Masterclass: Building intelligent applications with A.I. technologies

“AI is the new electricity” says Andrew Ng, one of the pioneers of AI and online learning. His remark may be an overstatement, bit there’s no denying the impact AI has had, is having, and will continue to have on our lives, at both personal and professional levels.

Date: 29 – 30 October 2018, Iasi
Training fee: €330/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

About the training

One of the core instruments of AI is Machine Learning, and by attending this workshop you will get the chance to learn about ML and understand how you can use it effectively. During this workshop, you will learn about the types of problems solved by Machine Learning, the most used algorithms, the metrics used to compare their performance, and how to improve said performance.

After attending this workshop, you will be able to assess a Machine Learning problem, decide how to approach it using ML, train and evaluate a predictive model, and fine-tune its performance to match your accuracy criteria.

Agenda

  1. Who’s who
    Introduces the speaker and the audience, sets the goals for the training.
  2. Introduction to Machine Learning
    1. Lecture
      1. What is Machine Learning and how it relates to Artificial Intelligence.
      2. The types of Machine Learning and the problems they’re designed to solve
    2. Lab
      1. Setup & Hello World
      2. Working with data in Python
      3. Working with data in Azure ML Studio
  3. Classification
    1. Lecture
      1. What is classification, use cases
      2. Most used algorithms, how they work, advantages and disadvantages
      3. Metrics used for determining performance
    2. Lab
      1. Classifying data in Python
      2. Classifying data in Azure ML Studio
      3. Comparing algorithm performance using metrics
  4. Regression
    1. Lecture
      1. What is regression, use cases
      2. Most used algorithms, how they work, advantages and disadvantages
      3. Metrics used for determining performance
    2. Lab
      1. Regression in Python
      2. Regression in Azure ML Studio
      3. Comparing algorithm performance using metrics
  5. Ensemble Learning
    1. Lecture
      1. What are ensemble algorithms, use cases
      2. Most used algorithms for classification and regression
    2. Lab
      1. Ensembles in Python
      2. Ensembles in Azure ML Studio
      3. Measuring performance boost obtained from using ensembles
  6. Optimizing models
    1. Lecture
      1. Overfitting and underfitting
      2. Feature engineering
      3. Hyperparameter optimization
    2. Lab
      1. Compete with the other attendees in analysing an unknown dataset and using it to train a predictive model
      2. Once all models are trained, we will score their performance over an unknown test dataset, and reveal the best-performing model.
  7. Conclusion
    1. Where to next
    2. Course summary

Prerequisites

The trainer

Software architect with more development and management experience than he would like to admit, Vlad is passionate about teaching complex topics and ideas, helping people and companies get up to speed with the AI revolution that is currently unfolding.

 

Training fee: €330/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available
To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

Lunch and Coffee Breaks included in the price of the Masterclass.

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Masterclass: Docker Swarm: From theory to practice

Date: 20 April 2018, Timisoara
Training fee: €100/participant plus VAT, only 20 seats available

To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

Join us for a 6-hour full hands-on workshop on Docker Swarm: From theory to practice on Friday 20 April 2018, delivered by SourceLair co-founder and CTO, Docker Captain and Docker Certified Associate Antonis Kalipetis.

About the masterclass

Docker and containers have drastically changed the way we develop and deploy applications. After mastering containers, it’s only natural to start deploying containers in production. This masterclass aims at introducing participants to orchestrator principles through Docker Swarm, showcasing the different concepts, pros, cons and common best practices, while showing the way to go to production with confidence.

 

Join this masterclass to be introduced to the world of orchestration, through Docker Swarm. This training will go through the basic concepts, best practices and will show you the way to go to production with confidence.

Who should attend

System Administrators, Operations Executives and Developers that want to:

  1. Automate, improve and scale their production Docker setup
  2. Fill the gaps missing to deploy Docker to their production systems
  3. Secure their production systems further

Prerequisites

  • Basic Docker knowledge and understanding of concepts (e.g. Container, Images, Dockerfiles)
  • Basic programming skills
  • Bringing your own laptop

What you will learn

  • Concepts: Nodes, Tasks, Services, Networks, Configs, Secrets)
  • Topology: Networking, Node Roles, Cryptographic Identity)
  • Practical Skills: Deploying Services, Deploying Stacks, Rolling Updates, Debugging a Docker Swarm Cluster

Course outline

  • What is a container, a crash course
  • From servers to clusters: intro to containerized infrastructure
  • Docker swarm in practice, setting up and managing a cluster
  • Deploying services to Docker Swarm
  • Production deployments in a containerized infrastructure
  • Swarm debugging

Goodies

  • Event attendees will get access to a 3-node Docker Swarm cluster each to practice
  • This event’s price is a steal for the value you will bring back to your company
  • This event runs with limited seating. Get the most of the instructors’ attention!
  • Enjoy free cofee and lunch during the event.

The trainer

Antonis is leading the technology at SourceLair – a company specialized in creating developer tools, while at the same time helps teams improve their development workflow. He’s a Python lover and developer, and a Docker Captain. When not talking about himself in the third person, he loves automating stuff and sharing knowledge around all things containers, DevOps and developer workflows. He’s also a regular speaker at local Meetups, mostly in Athens.

Training fee: €100/participant plus VAT, only 20 seats available
To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

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What we know we don’t know about blockchains

Originally published on the Ness Digital Engineering blog at https://www.ness.com/know-dont-know-blockchains/.

Bitcoin is already a household name. The blockchain, the data structure plus protocol that lies under Bitcoin and many other novel applications, gets mentioned in almost every list of hot technologies [1].

For every writing that extols the potential of blockchains, another pops up dismissing blockchain-based solutions as inferior [2]. Both extremes are of course “right,” such as you would expect from any projection of a complex, multidimensional issue.

Yes, blockchains have potential to impact our world. Like any technological innovation, blockchains have caused our collective imagination to run loose and create narratives of a future without banks, without government [3], etc. But, predicting the future is hard. In fact, if you’re in the business of telling the future, you can rightfully be called a visionary if you manage to get just a few predictions right and fail at all the others: read Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages with a critical eye, or for a more recent example, Bill Gates’ The Road Ahead. Many other narratives about the future, that completely failed to happen, are now forgotten thanks to survivorship bias.

