-golfing, and we closed 2020 with a christmas-cheering online which actually worked since me and Jacob drove around delivering sparkling drinks to all employees.
Then we started 2021 with an online workshop where all could come up with online activities, or onsite if we can make it with the restrictions. The goal for us was to have one activity per month until June (where we hope to be vaccinated and actually meet). So far we’ve had wine tasting online and one italian-dinner where we cooked together and upcoming is Crossfit, Baking Pastries and Outside training. We record the events so anyone can “join” afterwards.
And my experiences around setting these team-activities up is that it isn’t that hard.
A few tips on what we’ve done to make it easier for everyone to join:
Every employee has an account with our local food delivery service – connected to our corporate one, and the ones that live in places that haven’t got the simular buy their food and take it as outlays. The account is used for every event where we in a normal day would sit together and eat for example lunch. Such as monthly meetings, lunch’n learns etc.
If we have joint celebrations or online-parties, we drive around and deliver the things that we think are mandatory for the occasion. And Yes – it takes time, but since time is all we have it’s worth it.
We have workshops to decide what to do, where everyone has a say, just to make sure that the things that we actually do are things that most of us want to do and find interesting.
I think the key here is that we make up all things together. Everyone is not interested in participating in planning or execution but the ones that are must have a chance to do so. My feeling is that we still, after a year of pandemic, have a community where we all want to be. Where we find joy in hanging out together. Regardless of a pandemic or not, we work hard. And since we do, it’s even more important to also have fun together and share laughters every now and then. And there is one thing that I’m pretty sure of. When the restrictions ring off, we will not be strangers to one another from being apart for + one year. I think that more of us have gone from colleagues to friends.
The 8th March Johan Karlsson joined TIQQE. After two weeks with us we asked a few questions to see if the reasons he had to join us have been met so far.
What did you know about TIQQE before you started? I worked at Enfo when TIQQE was founded and I’ve kept on eye on the company ever since.
Why did you want to join TIQQE? Because I believe in what the company stands for and because several friends and former colleagues already work here. I wanted to have a lot of smart, inspiring tech nerds around me and I like the technologies that TIQQE work with.
What was your first impression of TIQQE your first week? There is a warm and friendly atmosphere here. We’ve been a few people at the office which helps with the intro. It has felt like a big re-union.
What is your role at TIQQE? Developer and tech lead.
How has your first time been at TIQQE? I’ve got a good introduction to people, processes and tools by Cajza. Clearly I’m used to working remote but starting from scratch remote is a bit different. A lot of new things to learn.
What are you looking forward to in the nearest future? I’ve started in the PostNord retail team. I’m looking forward to learning the business side, learn AWS, getting to know the team better and whole TIQQE.
What do you know about TIQQE now? It’s as nice I hoped it would be.
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.
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.
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. TOGETHER. 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