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Interview with Jonatan Larsson

Jonatan is a very nice and skilled developer who has shared a lot through his blogging and now enjoys success as an entrepreneur with Openworks. When not working on Openworks projects, he's working as a consultant with Valtech in Stockholm. Here Jonatan shares his thoughts on EPiServer, consultancy life, entrepreneurship and much more!

Jonatan Larsson

What is most challenging in working with the Internet?

To be a part of the transition Internet is contributing to in our society and what it means being able to access Internet from almost anywhere. It's simply a challenge to see how you can solve problems and what possibilities there are to exploit.

Do you feel you've chosen a good career path?

Absolutely, it feels like I've chosen the right industry.

Is there any specific reason to why you're a consultant?

I worked at a government earlier and had the possibility to try the consultancy profession a little out of curiosity. I like that this industry is changing, that you meet a lot of people and get so many impressions.

Facts

What are your strengths within web development?

It's clearly the interface development part. I've got a lot of focus on web standards and accessibility. This is what I think is most fun too, which is why I naturally have my strengths there. It's fun to work with something that you really like!

You've been working with EPiServer for a while. When did you start to develop EPiServer websites?

My first employer, Lantmäteriet (in Swedish), had an EPiServer website. I was hired as a web developer and web master, and helped the editors to publish information. I also continued the development on this site and that is how I got to know EPiServer.

If you're in a sales meeting with a company in need of an EPiServer website – what EPiServer benefits do you highlight?

It's a well proven content management system with many reference cases. There's a security for the customers when you've got these reference cases and it's a strength for EPiServer they've got much documented and many wellknown customers.

What features do you want to see in upcoming EPiServer versions?

  • I want to be able to develop EPiServer websites based on ASP.NET MVC.
  • You should be able to declare more configuration settings in codebehind instead of in the interface.
  • Faster loading of the edit interface.

Alongside your employment at Valtech, you're an entrepreneur and has started Openworks together with a couple of friends. Can you tell us more about Openworks and your projects?

We thought we should use Openworks to realize ideas and fun projects. We thought that if we cooperated we would push each other and work a bit more structured than alone.

Together, we have developed Kundo.seUttråkad.se and Radioboxen.se (all in Swedish).

We meet once a week and work with different projects. From the beginning we thought we would launch smaller projects more often, but now our main focus lies at the development of Kundo.

When did you start Openworks?

It must've been during the autumn 2008.

I understand the response on Kundo has been well positive. How come you built a website focusing at feedback?

The idea isn't entirely our own but before the the first 24 Hour Business Camp we did some brainstorming. We saw that Get Satisfaction and UserVoice were successful in the USA and we thought there would be a market for these kinds of services in Sweden too. We simply believed in the concept of developing a similar Swedish service.

What have you done to get Kundo this successful this fast?

We aren't pleased with what we've got and always try to improve Kundo. We want growth and we want to achieve our goals for this year.

I think Kundo's been successful because of your own commitment and also the buzz Kundo's received in social media. It's also a bit technical, we're pleased with our platform (which is built on Django) and the continuous development of Kundo's gone smooth.

What has been the response since you started with Kundo premium accounts?

The response's been mixed and we've received a lot of feedback on the pricing. It was quite recently we launched premium accounts and we're currently waiting to see what the effect's really been. We constantly gather feedback from our own customers. The discussion has mostly been about the price being a bit too high; otherwise the response has been very positive!

Can yo name some Kundo customers?

Linnaeus University, Vackert väder (in Swedish) and Haléns (in Swedish) uses Kundo. OmVård.se which won the IDG best website in Sweden award last year also uses Kundo.

Why use Kundo, in three sentences?

  1. You get an open and accessable feedback service which is transparent and the users can help each other.
  2. You can utilize and collect ideas and proposals from involved customers.
  3. Kundo is easy. The free version also gets you a long way, just go ahead and try!

What are your different roles at Openworks?

All of us are developers, but with different focus. Me and Emil works with interface development, David's good at deployment and testing and Björn's been focusing a lot on business development and marketing. By default though, we have very similar roles.

Are you focusing at any other projects right now?

Right now Kundo's got our full focus. It would be fun to continue the development of Radioboxen, but that lies in the future!

You've attended the entrepreneurial event 24 Hour Business Camp. Will you be there again?

