Alf Kåre Lefdal
In my spare time I play percussion with an orchestra, Østensjø Janitsjar. I am a member of the political party Høyre (liberal-conservative), of Amnesty International, and of the Norwegian Humanist Association ("Human-etisk forbund").
After finishing high school in 1989 I did military national service, mainly at Skjold in Northern Norway, before moving on to engineering studies at NTH (now NTNU) in Trondheim. One year (1992-93) was spent at University of Leeds in UK. I graduated in December 1994 with an M.Sc. ("sivilingeniør") in Mechanical Engineering, with specialization in product development and dimensioning. My first job three years with Esso Norge AS (ExxonMobil) on projects at their refinery in Tønsberg.
I then decided to change career into IT, and started working for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in november 1997. I stayed there for four years, and did two years with systems development (programming) and two years with analysis projects. I then wanted to switch back to systems development and joined Banctec in 2002, where I stayed until 2005. Since then I have worked for Software Innovation.
I work for Software Innovation in Oslo, Norway. Software Innovation delivers solutions for document and case management. The company serves both corporate and public customers, and our main product is branded Corporate360 (C360) and EasyDoc for the former, and Public360 (P360) for the latter. All products are based on our framework called Growbusiness Solutions (GBS). We also have an older product called DocuLive, and recently we bought SaveIt, a company selling Hummingbird for smaller corporations and NGOs.
My title is Senior Systems Consultant, and my main focus now is system development (configurations, add-ons and integrations related to GBS). I also do some work as a solution architect.
Recently I have also taken on responsibility as leader of the developer network. That is a community of all developers, across our organizational teams, working on GBS. The role of the community, and hence me, is to increase developer productivity, through better cooperation, sharing, confidence and loyalty. My fist goal is to improve internal systems og knowledge management (KM).
Why I choose the Opera browser
I cannot live without ad-block, which Opera now has. I like Opera because of speed and stability, and use it for general surfing. Opera Mini is great. I use it on my Sony Ericsson K700i to check my email, to look for weather forecast, and of course see the latest headlines. I even use it from the couch instead of walking over to the PC... Previously I used Firefox for accessing Google products like GMail, Google Reader and Google Docs. This was mainly due to lack of standards support in these products (read: compatibility with Opera), secondly because of Greasemonkey scripts like GMail Macros. But now I have managed to port Gmail Macros to Opera, and Opera is therefore my main browser.