Do what you love, follow your dreams
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Do not fear or hesitate, if you really want something you can make it happen
Hi, I'm Alex
I grew up in a small village in the province Groningen; Zijldijk (the Netherlands). I lived there until I was 19 years old, unfortunately my father passed away, so I had to move out. My life changed rapidly after this event.
After several moves, I've turned 27 last may the 18th, married and a father of a boy and a girl (twin).
When I hit puberty I gained a lot of interest in IT. I started designing and developing websites when I was 13 years old, my first project was an assignment for school, this is where the interest in webdevelopment kicked off. I also helped people with computer issues and I seemed quite good at repairing them.
I've done webdevelopment as a freelancer for a few years when I became an adult. Although developing websites is not my work anymore, I still love to do this as a hobby.
When I finished my IT education I started working at a university medical center at the IT department of the hospital. The hospital has 14.000 employees right now, so theres enough to do. I learned to work with ETL tooling, BI tooling, SQL databases, postgres databases and improved my PHP knowledge. I also work with other applications with my (technical) application management role.
Read more about this at the "what I'm capable of.." section.
PowerBII started to specialize in PowerBI in 2017, it was quite new and seemed like a oppertunity for my company where I work at. Therefore I tried it out on our CMDB and other databases, such as the incident management tool database to monitor our incidents and more. The cool thing about PowerBI is that you can combine multiple sources within one report, making one powerful report.
TalendWith Talend you can make alot of data work together. The tool does take some time to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, trust me its worth it if you need to work a lot with data. It's easy to combine multiple sources and make them flow with eachother. Talend is a ETL tool, therefore its possible to change the input and change it to your liking. When data does not work with eachother, most of the time, when the data is consistent you can still let data work with eachother. I feed the CMDB with thousands of record a day at my work, im literally doing the work of multiple people alone, let automation do the work for you!
SQLGot to honest with y'all. I didn't understand a bit of SQL on school, the definition of normalization and such, I just thought it was boring. But once I started to see the potential and possibilities with SQL query's on work, I'ved learned alot in weeks, just because I had a goal. I even started to enjoy working with SQL queries. Not only have I learned to work with MySQL, i learned to work with PostgreSQL and other sources too.
WebdevelopmentI started using HTML and CSS on a profile website for teens. You could create your own personal page over there, and I always enjoyed to experiment with the capability's with HTML and CSS. I can almost dream HTML and CSS thats how good I can remember them, thats how much I've used it over the years. Later on I learned to work with Wordpress and PHP. I learned to work with Wordpress templates at first, after that I've developed a completely graphical overview website for my work, build with my experience of HTML, CSS, PHP and query knowledge.
WebdesignIn the early days when I was 13 years old, working on personal profile pages and chatted on MSN, I designed pictures and emoticons, tuned cars and lots more creative stuff. A few years later it became more serious, I started developing/designing websites and even made some money out of it. As a hobby photographer I used photoshop for my pictures too.
PhotographyPhotography has been a hobby for me and nothing more. My main subject was car photography. Taking pictures of tuned and special cars is what I really enjoyed, although I almost stopped doing this, you never forget the techniques. I was/am quite good at it too, and love to do it!
About this website
I decided to build my own website from scratch, just because I can and because I love to build my own stuff. Besides, I can represent myself to the world wide web like this. Its completely written by myself. The website has been put together as minimalistic as possible, using minimal codes and a sleek design.