Dev Diaries

Texter Blue’s Team Dev Diary #1 – The Work of a Principal Consultant… with Vítor Moreira!

We are very excited to announce (and publish) the first issue of our team Dev Diaries Series!  So, if you want to be a programmer, or get into the world of Alfresco (or other ECM), AI or Machine Learning, here is the opportunity to hear from real developers… Texter Blue’s developers!

Throughout these series, we will not only provide tips and tricks about the daily workflows, challenges, and learnings of a programmer/developer, but also, we’ll do it with a simple, disruptive and intimiste way!

So… let’s get start! For this Dev Diary number one, we talked with Texter Blue’s Principal Consultant, and Alfresco Process and Content Services Certified Engineer, Vitor Moreira, about his work! Let’s check it…

Hi Vítor, to get start, can you describe yourself briefly?

Hi! Of course… I think. It goes like this: “I’m Vítor Moreira, 44 years old and I’ve always been passionate about programming… and by Legos (which is all about programming).”

How do you start with Alfresco?

I started getting in touch with Alfresco, while still working at MakeWise, with Activiti’s PO, Darren Devine. He came to Óbidos to give a presentation of the product. Check it out in!

What is the work of a Principal Consultant?

Well, right now, inside Texter Blue, I have several tasks (a bit even beyond just consultant). However, and trying to summarize, basically my work is divided between: Clients; and Texter Blue. For example:

  • In clients: I am a programmer and analyst. Both of software and processes.
  • Internally, at Texter Blue: I mentor new elements, that is, new hires, and coordinate some internal projects. In particular, HIVE (which will be soon released).

What is the best part of your work? Or, what you like the most?

Without a doubt: The Constant Challenge! That is, in other words: I have a lot of freedom in my work, but with that freedom comes a lot of responsibility. That’s also, sometimes, what scares me the most. Sometimes I think I don’t have enough knowledge to take that much freedom! 😅

Your work, what is the impact it has in Alfresco clients?

Obviously, the impact depends on each project, and on each client. Very briefly, I can indicate two direct impacts:

  • In customers: Through process analysis, it is possible to improve processes, develop new automation features that, for example, save the customer a lot of time that is usually consumed on routine tasks. Many times, we manage to achieve savings in the order of 40h/week, and even more!
  • In the projects I develop internally: A solution that could have a big impact will be HIVE. With this solution, the customer can have a scalable and cheaper Alfresco (or other ECM).

Finally, any advice for future programmers?

It’s Simple: Passion! Above all, passion. However, there are other soft skills that you cannot dispense with. For example: do not stand still; and be humble. It’s important to have the notion that we don’t know everything! Finally, the most complicated: knowing how to manage emotions. Complicated situations happen in any profession.

So… we’ve got to the end of the first Dev Diary. Hope you liked! Leave your comments bellow, and If you want to learn more about us and our work, make sure you read our news and technical articles, and if you have any doubt contact us.