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Ness Košice announced further growth

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The leaders of Ness Digital Engineering corporation including its President of the Board of Directors Thomas Kucera and CEO Paul Lombardo visited Kosice in the last week of June. During the All hands meeting, Paul Lombardo presented the plan of further growth of Kosice Development Center, which currently employs more than 550 IT specialists making Ness Košice the largest software engineering employer in the region.

Ness Košice develops top class solutions for 10 foreign customers from the areas such as the Internet of Things, entertainment and sports media, fintech (anti money laundering), big data, telematics, digital maps, and smart transportation. Ness Digital Engineering is owned by The Rohatyn Group (US-based investment group) and its representative, Mr. Thomas Kucera, visited Košice for the first time in 14 years.

Thomas Kucera, President of Board of Directors, Ness Digital Engineering: „With its leading digital capabilities, Ness is well positioned to continue to capitalize on the rapidly growing digital transformation market. Since its founding, Ness’ Kosice delivery center has been a key driver of growth and innovation for the company. We are excited to continue to invest in and expand in Kosice to meet growing demand.“

Paul Lombardo, CEO Ness Digital Engineering: “I’ve been working closely with the Kosice center since 2009 and it has been fantastic to see the center and its key people grow and evolve over the years. As challenges and opportunities have presented themselves, the team in Kosice has never failed to step up and respond successfully. Today, Kosice is one of our largest, most technically advanced and innovative centers and I’m very proud of the team here. Still, the journey continues and our best days and most significant achievements lie ahead.”

Marek Uhrín, Managing Director Vice President, Ness Košice: „Such an important visit and guests stressed the ambitions of further growth. Ness Digital Engineering is getting more powerful and enlarges its scope thanks to strategic acquisitions. Hand in hand with the growth plan, we keep working hard on scaling up our employees’ benefits portfolio.”

The new structure of employees‘ benefits has been presented to the Nessians in Košice already at the end of May and it reflects the new Slovak legislation, which requires 50+ employers to donate its employees with travel bonuses. The majority of other employers decided to decrease employee benefits to cover the new requirement. Ness Košice maintains the level of benefits and added them with an annual bonus, which, altogether, means an increase in net income of employees.

Marek Uhrín: „The employees’ satisfaction is a primary thing for us. We have accepted those changes in legislation as a huge challenge and after months of hard work we came up with a new approach. Most of Nessians rewarded it with applause during the presentation, which is a clear proof of a good job done. We will keep going and I believe we will soon welcome more and more new colleagues in Ness.

Intensive recruitment of additional 20 software engineers for a new top class project will start already in Summertime being supported by an internal referral program with an attractive cash reward.

For more information about Ness and more than 50 open jobs, please, visit the company website www.nesskdc.com/en

The 4th edition of Ness City Triathlon has been successful

The last Saturday of June was devoted to the popular race in the heart of Košice. More than 420 sportsmen met in the City park heading for 750m of swimming, 20km of biking and 5km of running.

The atmosphere was great all day and people could enjoy various contests and attractions. Solar Turbines, the biggest Ness customer and the Main partner of the event presented a hot Californian beach including Baywatch guards. People could also try a virtual reality console at Masternaut (another partner of the event) chillout zone.

The strong Elite category was conquered by Hungarian sportsman András Király, the woman category was seized by Romana Gajdošová.

Ness team consisted of more than 50 sportsmen. The winner of man category is Vladimír Gajdoš, the best woman was Katarína Novotná and the most speedy relay team was represented by Robin Kim, Miro Mohyla and Richard Dreisig.

Stanislav Mucha, PR & Marketing Director, Ness Košice: „We’re so glad that the 4th edition of NCT finished so well. Nice weather, friendly atmosphere, unique venue, and professional organization – all of these contributed to the success.  NCT has become one of the most popular events in Košice just within four years. We are thankful to our customers Solar Turbines and Masternaut for their support of this event in the role of partners. I also thank the organizer Progress Promotion and to our internal team, which helped to take care of all Ness fan zones.”

TV report at RTVS (14 min., 40 sec.) nájdete na stránke >>

Foto: Miro Kaľavský

Two-week internship for 16 students from the Secondary School of Electrical Engineering at Ness Košice

Late in May, Ness welcomed 16 students from the Secondary School of Electrical Engineering in Košice. Their two-week internship was the largest of its kind at Ness so far. The students were tasked with developing websites while working in Agile environment, under the supervision of our colleagues from the DAZN and Perform projects. Our company’s long-term commitment to secondary education has been reinforced by the positive feedback we have received.

