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Our Team’s Point of View – How to Build a Successful Career in the IT World

Our Team’s Point of View – How to Build a Successful Career in the IT World

Henry Ford’s quote, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself,” is one of our personal favorite quotes on teamwork.

Because it’s true: Teamwork has the incredible power to increase productivity, job satisfaction, and even each person’s individual performance.

To inspire you to embark on a journey through the IT world, together with our team, we have prepared an interview that covers a few frequently asked questions and concerns.

Below you can read what we talked about, our experiences and impressions so far, as well as important tips on the IT industry that can help you.

What attracted you the most to the world of programming, can you tell us more about the very beginning of your career?

As someone who started his formal education in a completely different profession, I started programming relatively late. However, I have always had affinities with what this job requires and offers, so at one point I realized that programming is what I want to do. After that, it was easy to decide and choose a career as a programmer.

For a start, I can’t say that it was difficult, but certainly challenging, because it represents an entry into a new world of people, terminology, and technology, but I already knew that this is what I want to do and very quickly I felt like I was for a long-time part of it all.

What’s the thing you like the most about your job, what are the challenges you face daily?

From the very beginning in this business, I was attracted by the challenges of solving problems that arise every day. I experience this every working day as an opportunity to feel valuable and satisfied when I overcome a new challenge. Then I can see the result in front of me.

Every day is different and specific because it is an opportunity for new knowledge and obstacles, but in the end, there is always a sense of satisfaction with the results achieved.

The main goal of this interview is to bring the juniors in the field of the IT industry closer to what it looks like to do this job and what they can expect in their career. What is your advice to your future colleagues who want to enter the world of programming and build their careers?

I have noticed that colleagues new to this business have fear or insecurity and doubt whether they can do something. I want to tell them that these beginnings should not scare them and that it is all a process that takes time and perseverance. They need to have faith in their ability to acquire new knowledge and overcome new obstacles. This is a job that, in addition to knowledge, also requires critical thinking and creating solutions.

They need to improve their knowledge and not be afraid to take the initiative. It is a process that brings results, and the results again create new self-confidence and enthusiasm for further work.

We work in a fast-paced industry, where we have to stay up-to-date with the technology changes and future trends. Career advancement requires additional engagement and dedication to learning new skills. This often results in more time spent at work as well as various types of training which usually means less time for yourself. How do you deal with that?

As much as I like the job I do, I try to leave it all behind at the end of the workday and recharge my batteries for the next day. In general, I try to keep my workday at a certain pace that does not tire me and at the same time makes me the most productive.

What advice would you give to your colleagues when it comes to their personal and professional development?

I think everyone has a different process and way of learning and developing. Practical work helped me the most during my studies. The most important thing for beginners in this business is accepting new challenges and learning new things.

IT companies usually provide many benefits that motivate employees to be better and more productive at work. What motivates you at Elephant Solutions?

The atmosphere that greeted me in the company made the beginning of work and the period of getting used to and learning much easier. It certainly means a lot to go to work where there is a healthy and pleasant atmosphere. In addition to organized gatherings and joint activities, most of us share some interests that connect us, so it is much easier to have a motive to work and stay when it is in an environment that is pleasant to work and socialize.

To overcome professional challenges, we need a lot of energy which we usually exploit from various sources that satisfy us. Do you think that one of the key sources is the team you work for, friendly relations in the team?

As we have already said, I think this is the key thing that makes Elephant Solutions a healthy work environment. It is not uncommon for people to gather again in their free time after a whole day at work, which I think proves that there is a positive atmosphere and friendly relations.

How important is the team, the working atmosphere and why?

What makes us happy when we do our job is the moment, we see the results of our together work. It is very important. I think that applies to everyone and not just to me personally. When you know that you have people in the team that you can rely on at any time, it reduces the pressure on everyone. That means that I can fully dedicate myself to solving a problem, knowing that I have a team with me that is equally dedicated.

If it were not for that, it would very quickly harm the relations in the team and the results achieved. I think that effects of working together bring good relations, which contribute to better performance.

