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  • 03.09.2021.
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    Lessons in Leading MedTech Development Projects

    In the last year and a half, Stefan was assigned a project leadership mandate in the Med Tech Industry. We have met him for an interview, and he shares his lessons with us.

  • digital business transformation technology driven24.08.2021.
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    Digital transformation as an adaptive approach to an ever-changing environment

    It has become obvious that being ready for a digital change has become one of the biggest challenges tech companies face nowadays and we will certainly all be a part of it.

  • 17.08.2021.
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    Introduction to Apache Kafka – Swiss Army Knife of Just about Everything High on the Hype Cycle

    This Techletter provides you with a brief overview of Apache Kafka, its concepts and its use and benefit in context of various architectural approaches and use cases.

  • Next PI planning03.08.2021.
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    Setting priorities – How to prepare for your next PI planning

    The next PI planning is around the corner and your Product Management has already planned to bring a lot of new features for the customers. At the same time, your System Architects have planned to migrate some components to new services in order to be compliant with the company guidelines and the development teams are struggling with some technical debt that was always deprioritized in favor of new business features. How can you explain why we have to work on some enablers first?

  • ERNI I Machine Learning02.08.2021.
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    Defining the requirements for machine learning products

    Complex software development projects traditionally incorporate requirements engineers who elicit and define the requirements of a piece of software by means of various tools. Although the agile process assigns requirements specification responsibilities to the product owner, who may delegate tasks to the developers, highly skilled requirements engineers are a much-solicited role (at ERNI). As many companies are deciding to launch machine learning projects, we want to discuss the requirements that must be considered and understood by all stakeholders.

  • agile transformation in medtech26.07.2021.
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    Agile Transformation in MedTech: Challenges and Chances

    Agile is becoming more and more of a commodity, even in MedTech. There have been many conversations about whether the medical device design process could be enhanced by becoming more “agile”. Start-ups that are coming up are functioning this way from the start and the big players are introducing it as well. Read about our expertise not only on what challenges this brings but also what chances come with it.

  • MBSE medtech15.07.2021.
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    When to switch to Model-Based Systems Engineering in MedTech

    Model-Based Systems Engineering allows a medical product development organization to handle the dependencies and interactions between the parties involved in the development through a formal, data-based system model.

  • agile manifesto header07.07.2021.
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    Manifesto of Agile Leadership

    Everyone who knows agile knows the Agile Manifesto. It covers the principles which formed the foundation of our agile mindset. In this article we deal with them in more depth.

  • 24.06.2021.
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    My first months at ERNI: Carlos Zaballos

    Carlos studied Chemical Engineering in Valencia and just recently in April joined ERNI as the new QM and PQM responsible for global activities in the newly to be opened site. Read about his experience with the company during his first months.

  • ERNI EDD global18.06.2021.
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    First global EDD held remotely

    On the backgrounds of the recent pandemics, good global activities arise. The ERNI Development Days (EDD) have always been held per country locally and in person, now for the first time in history all 800 ERNI employees took part at the very first global EDD held remotely.

  • medtech predictive maintenance18.06.2021.
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    Predictive Maintenance in MedTech

    There are many companies in MedTech, and more generally speaking in all industries, that are considering Predictive Maintenance and seeing huge potential in saving services costs and increasing customer satisfaction. The approach is part of their service strategy. Why is it important for the MedTech area?

  • 03.06.2021.
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    The influence of the uncontrollable

    Although we are able to influence certain aspects and features of the environment we show to our customers, we can’t control how they will be perceived.

  • expectations on touchpoints20.05.2021.
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    Expectations on touchpoints

    Each touchpoint is an opportunity to excite your customers. We will show you how best to use these opportunities.

  • content shows the way11.05.2021.
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    Content shows the way

    The right content in the right place might just be the one thing that turns a prospective buyer into a customer. People don’t want to search aimlessly; they want to be pointed in the right direction – so make sure they find their way to you!

  • 05.05.2021.
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    How to keep morale high in the home office

    A year has passed now since the start of remote work at ERNI in regard to the corona outbreak. How has the everyday working life changed and how do we tackle the related challenges? Today Joel Sommer from our Zurich site shares his tips for an efficient home office practice.

  • 28.04.2021.
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    Senior Masterpiece: Helping the customer to build the right product

    Every year, the number of companies that are involving end-users in the earliest stages of software development to gather and incorporate feedback as soon as possible rises. But there are still plenty of companies that are getting in touch with the end-user only after the entire product is released and ready to be used for the first time.

  • 21.04.2021.
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    Techletter: IoT vs. IIoT

    The IoT world is a big world that everybody is talking about. IoT products nowadays come in different forms –some are labelled as IoT, but in fact they represent only a small portion of what an IoT product really entails. A fully fledged IoT project not only requires programming and hardware expertise but also expertise on a broad range of domains from energy to smart home and even automotive.

