Introducing: Angelo Plasschaert
In several interviews with employees, we would like to introduce Focus Enterprise Solutions to you. This time an interview with Angelo Plasschaert, Dynamics 365 Developer.
Who are you?
I am Angelo Plasschaert, 38 years old and living in Heikant. I live together with Charlotte and our sons of 7 and 5 years. One of my hobbies is playing football, so I’m still on the field every week on Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon. Since this season, saturday mornings have been added as (assistant) coach of my oldest son’s team. In addition, I also do a crossfit-like training at a gym 2 times a week and in between I sometimes dare to go for a run or mountain in the woods.
What is your role?
I’m a Dynamics 365 Developer. This means that I perform development work within Unified Operations. These can be adjustments or extensions to the standard or adding new functionalities. In addition, I am also focusing on the integration with the Microsoft Power Platform. At my previous employer I have already gained some basic knowledge in this. As Microsoft is fully committed to this product, I am happy that I have the opportunity to further specialize in this.
“Of course, it sometimes happens that something does not work or that I do not get something done the way I want it to. Fortunately, I am part of a great Development Team with a lot of knowledge and experience. There is always someone available who wants to take a look and that actually provides a solution or useful tips in all cases.”
What does an average working day look like?
I start the day together with my whole family and often I take the children to school. Then I return home, where I have set up a separate room as an office. First I always go through my mail and sometimes I test something or find something out. Around 9:00 the working day usually starts with a ‘startup meeting’, depending on what I am planning that day for. If this is for a project, this can be with the project team, the lead developer or a functional consultant. It may also be that I am scheduled for Managed Applications (MA) to resolve customer logged tickets, often requiring de-bugging on a test or acceptance environment. The management then comes from the MA team.
In both cases, the work of that day is coordinated and discussed. Then I start my development work. In between, regular contact takes place. We try to divide the work into smaller pieces as much as possible, which can then be tested. This is the Agile way of working that we use. Of course, it sometimes happens that something does not work or that I do not get something done the way I want it to. Fortunately, I am part of a great Development Team with a lot of knowledge and experience. There is always someone available who wants to take a look and that actually provides a solution or useful tips in all cases. What is nice is that you can organize time yourself, depending on the planning with the customer of course. For example, it may be that I sometimes stop earlier to be able to kick a ball with my children or to go to swimming lessons. In that case, I continue to work in the evening.
How do you feel about us now being Focus Enterprise Solutions?
I am very happy with this and see that this also brings opportunities. Not much has changed in my daily work, although I do see that we are still improving and professionalizing. In the end, this will only benefit our work more.
“The great thing about working at Focus Enterprise Solutions is that there are plenty of opportunities and possibilities to further develop and certify yourself. This was also an important reason for me to work here, because I wanted to get back to work with the latest technologies and Cloud.”
What type of clients do you deal with at work?
This differs per project. Usually I am part of the project team, in which, in addition to the project manager, there are 1 or more functional consultants and developers. It also happens that I am directly managed by the customer himself. This is then a key-user with which I discuss the adjustments and test results one-on-one.
How do you ensure that your knowledge remains up to date?
The great thing about working at Focus Enterprise Solutions is that there are plenty of opportunities and possibilities to further develop and certify yourself. This was also an important reason for me to work here, because I wanted to get back to work with the latest technologies and Cloud. In my first year I followed the certification process to become a Microsoft Dynamics 365 F&O Apps Developer and at the beginning of this year I also completed the Microsoft Power Platform Developer training. And maybe soon I will follow a new trajectory. This is only encouraged. You get all the space for this and the time is included in the planning.
Are there good career opportunities?
As mentioned above, there are plenty of opportunities and possibilities. Of course, it also depends on what you want. In any case, there is plenty of room to further develop / specialize and to broaden knowledge within your field. In addition, you could grow from the developer role to lead developer or software architect. But you could also, for example, grow more in the functional direction. So there are plenty of opportunities and possibilities.
Why should anyone come and work for Focus Enterprise Solutions?
If you want to work with the latest Cloud technologies such as Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform, then you should definitely come and work with us. We are a fast-growing company with great customer names, cool projects and you work together with an ambitious team.
Do you recognize yourself in the above text and do you also want to work at Focus Enterprise Solutions and become Angelo’s new colleague? Check the vacancies on our careers website! (Dutch only)
This interview is part of the series ‘Introducing’. We regularly post new interviews with colleagues:
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