My Name is Kevin Bronsdijk and I'm a software engineer and consultant with over 10 years of professional experience focusing on large scale consumer facing web applications.
I'm currently working in Wakefield MA (Greater Boston area) for the Web Experience Management team at SDL plc. Wakefield is one of the many places where SDL works on Tridion, a Enterprise level Web Content Management System, which was recently positioned as market leader by Gartner.
I take enormous pride in my work and if you love the web as much as I do, you most likely visited some of the sites I’ve worked on, sites running on Tridion, open source projects I've contributed to or my blog.
In my spare time, I blog about new technology, code, the web and sometimes attempt to share some of my experience and help others avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made. At the moment I'm excited about cloud computing offerings like Elastic Search, Machine learning, Container Engines and in particular Google’s Prediction API as well as Microsoft’s Media Intelligence and Logic Apps offerings.
I have been developing software for over 12 years now. Starting with battleship-gray line of business applications and analytical software mainly written in VB 6, VC++, and integrating with products like IBM’s Cognos and SPSS.
I was looking for more depth and started working for a company specialized in building public facing websites and e-commerce solutions. Here I enjoyed being surrounded with smart technical minded people and new technology / products (ASP.NET, MVC, WCF, PowerShell, MS Build the list is endless) however craved to provide more business value instead of just being a ‘coder’.
This is the point where I move to SDL working on a product called Tridion, a Enterprise level Web Content Management System. Here I learned about the technologies (Oracle RAC, Elastic Search, API Design, Microsoft Azure) and processes (Release & incident management) required when developing an enterprise level product. And in addition, dealing with enterprise level responsibilities.
At SDL I enjoy wearing many hats; working on new releases, maintaining older versions, and helping customers solving critical issues onsite or remotely. Apart from that, I'm also involved in streamlining internal processes, communicating with different department and sharing product knowledge.
Apart from developing software and reading, and writing about software development, I also enjoy reading Sci-Fi & Fantasy books (Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card are my favorite authors), Michael Palin’s travel adventures and highly interested in East/Southeast Asia (mainly linguistics and cultural studies) as well.
I do enjoy the outdoors from time to time. Traveling to the mountains is definitely one of the things I enjoy the most.
Besides speaking English, German and Dutch (my mother tongue), I also speak Thai at a semi-intermediate level and currently following Mandarin Chinese classes. Hoping that this will help fulfill one of my whishes; continuing my career in E/SE Asia.