Earlier this year, we launched a new series to introduce you to our talented and hard working team mates. They’re behind the success of our client’s projects – working diligently to ensure we exceed our customers’ expectations.
This month, we sat down with our recently promoted Chief Technical Architect, Thomas Tyack.
Tom, tell me about your background.
Tom: I grew up in Manly West, Brisbane, on a 12-acre property (before it was all housing estates). My family also has a family farm near Kingscliff, New South Wales. So, I spent a lot of time traveling back and forth across the QLD/New South Wales border when I was younger. I attended QUT for university studying a bachelor of IT and afterwards spent 2 years in the UK where I started out as a Java Developer. Eventually, I returned to Australia and switched from Java to .NET. I’ve worked on .NET and Sitecore projects since around 2007.
Can you tell us a little bit about your Sitecore experience because you are a Sitecore MVP?
Tom: I was named a Sitecore MVP in 2019 and 2020 after spending the two years prior working towards the status. Sitecore recognises individuals who make community contributions, blog posts, open-source contributions and share and present at user groups.
I contracted for a number of agencies in Melbourne. And after a little travel and a move back to Northern NSW I eventually joined Aceik.
Tell us a little bit about joining Aceik, your role, and then your new role.
Tom: I started out at Aceik when it was very small consultancy. I went straight onto managing our key relationship with Fitness Life Group and building out Fitness First on Sitecore. RAA was the other major big project I was involved in. I spent a reasonable amount of time flying to Adelaide every second week.
Tom: Recently I have taken on the lead Architect role, which has me looking at Aceik’s processes and high-level delivery framework. We are continuously streamlining how we deliver projects and ways to provide rock solid consistency and great outcomes for our clients.
Why did you choose to join this Aceik Team?
Tom: Flexibility at first. It was a good opportunity. It’s been almost 4 years now and the interesting projects keep coming.
And why do you stay at Aceik?
Tom: Flexibility remains. We have some great technical minds on our team and it’s enjoyable to work them across different projects and achieve great results for our customers.
Is there a project or a project campaign in just few months that you have enjoyed working on?
Tom: RAA – it was a big challenging project and I am glad we were able to contribute our Sitecore expertise to help get that delivered.
We are in the second wave of coronavirus and still working from home. How did you make it work for you? Any particular tip or advice that you have for working remotely?
Tom: Aceik has been working remotely for many years not just this period, so it hasn’t changed too much for me. Over the years I have managed remote teams and across many projects and it is all about keeping client communication constantly flowing. We let them know what we are doing, providing a morning update on top of stand-ups. The morning update is provided in Slack and is like a written ledger of what the team has done. The best part for the client is being able to review their project history over any given day.
Tell us about Tom outside of Aceik – who are you when you are not working? What do you get up to?
Tom: I have two young kids, two and four years of age, so life is pretty busy as soon as I get home from work. They both love the beach, riding bikes (or scooters) and camping so we spend our time doing those things on the weekend at the moment.
Any tips or advice for those wanting a developer career?
Tom: Mention the technologies that you have worked with and those you want to work with. Basically, sell the projects that you have worked on, the achievements you have on those projects, and how you helped the client obtain their goals that would stand out to me.
But then if you do not have those skills yet, and you want to get into that space then work on open-source projects where you might be able to contribute. Essentially something that can show what your capable of. Having experience is very valuable but if you don’t yet have that experience show potentially employers what your capable of.
Aceik is looking for Solutions Architect and Developers at the moment. We’re after people who can work in a fast-based environment and solve problems.