The idea created in the ideation process must be finetuned before it can be realised. Methods such as the Business Model Canvas shape the idea with regard to the effects on the business model, and help to decide whether its implementation is worthwhile from a commercial perspective. The method is as simple as it is effective, if it is applied correctly.
Stories of business plans written on the back of a beer mat or sketched out in a restaurant on the back of a napkin are the stuff of legends. Though this seems bizarre to those of us who are used to concepts running to several hundred pages with extensive appendices on performance indicators and financial indicators, it can actually be helpful to reduce everything to the bare essentials when evaluating a business idea. Once the idea is created, it must be shaped and evaluated, all as quickly as possible to keep the time-to-market to a minimum to gain a head start on the competition. One current method for structured finetuning and development of an idea is the Business Model Canvas (BMC). This method is used to condense the process as far as possible, and also to visualise the idea, resulting in a basis for discussion which fits on one single page.

“The Business Model Canvas method is used to create a robust, successful and sustainable business model from a single idea.”

In the course of business modelling, target customers are segmented, the value proposition worded and the channels through which the company can present its value proposition to customers are identified. The cashflows are also analysed: Where must money be invested and where is profit generated? Where can money be saved? The core issue is how can a solution be found to a specific customer requirement, and how can this solution be designed so that it can earn revenue?

The Business Model Canvas is ideal for describing an existing business model in a concise format, for creating a general understanding of the core business and for developing insights for its further development, including adaptation of new ideas. It is also a powerful communication tool for showing the function of a new business model. Various stakeholders who have their own views of the priorities and need to implement an idea must be involved in the development and elaboration of new business models. The fact is that a new business idea can lead to disruption, and therefore understanding and acceptance must be supported throughout the company.

The Business Model Canvas shows how the business model can work as a whole and how its individual elements can interact. To do this, the company and its products are broken down into basic components, and these are visualised in the form of a pre-designed poster. Using the compact, concise format, the key business model assumptions can be recorded as sketches and handwritten text during a meeting. The participants can sketch out a concept chart in the literal sense without losing key elements. Time can then be taken to compare the raw concepts and to evaluate their commercial benefit. This tool also helps to prepare a business idea to be presented to management for a decision on implementation. The method is simple to apply and follows the approach of “fail fast, fail early, fail often” for the more agile the environment the quicker the feedback, and the shorter the feedback loops the steeper the learning curve. This produces pragmatic solutions for future innovation quickly and with a minimum of effort.

“The Business Model Canvas is an extremely efficient tool, enabling you to concentrate on the essentials when developing new business ideas.”

A cautionary note: although the method and the resulting business model sketch appear to be clear and schematic, a certain expertise and experience is needed to control and manage the multi-level process needed to scrutinise, evaluate and refine a business idea. Ideally this management task should be handed over to an impartial external expert who has no qualms about addressing the “pain points” from an objective viewpoint. The expert must get the right people on the right levels to join the team, ask the right questions and encourage all those involved to be creative. This expert therefore needs a broad knowledge of interactive techniques and a good sense of how this can be individually and flexibly tailored to the specific company and its needs. The consultant should also have knowledge of the upstream and downstream phases in the innovation process and have the right tools to hand for each step, therefore enabling the customer to create commercially viable and profitable business models, starting with the idea itself to its validation and right through to the engineering (FIG. 3).

While the method alone cannot develop a sound, successful business model from an idea, it does specify a structure that a skilled consultant can use to fill with the necessary tailored content, depending on how far the customer has progressed with the idea.

Example 1: USING THE BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS (BMC) TO PREPARE AN ORGANISATION FOR DIGITALISATION

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) needs a new, cutting-edge website. Since this is a highly operational need, we are engaged to search for a suitable partner to implement the idea. In meetings on the objectives and expectations of the new online presence, it is quickly found that there is no broad understanding within the NGO on the purpose and performance of such a presence. In order to address the homepage properly from the outset, it is considered important that the business model itself and the individual services for various customer groups are scrutinised and developed. A further difficulty lies in the fact that the NGO is faced with a trend towards professionalisation and commercialisation in its sector, which is still not seen as relevant to what it does. A series of workshops is arranged in which – together with the board members – the sector, the recipients of the non-profit services and the services themselves discuss and evaluate the cost structures, income streams and measures to optimise resources and activities. By applying the Business Model Canvas, a business model is gradually developed, visualised on an A0 poster and displayed in a central location. The business model is fine-tuned in front of the poster or in passing during daily work; additions are noted on Post-It notes and elements are rescheduled and reassigned. Following these discussions, the resulting business model is summarised on one page (FIG. 4).

