Matthew Lamb

Executive Bespoke Consultant

Origin

My story goes all the way back to the year 2000, when I joined Waterstons as a Year in Industry student. While most of my schoolmates were starting university, I decided to get some real-world experience under my belt first. I packed my worldly belongings into my trusty Fiat Uno, aimed it towards Durham, and never looked back!

I had a great year working at Waterstons and enjoyed it so much that, after securing my Masters from Bristol University, I took up a permanent position.

Important

People spend more time at their job than anything else, apart from sleeping maybe, so it’s important to do something that you enjoy, and which fits in with your personality and lifestyle. Without wanting to get too introspective, I’d say I’m the sort of chap who is most productive in relative isolation – but not for too long at a time! My working arrangement with Waterstons, therefore, suits me down to the ground. Based in Birmingham, I tend to spend most days quietly solving problems from my home office (OK, I sometimes sing along to the radio). It’s not all isolation though as I also regularly travel to see my colleagues in Durham and London, to visit clients for on-site consulting, or to extoll Waterstons’ virtues as part of a pre-sales visit. I’m within short reach of our clients in the south but there are good transport links to all parts of the country, so I get to see a fair bit of it!

The technology

I’ve always worked in the Bespoke Software Development department, but we deal with a huge range of technologies and I’ve loved (almost) everything I’ve tried, so I’m actually a little bit unusual. Whereas most of the Executive Consultants are specialists in one area or another, I have instead opted to be a generalist who can work and consult on a range of technologies. This includes SharePoint, SQL Server (including SSIS and SSRS), .NET development (web, Windows Forms, WPF, MVC), general web development using CSS & jQuery and the BI stack (including PerformancePoint). My responsibilities also include maintaining and improving the quality of the software we deliver by making sure we are using the right tools and techniques during our projects’ lifecycles.

Can do

The best thing about working for Waterstons is the sheer variety; technology, people, client sectors. A “can-do” attitude goes a long way, and I’ve never turned down any opportunities that have come my way. This is the key to the smörgåsbord of skills and experience I’ve managed to acquire thus far in my career.

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