After we introduced cloud solutions' founder Markus, today you will get to know more about Adrian Imfeld, web software engineer and partner at cloud solutions. Adrian originally comes from Zürich in Switzerland but has moved to Valencia in Spain where he enjoys the warmer weather and is able to pursue his passion for flamenco music.
How and when was your first contact with cloud solutions? How and why did you start working for cloud solutions?
I met Markus at a psychology students' conference when we were still studying psychology. He was giving a talk on a web-platform about stress measurement he was developing for Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz (GFCH). Being both nerds, we immediately geeked out about software development and I said I’d be interested in working with him on future projects. Sure enough, he contacted me soon about working on a new web-project dealing with team psychology. I got quickly up to speed with the necessary technology and tools and that's how I became a part of cloud solutions.
What was your most interesting project you have been working on in your time with cloud solutions?
It's hard to pick a single favorite among so many interesting projects. For me, the most interesting task at cloud solutions is the design and development of our in-house survey framework called SurveyLab. I love dealing with complex problems and I'm passionate about coding. Our company provides a rare opportunity of combining programming skills and psychological methodology.
If I had to pick a favorite, I would choose our current online test platform project (OTP) with the “Schweizerisches Dienstleistungszentrum Berufsbildung (SDBB)”. We are implementing a battery of psychological tests for career counseling which are connected to a web-platform developed by Netcetera, a big player in the Swiss IT market. We had a great opportunity of learning a lot about cross-platform communication, interface design, and project management.
Why has 2014 been such a successful year for you?
The year 2014 was dominated by the mentioned online test platform project which allowed us to employ our frontend developer Felix and double the employment rate of Tobias, our backend developer. I'm now leading our small but effective software development team which is a new and fun challenge. I feel we are getting better with every project and we have a good working atmosphere. Which is of course easy for me to say because it is me doing the code reviews and leaving comments about code details, not them ;).
Were there many new challenges you faced in your working life this year?
There were quite a few new challenges this year. As I mentioned, me and Markus are now leading a small developer team, which is a new role for both of us. We were also involved in a large IT project (the online test platform) which includes a collaboration with a big IT partner. There were new technical challenges, e.g. software interface design, server-side PDF rendering, and mailing service integration. I think we did quite well and mastered them one-by-one.
What projects are you engaged into in your leisure time?
Besides being a computer scientist, neuropsychologist, entrepreneur, mediocre philosopher, and scientific skeptic, Iam also a passionate flamenco guitar player. After playing accompaniment in dance classes of the University of Valencia, I started a new project together with a local flamenco singer. Besides playing modern flamenco, we are doing flamenco archeology, digging up dusty flamenco records, and playing small gigs. Being a foreigner in Valencia, I obviously need to prove we’re doing the real ancient purist flamenco, not the modern hipster gipsy kings rumba :).
What are your personal goals for the next year?
I don’t think much in terms of personal goals. Basically, I deal with what comes along, trying to make the best out of it. Life is complicated and chaotic, we never really know what is going to happen. Maybe I’ll move to Seville next year and start part-time flamenco studies at an academy. Then again, I said this last year, too.
Once I met a guy from Copenhagen in Barcelona who told me I should just go with the flow. Sounds shallow, but it’s not such bad advice if you know how to pick a good flow. That is what I did when I became partner at cloud solutions and moved to Spain. No regrets so far!