It's Anastasia here from SpotOn and I wanted to introduce myself as the newest member of the SpotOn team and Vice President of Innovation and Market Development.
Innovation is such an important part of software development. The fun part of dev is fueled by creativity, finding how you can mold technology to suit your desired purpose without letting the technology mold you. It can indeed be a lovely power struggle. Perhaps it's the geek and the artist in me that see's how both art and technology are very similar. It's a way to express, to inspire and to bring value to another. Some technology makes you more productive, some technology lets you have a little fun. Art can make you happy, inspire you and ... A little too deep hmm?
Ok, let's try this...Software development is about constant change, challenge, adoption, exploration. While it does have some drawbacks like bug fixing, conformance and maintenance, that part of software development can be fun as well! Now you may be wondering if I've gone completely mad. Did the team at SpotOn really mean to adopt HER? Listen, bug fixing can be tedious unless a developer is given the freedom to create even when creating means fixing a problem. It's called creative problem solving and is applicable to any aspect of life and even technology. In fact, I firmly believe that creative freedom in development is a secret sauce of being successful in technology.
This week the SpotOn team has been been trying our products in new environments like Firefox 3.0 and Google Chrome and even on an OLPC (http://laptop.org/) to test how robust SpotOn products are. This type of work can be and IS exciting.
Making sure your software works in a constantly changing technology environment, well that is exciting too. It's like being a sleuth trying to solve the mystery! Hearing from customers is great, even if they need to give you a piece of their mind. Making sure we are able to maintain their satisfaction is paramount.
Technology is constant evolution and establishing that balance of evolving with your customers and leading the way into new territory is very exciting! Maybe that's why the SpotOn team invited me on board.
I am completely aligned with SpotOn's notion of "solving the unsolvable" and view this new gig of mine as being able to hang out with some really amazing and talented people and do some very creative things while at the same time delivering high quality software products for our new and existing customers. If someone tells us it can't be done, the team at SpotOn will always tell you how many ways it CAN be accomplished.
So keep tuned as we have a very busy Fall , 2008. We'll be exhibiting and attending various Cognos Performance events, hosting regular webinars, updating our web site...including this blog and of course we have some exciting new products to announce...possibly in the area of visualization....but that's for another blog...
Thanks for tuning in to my first in what will be many blog entries, come back often, stay tuned!