Absolutely! The best thing is that you meet a lot of people. Both of the times I've been there the networking has been the greatest thing. There's definitely been too much programming though and too little networking so far – next time we'll make that up!

The most important thing is the contacts you make. It's also interesting to realize how you react when working under pressure with much too little sleep. It's also been fun to see you can create something during a very short time span, that's an insight I've brought with me!

Can you today look back at your career and pick a specific moment that has defined where you are today?

It must've been when I started my blog www.lillbra.se in the autumn 2006. I started to read blogs and then got inspired to blog myself and this has been very rewardning, given all the contacts you've made. I've learned a lot and this is what made me a Valtech consultant too.

I really recommend everybody to involve themselves in the blogosphere, both reading and contributing!

What do you think one should do to be successful in what one does?

I think you shouldn't be afraid of challenges and to try out new things, while having fun at the same time. That's how you become successful!

You're origin is from Dalarna. Can you tell us some about your background and what led to you being a Valtech consultant in Stockholm?

I lived in Dalarna at first, then I studied computer science at Örebro University. Before that I had been sitting a lot at home working with HTML and CSS.

After that I started working for Lantmäteriet and started to blog and that's how I got in contact with Emil Stenström who worked and Valtech. I've been working with Valtech for 2.5 years now.

Putting work and building awesome web services aside, what do you like doing in your sparetime?

I like sports and because I'm from Leksand I've got an interest in ice hockey, which means I follow the Leksand team a bit

We're also a number of Valtech employees who play floor ball once a week and I try to work out a couple of times each week.

During the winter I've been forced to do some jogging at the gym but I've recently started to run outside.

Winter sports, yes or now?

I usually go skiing in Sälen every year, but other than that it's ice hockey for me.

If you today would know that the next winter would be as filled with snow and coldness as this one, would you do anything different?

I would've gone cross-country skiing a lot more. Here in Stockholm we've had a really great winter and I would definitely have taken advantage of that.

5 quick

  1. Currently reading?

    I'm reading Piraterna (English translation: Pirates) which is about file sharing and PirateBay.

  2. Favourite music?

    I listen a lot to hip-hop, eg Lil Jon and Lil Wayne.

  3. Best movie of 2009?

    Inglorious Basterds.

  4. Best jogging track in Stockholm?

    Of course Hagaparken!

  5. Someone you admire?

    My uncle.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

I'm going to the US on vacation this summer with friends; we'll be driving on the west coast and will spend some time on the east coast too.

3 websites everybody should have in their favourites?

Swehockey with their live game tracking is also good.

Any final words?

This was fun and a nice initiative!

Interview with Peter Sunna

Peter Sunna is one of those guys you wish you always had in your team - he’s really talented and possesses great knowledge in many different areas. He also happens to work at EPiServer, where he contributes to make stuff easier for all involved in the product. I had the chance to meet up with Peter during a lunch to talk about EPiServer, general development and career stuff, plus much more. Enjoy the great guy that is Peter Sunna!

Peter Sunna

So, what's happening at the EPiServer headquarter right now?

I've been with EPiServer for one and a half year now and it really feels like the development is going in the right direction - and EPiServer 6 is coming soon too! There has been a lot of collaboration with developers regarding the platform. I and my colleague Mats Hellström has been a part of it, which feels good.

How does it feel to be back in Stockholm city? What do you have to say about your new office?

I've got only nice words for our new office! I promised myself at our earlier office in Akalla that I would never complain on an office located in the center of Stockholm, so I've got nothing negative to say about this office - it's positive in all possible ways!

I commute by bike and it takes 20 minutes, just like it did when I worked at H&H once upon a time. This also means my working days are 9 hours now instead of maybe 11 hours when we were at Akalla.

Facts

  • Peter Sunna
  • Sales Engineer at EPiServer (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Main focus on sales, education and expert services
  • Follow on Twitter

Can you tell, what exactly do you do at work? What is your mission at EPiServer?

My official title is Sales Engineer, but I work in three different areas at EPiServer:

Pre-sales, where I'm involved in sales pitches and propose technical solutions in new end-client projects, plus inspire our partner developers.

Next part is education, which means I teach in a number of courses each year, which is good as it keeps you updated on the product. You also meet developers and get to know the existing problems.

