The term IoT had already been mentioned before we entered the third millennium (Lueth, 2014), but had to wait for the development of a mature communication technology in order to flourish and to become a household name for so many companies and sectors. Nowadays companies build their business cases around smart embedded devices and good Internet connectivity, which ultimately have the aim to improve our daily life. How? No matter what type of smart IoT application you use, most of you will agree that the information and convenience you get as a result has saved you time, money and a lot of worry (Donaldson, 2019).

On the other hand, blockchain technology was invented approximately thirteen years ago and represents the skeleton, or the so-called public transaction ledger, on top of which a whole new decentralised financial system is built. And it all started with bitcoin. This new technology enabled the creation of the first digital currency that solved the “double-spending” problem (Roßbach, 2016) without the need of a trusted authority or centralised server. Therefore, the newly created asset, called cryptocurrency, aims to replace or at least complement the existing monetary system consisting of the national treasury, the mint and the central and commercial banks. This goal has not been reached yet, sceptics refuse to trust this new approach either for good or bad reasons. Some people have doubts with respect to the security and the ethical use of the newly proposed financial instrument. Nonetheless, the technology is being adopted more and more in our society, with the younger generation being more fearless and being the “transactional engine” behind it (Strathern, 2021). Moreover, innovative companies are finding ways of integrating this decentralised network into their business and countries are adopting it as a complementary payment system or regulating the law such that it permits, for example, investment funds to invest part of their capital into this new and relatively volatile asset, called cryptocurrency. Besides the financial aspect of it, in recent years blockchain technology has been used more and more in IoT applications as a secure transaction platform and this seems to only be the starting point.

Living in the 21st century, where technological advancement feels like it’s accelerating and the periods between the industrial revolutions are getting shorter and shorter, it is no wonder that humans are looking for ways of combining these two relatively new technologies, the Internet of Things and blockchain. It’s in the human nature to strive for an increase in efficiency. Therefore, we ask ourselves whether it’s possible to combine these two technologies with a common ground, where this could echo like: “Is there a way of making things more efficient, simpler?” The common ground is in this case the Internet.



The purpose of this article is to introduce the reader to IoT and blockchain, and show the benefits of merging the two. The article shows the different blockchain approaches available, with the focus on the Proof of Coverage concept, invented by the company Helium, which is worldwide a well-established community perfectly suited for low-data IoT applications. The article presents IoT-blockchain-driven applications from different domains and concludes the writing with several open questions with regard to the future of this captivating technological merge.

IoT Greets Blockchain
Figure 1: IoT Greets Blockchain

Blockchain in the IoT Landscape

The Internet of Things and Blockchain have the Internet as a common ground.

The former uses the Internet to send data from their sensors to the cloud for further processing, evaluation and decision making, whereas the latter uses the Internet for connecting at least two entities and facilitating a fully encrypted data transmission. The original intention for blockchain was to perform financial transactions like mining, transmitting or receiving digital currency.

There are several reasons why combining the two technologies makes sense. The biggest issues are related to IoT vulnerabilities like outdated firmware, weak authentication, insecure communication, lack of device management or risk of service interruption (Semeniak, 2019), especially when this is based on a centralised server. One possible solution for solving these issues associated with secured centralised information is to use a blockchain, as shown in the figure below. In this example, Smart Contracts and the blockchain network are used, where Smart Contracts are simply programs stored on a blockchain that run when predetermined conditions are met. They typically are used to automate the execution of an agreement so that all participants can be immediately certain of the outcome, without any intermediary’s involvement or time loss (IBM, 2021). In the context of a medical product, for example, these actions could include registering a medical device, performing data analysis, aggregating patient values from medical IoT devices and providing a patient daily average for blood gas values. The blockchain is completed and then updated, when all involved parts of the transaction have agreed. That means the transaction cannot be changed, and only parties who have been granted permission can see the results. Therefore, a blockchain can enhance the security and privacy of IoT systems by:

  • Protecting transactions from being modified or removed
  • Recording an immutable history of events
  • Offering complete transaction traceability for users
IoT - Blockchain
Figure 2: IoT Systems using Blockchain Technology (Dinan Fakhri, 2018)

(Novo, 2018) is proposing a new architecture for arbitrating roles and permissions in IoT using blockchain.

How Does a Blockchain Work?

The structure of a blockchain can be seen in the figure below, where one block consists of a unique hash and a timestamp. Before a block is added to the ledger, this needs to be created, broadcasted such that every network partner sees and shares a single “trusted reality” of the transactions, and then validated by all relevant participants involved. The transparency in the chain is reached by only adding, never removing, more blocks to the chain, so there is a permanent record of every transaction, which increases trust among the stakeholders.

The Structure of a Blockchain
Figure 3: The Structure of a Blockchain (Semeniak, 2019)

Decentralisation of Data

A blockchain for business is valuable for entities transacting with one another. Like in our previous example (see figure above), the IoT devices communicate with the blockchain, which basically takes the place of the cloud in a traditional network, for reasons like data transmission or firmware updates. In contrast to a cloud, all nodes in a blockchain collectively manage the distributed ledger and are responsible for confirming new blocks. This approach has the advantage of increasing the autonomy of IoT devices and ensures the security and traceability of communications. The disadvantage lies in the recording and storing of all transactions in the blockchain, which leads to increased bandwidth and data. Also, blockchain transactions are restricted by the number of validators, therefore, it needs a solid community for a good performance.
Consequently, a blockchain-based approach in an IoT environment has several critical challenges:

  • Blockchains are computationally expensive
  • IoT devices are resource-constrained (computational, memory and storage resources)
  • Blockchain transactions require many different validators in order to be completely autonomous and unbiased

Key Benefits of using Blockchain for IoT

There are several benefits from using Blockchain in the IoT world. One important point is building trust between parties and devices and reducing the risk of collusion[1] and tampering[2]. Another benefit is the cost reduction of removing overhead associated with middlemen and intermediaries, especially true for telecommunication providers. For the financial sector, the blockchain also has the advantage of accelerating transactions, therefore reducing time from days to near instantaneous (Mone, 2017). Other major benefits of integrating a blockchain into an IoT network are depicted in figure 4. This article doesn’t treat each of these points separately, as this is not in the scope of the publication.

Major Benefits of Integrating a Blockchain into an IoT Network
Figure 4: Major Benefits of Integrating a Blockchain into an IoT Network (Semeniak, 2019)

Blockchain Algorithms

Blockchain technology uses different approaches and principles when it comes to how the cryptocurrency is mined and data is exchanged between entities. Like any technology evolves over time, so does blockchain and its different approaches, especially in this phase of the development where it isn’t fully adopted by our society, as it doesn’t fulfil all the minimum requirements like resources of IoT devices or low computational costs. In this article we focus on the first two most popular blockchain concepts as well as on the newer IoT-related blockchain network.

Proof of Work

Bitcoin is the first digital currency and its network functions using the principle of Proof of Work (PoW). The network is built by a distributed ledger known as the blockchain, and this ledger contains a record of all Bitcoin transactions, arranged sequentially in blocks, so that no user is allowed to spend any of their holdings twice (i.e. the “double spending” issue – see chapter above). In order to prevent tampering, the ledger is public, or “distributed”, thus an altered version would be rejected by other users. The way that users detect tampering in practice is through hashes, which are in fact long strings of numbers that serve as Proof of Work (PoW) (Frankenfield,, 2021).

“Proof of Work was initially created as a proposed solution to the growing problem of spam email”

PoW requires nodes on a network to provide evidence that they have expended computational power (i.e. work) in order to achieve consensus in a decentralised manner and to prevent bad actors from overtaking the network.

Generating just any hash for a set of bitcoin transactions would be trivial for a modern computer, so in order to turn the process into “work”, the bitcoin network sets a certain level of “difficulty”. This setting is adjusted so that a new block is “mined” and added to the blockchain by generating a valid hash.

In conclusion, because the Bitcoin network has high computational and bandwidth requirements, this makes it impractical for IoT networks.

Proof of Stake

The Proof of Stake (PoS) concept states that a person can mine and validate block transactions according to how many coins they hold and using digital signatures, respectively. This means that the more coins owned by a miner, the more mining power they have (Frankenfield,, 2021). This concept was created as an alternative to the Proof of Work concept, to tackle inherent issues in the latter. Currently, only Altcoins[3] use the Proof of Stake concept. When a transaction is initiated, the transaction data is fitted into a block with a maximum capacity of 1 megabyte, and then duplicated across multiple computers or nodes on the network. The nodes are the administrative body of the blockchain and verify the legitimacy of the transactions in each block.