Now apply the same critical thinking to any narrative about the impact of blockchains to any particular industry. Will cryptocurrencies change finances and banking by a little or by a lot? There is no clear answer yet. One major unknown is what will credit look like in a world of cryptocurrencies with an inelastic, capped money supply. Bitcoin’s creator was wary of credit institutions and central banks and wasn’t necessarily focused on working within a credit-based financial system [4]. Yet, for a modern economy, credit is essential. There is good evidence of a link between the rise of credit institutions and the explosion of economic activity during the European Renaissance [5]. We don’t yet have a crypto monetary system that can replace our fiat currency system without major economic regress.

To tackle the other extreme: yes, blockchain products are the baby replicas of their existing 20th century equivalents. Bitcoin is slow and expensive compared to Visa. There is no court of law to judge the breach of an Ethereum smart contract, even when most agree there should be a difference between the spirit and the letter of the contract, such as in the case of the infamous Ethereum contract bug that brought down The DAO [6].

Remember that blockchains themselves are a solution for a very narrow problem, namely achieving consensus in a network of entities who don’t trust each other. The novelty is that blockchains don’t rely on a central authority. A protocol for decentralized consensus is a building block for distributed applications, but it doesn’t have to be the only one. Higher level protocols are already emerging on top of blockchains to deal with specific applications. For example, Bitcoin developers have created the payment channels protocol [7] and the Lightning network [8]. If adopted, the Bitcoin network will see payments happen “off-chain” quickly and cheaply, and only gross settlement transactions will be committed to the blockchain, an expensive and slow process.

A useful analogy is the history of the Internet itself. The necessary building block for the Internet is a packet-switched network protocol, such as IP, that can effectively route information between nodes on a huge network without the need for a central authority that decides which packets go where. IP alone, however, does not solve all our problems. In IP, the size of a payload of information is limited by design to a few KB [9]; there is no notion of a bi-directional stream of packets between two hosts; there is also no notion of a session. There are higher-level protocols on top of IP that needed to be invented, so that we can enjoy today’s sophisticated Internet products such as Netflix and Skype.

It’s safe to say blockchains are only layer one of a stack of protocols for distributed applications, and there are many more protocols to come which have not yet been invented. My prediction is that it’s too early to pick winners, just like in the ’80s, it would have been premature to pick SNA as the winner over TCP/IP in the battle for communication network protocols.

In conclusion, when you’re building your product or your company under the assumption that “blockchains are the future,” make sure you’re only taking the risks you can afford to take. If we go by past experience, the future will certainly be surprising.

References:

[1] https://www.ness.com/technology-trends-2018-nesss-cto-associates-weigh/
[2] https://hackernoon.com/ten-years-in-nobody-has-come-up-with-a-use-case-for-blockchain-ee98c180100
[3] https://www.ribbonfarm.com/2017/10/10/the-blockchain-man
[4] http://p2pfoundation.ning.com/forum/topics/bitcoin-open-source
[5] https://www.ft.com/content/6851f286-288d-11de-8dbf-00144feabdc0
[6] https://www.coindesk.com/ethereum-classic-explained-blockchain/
[7] https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Payment_channels
[8] https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Lightning_Network
[9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximum_transmission_unit

Author: Iulian Dogariu, Ness Digital Engineering

AROBS at Codecamp Cluj – Vehicle Detection and Tracking using Machine Learning

The trends of 2018 are already having a strong voice among developers and technology passionate over the world.

Machine learning is a trend with a tremendous impact on how businesses rule themselves nowadays. Vehicle detection and tracking using machine learning, Adi’s presentation at Codecamp, managed to trigger curious minds present there.

Other trends such as Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies will soon impact start-ups and the market as we see them.

What is a Software architect saying to the new generation of developers you can read here: https://goo.gl/u4j32f

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Chișinău | 2 June

Codecamp Chisinau will be back on June 2. Don’t forget to register HERE. The complete agenda will be announced soon.

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

 

Softvision

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

NTT DATA Romania provides development assistance and expert advice for customers across various industries, IT service providers, system integrators and software companies. The services offered cover the entire software development and management lifecycle. Currently the company serves over 300 clients in multiple countries, including Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and USA.

The added value provided by NTT DATA Romania lies within the specific know-how of various business lines. This includes a thorough understanding of the main challenges felt by clients and the current economic environment. These aspects have significantly contributed to the growth of the company over the past 17 years, along with consistently enhancing customer experience.

 

Continental

Continental is a top-tier automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tyres, interior electronics, chassis components, brake systems, powertrain, tachographs and numerous other factors related to the transportation and automotive industries. Continental is divided into five sections: Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and Contitech. One of the company’s main areas of expertise is fuel consumption, attained via reduced-resistance tyres, more efficient fuel injection systems and hybrid propulsion systems.

 

ASSIST Software SRL

ASSIST Software Romania specializes in outsourcing software development projects. Based in Eastern Europe, we are operating in a challenging economy that creates a fertile environment for Information Technology and business outsourcing. Our team has a solid and proven track record, delivering high quality and timely services.

Founded in 1992, ASSIST Software is present on the international market as a supplier of innovative solutions, adding business value through technology implementation at a professional level. Focusing our activities toward developing complex software products, ASSIST Software provides consistent results in emerging fields such as mobile and web-based custom business applications, e-commerce, e-payment, e-security, e-health and enterprise & resource planning, entertainment, and gaming industry.

We are focused on developing powerful and cutting-edge applications, that allow us to offer solutions which provide real business benefits. We deliver products and services with quantifiable ROI built around customer’s goals and strategic vision.

Our team continuously fulfills our partners’ demands by constantly updating our knowledge, conquering new areas of expertise, increasing the quality of our consultancy and support services. We build long-lasting relationships with our business partners, easily adapting to each one of their requirements.

Our Microsoft Certified Partner status is recognition for our performances and competences. These competencies are greatly supported by the software development team. The partnership with IBM, Intel, CISCO, and HP are a testament to our ability to design and deliver quality hardware and software solutions optimized for any platform.

 

Harman

Were you aware that Harman designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets?
For example, did you know they engineer the infotainments systems for BMW (iDrive), Mercedes-Benz (COMMAND), Audi (MMI), Chrysler (Uconnect) and many more?
Harman is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson.
The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform.
More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems.
More than 80 percent of the world’s luxury cars are equipped with our premium audio and infotainment systems.
Your favorite music, movie or television show was likely recorded or broadcast with our help. We share the stage with talented performing artists from every genre, and we fill the world’s premier sporting and entertainment venues with great sound and light.
But HARMAN stands for more than just great sound. We help create great lifestyle experiences for today’s connected generation.
Updates and enhancements are automatically downloaded as they become available, and real-time diagnostics alert you when routing services or repairs are indicated.
For more about our automotive cloud offerings, visit the Connected Services section of our website.
HARMAN’s innovative and highly integrated infotainment technologies offer automakers the most complete solutions for advanced navigation, intuitive user interfaces, integrated audio, device connectivity, cyber security, and connected safety, just to name a few. From Boston to Berlin to Bangalore, HARMAN is delivering a dynamic in-car experience for an increasingly connected world.

