Teamwork Remains Important, even in the Grasshopper Age

There is a lot of talk about the new economy, and how it has changed the meaning of teamwork. Even recruiting theorists are talking about how everything is changing quickly – making it a bad time to bond strongly to one employer. Freedom is sweet, and specialists appreciate it. So, finding the right full time employees can be tricky, and some businesses therefore buy services from independent specialists, who can quickly move between better opportunities.

But software development is a bit different. Let´s see, how different.


Czech Team Wins Cyber Defence Exercise Locked Shields 2017

The team from Czech Republic wins the largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise Locked Shields 2017. Estonian team and NCIRC team from NATO take second and third place respectively.

The defensive team from Czech Republic also takes home the special prize for the scenario inject. NCIRC team scored the highest in the legal game of the exercise, German team came out on top of forensic challenges while the team from the United Kingdom achieved the highest scores in handling the strategic communication challenges.


Nearly 900 Cyber Security Experts Advanced Their Defensive Skills in Locked Shields 2017

The active phase of the largest and most complex international technical live-fire cyber defence exercise Locked Shields 2017 came to end today. In total 3000 virtual systems and 2500 attacks were included.

“The Blue Teams are getting better every year, making the exercise also more demanding for the core planning team. This year we included more specialised systems to offer the teams new challenges,”said Thomas Svensson, CSO at atsec information security and Deputy Head of the White Team, core planning team of the exercise. “To be successful in Locked Shields the competing teams need to master both technical and soft skills, meaning they must be able to handle media and legal requests while solving cyber incidents.”


ABB and IBM Partner in Industrial Artificial Intelligence Solutions

ABB and IBM (NYSE: IBM) yesterday announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB's industry leading digital offering, ABB Ability™, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure.

KOF Index of Globalization 2017: Netherlands Are the Most Globalized Country

The current KOF Index of Globalization reflects the extent of economic, social and political globalization in 2014. According to the KOF Globalization Index, the degree of globalization was higher in 2014 than in the preceding year, and the rise was the most significant since 2007.

The largest increase was measured in the economic globalization dimension. Political globalization also progressed, while social globalization, the third dimension of the Index, stagnated. Pursuant to the KOF Index of Globalization, the Netherlands are still the most globalized country in the world, followed by Ireland and Belgium. Switzerland is in 5th place.

New Skeleton manufacturing facility in Germany capable of producing up to 4,000,000 ultracapacitor cells per year

Skeleton Technologies, Europe’s leading ultracapacitor manufacturer, today announced the opening of a new production line in Saxony, Germany. The new facility is the largest in Europe and will enable the business to greatly enhance its production capacity. The expansion is expected to support over 50 new jobs at the facility by 2019 and is the result of a 6.2 million Euro investment by Skeleton Technologies, supported by federal and state funds from the program for the promotion of the joint task to improve the regional economic structure (GRW).

3 Million European Homes Now Have Connected Heating Controls

Delta-ee's latest European State of the Market Report has found 3M homes in Europe are equipped with smart thermostats or connected room heating controls and that number is set to grow to 9M by the end of 2019.

The connected home market is developing very rapidly.

"There are two key trends in this space today," explains Arthur Jouannic, Senior Analyst and Connected Home expert at Delta-ee.

"Firstly, the market has clearly taken off with over 50 players offering connected heating controls in Europe, with those like Centrica, Eneco, Bosch and EQ-3 securing more than 100,000 new customers a year. Some companies have already equipped 20% of their customers with smart thermostats.

New Milestone for Volvo's Hybrid Buses - 3000 units sold

Volvo's global drive with electrified buses continues to deliver results. All told Volvo Buses has sold 3000 hybrids, electric hybrids and electric buses to customers in 22 countries in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Following the introduction of Volvo Buses' first hybrid buses in 2010, sales have increased steadily at the same time as the product range has undergone continuous development and expansion. Today Volvo offers comprehensive system solutions for electrified public transport with hybrid buses, electric hybrids, and all-electric buses. The hybrid models are available in conventional 12-metre configuration, as articulated models, and as double-deckers.

The European offshore wind industry: record €18 billion invested

Offshore wind in Europe saw a net 1,558 MW of additional installed grid-connected capacity in 2016. This was 48% less than in 2015. A net addition of 338 new offshore wind turbines across six wind farms were grid-connected from 1 January to 31 December 2016.

The industry announced a record €18.2 billion of investments in new wind farms to be built in the coming years.  This represents a further 4.9 GW of new capacity across five countries, half of it in the UK.

Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of WindEurope, said: “It's good to see the high level of investments in offshore wind - up 40% year on year.  The new installations are in line with trend rate of the last 5 years after a spike in 2015. This was due to a backlog of grid connections."