In the latest installment of our Meet the Team series, we sat down with Joseph Eskander who is a technical team lead at myprosperity.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a computer science graduate with a passion for technology and science. I love software development because it allows me to work with new cutting-edge technology every day.
I’m originally from Egypt and moved to Melbourne with my wife three years ago. Since then, we’ve fallen in love with the city and its multicultural diversity.
When did you join myprosperity? Where were you before?
I joined myprosperity in November 2016 and instantly realised that it’s a great place to put my 10+ years of experience to good use. Before that, I was a senior developer at Onset Design for a year. Onset Design is a Melbourne-based software house that specialises in implementing engineering content collaboration software.
Back in Egypt, I worked as a development manager at Link Development which is a global technology solutions provider, leading the digitalization of private and public sectors with focus on MEA. I worked there for more that 7 years.
What would you say is the top trend to watch out for in the accounting and financial planning industries?
The biggest and most valuable asset for any corporation nowadays is data itself. So, I would say the top trend to look for in the future is business intelligence (BI) and data mining.
Business intelligence is a data driven decision-making process that enables data scientists to generate, aggregate, analyze and visualize data to help businesses make better management decisions. Business intelligence goes beyond data collection and crunching, into how companies can gain from Big Data and data mining. This means that business intelligence is not confined to technology; it includes the business processes and data analysis procedures that facilitate the collection of Big Data.
Data mining is the process of finding answers to issues you did not know you were looking for beforehand. With information overload, many data analysts worry that they may be overlooking key insights which could help their companies perform better. Data mining experts sift through large data sets to identify trends and patterns.
What would you say is the most overrated trend?
I think the most overrated trend is virtual reality/augmented reality. Don’t get me wrong, the technology is great and has lots of potential. However, it’s mostly used, at least for now, as just a wow-factor. So, I don’t think it has matured yet to reach its maximum potential.
What’s a little known fact about Joseph?
It might be little known about me that I follow politics with extreme passion and interest. Witnessing the Egyptian revolution in 2011 was a life-changing and an eye-opening experience for me, and I still follow Egyptian politics with great passion. I’m also trying to get my head around the different aspects of Australian politics which is still a learning experience for me.
- Biggest pet peeve? Disorder. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I cannot stand any form of disorder or chaos.
- Favourite spot? The beaches back on Egypt’s north coast.
- Favourite food? Pretty much anything that comes out of the BBQ 🙂
What is your favourite myprosperity feature?
This may be more of a back-end feature, but my favourite is myprosperity’s ability to integrate with and import/export data from/to most data providers out there. This makes myprosperity a one-stop-shop platform where clients can manage everything related to their financial world without ever having to switch to a different system in the middle of a task.