 

ISSCO

ISSCO is the brand behind successful IT projects delivering in the West innovative technologies assimilated along 15 years of worldwide software development experience. ISSCO is widely known on the international market in Western Europe doubled by a prolific activity on the Romanian market, thus we are a perfect and healthy combination of OUTSOURCING and DEVELOPMENT OF OWN SERVICES AND PRODUCTS.

Outsourcing is a core component of their business, they work selectively for valuable customers on software development projects, building up specific teams that develop new solutions on explicit requests. In this approach, they use both latest technologies and current methodologies focusing on team involvement in architectural decisions. Their internal projects focus on their own products and solutions, which they develop and sell globally focusing on the needs of both small business and those of corporation solutions from scratch:
● Software development
● Mobile applications
● Hosting
● Quality assurance as a Service
● Cloud solutions;

ISSCO focuses daily on Company values, stimulates its team to work in a professional tempo to performance and valuable experience! The implementation of their successful projects would not have been possible without the involvement and sustained effort of a 45 developers team working in both Iasi and Bacau offices.

Now they are opening an office in Chisinau too and eager to welcome newcomers in their team!

They are also present in the social life of the community that they serve through active participation in social charity events.

 

Pentalog

Pentalog is a global full-stack IT service platform designed to support digital and tech businesses throughout their product lifecycle: design, development, marketing, and funding. We apply Agile, Lean, and DevOps best practices to help clients build up product value and efficiency.

We leverage 3 types of flexible engagement models to support all short and long-term objectives of potential clients: outsourcing, recruitment and freelancing. We help them craft sustainable strategies that accelerate growth and drive performance.

Pentalog relies on 25 years of worldwide experience in software engineering, a global team of 1,000+ IT engineers 50+ consultants and a talent pool of 400,000+ profiles.

Pentalog’s Core Values are based on the following principles:

  • Transparency, with clients, partners & employees
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Innovation, Growth & En

 

Ness Technologies

Ness Digital Engineering is an innovative custom software development firm Ness Digital Engineering provides digital transformation and custom software product engineering services to help organizations envision, build, and continually evolve their digital platforms to enter new markets, capture new revenue and gain operational efficiencies.

Their global team enables clients to compete and grow in today’s digital economy by providing deep expertise in experience engineering, product and platform development, and data analytics. Ness’s strength is the ability to provide a seamless blend of creative design and user experience engineering, combined with a rigorous, productized approach to digital platform development and data analytics.

Product engineering is central to the company’s heritage. Using their Ness Connected framework, they help companies define and develop the right digital products and services faster to significantly accelerate time to market, improve customer engagement and reduce business risk. As a custom software development firm, Ness believes digital platform development and product engineering requires a fundamentally different approach than running traditional enterprise IT services or providing staff augmentation.

 

Stefanini

Stefanini is a Brazilian company with over three decades of IT expertise, ranging from IT infrastructure outsourcing to software applications development and maintenance, focused on making the digital transformation dream a successful reality for our clients. They have a direct presence in 40 countries, through 77 offices, enjoy working for over 500 clients.

They’ve been on the Romanian market for 13 years, building a team of over 1 600 people in their offices in Bucharest, Sibiu and Târgu Mureș. Since 2016 they have been also present in Chișinău with a team of around 90 people delivering great services.

Their “big enough, yet small enough” approach makes us flexible, responsive and agile. Stefanini has career opportunities for professionals interested in a vibrant, passionate, team-oriented workplace.

Learn more about them on https://stefanini.com and join them on facebook.com/stefaniniromania/.

 

Amdaris

AMDARIS is a rapidly expanding multinational Software Development Company. With offices in the UK, Romania and Moldova, they combine deep technology expertise, solutions architecture capability, development and program management skills that deliver best-in class Solutions that help Enterprises scale and meet their software challenges. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner, meaning they are industry recognized as being “best-in-class”, and are in the top 1% of the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem.

AMDARIS delivers projects and programmes, working on products or platforms for clients ranging from tech start-ups, through to global multi-billion dollar businesses.

Their Abilities

They are able to provide end-to-end solutions, encompassing product design, project management, develop & build, through to automated testing, deployment, integration and ongoing support and Lifecycle Management.

  • Their delivery models include:
  • Augmented Development Resource (Including Teams, Complete Software Development function Agile, Waterfall or Hybrid
  • Blend of On-Site and Near-Shore

Operational excellence, governance and quality underpin everything they do. As an ISO9001 and ISO27001 company, their enterprise clients see them as a safe pair of hands.

 

JetBrains

At JetBrains, code is their passion. For over 15 years they have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, their tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

Their line of software products include:

* IntelliJ IDEA (The most intelligent Java IDE)
* PhpStorm (Lightning-smart PHP IDE)
* WebStorm (The smartest JavaScript IDE)
* PyCharm (Python IDE for professional developers)
* RubyMine (The most intelligent Ruby IDE)
* AppCode (Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development)
* CLion (A smart cross-platform IDE for C and C++)
* DataGrip (Your Swiss Army knife for databases & SQL)
* PyCharm Edu (Professional tool to learn programming with Python)

* Rider (New Cross-platform .NET IDE based on the IntelliJ Platform and ReSharper)
* ReSharper (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* ReSharper C++ (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* dotTrace (.NET performance Profiler)
* dotMemory (.NET memory Profiler)
* dotCover (.NET unit test runner and code coverage tool)
* dotPeek (Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser)

* TeamCity (Powerful Continuous Integration out of the box)
* YouTrack (Issue tracker designed for development teams
* Upsource (Code review and repository browsing)
* Hub (JetBrains team tools, integrated)

* Kotlin (Statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser)
* MPS (DSL development environment)

 

Krak3n

KRAK3N is a consultancy company founded by Vlad Zelinschi. Its mission is to deliver outstanding business value to customers through technical advisory, codebase audits and on demand technical trainings focusing especially on Fullstack JavaScript.

KRAK3N prides itself with having delivered incredible work so far for satisfied customers. Its members display technical excellency, hold world renowned technical titles and have consistently led teams towards success for the past 6 years.