Gabriel Vodička, Development Manager at Ness KDC: “Our aim was to create a program that the 2nd and 3rd-year students would find challenging. Their task was to create fully functional marketing websites with content that reflected the day-to-day life and work at one of the Ness client projects. To motivate the students, we divided them into two competing teams. The 14-day internship started with regular job interviews, which helped us to assess each student’s abilities and form two well-balanced teams of eight. Each team was supposed to deliver a website for a specific Ness client. The client we chose for this project has recently undergone a major reorganization, as a result of which the 100 employees working in one of our labs have been split into two projects. Right from the start, the students were encouraged to adopt the Agile mindset by simulating Scrum methodology as closely as possible. Whether it was the actual forming of a new team, the presentation of the finished product for the stakeholders or interviews with actual Ness customers conducted in English, they were able to test their skills in a variety of situations, under the supervision of experienced professionals, who became their Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Tech Leads. During such a short period of time, the students were not only able to deliver the products but also to benefit from lectures and workshops on such topics as Git or LEGO Scrum. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive and, should the opportunity for a similar internship come up in the future, they would definitely take it. The students’ enthusiasm was shared by their class teacher.”

Michal Copko, class teacher, Secondary School of Electrical Engineering: “I would like to thank all the people who worked with our students during their internship at Ness. Even though I’m not sure that such young kids can fully appreciate all the fantastic work you’ve done on this project, I certainly can have spent 13 years in the education system. During their final presentations, I felt as though our students were outnumbered by the employees who worked with them and supported them. I’m well aware of how busy you all are and that makes me all the more grateful for your commitment to this project. You’ve inspired these boys to be responsible, competitive, hard-working and genuinely interested in IT. And that matters even more than knowing how to write code. My special thanks go to Gabi Vodička who organized the entire project and managed all of its aspects, including space, fantastic supervisors, tasks which made the project a serious challenge for our students and the final presentation attended by top managers of the company. I’m sure that such a great team of people is able to deliver high-quality products to clients and I wish the entire Ness community in Košice the best of luck and more people like these. (As a teacher, I wish that more companies and Slovakia were as enthusiastic and active in helping our kids grow).”

Diana Tóthová, Project Management Executive at Ness KDC, led the already mentioned LEGO Scrum workshop: “The students were given about two hours to build a ZOO, not a real one, but a LEGO version and in doing so, they were supposed to follow the Scrum methodology. They managed to succeed by following these steps:

  • Identify what needs to be built in order for the ZOO to function properly (create a backlog)
  • Plan the construction, assess your skills and estimate how much can be accomplished in 10 minutes (planning)
  • Build the ZOO (implementation)
  • Present the finished product to the customer (demo)
  • Review the team’s performance throughout the build (retrospective)

We repeated these steps, which cover the entire sprint, three times. As more and more ZOO components were built, we had less material. This had to be taken into consideration when planning the sprint. On the other hand, the students were getting better at understanding the Product Owner’s vision.”

The feedback given by the students speaks for itself.

Samuel Trembecki: “It may sound a bit weird, but I liked everything about this internship. The presentations we had were neither long nor short, but we learned a lot from them. It was very interesting to see people’s day-to-day work (including meetings, team buildings, etc.). The only thing that I wasn’t sure about was the open space office, but one gets used to that. All the people we met were very friendly and the internship as a whole taught me things I wouldn’t have learned at school. I’d love to come to Ness again next year but, unfortunately, there will be no more internships for me.”

Tibor Krátky: “Before the start of this internship, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be any good and whether we were going to learn anything useful at all. But all those questions were answered on the very first day. The two weeks we spent at Ness were much more than an ordinary internship. It was an experience I’ll never forget. The employees at the company were very friendly and our supervisors took their roles very seriously and created a real-life working environment for us too. I was really impressed with how this project was organized. Our lectures as well as games were very useful and taught us a lot about what working for an IT company is like. If I had a chance to do it again I would take it immediately. I’m very grateful for this opportunity because I’m sure that no other company would have taught me so much about IT in just two weeks.”

Jaroslav Zambo: “In my opinion, this two-week internship was a great experience both professionally and personally. I was especially impressed with the Ness employees, who were professional but also very friendly. Working with them has taught me a lot and it gave me the opportunity to meet interesting people. I’d be happy to come back for another internship because the two weeks I spent here were amazing – the space we worked in, the interactions we had with the employees, the lectures and games that taught us a lot about IT. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. Right from the start of the internship, I knew that I’d made the right choice.”

