Meet the team: John Hollingworth, Integration Architect
Our meet the team series is a chance for you to gain bit of insight into who Swedwise are, and what makes us tick. Meet John Hollingworth, Integration Architect.
What’s your background?
I’m originally from Stockholm, but I spent some time growing up in a smaller city called Örebro. I graduated from Örebro University with a degree in Computer and Systems Science. After that, it was time to return to Stockholm.
How and why did join Swedwise?
I joined Swedwise 2014. I’d been aware of them for quite some time. Some of their consultants were working for my former employee. The more I got to know the people at Swedwise, the more I just knew this was the company I had to work for. If I’m honest, it’s because everyone has a great personality; both on a professional and personal level.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what do you think you would be doing?
I would probably be playing the World Cup as a midfielder – we’re allowed to dream aren’t we? More realistically, I think I would have made a good a carpenter or some similar craftsman. Not that I am good with tools. But I think the sense of completing something and being proud of the result is a huge motivator for me.
What single piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
Make sure you have really given it all you’ve got before you try something else. I know it sounds cheesy, but really believe nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. You may have to change your perspective or your toolset, but given the right amount of passion and dedication problems can be solved and goals reached.
What is the latest piece of technology you have been working with or something you’ve recently learnt that excites you?
I think the realisation that you can move a lot of your integration infrastructure to a digital private cloud is exciting. I think it’s a trend that’s here to stay. Creating smooth integrations with API-led connectivity means businesses can kiss goodbye to expensive servers and admin.
Who do you admire?
There are so many important and intelligent people – who aren’t even famous. I could say something pretentious like Barack Obama. But I have to say Weird Al Yankovic. Yes, it’s an odd choice. But he’s always been an inspiration. We are quite similar in many respects. I also have an incredible irritating habit of making new silly lyrics to existing songs. Just ask my wife.
Do you have any non- IT related hobbies outside of work?
I play a lot of football with a small local team called HOYZER, which is part of an amateur league. But If I really put my mind to it and stopped eating so many potato chips, I’d be world-class by now.
Tell something about yourself others might not know about you or find surprising?
I am still dreaming about being selected for the national team so I can play the World Cup. Like I say, nothing is impossible.
Thanks for your time John.