KRAK3N’s founder, Vlad, is a well known speaker and co-organizer of CluJSers. He is actively involved in the development of several tech communities and acting as an advisor for a couple of well known romanian conferences such as Codecamp and JSHeroes. His teaching experience is vast, Vlad being responsible for mentoring over 200 people while working for companies such as Yonder, 3PillarGlobal or acting as a Fullstack JavaScript Instructor for Viking Code School.

 

JivyGroup Chisinau

Jivy Group is a group of people and companies working together in the startup nation.
Jivy Group develops software products for a variety of startups in different industries such as gaming, social networks, trading industries, media complementary products, ad networks, online gambling and more.

 

Inthergroup

ISD is a dynamic software development company with the main skill set focusing on Java and Java-related technologies. For over 10 years, we are eager to take up a challenge and enjoy working with new technologies.

We are proud of our “flat organization” approach, preserving the start-up mindset blended with best practices to enhance efficiency and professionalism.

It takes a great team to achieve great results. At ISD, it is our commitment to spot the best in every team member and let proactivity and initiative be heard.

 

Mobias

Mobiasbanca is one of the first banks of the Republic of Moldova. It is an innovative Bank that has developed dynamically over the course of 27 years of activity, focused to serve both corporate clients, as well as individuals. The Bank has a wide network of branches and agencies in Chisinau, but also in the whole country. The quality of the services is guaranteed by a team of 700 true professionals of Mobiasbanca. The main shareholder of Mobiasbanca is Societe Generale, one of the largest financial groups in the euro area, whose services are used by 32 million customers worldwide. Commitment, responsibility, team spirit and innovation represent our values which lead us to success.

 

Diez# Chisinau

Diez Moldova is a news website that focuses on helping the local community learn and become better at everything that it does. Diez aims at compelling the people to become more active, open-minded, tolerant, responsible, independent, and productive. Their visitors don’t just read the Diez news; they also learn about the world while doing so.

 

RabotaMD

Rabota.md is the top Moldovan website for hiring and recruiting. The website has over 25,000 daily unique visitors.
The target audience comprises ambitious entrepreneurially-inclined people, who are career-oriented, aiming for growth of income and personal self-fulfillment.

 

Joblist

JobList is an online job service that welcomes visitors to quickly and qualitatively study the market and find open job vacancies that match their expertise. JobList is a convenient filtering system for job vacancies in different categories. It is also an excellent assistant not only for those who are looking for work, but also for companies looking for qualified personnel.

 

Tech Box

The Tech Box project was launched on August 31, 2014, thanks to young IT and gadget enthusiast Darius Didea Mihai. The project started out as a simple blog about technology, but slowly turned into an IT publication, having the Romanian public as its main audience. Their mission is to keep readers up-to-date with everything related to the IT industry both locally and globally.  At the same time, Tech Box focuses on events in the national and international technology industry and takes part in as many IT events as possible. Their news portal also provides the latest information related to the business and startup ecosystem.

Meet the Partners for Codecamp in Timişoara | 21 April

Codecamp Timisoara will be back on April 21. Don’t forget to register HERE. The complete agenda will be announced soon.

In the meantime, we want to thank our partners for being with us every step of the way.

 

Softvision

Established in 1998 in Cluj-Napoca, Softvision is now a big and global outsourcing company that provides great software product development services to their clients. Softvision expanded throughout Romania in Baia Mare, Bucuresti, Iasi and Timişoara. The company develops over 300 projects for over 100 clients from Europe and USA, in the following fields: software development, testing and quality assurance, mobile apps, UI/UX Design, support services and others.

Softvision is renowned for its Top 500 Fortune, Silicon Valley and Wall Street clients: Microsoft, Toshiba, Alcatel, Sharp, Swisscom, Sprint and others. In 2016, Softvision merged with well-renowned US-based Company SPI (Software Paradigms International), thus becoming an International Company with offices also in Canada, Australia, Brazil and India.

With the merger, Softvision gained new clients from the retail segment: Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Lord&Taylor, Estee Lauder, Michael Kors. Softvision encourages their employees to work hard, play hard and to continuously learn through the Softvision University Program.

This was developed to offer full support to every individual in the company to reach the highest professional development level in accordance with their potential. Softvision University comprises 11 communities: .Net, Android, iOS, Web, DB, QA, Java, C/C++, DevOps, PM and Artificial Intelligence.

 

BRD Groupe Societe Generale

For most of the Romanian, BRD is a day to day presence, spread all over the country. We are a Top Romanian Bank and one of the companies listed at BVB. We have also a long history. Descendent of the National Industrial Credit Society, created in 1923, BRD was initially the Investment Bank of the Romanian country before becoming, in 1990, an universal bank. In 1999, Societe Generale became the majority shareholder of the bank. The French bank, one of the biggest from the euro are, with 145.000 employees in 66 countries and over 31 mil.  Clients from all over the word, transferred in Romania know-how that allowed us to become shortly one of the leaders of the Romanian market.

We constantly are looking to innovate ourselves, while offering to a wide public programs and products tailored, from kids to students and businesses of different sizes, comfort and  security. We have 2.3 mil clients and 780 branches. Our activity covers three major business lines: retail and IMM, big corporations and investment banking. With over 7.500 employees we are one of the biggest banking employers.

BRD is an important economic actor in the local economy but also we are an active social player, involved in the community through projects and programs that cover social, cultural and sportive areas.

We are proud to support technology and innovation in our country and we engage our efforts in developing key actors (the new generation of IT specialists and tech entrepreneurs ) for a digital society. Our main projects are  BRD First Tech Challenge, the Robotics Labs and Innovation Labs but we constantly continue to search and support initiatives, such as Codecamp,  that contribute to support the Romanian creators of technology and innovation. Furthermore we have developed a special offer for the IT segment through which we hope to answer  the daily banking needs of this public.  Find out more details on www.brd.ro/code

 

NTT DATA Romania provides development assistance and expert advice for customers across various industries, IT service providers, system integrators and software companies. The services offered cover the entire software development and management lifecycle. Currently the company serves over 300 clients in multiple countries, including Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and USA.

The added value provided by NTT DATA Romania lies within the specific know-how of various business lines. This includes a thorough understanding of the main challenges felt by clients and the current economic environment. These aspects have significantly contributed to the growth of the company over the past 17 years, along with consistently enhancing customer experience.

 

Continental

Continental is a top-tier automotive manufacturing company that specializes in tyres, interior electronics, chassis components, brake systems, powertrain, tachographs and numerous other factors related to the transportation and automotive industries. Continental is divided into five sections: Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tyres, and Contitech. One of the company’s main areas of expertise is fuel consumption, attained via reduced-resistance tyres, more efficient fuel injection systems and hybrid propulsion systems.

