Edwin Van Ras

Business Delivery Manager, Software Development

About Edwin

Edwin completed his Bachelor of Computer Science in 1997 at Fontys University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Since then he has been part of some of the world's finest in hi-tech innovation and automation industries, for companies such as Philips, ASML, Vanderlande/Toyota, Bosch, Lightyear and many more. His career has developed over the years from senior software architect, to agile product owner, business consultant, HR lead and Innovation lead. The areas he is experienced in are diverse: IoT, Model Driven Development, Continuous Delivery and Test Automation. As Innovation lead Edwin is able to translate the client's vision of innovation and business creation into a programme of products and services. He is an excellent communicator who enjoys converging the interests of customers, partners and internal stakeholders. Edwin is creative, social and quick to share a laugh. Beside his technical business career in ICT, he is also a passionate and creative professional photographer.

What Edwin has to say:

What made you decide to become your role?  

The role of Business Delivery Manager for the software development team is one where I feel my skills and ambitions shine best. After 20+ years of working for a dozen or more projects I have collected many technical and social skills which are essential for this BDM role. I have been part of the shaping of a number of software solutions, strategy implementations and improvement programs, and that knowledge enables me to deliver the best results for our clients.

What did you do before joining Abley?  

In the Netherlands I worked for a large international consultancy where my role was Innovation Team Leader. I was responsible for the innovation and team management within our department, where I focused on our skill expansion in competences to do with Internet of Things, automation and automotive.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  

I love the fact that my role offers so much diversity in term of activities and the people I connect with. And that I get to be in the middle of it. On the one hand, thinking with clients as to how to increase their value by offering them the best added-value and services possible. And on the other hand, managing to get the best out of our software team, by offering them the skills, platform, tools and pleasure in being the best that they can be. This way, they can create high quality innovative solutions which enable our clients in their fast growing businesses.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?  

The software industry is one that evolves at an enormous pace. Staying ahead of digital disruption, adapting the best practices in business agility, constantly innovating and collaborating, are all key to stay in the business. This is a challenge for all industry players. For me, a great motivator is to keep looking for the best. To strive for the right added value and progression every day, creating that level of uniqueness and dynamic that makes 'the' difference to our clients.

What has been your career highlight so far?  

As a business consultant and software manager I've worked for 20+ years in many different technical domains and projects. The highlight for me was the recognition I received from a logistics client for whom I implemented agility, test automation and continuous deployment in their software development cycle. The outcome of these improvements were a means for delivering faster, more frequent, more reliable and with less resources. The return on investment was already there after three months, saving millions of dollars within 18 months.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  

I really love the outdoors. Activities like cycling, hiking and camping are among my favourites, and I might even take up fishing now that I'm in New Zealand. I also love coffee, hanging out with my young family and expressing my creativity through photography.