If, as they tell us now here in the valley, we should admit when we are “wrong”, then perhaps we need to do this as well. Specifically, it has become very popular lately to admit that we were wrong about google glass. Well, at least we will admit to buying one, and it did prove extremely popular for photos….. While we did explore many an app for google glass, including onsite ticket scanning, customer information look-up, gathering data points by drivers (including delivery, armored car drivers, etc.), check-out, location based look-up, etc., practical usage was few and far between. The temporary “shutdown” of consumer sales of Glass, does not mean the end of Glass at all. It has just moved departments. Future versions may work and differ widely from the first version, but this is not the end of smart glasses in some shape or form. We, for one, are happy to have this experience at the start of wearable tech and we look forward to the future!
As part of the World Bank’s report on Ukraine, they interviewed a number of entrepreneurs, as to what can be done to move industry forward, for this video. I was one of the participants.
User Interface/User Experience, these are words you often hear. Along with responsive design, telling a story with your site to help lead visitors through your site. Make it easier for them to understand what you do. All of this means that designers have a big job. There are a lot of pieces to what they do. We asked one of our senior designers to talk about how they go about the process of developing a new design for web service.
The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) recently announced plans to start a Private Equity Fund in 2015 in Ukraine. As announced by the UBRD Director for Ukraine Shevko Adzhuner this fund will be focused on technology companies including IT industry. The fund size is planned to be approximately $50 to $60 million USD.
We are very excited to see this continued development and assistance in developing the IT industry in Ukraine. (In Russian) http://interfax.com.ua/news/press-conference/236367.html
If you manage a software engineering department or a team, you have definitely thought about this at one time or another. If I bring on a new developer, how long is it going to take until he/she is actually productive? If you have brought other developers in-house periodically then you will have an idea of the average time period. But if not, there are some factors that you can look at in order to help you determine whether that “getting up to speed” time period is going to be fast or slow.