The third part is expert services, which means we contribute with expert knowledge if partners need help with for instance a large scale website or if a code review is needed. We're there to help if partners really need help, you can say it's like an extended support.

What does the sales responsibility mean for you?

The most important thing is to get partner developers interested in the product. That's probably our most important sales channel. Me and Mats (Hellström) focus very much at the developers, we run tech road shows, where we visit partners and show new products and cool demos. We've also got EPiServer Tech Forum, which is quite popular - we run it in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo in Sweden. The EPiServer sales network is growing and there is usable knowledge around which we benefit from.

Then we also have more traditional sales where you are on the field with a sales man and maybe meet an end client where you propose a technical solution. This often happens during the concept stage in a web project, so you propose a high level solution and then it's up to the EPiServer partner to put the solution into practice.

An example: two connected EPiServer websites with a SharePoint integration. 

I've got a free role and now that social media has grown so much we of course use those channels as well, which is great fun.

What would you say is the best thing about work?

The best is I get to communicate with developers and discuss technical problems and solutions. Plus, of course, I get to influence EPiServer!

Top 3 features you want in EPiServer CMS 6?

I already know what will come in the next version, but I've got two wishes and one feature I know will be built in:

I'm an ambassador for ASP.NET MVC and hope it'll grow to become a larger part of EPiServer, even though it won't be a big part in version 6 (except for the new site center).

Together with MVC, unit testing comes more natural. You can already do unit testing in EPiServer with Joel Abrahamsson's EPiAbstractions, but I want better support for it built into the framework.

A new editor comes in version 6 - tinyMCE. tinyMCE finally gives us support for browsers that follow the web standards, which is really, really good.

You're a bit more web standards aware than the traditional .NET developer - why is that?

It's actually a bit boring to confess, but it was quite random that I did start to work for Funka.nu (in Swedish) in 2004 and they focused very much at accessibility.

During my five years at the university, I never came in contact with accessibility, which is really scary - but when I came to Funka as a developer, you had to develop websites using web standards and make them accessible. It was absolutely a new world that opened to me and I haven't looked back since.

What do you think is required to get developers to focus more at web standards, accessibility and usability?

I think this change has already begun, due to many reasons. If you look at usability, many companies have employed seven system developers and no interaction designer, but this has changed a lot and I believe the iPhone is a part of this. When iPhone came there were many people wondering why their products didn't work as seamless and easy as in the ones in the iPhone. The drawback with accessibility is it cannot give the same wow feeling if no one has a disability.

What you can do, for instance, is to let a developer browse the web without a mouse, to gain accessibility understanding. Next step is to communicate what you can do to develop accessible websites.

It's often quite easy, it's just about building in the right way and if you've done it once, you'll always to continue do so. One of the largest problems with accessibility is that it seems too complex - W3C has failed in that area. One example is a document regarding heading levels which might be three pages I read through - and still don't understand what I've read - and that's a problem.

How did you start your developer career?

My father was a computer science teacher and thanks to this we had a huge laptop, which had MS DOS 5.1 on it. He also taught in Pascal and programming, which is the reason I began with development.

When I was going to the university, the logical choice was to study computer science, but afterwards I think it was a rushed decision because already during upper secondary school I had read a lot about programming. None the less, that's the way it went.

My first public project was a four in a row game you could play online or against the computer. The name was Fyrad (English translation: Shot) and a bit later the successor came, Fyrad 32, which was written about in the at that time large news letter named Lockergnome.

What would you say is your best career move so far?

It's hard to single out a specific move. But if I have to say it, it's when I gave notice to my job at Umea University and moved to Stockholm in the middle of a recession without a job. Safety isn't always the best option.

Any career advice you can give a developer?

My advice is to setup a goal for yourself - what do you want to achieve? Do you want to deepen further into development or broaden your skills into other areas? It's also important to be a part of the community and share what you've done.

Do you have a particular project you're especially proud of?

During my time at the university I and two friends started a company where we focused on web publishing. Everything started out with our football team that needed a new website, which meant I wrote a website in C++, not very common but it was a programming language I knew. This was a website which managed statistics, top scorer charts and league tables.

I built the next version of this website in Perl and Xml because I realized C++ wasn't the best to use for the web. This version became so good that we decided to build our company around it and our largest customer in Umea, BiljettCenter, had this system for maybe seven years!

