How did you come to work for SMA Technologies?
After a few years at Corning, I’d transitioned to a developer. However, I still leveraged OpCon to drive further automation with the development team. Our CIO was Todd Dauchy, who is now the CEO of SMA. We became OpCon power users and built a great relationship with the executive team. A year after Todd accepted the job with SMA, he asked me to join.
June 1, 2013, I started full-time at SMA. I was a missionary of OpCon. I traveled to customer sites to implement automation. Solving business problems, not just being a developer, was a great experience. At night, I'd call Todd, and we'd collaborate, and I would write code and come up with ideas. Eventually, I became a Software Architect and then Director of Cloud Services.
In February of 2019, I became Senior Director of Development and took over a 30-person development team at SMA. I was responsible for modernizing our practices and bringing us into the future. At that point, we did no more than two update releases a year. Now, we release updates every six weeks. We focus on quality and automated testing. We're meeting all of the latest security standards, training, doing things like peer reviews of all code.
Early on, a lot of my time was changing the culture of how we build products. Part of that is understanding customer problems and not just being people that produce code. Last year, we went through a significant rebuild and refreshed what we are looking for in our engineer profiles. Recently, SMA promoted me to VP of Engineering.