Career roadmap for a Software Engineer at NashTech, what you need to know?

As one of the leading companies in the IT field, we have a clear vision: to make NashTech a great place to work. As such, since its establishment, NashTech has become a go-to destination for over 1,600 software engineers through our development centers in Vietnam, pursuing the highest levels of integrity and quality in providing a unique portfolio of services.

But, have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as a Software Engineer and the career roadmap for this job at NashTech?

First of all, to get an overview of the career pathway for a Nasher (what we fondly call our employees), specifically a Software Engineer, we should get to know the job thoroughly. In general, Software Engineers can be understood as computer science professionals that design and develop software products, which can be interpreted in simple terms as: architecting, implementing, testing, and maintaining computer programs.

As such, this role comprises of a variety of tasks depending on the specific positions and job requirements. Taking a Software Engineer in Microsoft .NET for example, their responsibilities involve developing and writing software programs in compliance with established coding quality standards as well as running through all the tests. Furthermore, for higher positions, troubleshooting and providing solutions are also required.

So, what about career development roadmap for a Software Engineer at NashTech?

Standard Pathway – Technical Career Path

A standard pathway for a Software Engineer will focus on the technical side. This technical career path allows employee to grow and develop to become a Senior Software Engineer, Technical or Team Lead, Technical Architect and then Solution Architect respectively.

Management Career Path

However, if an employee has the aspiration to follow the management path rather than the technical direction, it is also possible at NashTech. Although this career path comprises of different categories and lines in it, the core value is to focus on project management or line management.

Different Competencies Path

At NashTech, we’re keen on nurturing employees’ passion as well as empowering them to grow independently and freely. If a Software Engineer decides to develop out of the box rather than following the usual pathway and wishes to become, let’s say, a Quality Control Engineer or Business Analyst, this could also be acceptable. There will be requirements with this case for employees to bear in mind and achieve before the switch can be taken place. For example, the position they wish to change to needs to be available at that time and employee needs to pass several certain tests, etc.

In general, no matter which direction Nashers would like to go with, NashTech will always be there to support them to grow personally and professionally. At NashTech, we offer a myriad of training courses for both technical and soft skills. These courses vary from leadership to English courses, from technical to other academic and professional courses that act as a significant resource for the growth of all Nashers.

Since 2000, throughout almost two decades in Vietnam, NashTech has always striven to become the second home for thousands of software engineers, because for us, our Talent are extremely important. That’s why we want to assure that Nashers can grow the best way that they can and a flexible career roadmap for every employee is a key point that is taken into account.

5 tips to survive through deadlines

Tired of chasing up deadlines, especially the urgent ones? I bet you are.

Wondering how to meet the deadlines with the perfect outputs? I bet you are.

The key to successfully nailing it is to turn the deadlines into your friend. Sounds impossible? With these 5 tips, you can easily conquer any deadlines that come to you!

1. Prioritize the tasks

Prioritize the tasks following 2 categories: importance and urgency. By doing this, you will know what to do first, second and so on. For example, the urgent and important task should be done first, following by those tasks which are important but less urgent. For those urgent but not important tasks, delegate it if it’s possible or do it quickly with less effort. You can leave the less urgent and least important tasks to do later.

You can also refer to the following matrix, which is designed by Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th president of United State for time management idea (Source: https://www.eisenhower.me/eisenhower-matrix/)

2. Plan your work and divide the tasks into sub-tasks

Dividing the task into sub-categories and assigning deadlines to each part will make it easy for you to follow the whole process steps by steps. This will also avoid letting the grass grow under your feet.

3. Be a team player

At NashTech, you’re not alone, you have your co-workers, the beloved Nashers. Be a team player so that people can support you and vice versa to conquer the deadlines. Because you cannot keep things under control all the time.

4. Keep calm, don’t be panic and DO NOT check your clock every 10 seconds

Even if the deadline is 5 minutes away, don’t be panic. And, checking up on the clock every 10 seconds won’t do. Keep yourself calm. Otherwise, you’ll be messed up since you don’t know where to start, what to do and worse, rushing to finish the task might turn it into a sloppy work. Setting the alarm two or three times before the deadline is a good idea to make sure that you are aware of the leftover time and have a chance to check the work once again before submitting.

