How long have you been at Godel? Talk me through your time so far.

I have been at Godel for just over a year and a half. It was been a great journey so far starting as a middle Java developer and working on one of Godel’s largest engagements has given me great insights into businesses and their evolving technologies.

How did you feel when offered the Java Head of R&D role?

I am really excited to begin my new role because before coming to Godel, I had a project that was almost like a project in the R&D function because it was a completely new experience for the company. The previous company I worked for didn’t use all these common parabola approaches so we didn’t have the right expertise and they needed to research and define the best solutions not just software development. We also had some problems with our CI/CD processes, so we started to use them and it was an interesting job to find something new where you would have to research and learn in a new area.

So I was really excited when Dmitry Kvartalny (Head of Java) offered me the role. In the beginning, I was unsure if I could manage everything, but I really wanted a new challenge. I decided this was a great opportunity for me to try something new at Godel and with the support from colleagues, I knew it was something I could do.

Why is it so important to have a Research and Development function at Godel?

At Godel, it is important to meet all the ever-changing demands in the market. For this reason, we need to be on top of it and understand current trends and the most up-to-date popular solutions. That’s why we need a function dedicated to Research and Development to investigate what’s new, what’s good, what’s not and what expertise we need. Overall it also helps to evolve our colleagues’ expertise at Godel and continue to deliver current and high-quality solutions to our partners.

We have been busy gathering some interesting tech predictions, what trends should we be looking out for?

It was great to read Godel’s Java predictions by Ihar Novik, and it was interesting to notice how diverse the trends in Java are. Something I am interested in observing is how Java now holds its position in the world of languages. Maybe my prediction would not just be for Java, because I’m currently working on the pipeline project and it’s connected with LLM (Large Language Model) and all the new stuff in AI and think this will become the norm in most new projects. Of course, I’m pretty excited as I think we can use my knowledge and expertise and the rest of the R&D function to feedback to colleagues and keep up with what I believe will be growing demand in these new areas in 2024 and beyond.

What will your biggest challenge be?

My biggest challenge will be to manage time, there will be a lot of situations I will need to navigate with a lot of things I plan to do but I want to make sure I manage this in a way that means I can apply myself to the role as best I can.

And finally, in one sentence, what are you looking forward to the most in your new role?

“I want to make Godel colleagues excited about programming again!”