How IoT can help business: an example

Published On November 17, 2017
- posted in Blog, Projects & Know-How

From smart refrigerators to smart home systems, Internet of Things (IoT) is making a lot of lifestyle wishes come true. By allowing any device to connect and transfer data over a network without requiring human to human or computer interaction, the possibilities unlocked by the IoT are virtually endless.

One of the proofs for IoT’s potential is its impressive growth. According to a Cisco report, the number of devices grew by more than two times during 2012-2016, going from 8.7 billion devices to 22.9 billion devices. And it doesn’t stop here.

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Why testers are hunters and developers are farmers

Published On November 14, 2017
- posted in Blog, Opinion, Qubiz Academy

I have a question for you: will you be happy doing what you do in the present 10 years from now? Or on the contrary, quite likely you’ll realize that you ended up on the wrong side of the IT spectrum? If that happens, let’s hope it won’t be too late…

It happens all too often that ads for testing jobs attract candidates who think of QA as a jumping board for a future career in development. With this plan in mind, they’ll accept testing as a temporary job, while really aiming for a developer position. When (and if!) they succeed getting their “dream job”, the HR specialist has to find another QA…

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Qubiz Bike Ride 2017 in review

Published On November 6, 2017
- posted in Blog, Events, Sports, The Qubiz Culture

When we planned Qubiz Bike Ride, the weather forecast indicated that 23rd of September was the perfect autumn day. With a temperature of about 20 degrees Celsius and a bit of sunshine, it was just the day for a bike ride.

Much to our surprise, 23rd of September turned out to be a rainy day. Come to think about it, probably one of the rainiest days this year.

Still, cold, rainy weather and all, the first edition of Qubiz Bike Ride was quite successful.

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6 things we learned from machine learning projects

Published On October 31, 2017
- posted in Blog, Opinion, Projects & Know-How

What was once considered science fiction is now becoming reality as developers have the resources and the tools to build artificial intelligence programs. Increased computing power in hardware, massive amounts of data and the wide availability of dedicated frameworks – all those are propelling the development of machine learning.

Still, artificial intelligence and machine learning are both a challenge and an opportunity for business and developers alike. While they can secure a competitive advantage for companies, developing such applications is largely uncharted territory.

As we constantly invest in research, we’ve started experimenting with these technologies ourselves. Here’s what we learned from it.

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Qubiz Bike Ride: a cycling event for enthusiasts

Published On August 21, 2017
- posted in Blog, Events, Sports, The Qubiz Culture

Maybe we don’t mention this as often as we should, but we’re really into sports. We play football, basketball, volley, and some of us go swimming or hit the gym regularly. Still, there is a special place in our hearts for riding our bikes.

Whenever possible, we bike to work instead of taking the car. Sometimes we get together for a longer bike ride on the hills of Oradea. Usually it’s good fun as we get to hang out together and do some exercise at the same time.

…And it was on one of these occasions that a thought popped up: what if we organised a bigger bike ride with, let’s say, 200 people? That’s how we got the idea for…

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A different kind of internship

Published On June 21, 2017
- posted in Blog, Qubiz Academy

At Qubiz we have at least two internships every year: one during the spring break, and one over summer vacation. Students who join our ranks for the program get their hands dirty with a real-life software project. They work in Scrum teams led by senior mentors.

This spring we added another twist to the internship by teaming up with the University of Oradea. The objective was to deliver a software for professors as well as to offer students a different perspective on software development. Let’s hear the details of the project from the mentors:

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Taking a leap of faith

Published On June 21, 2017
- posted in Blog, Opinion, The Qubiz Culture

The obstacles and rewards of changing your role in a software company

Nowadays professionals tend to change jobs every 3 to 5 years. You can observe this tendency especially in dynamic industries such as IT&C. At Qubiz, we believe there are better ways to build your career. Why leave your comrades when you can find new opportunities within the same company?

Most of our colleagues choose this path. In some cases they switch projects or learn a new technology, and in other instances they take up new roles and responsibilities. I asked Răzvan – who arguably has the most interesting career path inside the company – to tell us his story.

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Why you should outsource software development

Published On June 6, 2017
- posted in Blog, Opinion

It’s no longer news: companies that don’t embrace digital have a small chance of staying in business 2-3 years from now. So, what’s the best option for developing the necessary software solutions: setting up in-house or outsourcing to software development companies?

While there are benefits to keeping software development in-house, there are also significant challenges, especially at project outset. Outsourcing teams bypass many of those, making it easier to start the actual development.

Here is a list of aspects to consider.

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More than a medal: the EBA Gala in Dubrovnik

Published On May 31, 2017
- posted in Blog, Events

So we went at the European Business Awards Gala. And it’s official, we’re the National Public Champion for Romania. Here’s the medal:

We’re pleased to have it. We worked hard to earn it. Thank you for helping us get it! But the whole thing wasn’t only about the medal. The event and the whole experience were also worthwhile. But lemme start with the beginning.

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10 fresh business books to check out this summer

Published On May 30, 2017
- posted in Blog, Qubiz Academy

If Warren Buffett could credit one habit for his success, it would be reading. According to him, reading, and thinking, have led him to fewer impulse decisions.

Still, even if you’re not Warren Buffett, reading has proven benefits for you too. According to studies, people who read are more empathetic, more cultured, more likely to live longer and can enjoy sharper minds as they age. (source, source). What’s more, you can dive into a book no matter where you are: lying on a sunny beach, on a hot afternoon after work or after a hike in the mountains.

While there are a lot of classic business books, we went in and selected the most interesting books published this year. So, here you go: 10 fresh, interesting business books to check out over the summer (no, the heat is not an excuse to get lazy).

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