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Who we are and what motivates us

We are a talent-driven organization without substantial internal or external stakeholders interests and therefore closer to the customer interest. Our consultants are proactive and dedicated and think beyond their own share responsibility.

Mission
Closer to the customers interest.

Vision
"Nekst IT sincerely wants to work from the customer's interests, offer pure added value and always strive for the complete success of projects" according to André Pieterse, founder of Nekst IT.

Read more about our expertise and services

Dimitri Fioole

Test Consultant

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We shouldn't be looking for mistakes, but for acceptance

The traditional testing profession is based on the traditional development methodologies. But the development pathway is changing due to new developments, platforms and application complexity. This requires another way of testing and acceptance.

The slogan is mostly 'release early, release often.' A much more pro-active role for the tester is required in any development team. This demands other skills and another mindset from the tester, but also from the developer. I am interested in achieving the objective in a team with a mixed skill-set. As part of an organic process, with shared responsibilities and the end-user center stage.

The team role I see for me is a sparring partner on an equal footing. In addition, you need intrinsic knowledge of the development process and of business analysis, and that is what makes it exciting for me.

Mark van Haaren

Test Consultant

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At Nekst IT, you are valued for your contribution and you think along during the development of new services

Testing is increasingly about communicating. Listening, questioning, cooperating. Users can require something totally different from a system than managers. And if, at the end of the day, everybody has received what they need, then a tester has overcome the greatest challenge.

My drive is to reach consensus. Both within the team and amongst the teams themselves as well as third parties with vested interests. If everybody has the right to speak beforehand and agreement has been reached across the board, then acceptance at all levels is assured. And ultimately, that's the important thing.

I am a pragmatic tester who enjoys thinking up customized tests and automated execution. No worn-down test concepts and big designs, but agile thinking. Naturally, there's nothing better than getting others to be enthusiastic about your approach.

André Pieterse

Managing Director

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Project and customer interests first, and dare to focus on the bone of contention

I have been working in the IT sector for more than 20 years, having begun as a system development consultant. The boundary between system development, platform and infrastructure is becoming increasingly blurred in today's hybrid IT environment. That calls for a totally different approach to responsibility and decision-making.

I sincerely believe in forging partnerships that have a future, within our company too. Making yourself a co-owner of the problem delivers benefits for all concerned. Shouldering responsibility, even when, strictly speaking, you're not responsible. Assigning tasks and decision-making where the impact is most felt.

Project and customer interests to the fore, and dare to focus on the bone of contention. For me, Nekst IT is the epitome of partnerships with a future.

Ivo Simon

Test Consultant

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At Nekst IT, I deliver value for my clients in the broadest sense of the word, and that doesn't stop at simply testing

As a test specialist, I can see the bigger picture and have the so-called helicopter view. I am at my best in a complex environment full of different components. As a consequence, the end-product is a seamless fit with demand and, moreover, contributes to an optimization of operational processes as well. My drive and personal approach are of significant added value in this respect.

During my career, I have observed many business processes from the other side of the table. That enables me to bring together the best of both worlds, technology and business. I find it easy to transpose this focus onto a project team.

The combination of functional, technical and procedural insight, coupled with my determination to get the job done, are the qualities that best typify me as a tester. A tester can have a significant impact on more than just the product.

Arche Marugg

CFO

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A modern organisation that gives its employees the freedom they need to be of maximum customer value

As CFO, my work is mostly done behind the scenes, facilitating the work of all involved. Nekst IT’s growth strategy requires solid underpinning by the financial choices we make. I prepare carefully-drafted reports and outlooks to that end. As sparring partner, I share my thoughts and delve into various scenarios.

It goes without saying that the financial aspect is an important part of my work. Key to my task is monitoring timely reports, invoicing and expenses, as well as keeping a keen eye on the cash flow.

I enjoy working on the interface of finance and IT. In the past, as a key-user of systems, I have often participated in many IT projects. In recent years, I have looked behind the scenes of many an organization, and this experience is useful in my current role.

Bram van den Berg

Test Consultant

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Since we as employees have a say in what course Nekst IT takes, we can determine our own growth and can help our customers even better.

