Today we are giving the floor to Julien Bec, ActiveUI manager, who will explain his career path, the specific aspects of his work and the qualities required to join ActiveViam.
Hello Julien, would you mind introducing yourself?
Hello. I am responsible for the ActiveUI product, the user interface (UI) developed by ActiveViam. After studying computer science and embedded systems at ENSTA ParisTech, I had a couple of professional experiences: the first in an embedded systems research laboratory and the second at Thales, developing graphic interfaces for the French Army, before joining ActiveViam.
Why did you choose IT and ActiveViam in particular?
I have been interested in computer science ever since I was a child, so naturally I embarked on this path. After my studies I specialized in designing user interfaces, a very rewarding job because we have a direct impact on people’s work. I chose ActiveViam because the company was developing state-of-the-art technologies and the engineers already working there seemed to be experts in their field.
Tell us about your first months at ActiveViam
I joined ActiveViam to work on the front-end, but very quickly I was involved in everything. At that time there was no clear separation between the back-end and front-end R&D teams, the Pre-Sales teams and Customer Support. I contributed to back-end developments and was involved in PoCs (Proofs of Concept) and integrations with the customer. I was quickly promoted to lead dev on ActivePivot Live (the predecessor of ActiveUI), which was highly formative since this product meant dealing with customers and having a very good understanding of their business problems.
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What are the specifics of UI work? How are customers’ expectations taken into account?
The main pitfall to avoid when working on interfaces is to reason purely in terms of functionality. It is very important to start from the user’s need to determine what you are going to develop but above all, what you are not going to develop: this is the UX approach. For ActiveUI, the complexity is still cranked up a notch since we have to take into account a wide variety of business needs, given that our tool is used both in the finance sector and in e-commerce or logistics.
What is expected of ActiveViam developers?
What makes the work at ActiveViam appealing?
The company was founded by IT enthusiasts who understand developers’ issues. We feel it on a daily basis, especially as the company remained on a human scale, allowing us to regularly interact with the founders.
Unlike most software editors, where the hierarchy imposes deadlines and objectives to be met at all costs, ActiveViam consults with developers to estimate any project duration and adapts objectives to available resources. This ensures that sufficient time is allocated to produce a flawless code, even if the implementation of certain features is delayed.
Tell us about your international career at ActiveViam
Shortly after joining the company I was sent to London, then Copenhagen and Singapore to meet my colleagues, and I even had appointments with clients in Australia. And then I was given the opportunity to move to New York, so that I could be as close as possible to our American clients. It’s a city that never sleeps, and I’ve visited every corner of it… So in short, if you enjoy travelling and want to develop cutting-edge technologies, ActiveViam is for you. We are currently looking for new or experienced front-end R&D engineers so feel free to send us your resume!
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