DevJEDI Academy or #maritimedevcon 2016

By Sebastien AubeJune 6, 2016 at 9:27 AM

On the morning of June 4th, 2016 at 7:15 AM a contingent of seven padawans met at the Cognitive X Solutions offices to make the trip to Fredericton where fellow Padawans and DevJEDIs are hosting #martimtimedevcon. 

After a few years hiatus, the organisers brought it back in 2015 and in 2016 the conference has already gained some astonishing momentum.  Hundreds of developers and technologist congregated at the WU Centre to learn new tricks and news methods to wield the technology force and a few soft skill sessions brought in the mix. 

Among the many subjects, the overarching theme seemed to be building highly available, scalable and fault tolerant solutions. Topics such as Docker, the Actor Model, and Recursive Architecture helped us peer into the world of (micro, nano)services. As a dev padawan, I just want to dig deeper and see how we can apply these techniques to what we do at Cognitive X Solutions.

On the other hand, we were lucky to see presentations on soft skills such as product management, dealing with a complex project with tight deadlines and a presentation on making a presentation. What the presentation is for the audience and not for the presenter? There were some great tidbits in each of those presentations that I will indeed adopt or adapt in my daily activities.

Kudos to the organising team, sponsors and speakers for putting on such a great conference. I would give you the titles of dev Jedi, but you're probably too humble. We'll go with high padawan, seems to fit your persona better. This conference made many dev padawans happy.

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Celebrating 5 years Part 3 - 6 Insights to keep you sane

By Sebastien AubeApril 26, 2016 at 8:06 AM

Starting a business can be exciting, a life changing event. What people don't talk about is that you're embarking on a ride. Some people have called it the roller coaster ride because of its ups and downs.  I would argue that entrepreneurship is a combination of rides that you can find at the amusement park. Like a roller coaster, merry-go-round, zipper and, the scrambler all rolled into one crazy ride.

Roller Coaster of Entrepreneurship

Five years in, I've gained a few insights that I'd like to share with you.

Prioritizing and Time Management

As an entrepreneur, there are so many things that compete for your attention in the run of a day. Learning how to set priorities and manage your time effectively are THE most important aspects to master.  You must include all aspects of life here including friends, family, and hobbies.

Surround yourself with like-minded people

Create a network of personal and professional friends that care about your success and growth. Give your precious energy to people that will give it ten folds and support you in your failures and successes. Maybe it's time to take a look at your relationships and do a Friendventory. Dan Martell, a great friend of mine, wrote an excellent blog post on friendships. http://www.danmartell.com/friendventory/

Read and educate yourself

Many have done what you are trying to do, why not learn from them, from their mistakes and successes. For me, it isn't about following a doctrine; it's about building an inventory of knowledge that becomes a source of influence for the way you run your business and your days.

Get a mentor/business advisor

Find someone that has succeeded and ask for advice or help. You'll be surprised how easily approachable people are when you ask for guidance. Learn from others that have already done it. Sometimes the best advisors are from a different industry than your own.

Invest in yourself

Spend time on numero uno. As a business owner, it's easy to lose sight of your personal needs. Find a hobby that takes you out of your daily schedule and do it often. Take vacations, go hiking, spend time meditating, ride your bike or go for long walks. Doing good for yourself will give you the energy you need to grow your business. 

Help others, volunteer

Don't underestimate the value of helping others. Volunteering, not only,  has the benefit of creating value in the lives of people in your community, but it also helps you feel great. There are numerous opportunities to enlist in your community.

Feel free to reach out. I'll be glad to spend time with you to help you find out what your list could look like.

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Celebrating 5 years Part 2 - The team

By Sebastien AubeApril 20, 2016 at 9:13 AM

We love our team at Cognitive X. <3

The team members, at Cognitive X Solutions, have created amazing solutions for our clients from the day we opened our doors five years ago. For that we are thankful.

When working closely with our client's, our team; ensures that they understand the purpose and the business needs, choose the right tools and, deliver on the promise.

It's essential for our team to consistently learn new programming concepts and sharpen existing ones. From watching video presentations to taking part in an online course, our team is always looking for new and better ways to solve technology problems. Recently, a member of our team was able to get certified as a Xamarin Certified Developer.  

We also take part in lunch and learns, during which a developer, of any level, shares his/her favorite new technique over lunch with the rest of the team. The subject of the talk is often project related but doesn't have to be.

Partnerships are essential for growth at Cognitive X. Our Senior Architect initiated the partnering process with PostSharp Technologies. Part of our agreement was to present their technology to potential buyers through a monthly webinar, which gave us invaluable exposure as experts in Aspect Oriented Programming.

Our team stays involved with the greater development community. We've given many talks to the Moncton Developer User Group and the Fredericton Developer User Group, and we are always looking for a chance to share our knowledge with our fellow developers.

As a company, we like to give back to the community as a whole. We've extended the pleasure of giving to our employees by empowering them to volunteer for their favorite cause for up to 4 hours a month. So far we've been able to give our time to the Greater Moncton Progress Club, SPCA in Tracadie and the Moncton Pregnancy Resource Center. 

In 2019, we want to be the best place to work for in Atlantic Canada for a Developer. The whole team, at Cognitive X, is working together to define what that truly means.

Alone, you can go fast. Together, we can go far

If you are amazing and are interested in being part of our fantastic team, don't hesitate to contact us at careers@cognitivex.com.

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