SKYPAD Employee Spotlight - Yuriy Pritulyak

SKYPAD Employee Spotlight - Yuriy Pritulyak

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1.     What are your responsibilities as Director of Production Management?

My main responsibility is managing the production to make sure that all processes and services are running efficiently and resolving all possible issues that might occur. Driven by the power of programming and automation, my team and I are monitoring and validating hundreds of processes every day to ensure that SKYPAD users can get the most current data of their business first thing Monday morning. Keeping all teams up to date with the latest information regarding status of our production environment is also one of my main responsibilities.

2.    What is a typical work day like for you at SKYPAD?

My typical work day is no different than any other person’s at SKYPAD: managing tasks and projects, resolving the necessary call-outs and of course meetings. The only thing that might be different is that I’m always trying to plan my day the night before. So when I’m in the office I know exactly what the day will look like. When you are time constrained planning ahead is always the best option.

3.     Before working at SKYPAD, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

The first job I ever had was harvesting walnuts for sale when I was still a young boy. I only made some pocket change but it was the first money I ever earned and it made me feel very proud of myself.

4.     What are three words you would use to describe SKYPAD?

"Scientia potentia est". It's a Latin quote meaning "knowledge is power". That's exactly what SKYPAD is providing to clients - the power of data to make informed business decisions.

5.     What is your favorite thing about working at SKYPAD? What has been your favorite project so far?

My favorite thing is the new challenges that we are continuously creating for ourselves in order to move forward. Better automation, faster processing, smarted validation. It’s not the sprint but the never ending marathon that leads the company to success.

               

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6.     What is one thing that you wish you had known when you were starting out your career?

No matter how good you are you still have only one head, two hands, and 24 hours in a day. Finding the right people to work with is the key to success.

7.     What are five words (ore less) of advice for others in your profession?

Do what you love. Simple as that.

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8.     If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?

Elon Musk, preferably at a bar on Mars. Enjoying a bottle of fine whiskey and asking a million questions that I have in mind.

9.     If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

I would definitely choose teleportation. There are so many places on Earth (and one on Mars) that I would like to visit and I realized that only this superpower would make it possible.

10.     What is a fun fact about you?

I never sleep... at least that is what most of people at SKYPAD think since I usually reply to emails within minutes at anytime of the day (or night!).

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SKYPAD Employee Spotlight - Anna Rodriguez

SKYPAD Employee Spotlight - Anna Rodriguez

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1.     What are your responsibilities as Director of Research and Development?

The Majority of my responsibilities revolve around providing technical road-map for Sky I.T. projects implementations, researching and testing new products or technologies and improving existing products. I also review business specifications, design and oversee architecture of systems and processes designed for deployment of our web-based SKYPAD application to our Fashion Luxury clients.

2.    What is a typical work day like for you at SKYPAD?

I must start my day with coffee! The typical day might differ from me being totally absorbed in working on a new code to me being totally absorbed in daily meetings where we brainstorm ideas of new products and process improvements. It is never a dull day.

3.     Before working at SKYPAD, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I think my first job was the most unusual or interesting. My first real job was working as administrative secretary for a print buying company. I learned that there are magazines printed for almost every subject imaginable.

4.     What do you find the most challenging at SKYPAD?

The challenge is the best part. It's the business we are in. Managing multiple projects across multiple clients, with very tight deadlines, is definitely challenging, but also character building. The solution for managing work effectively, in my opinion, is implementing standards and ensuring that all processes conform to these standards. Sometimes I have to be the bad cop.

5.     How has SKYPAD helped you in your career development?

At SKYPAD, I was provided with opportunity of learning new technologies in business intelligence, data warehouse and project management. I was also given a chance to develop managerial skill and grow expertise in providing technical consulting.

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6.     What has been your favorite project at SKYPAD?

I like to be challenged. Working with so many different brands, with different needs, brings a level of excitement to each project, especially when the designed solution is portable and could be applied across multiple clients. One of my favorite projects would be the development of a mapping application we call ‘SkyAlign’. This application helps our customers to map style/color/size records reported in Style Selling Reports received weekly from their retailer partner merchants yet are not present in their own Item master. For instance, a retailer might be reporting activity on color ‘Red’, but client’s Item master refers to this color as ‘Cherry’. This misalignment can cause serious misconceptions on sales performance.

7.     What is one thing that you wish you had known when you were starting out your career?

Networking is really helpful, not only when searching for a job but as a way to enrich oneself with diverse knowledge.

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8.     Quote to live by:

 ‘Don’t tell me why something could not be done; tell me how you did it!’ I heard these words in a meeting at my first job and they really stuck with me all these years. There is a ring of truth to this – we just can’t simply quit when faced with obstacles.

9.     What books are at your bedside?

My literature taste has been changing over the years. While science fiction dominated my adolescence, now I read more of historical novels – I read all of Philippa Gregory books after reading her bestseller ‘The Other Boleyn Girl”. I also like Mitch Albom books full of philosophical wisdom. For long trips, I make sure to have James Patterson novels.

10.     What is a fun fact about you?

I like taking road trips. Sometimes, I set up the GPS to use a route ‘less travelled’. Though I do like to plan ahead and know where I am going, I do make a spontaneous turn to see what is hidden behind that curve.

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