And finally, tell us, if you had to describe your experience at Elephant Solutions in one sentence, what would that sentence be?

Elephant Solutions is the ideal environment for any ambitious programmer to express themselves through their individuality and through this process contribute to their development and collective success and spend quality time at work and outside. All in all, my final impression could be summed up like this – “I’d do it again”.

We want you to build careers that last and that will help you stay healthy, happy, and productive because only careers that fit into the wider context of your life are sustainable. We hope that our story inspired you to challenge yourself daily. Who knows, you might be surprised by how far you can go!

Also, we invite you to share your experience with us. We would be happy to learn something more about good practices. So, feel free to send us your suggestions at support@elephantsolutions.net.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

If you look around, you will notice that wherever you are, wherever you go, and whenever you want, you are connected. Whether you need it for some basic life information, to communicate with friends, or for work. One institution is responsible for all these possibilities.

On this day, May 17, 1865, twenty nations gathered in Paris to sign the international framework and form the International Telegraph Union (ITU). Today, this date is celebrated worldwide as “World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.”

Let’s go back in history and see why this day is so important.

In 1832, electricity had a great revolution, not only in voltage but also in the transmission of information via wires.

In 1839, the first commercial telegraph service opened in London. The system used at the time was developed by Charles Wheatstone.

In 1844, Morse code was standardized at the International Telegraphy Congress in Paris, which later became the ITU standard.

In 1851, the first submarine telegraph wire was stretched between Britain and France. Over 9,000 messages were transmitted in the first year.

Due to the great progress and to simplify things, the conclusion of regional agreements has begun. In Paris, European representatives from 20 countries gathered at the International Telegraph Conference (ITU) to find ways to overcome barriers and make the service more efficient. They create a framework for the standardization of telegraph equipment, setting up operating instructions, and establishing international tariff and accounting rules.

Thus, on May 17, 1865, the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris by 20 founding members, and the first incarnation of the International Telegraph Union (ITU) was founded.

From then until today, the ITU has always been at the center of progress in communications, from telegraphy to satellites, mobile phones, and the Internet. Their goal is to connect the whole world. Ensuring that networks and technologies are interconnected, seeks to improve access to Information Communication Technology (ICT) as there are still places that are not well covered.

After that, a new major shift in communication occurred with the transmission of speech over the line when, in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. Two years later, he opened the first telephonic service. Calls were charged at 5 minutes and limited to a maximum of 10 minutes of use if another person requested the use of a telephone line.

Telephones provided the ability to talk to other people over long distances and send Morse code. However, from the beginning, the problem was what to do when the wire could not reach a person’s location, such as if someone was on a boat.

In 1885, the ITU issued the first telephone regulations to facilitate telecommunications worldwide.

In the 1890s, practical experiments began with the inventors of Nikola Tesla in the US, Jagadish Chandra Bose in India, Alexander Stepanovich Popov in Russia, and Guglielmo Marconi in Britain for wireless signaling. Radio, known at the time as “wireless telegraphy”, was created.

In 1906, the first audio broadcast in the world was created by Reginald Fessenden, which was aimed at ships carrying bananas in the Atlantic Ocean. In the same year, as a result of the conference, the International Radiotelegraph Convention was created, where the first regulations in this field were created, later known as “Radio regulations”.

The next major step in the transmission of information was the creation of television in 1925, which was invented by John Logie Baird.

In 1932, at a conference in Madrid, it was decided that the ITU should change its name since at that time it covered a much wider range of areas related to communication. Since then, the ITU has been considered the International Telecommunication Union.

At the same time, the International Telegraph Convention of 1865 merged with the International Radiotelegraph Convention of 1906 and together formed the International Telecommunication Convention.

In 1947, the ITU became a specialized United Nations (UN) telecommunications agency, and in 1948, it moved its headquarters from Bern to Geneva.

The next major shift was in 1957, when the first artificial satellite, Sputnik-1, was launched into space by the Soviet Union. Soon after, satellites began to be used for telecommunications.

