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Growing our Payara Service team – Meet Felix and Elif!

Payara offers a choice of 24×7, 10×5, or Migration & Project Support provided by directly by our Jakarta EE / Java EE expert engineers. As we grow, that means our Service team grows too. We’ve recently welcomed Felix – from Romania but living in Wales, UK – and Elif – based in Ankara, Turkey – to our team.

It is a common misconception that service team members have no technical knowledge, they both explain!

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What Payara 6 Means For You

Leadership That Inspires People!

Today is the birthday of Steve Millidge, Payara’s CEO and Founder, Eclipse Foundation key committer, and the brains behind providing a supported replacement for GlassFish in 2014: the birth of Payara Platform!

However, being a leader means a lot more than just bright ideas, and his leadership style also sets the tone for Payara’s culture and values.

To celebrate his big day, we quizzed some Payara team members on Steve as a boss. Here are some of the answers – take note aspiring tech leaders!

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Meet Rebekah – Our new People Team Assistant

At Payara, we pride ourselves on being a global employer of choice.

We have employees in 13 countries, speaking 14 languages and operating across multiple time zones. We work to ensure everyone feels part of a united team, living our values Community, Growth, Openness, Initiative, Trust, Excellence and Passion, across continents. Of course, this takes hard work and carefully planned initiatives. We’re expanding our People team to make sure we can keep up our high levels of employee satisfaction – and continue to make being a “Payaran” special.

So without further ado: meet Rebekah, or ‘Bekah’, our new People Team Assistant.

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Meet Hadar: Our New Engineering Manager

Hadar, our new Payara Engineering Manager, joined the team at the same time as ArieCheryl and Luis (read their previous Q+As). We onboarded 4 team members across 3 different countries/time zones in the space of one week.

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Meet Luis – New Payara Starter

Welcome to another of our new starters: Luis, Java Software Engineer, based in Brazil!

We found out a bit more about Luis in this quick Q+A – from his favourite piece of music for productivity, to the fact he takes advantage of his location by watching the famous Brazilian football team in action. Just make sure you don’t assume he creates spreadsheets all day…

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Leaving Jakarta, Place for Jakarta EE, Programming – a Remote-First Success Story 

Being a remote-first company means our employees can make living decisions based on their needs, rather than their commute. Our brand-new Software Engineer Arie is feeling this benefit.

He lived for the last four years in Jakarta, the largest city of Indonesia, and namesake of the programming specifications for Java, used with our product, Payara Platform: Jakarta EE. He was able to move back to his hometown Banjarmasin, South Borneo, because of Payara’s remote-first policy, hiring all employees as purely remote workers.

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Permissionless Co-Marketing: When One of Us Shines, We All Shine!

It’s likely you haven’t heard of Permissionless Co-Marketing. It’s Marketing’s kindest secret weapon – and it’s everywhere!  

Amanda Natividad, VP of Marketing for SparkToro, sums it up in her excellent Twitter thread 

“Permissionless Co-Marketing is aligning yourself with other brands by promoting them in your work.  

The payoff? Earning goodwill and setting the foundation for potential collaboration.” 

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5 Benefits of Remote-First Companies

The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses around the world to reconsider their working models. Companies that had never offered employees to work from home were suddenly moving to remote-friendly working arrangements just to stay afloat. The continuing concerns over the pandemic have accelerated the growth of remote work, and it’s predicted that 32% of all employees worldwide will be remote by the end of the year (up from 17% of remote employees in 2019). The pandemic has reshaped the work world, potentially for good.  

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How To Reinvent Your Office Party For Remote Working

For the past two years, Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Thanksgiving and more have all looked different. In-person celebrations are often not possible, due to lockdown restrictions coming into place in many different countries. 

Company parties, often held before businesses close for a winter break, are likely to take place online rather than in a shared physical space.

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