Dalibor Bohačík: “The two weeks we spent at Ness were a really nice surprise. I was impressed from the start, especially by the employees, who treated us as their colleagues and we could see what their work was really like (lunches and team buildings provided opportunities to talk to real IT guys and see that they weren’t just weird people who spent their lives staring at computer screens). I’m definitely going to try and use everything I’ve learned to be able to work at this company one day, just like my brother Gabriel, who invested a lot of his time into organizing this project for us.”

Nessians at project Masternaut participated at internal Hackathon

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Masternaut is a European leader in the area of telematics, which has been recently taken on over by Michelin in the acquisition. The rapidly growing area of telematics requires continuous innovation process providing Masternaut with competitive products and solutions. Internal Hackathon was held already for the 4th time and, according to feedback, its results have been promising.

Colin Adams, Director Platform Development, Masternaut: „Since March 2016 Masternaut has organized and run an internal Hackathon event for all in R&D and Data Science. The goal of the event is to generate innovation and develop new ideas whilst also providing an opportunity for the teams to be creative and have some fun.  This is now our 4th Hackathon event and we have over 50 people participating in 15 separate projects in 3 countries. The projects are entirely chosen by the teams and range from development tool improvements right through to tracking racing car simulators!”

It’s a 3-day event with all of the teams demonstrating what their hack project on the last afternoon. To provide a bit of competition between teams there is a cash prize for the best team (chosen by the participants themselves).“

Rudolf Slávka, Program Director, Ness Košice: „Ness Košice team is an active part of each annual hackathon since it very starts in 2016. We really appreciate the family feel, trust and opportunity to contribute to the main innovation event.“

DAZN Product & Innovation Day

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Nessians in Košice met up with customer’s representatives to present product and innovations done at DAZN project focusing on value added. Similar events are regularly held at each DAZN development centers and so it took place in Košice for the first time, too. The event was attended by all the team members and obtained very positive feedback creating a good atmosphere for the organization of its 2nd edition in the future.

„It was hugely valuable to see the fruits of your labor over the past few development cycles and actually seeing all these projects come together and seeing the benefits of the hard work that is done here was fantastic. It was obvious the amount of effort that was put into the day, absolutely every single presentation was informative. I’m really excited about what’s going to be done here over the next few months,“ Kenneth Jones, Head of Software Development for Austria and Slovakia.

Katarina Šipkaiova, Scrum Master, Ness KDC: „The main idea behind the first DAZN Product & Innovation day was to share knowledge, inspire, show our best products and motivate everyone to start to work on some innovations , which can make DAZN teams, people and stakeholders happy and our life somehow easier. I think that this was a great session, which brought us a lot of new information, ideas and motivation. Our plan is to organize this meeting regularly and hopefully more and more people will take active part in it.“ 

DAZN project in Košice was created by getting separated from existing customer Perform Group. DAZN is a rapidly growing provider of on-demand sportive content. DAZN is promoted by super-stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar and its customers can enjoy variety of sport events including basketball, American football, box, etc.

Masternaut has become a subsidiary of Michelin

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European leader on the field of telematics and honored customer of Ness Košice announced this important acquisition at the end of May. „Masternaut will continue to operate under its own brand as a fully-owned subsidiary within Michelin and with Michelin’s investment and automotive expertise, Masternaut will accelerate the development of its product and service offering to customers, particularly in data science, in areas such as predictive maintenance and operational re-engineering. Further, Michelin will support Masternaut’s expansion into new geographies“.

The changes have been presented to the Masternaut team of 30 Nessians in Košice during the call conference and each of them obtained a small gift. We wish Masternaut successful end of the transaction.

Rudolf Slávka, Program Director, Ness KDC: “We’ve had outstanding long-term cooperation with Masternaut. We’re pleased we could be part of such an important change, which is the acquisition by Michelin – a global key player. Together we can now step front towards new challenges and opportunities.”

Please, find press release enclosed >>

Ness City Triathlon Košice supported by Ness customers

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The organizer of Ness City Triathlon Košice announced the names of the new Main partner of the event – US-based company Solar Turbines. The subsidiary of American giant Caterpilar is a customer of Ness Košice (Titular partner of triathlon). A team of 150 Nessians has been developing sophisticated IT solutions for monitoring and analysis of data delivered from gas turbines located all over the world. This project at Ness Košice is attractive because of the use of the newest technologies in a scaled agile environment as well as numerous business trips to sunny San Diego, California.