“The first cryptocurrency to adopt the PoS method was Peercoin.”

To carry out the verification step, the nodes or miners would need to solve a computational puzzle, known as the proof of work problem. The first miner to decrypt each block transaction problem gets rewarded with a coin. Once a block of transactions has been verified, it is added to the blockchain, the public transparent ledger (see figure 3 – The Structure of a Blockchain).

The Proof of Stake seeks to address the power consumption issue of the PoW by attributing mining power to the proportion of coins held by a miner. This way, instead of utilising energy to answer PoW puzzles, a PoS miner is limited to mining a percentage of transactions that is reflective of their ownership stake. For instance, a miner who owns 3% of the coins available can theoretically mine only 3% of the blocks.

The Proof of Stake also isn’t quite suitable for IoT devices, mostly because it’s based on a monetary concept (stakes) that doesn’t exist in IoT networks.

Proof of Coverage

Besides the well-known PoW and PoS concepts introduced before, another novel work algorithm emerged called Proof of Coverage (PoC). This verifies on an ongoing basis that hotspots are located where they claim, honestly representing their location and the wireless network coverage they are creating from that location (Helium, 2021).

This new approach was introduced by the company Helium, which ultimately opened the doors for new IoT applications which use this type of blockchain network. The Helium Network is a physical wireless network that succeeds based on the amount of reliable coverage it can create for users deploying connected devices on it. Therefore, this IoT blockchain network relies on the following characteristics of radio frequency (RF):

  • RF has limited physical propagation and, therefore, distance
  • The strength of a received RF signal is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the transmitter
  • RF travels at the speed of light with (effectively) no latency

The physics-driven network constantly interrogates hotspots using a mechanism known as “PoC Challenge”. The ultimate power of Proof of Coverage lies in the fact that the data generated by the ongoing proofs and stored in the Helium blockchain is the definitive verification of the wireless coverage provided by hotspots of the network.

“Do you want to operate a cell tower, if it only costs a couple hundred bucks? And do you want to do it long-term?” – Frank Mong, COO Helium (Mong, 2021)


Helium and the LoRa Alliance
Figure 5: Helium and the LoRa Alliance (lora-alliance, 2021)

The technology consists of a device (Hotspot) that connects to an existing Wi-Fi router and uses the LoRa communication technology to extend the Internet signal to much wider areas, approximately up to 5 km in urban areas and 15 km in rural areas (line of sight). Helium calls this LongFi (Wikipedia, 2021). The LoRa technology was specifically designed for large-scale IoT applications. Compared to a Wi-Fi signal which can spread the signal up to 50 m at 2.4 GHz and around 10 m at 5 GHz, the LongFi wireless network is a considerable improvement. The LongFi can cover greater distances, but can only send a small amount of data, from 0.3 kbps[4] to 50 kbps. This limitation in the data rate is absolutely satisfying for many IoT applications that have a monitoring functionality or that have to measure a single physical unit only. These applications can extend from environmental monitoring to security and smart devices (see the following chapters for reference applications). An example of such an application can be seen in figure 6, where different IoT sensors, like a mousetrap, an air quality monitoring sensor or a parking place management system are connecting to a single Helium Hotspot for sharing their information. Remember that these sensors can sit at a distance of up to 15 km from the hotspot and still be able to communicate reliably. This performance of area coverage wouldn’t be possible with a Wi-Fi-based router only.

Worth mentioning is the power consumption of such LoRa-based hotspots, which is in the order of 1 to 5 watts, similar to a light bulb. This makes it extremely power efficient for a blockchain network infrastructure when compared to the other more known concepts of Proof of Work or Proof of Stake.

IoT Applications in the Helium Network
Figure 6: IoT Applications in the Helium Network (Helium, 2021)

In the figure below we can see the blue hexagons which represent the coverage of a single Helium Hotspot. The numbering within the hexagon form shows how many Hotspots exist in a certain area block.

Example of the Helium Hotspot Coverage in an Urban Area
Figure 7: Example of the Helium Hotspot Coverage in an Urban Area

The Importance of Building a Community

Like with any other new technology, if the idea is good but it doesn’t have practicality, then it won’t be accepted by the public. Without the public, a technology dies or remains forgotten under the desks of the patent office.

Helium understood this aspect very well, so they thought about a method for promoting their blockchain network such that more and more users would adopt it.

“Be part of the People’s Network”

Becoming part of this community means the user orders the Helium LoRa-based device and attaches it to its own Internet router. The installation of the hotspot is simple to follow, and thereafter the user is participating in the network and has the benefit of mining cryptocurrency whenever transactions are done through their Helium Hotspots. Helium partnered with different companies for manufacturing the hotspots, thus more than one company can benefit from this new technology.

During the transactions, the role for each hotspot can differ, so depending on this the remunerated rewards can slightly differ.

Participants in a Helium Transaction
Figure 8: Participants in a Helium Transaction (Helium, 2021)

There are various roles where the Hotspots have to solve the PoC Challenge:

  1. Challenger – The Hotspot that constructs and issues the PoC Challenge. Hotspots issue challenges approximately per every 300 blocks. The challenges are used by Proof of Coverage to validate wireless coverage.
  2. Transmitter – Sometimes called “Challengee”. This hotspot is the target of the PoC Challenge and is responsible for transmitting (or “beaconing”) challenge packets to potentially be witnessed by geographically proximate hotspots.
  3. Witness – Hotspots that are geographically proximate to the Transmitter and report the existence of the challenge packet after it has been transmitted.
  4. Network Data Transfer – HNT[5] is distributed to hotspots that transferred data from devices on the network. The amount of HNT is allocated proportionally based on the amount of data a hotspot transferred.

Other IoT-Blockchain Concepts

Helium is not the only IoT blockchain company. There are several other companies on the market, each of them with its own speciality and application domains (Daley, 2019).

Other IoT-related blockchain networks are:

  • IOTA (Tangle Network) – distributed ledger for the “Internet of Everything”
  • Chronicled (MediLedger Network) – for the pharmaceutical and food supply industries
  • Arctouched (ArcTouch’s DApps) – for voice assistants, wearables and smart TVs
  • Filament (Blocklet Blockchain Suite) – for a boosted cybersecurity protocol
  • NetObjex (NetObjex Blockchain-IoT Tech) – for improving patron experience
  • Hypr (Hypr Network) – for biometric logins for connected ATMs, cars, locks and homes
  • Xage Security (Xage Blockchain) – for agriculture, energy, transportation and utilities
  • Grid+ (Ethereum Blockchain) – for energy retailers
  • Hyundai Digital Access Currency (HDAC Blockchain) – for consulting, blockchain-based hardware, smart homes
  • Quorum – blockchain security for IoT
  • it – uses Ethereum framework or uses PoA[6](Valente, 2019) consensus mechanism – Universal Sharing Network (USN) for sharing, selling or renting IoT devices, enhancing the process of tracking and supplying renewable energy
  • VeChain (VeChainThor Blockchain) – for logistics, agriculture, retail and document management
Other IoT-related Blockchain Networks
Figure 9: Other IoT-related Blockchain Networks

Applications using Blockchain

There are numerous applications based on IoT products that use blockchain technology. In the following we will have a look at some applications that use the Helium Network.

Applications for the Environment

With such disastrous calamities nowadays like forest fires or violent floods, it becomes extremely important to know the quality of air and water in the environment we live in.


The company called Airly has the mission to reduce air pollution globally, and to do so they’re measuring the air quality all over the world in real time using sensors and a mobile app. This information about the air pollution is then available for everyone, as this is a major problem that kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year.

Airly Brings Precision Analytics to Air Quality Monitoring
Figure 10: Airly Brings Precision Analytics to Air Quality Monitoring (Lawrence, 2021)


“No more water waste or leakage”

Water is our most precious resource, which unfortunately we take for granted. Therefore, water management is becoming extremely important in our society. This is the motivation behind the NOWI system, a water management system for monitoring water waste and leakage.

Their water sensors, like the one in the figure below, can be mounted at every apartment complex, thus monitoring the water flow and eventual waste or leakage. The sensor’s battery runs for years and you don’t need to worry about it until it alerts you.

NOWI High-Precision Water Meter
Figure 11: NOWI High-Precision Water Meter (NOWI Sensors, 2021)

Applications for Better Security


Invoxia is a standalone GPS tracker that can be used for for cars, motorcycles, bags or other valuable objects and is compatible with the LongFi Helium network. The battery lasts for up to six months and the tracker has a much higher performance in terms of coverage and usability than most tag trackers available on the market – those mostly use Bluetooth technology.