  • 15.04.2021.
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    #buzz-words: NewWork, Agile and Digital Transformation

    The business world is influenced by trendy buzzwords, often tagged with the hashtag #. In this article I am taking a deeper look at three of those that are related to the current work setting: NewWork, Agile and Digital Transformation.

  • customer journey ERNI map12.04.2021.
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    It’s the customer’s journey, yet you’re the one who needs the map

    Travelling can be chaotic, so count yourself lucky if you have a map. It’s essentially the same for the customer journey, with one small difference – it’s not the travellers who need a map.

  • overcoming remote work tiredness22.03.2021.
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    How to overcome the remote tiredness syndrome

    With the ongoing home-office situation more and more people are getting tired of remote settings; be it business meetings, virtual networking events, team (building) sessions, virtual coffee breaks, live streams, and so on. Based on our experience from the Service Agile Transformation and DevOps, here are our four favourite tips on how to overcome the “remote setting tiredness syndrome”.
  • ERNI I First year Georgi17.03.2021.
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    My first year at ERNI: Georgi Stoev

    We are continuing our series on experiences of newjoiners at ERNI. Now, Georgi, our colleague from ERNI Germany speaks about his first year at the company.

  • 11.03.2021.
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    Book summary: Drive

    Have you ever found yourself thinking about what drives us as people and keeps us motivated? Today, our colleague Barbara Schiller from ERNI Germany tells us about a book that changed her perspectives – Drive by Daniel H. Pink. Read the book summary.

  • team morale03.03.2021.
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    How to keep team morale on a high level during remote work

    How to keep team morale on a high level during remote work? That was the question I asked myself as a Scrum Master after the situation Covid-19 forced the teams to work from home.

  • M Piskozub First month at ERNI01.03.2021.
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    First month at ERNI: Michal Piskozub

    Michal Piskozub joined ERNI Germany in January. He is part of the new team in Schorndorf and works as a Test Engineer. Read about his experience during the first month at the company.

  • ERNI I Digital maturity fitness check19.02.2021.
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    Digital Maturity Fitness Check: Seeing the entire forest and not every single tree

    Where do banks and insurance companies stand in the digital change? Where do they want to go and how is this to be achieved? For the purpose of situation assessment, ERNI has developed the Digital Maturity Fitness Check.

  • 15.02.2021.
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    Leonard Cheong: My first month at ERNI

    A month since Leonard started his journey at ERNI on 4 Jan 2021, he would love to share his discoveries with regards to ERNI. Some nuggets of information using the 10P’s for Business model that Leonard has created back in 2019, over a period of time he mentions here.

  • first month at ERNI header de10.02.2021.
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    My first month at ERNI: Florian Benzler

    “Erni? Like Erni and Bert? No ERNI! So, my family and friends didn’t just react once when I talked about my new job”, says Florian Benzler. Here is his experience during the first month at the company.

  • kanban best practice28.01.2021.
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    Adding visibility to work with Kanban: How to do it right

    With Kanban, the flow of tasks is being visualised. That is the basic perception people have about it. But Kanban can be also much more. Most of the users however do not know all the possibilities it offers. The basic use of Kanban is the tracking and overview of open tasks. Yet, as an experience, Kanban is often set up and drafted but then in the end not developing further. It is there, defined, but not really used.

  • ERNI Book summary life at ERNI25.01.2021.
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    Book summary: Midnight library

    We have many active communities at ERNI that make up our global team spirit. At ERNI Romania, the book club recently red and talked about the Midnight library. Find out what the members have to say about this book.

  • Best practice Backlog Refinement19.01.2021.
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    Agile best practice series: Backlog Refinement

    Backlog Refinement – formerly known as backlog grooming – is one of the meetings practiced in Scrum. It is a regular meeting where the Product Owner and the Development Team add detail, estimates and order to items in the Product Backlog. Read about what our expert Joffrey Zehnder has to say about his experience and best practices.

  • ERNI Raluca Fenesan14.01.2021.
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    Techletter: Serverless Architectures – a trending alternative in a fast-paced world

    Nowadays, in a more digitised era, there is an increasing need to develop new applications faster and faster. Things are moving quickly and so is the demand for shorter time-to-market with lower costs. Serverless Architecture is a relatively new and rising approach that promises just that. We will explore the characteristics and benefits of Serverless Architectures to see how this can be an option worth considering the next time we go to choose our technology stack.

  • Leonard Cheong13.01.2021.
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    My first 2 weeks at ERNI

    Leonard Cheong joined ERNI Singapore on 4 January this year as Managing Director. After his first 2 weeks, he describes his impressions and his onboarding process.

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Dietrich05.01.2021.
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    How digitalization is changing the banking sector

    Technology has always been important in banking, as the long history of e-banking shows. But today, technological progress, changing customer behavior and the entry of new competitors have led financial institutions to intensively address the issue of digitalisation and the associated opportunities and risks. Our guest author Prof. Dr. Andreas Dietrich points out some of these developments.

