Hi my name is Koen Zomers. In my daily life I work as a Premier Field
Engineer at Microsoft with a specialization in SharePoint Technology and
generic Software Development. As a software development geek &
enthusiast I have been writing software for many many years already.
Started when I was about 5 with writing small DOS batch scripts,
continued into doing some GW Basic development, evolved into QBasic
development and when Windows was introduced, Visual Basic was there to
continue with. I've always been fascinated with the creativity one can
apply to software development to achieve pretty much anything one wants
I live together with my wife Yvonne, my son Quinten, my two cats Ukk and Puck and a bunch of goldfish in Oldenzaal, Twente, Overijssel, The Netherlands.
of my interests is towards home automation. Started off in my student
house at the campus of the University of Twente, I started writing
software to automate the daily things like who's cooking, what's on the
menu, who owes who what and many more. Challenged by the endless
creativity of my housemates eventually the whole process of grabbing a
beer from the fridge to having it charged on your account and having the
stock monitor keep an eye on how many beer there was left and if new
beer should be ordered to prevent from running out of beer. Another
example was based on those nights where you're on your way home from a
night of going out in the city and you're hungry for some snacks.
Through a text message, via a website or through an MSN Bot one could
simply order the frying pan at home to switch on already so it would be
warm and ready for use by the time one got home. Unfortunately you still
had to put the snacks in it yourself, but hey.. it helped :)
on in my own house today I have gained much inspiration from another
domotics enthusiast called Pieter who hosts his website at
and shares with the rest of the world many things that go on in his
digitalized house. Very interesting to learn what can be done and what
techniques are available to accomplish it.
all the geeky stuff I also like to dive. That is, as a holiday
recreational diver. I'm not the kind of person who goes on a week of
holiday to do only diving, but more like to take a dive or two when
going somewhere on a holiday anyway. I'm currently certified for PADI
Open Water, PADI Advanced Open Water and Nitrox Diving.
like to play games whenever I got a chance. I used to play quite a bit
of online games during my college years. Nowadays I prefer board games
with friends a bit more. Check out more on my special games section.
raised with cats around me pretty much my whole life has left its
marks. I'm totally crazy about cats. Always have been and probably
always will be. We have two cats running around on our house terrorizing
our furniture (of course always when we're not there). They're two
female sisters and go by the names Ukk and Puck. We've picked them up
from the great animal shelter in Oldenzaal. These people are doing an
amazing job for the animals in and around Oldenzaal that are left
without a house to live in. Check out their website (Dutch only):
www.dierentehuisoosttwente.nl. You can find more about Ukk and Puck on their very own special page.
started off going to my elementary school in Heesch, Brabant. It was
called "De Krullenvaar". After a few years I moved to "Sterrenbos"
located in Oss, Brabant to finish my primary school time. After that I
signed up for "Mondriaan College" where I went through my high school
years. Once done with that I followed a informatics study (Hoger
Informatica Onderwijs - HIO - in Dutch) at the university of
professional education called "Hogeschool 's-Hertogenbosch" located in
Den Bosch. Once done with that I decided to register for Twente
University to do a telematics study there. I soon found out that all the
theoretic yadayada wasn't my thing and I was more of a practical guy.
Just get it work. That's when I decided to enter the fields and continue
building knowledge and gain experience by doing rather than by
philosophy and reading books.
Of course one needs to work to gain income. I started my full time career with
Sogeti Nederland B.V.
I've spend 7 years there and have learned a lot regarding software
development in professional environments. Starting with pure C#
development, going to ASP.NET development, BizTalk development,
Microsoft Dynamics development and eventually also getting in touch with
SharePoint development, I've enjoyed a career with lots of variety and
great learning goals. In June 2012 I decided it was time for me for the
next step and to check out how it would be to work elsewhere. I ended up
finding an awesome job at
Microsoft as a
Premier Field Engineer with a specialization in SharePoint and general
Software Development. As a Premier Field Engineer I help out our premier
customers throughout Europe with both proactive advice as well as help
them out in reactive cases where something has gone wrong and help is
needed in order to correct it. I provide many trainings on SharePoint
2010 and SharePoint 2013 technology to our customers and always enjoy
doing so a lot. Its interesting to experience the differences in people,
their culture and the way they think about thinks and to find a way to
transfer my knowledge to them in an effective and meaningful way.
You can find my resume at www.linkedin.com/in/koenzomers
one of my hobbies is to travel and see more of the world. Always have
been intrigued by exploring more than just the area I live in. That's
also the reason why during my study time I've spent about 6 months of
it at The Trover Foundation located in Madisonville, Kentucky, United
Stated of America to do my internship. My graduation has been done
through a graduation project at Invensys Wonderware at the Odense,
Denmark office. Both two great experiences which have given me a lot of
insight and knowledge which I can still apply and use today.
of my goals is still to have visited all the countries in Europe at
least. As this tends to get more difficult over time by having visited
the nearest and best reachable ones, I'm also extending my goals to see
countries in other continents. The status of my Europe list is:
like to share my travel and accommodation experiences through Zoover
and TripAdvisor. You can find my profiles there on the following links:
Also when it comes to coding, sharing is caring. I'm sharing some of my creations publically at:
You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koenzomersYou can find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/koenzomersYou can find me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/koenzomers
And of course we still have the good old e-mail. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.