“Compared to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, what sets LongFi apart is the ability to transfer data bi-directionally over much longer ranges (more than 200x Wi-Fi) and maximise battery life for compatible devices. However, LongFi is not designed for devices with high-bandwidth needs such as smartphones or computers.” (Gemmell, 2019)

Invoxia LongFi GPS Tracker
Figure 12: Invoxia LongFi GPS Tracker (Invoxia, 2021)

Applications for Smart City

Nobel Systems

The devices from Nobel Systems consist of small cup-like LoRaWAN sensors, which are placed on each parking place. They connect to the Helium Network and inform about the state of the parking place directly to an app.

Such a system obviously reduces the time for parking and takes care of the well-being of people and the environment.

Now, it’s difficult to imagine that all parking places will benefit from such an intelligent system, taking into consideration the cost of the cups, but it can still be useful for important parking places in the city centres or around stadiums. Moreover, this type of application can act as a catalysis for other similar IoT-based solutions.

Nobel Systems Ecosystem Based on the Helium Network
Figure 13: Nobel Systems Ecosystem Based on the Helium Network


Nobel Systems Real-Life Example of a Parking Place Monitoring
Figure 14: Nobel Systems Real-Life Example of a Parking Place Monitoring (Nobel Systems, 2021)

Funny Application

Mouse Trap – Victor VLink Pest Network

A funny application that uses the Helium Network is a mousetrap from Victor VLink Pest Network. The user has the option to provision its trap fleet on its own or let it be managed by a third company. The advantage of this trap is that it doesn’t need cellular to function and inform about eventual catches. The device protects you from rodent activity 24/7/365 and has a 3+ year battery life.

“Why have a data plan for an application like this?”

This is just a brilliant idea that makes use of the Helium blockchain.

VLING V450 - Electronic Mouse Trap
Figure 15: VLING V450 – Electronic Mouse Trap (Parley Labs, 2021)

Outlook and Next-Gen Technologies

The future is bright and it remains to be seen how this technological merge will evolve in the next couple of years and most importantly how our society will benefit from it.

Will the merge of the two technologies contribute to something called Industry 4.1? Will a blockchain network like Helium go down in the history books for revolutionising the Internet and how smart devices make use of it?

These are interesting questions that one could ask himself either by trying to envision the future or just out of curiosity. One fact is sure, namely that the possibilities are limitless if the technology is used with care and good intention.

One natural advancement for this so-called People’s Network is to increase the baud rate for the existing hotspots, thus enabling the use of the network through our smartphones. For this to happen the existing hardware will need an upgrade and it will most definitely need to pass more regulatory hurdles before becoming commercially available. Another interesting aspect of this technology is to see how the telecommunication giants will respond to it, as such a blockchain network has the capabilities to partially replace their offering at no cost for the user. Basically, the people will then become the owner of the telecommunication network, by sharing their home Internet. Besides the telecom companies, there are other “centralised” service providers owned up to 99% by the Big Tech companies (GAFAM[7]). It might be of no interest for them to switch to a decentralised model which is hard to monetise. Thus, in order for this model to thrive, there is a need to provide a benefit not only for the user but also for the one who is developing the service.

A further technological advancement is the 5G network, which is already planned for the current Helium infrastructure. This will represent a significant upgrade in terms of coverage and throughput and it remains to be seen whether this will be sufficient for the consumer and their smartphone in terms of Internet speed and reliability, respectively.

Will the combination of LoRa and 5G gateways be the future for blockchain IoT-based applications?
Will there be a standardisation in terms of communication protocols for both consumer and industrial IoT products?
How will the telecommunication industry or the Big Tech companies embrace this pioneering blockchain network for IoT devices and how will they operate and cooperate?

Big questions for a bright future!


About the Author

Teodor Vasile

Teodor L. Vasile is an Embedded System Engineer and the IoT Service Lead of ERNI Germany. He is a lecturer for IoT and Embedded Systems at the FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management and an alumni of the Technical University Munich, where he graduated with a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. He is majored in sound engineering, psychoacoustics, sensing and lighting technologies, and in his professional career as a consultant he focuses on the development of IoT products, for both consumer and industry, with a strong interest in the Industry 4.0 and Predictive Maintenance. In recent years he gathered Medtech expertise as a developer and as a technical leader developing medical embedded systems.
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Abbreviations and Footnotes

[1] Collusion – a collaborative agreement, usually secret, amongst rivals to prevent open competition through deceptive means in order to gain a market advantage

[2] Tampering – data alteration or intentional modification of products in a way that would make them harmful to the consumer

[3] Altcoin is an alternative digital currency to Bitcoin

[4] kbps stands for kilobits per second

[5] HNT is a Helium-based cryptocurrency

[6] PoA stands for Proof of Authority

[7] GAFAM – Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft



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    Being innovative means acting differently to the competition. It means bringing new products, services or business models to the market. To get to new ideas, you first need to let go of existing patterns and structures and let fresh air in. The motto is: think different!

  • How-to-systematically-direct-the-innovation-processes25.05.2022.

    How to systematically direct the innovation processes

    The aim of the innovation process should also encompass the creation of new product or service ideas with a high level of business benefit,
    using new technologies or replacing the existing business model with a disruptive approach. Innovation means systematically creating ideas, selecting the value-creating solutions from among these and then implementing them as quickly as possible.

  • 18.05.2022.

    Innovation is more than just a brainwave

    The digital transformation is rapidly accelerating the speed of innovation. Technological progress and social change are resulting in new products and services that better serve to satisfy the needs of consumers and which form the basis for new business models. At the same time, the possibilities of more intense collaboration have dramatically improved as a result of modern communication technologies.

  • 11.05.2022.

    Circular economy: Thinking in cycles

    Conventional understanding of the economy is based on a linear model; natural resources are extracted and processed into products. The consumer buys these and uses them. When they are worn out or are no longer needed the consumer disposes of the products. This model fails to recognise the high economic, environmental and social costs associated with the extraction, processing and disposal of raw materials and is therefore seen as unsustainable in the long term.

  • Euromedlab_header05.05.2022.

    EuroMedLab 2022 – The present and future of the MedTech industry

    The 2022 edition of the European Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, also known as EuroMedLab, was held this April in Munich (Germany), after being rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of delegates and visitors attended the congress, which took place from April 10th to April 14th at the International Congress Center of Munich.

  • Augmented Reality and Industry

    Augmented Reality and Industry 4.0

    Augmented reality is one of the big buzzwords that are decisively shaping Industry 4.0. In the IoT, the Internet of Things, machine and machine as well as man and machine are increasingly merging with each other. It is inevitable that this will also change people’s perception and thus their reality.

  • A world without innovation stands still20.04.2022.

    A world without innovation stands still

    Human history is characterised by the search for more intelligent solutions for day-to-day problems. Whether it’s the hand axe, wheel or computer – without constant innovation there would never have been progress, simply stagnation. Innovation allows humans to accomplish more, gaining personal advantage more quickly than others with better or new solutions.

  • First month: Stefan Siegle13.04.2022.

    My first months at ERNI: Stefan Siegle

    My first five months at ERNI were exciting and I learned a lot. Officially, I started my journey at ERNI (Germany) on the 2nd of November 2021. But I was given the chance to accompany our Managing Director and my people unit leader to a sales/get to know talk with a new customer even a couple of days early. As the recruiting process took place mostly online because of the COV-SARS II Pandemic, it was the first time I met our MD and the second time I met my people unit leader – right before we entered the customer’s office. I was excited and nervous, but they made me feel like part of the team from the start. We had a great appointment and I got extensive and appreciative feedback.

  • Outsourcing models and finding reliable partners06.04.2022.

    Outsourcing models and finding reliable partners

    Once the decision to outsource has been made, the next question is: Which model should be chosen? For example, offshoring, nearshoring or onshoring? And how can you find a reliable partner who understands your corporate culture and goals so well that friction losses are kept to a minimum?

  • 29.03.2022.

    Cloud IoT

    Here at ERNI, we foster interdisciplinary collaboration. This Technology Letter shows the collaboration within an interdisciplinary team. With our Experts in Agile Methodology, IoT and Machine Learning, we take a closer look at hyped buzzwords like Cloud Computing, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. But we move beyond the hype this time to the perspective of practitioners, who share their condensed insights and perspective. Of course, we won’t forget about business and how all the activities need to be linked together so business benefits arise – to close the loop.

