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Big Data Harvest

Well, another autumn is here, and our data grow bigger every year (Based on a prediction from the IDC report, the global data volume will grow exponentially from 4.4 zettabytes to 44 zettabytes (44×1021 bytes) between 2013 and 2020). We use it to feed ever-hungry sales, marketing, accounting, management, and day-to-day operations, then there is the stuff we are obliged to …

3A Systems– 42 Thoughts

3A systems described in the previous article “3A Systems – Definition“ are data processing systems whose development presents the same problems that need to be addressed and the same decisions that must be made. Getting to know them before getting deep into system planning and development can help us avoid serious mistakes and reach our objectives. Below, I have compiled a list …

Life After Work

Our 500 Profinit people are quite a diverse bunch. Some of us swim in Java waters or stitch .Net fabric; others build and stack data warehouses. We have scholars immersed in data science, and even a few weirdos testing their own mind against an artificial one. Let’s not forget the back office, human resources and, well, managers are also humans, while salespeople …

3A Systems – Definition

Looking back on the data projects I have come across over the last 20 years, I see that when observed from a proper distance, the majority of them had the same architecture I refer to as a 3A system. The commonality of 3A systems rests in the phases of data processing. Data always passes through three main layers, where it is also stored, often permanently. …

DevOps for Everyone?

DevOps, a term suggesting some sort of link between development and operations, has been a hit the last few years. Everyone talks about it, many want it, but, much like the agile approach, there are many views on what it really is. In this text, I am not trying to declare a single truth (which does not exist anyway) or convince you that DevOps …

ClueMaker – No More Hidden Secrets

Profinit is primarily known for custom application development, information management and other software services. Nevertheless, using our extensive data expertise, we have quietly developed a tool that has grown into an impressive mature product – ClueMaker. ClueMaker is a visual analytics tool. It displays a dynamic image of the relations, links and flows between any subjects you choose. It can distinguish the strength …

Crazy about Agile?

Do not get me wrong, I am all for the principles of agile development and fully convinced that: A short feedback cycle and good communication within the team is essential, and a team of average engineers who communicate well will achieve better results than a team of brilliant engineers who work in isolation on their own turf. Prototyping, frequent deployment and intensive involvement of …

Data Intelligence and Metadata Warehousing

It has been more than 20 years since building data warehouses first became a frequently discussed topic at most larger companies. It was logical, as they had realized that their businesses and the whole market were becoming more and more complex and connected to data. The connection to data came about in two ways – they produced lots of data themselves, …

2017? Wow!

Based on the audited results, Profinit’s revenue for 2017 reached 597.5 million CZK (over 23.1 million Euros), a 33% increase compared to 2016. The latest study from IDC reported that the year-on-year growth of the custom software development market in the Czech Republic was 12.4%, meaning that Profinit speeded ahead more than 2.5 times faster! This only confirms our well-deserved third …

Profinit in Scotland

We attended the NG Financial Services Summit at Fairmont St. Andrews, May 14–16. The summit brought together senior financial services decision-makers from companies such as American Express, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Skandinavska Enskilda Banken, Generali and others with service providers and/or vendors. Our two envoys, Mirek Zoubek and Richard Boura, were kept busy on a marathon of one-to-one meetings, discussing the …