 

Haufe-Lexware TM

Haufe Group offers integrated and comprehensive workplace solutions to successfully manage tax, commercial and legal challenges. Their solutions cover content, applications, professional training and qualifications, services as well as Online communities and portals.

Their target groups are small, medium and large companies, self-employed/freelancers, as well as tax and legal advisers, public services and NGOs.

They have consistently developed into a specialist for digital and web-based services. Headquartered in Freiburg, Germany, Haufe employs approximately 1,800 people around the world.

 

Lasting Timisoara

Lasting at a Glance:

What does Lasting do in projects, and for what kind of customer?

They create value throughout the development cycle for customers large and small across multiple tech sectors by enabling them to deliver software products, projects, and solutions on time and in the budget.

They Develop the graphics engines & tools which allow you to control your car and  view your world.

They Create medical systems that monitor and protect your families .

They Enable 100’s of smart factories around the world to manage  their Materials Planning

They Realize the algorithms and analytics processing Big Data which underpin 1000’s of FDA/FMA clinical trials.

They Build news apps which allow you to report ‘Real news’ in ‘Real time’ with data driven journalism.

They Transform statistics and analytics into insight on your KPI’s  in cloud based AI decision systems.

 

ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide, the Universal Payments (UP) company, powers electronic payments for more than 5,100 organizations around the world. More than 1,000 of the largest financial institutions and intermediaries as well as thousands of global merchants rely on ACI to execute $14 trillion each day in payments and securities. In addition, myriad organizations utilize their electronic bill presentment and payment services.

Through their comprehensive suite of software and cloud-based solutions, ACI delivers real-time, immediate payments capabilities and enable the industry’s most complete omni-channel payments experience.

 

Plentymarkets

plentymarkets is THE e-commerce ERP in Europe!

You can manage all of your online business processes with one software: plentymarkets. From setting up your items to processing orders, managing payments and fulfillment: all of the processes are efficiently linked together so that you can fulfill orders quickly and provide your customers with a high level of service. You will profit from our comprehensive support options and will always be ahead of the game with our updates and innovative ideas. plentymarkets makes e-commerce simple, convenient and efficient by providing you with a wide range of individual functions that all work together harmoniously under one roof.

Our young, talented and motivated team builds the foundation of our success. Using cutting edge technology we always set new challenges for ourselves and we are seeking new team members to help us write our success story.

 

SmartValue

SmartValue: the tiger engine behind Newpharma, one of the leading European online pharmacies

SmartValue?
Our agency is the magical development team powering Newpharma, one of the largest European pharmacies

Newpharma?

  • Belgium’s 1st online pharmacy and in Europe’s Top 10 – Founded in 2008
  • Winner of many awards: Becommerce Awards (2009, 2013, 2015) and Safeshops Awards (2016 and 2017)
  • 50% average yearly growth since 2008, with a turnover of 63M€ in 2017
  • Shipping to 12 European countries
  • Extended catalog with more than 35.000 products

    Our values/guiding principles?
  • Flexibility: join a self-organizing development team
  • Collaboration: unity makes strength: seek for solutions through collaboration, among each other and with our Belgian colleagues
  • Diversity/variation: not only frontend web development; we do also provide the lightning fast technology powering the whole logistics (stock management, packing process, pharmacist validation etc)

Ready to take a look behind the scenes of a successful e-commerce company?
www.smartvalue.io

 

Nokia

Nokia is a global technology leader at the heart of our connected world.

Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing. From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience. A truly global company, we are 160 nationalities working in more than 100 countries.

Nokia Campus Timisoara is home to the biggest Research and Development in the telecommunications industry in Romania, as well as one of the biggest multiple technologies and multi-vendor networks operation centers. Furthermore, it is a center of excellence for the planning, optimizing, implementation and maintenance of multiple technologies networks, offering end-to-end services in Romania and globally, as well as apps, particularly operational maintenance systems, IoT and customer experience.

Veoneer (Autoliv)

Innovative solutions that you can trust

Automotive safety electronics

Veoneer – the newest, yet one of the most experienced automotive safety electronics startups. With a unique combination of engineering hardware and software expertise, we can offer one of the broadest product portfolios in the industry.

Who we are

We are the automotive industry’s newest, yet most experienced tech startup; born from the worldwide leader in automotive safety, Autoliv. Our ambition is to be a leading system supplier for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving as well as a market leader in automotive safety electronics products.

What we do

We envision, design, and build state-of-the-art hardware, software, and electronic systems that make driving safer, and provide the key technologies that will drive the reliability, adoption, and success of self-driving mobility solutions.

 

Beenear

Since 2004 Beenear have been offering services for IT&C field, for the European market, especially for the Italian one. Through a commercial agreement, since 2013 the company entered on the German market.

The company is based in Iasi – Romania and was born from an Italian business initiative (involving private individuals and public institutions) aimed at creating a center of excellence in the design and development of software in the JAVA technology environments and Microsoft. NET.

Due to their professional staff and its experience acquired in many years of activity on the European market, the company has the capacity to provide the following services:

  • software development,
  • helpdesk services for software applications and infrastructure,
  • telemarketing services for software products.

 

Ness Technologies

Ness Digital Engineering is an innovative custom software development firm Ness Digital Engineering provides digital transformation and custom software product engineering services to help organizations envision, build, and continually evolve their digital platforms to enter new markets, capture new revenue and gain operational efficiencies.

Their global team enables clients to compete and grow in today’s digital economy by providing deep expertise in experience engineering, product and platform development, and data analytics. Ness’s strength is the ability to provide a seamless blend of creative design and user experience engineering, combined with a rigorous, productized approach to digital platform development and data analytics.

Product engineering is central to the company’s heritage. Using their Ness Connected framework, they help companies define and develop the right digital products and services faster to significantly accelerate time to market, improve customer engagement and reduce business risk. As a custom software development firm, Ness believes digital platform development and product engineering requires a fundamentally different approach than running traditional enterprise IT services or providing staff augmentation.

 

3Pillar Global

A product lifecycle management and development company that accelerates business growth. 3Pillar believes in engineering software products that have a true purpose. And they know that you need a partner that doesn’t just plan, but one who can get it done.

What makes 3Pillar different is their mindset. The company didn’t evolve out of IT consulting. They’re a new breed of product development company, born from the world of engineering excellence and focused on value creation through software. 3Pillar knows what it takes to build successful digital experiences in an increasingly noisy world, providing solutions that are purpose-driven and results-oriented.