At a glance it becomes clear which audience is being addressed by a service, what sort of image is being portrayed and which value proposition is being made. In the meantime, the website goes live. Yet the Business Model Canvas has produced new channels and measures from the business model presenting a cost-benefit optimised corporate image to the public.

Example 2: DEVELOPING NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS (BMC)

The market sector outlook for a high-tech industrial enterprise is somewhat negative. Falling sales and a reactive customer relationship places the business model under scrutiny. As an external consultant engaged to find a solution, we start with a root cause analysis. Industry knowledge as well as technical expertise are brought to the table – and in particular the innovation process from ideation to development, right through to service design and concept creation is covered. An integral part of this process is the development of various models by the BMC method with regard to their effects on the business model. All Business Model Canvases are distributed during the decision-making process and discussed in regard to their advantages and drawbacks for business development. All relevant company stakeholders – management, marketing, Chief Innovation Officer, R&D, finance and sales – are always involved in this discussion to obtain a broad view. The processes are managed with a number of workshops and the customer is enabled to build up its own problem-solving expertise. A solution is finally agreed on with the help of the individual Business Model Canvases; detail is added to the solution and prepared for the Management Pitch. The result is an application based on the final concept which improves the interaction between company and customer as an advanced service and creates new market opportunities.

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  • 17.10.2019.
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    Digital hospitals

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    Dynamic Capabilities in Uncertain Environments

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    Numerous obstacles delay the AI boom

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    A new era thanks to artificial intelligence

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    ERNI Social Project scholars completes IT Education training

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    Applying Agile to Machine Learning

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    What makes a data scientist?

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    Benefits of IoT

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  • 10.06.2019.
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    Summer Outing: One Team. One Goal. One Better ERNI.

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    IT Fooscup 2019 – connecting the IT world with foosball

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    Swiss banks outsource more and more services

    The new study of the “Institute of Financial Services Zug (IFZ)” of the University of Lucerne states that Swiss banks outsource more services than ever. The outsourcing volume of Swiss retail banks alone is estimated at CHF 2.2 billion. An estimated CHF 1.75 billion (80%) of this is accounted for by IT services.
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    Even in Augmented Reality, your mindset will set the tone of innovation

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  • Scholar Phillipines16.04.2019.
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    Social Project: ERNI Scholars Site Visit

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  • 15.04.2019.
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    ERNI Hero Teams protect the nature

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  • ERNI Sarah Javier coffeee painting workshop12.04.2019.
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    ERNI Community: Coffee Painting workshop at ERNI Philippines

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  • 03.04.2019.
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  • 01.04.2019.
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    Performance Days 2019: There is no better time to take a deep breath and slowly exhale

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  • 26.03.2019.
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    Techletter: How to speed up Data Science tasks in Python using Dask

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    The goodwill of design

    The management consultancy McKinsey not only dedicated a study to this topic in 2018, but also developed the McKinsey Design Index (MDI) from it. This should quantify the business value of an appealing design.
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    Partnership between ERNI and PEDCO

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    How it works at ERNI: Outsourcing and shoring

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    Cross-platform apps as the recommended solution

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    How it works: 3D Printing

    In a nutshell, a physical object is created from a virtual design, i.e. the digital design is converted into a physical three-dimensional object by adding material layer by layer until the object is formed.
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    Donation to Slovak foster homes

    At ERNI Slovakia, we took the opportunity to make some dreams of kids in Slovak foster homes come true.
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    Dust Measurement Network: Building an IoT Sensor Network

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    Swiss applications have a hard time on the market

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    Support from Switzerland

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    Step by step towards innovation

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    Hack & Dive in the Philippines

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    Techletter: Cybersecurity is the next big thing

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    The Mobile Team from the Philippines

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    Apps – The most important channel of customer interaction

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    How well-established companies can embrace agile

    Recent rapid developments in business and technology require businesses to become faster, more global, more agile.
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    Dust Measurement Network: Shaping the idea

    How do you get from a great idea which you believe could have a significant impact to a tangible product?
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    Are PWA the future of apps?

