Each sprint we feature a spotlight on a Silverchairian to help clients get to know more about the people you work with on a day-to-day basis. 

Matt Abraham photo Matt Abraham

  • Job Title: Business Analyst
  • Describe your role at Silverchair in a nutshell. As a BA, variety is the spice of my life. I get to work on new feature implementation, maintenance and support, back-end, front-end, database…the list goes on. So much of a BA’s job requires context switching, not only from ticket to ticket, but also from the granular to the birds-eye view. Being able to deep dive into database requirements in the morning and then talk with a client about their strategic roadmap in the afternoon offers a rich and rewarding work experience. I am certainly never bored.
  • What are you currently reading? Recently finished, in progress, and leafing through: Black Boy by Richard Wright, The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, What is the What? by Dave Eggers and Achak Deng, City Power by Richard Schragger, The Fran Lebowitz Readerby Fran Lebowitz, and The American Institute of Architects Guide to NYC (in which I was surprised to find a shout-out to Silverchair President, Tim Barton). City Power and the AIA Guide to NYC are both beautiful print editions by Oxford University Press.
Matt Abraham desk

  • Home office setup: I moved into my apartment in November 2020 and chose it because I could not wait to position my work-from-home desk in front of these beautiful windows. It offers great people/squirrel watching and the 5 minute walk to three of my favorite used bookstores is an added bonus.
  • What tip or trick would you want publishers to know about? Context is important. Projects don’t exist in a vacuum and I find it exceedingly helpful when clients take the time to share how Silverchair’s work fits into their overall strategic goals and direction. Not only does this help us to implement the right solution, but it also helps to build shared ownership of the project. I love to provide this context to my development team so that we all understand how our granular work fits in.
  • What is something you enjoy about working at Silverchair? I truly enjoy the people I work with on both the Silverchair and the client side. It excites me that such intelligent, driven, and hard-working people choose to invest their energy into such important fields of publishing and knowledge dissemination.

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