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Nisanth Muthukirushnasamy
@ Trivadis

Nisanth Muthukirushnasamy, product owner for modern cloud infrastructure offerings, cloud architect and advisor, and trainer, started his career as a teenager assembling computers. He likes to plan his week from A to Z – just not before half past eight in the morning.

 

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I came to Switzerland as a war refugee from Sri Lanka when I was ten. My entry into the official school here took place in the second semester of fifth grade. Just three years later, I had to start thinking about my professional future. At first, I wanted to become a car mechanic. No wonder, in times when for many young people "Need for Speed" was more a life attitude than a game. In the end though, I was more into computers than cars.

That became clear to me when I got a summer job in a shop that sold computers and gaming consoles. I was particularly taken with computer hardware. Soon I started assembling computers myself – and turned this into my own little business: I built computers for others. I had the parts paid for in advance and then charged for my work.

I got to a point where I wanted more – a position where I could make a difference and drive things forward – and got a job as an Azure architect at Trivadis.

So, I ended up doing an apprenticeship as a computer scientist specialising in systems engineering and my interest quickly moved from pure hardware topics to entire IT landscapes and, in particular, virtual data centres. Two stops and a lot of valuable practice later, I finally reached a point where I wanted more – a position where I could make a difference and drive things forward – and got a job as an Azure architect at Trivadis.

Maybe you should know: Being committed and taking on responsibility is part of my personality. My free time speaks for itself in this regard. In addition to my role as a father, I am active in the Bülach football club as a player and on the board, I founded the Swiss Tamil Professionals Association for business networking for Tamils in Switzerland, and I am on the board and team leader of the comdu.it association, which promotes sustainable development in Sri Lanka.

After starting at Trivadis, it didn't take long for me to settle in and feel like taking action. I still remember meeting up with my colleague Manu and working out a vision for our Azure cloud services – which we finally wanted to present to the management. To be honest, I was kinda shocked when we were invited to the meeting straight away. Of course, I was pleased – and even more about the feedback after the presentation: We were told to specify our vision and start implementing it!

Someone who is eager and tackles things, has a lot of possibilities at Trivadis.

Someone who is eager and tackles things, has a lot of possibilities at Trivadis. In addition to the eagerness, two other things are essential for me to have all activities under control: the Outlook calendar and OneNote. My week is timed through, practically every half hour, including the weekend – business and private appointments. But don't get me wrong, I am not a workaholic. My structure helps me to consciously keep work and free time from blurring. It also allows me to get the most out of my resources and always concentrate on the essentials.

There is, however, one more point to be mentioned about my well-planned week: I don't like to see meetings before eight in the morning in my Outlook calendar. I usually don't really warm up until around half past eight. Fortunately, my colleagues are very considerate of me in this respect.

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