People Behind Valo: Tomi Tavela, Valo Tech Lead

In this article series, we get to know the heroes behind Valo!

This time, let me introduce to you the Tech Lead Tomi Tavela.

What have you been working on lately?

Together with the rest of the team, I’ve been working on a modern version of our Intranet product. I’ve also planned and developed our next-level mobile app. Prioritizing and organizing our development work is something I do every day. So is studying and testing new Office 365 capabilities. And cleaning up unused resources from my Azure subscription. :)

What did you do before Valo?

First of all, I have quite a long history with Valo, working with the product since its very first version (back in 2011). Before that, I worked on different Intranet and website projects with Finnish customers.

What do you most like about your work?

Creativity, and using latest technologies. In the Valo product development, I really enjoy the fact that we have a mobile development track, in addition to the cutting-edge SharePoint and Office 365 development we do.

Of course, the awesome technical solutions wouldn’t mean much to me without my great teammates. I also love to collaborate with our partners around the world. They have lots of interesting customer projects ongoing, and we are mutually learning from each other all the time.

I get my extra kicks from speaking publicly in conferences.

With Jeff Teper at the SharePoint Saturday Oslo

How do you spend your free time?

Most of my free time I spend hanging around with my two lovely boys, exploring the world and teaching them how to live life. When I have some moments for myself, I spend them bowling, enjoying the nature at the cottage, and of course coding (i.e. enhancing my SP Editor).

Visiting San Francisco with the kids


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