  • An outlook on the future relevance of ecosystems23.03.2022.

    An outlook on the future relevance of ecosystems

    Ecosystems belong to the future, don’t they? To explore this question, we talked to Bernhard Lingens from the University of Lucerne. He explained to us not only how ecosystems create innovations and become dominant, but also that there is often an easier way.

  • How to be successful in IoT16.03.2022.

    How to be successful in IoT?

    For any company just starting out with IoT or simply considering implementing it, it’s important to understand that IoT is more of a concept than a technology that you simply install. This paradigm shift presents a cultural challenge for many organisations as they try to derive the most value from IoT.

  • Digital paradise ecosystems09.03.2022.

    Digital paradise ecosystems

    The availability of data from a wide variety of sources along with their evaluation and further processing without bureaucratic or technical hurdles sounds like paradise. What seems almost utopian at a time when, due to the pandemic, we are still frequently entering contact data with pens on paper, will be the status quo in many areas of our lives in the not-too-distant future. More and more data will be captured and stored digitally. With the corresponding spread of this digitalisation potential, a Data Paradise will be created.

  • 07.03.2022.

    Every bit of help counts

    Anna Bespalov is a Business Consultant at ERNI Germany. She has lived in Berlin since 1997, but was born in the former Soviet Union. Anna comes from Belarus, so the current situation is very close to her. That’s why she didn’t hesitate for a second to volunteer to help in the Ukrainian refugee crisis. She told us how each of us can get involved to create solidarity.

  • Can software save the world02.03.2022.

    Can software save the world?

    That is the fundamental question. It may sound exaggerated and pompous, but it is a question that arises with every digital business case: What does it really achieve? What real problem does it solve and what new problem does it create?

  • Human Machine Interface23.02.2022.

    Human Machine Interface – How human and machine join forces

    Human Machine Interface. What sounds like the invention of a science fiction film is in fact an elementary component of the new industrial revolution that is taking place around us at an ever-faster pace. In this new industry, man and machine, human and artificial intelligence are merging more and more quickly.

  • IoT in the healthcare ecosystem16.02.2022.

    IoT in the healthcare ecosystem

    With evolving technologies more and more healthcare providers invest in IoT to achieve better patient outcomes, lower costs and improve efficiency. But does IoT fit into the healthcare ecosystem? Which benefits does it bring to different stakeholder groups?

  • IoMT as a response to healthcare’s numerous problems09.02.2022.

    IoMT as a response to healthcare’s numerous problems

    As our population ages and the cost of care increases, the healthcare industry must find innovative ways to solve operational, clinical, and financial challenges.

  • Key IoMT trends02.02.2022.

    Key trends shaping the Internet of Medical Things industry

    Disruptive technologies can improve the pulse of healthcare. They are changing ways of working across the whole ecosystem. Big data, AI, mobile applications, 3D printing, advanced sensors and other technologies will continue to create new opportunities for medtech companies. Voice technology is being adopted faster than any previous technology, from chatbots and doctor visits, to home health care.

  • A dream becomes reality25.01.2022.

    A dream becomes reality: How industry 4.0 is born from artificial intelligence

    Some authors claim that human intelligence is growing exponentially. If you look at the development of the past 2000 years, it is easy to doubt this given the wars and atrocities. On the other hand, it is striking that at least the development of technology seems to obey the law of exponential growth.

  • Imperative of the Digital Business Transformation19.01.2022.

    Imperative of the Digital Business Transformation

    The global pandemic, acted as a catalyst, reinforced the pre-existing transformation tendencies and increased the sense of urgency for businesses to focus on the right technologies and get the best out of them.

  • Blogs – a perennial favourite12.01.2022.

    Blogs – a perennial favourite

    The little black dress among communication channels. It goes well with everything, always looks good and when you put it on, it fits like second skin – the blog. Here’s how it emerged from the niche corners of the early internet to become a perennial favourite, what you need to consider and what you get out of it.

  • Success through stories04.01.2022.

    Success through stories

    Stories have shaped humanity like little else. They have brought people together and torn them apart, triggered wars and inspired peace. They are powerful! Even in marketing and corporate communication.

  • Good behaviour depends on the context28.12.2021.

    Good behaviour depends on the context

    Have you ever stumbled upon a video on YouTube that was produced for Instagram and then watched the video in portrait format on your computer screen? Or did you click it away again immediately? That’s why it’s important to optimise content for different channels.

  • New content forms21.12.2021.

    New content forms

    First there were tales told orally, then (cave) paintings and then the first written texts. The way we package our content has always been subject to change and even today new possibilities are constantly emerging. Here you can find out how to make use of them and what to look out for.

  • M2M, IoT and Edge Computing16.12.2021.

    M2M, IoT and Edge Computing – History, technology and trends

    Digitalisation is the topic of the day. In a nutshell, it is about the increasing networking of the world. Of course, the bottom line is that it is not “the world” that is being networked, but devices and machines. The foundation of this transformation is so-called M2M or machine-to-machine communication. Very roughly, M2M refers to the automatic exchange of information between different end devices.

  • Big Data in Numbers15.12.2021.

    Big Data in Numbers

    Data is driving the future of businesses, and companies not prepared for this transformation are at risk of being left behind. Let us uncover some facts and figures about Big Data.

  • Data-driven prototype with gamification factor in banking08.12.2021.

    Data-driven prototype with gamification factor in banking

    Nowadays, companies face many digital challenges, especially with regard to current and future customer target groups and their needs. For a local bank, we looked at how to better serve customers in the digital space with the help of collected data.

  • Often there is a lack of a uniform data view header image01.12.2021.

    Often there is a lack of a uniform data view

    Dr Stephanie Friedrich has focused on insurance fraud for years. In this issue of .experience, she spoke with us about the changes Big Data and analytics are bringing to the industry.

  • Smart maintenance - header image25.11.2021.

    Smart maintenance – Intelligent maintenance and servicing of machines and production facilities

    Smart and predictive maintenance refers to all technical and organizational measures that use digital tools, to rapidly increase the maintenance and service efficiency. Thereby on the one hand creating new business opportunities and on the other hand reducing costs. A central component of smart maintenance is the collection, processing and analysis of data from machines, plants and even whole production facilities. The goal is to detect errors and defects in advance, before they occur. This makes maintenance more effective and prevents breakdowns. It saves costs and resources. In this interview Anastasia Rachmann from ERNI Switzerland talks about why a company should invest into smart maintenance and what its advantages are.

  • How to increase competitiveness in Banking18.11.2021.

    How to increase competitiveness in Banking

    The Swiss Banking domain is facing a change. There are factors and economical and political framework conditions which banks are exposed to. These conditions are making their existence a challenge, and if nothing changes, the financial institutions will lose their revenues and contact with the clients.

  • 15.11.2021.

    Digital twins and their application to improve product innovation success rates and business productivity in industry

    Today, more and more companies – from the manufacturing sector to the engineering industry – are starting to use digital twins to optimise products, refine processes and predict possible failures. What is the technology all about and when to take it into account – we spoke to Anastasia Rachman, ERNI Switzerland.

  • 11.11.2021.

    Ecosystems along the healthcare customer journey

    The perspective from which we look at health insurers is changing. With the shift to an ecosystem, insurers are transforming from a pure service provider to a health manager that accompanies the patient along the entire customer journey. This, in turn, has a huge impact on the perception of the customer – from the bad guy who doesn’t want to pay the treatment bills to someone who helps to manage the customer’s wellbeing to avoid future costs. This creates a whole new set of business model opportunities and exponential innovation within the healthcare industry, with many insurance companies tipped to become such a partner in healthcare. Accompanying the customer along the entire journey and orchestrating the various touchpoints and stakeholders has many benefits besides changing customer perception. Insurance companies can automate, control costs and create value – extending the value chain along the treatment path. Healthcare is no longer limited to business days and office hours. More and more, it’s about 24/7 treatment.

  • Healthcare industry03.11.2021.

    How can Big Data improve the customer experience in a healthcare ecosystem

    The healthcare ecosystem is expanding towards including new types of data, new methods for collecting and analyzing them, and including new players. The future of healthcare is likely to be driven by digital transformation enabled by interoperable data and open secure platforms. Health will likely be about maintaining wellness rather than responding to illness. According to McKinsey, 30% of global revenue will be attributable to ecosystems by 2025. It is expected that 12 distinct and massive ecosystems will form around basic human and organisational needs.

