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Learn how Josh and the Cloud Elements team use CloudApp to communicate
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Leveraging CloudApp in our Github pull requests has made it much easier for other developers to understand what changes were made and also to add much more value to our pull requests.
When asked what goes into creating an unparalleled product, Josh Wyse, Sr. Software Developer at Cloud Elements, answered: exceptional people.
And it shows.
Because in reality, you don’t become the leading API-based Integration platform, boasting the largest number of different SaaS integrations without the team that can make the vision come to life – and expand. And Cloud Elements knows a thing or two about expansion, offering more integrations than their competitors combined, while evolving to make it it possible for developers to build into third party platforms.
Core value #1? Customers first. The Cloud Elements team listens to their customer base and it drives their product evolution.
We caught Josh between his love for trail running, traveling to Norway with his wife and building his own passion projects to sit down for a behind the scenes look at Cloud Elements and how they make CloudApp a part of their ground breaking process as they prepare for integration domination. We asked Josh a few all-important questions about inspiration, new product development and of course how his overall process has helped make the Cloud Elements user experience the best in class.
Q. First things first, how did you get into this industry to begin with?
Josh: I grew up in Ohio and went to school at Miami University (OH) where I studied computer science. Pretty quickly I fell in love with software development and the challenge of solving problems in elegant and efficient ways. I’ve always been a back-end developer, but the last few months I’ve been leading a front-end project at CE and have loved it. I enjoy the challenge of designing and implementing a good UX, which has been a fun and difficult new challenge.
Q. When you start a new project, how do you see it to the end?
Josh: First and foremost I try to think through what the minimum viable product (MVP) is before starting something. I do this to know how to prioritize certain features and how to get something out quickly to determine whether we’re actually solving a legitimate problem and people will use this solution. With a lot of projects, that ends up not being the case, but this process also allows you to fail quickly so you can pivot your idea, or move on. From there I tend to follow the scrum based methodologies, and continually iterating to success.
Q. How much of your work would you say is focused on user experience and content?
Josh: My work is focused heavily on user experience and content, but not in the traditional sense.
What I mean by that, is that at Cloud Elements, we’re an integration platform where everything is API-based. We’re constantly trying to design and architect the easiest to use RESTful APIs for our customers to integrate with and have a seamless user experience, however it’s not the traditional UX that I think of with a pretty UI.
As far as content goes, it’s extremely important that we have a good developer portal for our customers to find the documentation they’re looking for quickly and consistently. We integrate with hundreds of different SaaS companies, which means we have thousands of APIs. This creates a real challenge in how to develop content in a scalable, easy to find way.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration?
Josh: Mainly sending and/or receiving Michael Scott GIFs via the giphy Slack integration.