Tell us more about your role and what it involves?
I’m working as a Senior Power Platform Consultant/Developer for Bridgeall. It’s a really varied role as I am involved in pre-sales, requirements gathering, project architecture and setup, planning and management, development, testing and support/consultancy.
How long have you been working at Bridgeall?
I’ve been here for almost a year now. In that time I’ve learnt more than I could have imagined, and I’ve seen a lot of growth within our team as well. We’re constantly working on improving what we do and it’s exciting to be part of that.
What do you like most about your job?
I love Power Platform. It’s an amazing offering from Microsoft because it offers greater access to technological improvements for all businesses, in addition to adding visibility to data and processes. We can transform a business process within weeks that would have previously taken months.
What does a typical day for you look like?
I’ll usually already have a plan for the day in my head before I start working, though it often changes as updates happen. I’ll usually start off the day with a smaller task before our daily team stand-up. After that, I’ll have a mixture of meetings, working on documents/project management and working within Power Platform.
What is your background?
I come from a “pro code” background, where I was developing websites/web apps using a PHP framework called Laravel on the backend and Vue.js on the frontend. I think that helped me to learn Power Platform quickly, because I had an understanding of software development concepts and how Power Apps functions underneath the layer we see.
I’m quite well certified in Power Platform now, in that I have the Fundamentals, App Maker, Functional Consultant Associate and Solution Architect certifications. I also have an Azure Data Fundamentals certification as I wanted to be more aware of what options we have from an Azure perspective, and also ensure I have a strong foundation in data as it powers everything. Lastly, I have a Dynamics 365 CRM Fundamentals certification, as it’s something I’ve worked with and again wanted to ensure my foundations were rounded with that.
What is it like working at Bridgeall?
The hiring in Bridgeall is excellent; I have great colleagues. I think that helps in creating an enjoyable work environment. Working for a Microsoft Gold Partner is always going to have an element of stress because we’re always trying to provide as much value as possible within the budget, but we’ve been given to freedom to spend time improving efficiency and that’s really beginning to pay off.
How have you found moving to working from home?
I’ve worked from home since 2016, so it’s nothing new for me. I love it. Home comforts help me to feel happier and be more productive. I have an office at home that helps to create a work/home life balance. Having no commute is brilliant because I can spend that time working or learning.
As a remote worker, I see my colleagues in person at least once every 3 months, and it makes a nice change, but we’re always in contact over Teams every day.