Why should you choose custom software development

Software developer: "It is important to me to decide for myself"

"Freedom is definitely a great asset that you enjoy as a software developer. I don't think there are that many jobs where you can be so flexible. All a developer needs to do their job is a laptop and a good internet connection. That's why I was able to work for my company from Norway for almost a year.

I studied applied computer science in Salzburg. I already enjoyed the software engineering subjects the most during my studies. I did my compulsory internship at Porsche Informatik, from then on it was finally clear that I wanted to become a software developer. I then continued to work there for twenty hours on the side. After graduating, I went to Vienna and worked as a programmer at the Federal Computing Center. I've been with Jumio for two and a half years, a software company that has its headquarters in Silicon Valley, but software development takes place in Vienna or Linz. We offer companies an identity verification service for ID cards and credit cards. This is used, for example, by Internet betting providers who want to ensure that the person who wants to bet is old enough and that the ID is not forged. To do this, the person holds their ID and their face in the webcam and the software then checks whether the photo matches the person.

We have a flat hierarchy and work in cross-functional teams. This has the advantage that everything can be solved within one team. Each team has software testers, programmers and a product manager. It is important to me to work in a company where you can make technical decisions yourself. I work as a backend developer. The counterpart to this would be the front-end developer who takes care of the graphical interfaces. The actual logic of these systems takes place in the background, in the backend, when inputs have to be sent to interfaces for further processing or are to be collected in a database.

My boss reacted positively when I told him about my plan to work from Norway for a year. We then solved it in such a way that I was employed by a so-called umbrella company, which passed on my working hours.

It was a culture shock when we moved from Vienna to the countryside in Tromsø. We lived in a shared flat, in a house near a husky farm that my girlfriend worked on. I designed my working day differently than in Vienna, as there were only a few hours of twilight or sunlight in winter. That's why I started working at half past six and used the lunch break for a ski tour or to go for a walk with the dogs. In the afternoon I sat down in front of the laptop again. The collaboration with colleagues went well. But when you're the only one on the team working remotely and the rest of the team is in the office, it's difficult. You can't just write something on the whiteboard in a meeting or take a coffee break together. I missed the interpersonal.

I wanted to stay in Norway until summer, but Corona thwarted our plans. We came back at the beginning of April, but not only with our dog, but also with the retired sled dog Tomas. Do I have wanderlust again? Yes! I would like to repeat that, but then I would like to swap the snowboard for the surfboard and enjoy the sun. "(Protocol: Stefanie Leschnik June 29, 2020)