How's it going with the discgolf then?

It's gone really bad with discgolf this year, which is a bit boring. The thing is, when I was 20 years I decided to start playing golf after my football career hit an end, but it took too much time so I started with discgolf instead and played very, very much.

We're five friends from Umea who now live in Stockholm and we play discgolf at least one a week at Järva-fältet outside Stockholm. It's a social activity, the important thing is to hang around and have fun.

Discgolf isn't that huge in Sweden but those who play it are very enthusiastical. It's a bit of an outsider sport and if I compare to golf it's a much nice feeling to play discgolf.

Are you still a Chelsea fan?

I've never really been a huge Chelsea fan, but I started to support them when everybody else supported Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Do you enjoy any other sports than discgolf and football?

I like to play floor ball, squash and more. When I was younger I had a passion for ice hockey and Bjorkloven Sweden - I was probably their largest fan during junior high school.

I spend less time watching sports though, to the benefit of my girlfriend and other nice stuff.

How do you most like to spend your spare time?

Discgolf or any ball sport isn't wrong. I like to hang out with my girlfriend Anette and why not go skiing in the Alps?

5 quick

  1. Golf vs tennis?

    Golf.

  2. Best lunch meal?

    A healthy meal.

  3. Best summer vacation?

    Car trip in Romania, it's fantastic!

  4. Latest thing you shopped?

    Golf balls.

  5. Best town in USA?

    Seattle, because the whole west coast mentality appeals to me, it's like Europe. They are also very aware of the environment.

This environment thing, is it something that interest you?

I want to be more involved than I actually am, but sometimes I pretend to be more interested than I am. I'm contributing to Greenpeace and often try to put focus at the environment in discussions.

I also try to be a part of what's happening.

One example: because I'm from Norrland in northern Sweden, I didn't want the rivers destroyed by water power. Both wind power and water power is environment friendly but destroys the surroundings we none the less live in.

3 persons to follow on Twitter?

It's hard to point out three persons because the whole Twitter thing is you get input from a lot of different persons. There are persons I like one day but hate the next day when they post irrelevant stuff. But my three are:

Your favourite websites?

In 30 years time, what do you want to have achieved in life?

I want to have been a part of a project where you've contributed to a better environment. It sounds like a cliché but it would be fantastic to be a part of!

What inspires you?

Beautiful nature is the greatest source of inspiration. It's fantastic to hike in the mountains (northern Sweden). To stand by the Tornea river fishing graylings a late august evening - that's inspiration!

Any final words?

Thanks for the interview! Keep up the good work.

Interview with Cecilia von Wachenfeldt

Cecilia is quite a new face in the developer community, but none the less interesting! She started her system developer career with Nansen in Stockholm earlier in 2009 and I had the opportunity to meet up with her for a chat on business during recession, general development and personal matters. Enjoy!

Cecilia von Wachenfeldt

How did you feel about beginning your developer career in the middle of a financial crisis?

I cannot say I felt the financial crisis that much because I began working with a company that needed me. I also found it useful to start studying in the beginning of the crisis and start working when the worst was over. I've had the luck to find a good company where I feel needed so it've felt good so far despite the crisis!

How come you went to Nansen then?

My brother had contacts in the company board and put in a good word for me. There were quite a few who were looking for professional practice at Nansen but I was picked because they knew me. Obviously they also thought I was good because I was offered a full time job after the practice period!

Facts

  • Cecilia von Wachenfeldt
  • System developer (.NET) at Nansen (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Main focus on EPiServer development
  • MCTS certified
  • Follow on Twitter

Have you done anything special at work to handle the economy?

Not really, but I work hard and try to be as productive as possible. I've been very busy at Nansen since I came here.

Why did you choose to study .NET at Nackademin?

Again, it was my brother who thought I should try it. I've spent a lot of time with developers and I've always thought the IT industry's been interesting. Also, The World Wide Web is very changeable and you constantly develop when working with the medium. I've always liked to work with a computer too.

To study .NET was a bit like hit or miss because I hadn't programmed before, but I trusted my brother and it gave results.

It helped a lot too with Nackademin's reputation!

Was anything particularly hard when studying .NET?

.NET was quite easy to study, but I had a really hard time with JavaScript!

You've got a MCTS certification, do you have anything to say about it?

