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We are thrilled to introduce nuestro new Chief Technology Officer Stefano Tempesta.
Coming right from Melbourne en Australia, he is bringing strong technical expertise and creative solutions to design new products together at Connecting Software.
One of the only 160 of the world's Microsoft Regional Directors; three times Microsoft MVP (Azure, AI and Business Applications – the only one in the world!); "Gold Disruptor" awarded por el Australian Computer Society; a trainer, a conference organizer and a famous speaker; a passionate traveler, and ‘a poor musician’ – in his own words, he is going to accomplish the team of Connecting Software like nobody else.
Originally from Italy, Stefano Tempesta appreciates the seaside life, so his first destination is our development hub on the island of Madeira. By the way, in Italian, ‘tempesta’ means storm, and this is how he is winning our attention – by storm.
Aquí está nuestra sesión de preguntas y respuestas con el nuevo CTO para presentarle a nuestros socios y clientes.
¿Por qué has decidido unirte al Connecting Software?
I am intrigued – for two main reasons. Firstly, I’ve found the combination of the technology fitting perfectly my skills and experience. I’ve always worked with the Microsoft stack. And I have been looking for an organization que builds products. I love building software. After speaking con the CEO Thomas Berndorfer, I saw we are on the same page. Connecting Software creates products que solve tangible problems para customers.
Thomas has an entrepreneurial mindset – but an open one. He is not limited to traditional applications in the modern workspace, like Office or Dynamics. I thought: amazing, juntos we can also build IoT and blockchain apps, innovate for Smart Cities, leverage AI technology.
Another reason is coming to Madeira where one of the offices is located. I am fascinated by islands. I grew up in an Italiun village by el sea shore y I like this lifestyle. It is like living in a paradise.
¿Cuál fue su primera impresión del software Connecting?
Wow these guys make a lot of little products that do one thing but do él really well. It looks like a toolkit. You take different components and can build a house.
Dinámica para el Replicador de Permisos de SharePoint resuelve el problema de los permisos. Document Extractor ayuda a reducir los costos y a almacenar los documentos con mayor eficacia. Perfecto, problema resuelto. La cadena de bloques Sello digital - grandioso, prueba la autenticidad del documento que se necesita ahora más que nunca. El Plataforma de integración Connect Bridge - es más amplio, puede hacer muchas cosas.
As a customer, I have a menu to choose from. And instead of buying a big software that es extremely complicated to configure, and costs a lot of money (and maybe I will use only 20% of its capacity), I buy exactly what I need, pay very little, get the product which does the job and does it perfectly. This is what I loved. Modular services that work together as well as in isolation.
Any specific product in mind to build with Connecting Software?
Recently many people have been isolated working from home and communicating via apps. And they are too many to tackle: Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp, social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, line of business applications that communicate to you. A typical employee deals con 9 to 15 apps on a daily basis - all sending notifications, tasks to do. In addition to regular emails.
El challenge is how do you stay on el top of all this information and tasks.
Together with Connecting Software, we can create a communication hub which consolidates information from different apps...y... AI helps to predict how you can optimize your tasks and create a schedule so that you can focus and allocate your time better than just responding to all events. It is a concept, I’ve developed a high-level architecture, and looking forward to launching it.
¿Qué pasará con la tecnología los próximos 3-5 años?
Blockchain has been around for about 10 years as cryptocurrency, but now more software with practical daily application will start appearing.
También, muchos talk about quantum computing, without much practical use though.
We will be getting more augmented or virtual reality.
Pero personally, I am dreaming of Smart Cities. Connected, technologically advanced but also más inclusive and safer. And our apps can help to form this future. For example, a digital identity based on blockchain technology.
How will you continue public events from Madeira?
During the lockdown months, I have been busier than ever. Typically, I would attend 10-12 conferences a year. But only en el last 3 months I have done 15 public speaking sessions, online. I welcome this opportunity.
Such conferences used to be only for ‘the elite’: those who could afford to travel and pay the participation fee. But now there is a lot of attention in the market a inclusion.
Recently, I organized a virtual event y invited a speaker via LinkedIn, a 14-year-old developer from Nigeria. He connected at 1 am his time to present a session about AI.
Él would not be able to come to Melbourne and present his session in front of a large international audience. It is a huge opportunity for him, but also for us to see what is happening on that side of the world.
After corona, será el online format remain?
It will continue along with normal events. Meetings face to face son the best because you can’t do everything online – like have a dinner together or spend time in an informal surrounding. Pero muchos events will continue providing virtual experience for those who can’t participate.
Which certificate o award is most important for you?
It is not a certificate as such, but I think the fact that I am recognized as a good honest professional, nice to work con. They don’t give certificates for that. You need to win this reputation in every company and team every day.
I am also very proud to be a Microsoft Regional Director. There are only 160 de such people around the world and it is a very tough selection because you need to meet specific requirements - cross-platform expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results.
I was proud to be recognized un ICT Professional of the Year by the Australian Computer Society. Not the title itself but the reason why they chose me. I collaborate con NGOs a organize events where we promote el adoption of better technologies. People who have never worked with computers start building their first apps with us. We also work with children and aboriginal people, by volunteering our time.
They also gave me the ‘Gold Disruptor’ award. I have always dreamt of being a disruptor in something! 🙂 All the certificates come naturally. It is a passion and not a burden. I do él because I like it.
As a person who was called by other professionals as a master of clean code – do you still write software?
Lately I have not been doing mucho production-ready code. Pero I love coding and have been doing él for many years. As I speak at a lot of conferences, I prepare demos by myself. For example, a chat bot or some cognitive services for face and voice recognition, an app for skin health analysis and recommendations. One of my favorite is Mario the Pizzaiolo, a pizza ordering bot.
My first programming language was Pascal at college, then C++, Java, C#, Python, y more recently Solidity for blockchain.
Hablando de idiomas - tu LinkedIn profile says you speak Sindarin, the language of elves?
I am crazy about the Lord of the Rings. I went to see all places in New Zealand where the movie was shot, including Hobbiton. I incluso got a tattoo in Sindarin that reads like ‘My star de la East”, considering that my wife comes from Eastern Europe.
We usually travel a lot and enjoy new food, culture and languages.
I speak Italian, English with un Italian accent and Russian bad enough not to have también long conversations with my mother in law.
The profile also says you are a volunteer?
I am a scout leader. I was in the scouts a student back en Italia, y continued as adult in Melbourne. Together with “cubs”, 6-9-year old kids, we play games and do various activities which teach them to respect nature, each other, god or the country.
¿Cómo encuentras tiempo para todo esto?
It is about prioritizing what you enjoy and remove what doesn’t give you pleasure. For example, I don’t watch TV. I am not saying it is bad, I just enjoy other things more. Like spending time with my wife and two daughters, travelling together. There is no special secret. It is all about going after things you love el most. You will do it without any difficulty.
We do welcome Stefano Tempesta in our team! Together, we will be even faster and better in creating solutions for your convenience, productivity, compliance and time and money saving. Así que follow our news!
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Por Ana Netotechnical asesor en Connecting Software.
"Trabajo como asesor técnico en el Connecting Software. Soy ingeniero de software desde 1997, y me encanta cuando las soluciones innovadoras son también prácticas, como el CB Digital Seal for SharePoint. ¿Tiene alguna pregunta o comentario? Me encantaría recibir sus comentarios".
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