An Austrian Thanksgiving
While, on 24 November, America ate its way to turkey-induced torpor, Martin Sirlinger extolled the virtues of staying nimble: “Vienna, all of Austria in fact, is a great place for rapid digital innovation,” said Sirlinger, “already you can see a vanguard of agile companies, small and large, rolling out truly innovative digital transformation programs. It is our job to let the rest of the world know about the great things happening here.” … Continue reading
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Sclable’s New Berlin Offices open more possibilities
Like Vienna, Berlin is one of the best cities in the world for innovation. (The Melbourne innovation agency 2thinknow ranks them #3 and #14 globally.) Young, growing start-ups gravitate to Berlin for the following reasons. … Continue reading
We’ve been attending the Web Summit 2014 in Dublin as part of the Alpha program last week, so it is time to draw up a summary. While there are plenty of “Good and Bad”, “Best of” and “Top 10” Summit wrap-ups out there, we’ll focus on intriguing stuff – from a business application development point of view. Read on for some gems we found.
About 2000 startups were presenting. More than 22.000 people were visiting the Summit. While the vast majority of startups could be found mainly at the e-commerce, travel, gaming and entertainment sections, the most impressive innovations were scattered across all industries. And – history proves it real innovation isn’t always in the midst of “the next big thing”.
Needles in a Haystack
In the hunt for those wow!-experiences we were casting our eyes on ideas, products and services that are related to some aspects of our work. Finding ourselves placed in the builders summit, we had a very close look there of course.
Austria had quite a presence as one of the european startup hotspots to watch. Amongst the other “builders” the austrian NoSql solution Crate.io impressed us with its abilities to handle big data. It is by far the most advanced “elastic data store” you could probably use today, no wonder they won the TechCrunch Disrupt Award just a few days before the Summit.
Coding in the Cloud
When it comes to realtime collaborative social coding, cloud9 has the solution. They combine a powerful online code editor with a full Ubuntu workspace in the cloud. Due to their presence on the Web Summit – or not – they just raised their series b funding these days, so congratz c9!
Wherever you do the programming, soon enough you’ll reach the point for a code review. This is where codacy might come in. It allows for continuous static analysis of your code repositories with collaboration and goals. And the GUI looks just awesome. Towards the database backend, Database Mapper can help you find bottlenecks by analysing and interactively visualizing structure and usage of a relational DB. In fact, you can throw any DB log file at the tool and get amazing insights.
AI enhanced Development
What about innovations when it comes to handle complex IT projects? We ran into jinni, which aims to reduce complexity for the developer and increase the flexibility of a system to be developed. Jinni does so by artificial intelligence planning based on a domain model. I really like the proposition of a paradigm shift from procedural workflow programming towards a declarative goal specification. Doing it with AI sounds amazing.
As for business applications needed out there in the field, basestone, a tablet and web-based collaboration tool for professionals in the construction industry, is worth a mention. The company won the Pitch Alpha Award sponsored by Coca Cola. While basestone is about collaboration, their competitor, the viennese startup Tablet Solutions offers a whole range of specialized native applications. Since future business applications will be cloud- and browser-based and HTML5 storage isn’t ready for business applications yet, I think there is an urgent need for offline mobility.
Amongst the tiniest tech innovations we found Spritz. According to themselves, Spritz is the best way to engage with content in the digital age. Spritz according to the makers delivers a focused reading experience and helps readers get their content faster, with less effort and across any device or screen size. Just enter spritzinc.com to get the experience!
And Little Masters
Last but not least we need to mention CoderDojo. You’re looking for the Masters of the web Universe? You’ll find them there. At the age of 10.
The need for an accelerated time-to-market for business applications forces IT development teams to become agile. But being agile is not enough.
Current european Agile conferences show quite clearly what the agile community has to offer 2014/15: Old but well conceived methods and numerous new tools to help implementing those methods. Our interest focus was to find out what agile development means for large projects in the field of business application development, where 38% fail completely, 52% of them are challenged and only 10% are successful .
The current state of Agile
While developing agile is a must for IT people today, managers are still learning what “agile” means. Agile consultants are eager to close this gap, while IT people, already utilizing digital kanban boards alongside with velocity and performance reports, focus on a different one: How can we deliver our products agile as well?
Time for a tech change: The web is your lab
While it is common for website or mobile app development teams to release every other week, business application developers usually only can dream of such a time to market. One of the reasons for this is that they stick to their technology. If you ask software project leaders working on their products – often resembling company know-how as well as technology of several decades – why they don’t make it a web application, the answer is most likely, “Because that would mean to lose twenty years of development!”.
Time for a roll-out change: Lean thinking and complexity
Leaving the solution stack unchanged is just one part of the problem. Another velocity slowdown is the complex nature of business applications. Even if the actual change to the application itself doesn’t involve great efforts, there is still a long and winding road to go with test-iterations and staged roll-outs until a new version is out. Lean thinking needs to extend to those areas as well.
Time for a culture change: Agile is not about speed
Agile is about being successful at all. And Agile is about a cultural change that helps you to get rid of unnecessary red tape. A successful transition to a lean & agile development will definitely help to deliver with a greater success.
Conclusion of 2014’s Agile conferences: Lessons learned
Agile is first and foremost about change. Becoming agile will accelerate your time to market if you have agile development supported by:
- technology that allows for the implementation of changes fast
- release cycles at the same pace of your development sprints
- and a value driven company culture
If you manage to align those three transitions towards Agile the chance to succeed and accelerate your time to market is high.
In our blog we will share the knowledge we collect through research, experience and inspiration with our community. Additionally we will give insights to what we develop. Before we got started we were thinking about the right format to present our content.
We decided to run a blog – why?
We have an elaborate homepage and we are represented on social network sites. But while our homepage informs merely about our product, and our tweets or Facebook posts transport short-dated and very dynamic content, our blog shows long-term content with a wider range of topics and takes a closer look at things. What we publish on our blog demands classic reading and you will need to take some time for that.
In a nutshell: We run a blog, because we need more than a couple of seconds of your attention.
In order to stay on top we need to go to the bottom of things.
We are convinced that our radical approach towards technology forces us to dive deeper into the knowledge that is connected with what we do. This makes us continue to think outside the box and stay open for new approaches and ideas. We believe that sharing the content we reflect about with our community can be an inspiration for any reader.
What can you expect?
Basically our knowledge is divided into two groups:
– Ourselves – through research and experiences that we make developing our product
– Others – who inspire us and we can learn from
We formed three categories to present these two kinds of knowledge:
Sclabel Revolution – This is where you can take a look behind the scene. Get insights from our Sclable experts, see how we develop our product. Read about the Sclable experience of our customers. You think that what we announce on our homepage sounds too ambitious? Here is prove that we can actually walk the talk.
TechTalk – Agility, Domain Driven Design with PHP and Business Application Development. Read articles of authors with profound expertise in these and other upcoming topics. Sclable experts and friends take a closer look and go into detail in topics of their field of expertise.
What you always wanted to know – Learn more about fresh topics everybody talks about. Get instructions of what actually works. Or find out what it takes to fail for sure.
Be a part!
One of our core values is transparency, because we deeply believe in promoting openness and sharing our findings with others. Not only are we open about making information and knowledge available, we are also open about receiving it – in the form of feedback, through participation of guest bloggers etc.
We are inviting guest bloggers to write with us, if you are interested, contact us!