HIFADO Alive and Well in Engineering

As VP of Engineering, my job is to deliver and support our three products—Spanning Backup for Office 365, Google Workspace and Salesforce—and lead the Development and DevOps teams that write the software and manage it in production.

While I still love diving deep into technical issues, as a manager I find great satisfaction in helping my team grow personally and professionally.

Careers in Engineering at Spanning

At Spanning, we put great emphasis on personal development and growth. Since our founding in 2010, we have embraced our core values: HIFADO.

Helpful: we are a compassionate organization, focused on helping our customers and each other; we engage in the community volunteering our time and expertise.

Innovative: we are dedicated to finding a better way; we question the status quo and are constantly learning;

Fun: we are friendly and approachable; we strive to create a positive environment in which to collaborate; we celebrate our successes; we enjoy each other’s company.

Accountable: we are responsible for delivering timely results to our customers and each other; we hold ourselves and each other accountable for the commitments we make.

Driven: we are on a mission to create value for our customers, our investors and ourselves; we execute our plans with a sense of urgency; we commit to meeting or exceeding our deadlines.

Open: we are honest with each other and our customers; we transparently share both good and bad news; we strive to engage with each other in an authentic way

For the Engineering team, one way we live HIFADO is by experimenting with new technology and approaches to find the best solution to the problem we are trying to solve.

We commit to sharing what we have learned with each other and with other technologists who are grappling with similar issues to improve the collective knowledge in the tech industry.

This summer, for example, Brandon Mayes, Principal Software Engineer at Spanning, spoke at Node Summit 2017. His presentation, Long-running Background Processes in Node, focused on design methodologies used by the Spanning engineering team to handle long-running Node processes that are scalable, fault-tolerant, and production-ready.

In this presentation, he discussed why we decided to build our Backup for Salesforce web application with long-running tasks using Node instead of Java (which was already familiar to us and in production), and why he thinks the decision to use Node ultimately turned out for the best.

Node Summit 2017 – LONG-RUNNING BACKGROUND PROCESSES IN NODE – Brandon Mayes from Node Summit on Vimeo.

I am proud to support Brandon and others on my team as they build their expertise, personal knowledge, and find new solutions to tough technical problems.

Although we are much larger today, and growing, HIFADO is still core to our day-to-day at Spanning.

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