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Spotlight Interview – We chat to IJYI Technical Architect Brendon Bezuidenhout-Green

In our latest spotlight interview we chat to Technical Architect Brendon Bezuidenhout-Green about how he first got into tech, dismantling computers and big data problems.

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Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you first got into IT and software development?

My first adventures into IT was back in South Africa during the early 90’s when we got our first computer; the good old fashioned one which had an Intel 286 chip and 4MB of RAM if I remember correctly – it was a long time ago now.

My most vivid memory is of our first family computer and wanting to know “just how it works?!” It was pure wizardry and magic that went on in that heavy magnolia case and I needed to know what made it tick. I aspired to dismantle it and put the entire contents back together again one day when my parents were out, only to succeed in just one half of my plan: take it apart. Putting all the pieces back together again was a little trickier than I had assumed, much to the horror of my parents when they got home. One hiding later and I learnt that it is better not to pull the computer apart and it was safer to explore software; from there I went on to learning QBASIC.

What areas of tech are you most interested in?

Data store, lakes, swamps, structures for the most part. I can’t really say that data is a technology though as it encompasses such a vast swath of things. The volume of data and information society is generating now is growing faster and faster every day. Visual Capitalist for example reported recently that 4 petabytes of data is created on Facebook DAILY and a single connected car equipped with internet access generates 4 terabytes of data in a single day. It is estimated that by 2025, globally we will generate 463 exabytes of data! That is just staggering to comprehend for me, and I build data pipelines that process gigabytes of data frequently. There are so many technical and logical problems to overcome that I get goose bumps sometimes when I see or do something that helps me solve some of these big data problems.

Architecture is another passion and something that so few newer developers are concerned about these days. Many a times over the years I’ve sat down to a pull request, a god object is glaring at me from the screen and I get a nasty twitch.

Do you find that taking certifications helps you in your day to day role?

I never used to because I always relied on my past experiences to help me through things. Until recently I was totally self-taught and the only certificate I had to my name was a Visual Basic 6 Fundamentals from back in the late 90’s. However, with the speed and sweeping changes to how application architectures are changing I’ve come to the realisation that certifications really help. Being able to validate your experience and knowledge and learn new things in a structured way has definitely helped more recently in my day to day role. I recently completed DAT207x: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI and DAT237x: Developing NoSQL Applications in Azure Cosmos DB

What’s the best thing about working for IJYI?

We work with cutting edge technologies and are given the freedom to shape our career, in line with the business goals of course. In my case I’m doubly lucky as more and more people are becoming concerned with their data and how to gain deeper insights which means that I’m able to apply myself and put all my past experiences to good use.

Lastly and arguably most importantly what do you think of the last series of Game of Thrones? 

NO SPOILERS! I’m not caught up yet and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone else 😉