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Scouring through the net, it is very evident that the number 10 is quite significant in various fields. Hollywood has used this numerous times.?? For one, who hasn???t heard of the rom-com ???10 Things I hate about you???, an adaptation of the Shakespearean comedy, ???The Taming of the Shrew???.?? ??A person who is considered flawless is often said to be a ???perfect 10??? and a scale of 1 to 10 is often used in ranking.?? Personally, counting backwards from 10 to 1 is an effective trick to cool down rising temper. Without a doubt, one cannot discount the significance of this number. ??10 Commandments?? anyone?

Speaking of 10, last August, iComm Int???l reached another milestone and celebrated it’s 10th year in the business. Thus, it is noteworthy to mention a few people who had been with iComm for the past 10 years.?? We know their names and their position, but isn???t it also fun to know what their insights are??? How they work and how they think?

All three are IT guys; two of which are full-time IT professors before coming to work for iComm. ??Software Manager, Paul Yu, was at one time, a full-time student, instructor AND Software Engineer at iComm!?? Talk about time management! Liza Jayme started her career with us as a Data Specialist until she became the QA engineer that we know now; and Irene inspires us all, from being an inexperienced Web Artist, to Software Engineer to Team Lead to Project Management to currently handling her own department ??? PM, QA and Marketing!

They are considered ???ancient??? in this company but surprisingly, these guys are pretty young (depends on who???s reading though. Hehe).?? Read on and find out what make these guys (s)tick.?? :)

 

ireneIRENE FORTUNA

1. One word that best describes how you work

Focused

2. What apps/tools/software you can???t live without and why

JIRA, WIKI, Outlook ??? I cannot fully function my job without these tools because this is where all the tasks gets started, communicated, and documented.

3. What is currently on your bedside table

family pictures and flowers

4. What???s your workspace like

organized according to functions like paper holders, pen holders, beauty kit, calendar, inspirational figurines and quotes.

5. Are you an introvert or an extrovert

hhmmm??? I think I???m more of an extrovert type but sometimes I think I???m a mix of both which makes me an ambivert

6. Which Social network site do you visit most often and why

facebook, because almost all of my friends use it and it is where I connect with their latest whereabouts.

7. What is the best advise you???ve ever taken

There are 2 best advices that I obtained, one is from my spiritual mentor that always reminds me to start the day when you wake up in the morning by thanking God for all the blessings received and for the gift of life. And the second one is ??from my lifetime partner when he inculcate in me the value of savings and investing for the future, stop ???too much??? spending and start saving.

8. What is one thing that you???ve done exactly the same for the past 10 years since you got employed in iComm

Checking emails everyday??? I cannot remember a day in iComm without opening my outlook and monitor emails. Looks like it is incomplete if outlook is not open in my taskbar.

9. What was the most challenging job-related task you had for the past 10 yrs

To manage the team of project managers + quality assurance engineers???the task to make sure the process is being observed properly in order to deliver the expected output. It???s challenging at the same time rewarding.

10. If you weren???t a PM/QA Manager, what would you be

Interior designer or Industrial Engineer..

11. What is the best thing about being an iComm employee

The career growth, and the flexibility??? I can enjoy my work without sacrificing my time and relationship with my family.

12. Any advice for iComm newbies

Don???t be afraid to step up and show to iComm your capabilities, because this is a company that will support and acknowledge your potential.

 

 

LizaLIZA JAYME

1. One word that best describes how you work.

Halcyon.

2. What apps/tools/software you can???t live without and why?

Wordweb, my online dictionary.

3. What is currently on your bedside table?

My laptop ??and lampshade.

4. What???s your workspace like?

Nothing special. I think we all have similar workspaces except that I have a mirror on the left side of my table. It was gift from a former iComm officemate.

5. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m pretty balanced, I have an introvert side and an extrovert side. I like going out but I also like to spend some time alone as well. Though I have only a few great and close friends, I have many acquaintances that I can hang around with.

6. Which Social network site do you visit most often and why?

Travel blogs and Pinterest. Travel blogs are where I can share tips, and guide and help fellow shoestring travelers. As for Pinterest, it is a social networking site where I can create a theme-based pinboard according to my preferences and interest. Plus, I can use it to bookmark and pin my fave websites and find some helpful tips and ideas for my own arts and crafts projects.