    What attributes make Progressive Web Apps attractive? Explore our second article.
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    5 Years at ERNI Event in Barcelona

    On October 15-16, 2018 we came together in beautiful city of Barcelona to celebrate the 5 Years @ERNI Event.
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    Our teams: The Dream Team from ERNI Spain

    We all have dreams and dreams are always good. Especially if you have a dream within your team.
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    Our teams: Deadpool – “We know we are awesome”

    In our new series we present you our teams at ERNI. Get to know us better.
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    What is a PWA?

    Progressive Web Apps: What does it mean particularly? Let’s explore it deeper in the article.
  • Michal Molčány, Kayaker and Professional .NET Developer26.10.2018.
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    ERNI Germany breaks new ground

    We have entered into a strategic partnership with QCENTRIS in order to grow faster in the German market.
  • Social Engagement Series - The Socially Responsible ERNI Hero Team12.10.2018.
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    Social engagement series: The socially responsible ERNI Hero Team

    Being socially responsible is a respectable act. Do you agree? We do.
  • Oscar Vaquero, Senior Consultant08.10.2018.
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    Agriculture 4.0: IoT – the new era

    What are the challenges of the modern agriculture? And what uses does IoT have in this field?
  • Hack and Hike Slovakia 2018 - Hiking28.09.2018.
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    Hack and Hike Slovakia 2018

    After a successful Hack and Hike event in Switzerland, another one took place in Slovakia this weekend. Twenty employees joined this event in order to spend some free time with their co-workers, enjoy the fresh mountain air and organise a few hack sessions.
  • ERNI at the Fintech Switzerland in Madrid24.09.2018.
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    ERNI at the Fintech Switzerland in Madrid

    Attending conferences is a door opener in every business area. In Madrid, The Swiss Business Hub Spain as representative of the Swiss trade and investment promotion agency Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) and part of the Embassy of Switzerland in Spain organized the Swiss fintech conference and B2B event FINTECH SWITZERLAND.
  • Nuria Lluch, Barcelona Lab Manager12.09.2018.
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    Three ERNIans in the U.S.A.

    Since the beginning of 2018, starting with our market entry to the U.S., a group of three ERNI experts has been performing work for our medical technology customer in the States. What is it like to be working in the U.S.A. and how are our colleagues doing overseas? We talked to one of them – Nuria Lluch, our Barcelona Lab Manager about the experiences.
  • The Swiss Hack and Hike - Landscape12.09.2018.
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    The Swiss Hack and Hike

    At the end of every summer, the developers meet and spend a weekend together surrounded by nature. This activity, called Hack & Hike, brings an opportunity to escape from daily routine, clear the minds by hiking and come up with new ideas during the hack sessions.
  • Madagascar Landscape22.08.2018.
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    Social Engagement Series: Talking digital in Madagascar

    Previously, we already talked about the healthy lifestyle pages of our colleagues from ERNI Philippines and the engagement of our Slovak colleagues for the Capital city of Bratislava. Today, Stefan from ERNI Switzerland tells about his support of a non-governmental organisation in Madagascar.
  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery Books20.08.2018.
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    My favourite programming language: Why I don’t have the ONE favourite programming language

    Oliver Gramberg from ERNI Switzerland closes up our series My favourite programming language. Read why he has NOT ONE single programming language.
  • Nina Duchonová, Professional Software Developer, ERNI Slovakia14.08.2018.
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    Straightforward – Python

    What is so special about Python? Nina Duchoňová, Professional Software Developer tells us about her affinity for this programming language.
  • Zuzana Drábová, Professional IT Manager10.08.2018.
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    The challenge of Camino de Santiago

    As on the job, also in life, walking challenging ways pushes your inner strength forward.
  • John Ernest Ramos01.08.2018.
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    An app for a healthy lifestyle

