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Wir sind Feuer und Flamme. Unser 2014 und die Zukunft.

CS ist zufrieden

2014 war für uns ein sehr erfreuliches Jahr. Mit 14 erfolgreich abgeschlossenen Projekten sowie der Umsetzung einer Batterie von über einem Duzend Testverfahren aus der Laufbahnberatung konnten wir unseren Jahresumsatz wiederum steigern.

CS schafft Qualität

Viel wichtiger jedoch: Dank unserem wissenschaftlichen Hintergrund, unserer Energie Kundenbedürfnisse auf den Grund zu gehen und dem Willen, mit der Entwicklung der Technologie Schritt zu halten, konnten wir unsere Servicequalität im 2014 nochmals wesentlich steigern. Die vielen positiven Rückmeldungen unserer Kunden bestätigen uns, wir sind auf dem richtigen Kurs.

CS ist ein Unternehmen der Zukunft.

Wir setzen voll und ganz auf eine flache Hierarchie, Empowerment und das Teilen von Information. Wir bieten maximale Flexibilität was sowohl Arbeitsort wie auch Arbeitszeiten angeht. Wir haben die E-Mail für unsere interne Kommunikation praktisch vollständig abgeschafft und setzen auf moderne, flexible Cloud Technologien für unsere technische Infrastruktur sowie interne Tools wie CRM oder Task Management. So macht arbeiten Spass!

Diese schlanke, moderne Unternehmensform kombiniert mit unserer Servicequalität macht uns nicht nur in der Schweiz zum optimalen Partner, wenn es um die Umsetzung von online Befragungssystemen geht!

CS ist motiviert

Im 2015 stehen bereits weitere interessante Projekte zur Umsetzung an. Darunter eine gross angelegte soziologische Längsschnittstudie mit ca. 30'000 Teilnehmenden in 30 Firmen aus 9 EU Ländern. Für diesen Auftrag können wir neben der Softwareentwicklung auch ein weiteres Mal von unserem europaweiten Netzwerk aus Studierenden und Wissenschaftlern profitieren und die Übersetzung der Fragebogen in 7 Sprachen anbieten.

Parallel zum Tagesgeschäft arbeiten wir zudem emsig an einer grafischen Benutzeroberfläche für unser Framework SurveyLab, um damit das Erfassen von Fragebogen in naher Zukunft wesentlich zu vereinfachen. Wir werden Euch auf dem Laufenden halten.

Wir sind mit Feuer und Flamme bei der Sache. Schönes 2015! :-)

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After introducing all other team members, be curious to get to know Felix, frontend developer at cloud solutions. Felix is 30 years old, comes from Stuttgart but lives in Berlin, as he loves the city's diversity.


How and when was your first contact with cloud solutions? How and why did you start working for cloud solutions?

First contact was at the beginning of 2014 via stackoverflow careers, when I replied to a part-time job announcement from cloud solutions. Some days later, we had our first Skype interview, which was very good. We had a nice talk and a lot of fun. That was one main reason why I started working for cloud solutions, because I really like my colleagues. And the job allows me to use recent best practices and to try out new tools and techniques. In addition, the part-time job helps me to stay flexible and allows me to work on other projects as well.

What was your most interesting project you have been working on in your time with cloud solutions?

The most interesting project I have been working on, is the (currently ongoing) development of the Surveylab web service, as this is a huge project in which I can really learn a lot: From planning and prototyping to deciding which techniques and frameworks to use or how the database connection to the current Surveylab project works. But this also means that things have to be re-thought more than one time, and sometimes you have to start all over again - it never gets boring.

Why has 2014 been such a successful year for you?

2014 has been such a successful year for me, because I finished my Bachelors' degree in computer science, started being self-employed, started working for cloud solutions and moved to Berlin.

Were there many new challenges you faced in your working life this past year?

The Bootstrap 3 refactoring was definitively underestimated in time and complexity. Additionally, one of my goals has been to learn writing tests in javascript, which has proven to be quiet demanding.

What projects are you engaged into in your leisure time?

I am developing a responsive, javascript only lightbox and I write blog posts from time to time.

What are your personal goals for the year 2015?

The usual: do more sports and stop smoking (again :D).

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Tobias is mainly responsible for backend development at cloud solutions. He is 33 years old, comes from south Germany and currently lives in France. He joined cloud solutions in 2012 and has been engaged in many interesting projects so far.


How and when was your first contact with cloud solutions? How and why did you start working for cloud solutions?

In December 2012 I bumped into a job vacancy by cloud solutions. At this time I was just in a transition period and was looking for a job that I could do from where I live in France and which allows me to continue to work a few hours per week for another job for a non-profit organization. From the first skype call that followed after I applied for the job until now, two years later, I'm very happy that I met the guys of cloud solutions. It has always been positive and I can say I enjoy working for CS as a (backend) software developer.

