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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 8-9 April in the premises of our Zurich office, our 18 ERNI colleagues went through a Leading SAFe course. This prepared the participants for the SAFe Agilist certification that they are entitled to take afterwards.
Unit economics, a term from business meaning the fundamental minimum piece of your business that you can measure to understand where your revenue comes from, helps companies stay in control of their return of investments (ROIs).
This article can help you set up fully automated deployment of Azure DevOps build agents. It explains step-by-step instructions on how to set up automated deployment of self-hosted agents using Azure DevOps Pipelines.
As a habit already around mid of March, also this year the ERNI Performance Days (EPD) took place near the Bratislava site – this time in a recreational area of the city of Senec. Between 14 – 16 March the crew spent two days fully packed with workshop sessions developing technical as well as soft skills, networking and some sports and leisure activities.
At ERNI Slovakia, we have an established group of 3D enthusiasts. This week their new 3D printer arrived – bringing their passion to a new level. The machine came in parts so the printer had to be assembled. Michal Molčány and Miloš Karas tell us more about it.
Nowadays there is a great deal of hype around Data science. But what exactly is it? Let me take a stab at a basic definition. And also explain why Python is the programming language to go for in this field and why Dask comes into play.
Software developers are facing a lot of trade-offs every day. This list is not meant to be complete. It is just a selection of interesting trade-offs we expect to pop-up during this year.
Also, there is no simple answer to the trade-offs we discuss here. The correct answer is, as always, “it depends”.
The management consultancy McKinsey not only dedicated a study to this topic in 2018, but also developed the McKinsey Design Index (MDI) from it. This should quantify the business value of an appealing design.
I remember one time I was working with a mobile project and it was already deployed to the client. It work out well from planning, development, testing to deployment but after a while the client was clamoring that the app is getting slower and slower when it was continuously being used up to the point where it will just crash suddenly. Well it is a given fact maybe not all but I’m guilty of it that we really love our code, so in that sense I was pointing the blame on maybe the device or something unusual that the client was doing with the Application. To make the long story short I’ve learned that Profilers are programmer’s best friend.
The research company “App Annie” has revealed that worldwide app downloads have increased by 60 percent between 2015 and 2017 to a total of more than 175 billion annually – statistically this means almost two downloaded apps per inhabitant per month. No wonder, since the number of apps available on Google Play and the iOS App Store has now grown to more than six million.
Since 2010, Hans Hess has been President of Swissmem, Switzerland’s largest industrial association, and Vice-President of economiesuisse, the Swiss Business Federation. For our .experience magazine, he contributed with his guest article on industry 4.0.
Apple founder Steve Jobs once said: “We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.” Jobs was known for placing a high value on the design of his products. But he wasn’t the first.
PEDCO and ERNI will work together in fostering the growing numbers of Applied SAFe® customers; where PEDCO delivers its own product Applied SAFe® and ERNI with its 25 years of experience in Swiss Software Engineering delivers consulting, technology, delivery, and agile coaching in order to bring the Scaled Agile Framework to live at Applied SAFe® customers.
As a more than 4-year-long SAFe® practitioner and trainer, I see that SAFe offers a lot of chances for our customers. Generally, in the long run, enterprises want and need to change the way they are working, but often do not know where to start.
Nearshoring as a way to focus on the core business and let a nearby location take care of your software development is around for some decade. However, the competition among nearshore locations in Europe has intensified and it is not an easy decision to pick the right one for your needs.
Last month our ERNI team in the Philippines experienced a memorable event. We all got united for one purpose and that is to extend our generosity and love. This year, instead of having the usual exchange gifts we came up with an idea to raise funds and give donations to our chosen charity. This program was called “Exchange your gifts to those in Need”.
In a nutshell, a physical object is created from a virtual design, i.e. the digital design is converted into a physical three-dimensional object by adding material layer by layer until the object is formed.
Apps have become the most important channel for customer interaction for almost all industries and countless companies within just a few years. This is particularly true for so-called Mobile-First markets, where mobile devices are the No. 1 platform and many of their users have completely skipped the generation of desktop devices at the desk.
