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A catch up with Voice Technologies' new software developer, Steve Calder

 14th May 2019

Recently our technology team had the pleasure of helping Paisley-based software provider Voice Technologies grow their team, recruiting software developer Steve Calder.  We caught up with Steve to find out how he’s settling into his new role.


Steve Calder - Voice Technologies


Tell us about your background, and how you came to work with Voice Technologies?

I had worked in Software Development for about 18 years using lots of different technologies (including C++, C#, Delphi, SQL), but only for two companies. It was time for a change, but I decided to take some time off first. That extended into almost a year, but it could not go on forever and I decided that it was time to get back out to work. I was looking for something local to give some flexibility with my school-run commitments, and it had to be interesting as well. Voice Technologies ticked all these boxes.


What does your role in the business entail?

As part of a small software team I am going to be developing using several different languages and technologies, some of which I’ve either not used before or haven’t used for many years. Some of this will probably be web based, but my main focus will be on C# and SQL which fits very well with my strengths.


What got you excited about working for the business?

I like working for a relatively small company. There is great potential for growth and you still have the feeling that you can make a difference. Voice Technologies have already made great strides in the last few years and I’m looking forward to helping to build on that.


Can you tell us about any projects that you're going to be working on?

Although I’ve only been with Voice Technologies for a few weeks, I’ve already been involved in developing updates for some of the company’s core applications. We have a long-term project underway to re-develop our WinVoice Pro document production system into a web-based product, and I look forward to being involved in taking this forward.


What’s your favourite thing about the industry?

Even after almost 20 years you are always learning something new - every day is a school day. But at the same time, you realise that problem solving, critical thinking and good design are more valuable and transferrable skills than knowing any particular language.


What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

I’m a cricket fan, so am looking forward to the World Cup and the Ashes this year. I enjoy a good film, as long as it is either old, classic, obscure or foreign. I’m also a CAMRA member so love a good pint of real ale. However, I’ve got an 8-year-old daughter so there never seems to be much time for any of these!


If you’d like to find out more about Voice Technologies, you can visit their website.



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