5. Be meticulous and precise

Pay attention to every detail unless you want to miss any part or information of the work. Even if it’s urgent, spend some minutes to double check everything and make sure that every piece is delivered. Always remember what doesn’t break you, makes you more productive!

 

 

 

NashTech aims to be the 1st Vietnamese IT company to gain CMMI 2.0 High Maturity Level 5

For over 25 years, high-performing organizations around the world have achieved demonstrable, sustainable business results with CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration). NashTech is happy to announce that in 2020 we will be moving from CMMI version 1.3 Level 5 to pursuing CMMI version 2.0 High Maturity Level 5. We are on the run to be the first Vietnamese technology company to gain this new certification. We confidently believe that CMMI version 2.0 High Maturity Level 5 will raise us to an unparalleled standard, allowing us to improve product quality, client satisfaction and enhance our employee’s practical and lean processes.

CMMI 2.0 is the newest model with a proven set of global best practices organized by critical business capabilities which improve business performance. In Vietnam, there are a few technology companies gained CMMI 2.0 level 3. However, CMMI 2.0 High Maturity Level 5 marks a difference that extends beyond its previous version. This is our business’s objectives in 2020 and we are proud to say that we are at the final steps on the run of CMMI 2.0 High Maturity Level 5.

Source: cmmiinstitute.com/cmmi

CMMI 2.0 High Maturity Level 5 will improve performance and align operations to NashTech’s goals.

NashTech gained CMMI 1.3 Level 5 in 2016 as a part of our drive to break through, leverage and adapt to the ever-changing Information Technology industry. We have been streamlining our global projects, minimizing room for error and increasing overall efficiency. This in turn has dramatically improved our performance.

There are a lot of benefits that come along with CMMI, and I believe that CMMI brings to us the great chance to improve ourselves and become the number one of IT outsourcing providers which we’ve been aiming for since the beginning.

Mr Nam Nguyen – Lowell PM.

Processes are an essential part of any organization. At NashTech, thousands of engineers are running a vast number of projects every day, CMMI has helped to form and to improve processes that keep us working smoothly together and keep our quality remain competitive.

Mr Tuyen Le – HN Operation Director.

In addition, we know that using standard processes creates more structure in our business. Good processes, therefore, provide a way to communicate and apply consistent standards and practices within the business.

All these efforts prove that we ensure our customers have advanced technology services to support their strategic business growth. It also ensures we improve the working quality of our employees, systematizing the working process of our business.

In order to achieve our long-term goals, and the goals of our clients, NashTech is always improving quality, to strive beyond the most rigorous standards. And we achieve this through many practical actions.

Never satisfied with what is already available, new ways are discovered to refine the organization’s software development process. NashTech is constantly updating processes to be in line the latest trends, refreshing ourselves with “Innovation” and “Proactive” principles to meet the challenges of changing global business.

Why CMMI?

Here is some information from CMMI Institute.

Originally created for the U.S. Department of Defence to assess the quality and capability of their software contractors, CMMI models have expanded beyond software engineering to help any organization in any industry build, improve, and measure their capabilities and improve performance.

Designed to optimize business performance the CMMI model is process by which businesses can measure their different capabilities against best practices and pinpoint which ones are driving higher performance. 

CMMI 2.0 addresses the biggest challenges common to any organization, including:

  • Engineering and Developing Products
  • Improving Performance
  • Delivering and Managing Services
  • Sustaining Habit and Persistence
  • Managing Business Resilience
  • Planning and Managing Work
  • Selecting and Managing Suppliers
  • Ensuring Quality
  • Managing the Workforce
  • Supporting Implementation

CMMI 2.0 High Maturity Level 5 is a valuable certificate for any technology companies. The model evaluates the maturity of an organization’s processes, so it can provide a related guidance on how the improvements of those processes will bring better products.

With CMMI 2.0 High Maturity Level 5, NashTech can drive better business performance through building and benchmarking key capabilities. This helps us to support our clients and their goals even more effectively than we do by following version 1.3.

We are exhilarated to be resourceful and innovative in everything we do. We endeavour to stay ahead by anticipating rather than reacting, but our actions are always carefully considered.

 

Nashers – Microsoft ‘Most Valuable Professionals’

From 2011 to 2020, there are four excellent Nashers, who have received ‘Most Valuable Professionals’ – a coveted award for IT engineers. They have proven Nashers not only strive for NashTech’s success but also endeavour to build a thriving global IT industry.

NashTech can grow so successfully today thanks to our amazing people, who are called Nashers. Each person is a unique colour that contributes to the vibrant spectrum of NashTech.

Among them, there are four individuals with different characteristics, different jobs, and different roles. Together they join hands to create a wonderful working place that is both pleasant and professional at NashTech.

Their vivid colour has radiated positive energy to all Nashers around. Encouraging others during the work process raises the intensity of practice, strengthens the relationships among Nashers, and lets others know that their hard work and team-first attitude does not go unnoticed. This quartet has made great efforts to create a strong and united NashTech collective.

Although they have many differences, they just have one goal. That is for Vietnam to become the World’s Leading Technology Destination. The quartet aims to keep contributing to the domestic IT community by connecting more people with common interests in advanced technologies, and actively sharing more practical experience with the community.

Beyond NashTech, they constantly help the Vietnam IT community with their dynamic activities, especially with regards to Microsoft. Meanwhile, the four Nashers are “big brothers” of others at our company, who are willing to support and encourage juniors to develop themselves. NashTech is immensely proud of having them in our team.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVPs) is a challenging award offered by Microsoft which is well known, but very difficult to receive. An individual’s contributions made in the previous 12 months must go through a rigorous validation process before being handed this certificate. Once Microsoft thinks that contribution is important and valuable, he or she will be awarded an MVP. Microsoft introduced MVPs in 1993, it was first given to 37 people. Today, there are more than 4,000 MVPs worldwide.

For more than two decades, the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award is our way of saying “Thanks!” to outstanding community leaders.

Microsoft MVP

We could not be successful without such an incredibly valuable and engaged group of people working with us.

Brian Harry, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, and Developer Division – speaking about the MVP community.

 

LE HOANG DZUNG,

A technology enthusiast, Head of RMO and Senior Engineering Manager at NashTech.

MVPs Winner from 2011 to 2013

Award Categories: Visual C# 

Dzung has made important contributions such as having more than 40 in-depth articles about Microsoft technology; organizing a multilingual community website to share great programming knowledge; developing a website to share good sources about Microsoft technology. In the past, Dzung also organized a free training course on ASP.NET ASP.NET MVC technology for students on Sundays. He has designed and executed a great deal of training programs for the company and other vendors like Manulife Vietnam, Saigon Technical University and so on. The remarkable programmes he completed is Harvey Nash Fresher, Dev2TA, and Azure Solution Design. These programmes help the company build new developers, turn senior developers to an actual software architect, and help developers to have Azure design skills.

Dzung has been awarded as a Visual C# MVP by Microsoft for three years (2011 – 2013). During this time, he had grown a passion for people development and design training programmes. Now, he focuses on nurturing new talent for NashTech. Dzung states that his current concern is not only about technology but also the quality of our workforce – “Because I’m currently working as a senior manager, coding is just my hobby”.

In 2020, only 5 people in Vietnam won this prominent award and 3 out of 5 are currently working at NashTech.

 

NGUYEN LE QUYNH THIEN,

A SimplCommerce maintainer and a passionate developer who loves coding and talking about technologies.

Award Categories: Developer Technologies

Number of MVP Awards: 2 

Thien Nguyen is a talented and enthusiastic person. He has more than 10 years of experience in developing and designing technology systems with various domains, such as finance, advertisement, social network, E-commerce, etc. His contribution to the Vietnam community is acclaimed by achieving not only one but two MVP awards in Developer Technologies categories.

Although he is busy with the job of Engineering Manager and Advisor of Microsoft & Cloud solutions at NashTech, he still shares his time at Vietnam Web Summit, .NET Conference HCM, Technical Meetups, and many other workshops. As a pioneer in the application implemented new technologies, Thien Nguyen has contributed significantly to the successful training for many young engineers at NashTech. One of the most rewarding parts about being members of his team is the motivation and inspiration he brings. Therefore, his team possesses a powerful force that is able to conquer the toughest challenges.

 

 

HUYNH NGOC PHI,

A technical enthusiast especially in Microsoft Azure & DevOps.

