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Infi IT conference was attended by more than 180 guests

International conference Infi IT organized by Agile Center of Excellence in Ness Kosice was organized at the University library of Technical Univerity on November 13. The program and speaker attracted more than 180 Agile enthusiasts coming to see and hear 6 reputable speakers. The event was streamed online in English and you can find the particular speeches below.

 

Program:

  • Opening ceremony (video >>)
  • Michaela Bačíková – Agile in Education (video >>)
  • Dušan Kocúrek – Five fundaments toward outcomes (video >>)
  • Bogdan Chebac – Managing Willingness (video >>)
  • Tibor Boháčik – To do Agile right you need to play SAFe (video >>)
  • Mateusz Wojtowicz – Why Definition of Done matters at scale? (video >>)
  • Robyn Backhouse – Wizard level communication skills (video >>)
  • Closing ceremony (video >>)

The event was added with 4 Agile oriented workshops:

  • Agile Communication Game
  • T-Shaped Skills Game
  • Agile vs Waterfall Game
  • Lego Scrum

The guests could win also some attractive prizes in a raffle as well as quiz contest thanks to the event partners: Ness Košice, iStores, Generation Magazine,Technical University of Košice, Agile Center of Excellence, ScrumDesk, Red Bull.

Ness Košice has been awarded as Creditworthy company

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The most important award has been announced by Slovak information and marketing company. Ness is one of 2,38% companies (out of 806 963) in Slovakia, which passed internationally certified methods of financial analysis.

Zuzana Želinská, AVP – Business Finance & Operations: „Creditworthiness model compares creditworthiness of companies, helps to evaluate credit risk and suggests the solvency, stability and capability to fulfill commitments. Creditworthiness is often compared to rating, but creditworthiness is more comprehensive and the rating is just a part of creditworthiness. Ness has passed the evaluation with a positive result and we justly belong to the group of reliable and financially steady companies. Ness is year by year awarded for its financial standing, social responsibility and trustworthiness. We are proud of that.“

Ness announced cooperation with another Caterpillar division

Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

We are proud to work with CAT Asset Intelligence, a division of Caterpillar Inc. headquartered in Virginia Beach, USA. CAT AI provides an advanced predictive analytics and expert advisory services across vessel or fleet of vessels by monitoring the performance of marine engines. The solution effectively gathers and analyzes all the ship data, provide users with real time information and number of useful metrics, reports or dashboards which help predict potential failures and improves operational efficiency. CAT AI deals with millions of data points. Regardless of the system point manufacturer, it provides the crew with immediate insight into critical system condition and suggest what they should do with any potential issues.

Important part of CAT AI analytics solution is the Alert notification tool. This tool should provide relevant users with email and SMS notification service about engine status and/or engine malfunction.

Vedran Houdek, Senior Program Director, Ness KDC: “After becoming essential part of CAT’s Solar Turbines Digital division, I am proud an honored it was noticed by CAT AI which resulted in our involvement in one of their key projects. I am looking forward to help CAT AI extending and improving their Analytics Platform that plays an important part in today’s IoT world in marine, as well as in other industries.”

Ness connected HC Košice with 3 Universities

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Ness Kosice, the Main IT partner of HC Kosice used its relations and connected the club with all 3 local Universities – Technical university, Pavol Jozef Safarik University and with the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. The parties signed a cooperation memorandum.

Prior to the beginning of the season, the most successful club in the Slovak hockey history presented a plan of transformation of HC Košice into a community club. Transparent communication and close cooperation with private as well as public organizations should be the pillars of it.

After confirming the extension of cooperation with the Magistrate of Košice and with the Košice Self-governing Region, the club organized a game where it invited all elementary schools and high schools to watch it for free. Almost 3,300 pupils came to this game. Another very significant step towards the community is signing of Memorandum of Cooperation with the Technical University, Pavol Jozef Safarik University and with the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. The parties signed the Memorandum together during the press conference that was held on October 28, 2019 in Double Tree by Hilton hotel with the participation of journalists.