    Read a success story of our colleague John who motivated also his colleagues to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on the track
  • ERNI Slovakia Team - Volunteering for our city01.08.2018.
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    ERNI Slovakia Team: Volunteering for “our city”

    Since several years, at ERNI Slovakia our team has been volunteering within the initiave “Naše Mesto” making life in Bratislava more enjoyable.
  • Innovation in Medical Technology30.07.2018.
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    Innovation in Medical Technology

    The majority of challenges that businesses in the medtech industry have to face are related to innovation and market access, says a study carried out by the Swiss Medical Technology Institute.
  • The Internet of Medical Things24.07.2018.
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    The Internet of Medical Things

    Why it matters and what to do about it
  • Andreas Gisler, CEO of the ERNI Group24.07.2018.
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    Personnel changes at ERNI

    Andreas Gisler becomes CEO of the ERNI Group with immediate effect. He also remains Delegate of the Board of Directors of ERNI Global and thus responsible for the operational management of the company with the three divisions ERNI, SEI and People Business.
  • Discovering Azure Workshop23.07.2018.
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    Discovering Azure Workshop

    On 19 July 2018, the ERNI Philippines Community Core Group held its 4th External Community Event in the company premises.
  • How To Embrace Change23.07.2018.
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    How to embrace change

    Do an experiment, approach your friends or colleagues and ask: “How do you think you will have changed in the next 15-20 years?”
  • How DIY Medical Testing Could Save Your Life17.07.2018.
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    How DIY Medical Testing Could Save Your Life

    During a TEDx talk in Calgary, Alberta last summer, MIT doctoral student Steven Keating explained how curiosity about his brain led him to volunteer to have it scanned for a study.
  • Anton Beskov, Senior Software Developer12.07.2018.
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    Techletter: Moving an existing Java Web application to the Cloud Foundry Platform

    “It’s easy to create and run a new cloud-native application, but migrating an existing Java Web application to the cloud might be quite complex: most applications have to be changed in a way that makes them incompatible with the old environment and thus additional risks arise. In this article, we’re sharing our experience with the migration of large Web applications, including some advice and best practices.”
  • Inside ERNI Lab 409.07.2018.
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    Inside ERNI Lab

    Testing the latest medical technologies
  • Ready to take a step towards data06.07.2018.
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    Ready to take a step towards data?

    An overview of the skills needed for both small- and large-scale projects
  • Tudor Ciotlos, Senior Software Developer at ERNI Romania06.07.2018.
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    My favorite programming language: TypeScript

    As a developer who regularly uses multiple programming languages, it’s always hard to single one out as the “favourite programming language”.
  • Agile: The Answer to Working with Data06.07.2018.
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    Agile: The Answer to Working with Data

    Agile methods and sprint-based development make our teams more effective.
  • Successful Rapid Development through Agile Infographic06.07.2018.
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    Successful Rapid Development through Agile

    Agile is a methodology that can be used to launch new software projects efficiently and rapidly.
  • An External Scrum Master06.07.2018.
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    Two cases of Agile and Scrum

    Read these two case studies about external scrum master and nearshored scrum team
  • Engineer meets creative thinker - ERNI cooperates with design agency Bloom Identity03.07.2018.
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    Engineer meets creative thinker: ERNI cooperates with design agency Bloom Identity

    With Bloom Identity, the ERNI Group is teaming up with an agency that specialises in brand consulting and thus enhancing the customer experience services it offers to customers.
  • Learning Culture pays off for Employers and Employees01.07.2018.
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    Why a thriving learning culture pays off for employers and employees

    An active learning culture is a crucial part of a modern organisation that wants to attract and nurture the best talent. Fostering communities is a great way to achieve this.
  • Marek Linka, Senior Software Developer26.06.2018.
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    Operationalizing machine learning models 3/3 – Production-grade, scalable deployment

    The previous two articles in this series introduced the Azure Machine Learning Workbench and walked us through the process of wrapping our ML model in a self-contained Docker image. Now is the time to take this image and deploy it into a production-grade environment.
  • Thomas Ong20.06.2018.
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    C# is simple. C# is object-oriented. C# is powerful and flexible.

