How does Syft keep ahead of the curve? Meet Jeremy, our Software Developer. To him data is everything, he eats, breaths and lives it. He has taken Syft by the hand and introduced us to new ways to use the data our instruments collects. Creativity is a common trait among Syfters, and when Jeremy put his brain to work, magic happens, as he delivers on customer needs they don’t know they have yet!
Can you tell something about where you are from?
I grew up in Hamilton, and went to Hamilton Boys High School. I had always liked computer games and during high school, I started to build computers for myself and friends. It was my interest in computer hardware and my ability in maths and physics, that guided my interest in Computer Engineering. When high school finished, my decision was easy; study computer engineering. I chose the University of Canterbury because I loved snowboarding since I was a child and wanted snow to be a core part of my university experience. Two years after my first day at university I was voted in as the president of the University of Canterbury Snow Sports Club, so it’s safe to say I delivered on that promise.
How was your journey at Syft?
I joined Syft in November of 2018 as a Software Engineering Intern. I had applied as an electrical engineering intern and was declined after the video interview stage. A month later I was asked to re-apply as a software engineer intern and the rest is history. During my internship, I learnt about the concept of the software development life cycle and the automation of these processes and I instantly knew that it was something I was interested in! I thoroughly enjoyed my internship and knew that Syft was a company I wanted to get full time employment with. I made my desire for employment very clear, and a month after finishing my internship, I was back in the software office full time.
I started as a Graduate Software Engineer intending to focus on the instrument software. As most new development engineers at Syft do, I started in production to learn about the instrument that we develop and produce. During my spare time in production, I had created some software for the production team to automize some of the functionalities of our instrumentation. Following this, I spent some time doing odd jobs, not being sure which direction I wanted to take my software engineering career, only to keep coming back to my interest of software development life cycle and the automation.
I began a project where I wanted to bring a whole new level of testing to the instrument software. This project had several side tasks, such as modernizing some tools we used. The project became all about modernizing and automating the software development pipeline, and lead to Amazon Web Services (AWS) which is all about on-demand cloud computing, and this is where I began my journey to get AWS certified.
Months later, Syft has sponsored me to become certified in both AWS Cloud Practitioner, AWS Solutions Architect Associate and I’m sitting the AWS Developer exam in a week. I’m now busier than ever, continuing to use my AWS cloud knowledge to take Syft’s software to new heights of speed, quality and capability.
I’m very happy with the cloud certifications I’ve earned. These certificates are evidence of my AWS cloud knowledge and have forced me to learn a huge amount in areas I wouldn’t have previously been exposed to. This breadth of learning has opened my eyes to many more possibilities in the software space and rapidly grown my ability to design cloud infrastructure.
What makes working with Syft unique?
Syft embodies a culture of community and family like no other company I’ve seen. I’ve created such a strong friendship with my employees that it is not uncommon for co-workers to live together. I live with my friend and co-worker Liam. If you can create a culture where you enjoy going to work, your employees will work more effectively and live happier lives and Syft has done exactly that. I am honestly able to wake up each day looking forward to the challenges and learning ahead of me, knowing Syft is supporting me every step of the way.
I see Syft in five years as a 100 Million dollar gross profit company with 250+ employees. Syft will have an all-in-one, cloud-based instrument control and data analysis platform that provides customers with in-depth analytical capability. Our instruments will be used in many government and commercial applications and have the capability for vastly more and detailed compound detection than competing types of MS.
What’s the best advice you can give to any student (software) engineers?
Experiment with new technology and don’t underestimate the impact you can make regardless of your amount of experience. Experience is important and those with it have a worthy opinion. Opinions are like elbows, everyone has them!
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs