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A day in the life of an economic software developer – Daniel Sun
Wed 28 Feb 2018 by Jacqui Clarke in Newsletter

This month we revisit our article series exploring what makes economists, and those who work in economics, tick.

Daniel Sun was born in China and grew up in Auckland and Christchurch. He has a lively interest in New Zealand and Global economics and current affairs.

We ask Daniel about how he came to work for Infometrics and what he sees in our technology driven future.

Bio – Daniel Sun

Studies at: University of Auckland (Information Systems and Operations Management)
Resides in: Wellington

Jacqui: Can you describe a typical day at work?

Daniel: Generally, I get to work, make a strong coffee and head off to my computer and check the task list. Then I pretty much go off and do it!

In my position I could be working on designing something new to present the economic data, I could be fixing bugs with my head deep in code, I could be working on analytics, or more than likely I could be doing all of these at once.

Jacqui: What is the nature of your work at Infometrics and how do clients benefit from what you do?

Daniel: A large amount of economic data can be complex and frustrating to read. At Infometrics, my job is to code the programs that present the data in ways that are informative and engaging to all stakeholders. It will help them make the correct evidence-based decisions easier and quicker.

Jacqui: What is your background and how has this influenced your work at Infometrics?

Daniel: I studied Information Systems and Operations Management in University of Auckland. I also worked part-time as accounts assistant during that time. Then I jumped into the software developing field after graduating from university. 

I do not see myself as a typical tech-geek type of person, I love to explore what technology can do and how to implement the technologies in business process. Working at Infometrics has helped me understand the story behind economic data and how the data can help people make the right decisions.

Jacqui: What changes or challenges do you see in the future?

Daniel: New Zealand is facing a new wave of technological changes and adapting to these new things, such as machine learning and block-chain technology. How can we make sure everyone benefits from these changes?

Jacqui: What is an intriguing fact about you?

Daniel: I almost became a navy engineer after graduating from university. I was in the recruiting process and had passed the written test. But I got a job offer in Christchurch as a programmer before the process went any further.

Jacqui: Thank you Daniel, for taking the time to chat to us. 

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