What was your most interesting project you have been working on in your time with cloud solutions?

There were other interesting projects too, but the most relevant and interesting one was working on the online test platform project (OTP). This is mainly because it was the perfect opportunity in my second year working for cloud solutions to focus on projects that are based on our in-house framework 'SurveyLab'. Being part of the software development team that implemented these OTP projects I could learn a lot and become much more familiar with the software.

Why has 2014 been such a successful year for you?

My employment rate was increased in 2014 to almost twice as much as I worked in 2013. So, two main successful aspects were working in my second year for cloud solutions and working more hours. Since I consider those steps as being successful, 2014 was a successful year for me. Especially since I was involved in interesting projects, as I previously mentioned, and since the mix between learning something new and productively contributing was conducive for this to happened smoothly.

Were there many new challenges you faced in your working life this past year?

Not more then already mentioned above. Definitively not in terms of difficulties, as from my point of view all was happening step by step in a good flow.

What projects are you engaged into in your leisure time?

I do not really have projects going on currently. I like to do sports, which I have not done regular recently.

What are your personal goals for the year 2015?

One general goal is to have a good balance between the various aspects of everyday life.

 

 

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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!

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As we promised a week ago, we're about to introduce everybody at cloud solutions until the end of the year. We asked everybody the same couple of questions and nobody edited the answers. They're fresh from the press. We start with Markus because he started us. Markus is Swiss, 38 years old and lives in Tallinn, Estonia with Anneli. Together they have a daughter and are expecting a son to be born in January.


 

How and when was your first contact with cloud solutions? How and why did you start working for cloud solutions?

My first contact with the seed of cloud solutions must have happened when my father bought me an IBM PC when I was 15. Later my uncle, also an IT company founder, invested his trust in me and gave me the projects I needed to develop as a web programmer. In 2006 I started working on a project that would lead to the founding of mh cloud solutions in 2009. When Sven and Adrian joined as partners in 2011, the name was changed to cloud solutions.

What was your most interesting project you have been working on in your time with cloud solutions?

That’s a question with no politically correct answer for a company owner :-). But I must say we have chosen our niche in such a way that the average level of interesting-ness of our projects is really high. With almost every project we can implement a unique and often highly innovative survey platform and that makes our work generally very interesting!

Why has 2014 been such a successful year for you?

I’d like to include the last two years for my summary. In that time we grew from 3 persons to 6 at cloud solutions and were able to double our annual turnover in both years. In 2013 we landed our biggest deal so far and in 2014 we implemented it with success. At the same time we manage to keep developing our own in-house framework without the need to depend on VC or such. At the end of 2014 I can wholeheartedly say that we’re really what we want to be as CS. Cool and friendly people in an modern and innovative company producing high quality survey solutions.

Were there many new challenges you faced in your working life this year?

Even with a micro firm like ours growth changes a lot in how you do things and what needs to be done. In that sense there are always new challenges as we grow. My role in CS has changed quite a lot from software developer to software project manager, an area where I can still learn plenty. Also being a father of a small child working in a home office is an ongoing challenge not to be underestimated.

What projects are you engaged into in your leisure time?

Apart from having kids, a very challenging and rewarding “project”, I spend most of my non-CS time for the craft brewery I founded together with three Estonian guys. We have been developing beer recipes for the last two years and starting from January 2015 our beer will be available in bars and shops. First in Estonian and soon hopefully also in Switzerland.

What are your personal goals for the next year?

Produce great software, brew great beer, be a good family man and most importantly, enjoy life.

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Who we are at cloud solutions

The first cold days have arrived, snow is falling and in some CS countries, Christmas markets spoil us with hot wine, pastries and Christmas lights. It is the time of the year, when most people are really busy finalizing their work projects and preparing themselves for the upcoming holidays to enjoy the last days of the year. It is also the time, when many of us start to think about what we have experienced and achieved in the past year.

We, from cloud solutions, have shared with you throughout the year, what projects we have been working on, what we have learned and how we have grown in numbers and wisdom.

We haven’t, however, shared much information about who we are, what we are passionate about and what we do besides making great software. We want you to get to know us a little bit better this December. This week we start with Markus Hausammann, who founded our innovative virtual company 5 years ago.

We hope you stay as curious as we are and will have a wonderful advent season.


Introduced so far: MarkusAdrianSven and Sina

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Hochprofessionell. Massgeschneiderte Lösungen mit Sachverstand auch bei besonderen Anforderungen an das Studiendesign.

Dr. Andrea B. Horn
Psychologisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Schweiz

 
 
 
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