The next step began in 1969 with the development of the first computer network called the ARPANET. Charles Babbage is considered the father of computers because he designed the “Difference Engine” in London in 1822, which later, in 1837, became the “Analytical Engine,” or the first computer.

The Internet revolution has transformed the world. In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee wrote the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), and the first browser called “WorldWideWeb.” He also wrote the first web server. WorldWideWeb was available to everyone.

We can stop here since the rest of history is much closer and more famous.

Throughout history, the ITU has played a leading role in shaping the digital revolution by making telecommunications available worldwide.

Today, the world is increasingly relying on telecommunications technologies in every aspect of our lives. The ITU continues to achieve its goals and make contributions. Maybe a new kind of digital revolution awaits us soon.

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Need an icon library? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered!

Need an icon library? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered!

Introduction

Developers and designers today work with a large number of technologies and libraries and use a variety of tools to do their jobs the best they can. It’s hard to remember all these things, and for that reason, they usually keep all the important things somewhere like a folder, file, or bookmark inside the browser.

In this post, we will go through the icon libraries. We will see which are the more popular icon libraries, what these libraries offer, and what they can be used for. Maybe one of these icon libraries will be ideal for your next project, so you will add it to your library collection for that reason.

Feather

Feather is an icon library that contains a collection of open-source icons. The default icon size is 24px, but users have the option to customize the size, thickness, and color of the icons.

You can check out the Feather icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Feather Icon Library

GitHub: Feather Icons GitHub Project

Font Awesome

Font Awesome is the most popular icon library on the internet, used by developers, designers, and content creators. There is a free plan for individuals and smaller teams and plans that are charged for large organizations.

The reason for the popularity of this library is that it was one of the first to enter this field and offers a high level of customization. The Font Awesome icon library offers various types of icons. They constantly add new ones and divide them into various categories. All icons can be customized.

No registration was required at first, but now Font Awesome offers a Kit, which is your custom version of this icon library where you add the icons, tools, and settings you want. This way, each user has their custom Font Awesome version.

Also, it is important to note that Font Awesome has excellent documentation.

You can check out the Font Awesome icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Font Awesome

GitHub: Font Awesome GitHub Project

Bootstrap Icons

Boostrap Icons is a free, high-quality open source icon library created for the Boostrap CSS framework, but can be used without it.

Since Bootstrap is the most popular CSS framework, this icon library is also very popular and generally accepted. One of the main advantages is that all the icons are of high quality and free of charge.

You can check out the Bootstrap icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Bootstrap Icon Library

GitHub: Bootstrap Icons GitHub Project

Ionicons

The Ionic framework enables cross-platform mobile application development and PWA development. Ionicons is an open-source icon library that offers hand-crafted, premium-designed icons for the web, iOS, Android, and desktop applications.

The rules are the same as for the Boostrap icon library. Ionicons icons can be used with other technologies without the Ionic framework.

You can check out the Ionicons icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Ionicons Icon Library

GitHub: Ionicons GitHub Project

CSS.gg

Some developers prefer pure vanilla CSS. CSS.gg is a pure CSS open-source icon library that offers maximum customization.

One of the advantages of this icon library is that, in addition to CSS, SVG, JSON, XML, and TSX formats, it also offers all icons in Figma (FIG) and Adobe XD (XD) formats, which makes it ideal for web design.

You can check out the CSS.gg icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: CSS.gg Icon Library

GitHub: CSS.gg GitHub Project

Tabler Icons

Tabler Icons offers free, open-source SVG icons. The icons are customizable and are free for commercial use. The style of these icons is reminiscent of Apple’s design. The complete icon library is done in a minimalist style. It is possible to change the size, thickness, and colors of the icons.

You can check out the Tabler icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Tabler Icon Library

GitHub: Tabler Icons GitHub Project

React Icons

React has developed its way of adding popular icon types to its React projects. This way, only the icons that will be used in your project are imported, not the complete icon library.

