Our Employee Spotlight series gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at what makes SMG work—our people. Learn more about our team and get to know Weston Skeans – Technical Architect.
What is your position at SMG?
I’m a Technical Architect in our Technology department. My job is to design software and technology solutions to keep SMG on the cutting edge. I’m involved in every step of the software development process from design to development and implementation. My focus is specifically on designing our mobile apps, web reporting application, and APIs.
Tell us what an average day in the life is like for you.
Like many development teams, a typical day for me starts with our architecture team standup. From there, I might work on the technical design of a new application with a product manager or client, create a proof of concept of a new technology, or plan for an upcoming development sprint. Since I work very closely with our development teams, I’ll often help them with performance optimizations, code reviews, or education and best practices. I also might analyze and monitor our platform to make sure our applications are stable and running efficiently.
What is it like working on your team?
The Technology department is a fast-paced, highly collaborative team. We work closely across different roles and teams in our pursuit of creating new, compelling products and solving challenging technical problems. We pride ourselves on taking advantage of the latest technologies, so we’re constantly learning new things. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to innovate and apply these new ideas to SMG, whether it’s a new app framework, big data platform, or design pattern.
What do you love most about your job?
I work with a unique company comprised of kind, thoughtful, and passionate individuals. We really go above and beyond for each other and our clients. I also appreciate our commitment to advancing our technology stack and products. It forces you to constantly learn and hone your skills and gives us the freedom to create new groundbreaking applications.
How does your job contribute to our clients’ success?
Our clients are at the core of what we do. We take their needs and wants very seriously and won’t stop until we get it right. As an architect on the team, I’ve built relationships with many of our clients in order to better understand their technology needs and to innovate together. Working with such recognizable and technologically-advanced brands is very rewarding and helps us stay innovative.
What would you tell someone interested in joining the SMG team?
SMG is a great place if you want to build interesting applications, constantly learn new things, and collaborate. If you’re curious and passionate, we’d love to have you!
How would you describe SMG in 3 words?
(technology, data) => insights;
(Sorry, it’s programmer humor)