Singlewire Spotlight: Andrew

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How long have you been at Singlewire and what’s your position?

I have been a Software Quality Assurance Analyst for a little over four years.

Please describe what you do at Singlewire.

I test the software that our developers create before we release it to customers. My goal is to ensure the software we’re releasing meets our customers’ needs, is intuitive to use, and works as expected every time. Software developers are incredibly intelligent, and it’s my job to find their mistakes and report those issues back to them. I also write and maintain automated tests that run on a schedule to reduce the amount of manual testing our QA team needs to do for each release.

What do you like best about working at Singlewire?

The work is variable, challenging, and rewarding. We’re in the business of making software that is often used to help keep people safe in dangerous situations. It’s very motivating to work towards making better software with a purpose like that. I enjoy working with my coworkers as well who are very helpful and intelligent.

What’s been your favorite project you’ve worked on here?

I spent about a year working on the project to overhaul the InformaCast Advanced user interface to improve usability and security, and it was fascinating. It was the largest project of my testing career, and it required some serious organizational and technical skills to release it in good quality.

What have you gained from working at Singlewire?

I have learned so much about test automation, programming, Linux, web testing, REST APIs, and networking just to name a few things. Working at Singlewire really took my career to the next level, and I feel lucky to have gotten this opportunity.

Where do you see Singlewire in the next five years?

The number of platforms in which people use to communicate in the modern day is staggering. We have already done a lot of work to support several of the most popular platforms, but I see this trend continuing such that we can offer more and more businesses the benefits of using InformaCast.

Where’s your hometown?

I grew up in a small town called Salem, Wis. It’s located about halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?

I like to play video games, watch NFL (despite living in Wisconsin my whole life, I’m a Buffalo Bills fan), spend time with my wife and cat, and travel to find new roller coasters to ride. I also enjoy learning about the latest electronics coming out (and then waiting 12 months to buy what interested me to save a bunch of money).

What’s the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Cedar Point! The roller coasters and atmosphere there has made me make the 7-hour drive there 4 of the last 5 years. I’m eager to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain in the future.

Tell us a little about your family?

I live with my wife, Jess and cat, Schrödinger. We had a small wedding to get married in May 2020 after planning something entirely different for two-and-a-half years. She likes crafts and the Green Bay Packers like a normal Wisconsinite. We adopted our tuxedo cat about four years ago. He loves humans, human food (he rarely succeeds at getting any), and naps.

Spotify, Pandora or iTunes and why?

None of those! My Google music subscription also gives me Youtube Premium so I think it’s the best music streaming service for the money.

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