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WI Pro of the Season: Adil Umer, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland 30.11.2013

The series of Work Informatics Professionals at business and academia: person, skills, heart and motivation of an ICT expert continues.
Previous WIPro's: Anne Koskinen-Kannisto, Matti Toivonen, Pekka Tetri, Jani Koskinen, Olga Moiseeva, Katriina Korenius, Jonni Henttinen, Erkki Kallio, Sari Ahonen, Henry Sandell, Henrik Lintunen, Zulfiqar Ali Raffad, Jennifer Ståhlberg, Bahadir Gürkan, and Janne Pitkänen.
See also titles of WI Pros and Pro's at WI-LinkedIn, and the story of the First Lady of WI, Anne Koskinen-Kannisto.

WI Pro Jonni Henttinen How do I see IT in everyday life?

Today everything seems to be driven by IT and so our lives. Undoubtedly high-speed computing, smart phones, artificial intelligence and all other blessings of IT turn our everyday life into a smart life. It permeates into every aspect of my life; whether I have to pay my bills, purchase a train ticket or finding out how much calories do my breakfast contains.  It makes commuting safer, transacting business easier and working flexible. The boundaries between my professional work and personal routine start diminishing. I can work from home, if I feel unwell. Social media allow me to interact with my colleagues even on holidays, and we start discussing office assignment unintentionally while chatting about the latest music album.

IT increasingly transforming our lives and it becomes harder to imagine life without it. In my view, what IT offers us today is just a tip of the ice berg. It will radicalize our lives, and our fantasies will start turning into reality. So James Bond and Matrix will not be fictions anymore in the near future.

What my current work is about?

I am working within the domain of ICT for health. My job is to develop software applications that are mainly focused on bio-medical imaging and analysis. The interesting fact about my job is to explore new ways of developing software while taking into account current emergent technologies. So, I only receive basic instructions and end-user requirements. Afterwards, I am free to choose technical platforms and technologies to design & develop software.  Therefore, in a true sense, my work is about research & development, to deliver robust and reliable software application.

What WI at Work means to me?

WI taught me to see technology and people as inseparable and to consider IT as a mean to end. By applying WI knowledge, I can view software as a part of a work system; which comprises of processes and activities, participants, information and technologies. Most of the software projects fail because software developers do not take into account a bigger picture and just focus on developing state of the art software.

By virtue of WI knowledge, I can now understand the software in a socio-technical terms. I believe in developing software that actually makes lives of people easier, and they are willing to use it. Therefore, after developing software our team asks experienced end users to use it and render us with their opinion. Based on this validation study, we try to analyse whether the software actually fits into a process and fulfil the purpose, it was intended for.

In summary, I would say, WI taught me how to put sleeping labour (IT) to work effectively.

Me and my future

Being as a WI professional I feel very grateful, since I am not confined to one organizational sector. Information technology pervades in almost every discipline, which provides me a vast arena of fields to choose from. In my future endeavours, I would like to work in fields other than healthcare also, and will contribute to make the world a better place.

Sincerely, Adil Umer

VTT  Technical Research Center of Finland