In a digital transformation era, professional and even personal data is more than ever part of a company’s assets. Data must also benefit from a protection tailored in line with its value. In terms of corporate governance, directors are on the front line as this data represents a company asset that they are directly and legally responsible for. But are they aware of cybersecurity? Are they really conscious of its value, their responsibilities and the bulwark of protection to implement as a response to bad practices and attacks?
An adapted behaviour
This is not another demonstration on how indispensable cyberprotection is to the survival of companies. Or better yet that before deploying hardware equipment, it is mandatory to raise awareness among directors, intermediate managers and collaborators to best practices in the business. Cybersecurity specialists like
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The vast majority of the Pentalog projects are developed in an Agile mode, which always raises the same issue: adapting the contractual framework to the new Agile context. This issue is even more difficult in the case of fixed-price contracts. This article aims to present certain possible solutions that are generally a good compromise for all parties.
Contracts are meant to cover, among others, the moments when there is no communication whatsoever between the two parties. They reflect our hopes and fears, and each party tries to build protection walls that will most likely come in handy in case of dispute. However, what these walls do is ultimately reduce the created value and can be a real problem on the long term, especially in a world where only businesses that maximize value will survive.
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“Waw : )”, “I’ve learnt more during one day in comparison with one year“
These are just some of the impressions of the participants of the cross-agency Quality Assurance (QA) CAMP held on 3-4 October in Chisinau !
Indeed, the QA CAMP 2014, the 5th Edition (CHI) is a strong one, following the QA camp events organized starting from 2011. This time, 15 participants from Brasov, Iasi and Chisinau joined the QA professional meeting.
The endorsed objectives of this event are:
- Upgrade the competence – as a professional – I would like to know and share the best practices and knowledge;
- Create Networking – we are a QA Team;
- Upgrade the public communication skills.
From Executors to Consultant: striving for excellence in our skills and knowledge!
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Friday evening: we started our CAMP activities with a
Knowledge sharing workshops are the new trend at Château des Hauts! Why is that? Because this month we have organised two knowledge sharing events:
- Learn & Lunch, open to everybody working at the Pentalog headquarters, including to our incubated startups (MyLoireValley + MarketScience + Merkatic), and
- Consulting Days, exclusively for the Pentalog consultants.
Learn & Lunch
Implementing this workshop is a real piece of cake. Every Tuesday, the participants make the most of their lunch break by exchanging information on a certain topic. Every two weeks, we discuss about an open topic and the following week we exchange ideas on the activity of one of our ecosystem’s startups. All people at the headquarters are invited. It’s simple: no registration whatsoever, we just bring our lunch and we’re ready to roll.
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Pentalog is happy to welcome these days in Orléans its new VP of Operations for the USA. Chris Hote is a senior (aka seasoned) of the IT economy having a fantastic 360 vision of the digital world.
PhD in Astrophysics, he then turned to IT through design, code generation, and formal verification of embedded software, and then through Intelligence and Social Media software tools.
Chris has been both a CEO and a serial investor in startups from both the US and France. Father of 3, he has been living in Boston for 15 years!
Quite hard to contact during winter, you will most likely find Chris on the ski slopes during the weekends.
You can contact Chris Hote via Linkedin or Twitter.
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You have probably heard before about Pentalog’s agility process. This program was called “Guépard” and started in July 2014. The transformation will naturally target both the clients’ (production) teams and our internal services.
Why “Guépard” (Cheetah)? Because it is the fastest animal on earth with amazing speed. These innate skills are reinforced by their ability to adapt to every situation, confirmed by their existence of 3.5 – 4 million years, long before the appearance of the other large felines.
The need for agility is a result of the following main factors:
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- the increasingly dynamic business environment calls for ideal partners able to adapt their clients’ needs to the new contexts (extremely dynamic markets, volatile opportunities, new technologies);
- in its turn, Pentalog is constantly seeking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its services
Pentalog has made its decision to launch its first ops in South America by the beginning of 2015. The final place is not yet clearly defined. But the skill indicators meet to our expectations and the customers’ demand for South American engineering has been confirmed to Monica and me.
With that decision Pentalog is becoming part of the very exclusive club of IT consulting companies with facilities on all best coding spots of the world except India (Romania in the EU, Moldova in former USSR, Vietnam and Latin America).
This mix guarantees our customers a best in class technology provision together with a unique combination of time zones. They will benefit from a time shift range reduced down to 0-4 hours max, making Pentalog a WW agile enabler under the best cost conditions
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TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, the most incredible European event in the IT industry, is coming to London on October 20-21. As a European leader on the IT consulting and digital services market, Pentalog is more than honoured to attend this headline conference together with some of the biggest names in technology, where early-stage companies can pitch their innovations live and make a reputation.
TechCrunch Disrupt takes place in the entire world since 2011, with roaring success from San Francisco and New York, as well as to Peking and Berlin. The first European edition took place in Berlin in 2013 and brought together about 1700 people.
Disrupt kicks off with the Hackathon, followed by the Startup Battlefield and Startup Alley competitions on October 18.
Disrupt New York last May was extremely fruitful for
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As a strategic growth leverage for companies, digitization will become one of the major priorities in 2015 for most CEOs.
67% of them consider that digitization contributes to the company’s performance (IDC source). According to the McKinsey consulting firm, digital services made up for 25% of expenses in 2011, and we estimate a percentage of more than 50% in 2015.
Digitization enables the development of new B2B or B2C business models. All company business lines are concerned: Management, Information Systems, Innovation, Marketing, Sales, Finances, Human Resources. They must work together since only by integrating digitization in the company’s strategy will the business maximize its chances of success!
How to create value based on digitization? How to reduce client acquisition costs? How to measure ROI?
The answer does not reside solely in accompanying the company
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On the 14th of October I will leave Boston and fly to Buenos Aires and Montevideo looking for new offshore outsourcing destinations for our customers of the western American Coast, trying to work on time shift reduction. As of today we count roughly 75 guys working for the US and Canada, 15 of whom coding for western zones. The overhall headcount reaches nearly 750.
At the time of Agile project management, it is not possible to make your stand up meeting with guys still lying in bed
And having your scrum meeting at 6.30 PM European time with guys about to leave the office means that you’re gonna loose the synchronisation of intentions. Means what? Means that your stand up becomes a reading instead of a responsability and motivation session.
We have not
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I enjoy giving lectures and leading workshops, facilitating events, making presentations and being at the heart of change. However, there is nothing more exciting than doing all this in an environment favourable to creativity and team work. And yes, Pentalog Orleans provides all these conditions with its “Château des Hauts”. Every two to three hours, we would walk around the garden discussing with one or two colleagues about strategy, ongoing actions or the need of assimilating the Pentalog Institute values. Just like in the Happymelly walks, but more often. I personally found the whole exercise very useful just before taking off for vacation, as it allowed me to look back to the results achieved in the first semester and think hard on coming changes.
That the peak of the collaboration and work in
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