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Talks, Showcases and Usergroups
At the "Connect" conference organized by Mulesoft, our colleagues demonstrated the TNG-developed telepresence system based on Nao and Kinect. In parallel, our colleagues gave a talk on this system entitled "Avatar - Telepresence robotics with Nao and Kinect" at the IoT TechDay in Utrecht.
One of our colleagues gave a talk on the topic "Telefónica Data Anonymization Platform - Big Data meets Privacy by Design" at the Daimler Global Information Security Conference in Stuttgart. We were represented at the SE Live 2017 in the Zugspitz village Grainau with the lecture "Agile Architecture - How much Stability can Agility handle?"
We also organized various Meetups and contributed talks at the Apache Flink Meetup Munich, the Puppet Usergroup Meetup, Software Architecture Munich, the MuniCSS Meetup and the Atlassian User Group Munich.
Innovator in Application Operations Teams
We supported an application operations team in the financial sector by rejuvenating or decommissioning old core applications. We used automated configuration management (Puppet), updated OS and application frameworks, standardized and simplified scripts and configuration for a maintainable, environment-indepedent layout.
As well as reworking application monitoring (Check_MK), we created structured operational manuals using Confluence templates and trained internal employees.
We evaluated new technologies (such as Elastic Stack 5), implemented proof-of-concept applications and supported developers with the introduction of the frameworks into existing applications.
Rejuvenation of a Legacy Application
After five years of stabilizing, consolidating and developing a monolithic Java backend application for a large telecommunications company, we opened a new chapter in the system architecture during the development of an important new feature. The feature was conceived and implemented from the start as a microservice, communicating with the existing application via REST. We introduced Hibernate as ORM: a further improvement on the existing, custom-developed data access layer. For the build system we replaced ant with gradle. The effect is a significant modernization of the legacy system landscape, in terms of both architecture and technology.
We upgraded the basic platform for an eCommerce client. This platform forms the heart of the application, offering solutions for customer and production managements as well as the possibility to model the entire commercial process.
As well as migrating the database to be able to meet new requirements, we performed the necessary adaptations to the interfaces of the Java application running on the platform platform. This enabled a modern software configuration with more up-to-date versions for Tomcat, Spring and Java.
Talks and User Groups
One of our colleagues gave a talk "A Big Data Streaming Recipe" at the Voxxed Days Bucharest. We presented the topic "Avatar – Telepresence robotics with Nao and Kinect" both at the Mobile TechCon in Munich and at Javaland in Brühl by Cologne.
Poker "Brains versus AI"
From 11-31 January in Pittsburgh, four of the world's best players played in a no-limit Texas Hold'em Poker tournament against an AI, "Libratus", developed at the Carnegie Mellon University. Libratus won the tournament, which TNG sponsored, by a large margin, marking a milestone in the history of artificial intelligence.
Events at TNG and Talks
The Nodeschool #1 took place at TNG on 21 January. On 31 January we hosted the Software Architecture Munich Meetup and on 9 February the Atlassian User Group. Our employees gave talks at several meetups: "No More Spinners" at the Munich UX Meetup, "Strategies for AI deployment" at the Deep Learning Meetup Munich and "Design Thinking for Beginners" at Design Thinking Munich.
The IoT Hackathon for TNG employees and e-fellows also took place at TNG's offices on 10 February. Intel supported with hardware.
One of our colleagues gave a talk "Shell-Scripting mit Haskell" at the BOB Conference 2017 in Berlin.
Articles in Technology Blog Heise Developer Online
TNG employees contributed two articles to the important German technology blog Heise Developer Online: an Article on the Big Data technologies Apache Spark and Apache Flink in the summer and, together with one of our clients, an Article on REST with HATEOAS in December. The latter reached 14th place amongst the most read articles of the year 2016.
TNG contributed several showcases and lectures to the OOP 2017.
Our colleagues gave talks on the topics "Integrated and Professional Software Development with the Atlassian Stack" and "Avatar – Telepresence Robotics with Nao and Kinect". One of our executive partners gave a lecture at the Intel AI Day and took part in the panel discussion as part of the OOP.
TNG had representatives at the Atlassian and the Intel stand, presenting showcases on gesture control and telepresence robotics. Our colleagues demonstrated various prototypes in the areas of IoT, augmented reality, virtual reality and robotics at the OOP Maker Faire.
Development and Implementation of a Customer Matrix
We supported a telecommunications provider in the development and implementation of a customer matrix for the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems. Customer value and the probablility of contract termination for each end customer are recalculated every day in the Data Warehouse and transmitted to the CRM systems. Agents in the Service Centre and Point of Sales receive valuable information about the end customer and have the best possible support for providing personal customer care. The customer matrix also allows the CRM team to define standard strategies and to specify individual customer offers.