Marek Uhrín, Managing Director Vice President, Ness KDC: „It’s our honor to have our biggest customer as the main partner of this unique event, which proves our outstanding relations and extraordinary cooperation. Solar Turbines has presented its interest and involvement in supporting sports and Košice community and its conduct could become an inspiration for other foreign companies in the IT industry.”

Stinson McElhinney, Global Head of Technology, Solar Turbines: “My first triathlon ever was the Ness City Triathlon.  I had so much fun at the event, love Kosice, and dearly respect our relationship with the Ness team that Solar Turbines was very honored to co-sponsor the event.”

The name of the latter partner of Ness City Triathlon is Masternaut – European leader in the area of Telematics, which has been recently taken over by Michelin. The Masternaut team of 30 Nessians have been developing IoT solutions for management and optimization of company fleets.

Marek Uhrín: “With the same appreciation, I welcome the participation of Masternaut – our honored partner proving its support to Ness and the local community. We are truly proud, that mutually beneficial cooperation has inspirationally arisen in this manner. We are now all looking forward to Ness City Triathlon Košice 2019, which will be even more attractive.”

Colin Adams, Director Platform Development, Masternaut: „The Ness/Masternaut partnership has always been based on a strong partnership and great relations with our team in Kosice. We want to stress our presence in this wonderful city and support the sporting community as a part of our CSR policy. I will be cheering on the Masternaut relay team and I’d like to invite all supporters and participants to Masternaut booth in expo zone. Good luck to everyone who is taking part!“

Michala Koniarová, Event Organizer, Progress Promotion Košice „We’re glad that Ness City Triathlon has attracted 2 of Ness Košice customers. It’s a satisfaction for us seeing the Titular partner of the event benefiting from the partnership and powering its PR image, customer care as well as B2B relations.”

Cookies time – Monday contest at Ness Košice

Nessians in Košice like to participate in various social events and so we came up with a new format of the event. We have known, that there are many skillful and talented bakers and confectioners among them. Therefore, we created an internal contest called Cookies time.

Stanislav Mucha, Marketing & PR Director: “Together with my colleagues, Monika Slivková, Gabriela Voláková, and Martina Takácsová, we’ve put together simple rules. For each month, we announce the topic, register 10 participants and 10 members of the jury. We meet on Monday morning, present the cakes and select the winners.”

Since this was the 1st edition of the event, the expectations were a little bit unsure. However, the participants presented a wonderful piece of their cooking art. The main award was assigned to Gabriela Briškárová (wife of our colleague) with here Terka’s surprise chocolate-raspberry cake followed by Gabriela Voláková a team Danka Melicharová and Alena Štefániková.

Stanislav Mucha: „I think the result of the 1st edition was great and we will follow with the other one in May. I’d like to thank all participants for another proof that we simply enjoy being Nessians.”

HackKosice obtained positive feedback

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The last weekend in the local IT community was devoted to a hackathon event. HackKosice attracted more than 150 hackers from 40 countries. The enthusiastic team of young organization team prepared 2 days long event full of challenges and coding under the wings of global organization Major League Hacking as well as president of Slovak republic Mr. Andrej Kiska. Ness, the silver partner of the event, invited hackers to its relax zone enriched by quizzes. We are all proud at Ness, that one member of the organizing team was our colleague Matúš Makatura.

Martin Petrulák, Program Director, Ness KDC: “I had a chance to talk to several young students about various IT related topics. I was quite positively impressed by the level of organization comparing it with other hackathons. We met a generation that we will definitely hear about in the future. Ness presentation and relax zone attracted many hackers who had a coffee and competed in our Ness Quiz. There were quite many foreign hackers, too. I am sure they enjoyed the atmosphere of the event and city and maybe, Kosice will become the next step in their careers.“

Jaroslava Dermek, Talent Acquisition, and Recruitment Director, Ness KDC: „It was an event full of challenges, ideas, talent, and potential. I enjoyed talking to young talented people and I believe we will welcome them in Ness in the future. Our Ness Quiz was a great opportunity for hackers to rest and have fun for a while.“

Matúš Makatura, Software Engineer, Ness KDC and member of organizing team HackKosice: „We’re truly glad about the result of HackKosice. The atmosphere was just unbelievable and we received many positive feedbacks, which make us proud of what we did. I can already say, that this is just beginning and there are many editions and smaller events lying ahead of us. In addition, as a Nessian, I am proud, that Ness contributed to the success of this event as a silver partner of the event.