What makes a techie tick?CONCEPT4
Andrew Hall has been with Concept4 for 6 years and is Lead Developer in our Digital team; we thought we'd have a chat and find out what he enjoys most about his role.
Andrew, what’s the most enjoyable aspect of your job?
The most enjoyable aspect of my job is working closely with clients and learning new skills.
Why did you decide to become a developer?
After getting my degree it seemed like a logical career path - I'm a very logical person! It comes with the job and I wanted to put the skills I have learnt into practise in an area of technology that interests me.
What do you feel has been the biggest challenge working in an environment where technology is constantly updating and changing?
The biggest challenge is the need for websites to remain fresh and functional. It’s all about getting the balance right and I’ve spent a lot of time tweaking the features in our unique CMS Content4 to ensure that it remains clean and user friendly.
Who do you work closely with in the office?
I work closely with the entire Digital team. We spend a lot of time debating how to resolve problems and how best to implement new features in Content4. I also work closely with a lot of clients to support them in their use of our CMS at their remote location.
Do you enjoy client meetings when working alongside the sales team on pitches?
Yes, it’s good to be there at the start of the project so you get a first-hand understanding of the client’s needs. It’s very important for me to be there from the beginning, so I can understand how we can tweak our offering to support them.
I also do a lot of work with clients via support and this helps me to understand where Content4 can be improved. A lot of new features of Content4 have come from me answering support requests and discovering how people use the system.
What do you think is the next big trend in technology?
VR is an up and coming technology. It’s an interesting new space that I would love to have the opportunity to do more work in.
Who would you say has been your role model within Concept4?
Jane Cleaver our MD. She skilfully runs a company full of such big, bright and creative personalities! Including my own!
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy winding up other members of the team - Danny our SEO guy and Luke in Sales are the best targets; they are very easy to wind up!
Do you have any new year's resolutions?
Doing more exercise at the gym and making sure I keep the Digital team on their toes.
What does the future hold for Andrew Hall?
Plenty of new and exciting Content4 features.