Main Areas of Cooperation Incorporated in Memorandum:

 promotion of activities propagation of HC Košice and their provision to university students within the agreed extent.

 promotion of projects enabling use of students’ knowledge in the projects aiming at development and prosperity of HC Košice,

 provision of advantages to university students in relation to the organized sport events (for example, offering them cheaper tickets to home matches)

 cooperation in organizing hockey games (senior home matches of HC Košice) that are thematically devoted to the Student’s Day (“Deň študentstva”) and other sport events,

 participation of players of HC Košice in university events with the purpose to promote the cooperation between the mentioned entities,

 mutual promotion of events and activities (according to accessible possibilities of the parties).

Memorandum was signed by: Ing. Július Lang (the President of HC Košice), Mgr. Norbert Koch, (the Executive Director of HC Košice), Ing. Jaroslav Porubän, PhD. (the Vice-Rector for Development and External RelationsTUKE), prof. RNDr. Pavol Sovák, CSc., (the Rector of UPJŠ), MVDr. Martin Tomko, PhD. (the Vice-Rector for Education UVLF), Ing. Jakub Palša (the President of the Student University Council TUKE).

The first common project will be the Student match, which will be held on November 19, 2019 (Tuesday). The duel against Liptovsky Mikulas will be accompanied by an interesting program thematically devoted to the events from November 1989. The parties have agreed that this “Student game” could become a traditional event which would be organized every year.

Of course, the management of HC Košice welcomes the cooperation with universities. Ing. Július Lang (the President of HC Košice): “We are incredibly happy that our well-known institutions of the community of Košice accepted our offer to cooperate. Through these common activities, we will be able to approach more than 17,000 students and hundreds of teachers. I believe that these young people will find their way to the Arena and will support us. On our part, we will do everything we can to thank our partners and to make long-term partnerships from which all of the parties will benefit from.

The common position in the name of all universities was presented by prof. RNDr. Pavol Sovák, CSc. (Rector of UPJŠ): Three universities from Košice – Pavol jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Technical University in Kosice, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmary in Kosice regularly cooperate in the field of education, science and research. Thanks to this Memorandum of Cooperation between HC Košice and the mentioned universities, sport will become another field of cooperation. You can see the proof in the upcoming hockey game of HC Košice which thematically devoted to Student’s Day (“Deň študentsva”). We believe that we will cooperate and participate in other successfull projects also in the future, and that together we will contribute to mutual promotion of organized activities and events.”

In the name of students, Ing. Jakub Palša (Student President of the University Council TUKE) expressed his opinion: “I hope that the cooperation between the three universities and the hockey club HC Košice will bring along some other interesting events where we will meet as we met here today, at this press conference. I believe that the cooperation between the mentioned institutions and signing this Memorandum will create many opportunities to promote sports among university students.

NICE Actimize named No.1 in fighting financial crime with Ness contribution.

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Forrester Research, leading global research and advisory firm, has named NICE Actimize a Leader in its recent report focused on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solutions (Q3, 2019). NICE Actimize obtained the highest score possible from in strong competition of reputable vendors within both categories „Current Offering“ as well as „Strategy“.

Vladimír Gajdoš, Senior Program Director, Ness Košice: „Our Kosice team is happy to have been on this interesting and exciting journey with the world leader in AML space Actimize for more than 10 years. I would like to express my big appreciation and thank to all current and former Kosice Actimize team members who have over all those years contributed to a development, implementation and support of Actimize AML solutions. We are looking forward to continue to be part of Actimize success.”