React Icons supports various icon libraries, some of which we have already listed:

  • Ant Design Icons
  • Bootstrap Icons
  • BoxIcons
  • Devicons
  • Feather
  • Flat Color Icons
  • Font Awesome
  • Game Icons
  • Github Octicons icons
  • Grommet-Icons
  • Heroicons
  • IcoMoon Free
  • Ionicons 4
  • Ionicons 5
  • Material Design icons
  • Remix Icon
  • Simple Icons
  • Typicons
  • VS Code Icons
  • Weather Icons
  • css.gg

React Icons are a go-to option for creating React projects.

You can check out the React icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: React Icon Library

GitHub: React Icons GitHub Project

Material Icons

Google has developed its web design style called “Material Design”. Material Icons is their icon library, much like the Google Fonts library.

Google also offers a Material Symbols library that offers glyphs. Libraries offer a high level of customization. Google uses these libraries in its products, which is why they were primarily developed. Icons are available for the web, Android, iOS, and Flutter.

You can check out the Google Material Design icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Google Material Design Icon Library

GitHub: Google Material Design Icons GitHub Project

Material UI Icons

Material UI is a library of React components that uses Google’s Material Design style. The library offers a large selection of UI tools to help you speed up the creation of front-end applications.

This library uses identical Material Icons that Google offers only for use directly from the Material UI library. The goal of this library is to enable ready-made React components that use Material Design, just as Bootstrap provides ready-made CSS components.

We added this library because many such variants also offer the ability to import icons along with components. If you still want to use Material Design and icons together in your vanilla HTML, CSS, and JavaScript projects, you can use Materialize or just Google Material Icons.

You can check out the Material UI icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Material UI icon library

GitHub: Material UI Icons GitHub Project

Fluent UI Icons

Fluent UI is a collection of UX frameworks developed by Microsoft to create cross-platform applications. Just as Google developed Material Design for its products, Microsoft developed the Fluent UI for its own. If you want your application to use the Microsoft Fluent UI style, you can use this library. You can import all the icons that Microsoft uses through the Fluent UI.

You can check out the Fluent UI icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Fluent UI icon library

GitHub: Fluent UI GitHub Project

Lineicons

Lineicons is an icon library for web designers and developers with a free CDN and icon editor. All the icons are hand-crafted. This library can be used for the UI of web, mobile, and desktop applications.

It allows customization of icons and it is possible to change the size and color. It comes with a free and pro plan, where the pro plan includes three different packages.

You can check out the Lineicons icon library and GitHub project via the following links:

Official website: Lineicons icon library

GitHub: Lineicons GitHub Project

Conclusion

In this post, we decided to bring you closer to icon libraries. If you haven’t already started saving various design and development resources, it’s time to start building your small private base. We hope we helped you choose the next icon library for your next project.

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Different Types of IT Jobs – Part 2

Different Types of IT Jobs – Part 2

Introduction

We continue with the list of IT jobs that you can apply for if you plan to work in this profession or if you want to try something else. Also, if you are not from this profession, this list includes jobs that you can apply for without a diploma if you are self-taught. Of course, a diploma increases your chances of employment, but it is not the only measure of employment. People who are passionate and capable of performing the required tasks are required for such jobs. If you have some experience or have been studying for a long time, do not hesitate to apply.

This is the second part of the different types of IT jobs that exist. If you are interested in the rest of the list, you can read the first part – Different Types of IT Jobs – Part 1.

Computer Network Specialist

A computer network specialist is tasked with designing, building, and maintaining a computer network within a company. It ensures that network settings are in line with business requirements. In addition, this job includes maintaining network security and resolving emerging issues. It often requires installing software and hardware, training new network users, and customizing privileges within the network depending on company requirements.

Small and larger companies use computer networks, so there is always a need for this job. Some computer network specialists work from the office, while others travel from client to client.

This job is also often called:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Architect
  • Network Engineer
  • Network System Administrator

Computer Support Specialist

The job of a computer support specialist is to provide technical assistance to the company, its clients, and employees. They use software and equipment to solve various problems every day. One group of computer support specialists provides customer support by helping people solve computer problems.

