Working at NCIM Groep
NCIM Groep is specialized in carrying out IT assignments, projects and product development. More than 200 skilled professionals build ICT solutions for clients in the sectors Defense and Security, Energy and Utilities, Telecommunications, Transport and Media, and Technical automation.
Because of COVID-19, our professionals work from home and we recently spoke with Corjan via Google Meets about his assignment at NATO. Since September 2019 he has been working at NCIM Group in the role of Junior Software Developer. With a Bachelor of Information Technology & Economics and a Master of ICT in Business & Public Sector, Corjan is at the intersection of Business and IT.
At NCIM, Corjan is not very active as a Junior Developer at the interface between Business and IT, but he hopes to eventually end up there from a programming position. He has been programming for years and would like to develop even further. By focusing on programming first, he hopes to build up the technical knowledge that he can use later in the industry. Corjan ended up at NCIM because a friend of his was already at NCIM. He referred Corjan. Corjan has chosen NCIM because of its clientele. Government and military-oriented clients attract him enormously. "It gives a little more added value than just building a website!" according to Corjan.
“At the moment I am a Junior Developer at NATO. The project I'm on has a fairly small team: in addition to the project manager, I have one other colleague. He is more concerned with operational activities. In my daily programming work, I work closely with my supervisor. The project I am working on is an application that monitors communication between different networks. Files and documents have a certain classification at NATO; not everyone is allowed to read everything. The application checks whether the files and information reach the right person.”
"It gives a little more added value than just building a website!"– Corjan
“The project is not new; the first version was updated a few years ago and written in C #. My role within the team is to add the new requirements to the application. It is quite a challenge because you are dealing with classified information. Everything must be watertight and always work. Those are things you have to take into account and that sometimes makes it difficult. It always has to work, existing things cannot be changed just like that.”
“Due to the high requirements that this application must meet, we only work with frameworks that are very stable and can be tested well. Nonetheless, we also try to apply new techniques where possible. In this way the application is getting better and the stability is not less. NATO built all the architecture itself. If I run into something or if it doesn't work out completely, I can't Google exactly where the problem is. In that regard, you are very dependent on your colleagues who built it. Fortunately, I was properly trained for the COVID-19 lockdown. I currently work from home and I like this very much. If I hadn't settled in that well, this would have been a lot more difficult.”
“All in all, I think this project will make me a better developer. I not only learn new techniques, but also a lot about architecture; how can you better structure software and how do you make it tidier."