    My favorite programming language
  • Shared vision for changes16.06.2018.
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    How to create a shared vision for changes – The Power of visualisation

    In change initiatives one key success factor is to create a shared view on what the future will look like. Visualising of the envisioned target state is a powerful method for guiding the change team on their way through the change.
  • Marek Linka, Senior Software Developer31.05.2018.
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    Operationalizing machine learning models 2/3 – From model to service

    The first part of this series of articles introduced the Azure Machine Learning Workbench and showed us how to setup the resources required to operationalize our machine learning models In this article, we will see how to get our model into Azure and run it locally for testing purposes. Let’s get to it!
  • Marek Linka, Senior Software Developer29.05.2018.
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    Operationalizing machine learning models 1/3 – Azure ML Workbench

    Machine learning and AI are everywhere. More and more people are discovering the advantages that learning algorithms can provide – decreasing costs, improving efficiency, eliminating menial tasks, etc. Knowing at least a little bit about how these algorithms work is quickly becoming a necessity. Read it now.
  • Isabelle Rüthemann23.05.2018.
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    Work in the innovation sphere gives me the chance to develop myself

    Interns at ERNI series: Isabelle Rüthemann
  • Interns at ERNI series: Adrian Chiorean22.05.2018.
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    I have greatly improved my vision and understanding of programming

    Interns at ERNI series: Adrian Chiorean
  • ERNI and IoT Projects15.05.2018.
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    ERNI and IoT projects

    Many of our customers’ data projects are subsets of larger Internet of Things initiatives. Although the IoT produces data, the scope of the IoT projects is usually more extensive and covers a broader pool of activities. This illustration describes/shows the ERNI collaboration model for IoT projects.
  • Interns at ERNI series: Viera Maronová11.05.2018.
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    ERNI gives us a space for our own dreams

    Interns at ERNI series: Viera Maronová
  • Nuria Lluch, Basketball player and Test & Laboratory Manager09.05.2018.
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    How we have changed our visual language

    A cyclist full of energy, a passionate painter, a handball player jumping in the air with a clear goal to score: Anyone who is currently looking at the external presentation of ERNI can see a clear move.
  • Stricter regulations on personal data even outside of health records GDPR03.05.2018.
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    Stricter regulations on personal data even outside of health records GDPR

    The upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.
  • Interns at ERNI series: Nikoleta Žišková27.04.2018.
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    Why it is important to work during your studies

    Interns at ERNI series: Nikoleta Žišková
  • How ERNI Uses Data to Generate Value24.04.2018.
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    How ERNI Uses Data to Generate Value

    Five practical case studies
  • Data Science Projects - How to Manage Stakeholders19.04.2018.
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    Data Science Projects: How to Manage Stakeholders

    The second part of our Managing Stakeholders article evolves around further phases of data projects and what stakeholders to involve.
  • ERNI Development Day in Bern17.04.2018.
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    ERNI Development Day in Bern

    Developing ourselves with many interesting sessions.
  • ERNI Hero - Darina Stipula16.04.2018.
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    ERNI Hero: Darina Stipula

    We are all working together at ERNI, but not all of us can see each other daily. Some of us have the opportunity to work closer with other teams and know each other better – long distance is not a limiting factor anymore.
  • Geneva Community Workshop16.04.2018.
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    Geneva Community Workshop

    Why is culture an important element of our company? Check the video from our latest workshop in ERNI Geneva and learn more.
  • 7 under 30 - Radu Sipos12.04.2018.
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    7 under 30: Radu Sipos

    Radu has a bachelor degree in Robotics.
  • Shredded CDs11.04.2018.
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    Missed security pitfalls

    It is not just securing the transmission and storage of data against hacks that is important. Here are some easily missed security pitfalls.
  • 7 under 30 - Veronika Piknova09.04.2018.
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    7 under 30: Veronika Piknova

    Get to know some of our young and successful ERNIans!
  • Rastislav Novotný, Principal08.04.2018.
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    VSTS/TFS automated build agent provisioning

    Continuous Integration / Delivery is bread and butter of every agile development team nowadays. Visual Studio Team Services or Team Foundation Server is one of many tools providing this feature. Although I will use VSTS/TFS in this article same process can be used with any other CI/CD tool.
  • Managing Stakeholders in Data Science06.04.2018.
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    Managing Stakeholders in Data Science

