Category: Fish Food

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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If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It Anyway: The Evolution of Virtual Payara Day

This Friday is Virtual Payara Day – a quarterly event that looks quite different from our first-ever Virtual Payara Day (VPD) in 2018, despite the consistent success of VPD since then. Once we kick off a recurring event like this that receives glowing results, isn’t it easy to publish our template and rest on our laurels? However, because the needs and culture of a business are always developing, no template should be rid of that “edit” button. At Payara, the evolution of VPD is a useful example of how an already successful event can be improved by remaining alive and responsive.

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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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Company Values: What Do They Mean for Marketeers?

Payara Services provides stable, supported open source software. Bringing our solutions to a global audience entails a wider skillset in the team than can be confined to Java developers and engineers, however. Our Marketing, Sales and HR departments have vital roles to play, with our Fish Food blogs providing a peek behind the curtain (or under the hood!) of running an award-winning, fast-growing, values-driven tech business. 

In this blog, Marketing Assistant Priya Khaira-Hanks, looks at Company Values and how they might inform and shape Marketing strategy.

Feel like you’ve got what it takes to combine expertise in your chosen field and niche industry insight? Make sure to keep an eye on our ‘Join Us’ LinkedIn page for  opportunities. 

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Payara Cloud: Logo Creation and Brand Continuity

Payara Services provides stable, supported open source software. Bringing our solutions to a global audience entails a wider skillset in the team than can be confined to Java developers and engineers, however. Our Marketing, Sales and HR departments have vital roles to play, with our Fish Food blogs providing a peek behind the curtain (or under the hood!) of running an award-winning, fast-growing, values-driven tech business. 

In this blog, Marketing team member Denisa Zettlova, one of our Graphic Designers, provides insight into how she created the logo for our new product: next generation application server Payara Cloud.

It’s an example of where those in job roles that are not explicitly Java-related become uniquely specialised – the cross-over between non-tech skills and the programming world! Cloud is a crowded market, so Denisa needed to be able to identify and assess the branding of specific competitor products. This allowed her to design a logo that referenced classic cloud imagery – so people could instantly tell what it was meant to be – whilst also having its own unique “Payaran” identity. 

Feel like you’ve got what it takes to combine expertise in your chosen field and niche industry insight? Make sure to keep an eye on our ‘Join Us’ LinkedIn page for  opportunities. 

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The 4 Most Useful GDPR Features in HubSpot

Payara Services provides stable, supported open source software. Bringing our solutions to a global audience entails a wider skillset in the team than can be confined to Java developers and engineers, however. Our Marketing, Sales and HR departments have vital roles to play, with our Fish Food blogs providing a peek behind the curtain (or under the hood!) of running an award-winning, fast-growing, values-driven tech business. 

For this blog, our Marketing Manager Dominika Tasarz-Sochacka provides a closer look at how we have developed and evolved our watertight General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) strategy, using our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software of choice, HubSpot.

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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)

… or Best Laid Plans!

Writing this, I’m sitting in a country faring badly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Lockdowns, curfews, restrictions on personal freedoms, mask wearing and armed police on the streets … not to mention the strain on mental health and, of course, risk from the virus.

However, one thing I am NOT worried about is our business.

Why is that? Simple: we have a well-constructed, flexible, simple, tested Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plan.

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Seven Steps to Create a Business Plan

So, following on from my last blog about cashflow, I thought it useful to cover a business plan.

There are always opportunities for new businesses. If nothing else, the coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption has given people the time and space they need to be creative and to think of new business ideas.

Additionally, the unreliable employment situation is acting as inspiration for people to make the leap and go it alone.

However, if you’re serious about creating a business, you’ll need a business plan – and lots of advice.

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A Perfect Payara Candidate

 In reality, the perfect applicant doesn’t exist. Agree? 

Let me explain. 

Here at Payara we like to do things differently. That includes candidate selection. 

Not because we want to be noticed and branded with glory and fame and have our name up in lights on a grand stage at a gala award ceremony being lavished with trophies and gifts from high-level celebrities – but because it is often the right thing to do. 

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Instagram for B2B Marketeers

In September, Instagram celebrated its 10-year anniversary. This makes it the youngest of the big social media giants (Twitter is 14, YouTube 15, and LinkedIn 18), but it also stands out for other reasons.

Firstly, it focuses on images and visual content over and above the written word. Secondly, its user base is much younger, with 95% of users under 35 years old. Compare this to LinkedIn, where only 77% of the user base is under 35. 

This inevitably has huge repercussions for how we use the platform as marketeers.

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Degree Apprenticeships in the Workplace

HURRAH! Our 2 new Digital and Technology Solution (DTS) Degree Apprentices have finally joined the Payara Engineering team ….and it’s been such a wait!

Recruitment of UK (DTS) Degree Apprentices is an unusual challenge as the business must think and act like an academic institution. Instead of the usual short hiring cycle, hiring a Degree Apprentice often takes longer than  a full academic year as initial advertising has to take place at the start of the school year (September) to fall in line with Year 13 options around University education. Candidates apply for Degree Apprenticeships at the same time as University places, and interviews/offers need to be timed to coincide with University offers during the following Spring. Once the successful applicant has accepted the offer, there is a long wait until November of the following Academic year before they start with Payara… so there is a lot of work done to keep in touch during that time.

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