  • Thorsten Ulbricht IoT ERNI manufacturing19.10.2021.

    Meet our experts: Thorsten Ulbricht, ERNI Switzerland

    In our series Meet our experts, we move now from MedTech to the Manufacturing domain. Thorsten Ulbricht joined ERNI as Principal Consultant in the area of IoT. Read about his passion for all aspects related to IoT and Smart Manufacturing.

  • Ruben Rodriguez12.10.2021.

    Meet our experts: Ruben Rodriguez, ERNI Spain

    Have you ever wondered who the faces are behind our expertise? In our new series, we will reveal and introduce our teams working on customer projects in various industry domains. Today, we start with Ruben Rodriguez from ERNI Spain and will talk about his insights from MedTech.

  • ERNI Ioana Bucur Test Automation Engineering07.10.2021.

    A day in the life of a GUI Test Automation Engineer – The responsibilities and challenges your Test Automation Engineer faces on a daily basis and what you can do to help

    Whether you are a young professional unsure which path to take in your career, a recruiter trying to better understand the role of a GUI (Graphical User Interface) test automation engineer or a project manager trying to get a better picture of the challenges faced in this role, this article is for you.

  • ERNI I Evolution in Diagnostics and MedTech04.10.2021.

    Evolution in Diagnostics and MedTech

    When we look at the evolution of technology in the diagnostics area, we can differentiate three main phases in the evolution of its intended use.

    At the beginning, diagnostics companies were focused on improving analytic instruments in terms of accuracy, velocity and usage. In this first phase, the need appeared to centralise and manage the information provided by the instruments to improve medical decisions.

    The second phase was focused in the automation of laboratories. Instruments were not isolated anymore. Step by step, the whole laboratory became a big interconnected system, and the sample workflows were centralised and controlled automatically. The focus was put on maximising performance and minimising human interaction.

    Nowadays, we are finding ourselves in the first steps of the third phase in the area of diagnostics automation: use the technology for moving from sickness care to health care or, in other words, from being reactive to being proactive.

  • Intelligent apps in smart manufacturing28.09.2021.

    Intelligent apps in Smart Manufacturing

    Intelligent apps are the core of smart businesses. They are, just as their name suggests, AI-enabled apps that use machine learning. The intelligence of the apps is derived from processing vast amounts of data and it has the ability to come to conclusions that are otherwise hidden to a human mind.

  • 03.09.2021.

    Meet our experts: Stefan Riesen, ERNI Switzerland

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 18.06.2021.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    #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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • remote meeting26.10.2020.

    Long Dailies on a blended or fully remote environment?

    Are your Scrum Daily meetings lasting more than 15 minutes? Are you achieving Dailies’ goals?

  • retrospective header erni agile practice19.10.2020.

    Agile Best Practice Series: Retrospective

    Patrik Opát joined ERNI in April 2019. With his previous experience as Scrum Master, IT Business Analyst and IT Consultant, he became Service Unit Leader of Scrum Masters and Product Owners on our Bratislava, Slovakia site later in January 2020. Patrik follows his motivation of helping people improving their work life through coaching, guidance, process improvements and removing impendments.

  • outsourcing-cloud-IT-software-development-quality16.10.2020.

    Outsourcing in software development: What is suitable for it?

    The reasons for outsourcing are actually always the same: Lack of in-house expertise – i.e. too few or not the right employees on the one hand – and concentration on the core business on the other. Often there is also a lack of internal resources for the implantation of new technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence or virtual reality.

  • Big data meets idea14.10.2020.

    Big data meets idea

    Simply capturing data doesn’t automatically make for good customer relations. The desired effect is only achieved when you have the right idea to match.

  • team working13.10.2020.

    External Interferences? Doubts about roles & duties? Scrum Master, please, keep things clear!

    Are people outside the team assigning directly tasks to the scrum team members? Is the team clear about what they are expected to do?

  • From the daily life of an agile coach08.10.2020.

    From the daily life of an Agile Coach

    Christine Salzeller has been with ERNI since 2017. In 2013, at her previous job, she first came in contact with Agile and Scrum, which she got to know as an alternative to the classical waterfall model. She took over the role of a Scrum Master at ERNI in April 2019 and currently coaches three teams. In this interview, Christine tells us what a typical day of an Agile coach looks like.

  • This is lean book summary07.10.2020.

    Book summary: This is Lean

    Today’s agile book summary comes from our Agile Coach Christian Glück. Read about why he thinks the book This is Lean from Niklas Modig and Pär Åhlström is the best he has read so far.

  • Forge long-term relations with consumers05.10.2020.

    Forge long-term relations with consumers

    Brands must act successfully throughout the entire customer journey. And this doesn’t end once a successful purchase has been made.

  • ERNI I Best practice Daily Standup01.10.2020.

    Agile Best Practice Series: Dailies

    Have you ever wondered what makes an Agile practice run smoothly? The factors are described widely. From daily life, you can point out habits that make the difference and are worth following. In this series, our Agile expert Joffrey Zehnder reveals what he has learned throughout his years of working as an Agile Coach.

  • how customers perceive brand contact29.09.2020.

    How customers perceive their contact with the brand

    In our digital day and age companies can only be successful if they see things from the customer’s point of view and create a better customer experience.

  • 5-dysfunctions-book-hero-banner28.09.2020.

    Book summary: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

    Tanja Neuenschwander joined ERNI in September 2018. Currently, she is a Professional Consultant and a Product Owner of an agile team. She has been practicing agile for more than 10 years now in several different roles. She used to be a software developer and is now more focused on the business side of agile environments. Today, she introduces a book dealing with agile teamwork called The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.

  • outcome based collaboration customer reference23.09.2020.

    Outcome-based collaboration: A customer’s voice

    What does an outcome-based collaboration require from the customer? What do you have to prepare yourself for when considering switching to this kind of setup? Someone who can tell the best is one of our customers who introduced this model into their organisation. We talked to the Sourcing Manager at the customer about his view and experience.

  • virtual meeting23.09.2020.

    Boosting inspection and adaptation on virtual retrospectives

    Are you facing collaboration and tracking challenges on virtual retrospectives? Find tooling tips about how to boost your feedback loops.

  • outcome based collaboration software quality efficiency17.09.2020.

    Case study: From time and material to the outcome-based collaboration

    Our customer in the telecommunications area requested more efficiency in the service delivery alongside raising quality. Is it possible to reach these seemingly contradictory aspects? Yes. We proposed to switch from the time and material model to an outcome-based collaboration. Read more about how the realisation worked out and what it meant for the customer.

  • customer journey14.09.2020.

    The customer’s trek through the world of brands

    Nowadays someone’s decision to buy is no longer a single, impulsive act but usually the culmination of many steps taken before the final selection is made.

  • software velocity quality storypoint pricing10.09.2020.

    Outcome-based collaboration: evaluation according to performance

    If the maturity with the customer allows it, an outcome-based collaboration is an effective way for both the customer and the service provider. In this article, we talk about what outcome-based cooperation is based on and what benefits it can bring to all parties.

  • Patrick Wilhelm ERNI08.09.2020.

    Four Digitalists Part 04 – Digitalizing traditions

    In our new four-part interview series about Digital Business Consulting, we want to give you some insights into the daily work of our experts. We talked to four of them about their recent projects, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them to create the most value for our customers. In the last interview of this series, Patrick Wilhelm talks about how he and his team helped a company, which is rich in tradition, to move into the 21st century. He is active as a Principal Consultant for the Swiss market unit and is globally responsible for the Innovation and Digital Business Consulting services.

  • Evert Smit ERNI03.09.2020.

    Four Digitalists Part 03 – Change is the only certainty

    In our new four-part interview series about Digital Business Consulting, we want to give you some insights into the daily work of our experts. We talked to four of them about their recent projects, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them to create the most value for our customers.

    In the third interview of this series, Evert Smit talks about consulting on bringing a state organisation to a more state-to-the-art IT system and helping them keep their image of an innovation company. Evert is a Principal Consultant with long-year expertise on topics like Strategy, Change Management, Digital Transformation and Data Intelligence.

  • digitalisation business model02.09.2020.

    Case study: Strategy & Business Model Workshops

    An association of architects and engineers in charge of overall norms and directives in the construction area needed to respond to the changing requirements of their end customers on interaction and exchange.

  • 25.08.2020.

    Brand potential in the B2B sector

    B2B companies need strong brands in order to lend an emotional power of distinction to rational arguments. Strong brands help companies to assert
    themselves in competitive markets.

  • developöment of a data strategy HR17.08.2020.

    Case study: Development of a data strategy

    Our customer in the transportation area reached out to us to bring along the initialisation of a data strategy in the area of human resources and recruiting.
  • ERNI Ladina Schubert12.08.2020.

    Four Digitalists Part 02 – Connecting two perspectives

    In our new four-part interview series about Digital Business Consulting, we want to give you some insights into the daily work of our experts. We talked to four of them about their recent projects, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them to create the most value for our customers.
  • 05.08.2020.

    Digital brands: Today’s customers want a convincing experience

    Brands today have a very different role to play compared to just a few years ago. Customers expect them to understand their needs perfectly and to act accordingly.

  • ERNI Spain opinion on iot29.07.2020.

    3 participant voices from the IoT World Congress

    The IoT World Congress is the largest IoT event in the world, dedicated to helping increase productivity via disruptive technology. The ERNI engineers who attended the congress summarise their opinions and concerns regarding IoT deployment and development over the next few years.

  • 20.07.2020.

    Case study: Development of a long-year strategy for the IT department

    A customer of ours in the area of science-based innovation asked us to develop a 5-year strategy for their IT department. This is how we took on the challenge.

  • 16.07.2020.

    Four Digitalists Part 01 – A new data strategy in just three months

    In our new four-part interview series about Digital Business Consulting, we want to give you some insights into the daily work of our experts. We talked to four of them about their recent projects, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them to create the most value for our customers.
    In the first interview of this series, Nicolas Neuwirth talks about how he and his team initiated a new data strategy in just 3 months. He’s a Zürich resident and a Junior Consultant at ERNI with a master’s degree in business innovation at the university of St. Gallen.

  • 07.07.2020.

    Are you ready for a DevOps organisation?

    There are many companies that struggle with the transformation into a DevOps organisation. In general, it is challenging to organise a bigger group of people. On a company level this is even harder and the stakes are higher. Again, there are companies that can guide you on the way as a trusted partner.

  • ERNI Andreas Frei02.07.2020.

    Techletter: How to choose the right approach to develop a mobile app

    There are four technological approaches for the development of a mobile app: Native, Cross-platform, Hybrid and PWA. Which option to choose depends on many factors. ERNI has now developed a questionnaire that supports you in this important decision: the AppType Chooser.

  • ERNI strong brands30.06.2020.

    Building a strong brand

    Strong brands ensure long-term customer loyalty to a company and create turnover and growth. They are present in the minds of potential customers, are seen in a positive light and enjoy a sense of trust.

  • digitalisation of processes in transportation24.06.2020.

    Case study: Digitalisation of tool-based cooperation in the area of project engineering

    One of our biggest customers in the transportation area approached us with a request to establish a programme for digitalisation of processes in the area of project engineering.

  • 17.06.2020.

    5G Barcelona: A digital innovation centre

    An interview with Dr Sergi Figuerola, Founder and CTO of the 5G Barcelona Alliance.

  • 10.06.2020.

    Health insurance providers: Apps on prescription

    The manufacturers of health apps have not had an easy time in recent years. The e-health market is not only fiercely competitive, but is also fraught with numerous legal hurdles.

  • 03.06.2020.

    Competitive edge through design

    When we speak of design, we usually mean something’s visual appearance. Design is much more than this, however.

  • 21.05.2020.

    Digital Twins – technology with high potential

    Today, more and more companies – from the manufacturing sector to the engineering industry – are starting to use such technology to optimise products, refine processes and predict possible failures.

  • IoT in sports19.05.2020.

    How IoT gets integrated into the field of sports

    IoT has been changing the mindset of the entire sports industry for years now. The IoT market does have an upward trend and the top leagues and teams will be a significant part of it. IoT can not only provide useful data when developing one’s performance but also influence the team strategies, boost fan experience, and help referees make the game fairer. ERNI engineers and keen sports enthusiasts Robert Cluet and Toni de la Torre discussed the key areas that the sports industry focuses on nowadays and offered their opinions from multiple perspectives.

  • 13.05.2020.

    In every design aspect there is the potential to touch the people

    At the very beginning, we find the most important question. What does a brand stand for? And where is the brand heading to? People are irrational and so are their choices. This reflects itself in many decisions they make. While that’s perfectly fine in private life, it can be challenging for a company. In each brand, each company and in every design aspect there is the potential to touch the people around. And a strong brand and appealing design generate business value. You can control and optimise the emotions of your brand based on data.

  • 12.05.2020.

    Brand experience design – strengthen brands long-term

    Only when a brand impresses the consumer, stands out from the competition, enthuses, captivates and surprises is the consumer prepared to buy, change supplier or try something new. This is exactly what brand experience design aims to do.

  • 12.05.2020.

    What is the Internet of Medical Things?

    Healthcare is facing numerous challenges. As our population ages and the cost of care increases, the healthcare industry must find innovative ways to solve operational, clinical, and financial challenges.

    Technology allows these devices to generate, collect, analyse and transmit data, creating the Internet of Medical Things: a connected infrastructure of health systems and services.

  • 05.05.2020.

    Home alone? Boost Virtual Coffees!

    We all know it, Covid-19 killed human interactions. But there are two different contexts our ERNIans are living nowadays

  • 04.05.2020.

    Three Agilists Part 02

    In our second episode of the interviews with three Agile experts at ERNI, we deal with the transformation to agile itself. What does it bring along and are there any tips for doing it right? What pitfalls are there?

  • customer experience management29.04.2020.

    ERNI helps you in your efforts to make the most out of your customer interactions

    If your company is able to deliver a positive experience for your customers, it not only raises their willingness to buy but also their loyalty to your brand. To find out, if your company is able to do so, you can start by taking an unbiased look through your customer’s eyes. Would you be happy with the experience?

  • 27.04.2020.

    Typical at ERNI: Virtual Coffee Break

    At ERNI Germany we as a team want to stay connected throughout the Corona crisis.

  • agile podcast image27.04.2020.

    Scrum: What Scrum is and why should you choose it?

    There are plenty of project management methodologies, so what makes Scrum so special and how can we compare it to traditional project management frameworks?

  • 27.04.2020.

    Three Agilists Part 1

    Agile is functioning well, remotely just as good as in person which is especially important in the time of the Corona crisis now. Having expertise with working in distributed teams, our experts Christian Glück, Tanja Neuenschwander and Joffrey Zehnder answer some of the principal questions about the methodology in our series of 2 episodes.

  • 20.04.2020.

    Creative design thinking done remotely

    Design thinking, Lean and Agile are mainly based on in-person workshops, yet the reality of most teams is that they are global and thus not able to meet in person on an every-day basis.

  • 20.04.2020.

    Killed by Overreporting? How to recover trust.

    Are you killed by overreporting? Are you overloaded with meetings, reports?

  • design thinking remote workshop17.04.2020.

    Case study: Problem-solving with creativity – at a distance

    Due to the recent pandemic situation worldwide, we did our first fully remote design thinking and innovation workshop for a customer in Switzerland. The prospects are that this will ongoingly be a remote design thinking process also for the future.

  • 14.04.2020.

    Hospitals in the digital world

    Electronic records, faster and more precise diagnostics, new technologies helping people get better. There is no doubt that the future of hospitals is digital.

  • 07.04.2020.

    Remote Onboarding

    Welcoming a new employee in times of Corona and home office: Sandra Hohl started on 1 April 2020 as a Junior UX Engineer / Consultant and gives us an insight into how she experienced her remote onboarding process.

  • 02.04.2020.

    Digital Business Transformation: Are you ready for it?

    Working from home offices, ordering food from online shops, telemedicine via video – the global corona crisis has brought digital business models into the daily life of many people in record time. The current crisis shows us how important digital business models are these days.

  • Digitalisation in the Covid-19 crisis31.03.2020.

    The disruptive situation of today: What next?

    These days we are confronted with a crisis of unprecedented proportions. Within a very short period of time, many social norms have been turned upside down, and we have to cope with challenges in our everyday lives that we have hardly known before.

  • Work in distributed teams30.03.2020.

    How to work in distributed teams

    Simply asking your colleagues something across the desk is less of a hurdle than writing an email and then waiting a long time for an answer. But even if a team member is on the other side of the world, you can still work efficiently. Learn some basics on how to keep the distance short despite the actual distance.

  • digital business transformation25.03.2020.

