IT professionals: the passions that drive them

What inspires IT professionals to love their job? We asked five IT professionals working with different StepStone technologies in our offices why their passion for what they do just keeps growing.

People sometimes complain that computer technology is moving too quickly, but IT professionals see this rapid change as positive and exciting. So what inspires them to keep up with digital developments? What is it that makes them jump out of bed in the morning? We asked five StepStone IT professionals why their passion for what they do just keeps growing.


FREDERIK VAASSEN – Computational Linguist

Frederik Vaassen is fascinated by language and computers, so the job of a Computational Linguist was a ‘match made in heaven’. He has been working at StepStone for two years.

“Even if you can’t always see it, machine learning is everywhere. Its importance and visibility keep on growing and any tech company that takes itself seriously is embracing the trend. In the Big Data age, structuring information manually is no longer realistic and machine learning offers a solution to this problem. Deep learning in particular is making headlines, with big companies like Google achieving amazing things using this technology. Now more than ever, machine learning is the future!”




ANDRÉ DOS SANTOS – System Administrator

André dos Santos has been working at StepStone as a System Administrator for almost a year and he always has been fascinated by IT.

“IT offers countless options for self-development and career opportunities. It keeps me curious and I learn something new every day. At the moment I’m learning a lot about Open Source. This has always been a controversial phenomenon in the IT world, ever since its early days. More and more companies have given away the source code of their technologies due to a precarious business model, resulting in rampant innovation in any given sector. Among them are some prominent names in the market, including its main competitors and leaders: Microsoft, Apple, Google and others. Nowadays, Open Source powers the vast majority of the internet, mobile devices and big supercomputers alike.”



BIEKE VANLEENE – Software Engineer

Software Engineer Bieke Vanleene has been working for StepStone for over 12 years and is very interested in languages.

“My love of development grew when I realized that programming is also a way of communicating, be it through technical languages. Code refactoring means rewriting code structurally, without touching the external functionalities and behavior. Developers should invest time in rewriting ‘older’ code, not only to improve the internal structure and make code easier to maintain, but also to keep up with the fast-moving world of IT!”






Christophe Massin has worked in the Computer Science field for ten years. He’s a Scrum Master and is excited about continuous delivery.

“In our business, we tend to use agility and the scrum methodology. Continuous delivery is the next step to allow us to put the result of a sprint on line with a simple click. A lot of companies have already switched to this technology and they are reaping the benefits. More value delivered each time, an easier release for the team and more benefits for the company. Continuous delivery is one of the ‘musts’ that we should aim for!

Linking continuous deployment and continuous integration is quite new in our business, but it allows you to be more efficient in a lot of ways once you start mastering it. Continuous delivery is a software engineering approach in which teams produce software in short cycles, ensuring that it can be reliably released at any time. It aims to build, test and release software faster and more frequently. This approach helps reduce the cost, time and risk of delivering changes by allowing for more incremental updates to applications in production.”



ELLIOT ANANABA – Software Engineer

Elliot Ananaba has been a Software Engineer at StepStone for a year and a half. The IT world keeps surprising him on a daily basis.

“I lost my heart to the new Tesla product: the Hyperloop, a conceptual high-speed transportation system. Announced by Elon Musk in 2013, the first Hyperloop was revealed to the public during a speed test in early May. During this test, the Hyperloop exceeded 640km/h!

I’m convinced that we can see this induction tube as the new way to travel long distances (e.g. Brussels to London in 30 minutes) for our future travel worldwide. Projects like the Hyperloop can really change the IT world!


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