Alexander Viken

Cloud Solution Architect in Oslo

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of projects and I have a deep passion for transforming ideas into solutions and applications, which solve real world needs. Software and solutions that simplifies the day to day life both in personal and professional life.

I think it truly is a privilege to be able to work with something I consider to be so much a hobby and favorite activity.

I have worked with, designed and developed a wide range of software systems. Among these are one of Norway’s first content management systems and B2B systems for telecom carrier NetCom and their chain of resellers long before the term B2B became common (it was at the time called an "extranet"​). I’ve also been the lead architect in the design of the national food, safety and tracking system built for the Norwegian food and agriculture department and now these latter few years being able to “embrace” the cloud through the Microsoft Azure platform and what it brings in possibilities.

I've has taught evening classes on Windows Mobile development with C# at the Norwegian School of Information Technology in 2009 and took the initiative to start the first and only Windows Phone based developer community in Norway early summer the same year. The work with WPDC resulted in a MVP award from Microsoft for community participation.

I do love my work and what I do - The only “regret” I sometimes feel is that there seems to be less time for starting up the IDE and code software, and more and more work is spent creating solutions at a higher level, using Enterprise Architecture tools to make sure that not only is state of the art software being developed, but that it also fits into the enterprise and its goals and strategies as a whole. I love every second of it.

Luckily there is some spare time left after the kids are put to bed to dig out Visual Studio and play.

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