7. What is the best advise you???ve ever taken?

If you fail, don???t be afraid to try again and make a better effort in order to succeed. Learn more from your mistakes than you do from your successes. Try not to keep making the same mistakes over and over. View a disaster for what it is: an opportunity to learn and improve.

8. What is one thing that you???ve done exactly the same for the past 10 years since you got employed in iComm.

I can’t think of any but perhaps I’m very consistent in leaving my shoes in the shoebox every single day I come in for work.

9. What was the most challenging job-related task you had for the past 10 yrs?

I started as a data specialist, then joined technical support, then joined customer service, then became an NZ market administrator, then got back to sales and customer service before joining QA. None of these positions are easy but I consider all my challenging tasks as motivation to keep going and become the longest serving employee in iComm.

10. If you weren???t a QA Engineer, what would you be?

Probably a travel guide or flight attendant. And my greatest frustration is to become a chef. Lolz!

11. What is the best thing about being an iComm employee?

The best thing is that it molded me to be a better person, it made me tough enough to face challenges at work. Because of that, I consider iComm as my second home.??

12. Any advice for iComm newbies?

Always have a positive attitude and enthusiasm towards work and your co- workers. Respect others and have patience (you’ll need tons of those). Never dwell on bullies and haters. Haha!

 

 

paul-yuPAUL YU

1. One word that best describes how you work.

Fast

2.?? What apps/tools/software you can???t live without and why?

SQL QUERY ANALYZER (or Mngt Studio) where I write Queries, evaluate database performance. I use to check stock market performance thru Bloomberg app on my iPhone several times a day if I am not on my desk. Teamviewer is very handy if I have to troubleshoot/fix iComm related issues from a remote location since most of the tools and connections (to servers) I need is on my office desktop PC.

What is currently on your bedside table?

Tons of things.

3. What???s your workspace like?

is like an ???ukay-ukay??? but I know exactly where to find a specific document/item despite being a little messy. It???s a guy thing. If someone rearranges it then I need to memorize the new location of several items at one time and as a result it will be harder for me to find something after rearranging. Therefore I prefer not to re-arrange and leave it as it is, and trust me I can find what I need anytime.

4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert???

20% Introvert and 80% Extrovert. It depends on the group of people I am with. Example if I am with my family, my profile automatically switched into introversion mode, very quiet, and always keep my emotions very private. But I am not like that with other group of friends, example with by bike buddies, badminton buddies, poker buddies, I am very warm, VERY talkative, and very excited. And this is automatic, no extra (conscious) effort. If you ask me, who???s the real me? I am both.

5. Which Social network site do you visit most often and why?

Facebook. Why? Because I am a normal person.?? If facebook is not your favorite networking site then you must be a leftist or a terrorist.

6. What is the best advise you???ve ever taken?

I have ignored tons of advises given to me like ???Do not marry a woman who picks at her food???, ???Do not ride sports bikes, it’s too dangerous”, ???Go abroad and work and have tons of savings???, ???Marry her, she’s the perfect one for you” and a lot more??? That???s one bad side of being Paul Yu, I never take someone???s advice, I think I know better. And maybe it???s because after all, ??I will be responsible for my future, and I do not want that if something goes bad, I???ll go back and say ???I shouldn???t have taken his advice???. So I don???t really TAKE advices, I will listen 100%, and if it makes sense I???ll take it as my own decision and not something like ???I did it because they say it would be good???.

7. What is one thing that you???ve done exactly the same for the past 10 years since you got employed in iComm.?

Writing SQL Queries. Even though I started as a developer where one of my task I used to write SQL Queries, after 10 years I am still writing it.

8. What was the most challenging job-related task you had for the past 10 yrs.?

Technical stuff is easy, but managing people is the most difficult part, especially making them stay in iComm.

9. If you weren???t a Software Manager, what would you be?

I am good with handling finances so I guess I could be CFO/Accounts? I am also a car enthusiast and I ???know??? cars + a little bit in ???sales talk??? so I think I can also be good seller.

10. What is the best thing about being an iComm employee?

There???s always a Summer and Christmas party!

11. Any advice for iComm newbies?

Do not ask what iComm can do for you, but ask yourself what you can do for iComm, and everything will follow.

 

by Jade Lazaga