Meet Christiaan De Nysschen! Christiaan is our Data Analyst II and excels at building data driven reports for clients. His keen ability to problem solve enables him to create valuable data visualizations that drive business decisions. Learn more about Christiaan, his role at IronEdge and how he got started in the tech industry in our July employee spotlight below.
What is your role and what year did you start working at IEG?
I’m a Data Analyst II and I started working for IEG in May 2019.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in South Africa, moved to Paso Robles, California in 2006, and then made the move to Houston in 2019. I grew up in the small town of Paso Robles (famous for it’s vineyards) in the heart of the central coast of California.
What inspired a career path in technology?
Tech is big in CA (and still growing), and the need for great business intelligence is growing with it. I was sold on pursuing this career path during my MBA when most of the companies we visited on a field trip discussed the future intelligence needs and that those were the positions they were hiring for—a big opportunity in the industry.
Did you get a degree? If so, what was your major?
I got my undergrad from California State University, Northridge and majored in engineering management. Then I did my MBA at Calpoly San Luis Obispo.
What hobbies/interests do you enjoy outside of work?
I cook, enjoy traveling (exploring Texas), and I enjoy almost anything that burns fuel.
What’s on your bucket list? Any goals or dreams you’d like to share?
One is to do a hot lap of the Nurburgring in an Audi R8, another is to build a cabin in the woods next to a lake.
What do you like most about your job at IronEdge?
What I like most about working at IronEdge is two-fold really. For one, the company culture, and more specifically, the team dynamics on the Business Intelligence team. There’s a healthy dose of constant learning going on and being the student, so that we can stay at the top of our game and at the cutting edge of the technologies we employ to provide the services that we do. There’s also a sense of camaraderie where we help each other fill knowledge gaps in projects and just have fun doing what we do. I’m never the smartest guy in the room with this team—and that’s a good thing. Then there’s the other piece—the work I get to do. In contrast to being the student, here I get to be the expert. I get extreme joy from blowing clients minds with some of the cool functionality we can squeeze from a seemingly flat software, integrate systems and apps they likely already have but underutilize and really make the data come to life.