Curiosity is an important personality trait for a tester. Critical curiosity is perhaps even more important. Not blindly accepting what is put in front of you, because words on paper do not necessarily reflect reality.

It is important that you dare to speak your mind, because 'no' is also an answer. The customer interest is not served by being politically correct, but by listening and then questioning to get to the root of the matter.

What does the system-user really want - and has consensus been reached? Every project requires a customized approach. In future, the transition will increasingly be made to self-organizing or self-steering teams. You need to deal with time cleverly and that is a perfect fit with my pragmatic way of working.

Ibrahim Cetinkaya

Test Consultant

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Quality is not an act but a habit

As a tester, you become involved with a product due to the nature of your work. That can be from A to Z, depending on the type of testing. A solid requirement analysis is the cornerstone of a good result. That too belongs to the fundamentals, just as system testing, for example.

Communication is crucial, even more so in an Agile team. You are the hub between developer and product owner. If anything is unclear, it should be addressed at an early stage. Since you submit feedback on the go, the final result is also partially your product.

User acceptance tests are highly important, because that is how you gain the commitment of the people for whom you have done the job. Testing is an enormously multi-faceted job, and Nekst IT enables me to work on truly interesting projects.

Michel Wessels

Test Consultant

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At Nekst IT there is personal attention to realize a match between testconsultant and customer, a win-win situation

At Nekst IT, a tester can put his own ideas to use. There is both personal contact and genuine interest. And that is exactly what testers must be able to put into their work. Cooperation and helping each other move forward are key in testing.

I have quite some experience in technical testing, a combination of technology and software. Much of my time is spent on infrastructure, occasionally under real complex and adventurous circumstances. But that is what makes my work challenging.

In technical environments, testing is often done using the waterfall method. Partially due to the type of development, partially because other methods require a different organizational structure. I see plenty of challenges ahead with all the developments in virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence.

Matthijs Kamp

Test Consultant

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An open and critical mind is the best contribution

Testing is a very social occupation. You encounter many different people and learn to assess the full reach of a project. Different stakeholders may hold very different views and interests. It is very important to be empathic towards all parties involved.

There are various test methods, each with their own pros and cons. One is not necessarily better than another, the application determines which method is most suited. For that reason, it is very helpful to have seen a little of each.

My personality is open and critical. The latter certainly is a huge advantage in my work. Not to be complacent and think ‘they know what’s best’, but ask the questions that matter. Doing that in a team offers the best contribution to a good solution.

Ben Overmeer

Test Consultant

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By acknowledging each others strengths and putting them to use, the biggest achievements are obtained

A senior functional tester keeps an eye on the overall picture and uses a helicopter view to assess the software. The foundation of any good product is clarity on the definitions: Do we all mean the same when it comes to risks and requirements. This helps to get the best result for the customer.

Which method is the best to keep a constant grip on the end result and helps prevent fault costs is strongly depending on the environment. To understand what defines the best possible result for the end user requires thinking along with the customer.

My empathic ability allows me to find the question behind the question and at the same time motivate and help the team function in the most efficient way. I operate in a pragmatic and flexible manner which allows me to respond quickly.

Thomas van Ingen

Tech Lead

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Quality starts at the front.

The role of a tester is becoming broader and increasingly important. You are the spider in the web between the IT and the business. More and more often you are involved from the very start, to help outline the desired result. This helps you get a clear picture of what is being asked of a product.

The communication goes two ways, so the user knows what to expect once a system is being launched. This two-way communication also helps you get early feedback and increases user acceptance.

Keeping the overview and finding a connection between related projects sometimes requires a diplomatic attitude. In every organisation there other challenges and interests, sometimes depending on the application. This is where I am in my element.

André Dekker

Test Consultant

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Testing appears to be a technical job, but is mainly about people

As a tester you are a sounding board for the client and at the same time strive to achieve an efficient solution. It is important to ensure that everyone involved feel listened to and can give their input. And sometimes 'no' can be the best answer.

Using everyone's talent offers added value on all fronts. It allows people to reach their full potential and it increases user acceptance. Detecting possible improvements in an early stage allows you to act proactively.