The second group of computer support specialists helps employees be able to successfully perform daily business activities. The problems that are solved are most often problems within the network or computer problems.

Any support job should be available 24/7, so it is normal for computer support specialists to work on weekends or at night.

This job is also often called:

  • Help Desk Specialist
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Help Desk Analyst
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Support Specialist
  • Technical Specialist
  • Technical Support Specialist

Database Administrator (DBA)

Any company that has done digitization certainly has at least one database. Database administrators are companies that have complex and large databases or simply have multiple databases to maintain. This type of work requires assistance in storing and organizing the data of one company.

Also, database administrators take care of database security so that only authorized users can access the data. They care about the best way to store and protect data, such as financial information. The job of a database administrator includes everything from the process of creating, maintaining, protecting, and managing a database.

This job is also often called:

  • Data Center Support Specialist
  • Data Quality Manager
  • Senior Database Administrator
  • System Database Administrator
  • Database Architect
  • Database Analyst
  • Application Database Administrator
  • Data Warehouse Administrator
  • Cloud Database Administrator

Information Security Specialist

As technologies change very quickly today and new technologies emerge that companies are rapidly implementing, there are various flaws that hackers can take advantage of. There are various reasons why hackers would have an interest in taking advantage of such omissions. The only way to keep a company safe is to have people who work to protect such things.

An information security specialist takes care of the protection of a company’s computer network and computer systems. They implement various security measures that mostly concern the installation and use of appropriate software. In addition, they test and simulate various types of attacks. This job is challenging and interesting, but it is also well-paid.

This job is also often called:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Security Specialist
  • Senior Security Specialist

Mobile Developer

A mobile developer is a type of software developer who specializes in mobile technologies. They make applications for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, which is why the mobile developer’s position is often also called “Android Developer” or “iOS Developer”. Because of this division, mobile developers learn programming languages depending on the platform they choose.

The Java programming language has long been used to develop Android applications, but now Kotlin is the most widely used. Objective C was previously used to develop iOS applications, but now Swift is the most widely used.

As mobile phones and tablets are increasingly used compared to desktops, the job of a mobile developer is a great choice.

This job is also often called:

  • Android Developer
  • Senior Android Developer
  • Android Engineer
  • Senior Android Engineer
  • Android Mobile Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • iOS Engineer
  • Mobile Engineer

Game Developer

Game developers are turning the concept of the game into reality. They mostly do visual programming, classical programming, and testing, but this job also includes other areas such as artificial intelligence, user interfaces, game logic, and design.

The main processes in game development are concept generation, design, creation, testing, and release of a game. The larger the company, the more specialized this position will be for certain tasks.

The job of a game developer can be very demanding and challenging, but it is usually done by people who have a passion for games, so on the other hand, it provides a lot.

This job is also often called:

  • Game Animator
  • Game Audio Engineer
  • Game Designer
  • Game Programmer
  • Game Artist
  • Creative Game Director
  • Game Marketer/PR
  • QA Game Tester
  • Video Game System Designer
  • Video Game Programmer
  • Video Game Developer

Hardware Engineer

Hardware engineers are responsible for designing, developing, installing, testing, and maintaining hardware components such as circuit boards, processors, routers, and memory devices. These are professionals who work on any piece of hardware that serves an IT architecture.

Unlike software engineers, who will perform complex activities within physical systems, hardware engineers will visit and inspect physical systems more often. They identify problems in computer hardware and develop or test possible solutions. In addition, they find the best ways to implement new hardware changes within the IT architecture.

This job is also often called:

  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Senior Hardware Engineer
  • Hardware Test Engineer

Web Administrator

The web administrator sets up the hosting where the company’s website is located, maintains the website, and improves the company’s visibility online. Web administrators have experience in website maintenance and web development, most often front-end development and they apply this knowledge to make the website look as attractive as possible.

In addition, they take care of user accounts and create and configure mail servers. They also provide customer support so that users understand the basic functions of a company’s system.

