I’m Aleksi, a Business Intelligence Architect at Pinja’s Business Intelligence team. I spend half my time developing our data warehouse and the rest of the time mentoring other team members, providing sales support and other design work.
As my work is mostly problem solving, I like to keep my hands dirty when it comes to solving technical problems. I also enjoy designing environments, for example, when a client needs a gadget and I get to think about how to make it happen.
One of the most interesting projects I’ve been involved in is a data warehouse for HUS, the Helsinki University Hospital. It’s been a challenge to move from the old system to the new, but it’s been an opportunity to do meaningful work. What I like about the project is that it has allowed me to try out completely new features in Microsoft Azure that you might not have elsewhere.
I’ve been familiar with Microsoft’s reporting tools since the beginning of my career, but I got to explore them even further at the SQLBits event in Manchester, UK. Our team attended a data conference sponsored by Microsoft in 2018, when there were far fewer of us. For example, there were many short training sessions on Microsoft data tools. It was a good trip.
Our BI team is a true multi-disciplinary team, with pure data visualization masters and data warehouse coders. It has grown rapidly in recent years, but the people have remained really nice – help is given and received. In general, when working at Pinja, one can only be amazed at how quickly you can get help from people who are working on other tasks.
The best thing about my workplace is: A sense of belonging. Even though there are a lot of things to do and a lot of different people, it’s easy to get along with people you don’t know so well.