GET TO KNOW SADAF AL-HADDAD

Sadaf is a star of Power BI and she is particularly enthusiastic about creating smart visualisations using the tool. It was by sheer chance that she chose Information Systems and then Business Intelligence, and today she is really pleased with her choice. The role of consultant suits her perfectly since she likes variety in her workday and in her work, and because she gets to interact with different types of customer and data. She also enjoys freedom with responsibility, as this gives her leeway in deciding how to structure her working day.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THIS?
Before coming here I studied information systems in Skövde. In my senior-high school studies I focused on economics and I wanted a broad-based education since I wasn’t yet quite sure what I wanted to work with. My brother, who was already involved in the IT sector, convinced me that IT was the future and he suggested this programme. I later ended up in BI because many of my fellow students followed that path – peer pressure, quite simply. My interest in Business Intelligence grew as I discovered the exciting world of Microsoft Power BI. I’ve tested a number of other tools but I find Power BI really appealing since I like creating attractive visualisations. My choice of education and profession were something of a chance happening, but I’m really glad I followed this path!

After completing my education and before I started at Advectas, I worked for a summer at a company in Alingsås, Datavara. During my summer there I was part of their development team. Datavara specialises in salary management and uses Fortnox system support, among other tools. In spring 2018 I started working at Advectas and my role here is that of BI Consultant/Power BI Developer.

WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL WORKING DAY LOOK LIKE?
I start every morning by going through a to-do list featuring the day’s targets and tasks. It’s important to get off to a good start so you are in control over what happens during the course of the day. After that I go to Power BI to check out the reports that customers want me to change, develop or build from scratch. I work with different types of customer, everything from the automotive to the clothing sectors. This suits me well since I like variety both in my workday and in the kind of data I work with.

I like the role of consultant since freedom with responsibility is a great way to work. I can decide when, where and how I use my time. Having said that, this approach involves a lot of responsibility and independent work.

 

WHAT KIND OF WORKPLACE IS ADVECTAS?
For one thing, Advectas is an extremely secure workplace where my bosses and other colleagues listen and take me seriously. They always make time for me, and employees are allowed to have opinions on everything – that’s both satisfying and liberating at the same time.

It’s also a fun workplace where there’s a lot going on. I have many wonderful colleagues with strong personalities and that’s naturally very enriching.

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT WORKING AT ADVECTAS?
For one thing, Advectas is an extremely secure workplace where my bosses and other colleagues listen and take me seriously. They always make time for me, and employees are allowed to have opinions on everything – that’s both satisfying and liberating at the same time.

It’s also a fun workplace where there’s a lot going on. I have many wonderful colleagues with strong personalities and that’s naturally very enriching.

YOUR MOST ENJOYABLE MEMORY FROM ADVECTAS?
The 2018 summer party was wonderful, we played boule at Boulebaren in Gothenburg. It was fun to mix socially with our colleagues in a different environment, getting to know one another better. The whole evening was fun and relaxed and I’m really looking forward to our next summer party.

WHICH THREE WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE ADVECTAS?
Security, challenging, varied.