We talked to Sasha Andrieiev about how Jelvix is a global tech partner for digital transformation and software innovation.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Sasha Andrieiev: I choose to face difficulties with optimism. During these uncertain times, I support my family and take care of my team. I genuinely believe that it is crucial to choose the right people. The crisis shows our strengths and weaknesses. My team knows that together we can handle any challenges. This coronavirus outbreak is putting us in an unknown reality where we should survive and evolve. I am focusing on what’s important in the “new normal” and which opportunities it brings. Nowadays, the Jelvix management team monitors the working progress of each team member and how they are doing mentally.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded Jelvix.
Sasha Andrieiev: I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur and start my own business. Building and keeping a financially viable company is incredibly challenging, especially when you are young. I founded Jelvix 10 years ago, and we have come a long way since then. We are an IT consultancy that provides custom software development services for different businesses worldwide, hiring the top 4% of engineers from the growing network of talent. We help our customers overtake the competition by building dedicated development teams and providing high quality and cost-effective development services.
How does Jelvix innovate?
Sasha Andrieiev: As a global technology partner, we help businesses accelerate digital transformation and push their industries forward through our unique blend of world-class enterprise engineering, design, and technology consulting services. We are actively evolving our Tech blog and YouTube channel based on the company’s experience. Sharing the knowledge we have gained is one of our top priorities. The channel goes deeper into the tech and science industry. If you want to expand your knowledge as an engineer or work in the tech industry, this is the place to do that.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Sasha Andrieiev: I understand that everything is in my hands, and nobody will come and save my business. I have restricted my business travels, teams’ access to offices and established a widespread work-from-home policy. Meanwhile, the lockdown doesn’t necessarily mean you have to freeze your plans. First, we reshaped our operational processes and then focused on bringing benefit to our clients. To monitor employees’ well-being, Jelivx assembled an executive team to support the mental health of the entire staff and collaborate on solutions. In my opinion, we have adapted well to working remotely from home. We created our own LMS and invested time and money in our employees’ knowledge.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Sasha Andrieiev: We are still in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it isn’t easy to estimate its long-term effect. We explored many options not to reduce our workforce in the midst of the crisis and during a general decline in economic activity. One of the most important lessons I learned is that one can be productive regardless of location and distance between colleagues. The second lesson is that there are no events or plans in the world that cannot be canceled or postponed.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Sasha Andrieiev: I keep track of my work-life balance and try to follow simple rules: eat healthy food, do exercises, and sleep at least 6 hours per day. I believe that our productivity is affected by small things that make us happy. It’s normal to feel concerned about what’s next, and I accept the fact that some fear and anxiety are present in my life. I think it is important to differentiate actual problems from simple worries. Leading the company can be exciting, challenging, and sometimes stressful, but I am sure that faith in myself and my team helps me handle all unexpected things during the pandemic.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Sasha Andrieiev: We are working in a very competitive environment. According to Designrush, there are over 850 software development companies registered in Ukraine. Jelvix is one of the top medium-sized companies on the market. How do we stay in the game? Jelvix has access to a vast IT talent pool that allows us to deliver high-quality development services. Our solutions are accompanied by adherence to the best practices, compliance with architectural patterns, continuous code review, and quality assurance. As an outcome, Jelvix’s clients get a clean, scalable, easy-to-maintain, and well-optimized code. Besides code reviews, for all of our projects, we regularly gather workshops of our brightest minds to help a client to think out product’s functionality and analyze competitors services in order to create a market-leading solution together with a client instead of blind following the directions as most of the companies do.
Your final thoughts?
Sasha Andrieiev: These tough times have affected many of our clients. Nevertheless, life hasn’t stopped, and we gained new interesting projects from top brands worldwide. We are not going to stop or take an easy road. A true leader’s mission is to make this world a better place using our skills, creativeness, and resilience. People and companies of different levels struggle to survive through this crisis, and the only way to get through is by helping one another and making a difference.