Speakers’ thoughts on Dev Talks Cluj-Napoca

12 April 2018 devTalks

Last year, Dev Talks was launched in Cluj-Napoca! 2 day before the event, we took the liberty to bring together some of our speakers’ perspectives & thoughts on the first edition of Dev Talks in Cluj (Grand Hotel Italia). Take a look and don’t forget to save the date for this year : May 11th!

1) Why did you accept our invitation? 

Zsolt Kovacs, Software Development Manager, Technical Architect at Accenture Industrial Software Solutions Romania : During the last year we have worked really hard on the IoT and IIoT topics, discovering new technologies, making alliances, acquisitions, contributing in standards and now the big picture starts to show as we are putting together all the elements of the puzzle. I feel we both need to share the story but more importantly we need to spread the knowledge, align people on technology trends to make informed decisions and start a long journey to make some order in this disrupted IoT/IIoT field. On a personal level a win over what we are afraid of (i.e. stage fright) always means taking back our confidence and feeling more energized.

Cristian Ureche, Head of Product at Parking+Plus : We live outstanding years when Romanian IT industry shifts from software services towards product innovation. For more than 15 years Romanian IT specialists helped American or Western European companies to technologically build and scale upon innovative ideas. I think the time has come for Romania to become a hub of innovation and it is our duty to foster and promote innovation.

Dan Călinescu, Product Developer at SDL plc : I believe developers are a force to be reckoned with in the 21st century. The right developer mindset and set of skills can turn our city and our country into a one-of-a-kind technology hub that can truly affect the entire world through world class software products. If I can play a little part in making that happen by contributing in one way or another, I’ll absolutely invest in any opportunity that can take us there. So I’m here to work with you and the developer community to build a future that looks brighter than the present and to transform our country and the world. Why not?

John Morton, Big Data and International speaker: Romania and Cluj since 2009 been on “The Corporate Radar” for bespoke software development. It contains a unique blend of inquisitive, “challenging the norm” software companies supported by a highly educated and skilled people, established academic research and innovation development centers. Dev talks gives the ideal platform to learn what is really working, how to fail fast and succeed quickly in a fast paced globalised, ubiquitous, pervasive, IT industry. I seek to learn as well as share.

Daniel Appelquist, Open Web Advocate at Telefonica : Seemed like a great opportunity to reach out to a group of developers that I have not had contact with. Also the event seems to have a good focus and organization.

Andrei Crăciun, Senior Software Engineer at Intel Corporation : Devtalks gathers together technology experts from all areas, each of them with an interesting story and a lot of knowledge to spread, and I was honored to join this great group and to be able to share some of my experience.

Marco van den Akker, Cloud Evangelist at ComputeNext : I strongly believe that IT and Cloud computing are driven by dev/ops. An idea can be seeded but it’s needed to be harvested by the developers and eventually the users. This show is the perfect location to learn and meet new people, also the place where you can get educated by new insights.

1) What is your message for our audience? 

Zsolt Kovacs : Besides what will hopefully emerge from my presentationJ, I’m really glad that conferences like Dev Talk emerged and got stronger during last period. This means there is an increasing need in Romania for knowledge and experience sharing on top of on-the-job-trainings and university or private courses. We in Accenture also build Community of Practices (CoP) in multiple domains and we have decided to open them up for external participation as well; we have just started with the CoP of IoT and Robotics. I will also award one of the Dev Talks participants after my presentation with one free seat for a Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service classroom training that takes 4 days.

Cristian Ureche : Romanian IT specialists are recognised for having excellent technical skills. Now we have to organically grow in competence and think in terms of business innovation and leverage on the strong relationships we have built with our clients as service providers. The quadruple helix innovation model provides the competitive framework Romanian IT industry needs to boost innovation. Let’s work together to shape the future!

