Meet Dimitri – DevOps

07.11.2022

Greetings from the team

Dimitri Belov, a.k.a. Dimmu, a developer in our development team, is all about lifelong learning, innovative technologies, and discovering future trends – and not just during his working hours. His seven years at Systam have provided support in self-development and challenged him in the form of varying work tasks and a work atmosphere that truly encourages creativity.

What do you do and what does your typical workday look like?

My current work role at Systam is DevOps. It means instilling a culture of continuous learning and experimenting into the way we work. As a DevOps expert, I guide our software development as well as its culture and processes to drive constant improvement. I work in all the phases of our service life cycles from design to production. One of my fields of work is the goal to make the development cycle as automated as possible. In addition to this, security is always a part of everything, so I think we can put the Sec in between there as well (DevSecOps).

My day always starts with coffee; whether working remotely from home or sitting at my desk in the office. After my coffee, I go through my emails, Slack, Teams, and Whatnot, respond to my messages, and make a list of my work tasks. Next up is opening the project and version management application where I manage the tickets. The day proceeds with checkpoints and other meetings. Depending on the week’s theme, I take part in design work or other tasks. No week is necessarily the same as the previous one.

What attracted you to Systam?

My ending up at Systam was the result of a happy coincidence. In my previous job, I worked as a systems specialist for a consulting agency that is Systam’s client. One thing led to another, and the result is that I have now worked at Systam for seven years.

Dimitri Belov at work

What about your previous life?

Ever since I was a child, I have always enjoyed building things: Legos, huts, you name it. Just seeing the result when you get something finished and functioning, brings me immense joy. When I got my hands on a computer, the concept of building things was taken to a completely new level. My first computer was a brand called DEC at the beginning of the 1990s. It had a floppy drive and an orange monitor display. The seed for my career in the world of IT had been planted.

My journey has included some classic elements, such as working with clan websites through gaming. I have a vocational upper secondary degree in the field of IT, I have worked as a freelancer, and advanced through working in helpdesk and local-support duties to become a systems analyst. Along my path, I have seen, experienced and done my share of very varying problem-solving tasks.

What is best about your job?

The freedom to be creative as well as the possibility to really challenge me. Systam encourages us to experiment with different technologies and to engage in continued learning; both of which are extremely motivating. The distinct roles and dynamics make every work week unique. Variety is refreshing and it brings a new perspective when you do something different in between your usual tasks.

And, of course, let us not forget the awesome colleagues I have here! We have great people working here and our combined field of expertise has a very broad scope.

What keeps you busy during your spare time?

If there’s time left after the children’s hobbies and home remodeling, I like to keep myself busy with my own (IT) projects, try out innovative technologies, something to do with data security, and thus expand my skills and understanding of what the next big thing in the industry might be. It could be that I finally get my motorcycle up and running by next summer. Occasionally, I may have some time to turn on the PlayStation or watch a great space opera on TV (or one that is not so great).

I also enjoy punk rock music and used to do a lot of skateboarding as well. Unfortunately, I have not been able to clear any time for skateboarding these days. If we are visiting a trampoline or an activity park with the family, I may loan a board and take a spin on their ramps.

What do others often not know about you?

I like old cars, especially old Volkswagens: Beetles, Kleinbuses, as well as Porsches and all the others. One could say; all the air-cooled cars. I have never owned such a car, but in the future, I may have one, or two. I also own two Fenders (one electric and one acoustic) that I play occasionally.

Thank you Dimitri!

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