 

AMDARIS is a rapidly expanding multinational Software Development Company. With offices in the UK, Romania and Moldova, they combine deep technology expertise, solutions architecture capability, development and program management skills that deliver best-in class Solutions that help Enterprises scale and meet their software challenges. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner, meaning they are industry recognized as being “best-in-class”, and are in the top 1% of the Microsoft Partner Ecosystem.
AMDARIS delivers projects and programmes, working on products or platforms for clients ranging from tech start-ups, through to global multi-billion dollar businesses.

Their Abilities
They are able to provide end-to-end solutions, encompassing product design, project management, develop & build, through to automated testing, deployment, integration and ongoing support and Lifecycle Management.
Their delivery models include:
Augmented Development Resource (Including Teams)
Complete Software Development function 
Agile, Waterfall or Hybrid
Blend of On-Site and Near-Shore

Operational excellence, governance and quality underpin everything they do. As an ISO9001 and ISO27001 company, their enterprise clients see them as a safe pair of hands.

 

Regina Maria

Regina Maria aims at building a health network that cares about what happens to the community, and to the people. The private health network is driven by the firm belief that the patient is priority; that caring for the needs of the patient is the only way to provide excellent services.

Regina Maria’s vision is to live up to the expectations of the people with outstanding private medical services based on a strong system that believes in respecting and looking after its people.

 

berg COMPUTERS

Established as a Romanian-German partnership, we are a software services company with a solid background in implementing complex projects for global clients since 1991. With good work ethic, exceptional skills and a lot of enthusiasm, our strong team of professionals work together to give the best possible result for our clients. berg COMPUTERS is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the region, specializing in technology consulting, software development and outsourcing, for both SMEs and large enterprises. The company’s core areas of expertise include Digital Transformation, Custom Application Development, Business Intelligence & Advanced Analytics, Cloud, SAP, long-term technical support and maintenance. What makes berg COMPUTERS stand out in these fields is the combination of industry know-how, exceptional technical expertise and a visionary approach towards the future of enterprise IT and digitization.

 

JetBrains

At JetBrains, code is their passion. For over 15 years they have strived to make the strongest, most effective developer tools on earth. By automating routine checks and corrections, their tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create.

Their line of software products include:

* IntelliJ IDEA (The most intelligent Java IDE)
* PhpStorm (Lightning-smart PHP IDE)
* WebStorm (The smartest JavaScript IDE)
* PyCharm (Python IDE for professional developers)
* RubyMine (The most intelligent Ruby IDE)
* AppCode (Smart IDE for iOS/OS X development)
* CLion (A smart cross-platform IDE for C and C++)
* DataGrip (Your Swiss Army knife for databases & SQL)
* PyCharm Edu (Professional tool to learn programming with Python)

* Rider (New Cross-platform .NET IDE based on the IntelliJ Platform and ReSharper)
* ReSharper (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* ReSharper C++ (Visual Studio extension for .NET developers)
* dotTrace (.NET performance Profiler)
* dotMemory (.NET memory Profiler)
* dotCover (.NET unit test runner and code coverage tool)
* dotPeek (Free .NET decompiler and assembly browser)

* TeamCity (Powerful Continuous Integration out of the box)
* YouTrack (Issue tracker designed for development teams
* Upsource (Code review and repository browsing)
* Hub (JetBrains team tools, integrated)

* Kotlin (Statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser)
* MPS (DSL development environment)

 

Krak3n

KRAK3N is a consultancy company founded by Vlad Zelinschi. Its mission is to deliver outstanding business value to customers through technical advisory, codebase audits and on demand technical trainings focusing especially on Fullstack JavaScript.

KRAK3N prides itself with having delivered incredible work so far for satisfied customers. Its members display technical excellency, hold world renowned technical titles and have consistently led teams towards success for the past 6 years.

KRAK3N’s founder, Vlad, is a well known speaker and co-organizer of CluJSers. He is actively involved in the development of several tech communities and acting as an advisor for a couple of well known romanian conferences such as Codecamp and JSHeroes. His teaching experience is vast, Vlad being responsible for mentoring over 200 people while working for companies such as Yonder, 3PillarGlobal or acting as a Fullstack JavaScript Instructor for Viking Code School.

 

Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. “Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”

 

SourceLair

SourceLair is a website that lets people code inside a web browser.

SourceLair was founded in 2011 and aims at eliminating any friction from the whole software development workflow.

 

Over the past 12 years, West University of Timişoara (UVT) has been focusing on providing students with unique learning experiences. Through changes in the national-educational politics, demographics, economic market demands, and national and regional demands, the University has managed to adapt and grow into one of the best in the country. UVT is committed to offering students the required education to help develop the local economy with bright, ingenious ideas worth taking into consideration.

UVT is made up of 11 faculties; each offering different types of programs that are meant to hone pioneering initiatives. The West University of Timişoara is involved in international collaborations and mobility programs like PHARE, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, and more. The University prides with being active, innovative, creative, and specialized in perfecting the next generation of researchers, professors, and specialists in areas like Economic Sciences, Law, Physics, History, Information Technology, and more.

 

Openville is a mixed use urban regeneration project developed by the Iulius Management Center company. Openville will become a landmark for the sustainable development of Timişoara, bringing together office, retail, park and entertainment functions.

Openville is a vibrant location, worthy of a European Capital of Culture, as well as the promoter of a broad variety of cultural, artistic and social events. The project was designed based on a new lifestyle concept, offering a unique business and shopping experience and a venue where you can enjoy life.

 

United Business Center Timișoara is part of the Openville urban complex, the second mixt ”lifestyle center” in România.

Is your team getting the most out of code reviews?

Originally published on the Ness Digital Engineering blog at https://www.ness.com/team-getting-code-reviews/

Most serious developer teams today have at least some form of code review discipline in place. This means that at least one person, other than the author, looks through a new code change before the change goes out to production. There is a good reason for that; code reviews, even when practiced less formally, have been found to increase the quality of a software product by reducing the number of defects. See [1] for research involving modern open-source software projects.

As principal engineer at Ness Digital Engineering, I see teams that do code review with varying degrees of rigor, from a light touch approach, all the way to mandatory, thorough reviews by at least two other engineers.

Irrespective of the actual process, the benefits of a code review discipline in your team go beyond whether the number of coding defects is below your threshold for quality. We will take a look at those first.

What I’ve repeatedly noticed is that very few engineers actually look forward to having their code reviewed. It feels like a trip to the dentist: you know it’s good for you, you know that a small intervention now prevents major decay later, but still your mom or your partner has to push you to go, because the anticipation of the drill in your mouth doesn’t exactly thrill you. In the second part of this post we’ll review some tips for running effective code reviews.