Award Categories: Microsoft Azure

Number of MVP Awards: 2

Phi Huynh, who always looking for new things to try and loving to update the latest technologies, is currently working as R&D Manager at NashTech. He is an Azure Expert providing excellent services to help enterprises accelerate their cloud adoption. With over ten-year experiences in the full life-cycle of software design process, including gathering requirements, writing technical proposals, estimating, and developing and maintenance services, Phi was praised as the best Technical Architect of Harvey Nash in 2015.

Besides, he is an influential team leader, and an awesome brother. It is expressed through his work as a Software Consultant specializing in cloud-first approach, a software architecture, and how he brings the DevOps culture to every projects. He possesses both high levels of competence and high levels of trust. His enthusiasm is contagious quickly and strongly to the people around him.

 

 

CHUNG QUANG THANG,

A creator and maintainer of many global projects, who loves to write technical articles which are how to make software architecture and code quality better.

Award Categories: Microsoft Azure

Number of MVP Awards: 1

 Thang has over 10-years’ experience in web development using OOAD. He is working with other software experts and consultants in our company to design and apply various types of software such as healthcare, media marketing, social network, etc. The award of Microsoft Azure categories is a testament to his robust ability and his contribution in the Information Technology industry.

Thang is an active Nasher with plenty of outstanding activities such as Technical Social Media, Azure Container Services, Building Cloud-native Apps with .NET Core 3.0, Talk about Step by step workshop, and so on. He loves joining in many public communities on GitHub, Twitter, and Facebook to learn, code and share new knowledge with other people. Unquestionably, Thang exemplifies the typical characteristics of a Nasher, which are open-minded, kind and generous. He often encourages his team members to share the positivity they need to keep moving forward, and they have achieved much success in their global projects.

 

It’s great to have four Nashers whose dedication was widely acknowledged by senior directors of Microsoft. We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to them and hope that Dung Le, Thien Nguyen, Phi Huynh, and Thang Chung will continue to achieve many more milestones in their future career.

 

 

Nashers work in harmony with the Community in Vietnam against Covid-19

In response to the Vietnamese Government’s call, NashTech is supporting the prevention of the COVID-19 by launching the “Kind Action Campaign” to raise money and offer practical support throughout our local Communities.

Inspirational frontline workers need supplies

Vietnam and the whole world are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all families, businesses, communities, and our whole way of life.
All of us are truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers around the world who are on the front lines working tirelessly to care for people in need.

Kind Action Campaign

To support these frontline workers our Nashers have launched an initiative to support local Communities called the “Kind Action Campaign”. Part of this Campaign has been to collect donations from very generous people who work at NashTech and their families too.

From 25th March to 6th April 2020, NashTech was able to raise 269,831,000VND. We’ve utilised the funds to support four medical facilities in Vietnam with the following medical and personal protection equipment:

  • 1.420 Personal Protection Equipment – protective clothes, sterile latex gloves, surgical masks and safety glasses.
  • 1 Laryngoscope – helping medical staff to limit direct contact with patients.

These are the four medical facilities we’re so proud to support with our Kind Action Campaign.

  1. HOSPITAL FOR TROPICAL DISEASES, HO CHI MINH – the first specialized facility to treat COVID-19.
  2. CAN GIO MEDICAL CENTER, HO CHI MINH which has been converted into a temporary hospital specializing in the treatment of COVID-19.
  3. DUC GIANG HOSPITAL, HANOI
  4. HANOI LUNG HOSPITAL, HANOI

Safety First for our Nashers

In addition to offering support to front line workers of COVID-19, it’s important to keep our team member’s safe too.

We’ve implemented a robust business continuity plan which ensures all individuals at NashTech and their families are as healthy and safe as possible throughout this crisis.

We are proud to not only take care of our own Nasher Family but to also work together in harmony with the Community to prevent and fight the pandemic and contribute to the encouragement and support of all the “Hidden Heroes”.

Ms. Pham Thi Tuyet Loan, CTO of NashTech, inspires all women who are pursuing their own passion in the Technology Sector

Ms. Pham Thi Tuyet Loan, CTO of NashTech, inspires all women who are pursuing their own passion in the Technology Sector.