„In Forrester’s “Current Offering” area, NICE Actimize’s Anti-Money Laundering solutions offering received Forrester’s highest scores possible in such measured criteria as data integration, users and roles, watch list management and screening, case management, transaction types, reporting, and scalability (transaction volume).“

„NICE Actimize also received Forrester’s highest scores possible for criteria within the “Strategy” category, including watch list management plans, customer screening plans, AML administration and reporting plans, FRAML (Fraud and Anti-Money Laundering) plans, vendor’s POC and demonstration; as well as in staffing categories in the areas of development, sales and support.“

Ness Košice thanks to the team for the finest job done and wishes them lot’s of energy on the continuing journey.

Please, find a detailed report on the NICE Actimize website >>

Soruce: NICE Actimize

VIDEO: The 10th edition of Ness Summer Club

Ness Kosice celebrated the end of the 10th episode of popular employees’ benefit – a daylong care and animation program for employee’s children during the Summer time.

Children could enjoy variety of entertaining, educational, cultural and sportive activities. The 10th anniversary was a great opportunity to recognize and reward the main organizers that have been taking care of Ness Summer Club for 10 years. Marek Uhrín said his thank you to Zuzana Želinská, Monika Slivková and Gabriela Voláková for long-term contribution, development and maintenance of the benefit, which is so unique in the region and has no competitor among the other IT companies in town.

Po jeho skončení Marek Uhrín poďakoval a zagratuloval hlavným organizátorkám, ktoré boli pri samotnom zrode klubu a dlhé roky sa o Ness Summer Club starajú a zveľaďujú ho – Zuzana Želinská, Gabika Voláková a Monika Slivková.

Monika Slivková, Ness KDC: “It’s unbelievable how fast 10 years of the club gone by. The 10th edition of the club was rich on really small children (majority was aged between 3,4 and 4 years). Some of the current assistants joined the club 10 years ago at the age of six. Today, we all remember all the funny stories in former facility. I am so thankful to all contributors, colleagues, and even former colleagues who worked on development of Ness Summer Club.”

Gabriela Voláková, Ness KDC: „We’ve been organizing such a wonderful benefit, which has been helping Nessians to find an attractive program for their kids during the Summer holidays. Despite the rocky beginnings, we’ve managed to develop it on high professional level, which is proved by annual increase of children and requests year by year. I do hope we’ll continue on our journey for another decade. I’d like to thank to all people who helped us with Ness Summer Club.”

CSR program Ness KDC to Košice celebrates the 5th anniversary

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Corporate social responsibility projects can be formed and realized in various ways. People at Ness Košice decided to start developing websites, web and mobile applications for non-profit organizations pro bono in 2014. Within 5 years, Nessians have developed more than 35 websites and 5 mobile applications for smaller organizations but also large institutions from different areas of social life.

Stanislav Mucha, PR & Communications Director: “We are proud of Ness KDC Kosiciam, but we are mainly glad we could help so many organizations and enhance their communication with more than 10k citizens and visitors of Kosice. I am so thankful to Ness and all the colleagues who particpate at this project.”

The most prestiguous work of Nessians cover Airport Kosice, State theater of Kosice, Public library of Jan Bocatius and/or Visit Kosice.

Sanislav Mucha: „I’m pleased that Nessians have been interested in volunteering and we keep working. At the moment, we have several websites in the stage of development. One of them will help Kosice handball team, the other will serve East-Slovakia museum.“

Štefan Kudla, Project coordinator: „“5 years! Amazing. I can’t believe that it was so quick. I’m truly glad that NESS KDC Košiciam exists already 5 years and I’m honoured to be a part of it. It is a unique initiative from a group of remarkable people who are using their talents to give something to the community. During these 5 years we’ve delivered dozens of websites to non-profit organisations which gained chance to present themselves with dignity in digital world. Thanks to our volunteers we currently have 34 active websites and 5 other in development. My biggest wish is that we will always find a remarkable people among us who can help the society in Kosice to grow even in this area. Now. Let’s go for a decade!”

You can find the list of all projects under the wings of Ness KDC to Košice CSR program at the company website >>

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.”