  • 16.12.2020.
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    Book summary: Excellence Wins

    Pavo Kohler joined ERNI in May 2016. In this interview, he summarises the book by Horst Schulze, Excellence Wins.

  • cashless future erni15.12.2020.
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    Cashless future?

    Mobile payment is growing rapidly. The proportion of contactless card payments in Switzerland has more than doubled in the last 12 months, while cash withdrawals from ATMs are declining. Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, payments have also been increasingly made by using mobile phones and Smartwatches. In a highly competitive environment, the brand profile of the providers is crucial.

  • ERNI I Book Summary Sapiens11.12.2020.
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    Book summary: Sapiens

    Evert Smit joined ERNI in September 2018. Currently Principal Consultant, Evert is responsible for topics like Strategy, Change Management, Digital Transformation and Data Intelligence. In this interview, he summarises the bestselling book by Juval Noah Harari, Sapiens. He will also speak about how this book influenced him in his sales and leadership role.

  • 09.12.2020.
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    Values as the driving force

    Six ERNIans from the Spanish Agile Community attended the Agile in the New Normal event, allowing us to learn about recent tendencies, meet some new agilists and bring more knowledge to the Community and to ERNI. We enjoyed various keynotes related to Agile and how different companies are adapting to the ‘new normal’. Keep reading to find out more about this event.

  • Targeted design08.12.2020.
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    Targeted design and creation of strong brand experiences

    Brand experience design aims to form strong experiences for users. This consists of much more than just a good logo and a snappy tagline. For a genuine experience the spirit of the company must be captured and transmitted through all touchpoints.

  • 04.12.2020.
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    Concatenating data

    Distributed Ledger Technology or “Blockchain“ is also considered a game-changer in the financial services sector. Is it just hype or are there already useful applications in banks and insurance companies?

  • book summary failing26.11.2020.
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    Book summary: Failosophy

    In the recent episode of the Book summary series our colleague Nikol Laschan speaks about her book tip Failosophy. Find out more about the art of failure.

  • 20.11.2020.
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    Book summary: Antifragile – Things That Gain From Disorder

    Today’s agile book summary comes from our Principal Consultant Patrick Wilhelm. What does Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder say to its readers? How can it navigate you especially in times of insecurity like the ones we live in now?

  • 12.11.2020.
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    The scattershot approach has outlived its usefulness

    The number of digital touchpoints between consumers and brands continues to grow. For successful communication, they must be specifically selected and managed. The strategic and systematic management of all contact points between the person and the brand is crucial for success and presents companies and agencies alike with a number of challenges.

  • 11.11.2020.
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    The virtual temporary colleague

    Robotic Process Automation, or RPA for short, has raised many hopes in recent years and caused a stir in the financial services industry. What can this technology do and what can it not do? Sandra Bruderer and Remo Rambaldi, Senior Consultants at ERNI, recommend a well-considered use of software robots.

  • agile transformation fitness check how agile are you06.11.2020.
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    Case study: How Agile are you?

    For a leading developer and manufacturer of injection and infusion systems for self-medication and a renowned diabetes specialist we performed an Agile Fitness Check. Learn more about what the customer gained.

  • 04.11.2020.
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    Disruptive trends: How to fend off value vampires successfully

    Michael R. Wade had probably just seen the film classic Dracula or the horror flick Eclipse when he coined the term “Value Vampire“ in connection with the digital disruption of our days. The professor for innovation and strategy at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, uses it to describe young companies that are destroying existing business models without mercy: “They offer their products or services extremely cheap or even free of charge and thus suck out the profit pool, which leads to shrinking market shares for the established providers.“ At the same time, these startups also convinced consumers with a better customer experience and innovative services.

  • ERNI I Agile best practices Planning02.11.2020.
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    Agile best practice series: Sprint planning

    In this episode of our series about Agile best practices, we focus on sprint planning as the first of the Scrum ceremonies. Joffrey Zehnder and Zuzana Gočová explain what they have encountered in their work as Agile coaches, including the pitfalls they frequently experience and how to avoid them.

  • 29.10.2020.
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    Techletter: Scaling Cross-Platform Mobile Development using Flutter

    Cross-platform mobile development surpasses the limitations of native mobile development. You only need one team that can develop apps for both Android and iOS, instead of having two teams that develop apps on each platform separately. Since its release two years ago, Flutter has been used by developers as one of their go-to cross-platform mobile development framework.

  • outsourcing27.10.2020.
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    Numerous advantages of outsourcing, but …

    Make or buy? Do-it-yourself or outsourcing? Every company today is challenged to put itself, its services, its organisation and its costs to the test bench again and again. At the latest, this raises the question of what belongs to one’s own core competencies and what does not? And this is followed by the question of whether it is advantageous to outsource certain processes or areas. However, this decision can be quite complex and is not so easy to make.

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