Nansen invests a lot in the employees and a part of this is the MCTS certification (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), which is the first step to the MCPD certification (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer). A certification is a proof of your skill and you gain from it both personally and professionally.

Any recommendations for those aiming to take the MCTS certification?

It's good to read the book many times. There are also practice tests and tasks you can do - they're very good! If you have a hard time with a block, just study it over and over again.

You can also find exactly what to study before the exam on MSDN.

I think you just have to study hard and then take the exam!

What are you most satisfied with when it comes to you and web projects?

Hard question. I'm very accurate and I care very much about the end result! I also ask more experienced developers if my code is good and if a specific problem can be solved in a better way. It's important to discuss ideas and solutions!

I can't say I'm the best programmer but at least I'm accurate!

Have you been part of a project where your work was particularly praised?

It's a project that isn't released yet, but I heard the EPiServer website I developed was very easy to maintain and understand! I've not been a part of particularly large projects yet, I've developed in smaller projects so far, but in this project the client was very satisfied with my work!

What's the greatest thing about work then?

Your coworkers and the tasks you stand before. It's fun to solve problems and to learn new things - I learn new things every day which is very fun! I like almost everything - it's a fun industry with many great people. There's nothing bad I think!

How do you feel about being a woman in such a man-dominated profession?

No problems at all - it's very easy - this profession feels good. I've always had an easy time collaborating with men.

Do you have any plans on an upcoming blog?

Actually, yes! I built a simple blog platform during the ASP.NET course in school and right now I'm pimping it - but I don't know what I will write about yet!

What are your thoughts on Twitter then? Do you enjoy it?

I think it's very interesting to follow important people on Twitter, there are more experienced developers who are posting great links - it's a good way to keep you updated!

I'm quite bad at updating my Twitter account but it's fun to follow others and read interesting things!

Worst piece of code you've ever found?

I've maintained a project where you can almost pick anything from. I think it's an old ASP developer who've developed the website because there's so much inline styles, if statements in front-end code and so on. Here's an example:

Ugly code example

What does your home computer setup look like?

I've got a tiny regular laptop. I used it during my training period at Nansen and now I use it at home.

You moved to Stockholm three years ago, why was that?

I wanted to move to Stockholm right after high school! I'm from a small village in Hälsingland that's called Bergsjö and there are not very many job opportunities there and not much to do, so I wanted to see something else.

Then I got myself an apartment and a job in Stockholm and that made it easier to move!

What do you enjoy most about living in Stockholm?

There's always something to do here, an accessibility you don't get in a small village. There are many bars and restaurants to go to and the commuting service is good too. And if I get homesick it's just 2.5 hours by train to home!

I tried moving to London when I was younger but that was one step too large for me. Stockholm was much better!

What did you do before you began working as a system developer?

I studied to an optician technician in Norrtälje outside Stockholm. You get to learn a lot on eye diseases and to handle different types of lenses and so on. You learn to do everything the optician does except the vision screening.

I studied for a year and then I got a job in Stockholm city, where I worked as an optician assistant. After a year I felt that job wasn't very developing though – it was fun with such close customer contact but there were no career opportunities.

When you've got a free evening, what do you do?

I meet up with friends and have a cup of coffee. I also like shopping and during the summer the best thing to do is to sit at a bar outside and just take a beer.

Any favourite bar?

Reisen at Skeppsbron (in Stockholm) is very good – they've got delicious drinks! But they do also have an unpleasant bartender.. Other than that, I like Monks - but they've still got the best drinks at Reisen!

The latest concert you went too?

The latest one was Metallica, I've seen them three times this year! I saw them twice in Sweden and once in Paris, since I've got a friend who's living there and had a spare ticket!

Computer games you enjoy the most?

I like the Resident Evil and Silent Hill games, because they're so scary!

But I also like LocoRocco and Patapon, they are very funny and very cute and something completely else than Resident Evil.

I don't game that much, but I like horror games! 

What do you have to say about iPhone 3GS and HTC Hero?

What I like about HTC Hero and Android is that everything is so free and open minded, with iPhone everything's dictated. Also, the iPhone can't multitask very well, even though it has a better CPU and smoother navigation. I don't know if there's anything more that's good with iPhone. It gets very smeary too! I like HTC Hero much better!