    Innovation can be hard to implement if there is no common understanding about it between the organisation’s stakeholders (colleagues, partners and leadership). For a project manager, stakeholder management is not only important but it can also often make or break the project.
  • Joseph Boro04.04.2018.
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    Leaner Mobile DevOps Implementation Using Visual Studio App Center

    DevOps is an important facet of mobile app development that is now a requirement for a successful app life cycle. When building and delivering mobile apps nowadays, one has to consider setting up a lot of different things.
  • 7 under 30 - Marek Linka22.03.2018.
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    7 under 30: Marek Linka

    In our 7 under 30 series, we are introducing you our young and successful ERNIans!
  • Veronika Piknova16.03.2018.
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    The new ERNI Website

    We have worked hard on the implementation of our website. The result is a page with a new design, new content and simplified navigation. It fits into the new overall appearance of the ERNI Group.
  • Nicolas Friberg16.03.2018.
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    Major methodology trends in software development for 2018

    An integral part of consultancy and software development in a VUCA world – meaning volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguine – is focusing on making feedback loops shorter and more efficient. The agile mindset is spreading within organisations – from agile software development to business or corporate. Here are the 5 major methodology trends we see for 2018.
  • ERNI Hero - Ruel Dognidon15.03.2018.
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    ERNI Hero: Ruel Dognidon

    Are you sitting next to a Hero? Has your team member positive impact on personal and company development or social engagement?
  • High Performance Teams in an Agile Environment15.03.2018.
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    High-performance teams in an agile environment

    With the recent status of digital transformation, besides the technical skills of teams, soft skills for fostering collaboration are gaining even more importance.
  • 7 under 30 - Anastasiia Shelukhina14.03.2018.
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    7 under 30: Anastasiia Shelukhina

    Get to know some of our young and successful ERNIans!
  • Miloš Karas, Climber and Professional Test Engineer13.03.2018.
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    Raising efficiency with user adoption

    Applying “Business-centric user experience” is decisive for whether an application will be used by the end users or will fail.
  • On what should we focus when we implement microservices13.03.2018.
  • ERNI Hero - Dieter Niklaus07.03.2018.
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    ERNI Hero: Dieter Niklaus

    This is the first time at ERNI, that our employees had the chance to nominate any of their colleagues for their positive approach or social engagement.
  • 7 under 30 - Laura Gallardo05.03.2018.
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    7 under 30: Laura Gallardo

    Laura is 28, married and living in a small village close to the mountain called Begues, Barcelona.
  • Taking on Full Responsibility for Innovative Applications02.03.2018.
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    Taking on full responsibility for innovative applications

    “DevOps as a Service” ensures that a solution with a directly measurable benefit is found.
  • 7 under 30 - Kris Lenard Ocampo Fajardo02.03.2018.
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    7 under 30: Kris Lenard Ocampo Fajardo

    Get to know some of our young and successful ERNIans!
  • Toni de la Torre - Biker and Senior .NET Developer01.03.2018.
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    Leading the innovation process towards sustainability

    “Innovation as a Service” delivers customised methods for the entire process from creating ideas to implementation of a solution with measurable added value.
  • Continuous IT Governance Driving Transformation27.02.2018.
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    Continuous IT governance driving transformation

    With the adoption of smart technologies for business innovation, it is crucial for IT governance to be a process of continuous improvement.
  • Tatiana Abrhanová, Runner and Senior Marketing Specialist25.02.2018.
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    Never start from scratch again

    The beauty of digital solutions lies in their ability to adapt to customer specifics. The underlying technology framework does not have to be recreated each time.
  • 7 under 30 - Enrique S. Cavestany25.02.2018.
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    7 under 30: Enrique S. Cavestany

    Enrique joined ERNI shortly after graduation and ever since has devoted himself to his responsibilities of quality assurance.
  • Vendors that help with digital transformation24.02.2018.
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    Vendors that help with digital transformation

    Vendors can no longer only rely on the monitoring and management of IT infrastructures to keep pace with market needs.
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