Working with new systems, you learn a tremendous amount, every time. Adding structure, whether in a project or in a team, is very fulfilling. I am convinced that attention for the positive aspects makes the job more enjoyable and gets better results.

Martijn van der Zalm

Test Consultant

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A good tester gets a better product

In many organizations, the business processes are supported by IT solutions. I think it is important to keep sight of the processes first. They should be paramount, and the IT is serving.

My analytical abilities are strong as are my problem-solving skills. Both are very useful in a test environment. As a tester, you are co-responsible for the final product. You help to find all kinds of possible improvements.

The working atmosphere and strategy at Nekst IT suit me really well. I can develop myself in all facets of the testing profession. To me, testing is always fascinating, no matter what market or application, each is interesting in its own way.

Jasper Loos

Test Consultant

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Just because you’ve counted the trees doesn’t mean you’ve seen the forest

My passion lies in the technical aspect of the testing. It is a creative puzzle in which you can demonstrate quality in a variety of ways. Test automation is essential because it continuously helps to monitor the quality, especially where an application continues to grow.

Because of my background in business administration, I have broad knowledge of the different processes in an organisation and understand the importance of these processes. My Master in Strategy and Organisation helps me to lay out and assess functional requirements.

Whatever you do, the user should always be paramount. Therefore, communication is of great importance and you need to be able to really understand the functional needs of the user. Humour can sometimes be a pleasant tool.

Martijn Spekkink

Test Consultant

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The user determines how good good really is

As a tester you have to have a critical mind. You want to get the best result possible and you should never be satisfied with the first answer you get. More often than not you are working with limited resources and time, in which to reduce a mountain of data to the core issues.

You need to get that information from every nook and cranny, distinguish main issues from minor ones and prioritize, all in one go. The way an application is used in the field may be very different from the architect’s intentions. And only testing in accordance with the reality offers a useful result.

I like to set up test scenarios as efficiently as possible, set out the general lines and make crucial decisions. That is the space I am looking for in a company and Nekst IT gives me the chance to develop myself and to participate in the direction of the company.

Michel van den Heuvel

Test Consultant

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If you can do it all, don’t do it half

As a tester you mainly work for the users and not for the programmers. It is crucial to properly identify the wishes of the users and to understand what motivates them, but also what they will do - possibly unexpected - with an application.

A tester should love to experiment. A tad perfectionist, curious and wanting to do more than the essential: that is who I am. I like to know all the ins and outs and do not care for half measures. At Nekst IT I get the space to think and decide along on multiple areas.

Before anything else, efficiency is my thing. To understand the user as well as the efficient setup of the testing are equally important. And where, for example, regression testing is needed, test automating offers a great added value

Peter Dam

Test Consultant

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With knowledge, sharing is multiplying

To create order from chaos. I find that very fulfilling. In a large project with different chain test coordinators - each with his or her own application - it is nice to see how in the end everything interlinks. And also to help each other by sharing knowledge.

I am keen on open communication and a practical approach. Listen to each other carefully and continuously ask questions, to get maximum clarity about the desired end-result. The importance of documenting is key. It will increase the quality of the deliverable.

Originally, I have been working at the end-user side, now my role is on the cutting edge between IT and business. I love working with a team and together putting our backs into a project, considering and helping with all aspects - from design to implementation and risks.

Mariëlle Hol

Chief of Office

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A positive attitude gets the best result

At Nekst IT I work within a close team where everyone's input is equally appreciated. Dedicated people who take each other to a higher level by sharing knowledge and collegiality. An organisation where trust is given and earned.

My role can be defined as lubricating oil. You could also say Chief of Office. Whether it's about organising excursions or supporting the organisation in the daily activities. It is about the connection between what is needed and what can be given.

I am a persistent go-getter with a good dose of humour and always positive. Half a word is all I need and I enjoy to be self-managing in an organisation where everyone has the space to develop themselves and knows their own responsibility.

Remko van de Ven

Test Consultant

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The kick is having the right solution at the right time

The testing discipline requires a wide range of skills, from analytical thinking to organising and communicating. Creating order in chaos and translating the needs of the business to the developers. Finding the right solution gives a real kick.

You need to think carefully how to set up a test. Whether it concerns functional tests, integration tests or testing APIs. Where it is possible to use test automation, it can deliver important time and quality gains.