Here are other benefits of code reviews you should keep in mind for your team.

1) Code reviews spread knowledge and create a sense of ownership of the entire code base. If Alice has become an expert in module A of your code base, and Bob is an expert in module B, Alice can learn new things by reviewing Bob’s code changes in module B, and can in turn, guide Bob when he makes changes in module A. Your team is healthier when it’s free of “cliques,” and everyone feels that it’s OK to make changes to any part of the code. Also, most assume that it’s always the more senior engineer who reviews the junior engineer’s code, but a junior engineer should also be asked to do a review; he or she will learn a lot by reading through and trying to understand a code change from a more experienced colleague. Oh, and, inevitably, the time will come when a junior finds an issue with a senior’s code. To find out what to do to prevent bruised egos, skip towards the end of this post.

2) Code reviews add skin in the game. If I review and approve a code change by Charlie, my name is on the record. If that change introduces a defect, it will not be just Charlie who takes the heat.

3) Code reviews prevent deviation. It’s important for a team’s code base to have a consistent “style of doing things” everywhere. A consistent style reduces the cognitive burden of an engineer who must make changes to an unfamiliar section of the code. It doesn’t have to be the best way of doing things, even when the best way is objectively so.(it’s usually not, and likely to cause endless debate within the team). Here is an exaggerated example of why consistency is important. You can debate whether it’s better for motor vehicles to drive on the left or on the right side of the road, but an “interim” state, when trucks drive on the right and small cars drive on the left, would be a disaster.

Here are some tips on how to run code reviews effectively and with minimum pain.

  • Make them quick and non-formal. There should be no extensive meetings, and the process should be as light as possible. This lessens the friction for the reviewer. The easier it is for a reviewer to jump in, the more time he or she will have for looking over the code changes, and that’s a good thing. [1].
  • Make them frequent. Discourage huge changes and instead, insist that changes be submitted, reviewed and merged after two days of work, maximum.
  • Make them painless for the reviewee too. Encourage the reviewers to critique the code verbally in a one-on-one with the author. Discussions will be faster and less confrontational when done face to face. Beware of the cultural sensitivities in your team. Some authors may feel uncomfortable or ashamed if there are permanent records of the shortcomings of their code, such as normally done in a GitHub pull request. In that case, it’s better that all reviews happen verbally, and the only permanent record is the sign-off (thumbs-up) from the reviewer.
  • Give adequate time for the reviewer to actually read and understand the code change. Common sense, as well as research, [3] indicates that the effectiveness of reviews is reduced by the more lines of code per hour a reviewer is asked to review.
  • Make the reviews fair. Ensure reviews are not dictated by the personal taste of the reviewer. Instead, insist that the team have a Coding Conventions document.
  • Review with an optimistic mindset. If the reviewer can’t find anything wrong with the code, it’s probably because the code is fine and should be given a thumbs-up right away. Don’t guilt-trip reviewers into hunting for issues where there aren’t any. The review activity is sure to descend into nitpicking. Anyone who has been on the receiving end of it remembers the frustration. This is a toxic culture that should not be allowed to spread in your team. Keep the reviewers focused on major functional issues, or issues affecting readability and changeability, such as proper naming and adherence to SOLID principles. Don’t focus on line length or any sort of issue that a static analyzer can catch. [2] In fact, you should have a static analyzer (such as ESLint or Sonar) run before starting a code review.
  • Finally, just like with any process, don’t let the code review process go stale. Take the opportunity to improve things after every sprint retrospective. Measure the number of reviews per change, the total time a task spent in code review, and the number and magnitude of new commits added to the changes during review. This gives you an indication of the impact of the reviewers on the code being reviewed.

If your team is just getting started with code reviews, you will probably need to choose a tool. Pick one that the team already knows or already has installed. Your code hosting platform, e.g. GitHub, BitBucket, Gitlab, already offers code review features. There are also open-source tools specifically for code review, e.g. Gerrit, Phabricator Differential, ReviewBoard, as well as many commercial offerings.

[1] McIntosh, Kamei, Adams, and Hassan, The Impact of Code Review Coverage and Code Review Participation on Software Quality, http://sail.cs.queensu.ca/Downloads/MSR2014_TheImpactOfCodeReviewCoverageAndCodeReviewParticipationOnSoftwareQuality_ACaseStudyOfTheQt,VTK,AndITKProjects.pdf

[2] Bosu, Greiler, and Bird, Characteristics of Useful Code Reviews: An Empirical Study at Microsofthttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/publication/characteristics-of-useful-code-reviews-an-empirical-study-at-microsoft/

[3] Kemerer and Paulk, The Impact of Design and Code Reviews on Software Quality: An Empirical Study Based on PSP Datahttp://www.pitt.edu/~ckemerer/PSP_Data.pdf

Author: Iulian Dogariu, Ness Digital Engineering

 

Masterclass: Situational Leadership®: Taking Charge

Situational Leadership®: Taking Charge is 1 day workshop designed to help front-line employees and individual contributors develop a thorough understanding of the leadership process. When employees can recognize a clear connection between their performance and the success of the organization, they perform to the full extent of their capabilities, as opposed to simply working within the parameters of their job descriptions.

Date: 25 April 2018, Iasi

Training fee: €190/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available
To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

 

Utilizing the performance language of Situational Leadership®, participants learn to diagnose their own task-specific Performance Readiness® and effectively communicate their specific performance needs to their supervisors.

AGENDA

Success and Engagement

  • Triangle Production
  • The Focus of Leadership

Owning Your Performance

  • Introducing the Situational Leadership® Model Process Steps
  • Identify the task
  • Ability and Willingness

Diagnosing Performance Readiness®

  • Identifying Performance Readiness® Levels
  • Leadership Styles

Communication Performance Readiness®

NEEDS – CAUTION – WHAT TO SAY

  • When I am R1: NOT PERFORMING AND INSECURE OR UNWILLING
  • When I am R2: NOT PERFORMING BUT CONFIDENT OR WILLING
  • When I am R3: PERFORMING BUT INSECURE OR UNWILLING
  • When I am R4: PERFORMING AND CONFIDENT AND WILLING

TRAINING KIT: Participant Workbook, Taking Charge Handout, Taking Charge Action Planner, Triangle Production Worksheet, and Participant Certificate.

 

Date: 25 April 2018, Iasi

Training fee: €190/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available
To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

Browse more masterclasses here.