After a successful Hack and Hike event in Switzerland, another one took place in Slovakia this weekend. Twenty employees joined this event in order to spend some free time with their co-workers, enjoy the fresh mountain air and organise a few hack sessions.
Attending conferences is a door opener in every business area. In Madrid, The Swiss Business Hub Spain as representative of the Swiss trade and investment promotion agency Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) and part of the Embassy of Switzerland in Spain organized the Swiss fintech conference and B2B event FINTECH SWITZERLAND.
Since the beginning of 2018, starting with our market entry to the U.S., a group of three ERNI experts has been performing work for our medical technology customer in the States. What is it like to be working in the U.S.A. and how are our colleagues doing overseas? We talked to one of them – Nuria Lluch, our Barcelona Lab Manager about the experiences.
At the end of every summer, the developers meet and spend a weekend together surrounded by nature. This activity, called Hack & Hike, brings an opportunity to escape from daily routine, clear the minds by hiking and come up with new ideas during the hack sessions.
Previously, we already talked about the healthy lifestyle pages of our colleagues from ERNI Philippines and the engagement of our Slovak colleagues for the Capital city of Bratislava. Today, Stefan from ERNI Switzerland tells about his support of a non-governmental organisation in Madagascar.
Andreas Gisler becomes CEO of the ERNI Group with immediate effect. He also remains Delegate of the Board of Directors of ERNI Global and thus responsible for the operational management of the company with the three divisions ERNI, SEI and People Business.
“It’s easy to create and run a new cloud-native application, but migrating an existing Java Web application to the cloud might be quite complex: most applications have to be changed in a way that makes them incompatible with the old environment and thus additional risks arise. In this article, we’re sharing our experience with the migration of large Web applications, including some advice and best practices.”
The previous two articles in this series introduced the Azure Machine Learning Workbench and walked us through the process of wrapping our ML model in a self-contained Docker image. Now is the time to take this image and deploy it into a production-grade environment.
In change initiatives one key success factor is to create a shared view on what the future will look like. Visualising of the envisioned target state is a powerful method for guiding the change team on their way through the change.
The first part of this series of articles introduced the Azure Machine Learning Workbench and showed us how to setup the resources required to operationalize our machine learning models.
In this article, we will see how to get our model into Azure and run it locally for testing purposes. Let’s get to it!
Machine learning and AI are everywhere. More and more people are discovering the advantages that learning algorithms can provide – decreasing costs, improving efficiency, eliminating menial tasks, etc. Knowing at least a little bit about how these algorithms work is quickly becoming a necessity. Read it now.
Many of our customers’ data projects are subsets of larger Internet of Things initiatives. Although the IoT produces data, the scope of the IoT projects is usually more extensive and covers a broader pool of activities. This illustration describes/shows the ERNI collaboration model for IoT projects.
A cyclist full of energy, a passionate painter, a handball player jumping in the air with a clear goal to score: Anyone who is currently looking at the external presentation of ERNI can see a clear move.
We are all working together at ERNI, but not all of us can see each other daily. Some of us have the opportunity to work closer with other teams and know each other better – long distance is not a limiting factor anymore.
Continuous Integration / Delivery is bread and butter of every agile development team nowadays. Visual Studio Team Services or Team Foundation Server is one of many tools providing this feature. Although I will use VSTS/TFS in this article same process can be used with any other CI/CD tool.
Innovation can be hard to implement if there is no common understanding about it between the organisation’s stakeholders (colleagues, partners and leadership). For a project manager, stakeholder management is not only important but it can also often make or break the project.
DevOps is an important facet of mobile app development that is now a requirement for a successful app life cycle. When building and delivering mobile apps nowadays, one has to consider setting up a lot of different things.
An integral part of consultancy and software development in a VUCA world – meaning volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguine – is focusing on making feedback loops shorter and more efficient. The agile mindset is spreading within organisations – from agile software development to business or corporate. Here are the 5 major methodology trends we see for 2018.