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Nikki Watt

Enterprise Software Architect
I design the technical architecture for complex and powerful software systems.
Industry
Technology and Digital
Company
TechnologyOne
Job Level
Senior
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About me

I’m a little bit addicted to technology and building software.

I took a round-about path to doing what I love, abandoning my first university degree (Teaching) and working other jobs for a few years. I finally decided to go back to university to do what deep down I knew I’d really always wanted – to work with computers and technology. From my very first computer programming subject I was hooked, and haven't looked back since.

I started working at TechnologyOne as a Graduate Software Engineer straight out of university, building new features into our existing software products to make life simpler for our customers. I worked my way up to architecting my own software product, and leading a team of developers to help me build it.

About my role

  • Analytical
  • Creative
  • Innovative
  • Logical
  • Understanding

If you think about software engineering as building complex structures out of Lego, then the Software Architect is the person that designs and draws up the plans for those structures. They decide what types of Lego bricks to use, figure out the best way to build the structure, and then work with other Software Engineers to help put the bricks together following their design. 

Software Architects work closely with Product Owners, UX Designers and other Software Engineers to build awesome software applications that make life easier for their users. Having grown from their own experiences as a Software Engineer they are often technical leaders in their field, mentoring and guiding other Software Engineers on their own career journeys.

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Education

  • High School Certificate
  • Bachelor of Information Technology

Awards

  • Dean’s List award for QUT GPA 7.0
  • Theresa Byrnes Prize and First-Year Prize for academic performance at QUT
  • Emerging Leader of the Year (TechnologyOne Marvel Awards)

Hobbies

  • Bike riding
  • Cooking
  • Gaming
  • Golf

Pets

  • 1 Cat

15 year old me!!

“Don't let anyone dictate what is or isn't a good career for you. Take their suggestions on board, but ultimately choose your own path.”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Quit Bachelor of Primary Education degree
  2. Worked as a Fast-Food Manager and then a Personal Trainer
  3. Completed Bachelor of Information Technology degree
  4. Landed a role as a graduate software engineer
  5. Moved into software architecture and leadership

My employer

TechnologyOne (ASX: TNE) is Australia’s largest enterprise software company and one of Australia’s top 150 ASX-listed companies, with locations across six countries. They provide a global SaaS ERP solution that transforms business and makes life simple for their customers. Their deeply integrated enterprise SaaS solution is available on any device, anywhere and any time and is incredibly easy to use. Over 1,200 leading corporations, government agencies, local councils, universities are powered by TechnologyOne software.