Crewmember of the month:

Hi, my name is Roeland Baan an Amsterdam local (born and raised) and I am a Dev Ops Engineer at 2ManyDigits.

It may sound a bit strange but my interest for IT was triggered by a game of chess. When Google’s Alpha zero had beaten the best chess engines out there I was very impressed. I realized that software is a powerful tool, with these insights the impossible becomes possible. I want that knowledge! How do I build solutions with software, how do I use text and punctuation marks to write a functioning application?! When I started my journey in IT I got introduced to the Salesforce platform, and haven’t looked back since.

Developing on the Salesforce platform is my new ambition and together with 2ManyDigits this has become reality. Let’s build some awesome features!

Why did you join 2ManyDigits? 

When I was learning for Salesforce Developer I had some interesting workshops from 2ManyDigits. The way they approach problems philosophically: developing with the client’s customers satisfaction in mind and always trying to find the best innovative solutions appealed to me. Not blindly doing what was asked but trying to discern the reason behind the question, that’s what makes working at 2ManyDigits so interesting, challenging and rewarding. Interesting because you are encouraged to come up with the best solution for the customer, that same reason also makes it challenging. And rewarding because delivering a final product you stand behind, gives a lot of satisfaction.

What does a typical day look like? 

We start the day with a daily stand-up with the Dev-Ops team and after that I get busy with User stories from the kanban board.

What’s your fuel? 

My fuel is mainly fruit and bread. Love me some bread, love me some fruit, great way to start the day.

How do you relax? 

In the weekend I like to hang out with friends, grab a beer and discuss the finer things in life. Working out has been a hobby of mine since my teens that also gives me a kick. Plus I enjoy chess.

So what’s your guilty pleasure?

I can eat 2 packs of ballisto in 1 sitting while doing random nerd stuff on my pc.

Tell us about your current Spotify playlist

Don’t really use spotify but I’ve been listning to Red Hot Chilli Peppers recently.

Which book did you recently read that you can recommend?

The Power Broker by Robert Cairo. It’s a biography about Robert Mozes a man who basically was the unchallenged architect of the city of New York from 1930 to 1970, really an awesome read.

Any final thoughts? 

Happy to be here and can’t wait to sink my teeth in some User stories!

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