Using a helicopter view to look at the matter and in the meantime outlining the main paths, that is a role that suits me. At Nekst IT I find a company where sincere attention is paid to each other. Everyone's input is appreciated, and you can offer real added value, not only for your project but for your own organisation as well.

Wilbert Bus

Test Consultant

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"Be critical and don't take anything for granted!

The test profession is very broad, and I have experience with every aspect, except programming itself. You could say that I am a specialized generalist. One who always wants to know the ins and outs. What is the real issue or how can it be done differently?

Our profession involves a lot more than testing whether every button does what it should do. It starts with setting up the correct requirements to delivering just the right result to the end users and including them in the acceptance process.

That is why you really have to be comfortable getting around in an organization. To sit down with both the developers and the business, and the end-users as well. Dare to question matters and being critical. That's how you get the best result.

Burak Güngören

Test Consultant

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A day without learning, is a day wasted!

As a tester you fully get to know the business process, as well as the company itself. In very diverse environments. This fresh perspective helps to find the question behind the question and to think along with the business.

Describing requirements as clearly as possible requires knowing all the ins and outs. This also helps to make good risk analyses. I like to take a critical look at a process and proactively make proposals for efficiency improvements.

Short lines in a team, but also motivating each other and celebrating successes are important factors for a good team spirit. I have a great feeling of responsibility and I like to be able to switch quickly and the feeling of solidarity. Being proud of what you achieve together.

Satria Napitupulu

Test Consultant

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Perfectionism, pragmatism and humour go hand in hand

My natural curiosity and urge to analyse things are perfectly useful in the QA-world. Even as a teenager I wanted to be a Beta-tester for everything. If you are involved from the very start, you can test from the core. You need to keep a constant eye on what is desirable and useful.

A tester has a critical attitude, wants to consult all available sources, keep an overview of all data and then weave everything into an ordered whole. After my history studies this turned out to be a perfect match.

The test profession is very diverse and broad. The use of test automation guarantees the quality of the software and saves time on the long run. This allows you to focus on both the human and the technical level.

Alex ten Wolde

Test Consultant

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Much more than just testing

For me personally, the more complex a system, the better. Test automation can provide a very important advantage. For example, user actions can be automated to make the tests efficient and reproducible.

The coordination between the programmer and the product owner is an interesting force field in which I like to operate. Because I have worked in many different environments, I am able to offer a fresh perspective. Clear communication and listening to the user are always the basics.

I love to spread my knowledge of the Robot Framework tool and at Nekst IT I get the freedom to do so. Colleagues learn from each other, but they can also appeal to each other's specialist knowledge. This is not only a great added value for each colleague personally, but also for the client.

Patrick Odijk

Comparant

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Nekst IT stands for pleasure at work, personal development and satisfied customers!

My role within the company is that of strategic partner and sounding board. My knowledge and experience as an entrepreneur in the field of consultancy and temporary secondment of specialists was a perfect fit with Andre's know-how and background.

Crystal-clear decisions were taken that met an obvious market need: the right specialist in the right place in a special niche: that of tester. The drive for and focus on a shared interest paves the way for the overwhelming involvement of all colleagues.

By keeping lines short and commitment sky-high, it is always possible to put the interests of the customer at the heart of everything we do - and do it honestly. The DNA of the company comes to life in the saying: together we make it happen, for the customer. There's no better motivation than that!

AnneMarie Pieterse

Commercial Director

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Nekst IT gives you the freedom to shoulder responsibility and work together on the construction of a coherent entity

A role with far-reaching and commercial responsibilities: researching, developing, shaping and realizing our joint ambitions, together.

My focus within this role lies primarily in creating and maintaining sustainable relationships with our clients and partners as well as developing sales propositions. Every day, I can deploy my skills, knowledge and experience from both a commercial and business-driven perspective.

What I really enjoy about being part of Nekst IT is that we truly work together to build a coherent organization. Freedom, responsibility, initiative and fun are the core aspects of this endeavor. The organization is bubbling over with energy, ideas and ambitions, and that makes it the perfect and inspiring, motivating environment in which I can continue to grow.

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