Iconic is on a roll! Business is booming, and we are pleased to introduce the latest Software Developer to join our team. Alex Waller hails from South Africa and will join us in Dublin, truly rounding out the international feel of the office!
We sat down with Alex to have a chat and learn more about him and his new role at Iconic.
Hi Alex, welcome to Iconic! Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are from?
Hello! I am a Java software developer hailing from sunny South Africa. I have spent the last five years working in the banking industry in Johannesburg and decided it was time for a change. Dublin seemed like the perfect opportunity.
Describe your role at Iconic:
I joined Iconic as a software engineer to work on the API and orchestration platforms within the ecosystem. I will be working closely with the Machine Translation team to integrate their tools with existing client systems and Iconic’s new web app.
What is your favorite thing about being a Software Engineer?
There is no greater pleasure than seeing a solution come together after spending weeks or months trying to solve the problem at hand. The satisfaction of getting positive feedback from clients on products that I have played a part in developing is something that keeps me coming back and keeps me motivated to expand my knowledge and challenge myself in new ways.
What attracted you to Iconic?
When I made up my mind that I would be heading to Ireland, I was inundated with choices. With the booming tech industry that has sprung up in Ireland, there were no shortage of options, and my choice was never going to be easy. But when I was first introduced to Iconic, I felt that there was always a personal touch. The team members I interacted with were always very friendly, patient and attentive. Coming from a large corporate environment I wanted something smaller. I wanted to be part of a team that can react quickly and focus their energy on things that matter before it’s too late. I felt that with Iconic.
What are the cultural differences that you’ve noticed with living in Ireland compared to living in South Africa?
Everyone is very friendly and welcoming in Ireland! Regardless of your cultural or ethnic background, you will be welcomed into Irish life. Whereas in South Africa, people tend to only associate with people from within their own cultural group, in Ireland, people embrace those from outside their cultural group.
What are your hobbies, interests and passions?
I really like to keep active. Whether that’s running, playing squash or tennis, hiking or swimming; as long as I’m moving about I will feel good. Otherwise, I love watching football or rugby, and will go watch ‘live’ if I can. To relax, I enjoy watching series or playing FIFA, which I might add, I consider myself quite good at.