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Meet the Gaugies: Director of Software Engineering Antony Laycock

Blog by Ian Luck
February 14, 2018

Antony Laycock is CustomerGauge’s Director of Software Engineering. He has 25+ years of professional experience and has been in his current position with CustomerGauge for over a year. He was excited to share about the great developments our Engineering team has been making and what it’s like working in the beautiful Amsterdam office!

What are the biggest accomplishments that the technology team has had in the time you’ve been with CustomerGauge?

Antony: "We are incredibly proud of the new ‘v4.0 Reporting Module’. It’s satisfying hearing the feedback from our customer base, who are just loving the extra visualizations and ‘slice and dice’ options that are available. It is exciting from a technology perspective, in that we now have a React.js front end communicating with RESTful API’s via the ‘MVVM’ design pattern, which will make it easier to extend our public API offering.

The team is also transitioning to an agile development model. This has brought us even closer to our colleagues in other departments, and the best part is that we get to deploy our new code and features to production every two weeks!"

If you could describe your team in three words, what would they be?

Antony: "Dedicated, Talented and Creative."

What’s the best thing about working at CustomerGauge?

Antony: "There is a very healthy company culture. I find it to be open, ethical, trusting and fun. I think this was instigated by Adam and Camilla, the founders, but it seems to attract and retain similarly minded people."

Where’s your favorite place to go/thing to do in Amsterdam?

Antony: "Well, I could reel off a list of museums and cultural landmarks, but that wouldn’t be entirely honest. I’m more likely to be seen exploring the canal-side restaurants and cafes of the Jordaan district (ideally, by boat)."

What excites you the most about the future of your team, and the company as a whole?

Antony: "Because the product is doing so well, the Engineering team needs to go through a growth spurt to keep up with the demand. It’s always exciting to get new people with new ideas and different backgrounds on board so we can learn from each other.   

From a geeky perspective, we are busy with a DevOps ‘Epic’ that will take our existing AWS cloud infrastructure to the next level, using containers and ‘serverless’ technology to streamline our deployment process and make better use of our resources."

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