March – During the month when the world honors great women for International Women’s Day, NashTech also spreads the positivity for equality for women with the inspiring story of Ms. Pham Thi Tuyet Loan, CTO of NashTech. She hopes that her positive thoughts will inspire more women who gravitate towards the Technology Sector and pursue their own passion in STEM. Loan has worked with NashTech for 12 years and has been our esteemed Chief Technology Officer since 2015.

According to UNESCO, women continue to be a minority in science, accounting for nearly 29% of the global research workforce (2018). Among the leading technology groups in the world such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, on average only 20% of job positions are held by women. These figures mean that many people think that success for women in the IT industry – the field which is almost dominated by men – is challenging.

However, the reality is different:

If you know what you are passionate about and have a concrete plan for a detailed career path, no matter what field you are involved in, your success rate will undoubtedly be over 90% – says Ms. Pham Thi Tuyet Loan.

Success is when you dare to be a dream chaser and recognized with your own dreams

Identifying herself as a quiet personality girl since elementary school, Loan says, “I’ve always been so tempted to accomplish things that others judge me to not be capable of.”

This thought became clearer whenever she walked to school as a young girl, passing a Power Station every day. She kept wondering whether it was true that only men can perform technical or engineering jobs. Deep in her mind the answer to this question came to the surface, and the answer was “No”. Women can definitely do these same jobs.

That mindset has been strengthened throughout time, both during her time at the HCMC University of Technology and during the pursuit of her career path that led to her becoming CTO of NashTech.

At University Loan chose the topic for her graduation thesis to be: “Optimizing Parallel Processing Network”, however many people in the faculty advised her to opt for a different topic that was easier and more suitable for women. Once again, this “advice” brought Loan a powerful motivation, and generated a greater passion to undertake meaningful research and became a success.

Looking back on her journey starting as an elementary student, Loan feels fortunate to be so courageous and has always been consistent with her dreams. Her career journey has been a straight line that was determined by her passion to conquer herself.

People can choose to come and go. However, one of the most convincing options to stay is mainly based on emotion

12 years – more than a decade at NashTech, that is long enough for Ms. Loan Pham to see NashTech as a home with close colleagues. No matter when she is asked to answer the question: what has kept her so tight in this place, the result is always, because “the people at NashTech are so nice and kind.”

Ms. Loan Pham – the leader of the powerful Tech team always feels grateful to her co-workers who have been working with her through hard-times and good times and have the same truth in a long journey. Together, they see NashTech as a family-friendly place to make substantial contributions, and ensure NashTech is in a leading position as a technology solution provider in Vietnam.

She shared that due to both the specific characteristics of the job and the minority of women in this field, she gains much love and respect from others. Moreover, she feels fortunate to have opportunities to work and be supported by an excellent team of individuals who are talented, hard-working, knowledgeable, skilled and practical.


Ms. Loan Pham – CTO of NashTech Vietnam hopes that her story will inspire the spirit of “dare to dream, dare to achieve your dream” for women who are interested in technology.

She believes that the biggest obstacle for women in IT and STEM careers is not capacity, but rather gender prejudice from society, and sometimes that stems from inside ‘yourself”.

The workforce at NashTech is top class and all women here are great

Speaking of her wishes at this time, she shared:

In recent years, Vietnam has made significant technological breakthroughs and NashTech is so proud to be a part of it. We are lucky to have a wide range of excellent technical engineers who deserve to receive both nationwide and international recognition for their work and knowledge in; Microservices, Cloud, Automation, AI / ML, DevSecOps, Digital Modernization and Innovation as a service. We are lucky to have a number of experts including: Thang Chung, Thanh Duong, Thien Nguyen, Phi Huynh, Phuong Le, Math Ngo, Thanh Le.

Fortunately, the current society now has a more progressive mindset and this has driven significant changes. The younger generation is encouraged and empowered to pursue their dreams, regardless of gender. It’s great that women are truly given chances to prove their ability to be role models.

Please keep the flame of passion and enthusiasm to overcome all challenges of yourself and society. Let’s master the life according to your wishes, my dear colleagues!

More inspirational quotes from Ms. Loan Pham

“The restrictions of others are not yours. These are a great power for you to move on and get better.”

“If men can do this stuff, women can even do it better. Gender is not the obstacle to block your dreams and careers,”

“The most effective weapons of women are to be persistent, meticulous and excel at the persuasive Arts.”