Hi, I’m Nathaniel Mallet. I’m a senior software developer and team lead at IBM. There are a lot of things that interest me in the software business, but right now, my main interests are analytics, web development, development automation and how to improve software development skills.
Outside of work, I’m a husband and a father, and I spend a lot of time trying to get better at both. With the little time I have left, I split my time between a few hobbies:
- I’m into cycling & weight training
- I read a lot, mostly Business and Technology, but also Science Fiction, 20th Century History and art
- I listen to a lot of music. My tastes are broad, but I am a bit of a heavy metal aficionado
- I’m a hobbyist economist and financial analyst
- I’m a hobbyist Photographer
Short Career History
I graduated with a degree in Computer Sciences from the Universite de Sherbrooke in 1996. My first job after graduation was with a video game company called Future Endeavors. I was responsible for the 3D model animations.
I left the company about 11 months later and went to Cognos. I started by fixing bugs in our reporting software, and then moved on to implementing interoperability between our products with the help of COM. Later, I transferred to our financial analytics group. I spent a lot of time working on our development environment, and our server APIs.
In 2004, Cognos acquired a company called Frango, based in Stockholm, Sweden. I was transferred there to help integrate their development operations with the corporate systems located in Canada, and I was eventually promoted to development manager of the Java client team. I spent 2 1/2 years there, and I loved every minute of it. I consider Stockholm as my adoptive home town now.
Near the end of my stay in Sweden, Cognos was acquired by IBM. When I returned to Canada, I returned as an IBMer. So far at IBM, I’ve been a development manager for our financial planning group, a project manager for legal deliverables, and I’m now back into engineering as a senior software developer and team lead on our Twitter and Weather Cloud Analytics products. Also during this time, I managed to graduated from the Executive MBA program at the University of Ottawa.
Looking forward, I figure I have about 2/3 of my career left in front of me. While that might discourage others, I’m pumped, because it means I still have a lot of time to learn things and work on improving skills. The high tech industry is crazy exciting and optimistic business, and I’m thrilled I can be part of it for quite a while still.