    Digital Business Transformation: Holistic process

    “He who does not move with the times, will be removed over time.” What the German poet, philosopher and playwright Friedrich Schiller prophesied more than 200 years ago on the subject of progress is also true today for the digital transformation.

  • ERNI I Remote working18.03.2020.

    Distributed teams are taking over

    Within the current situation related to measurements in regard to the Covid-19, remote work is becoming a crucial part of business continuity. What are the factors influencing its effectiveness? As a partner with experience in working with geographically dispersed teams we know the key factors to focus on.

  • 16.03.2020.

    My first months at ERNI: Christian Bösiger, Remo Grossen and Stanley Lam

    Almost four months after their start at ERNI, the fresh colleagues summarise their impressions.

  • digital business transformation13.03.2020.

    Digital Business Transformation: Coming to stay

    Digital Business Transformation is an umbrella term that is made up of many individual elements – which can include, for example, the digitalization of internal processes, customer experiences or business models. This is what makes the topic so complicated.

  • homeless-domec-bratislava11.03.2020.

    Sharing office breakfast with the homeless ones

    At ERNI Slovakia, we have a nice habit of having Breakfast at the office bi-monthly.

  • 09.03.2020.

    ERNI Snow ‘nd Fun 2020

    ERNI «Snow ‘nd Fun» started at the beginning of 2000 under the name «Snow Xtreme» organised by a former colleague. Typically two to four hard guys attended this event on the first Friday of March in Engelberg. Nothing but powder snow they were looking for.

  • 09.03.2020.

    Machine Learning: How things learn to think

    Artificial intelligence is conquering the business world. But how do you actually teach devices to think for themselves? ERNI developer Marek Linka explains.

  • ERNI I EDD 1 202005.03.2020.

    First ERNI Development Day of 2020 in Switzerland

    The first ERNI Development Day of 2020 was the first EDD I was attending just as an attendee since I joined the organisation team about two and a half years ago.

  • chassis machine learning02.03.2020.

    Machine Learning: Intelligent recording of chassis numbers

    How artificial intelligence and machine learning can make everyday work in the automotive aftermarket easier.

  • ERNI I Rebie Estares27.02.2020.

    Techletter: Serving you with a slice architecture in a project template

    Building software has never been this painless before. We now have powerful tools at our disposal such as version controls, greatly improved IDEs, the cloud, and many more. As these instruments enable us to build complex applications, the intricateness of the software architecture in our applications also evolves along the way.

  • ERNI Adina Dragos24.02.2020.

    My first months at ERNI: Adina Dragos, ERNI Romania

    It’s been exactly 6 months since I joined ERNI and my journey so far has been amazing.

  • WomenHack 202021.02.2020.

    Women who hack the network in Zurich again

    It’s WomenHack at Facebook in Zurich. Again, our energetic ERNI Recruiting Team was participating at the beloved speed dating event.

  • Healthcare-challenges-software20.02.2020.

    Software development in Europe: Healthcare faces many challenges

    In the European healthcare industry, software solutions are needed that are specially tailored to the respective care landscape in each country and can be rolled out nationwide.

  • 18.02.2020.

    New ERNI collaboration with Babes Bolyai University in Cluj

    In ERNI Romania we started a long-term collaboration with Babes Bolyai, one of the main universities in Cluj Napoca, with over 3,500 graduates each year in Mathematics and Informatics.

  • Teodor Vesile ERNI17.02.2020.

    My first year at ERNI Series: Teodor Vasile

    Teodor Vasile joined ERNI at its site in Munich in 2019 working as a Professional Consultant in the area of MedTech. How did he spend his first year at the company? Read the following lines and find out yourself. We are happy to have you on board, Doru!

  • ERNI Blue Pen11.02.2020.

    Typical at ERNI: The Blue Pen

    What does the Blue Pen that has been in use at ERNI for years mean? Is there any philosophy behind it? Daniel Hartmeier as a long-year employee tells us.

  • 06.02.2020.

    Typical at ERNI: Lunch at 11 on our Bratislava site

    Further within our Typical at ERNI Series, our colleague Braňo Pavelka from ERNI Slovakia explains why people on this site are used to have lunch at 11.

  • What is AI allowed to do05.02.2020.

    What is artificial intelligence allowed to do – and what not?

    The fear that the machine will make people superfluous or even dominate them is old. With the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI), these and other fears are more relevant than ever. For this reason, ethics is increasingly being discussed in this context.

  • KMUs28.01.2020.

    Are small and medium sized companies digital dinosaurs?

    Compared to large companies, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are generally lagging behind in the digital transformation.

  • Concept Life Insurrance13.01.2020.

    Health insurance providers: The winners of digitization in the health care system?

    According to a study by management consultants Roland Berger, the market for digital products and services in the healthcare sector in Europe is progressing faster than previously assumed: By 2025, the European-wide market volume is expected to be around EUR 155 billion. According to the forecast, digital healthcare offerings will then account for around eight percent of total spending in the healthcare sector.

  • breakfast with diamonds08.01.2020.

    Typical at ERNI: Breakfast with Diamonds

    At ERNI Spain, we have introduced a nice habit 3 years ago, which is called the Breakfast with Diamonds.

  • ERNI I Fintech30.12.2019.

    Software development in Europe: Financial services industry relies on Open Banking

    New, flexible strategies and agile working methods are necessary to modernize the IT of the financial services industry in Europe. This also applies to software programming.

  • Mission-Vision-Values-erni23.12.2019.

    Values Series: Key to driving employee interest in a company

    Having a compelling mission, culture and values are critical for attracting and retaining top talent in a competitive job market.

  • 20.12.2019.

    Year-End Party 2019 in the Philippines

    After lots of challenges being encountered all throughout the year, ERNIans in the Philippines and Singapore celebrated its 2019 Year-end Party last December 06, 2019, which was held at Ace Hotel and Suites, a hotel near the EPH office.

  • 18.12.2019.

    Great things come in small packages

    It has become a lovely tradition already that the ERNI Slovakia employees participate in helping children in orphanages, crisis centers, children in foster families, or children in need every year before Christmas.

  • deveopers-software-in-europe-trends09.12.2019.

    Software development in Europe: There is a lack of programmers

    Margrethe Vestager has many plans. As Executive Vice President and Commissioner for Digital Policy of the new EU Commission, she is responsible for digitisation for a few weeks now. In order to score points in global competition with the US and China, for example, she wants to set binding targets for the introduction of digital citizen services, as there is still “considerable catching up to be done” in most countries. The same applies to infrastructure.

  • Bring morality to software25.11.2019.

    Algorithm ethics wants to integrate morality into the software

    Computer programs today are anything but error-free – and they can only ever make decisions as well and as ethically as the person who developed them.

  • karaoke at enri philippines21.11.2019.

    Typical at ERNI: Life is nicer with karaoke

    At ERNI Philippines – and generally, in the Philippines – we love karaoke. Life is smoother and happier with singing.

  • ERNI I Hack 'n Hike 201914.11.2019.

    Typical at ERNI Series: Hack ‘n Hike

    Today, we are starting a new series of articles dedicated to the typical things we have at ERNI. Let our colleagues tell you what is of habit in our company life.

  • 13.11.2019.

    Techletter: Accessing Azure virtual networks securely using P2S VPN in non-interactive environments

    With the industry-wide shift towards cloud computing, securing access to compute and data is becoming more important than ever. Unfortunately, strong security often limits ease of use. This is often felt within teams employing dev-ops practices like continuous integration and continuous deployment.

  • ERNI Development Days13.11.2019.

    The ERNI Development Day in Spain

    The EDD (ERNI Development Day) was the first ERNI event I attended after I joined the company 8 months ago, that’s why it is so special for me. I could get an impression about the authentic ERNI spirit here.

  • 11.11.2019.

    Social skills are key at ERNI – also in Asia

    In the sense of “old ways don’t open new doors”,  ERNI is putting emphasis on training and developing the communication skills of its employees.

  • 11.11.2019.

    IT Days 2019 this time also with ERNI

    Attention! This year you will find us for the first time at the IT Days 2019 on 9-12 December in Frankfurt am Main.

  • ERNI office New York05.11.2019.

    ERNI opens office in the USA

    Swiss Software Engineering goes West: ERNI now has its own office in the middle of New York’s Manhattan district.

  • Robots and ethics04.11.2019.

    Machine ethics seeks moral compass for robots & Co.

    How should a self-driving car decide when an accident is inevitable? Who is allowed to suffer damage and who is not? An exciting question that machine ethics is dealing with.

  • 30.10.2019.

