"It's really motivating to be able to produce fast results that have a major impact on the way our customers end up running their business"
Andreas wants to use his technical skills to develop solutions that have a major impact on how companies operate. And he wants to work in a young dynamic workplace. He is doing this now at Inviso.
Why did you decide to apply to Inviso?
I first heard about Inviso from my fellow thesis partner who worked there as a consultant during his studies. Through him, I quickly learned that Inviso is the place to go if you're interested in data and the stories hidden in data. If you want to work with some of the best tools in the market to develop solutions with a major commercial impact, then Inviso is without doubt the right place to work.
I also understood from my fellow thesis partner that Inviso is a great place to work, with a young team and a short distance between thought and action, and where you get the freedom to solve tasks in new and exciting ways. That's why I decided to apply for the position of Alteryx & Tableau consultant at Inviso.
What is it you do exactly?
We are consultants that help companies find insights from the data available to them, which our clients can then act on to improve their business. The work is typically split into three phases. There's the introductory phase, where we talk to the client and find out which business questions, they want answers to. Then we enter the analysis phase, where we look to see if we can get any answers from the data they have. Then we develop a solution, put it into operation and hand it to the client, so they can make specific decisions based on their data. We also train the clients to use our software, so they can continue running the project themselves.
Does the job live up to your expectations?
Definitely. The job is a natural extension of my qualification learned from my MSc in IT from CBS, which is an intersection between economics, IT and organisation. I apply my technical and commercial understanding from my studies every day.
Another thing I enjoy about the job is that we're able to quickly execute, when working on various projects. Generally, when you work with project management, it can take a long time to get things done, following up, attending meetings and meetings and more meetings. But at Inviso, the projects move fast, and it's really motivating to be able to produce results quickly, which have a major impact on the way our clients end up running their business.
Doesn't it normally take quite a long time to develop such solutions?
Yes, but that's what's so great about the software we're using - Alteryx and Tableau. There's almost an entire fan culture built up around the tools we use here. Compared to doing analyses and data prepping in standard tools like Excel, this software gives us results that would normally take a very long time to achieve. You move from A to B quickly - and for many of our clients, it's almost like a new world opening up to them when they learn about the software and insights they can get from their data.
What has surprised you the most?
What has surprised me a lot is how much responsibility you get the chance to take on, right from the start. I find it really motivating to be responsible for a project. But the company also has a culture that makes everyone keen on helping each other. If you run into problems with a particular task, you never feel like you're on your own. For the last six months, I've done almost nothing but ask for help, and my colleagues have spent time with me sharing their expertise. This has undoubtedly made me better at my job.
Inviso is also investing in me as a new employee. You're in training for the first six months, where there's plenty of opportunities to hone your skills as a consultant and to specialise in our software programs. So, you don't necessarily need to be able to do anything specific when you start working here. You also get to attend training sessions in our software programs at conferences abroad - which is also a great opportunity to have fun with your colleagues.
You say that you're good at helping each other and sharing knowledge - but is there never any competition between employees?
No, not in our daily jobs. There's a flat hierarchy and a completely informal environment, where everyone knows each other really well. It's almost like working with your friends.
But there's definitely a competitive spirit in our sports events, where we go out with our colleagues and play everything from volleyball and football to bowling. And we might sharpen our elbows a bit when we play beer pong at the Friday bar. Other than that, we get on really well.