I met Julie during the Documation Conference. She has been in the Nuxeo Community for a while now and we thought it was the perfect time to introduce you to her. Everyone please meet Julie Lecomte!
So Julie, we know you because you’ve been a customer for a while, you even gave a talk during Nuxeo World 2013. Could you please introduce yourself for our readers?
I’ve been studying to be an agronomist engineer, specializing in information system management. I have worked at the French Ministry of Agriculture since 2010. I was an infrastructure and document management project manager for the Ministry, so I was managing every Nuxeo instance there. That makes four instances (including GEDEI and GEDCourrier that I presented at Nuxeo World).
What do you do now?
Now, I am the manager of the local IS service at the departmental direction of the territories of Eure-et-Loir, which is part of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Ecology. In my free time I’m putting together a partnership with my favorite company, Nuxeo, to offer consulting on Nuxeo Studio because I have a lot of practice to share in this area. And I’m also the deputy mayor for urban development/land use and technology in my city council. Are you the one that recommended the choice of Nuxeo at the Ministry or did it happen just like that?
The choice was made when I arrived. Smile did a study in 2009 between Alfresco and Nuxeo. Nuxeo was a better fit for the Ministry’s needs. There was only one project when I arrived. Another one was being developed, and it had more and more success. Following this growing success, we started two other projects simultaneously: a tool to handle correspondence digitalization called GED Courrier and one to manage the creation, validation and dissemination of the Ministry instructions, GEDEI.
Your first project was to manage the second one?
I actually did everything on this one. Call me wonder woman [Laughs..]. This one actually took me the longest time.
The learning curve for Nuxeo Studio - when you arrived you didn’t know it, you had to learn everything.
Yes, I started working on the old project we had in early 2012. I had never used the Nuxeo Platform before. We had two Studio projects for our regular document management instances but it was really basic stuff, a bit of branding and not much else. There was already a lot of customization that was done outside Nuxeo Studio - customizations that we later migrated to Studio.
When I arrived everything was pretty much done. So in 2012, I started taking on the document management projects. I started looking at Nuxeo Studio late mid 2012, trying to figure out what we could do with it. And so I really started early 2013 when the two latest projects started. I followed the five day developer training given by Benjamin and Arnaud. And I survived :) Then, I mostly used the support.
Did you have to go outside Nuxeo Studio? Usually there is a small part of a project that won’t fit the Studio development model.
Well, actually the only thing we had to do outside Studio for the document management part was for the PDF merge but now it’s included in the latest version of Studio. So no.
We do have a WebEngine project which was not done with Studio, obviously. And also some URL management issues that we had to do outside, too. We also did a custom operation called by Studio to do a custom template rendering to add some business rules. It was not available at the time.
About the WebEngine application, what is it used for?
The application could be split in two parts, a backend and a frontend. The backend would be the document management part where we did customization with Studio, and for the frontend, the browsing part, we did a WebEngine project. The idea is to create and validate instructions in the backend and then browse them through the WebEngine application.
I am the Nuxeo Studio genie. I grant you three wishes. What do you want?
Something I would really like is to know when I am disconnected. Because after a long while, like a lunch break, your session ends and when you hit save, boom. You’ve lost the modifications you did on this tab. So it would be nice to be informed before it actually blows up.
And on the navigation part on the left, I have like 40, 50 automation chains. It’s hard to navigate between them.
But honestly, it’s ok. It’s a great tool. I am very happy with it.
Do you have any hobbies?
I am a dog trainer and I read a lot - like four books a week. If I had to choose one…that’s actually a hard question! If I really had to choose one, I would say the Anita Blake series.
Where do you live? Is it a cool place to visit?
I live in Chartres. Not much to do except visit the Cathedral. If you like the countryside then, yes, come and visit. But if you like activities, I can’t advise you to visit.