Dan Călinescu : My primary message for developers is that there’s a great shift in how technology is being perceived, created, distributed and consumed in the 21st century and that our only two choices are to adapt or perish. We must transition from a project-oriented development culture to a product-oriented culture where we participate in more than just the act of coding but we get involved in the design, marketing, sales, business development, customer support and basically the entire lifecycle. The message is that developers need to acquire all these horizontal skills. And they need to do it fast.

John Morton : I believe the IT industry is at a maturity turning point. We are moving from crawling to toddling. The digital and Information economies are driving disruption across the globe; the companies that your fathers and mothers knew, are a former shadow of themselves; or dead. What capabilities will you need? What capabilities will you need in your organisation? Are these tools right? Are the methods right?

Daniel Appelquist : I want to inform people about upcoming web standards and technologies that are going to deeply impact the lives of web developers, and to explain the trends that are resulting in greater security and encryption. I also want to demystify some of the work happening in the standards world and encourage greater participation by the developer community in standards development.

Andrei Crăciun : Conferences are not opportunities to have a day off but opportunities to evolve. In order to evolve you need to get involved. It’s all about “sharing and giving and receiving”.

Marco van den Akker : The key message is the History, Current and Future of Cloud add utility. How the IT will be glued together with the use of API’s.

2) How will the future look for developers in 2015 -2016?

Zsolt Kovacs : As in life, nothing changes radically from a day to the other. The ecosystem is getting more complex and vendors start to lose their end-to-end control over services and solutions. In mobile I suppose the concepts from the Material Design that Google introduced will be de-facto standard until future revisions. Sticking to the UX/UI side I expect further platforms (eg. APX Skylight) to emerge that will ease a growing number of use cases and will make interaction with smart devices, presentation of data streamlined and largely simplified. Development of mobile applications is still a challenge especially if you need to decide between, usability, performance and cross-platform support and single codebase. I would like, but frankly don’t expect that QT Mobile would introduce something that bridges this gap. I am really curious how this turns out at the end. On the Mobile Backend side the war is not over yet but there are more and more platforms that come up with all kind of integrations to ERP systems, on-premise data or even on-premise installation, offline workflows and sync engine. I haven’t seen yet but looking forward to see integration of MBaaS-es into PLM, MES and other industrial system, making the Industrial IoT a step closer to reality.

Cristian Ureche : High value added IT jobs will be more and more demanded: solution architect, product manager, user experience specialist, innovation analyst. This is how I see the future of brilliant developers willing to further develop their careers in the next couple of years in Romania.

Dan Călinescu : Developers will find themselves in the midst of a global cultural shift towards full stack development. They will be required to acquire horizontal skills and to understand every aspect of the product lifecycle and to contribute to more than just coding. They will need to become product developers rather than just project-oriented programmers.

John Morton : 2015 to 2016 is a time for frustration and confusion for many developers, managers and business companies. Companies haven’t worked out what they need and are commissioning projects to check what does and doesn’t work. IOT , Big Data Analytics, cyber drive new conflicting and competing processes and patterns. The old and new are leading separate lives. There are already failures, delays to business success as new skills (some say forgotten skills) emerge. Towards 2020, will see a different emphasis, Devops (should it be OpsDev?) different roles and different ways of working bringing new engagement (not experience).

Daniel Appelquist : I think we will see a rise of powerful features on the web platform which together with the trend towards responsive design will mean ever more powerful web applications on mobile devices. This trend, together with the rise of https and http/2 will bring challenges and opportunities for the brands and application providers who are trying to reach users through the web.

Andrei Crăciun : The humanity’s level of computer usage increases exponentially these days, still the old interactions methods seems to be obsolete. Next two years will be focused on IoT, data analytics, cloud computing, all having as a goal to improve life using technology and, at the same time, to promote new ways to interact with it, so that it becomes a natural extension of ourselves.

Marco van den Akker : API’s wil be the key driver for dev/ops. Each coder will build his own architecture but it will be needed to communicate with different architectures.