This job is also often called:

  • Web Manager
  • Webmaster
  • Web Architect
  • Web Developer
  • Website Author
  • Website Coordinator
  • Website Publisher

Machine Learning Engineer

Machine learning engineers are experienced developers who focus on creating software that runs on their own and serves to automate predictive models. These types of software are called “artificial intelligence systems”. Machine learning engineers use AI systems to classify large amounts of data and develop algorithms that can learn and make predictions based on that.

This type of software learns through each operation and based on these learning results, the software can perform new operations more accurately.

This job is also often called:

  • Machine Learning Research Scientist
  • Machine Learning Scientist
  • Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Conclusion

Since the IT industry is very broad, there are other IT jobs. We have singled out some of the most important ones for you. Most of the IT jobs on the list have sub-jobs, so some of these jobs can be divided into several smaller ones, which is one of the reasons for the rapid expansion of jobs in the IT sector. With the rapid progress of the IT industry, a large number of new types of IT jobs will emerge. We can’t wait to see what this industry will bring us.

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Why Teamwork at the office is awesome?

Why Teamwork at the office is awesome?

Let’s start with the question of what teamwork is. It may seem like a simple question, but the answer often eludes many managers.

In its most common form, teamwork is when two or more people come together to achieve a common goal. To do this, the people involved in the team need to collaborate with ideas and take on various aspects of the project or duties in order for the whole task to be completed.

Teamwork is the bonding agent. It brings people together and motivates them to rely on one another to get things done. Teamwork also makes progress easier (the lubrication) and allows the group to overcome obstacles that would have stymied an individual.

That is the foundation on which all successful companies are built. As a manager, you should never take teamwork for granted. To do this, you call for a dysfunctional team. However, it is generally thought to be vital and to have a number of advantages.

While collaboration alone may not be the solution to all your interpersonal and business problems, it will certainly help you and everyone around you to be happier and more successful.

To put it simply, teams don’t work without teamwork.

How awesome is teamwork?

Teamwork helps solve problems.

Collaboration within a group can help solve difficult problems. Brainstorming is a good opportunity for the team to exchange ideas and come up with creative ways of doing things. By working together, teams can find the solutions that work best.

Teamwork brings new ideas.

Businesses need new, fresh ideas to succeed in the competitive world. Businesses thrive when they have a diverse team of people who can contribute individual ideas. When you work with your partner as a team, you come up with twice as many ideas together as you would separately. The more ideas you have, the more likely you are to come up with sustainable solutions.

Teamwork improves Efficiency.

If you want to improve efficiency in your business, get your employees to work together. This will allow you to split difficult tasks into more manageable chunks and complete them faster. It’s also a great way to ensure that the person with the most skills is working on the part that suits him or her best. · Teamwork builds morale. If you want people to feel better about themselves and the job they’re doing, get them to work together. The morale boost they will receive highlights the importance of teamwork at the office.

More Learning Opportunities.

Working as a team allows your employees to see the successes and failures of others in a supportive environment. More than that, working as a team allows your employees to learn from each other without undue risk. But in the process, everyone learns what not to do next time. That can provide insight into how to get things done more effectively the first time around. Properly managed, teamwork maximizes strengths, bringing out the best in each team member, a key theme on this site.

Faster Innovation.

If you tasked one employee with solving a problem, how many different viable solutions could they come up with? Maybe two or three? But what if you tasked your team with solving the same problem? How many different viable solutions could they come up with? Two or three from each team member. There may be some overlap in ideas, but that’s still plenty of options. Those options give them and you the opportunity for faster, more reactive innovation. That can mean the difference between getting ahead in your business and falling behind.

Healthy Competition.

Teamwork at the office also creates a healthy sense of competition among coworkers. This isn’t the type of competition that generates antagonism and bad feelings. Instead, it’s the type of competition that inspires your employees to do their best work all the time, overcome obstacles, reach out for more responsibility, and push your business to the next level. You can nurture this healthy competition — along with a strong sense of team — by providing the right challenges and rewards to a group that shows signs of pulling together to get the job done right.

It’s one thing to have a team, it’s a whole other thing to have teamwork. A team that works well together can succeed together and produce great results.

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