If you go on vacation for two weeks and have all expenses paid, where would you go?

Either the Maldive Islands or Mauritius. I like the tropic climate and want a beach with a turquoise like sea – I love to lay in the sun and bath!

It's also nice with large towns, like Barcelona – I want to go back there! But if I get all expenses paid I want to go to Mauritius, because it's quite expensive there. I also would like to go to Japan, because there everything is way too expensive!

We change it to Japan – that's the place I want to go to!

6 quick

  1. Best weekday?

    Friday!

  2. Best way to travel?

    Aeroplane, it's fast, even though it's not environment friendly!

  3. Favourite colour?

    Blue.

  4. Nintendo vs Sony (for gaming)?

    Oh, I want to say Nintendo 8-bit for the nostalgia, but PlayStation 3 kicks ass!

  5. Drinking most?

    Water!

  6. Favourite drink?

    Mojito.

Three blogs you can recommend?

Final words?

Interesting and fun interview!

Interview with Daniel Berg

Daniel Berg is one of the most devoted and skilled .NET developers you will meet. He’s very business oriented, a great consultant and a good guy. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Daniel for a year and to know him better. I also had the chance to interview him before his final days at work in Stockholm. I recommend reading Daniel's blog and following Daniel on Twitter.

Daniel Berg, .NET consultant

So, Daniel, you’re going to Thailand on vacation very soon, how does that feel?

It feels well deserved; it’s been a long year. I’ve moved to Stockholm and have worked with a new company – it’s been quite intense one could say. It feels good going to Thailand with my girlfriend for a couple of weeks. It’ll be great just relaxing on the beach, drinking coconut drinks..

Have you been in Thailand before?

Yes, I and a couple of friends went backpacking in Cambodia and Thailand a couple of years ago. I also went to Thailand during my early years, since my father was one of them who introduced Thailand to Swedes.

Can you tell us what will happen when you come home?

When I’m coming home, I’m moving to my apartment in Helsingborg. I will also plan a bachelor party and I will begin working with consultant firm Sogeti in Helsingborg (Sweden) (link in swedish).

So, you’re going from one consultant firm to another?

Yes, an organization which is a bit different though.

You’ve been with Hallvarsson & Halvarsson for a year, how do you feel your time have been there?

It’s been fantastic and fun. Hallvarsson & Halvarsson (H&H) is an interesting bureau because there are so many different competences around. The consultants within every service area are very capable in what they do. Even though there are so many competences, the project groups are relatively small, and because of this the project members must be the ones best suited for the task. This means everybody is very skilled in their profession.

Do you have a single project you’re very satisfied with from this year at H&H?

Yes, a platform for social media integration in a news room, where I’ve been an integral part of the team. This social media platform is very well built and has been fun to develop. It’s even more fun to see it being used and to see the satisfied clients. There has really been a demand on the market for this type of product.

When working as a consultant, what would you say are the most positive things?

Oh, there are many. That you’re able to take on many different roles. That your work isn’t the same from day to day. To travel and meet new people. That you always evolve and learn new things.

I also think most consultants have a curiosity many other employees don’t possess. As a consultant, you’ve got to have an interest in what you do and always develop in your profession. By doing so, you’ll be more attractive for potential customers.

If you stop being curious and if you don’t develop in your profession, your consultant day life will probably be boring and then you should possibly take on a 9 to 5 job.

What’s on the negative side with consultant life then?

Sometimes there are very long working days and that affects your private life. It gets tough when the economy is bad, particularly for consultant businesses. At the same time, there is a challenge in this, to hold your position and to continue being attractive to clients.

What do you think most consultant firms can improve?

The most important thing a consultant firm has is its consultants.

A consultant firm must be able to collect the best coworkers, to develop existing coworkers and keep them on track with what’s hot on the market.

A consultant firm must brand itself and be visible. A firm must dare to be a bit cocky and dare to tell people what the firm is good at.

Engaging coworkers is a great idea, and make them show what they can. Encourage use of social media such as blogging to make the coworkers show what knowledge lies inside the firm. This way, the coworkers become ambassadors for the consultant firm.

The single most important thing a consultant can do to help improve the economy?

In dark times you have to be as creative as you can and see the possibilities instead of focusing at the negatives. If you see the opportunities, ideas will pop up and this way you can inspire others. You’ll get a positive momentum.

