Yin meets yang
Blog Authors: Valerie Skinner 060000VKGS is part of the IBM developerWorks team, getting to know the real developers who make up the My developerWorks community and exploring the world of social networking. I'm enjoying learning what makes developers tick! I'm very interested in exploring online communities and social media and understanding real world application - how they can help people solve problems and work together.
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This week, I'm happy to turn the My developerWorks community spotlight onto Tamir Gefen. He's both a technical innovator and entrepreneur as the founder of GoMidjets, offering end-to-end solutions in the CM and ALM field with add-on products for Rational ClearCase.
Learn more about Tamir in the interview below and you can also find more about him here: My developerWorks profile - Blog - Twitter
What are you currently working on?
Since founding GoMidjets a year ago I have been totally involved in developing the product and the business. Right now we are adding new features to our three Rational ClearCase add-on products. We've also been busy, updating our service offering to customers using IBM Rational products so we can give them best support and service possible. We're also active in opening up new markets, not to mention looking after and deepening our relationship with our customers and business partners.
What inspires you in your work?
First and foremost is the excited feedback I receive from customers and particularly in hearing how we've solved their problems. Just knowing we have simplified and automated processes to make other people work faster and more efficiently, gives me a real kick. I think that giving my clients a better working environment is my main inspiration.
How do you define success?
For me, success is making your dream come true and enjoying every minute of it!
What project are you most proud of ?
That would be my largest project to date- the building a large and complex CM \ ALM system, from scratch for a major international customer. I led the project from planning to implementation. This system has been up and running for two years, serving a sizeable population of users.
Have you ever invented something?
To date, I've invented five add-on products for configuration and change management systems. That's where I started out. Only after I initiated the concepts did I establish Gomidjets, which I' now certain is going to be a leading provider of such add-ons.
How do you use developerWorks?
I use developerWorks as a focused network to communicate with professionals from the Gurus to the users. Though developerWorks, I get to hear what people have to say, learn new ideas, get technical information and more. I like to think I don't just gain from it but also contribute. More than anything, I use it to answer questions in Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest forums. I enjoy solving users' problems.
Are you a blogger in the blogosphere? ... Are you a YouTuber? ...Are you an Author? .... Do you Tweet? ...
I've been a blogger for the last year and a half. It demands lots of effort, but I enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts and I find it very enriching. The feedback and comments I receive give me insight into the state of mind of others. I now tweet too - for the last few months. It enables me to write micro-blogging insights, share ideas and help others.
What are some of your favorite websites/feeds/twitter accounts to follow?
www.techcrunch.com (Reviewing new Internet products and companies)
www.techpitch.com (Business Technology Showcase)
http://twitter.com/dzone (Fresh links for developers)
I also like to follow funny people like http://twitter.com/sockington
What type of gadgets do you use?
Well, to be honest, I'm not your typical gadget kind of guy. I only use my mobile cell phone and laptop for working!
What's the coolest piece of tech news you've heard lately?
That would be Modu, which is claimed to be the world's lightest mobile phone, with a vision of bringing a fundamental change to the dynamics of the personal communication world. For me, that's really cool!