In this article, we catch up with the ever busy Jeremy Andrews; Co-founder and lead developer of KemAnd Tech.
What do you do at KemAnd Tech?
I am a co-owner of KemAnd and lead developer. As a 12-year veteran of PHP programming I am always excited to find ways in which we can customize websites and web applications for our clients. I am passionate about bringing the advantages of cloud computing to businesses and organizations of all sizes.
Where do you do see KemAnd Tech in the future?
Every day at KemAnd Tech we are increasing our experience with web development and cloud computing, and thus increasing the value of our services. Over time I envision our company being a leader in providing the latest cloud-backed technologies to our customers.
What are the challenges KemAnd Tech is currently facing?
I would say our biggest challenge right now is finding new talent to support our growing customer base. For example, we are currently looking for partners who specialize in UX design so we can offer a more complete solution, but it can be challenging to find a partner who shares our forward-looking perfectionist requirements.
What is your take on the future of technology?
I am very optimistic about where technology is going. Tools that were once available only to the enterprise and government sector are now accessible even to small businesses, and this is all made possible by the cloud. I believe this trend will continue, and we will also see brand new technologies which allow companies to maximize the value of their online presence.
In your opinion, what makes a good developer?
A good developer is someone who cares about the underlying program logic and about the business objectives rather than the specific code. For example, at KemAnd we have specialist knowledge of certain technologies, but ultimately our goal is to help your company meet your digital objectives, and we are always prepared to use the best tool for the job. We care about providing the most efficient and appropriate solution for the customer’s situation.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Much of my spare time is spent keeping up on the latest technology trends by reading the news and listening to podcasts. I like to read books which enhance both my technical and general knowledge. One of my non-tech hobbies is studying transportation networks, because I find in some ways transportation networks can be quite similar to computer networks.
What is the one thing a lot of people do not know about you?
One thing many people don’t know is that I have a dual education background in both computer science and public policy. Public policy is a discipline which includes business, economics, politics, finance, and formal logic. Bringing these two subjects together allow me greater insight into our clients’ objectives, and ultimately allows me to offer holistic solutions.
What is the one piece of advice that has helped you the most since you started working in this industry?
The best advice I heard is that a programmer’s job isn’t writing programs, it’s solving problems. Writing programs is the easy part, the bulk of our time should be spent thinking about the most appropriate, efficient, and elegant solutions to the problems we’re given.