Alex	Coles

Alex Coles

Infrastructure Engineer – Tech Team

How long have you been working at James and James, and what's your role?

I started working at James and James in November 2016. I’m part of the team of developers working on ControlPort, and I’m also responsible for the underlying infrastructure of the platform.

What you're best known for 

(Hopefully) my work on the project to move our infrastructure across to AWS in 2020, but more realistically, for sarcasm - or for being the instigator of many of our office Nerf gun battles.

What were you doing prior to James and James?

I previously worked as a web developer for a large commercial printer.

Do you have a background in fulfilment?

Not really! My background is in print, where I started as a digital artworker before transitioning into web development.

What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day?

 Much of the day involves solving new puzzles and learning new things, so there’s always something to look forward to!

 How would you describe your team?

We have very different personalities, a wide range of experience and interests, and a mix of backgrounds, but being the team is a solid unit; we work towards our common goals, and we’re all willing to provide help and support when it’s needed. 

What key successes or achievements have you played a role in whilst working at James and James?

As a Developer, I’ve worked on loads of cool new features for ControlPort. The biggest thing I’ve worked on as an Infrastructure Engineer was the project to move our production appliances to AWS.

What's your raison d^etre? 

Probably technology.

What's your funniest memory since joining the team?

My daughter chasing James Hyde with a water balloon at one of the company summer parties!

Do you have a hidden talent?

Possibly. But if so, it’s hidden from me.

What would your superpower be and why?

Telekinesis, because sometimes the TV remote is too far away.

What's your favourite quote?

Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.

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