Demonstrations and buildings stormed by the police. It was not what Anders imagined, while being stationed at the occupational health company Previa. It just so happens that their offices lie just round the corner from the Libyan Embassy in Stockholm.
“I had seen the increasingly angry crowds of people every day,” he notes.
Otherwise, no unrest has marred the atmosphere in the relatively tranquil area of KTH. Here, at Previa, Anders sits with nine other consultants, on his most recent assignment. It’s a notable change from his previous one, as one of two hundred employees in Skandia Bank’s IT department.
“The difference and the fun of being a consultant is sometimes you end up at places where you get to take more initiative.”
Previa would not have it’s own IT department if it weren’t for it’s consultants. While they do have a plan in place to structure and guide the long-term architecture, there are no formal levels.
“It’s a business driven development, a mix between management and innovation. Sometimes we are building our own systems and sometimes we buy ready-made. With this process we have a lot of freedom to try out different techniques and components.”
Currently, Anders is working with an internal Web application using ASP.NET MVC.
“The goal of this current project is to make it easier for nurses to administer medical records,” he explains.
Before Anders joined Jayway he was self-employed but as it lacked the social stimulus, he hopped on the train when he got the chance.
“I knew Jayway to be serious and talented. In addition, everyone seems to share the same values. Sometimes it’s almost a little scary.”
During his commute to work, chill moments are spent with the mobile game “Word Feud” and his otherwise favorite games of the moment “Death Spank”, and “Limbo”.
Being a Lule guy from the North, Anders is a fan of winter sports, although so far, only his girlfriend has done the Vasa Ski Race.
“I’m really into freestyle skiing but the competition equivalent, the Skatevasan, is only half that length and not as challenging, which is why I’ve never competed. Well, that’s the excuse that has seemed to work so far.” he says, laughing.
The summer has also raised an interest in getting a sailboat after he and his girlfriend kayaked the waterways featured in the Gota Canal series. He has not seen the show but while they were kayaking, an old lady on the bank cried out “It’s just like the movies inn’it!” Anders quips, with a reminiscent summer smile.