Andy Willems: 15 years as a TMC Employeneur
Andy Willems recently celebrated his 15-year anniversary as a TMC Employeneur. During his long career as a software architect at TMC, he has worked on many different projects for different clients and he has seen TMC grow. After his cell-director Ronald Timmermans paid him a surprise visit to give him a present and to congratulate him, we talked to Andy and asked about his time at TMC, the projects he has worked on, and his plans for the future.
Truly very happy
“I wasn’t actually the first TMC Employeneur; there were a few before me, but not many. Before I began to work at TMC, I wanted to start in business for myself, but then I saw an ad for TMC and thought that employeneurship could be a great intermediate step in that direction. But I soon found out that at TMC I could do the work I love and shape my career in just the way I wanted. Of course, I wouldn’t have stayed for 15 years if I weren’t truly very happy at TMC. I really enjoy changing projects every 3 to 4 years. And the projects I can do through TMC are so interesting. For me, doing work you like is the most important thing.”
From the first digital television to 3D TV
“I’m currently working at Philips Research, helping to develop 3D television – a new technology that doesn’t require 3D glasses. But over the years I have worked on many different projects. I wrote the software for the quick chargers for electrical cars that are now posted along the highway. I worked for TomTom on their navigation system, which is now integrated in many Renault cars. And I helped develop the first digital television at Philips. One of my favourite projects was also at Philips, where I helped shape the ‘Entertaible’, which was a 30-inch LCD touchscreen integrated into a table. It was in the age before iPads and it was very sexy at the time. The table prototype visited many shows, like the IFA in Berlin. The product never actually made it onto the consumer market, but the software ran smoothly for days on end. Even when I work on a product that doesn’t actually go to market, it’s still very enjoyable to face the different challenges each project presents and to learn from them.”
Combining craftsmanship with diversity
“I feel really privileged to have been able to do all of these different projects. Whenever I’m looking for the next project, I always look for a device or machine that fascinates me, because I don’t know how it works. At TMC, I can combine software craftsmanship with a great diversity of projects. In the future I would love to work on devices for the Internet of Things, or maybe on a medical instrument at Philips Medical. It fascinates me to find out how these devices work. That’s my constant internal drive, and it’s almost always the criteria for me to choose a project.”