Development of ArchUnit
TNG is driving the development of the Open Source project ArchUnit, which has already featured in the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar (https://www.thoughtworks.com/radar/tools/archunit). ArchUnit enables creation of unit tests to assess compliance with architecture rules. It also supports incremental progress towards architecture conformance when overhauling legacy projects. Two recent articles on ArchUnit by TNG colleagues are now available (in German): https://www.archunit.org/news/article/2018/06/04/article-JavaSPEKTRUM.html and https://www.archunit.org/news/article/2018/03/10/article-Java-Aktuell.html
Rule Engine Optimization
We suggested and implemented a performance optimization for the important new customer area of the central rule engine for offer creation and processing in a customer management system. Measurements in the production system for our client, a leading telecommunications provider, showed a performance improvement of between 20 and 40 percent.
Technology Migration for FinTech
TNG successfully delivered the first release for a leading FinTech client. The project involved a technology migration using the strangler pattern. In contrast to a complete redesign, the existing code is replaced step by step, without temporarily losing functionality. The software was rolled out without any hitches and the code is already being used actively by the client.
Introduction of SAFe
An international manufacturer of household appliances introduced SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) to bring products to market quicker and in a more focused way. This transformation affected not only software development in distributed cross functional teams, but also higher levels such as product and portfolio management.
As well as taking on responsibility in development teams for the new Agile Release Train, TNG also provided experienced Scrum Masters to accompany individual development teams.
Trade show app development
We developed a web application to be used at a trade show stand for a large engineering company. The application comprises a React-based frontend and a Node.js backend and runs on tablets at the trade show. Its frontend features Responsive Design for display on visitors' mobile devices.
We integrated the application with the client's Manufacturing Execution System (MES), enabling users of the app to schedule and monitor orders, as well as viewing the machine's Key Performance Indicators in real time.
Document Search Engine
We developed an Apache SolR and Python based search engine for internal documents for a mobile telecommunications provider. Alongside "traditional" information retrieval algorithms, TextRank is used to display a short document summary as a search result preview. Particularly helpful is the ability to search for complete texts, as wall as keyword searches, in order to find similar documents in the archive.
Marketing Automatization / Retargeting
We integrated Google Tag Manager for a large eCommerce client. This enables the retargeting of customers using automatic targeted ads and mailings. The campaigns are based on data from product views, carts and orders. Using Google Tag Manager also allows integration of further services, as well as supporting detailed data analysis.
Extension of a Contract Termination Predictor
We assisted a telecommunications provider in extending a contract termination predictor originally developed by us. The predictor calculates the likelihood that private customers will terminate their contract within the next 100 days. As well as the general customer and contract infomation used previously, new events such as customer service contacts and shop visits are included in the expanded prognosis. This delivers more precise information to customer service centre and point-of-sales agents about the strength of the customer relationship, allowing even better personalized customer care.
TNG was ranked 736 in the FT1000 list of the fastest growing companies in Europe.
The well-known British newspaper compared tens of thousands of companies across the whole of Europe with an annual turnover of at least €1.5m. The list recognizes the companies showing the highest sustained growth over three years.
Publication of a White Paper on Data Protection and Big Data
On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in all EU member states. At the same time, many German and European companies have a growing interest – in the age of Google and Facebook etc – in the commercial use of this omnipresent personal data. Current Big Data technologies, in combination with modern cryptographic techniques reaching far beyond simple encryption, allow in-depth analysis and profitable use of large amounts of data without violating individuals' privacy.
We summarized our approach to these topics in a <link en for-clients services datenschutzmethoden.html>white paper (German only) that includes an in-depth interview with Professor Dr Gregor Thüsing, University of Bonn, about the legal background. The white paper was published as part of the Big Techday 10.