Caroline, Author at Julie Desk
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#LifeAtJulie! Let’s meet Xavier, our system administrator !

It might be summer vacation, but the minute you let your guard down, bam, you get hacked! Thankfully, we have Xavier, our system administrator, who is here to monitor and share best practices for our servers. He let us ask him questions for our #LifeAtJulie series but be warned, we never know if he’s telling the truth or bluffing, after all he’s our Chief Poker Officer ;)

1. Hello Xavier, can you tell us a little about your background?

I studied network and telecommunications engineering at INSA in Toulouse. I started my career working at a startup that specialized in using artificial intelligence to make financial predictions, racing projections, detect fraud and so on. I started as an intern and stayed there for 6 years working on all the technical aspects you can think of: infrastructure, code, security and so on. Julie desk is my second employer.

2. How did you get to Julie Desk?

I stayed a really long time at my old job and I thought a little change couldn’t hurt. But not too much! I still choose to work with an AI company. In fact, I was really drawn to the job because of the product and the team members I was able to meet so I packed my bags and moved to Paris straight away.

3. Can you describe your role and a typical day at Julie Desk?

I work on a few different things but my main role is working on the company’s infrastructure. I’m in charge of the conception, implementation and evolution of our servers so that Julie can always work and respond to client requests as quickly as possible. I also play an important role in developing and implementing programs that guarantee the security of our clients’ data.

As for a typical day, I always start by looking at date logs to make sure there aren’t any errors or security failures. Once that’s done, I dedicate my time to Julie and prepare system parts for future tasks and connections with new clients.

4. What advice would you give to someone who would want to follow in your footsteps?

I’d tell them not to be afraid to keep learning. School gives you a solid base but that isn’t enough in itself. Today we work with technology that was barely used, even barely existant when I was in school. Everything moves fast so you have to learn to adapt to new concepts and challenges easily.

5. What is the biggest challenge you face or have faced at Julie Desk?

My number one challenge, like many other system administrators, is to automate the maximum number of repetitive tasks. The more we automate, the more time we have to do interesting things, handle more services, get more clients, the more we need to automate to take on the workload. Hmm, I guess that means I’m stuck in an infinite cycle :)

6. Where do you see Julie Desk in 5 years?

I see her becoming a tool that is closer to an assistant. She would be able to take on new tasks like organizing business trips. I imagine an increase in usership and an increase in the number of services she offers as a virtual assistant for businesses. We’re still in the early stages of adopting this technology but things are moving quickly!

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?

Hard to project myself that far ahead when I have difficulty planning my next holiday… In any case, I don’t (yet) see myself in a mansion with a dog :)

I think that I will have at least traveled and taken advantage of life. That’s what’s most important. Life is full of opportunities and you’ve got to know to take advantage of them.

8. Three words to describe you?

Curious, calm, organized.

9. Is there something that people don’t know about you that you’d like to share?

I won’t answer that question without a lawyer present.

10. What is the first thing you do in the morning? Do you have a routine?

I never wake up at the last minute. I take my time to get ready. I don’t like rushing. I don’t have a fixed routine but I like doing things one by one. I alternate depending on how I’m feeling (sports, reading etc.)

11. Favorite app?

Nano (an in-line text editor)

12. Favorite food?

Can’t resist a good lemon tart!

13. Favorite quote?

“Le monde appartient aux optimistes, les pessimistes ne sont que des spectateurs.” - François Guizot

It means the world belongs to optimists, pessimists are only spectators.

14. Who inspires you most?

I was always really curious. I wanted to understand the world around me. I was mostly inspired by scientists like Albert Einstein, Newton or even Leonardo da Vinci to name a few. They are the source of humanity’s greatest revolutions. And all that when intuition and human genius were most important. They didn’t have any of the data-reading tools we have today. When you think about it, our modern lives are the fruit of the their work.

15. What’s your favorite memory at Julie Desk?

I really appreciate the overall chill spirit but I have to say trying out new restaurants and bars the first Thursday and Friday of the month always makes for good memories.

Thanks for answering our questions Xavier! If you want to know more about his background, let us know! :)

Future of Work

Applying marketing concepts to employee experience and “well-being” at work

In an article recently published on Linkedin, Aude Sibuet, Manager at Angie, critiques recent media coverage of “well-being at work.” Yoga classes and fresh fruit have been depicted as THE way to enhance employee experience, but that’s just a pretty picture. If you peel the paint away, you’ll see what’s really going on.

For some time there’s been this idea that companies should put aside cookie-cutter solutions like the one above and propose personalized solutions, whether they’re for employees or clients. Marketing departments have been working on this for years, building targeting solutions and automated marketing to personalize experiences.

So, what lessons can HR take from marketers to enhance employee experience?

Artificial Intelligence

Julie: Behind the scenes! [Infographic]

This article is an updated version and was originally published on november 2016.

“Julie who is CC’d in this email will contact you to schedule the meeting”

Ah! Where would we be without her? Even though she is an integral part of your daily life, we haven’t really taken the time to fully introduce her to you have we? Let’s fix this right now: come discover what goes on behind the scenes of Julie through this infographic display. You can print it and showcase it above your desk, share it with your friends… the possibilities are endless.

A self-aware intelligence...

If we go back to the definition and origins of the term intelligence, Wikipedia, the king of definitions tells us this:

Artificial Intelligence

When artificial intelligence learns to negotiate

Facebook researchers are at the forefront of artificial technology research capable of managing basic human negotiation. This is a key step toward evolving chatbots and that could lead to a number of key economic implications.

Over the past few years, an unprecedented number of users were able to experience a dialogue with this kind of AI, whether that be via virtual personal assistants integrated into their smartphones or connected devices. The most well known technology of this kind includes Apple’s virtual assistant,Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google’s integrated assistant. Though these assistants have shown their incredible utility in a digital age, their conversational skills remain simple. They’re far from capable of having philosophical discussions with humans as we’ve seen in science fiction. However, though invisible to the consumer, a number of studies are working towards constructing an AI that is more capable of carrying out complex conversation, one that resembles the human.

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#LifeAtJulie! Meet Julie… Baillard! Our Office Manager

We continue our #LifeAtJulie series with a profile of... Julie ! But not the one you think ;) It’s actually our amazing Office Manager. And yes, her first name means that she was destined to work with us! In this installment, she tells us about her day-to-day and her professional journey.

For more about the rest of the team, other profiles can be found here.

Future of Work

Managing the change in the “Human” part of Human Resources

47% of jobs could possibly be replaced by robots. 60% of careers in the future don’t exist yet. 50 % of skills currently considered valuable will be obsolete in the future.

We know the job market is in the midst of a major transformation, one that makes things uncertain for job seekers. It is thus necessary to invent a new model, that, rather than being imposed, should be built hand-in-hand with employees themselves.

Hackathons, internal entrepreneurial project incubators, innovations and so on, these are the kinds of initiatives companies have put into place to respond to innovation and better prepare employees for the future. But within these changes lies an opportunity for Human Resources to reinvent themselves, and focus on, what really matters: the “human” part of the job.