Blog DataArt held the 5th Innovation Conference

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DataArt’s Innovation Conference took place at the end of May, 2015. It is an annual internal event aimed at monitoring and developing modern trends in the company.

Trends

This time the main focus was about positioning DataArt as a consulting company, and this is an important change for DataArt. A professional approach to building relationships with clients during all stages of interaction (from sales to final product deliveries) is the cornerstone of the company’s success on the market. We have started a massive internal education program for consultants and account managers.

The other main topic was about developing the ways we approach clients. One of the programs is called “Managed Services”. Before starting this service, we conducted market research over several months into customer needs. Then we created “Managed Services” – a support service for custom-developed software, which includes ensuring the smooth operation of applications, adding functionality, and eliminating any emerging problems.

We did not stay on the sidelines and highlighted our expertise in applying such the new Solution Design service. Solution Design is intended to replace short discovery phases and requirements gathering with the work on the solution for the new product. We believe that this approach will help our company to outgrow its status as an “outsourcing” company to become a partner-consultant company and take projects from their initial concept to release on a turnkey basis.

R&D

And of course several reports were from our R&D development centers: Computer Vision, DeviceHive and Wearables. One of the presentations was from the Design Studio and focused on wearable expertise. In particular, they demonstrated several solutions for Android Wear and Apple Watch, such as an application dedicated to simplify the administration of medicine and a Football Clubs Recognizer, an application from the Computer Vision Competence Center.

The latest news about embedded expertise traditionally gives additional weight to the conference, and this year was no different. We dedicated three speeches to our product called DeviceHive 2.0

Artem Astafurov, one of the DeviceHive creators and an IoT-evangelist, evaluated the current market profile for this rapidly evolving technology. Every industrial area has a need for the IoT. Artem traditionally invites colleagues to participate in the development of IoT-related products, arguing there is a growing demand, backed up by real numbers. This was further confirmed by the next two reports.

The first one was about porting DeviceHive to the Lambda architecture. The point is to use Apache Kafka, Cassandra, and Juju in splitting the time series processing, metadata, and deployment to different clouds.

The second one was dedicated to developing the DeviceHive system with Ubuntu.

Gleb Nitsman told us about the technology that separates consumed energy by the type of consumers. It’s used in “smart homes”, energy-economy systems, and with alternative energy. And Igor Litvinenko shared the last year’s achievements from the Computer Vision center’s expertise.

And we didn’t forget to mention our marketing website called DataArt Orange which is designed to promote our R&D expertise within the industry. Not by chance was the Conference logo chosen to be the logo from our DataArt Orange site.


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