    Digital skills needed

    At ERNI, we believe the digitalisation is important across industries. The healthcare is not exempt from this improvings. Listen to new ERNI Podcast and learn more.

  • 24.10.2019.

    Insider Tips: The land of cheese, chocolate and noble values

    In our Insider Tips Series, this time we chose to present one colleague who is Bernese – through and through.

  • software ethics24.10.2019.

    Digital ethics is an economic factor

    Soon, algorithms will decide in many areas, and not people. What role does ethics play in this?

  • 17.10.2019.

    Design Thinking – a quick overview

    Often, we hear the buzzword “Design Thinking” but what does it really mean and what’s behind it?

  • 16.10.2019.

    Insider Tips: All the wonderful things that the country of Dracula has to offer

    The next participant in  Insider tips series is our ERNI Germany colleague “Doru” Vasile Teodor

  • 16.10.2019.

    The Distributed Big Ball of Mud Meetup

    On October 15, ERNI once again sponsored a meetup for software architects in Zurich, this time on the topic “The Distributed Big Ball of Mud”.

  • 14.10.2019.

    Meet our Recruiting Team on job fairs in Switzerland

    After the exciting string of job fairs that our Recruiting team participated in during the first half of the year, we are going on now.

  • 11.10.2019.

    Insider Tips: The pearl on the Red Sea Coast – Eritrea

    Mulugheta Samuel (ERNI) – Agile Coach at ERNI Deutschland – came to Germany with the fall of the Berlin Wall end of 1989/beginning 1990.

  • 09.10.2019.

    The right partner for nearshoring and offshoring

    If you have experienced nearshoring or offshoring, you already know that the choice of the right partner is crucial.

  • 01.10.2019.

    Techletter: IoT bears huge potential to improve life quality for the ageing population

    The WHO (World Health Organization) published a comprehensive report on the trends, challenges and solutions for our ageing population. The report sheds light on many aspects we all globally will have to deal with at a point of time in our lives.

  • 30.09.2019.

    Insider Tips: The jewels of Croatia

    Tipura Ilija, Professional Consultant at ERNI Switzerland reveals some pieces of his background in this episode of our Diversity Series.

  • 26.09.2019.

    What innovation demands from leadership

    Capabilities Leaders Need to Have to Ensure the Survival of Companies

  • 25.09.2019.

    Challenges of the healthcare industry

    Which are the biggest challenges of the healthcare industry in 2019?

  • 19.09.2019.

    Plant trees. Save lives. ZOO Bratislava

    How to combine teambuilding, fun and nature care in one? (Part 2)

  • 17.09.2019.

    Insider Tips: The magic of India

    Maneka Fahrer is Managing Director of Bloom Identity which – as of 2018 – is part of the ERNI Ecosystem…

  • outsourcing16.09.2019.

    New outsourcing records, but the disruption is coming

    Outsourcing tasks, projects or services is not new. It is nothing more than a modern form of labour division. Companies concentrate on their core competencies and outsource other activities to appropriate specialists. For example, the entire IT operation, individual tasks such as security and telecommunications, certain business processes or software development.

  • 13.09.2019.

    Plant trees. Save lives.

    How to combine teambuilding, fun and nature care in one?

  • 12.09.2019.

    Health conferences 2019

    Which are the health events no one in the industry should miss in autumn 2019?

  • 10.09.2019.

    Insider Tips: What you did not know about Kiel in Germany

    Franziska Grohmann is our third candidate in our Diversity Series. She works as a Senior Consultant for ERNI Switzerland but originally comes from Northern Germany.

  • 06.09.2019.

    Digital hospitals

    The iconic doctor with a leather suitcase, illegible handwriting and conservative views is being substituted by the first internet generation: the handwriting is still illegible, but it does not matter, as the tech-savvy millennials typewrite everything.

  • 05.09.2019.

    Dynamic capabilities in uncertain environments

    We’re moving in a world that spins faster than it already does. New technologies are popping up that serve as enablers for the creation of new business models.

  • data ai03.09.2019.

    Numerous obstacles delay the AI boom

    Highly praised by some – feared by others. Scepticism and concerns about the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are not only expressed by many employees who worry about their jobs, but also companies see risks – especially when it comes to data security.

  • 28.08.2019.

    Insider Tips: The unusual combinations of Turkey

    Selim Akyol, Managing Director of the digital marketing agency NexMarket belonging to the ERNI Global has half Swiss and half Turkish roots.

  • smart manufactiring ai19.08.2019.

    A new era thanks to artificial intelligence

    Will artificial intelligence have the same impact as the steam engine had? Find here our brief overview of possible potentials and application examples for AI and data science.

  • 09.08.2019.

    ERNI Social Project scholars completes IT Education training

    ERNI scholars deeply express their gratitude to ERNI for opening up vast opportunities, and for igniting their interest in IT education. As the next step, the top three graduates will proceed with an internship at ERNI where they can further enhance their learnings and use their theoretical know-how to practical work.


  • plastic reserach meets production06.08.2019.

    Plastic fantastic: Smart manufacturing meets plastic research (A photostory)

    Allow us to introduce you to the future of manufacturing. The fourth wave of industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is already changing the world of manufacturing in many ways. Intelligent connection of all machines involved in the manufacturing process, automated data collection and analysis, autonomous decision making based on the current data from the environment – these are just some of the hot topics that manufacturers are talking about.

  • 01.08.2019.

    Insider Tips: The marvelous Netherlands through the lens of two Dutchmen

    In the first episode of our Diversity Series we do not get tips from one person only…

  • agile in ai23.07.2019.

    Applying Agile to Machine Learning

    Machine learning is research-intensive work with a more-than-usual amount of uncertainty that provides new challenges to an agile mindset. Furthermore, data scientists often have an academic background and have limited exposure working in a customer-focused engineering environment.

  • 08.07.2019.

    What makes a data scientist?

    On 20th June 2019, at the ERNI Development Day taking place in Bern, Switzerland, a new Service was introduced by the name AI & Data Science.

  • 02.07.2019.

    One day at ERNI Barcelona with Lara

    Have you ever wondered what a day at ERNI looks like? Watch the second video from our “One day at ERNI”.

  • Nase Mesto 2019 ERNI28.06.2019.

    A rendez-vous with Our City

    After a year now, on 8 June, nine colleagues from ERNI Slovakia again participated in the “Our City” initiative (Naše Mesto) making Slovakian capital city Bratislava a better place to live.

  • benefits of iot25.06.2019.

    Benefits of IoT

    The benefits of IoT are many, but something that is common for most of them is cost reduction. Whether it is through better quality of products, fewer work-related accidents, or better tracking of shipments – the implementation of IoT typically brings in significant cost savings for a company. In our experience with clients, we’ve identified the following benefits:

  • 10.06.2019.

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

    The Summer Outing/Team Building is an annual company event that every employee looks forward to.

  • 06.06.2019.

    Soňa Pochybová: If you have a vision, where you want to be, be sure to have a plan how to get there, and follow it.

    Read this interesting interview with our colleague Soňa which was included in series Women in IT.

  • 22.05.2019.

    IT Fooscup 2019 – connecting the IT world with foosball

    Already 5th year of IT Fooscup happened last week in Bratislava. This special event connects the world of IT with the favourite office activity – foosball.

  • Claudiu Logean blurred background21.05.2019.

    Techletter: A plea for Test Automation

    What kind of tests can be automated and why is test automation an essential part of the development process? With the Information Technology industry developing more and more and becoming one of the core industries in society, the need for having the best and most reliable product is irrefutable.

  • Intelligent Apps15.05.2019.

    Intelligent Apps: A new man’s best friend

    At ERNI, we strongly believe in the benefits of intelligent apps. Currently, we are developing the “Intelligent Meeting Room”, where members of the meeting are recognised by a camera. Listen to ERNI Podcast and learn more.

  • Java is still free13.05.2019.

    Java is still free

    Oracle. A company that holds the license to Java. Java. One of the most popular programming languages, according to Octoverse.
    Oracle Java. An implementation of the Java language which costs money. Are you using Oracle Java? Are you paying the Oracle license fee? Continue to read if you want to find out what other options there are for using Java, like not to pay.

  • 10.05.2019.

    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.

  • augmented couple03.05.2019.

    Even in Augmented Reality, your mindset will set the tone of innovation

    Augmented reality has been a part of “the real reality” for a while now. It is predicted that AR would reach its peak in 2019. Do you agree? Listen to ERNI Podcast and learn more.