It’s also important to know there are always business opportunities, even in a recession. By being creative and innovative one can help the economy grow again.

Can you share a cool story on something that has happened at work during last year?

It’s hard to point out a single event, but the other day when I went down to the bicycle room at the office, my colleague Gustaf had wrapped my bike in wrapping paper and put a small cat figure on top of it. He left a goodbye message too. We’ve been working on our bikes during the spring and this was like the last thing he did before I left.

Anything particular in the development community you’re looking forward to?

PageTypeBuilder and in the long run Silverlight, together with EPiServer and Google. I want to create an open source product and blog about it.

So what’s the plan with your blog then? What will we see there in the future?

I will focus more at EPiServer but also BizTalk and integration. I worked as an architect and technical project manager with Sogeti before Hallvarsson & Halvarsson and I will continue with this focus when I begin at Sogeti again.

I will also take some certifications, first MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) and then MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solution Architect).

You’ve mentioned something about Sogeti and a .NET award before?

When I was with Sogeti, we won a .NET award for a solution where SharePoint, Performance Point Server, BizTalk and InfoPath collaborated.

The solution looked like this:

Via SharePoint Forms Services, we presented InfoPath forms where users could publish and send data. This data was sent to a web service which was consumed by BizTalk. BizTalk processed the data and sent it to different systems, among them SQL Server.

This lead to a solution where it was possible to use Performance Point Server to show graphics in SharePoint, based on the SQL Server data. This way, it was easy to see how a business performed.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the price ceremony since I had given notice. When we won, an IT chief from our client Diaverum called me from the price ceremony and was filled with joy! Hopefully there will be more awards to win, where I can attend the ceremony!

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Your roots are from southern Sweden, Helsingborg to be exact. How would you compare Helsingborg to Stockholm?

The tempo is much calmer in Helsingborg. I’ve got my family in Helsingborg too, but what I’ve been missing most during my time in Stockholm, is to be near the ocean. It’s also cheaper to live in Helsingborg, with better living possibilities. But I have to say a calmer tempo attracts me.

What will you miss most with Stockholm when you move back to Helsingborg?

I will miss my friends and my work in Stockholm. I will miss to be in the centre, where everything happens.

Putting development and consultant life aside, what do you enjoy the most in life? How do you spend your spare time?

When given the opportunity, I like sports like snowboard, wakeboard and kitesurfing. When you kitesurf, you use wind power and a kite to ride the board across the water. You don’t have to pay for any gas and in Helsingborg it’s much windier than in Stockholm.

I was a bit of an extreme sport fantast when I was younger and now it’s time to buy some gears, go down to the ocean and surf around!

Imagine yourself going to an island for a couple of months. You’re allowed to bring 3 items with you. What will you bring?

  • My girlfriend
  • An axe
  • Fire steel

A movie you really, really can recommend?

Slumdog Millionaire, it’s a really good movie. The way it’s directed is fantastic, and you get happy when you’re watching it.

5 quick

  1. EPiServer vs SharePoint?

    EPiServer for public websites, SharePoint for document management and user collaboration. I choose EPiServer if I have to work with one of these products for the rest of my life.

  2. Best Xbox 360 game?

    Halo!

  3. Friday evening, what do you do?

    I play the guitar by myself or hang out with my friends partying. Now I would say I spend some time with my girlfriend, watching a movie after a great dinner.

  4. Early bird or night owl?

    Night owl!

  5. Nicest chill music?

    My Spotify playlist. I’m a sucker for all things acoustic, like Ryan Adams, Jewel, Tom Petty, Matchbox Twenty, R.E.M., Sting and many more.

For how long have you been playing the guitar?

Since my time as a student. When I studied there weren’t very much to do at the campus, so you stayed at home and played the guitar. I know a couple of guitar chords at least!

In 10 years time, what will you do?

In 10 years time, I work as a system architect and will have delivered a large scale project which is of great use to very many people.

A quote to share?

Not a quote, but this:

When you think what you’re doing at work isn’t fun and you don’t like going to work in the morning – then you should quit. It should be fun going to work, what is the idea of work otherwise?

Any last words?

Thanks for a great time at Hallvarsson & Halvarsson and in Stockholm. Hope to see you soon again, in Helsingborg! And finally – see you at my blog!

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