Masterclass: Leveraging Your Power to Influence

Training based on Situational Leadership® Model, the most powerful system utilized globally for increasing leaders’ performance in work environment and their results, obtained through the persons they are coordinating, regardless of their hierarchical position in organization or their functional role.

 

Date: 26 April 2018, Iasi

Training fee: €250/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available
To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

About Leveraging Your Power to Influence®

Situational Leadership® – Leveraging Your Power to Influence® explores the dynamics that exist in the seven distinct, but highly interdependent, bases of power. This one-day workshop focuses on developing your leaders’ ability to recognize and successfully apply the correct power base in order to effectively influence across all levels of the organization – up, down and across peer groups.

Participants will learn to cultivate their personal and position power bases to help enhance leadership effectiveness and increase overall team performance.

The program directly supports the use of Situational Leadership® skills of assessing readiness and applying the appropriate leadership style. Additional emphasis is placed on the challenges faced by team leaders in coaching others to build power bases with their team members.

The participants in this session will learn:

  • To describe personal and position power and the differences between them.
  • To build and leverage their own power bases in order to influence up, down and across the organization.
  • To discover which power bases they may tend to overuse and underuse, and whether they have enough of the right power to influence others.
  • To help their team members to build and apply power bases on their own.

DETAILED AGENDA

Introduction to Power:

  • Indicators of Power
  • Key Terms
  • Personal versus Position Power

Building the Power Bases:

  • The Seven Power Bases
  • Three responses to the Seven Power Bases
  • Building and Decreasing Power Bases
  • Video Case Study – Applying Power Bases

Power and the Team:

  • Power to Influence Self Inventory
  • Establishing Power Bases with Others
  • Coaching Situations When Power is Eroding

Resources for participant:  

Participant Workbook

Power to Influence Assessment

 

Date: 26 April 2018, Iasi

Training fee: €250/participant plus VAT, only 25 seats available
To book your seats, please contact us by email ([email protected]) or phone (+40 741 103 133).

Browse more masterclasses here.

How OK will redefine the retail value chain with the most sophisticated simple app

It’s a lovely Sunday morning. You grab your phone, wallet and keys and rush out for a cup of coffee. Going through all your Visa cards, discount cards, coupons and lots of bills, you realize you have no cash and the guy at the counter tells you the credit card POS is broken. With the next ATM located about 30 minutes’ walk from the shop, no coffee for today.

What if I tell you this hurdle might soon be over? That you’ll need nothing more than your phone to pay for your coffee on Sunday mornings, order your favorite products, get discounts at checkout or buy tickets to the most amazing shows. And you will no longer have to carry that big wallet with you. An innovative app will keep all your credit, debit, discount cards and, on top of that, will allow you to pay for your purchases with just one quick scan and a simple OK’. Done.

And what’s more exciting is that you now have the great opportunity to be part of the team that is developing the app and preparing OK for its national launch.

But first, let’s see what it does and how it is built.

The Story behind the app is simple. We all know that the payments space is fragmented and the mobile payments one, in particular, is sometimes a confusing mess. There are thousands of competitive solutions for payments, dozens for digital wallet apps, just as many for accepting payments and even more banks, Fintech start-ups and merchants all going for the same slice of the pie. And, somewhere in the middle, is the consumer who struggles to keep up with all of these and tries to identify the one solution that will solve all his problems.  But nothing seems to work. No one has achieved critical mass.

Enter: OK

Why OK? Because it’s the most simple and universally recognized word that tells the same thing to any person, anywhere in the world. Using OK, you OK basic actions like a sign up, log in or money transfer all the time. Two letters, one outcome. Beautifully simple.

OK addresses the needs of both consumers on one side and merchants, brands/OEMs, banks, media, charities, events on the other side, basically anyone in the retail ecosystem. OK seamlessly integrates authentication, marketing and payment into a consistent and compelling experience across the board.

The phone becomes the universal user ID, card and payment terminal – all rolled into one. And the 5-digit OK-code is the single password that the user only enters. Only on his own phone. The innovative mobile app offers much more than payments. Basically anything you find in your wallet is integrated in OK. Coupons, tickets, receipts, gift cards, punch cards, payment cards, IDs. Everything. Retail will never be the same again. Finally you can reap all the benefits you’re offered, but without the hassle. And pilots have clearly shown that consumers love it.

How it works – the OK app uses barcodes and QR codes which allow the users to scan a code with their camera, or let it be scanned from the screen.

What does it mean exactly? That you can scan codes in any channel, including in print, outdoor and on screen and use them to add coupons, punch cards or even buy products or tickets to a concert. If you shop at a merchant, your phone screen will be scanned and you’ll receive an OK request with all the purchase details.  All you have to do is say OK and confirm with your own 5-digit OK-code. You have the possibility to set when your OK-code is required and you can disable it for low amounts. Also, as opposed to the current checkout, where you have to enter all your data before even initiating a transaction, OK allows you to give all the data requested by the merchant to fulfill the transaction, but only after you OK it and with a clear transaction-based usage consent.

In terms of availability you have nothing to worry about. There are two free applications available, one for iOS and one for Android. So, regardless of your technological or brand preferences, your experience with OK will be scalable and seamless. The platform is built around a REST API which does the heavy lifting so that the client apps, the mobile apps for iOS and Android, can focus on providing a pixel-perfect user experience.

We are OK. And so should you – We’re not going to lie to you. This is big and, after the official launch this year, is going to become even bigger. During the last couple of years, a young and highly talented team has been working really hard to make OK what it is today. And the best part is yet to come. The big retail brands are signing up. Once merchants and consumers start using the app, we’ll move onto the next phase of making OK even more complete, smarter and sophisticated while keeping it, most importantly, super simple.

“A developer’s life definitely has its ups and downs: there’s always a bug that can’t be reproduced, a new feature that needs to be implemented as soon as possible or the client’s feedback that seems to turn the entire application upside down. But when you’re doing all of these on OK, knowing you’re actually building the app that will change the future of retail forever, these things are a challenge you’re willing to take. And what’s more important, a challenge you’re really enjoying.”  Adrian, OK developer

“Why do I choose to be OK every single day? Because I get to work with passionate, cheerful people who are always willing to spread their wisdom and help you when in need. And because I get to shape the payments space working on a revolutionary app.”  Mihaela, OK developer

These bright people are currently looking for a creative, dynamic and committed person to join their team and make OK greater. If you’re comfortable being actively involved in a growing project, sharing and debating your ideas and constantly interested in learning and improving your skills, then this is definitely the best place for you. Take this challenge and you are going to enjoy it, no doubt about that.

Author: Ionela Barbuta, Maxcode