Product development of a cloud security platform

Our team has finally started the product development phase of an open source cloud security platform project. This is how our German Client summarized the initial stage of cooperation with us: “So far I am very happy and satisfied with our team in JCommerce, all the team members are very promising and I am sure they would deliver what we want and help us to build a good product. I am sure this will lead to a long and successful joint venture between us and JCommerce.”

The product development lifecycle is estimated for 1.5 year. The project is carried out using a Scrum process (the team is composed of the Product Owner, Scrum master and Scrum team). The Scrum team consists of: Java- and JavaScript developers (Senior & Junior), QA engineers and a documentation specialist.

The Product owner decided that the development team should provide a working and usable feature by the end of every Sprint. Deliverables of each Sprint would be negotiated and agreed by the product owner and the team at the beginning of every Sprint.

We Are a Team

This time my choice fell on Brussels, which we currently associate not only with the European Union, but also recognize as an important business point on a map. We base the cooperation with our Belgian Clients on availability of resources and fulfilling technical requirements as well as creating well-functioning teams, which become a part of the Client’s crew. We achieve this not only by taking care of continuous communication improvement, but also by increasing amount of integration, which originates in a mutual realization of interests and posing oneself new challenges.

This year Brussels Marathon was an opportunity to meet and discuss the current cooperation, projects being carried out and our future plans. This time it was a double challenge. I was supported and cheered by two of our Clients – totally different from one another in a view of technology (.NET and JAVA), company’s size and the way they manage their projects. With a great dose of curiosity they awaited my appearance and, what was the most motivating, they were planning to follow and watch me on the route. Having known their expectations regarding the quality of our services and projects, I had no choice but to approach the subject the best I could and my preparation allowed me to (here always lies the great unknown :D), and just confirm our high class. The beautiful, sunny weather and tactically well-played run let me reach my personal record and good looks for photos during and after the run.

Furthermore, I think that each member of JCommerce teams has done a great job this year, and every day, without exception, we try to implement the idea of Team Extension in our projects for Customers from abroad, which has a single aim – WE ARE A TEAM.

A lot of thanks also for my photographer and Technical Director – Jarek for his support and help before, during and after the run!

 

JCommerce became a sponsor of QlikView Business Discovery World Tour – Warsaw 2012

On Wednesday, November 21st 2012, QlikTech is organizing conference QlikView Business Discovery World Tour which is a part of a global lectures series. JCommerce is one of the few IT companies in Poland which is honored to become a sponsor of that event.

QlikView Business Discovery World Tour will take place at Zamoyski Palace in the “Endorfina” Restaurant. The conference will focus QlikView Customers, Business Partners and Business Intelligence enthusiasts, who can share their insights about Big Data, Social BI and many other topics. The conference also gives them a chance to gather thoughts and ideas regarding Business Discovery – a radically new approach to BI. Topics discussed at the conference will aid participants in learning how the Business Discovery can help:

  • Have access to all data — Combine, compare, and contrast information from all your sources in a single application,
  • Gain important information— Empower users in every corner of your organization with unprecedented analytic capabilities,
  • Go mobile —deliver solutions to develop application for iPhone, iPad, or Android,
  • Build internal relationship— Share data and analysis and create user communities for interactive decision making inside your company.

 

If you are interested in new solutions connected with Business Intelligence and QlikView, you can become a part of the Business Discovery World Tour – Poland 2012. Let’s start collaboration on making this event a big success!

 

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JCommerce as a partner at Business Analytics Forum 2012

Nowadays, we can say that only uncertainty is certain. Opportunities and threats appear without warning, and we have to react and to them quickly. However, can we change our attitude and recognize trends “here and now” instead of reacting to actions? Is it possible to transform data into useful insights, which are the basis for making decisions related to planning, forecasting and risk management?

As an annual partner of Business Analytics Forum 2012 event, we want to invite you to take part in a conference connected with business analysis in the diagnosis and prediction of trends. Business leaders will share their insights about the use of unified solutions, whose aim is to deliver important information to right people in the organization. We will also have time to present you in-depth demonstrations of the latest IBM Cognos.

The conference will take place at the InterContinental Hotel located on Emilia Plater Street 49 in Warsaw, 7th of November 2012.

JCommerce, as a partner, invites people to take part in the conference. Admission is free, although, in advance please fill in the form available on the link and tick the JCommerce as the inviting company.

IT Business is Like a Champions League Tournamen

What does the above paragraph have to do with IT business?

Let me try to prove my hypothesis- Doing IT business is like participating a Champions League tournament… by providing a thesis in the example below:

Since the beginning of this year (January 2012) we have been focusing to prepare ourselves for participating in the biggest Mobile Conference in Europe called Apps World 2012.
As an IT Company we deciding to join the most influential event in Europe related to mobile industry, where top market leaders from all over the world included: developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals are meeting in one place, once per year: at Earls Court 2 in London!

I personally believe that there are a lot of common factors when a football club is preparing for the Champions League tournament and IT Company is preparing for attending the most crucial event in the IT industry.

If you ever watch a football team interview before the Champions League game, you can always hear the following words showing up in the statements:
Prestige, confrontation, positioning, knowledge & experience exchange, bitter defeat, mobilization, strategy, challenges, harnessing our own stereotypes, fight, and many more…

 

It means that we, people are not so far away from each other, no matter what the industry, social status or any other differentiating factor is.
While attending the Apps World 2012, we felt that we are there rather small (with services offering, scale of product influence), when comparing with brands like: Google, Apple, Facebook, Samsung, etc. but on other hand, we had chance to make live interaction with them, try to see what their good and weak sides are, how they are preparing their business model and long term strategy. But even if you stand in front of your competitor acting as Dawid meeting Goliath, and your chances to win anything seem very low, there is a glimmer of hope. Because all the pressure is put on your “enemy” you do not feel any prejudice and paradoxically you can win even more than you might have expected before.

We spent some very busy time during those 2 days of exhibiting at Earls Court 2 in London (See some selected pictures below). We met a lot of interesting people (hundreds of business cards exchanged), had some nice brainstorm discussions with business owners and also shared our knowledge and industry approach with workshop attenders on panel discussion: “In-House app building versus working with vendors, and pre-packaged solutions”. We gained a lot of fresh inspiration how to handle security (in the development process) and how to monetize the mobile applications. We also had a chance to review and focus on our core mobile and web based solutions. We were being asked about dedicated solutions, resources availability and technology focus.

We were surprised when, at the first day of exhibition, we saw two project leaders from our current Belgian Client (this year we developed together top sports applications such as: Tour de France, Olympic Games or Gouden11).
They decided to attend Apps World event to get an industry update and meet us there as a partner to share their experience with prospects visiting our stand (#65) and explain to them the near-shore cooperation model (focusing on team extension mode).

The idea of entitling my blog post: “Doing IT business is like participating a Champions League tournament…” has its beginnings in watching a Champions League game: Arsenal London – Olympiakos Pireus (on the Emirates Stadium in London). We have been invited by our Belgian Client to go out for a match on Wednesday evening (just after the 2nd day of exhibition), 3th of October and integrate with each other watching an incredible football performance LIVE!
Doing IT business is really similar to the Champions League tournament. If you focus on the top things, you head to get the top Clients, top projects and top IT knowledge. But it also goes in the same direction with the local league. If your ambition and carrie  goal is to win only the local league, you will become what you deserve, like in the Ben Howard’s song “The Fear”.

And the last important conclusion:
If you would like to join the Champions League tournament and win the main award later on, please remember that your whole team needs to put their hearts in the desire to fight for IT; doing IT alone will be useless…