Protecting Our Customers with Open Source

Open source security updates, Drupal and Poodle

The past week has marked a pronounced peak in our maintenance operations: on Wednesday, we woke up to what immediately seemed like an unscheduled server maintenance day to patch the POODLE SSL/TLS vulnerability. Despite the overall moderate threat level, we quickly concluded to issue an extra server maintenance cycle since the vulnerability carries a considerable confidentiality impact and we know our customers are very meticulous with privacy.

Drupal Cafe - DrupalCon Amsterdam Slides Available

Lauri Eskola talks about DrupalCon Amsterdam at Drupal Cafe Helsinki at Exove office

Yesterday's Drupal Cafe had an excellent session and discussion about DrupalCon Amsterdam, upcoming Drupal events in Helsinki, Turku, and nearby cities, possibilities to give back to the community, and benefits of open source in general.

Lauri Eskola shared the community aspects of DrupalCon in his keynote. The slides can be seen here or on Lauri's site.

Passion, Gratitude & Open Source

WordPress meetup in Exove Tallinn office

"WordPress saved my life". This profound statement striked me and ignited my curiosity to hear more about what the speaker had to share. The passion could be felt in our office in Tallinn during the WordPress meetup which we sponsored last Thursday. It started after usual working hours, and Kaarel Veike, the organizer of the event, was ready to share his insights and experience as a WordPress aficionado.

Django Beatty has joined Exove UK

Django Beatty joins Exove UK

We are thrilled to announce that Django Beatty has joined Exove as our UK Representative.

Django has extensive background working open solutions with some of the biggest digital businesses in the UK. This combined with our extensive experience gained working with the leading customers in the Nordics and Baltics will be a very compelling offering in the UK.

First Ever Agile CXO Held Today

Agile CXO event at Exove on September 2014

Photo by Jussi Markula.

We hosted the very first Agile CXO event today at our office together with Agile Finland. The event collected the agile industry leaders to discuss on relevant topics related to agility and lean way of working. We had people from software companies, design agencies, and customers.

Time for Ice Cream

Trainee program is ending - time for ice cream

Based on the weather summer ended a while ago already, but to follow tradition, we're celebrating the end of the summer today. What could be better way to do it, than to have ice cream?

We are also celebrating the end of an era, as our 2014 Trainees are "graduating" today. As of tomorrow they will be our permanent employees and members of the development teams. Despite of their individual situations with their studies, all of them were able to commit to working at least part time, and thus will be a valuable addition to our ever growing team of professionals. 

On the indispensable value of inquisitiveness

The value of inquisitiveness

Had you been deterred from this article after reading its unnecessarily complex title I would not have blamed you. But here you are. Perhaps you carried on reading solely because you have some extra time on your hands or maybe you are simply curious and not easily put off. Assuming and hoping for the latter, I believe this post to be relevant since it discusses curiosity, among other things.

More than cleaning the storage

I have been working at Exove for this summer as an office assistant. I study in high school and am interested in communications. I was thrilled when I got the job and even though I had my own expectations, hopes and fears, this job has turned out to be everything I ever wanted!

I have basically very little experience from working life before this, but I am an active member of the students association and act as an editor-in-chief for our school’s newspaper. 

Trainee Experiences

Project management trainee

It's been a few weeks now since I started as a project management trainee at Exove and I'm starting to learn the ropes. Hence it might be suitable to share a few words about the application process and the experience thus far, especially since I'm the only non-developer trainee and might have a slightly different perspective.

Exove Summer Day 2014

Exove staff has a summer day workshop before activities

We had our annual summer day yesterday, and as usual, had loads of fun.

The day started with an all hands on deck meeting in which we discussed about our values. We created a big set of protovalues in teams and will continue to discuss these in smaller groups during the summer. The image above shows around half of our people, we didn't have wide enough lens to get everyone in the picture.

Welcoming Trainees

Welcoming trainees to a leading open source design and development company Exove

With hours, days and weeks of challenging selection process, we’ve finally reached a point, where we have selected all our Trainees to our Helsinki office. Last of the Trainees started the day before yesterday and we are ready with the Program launch as soon as Tallinn recruitment is finalized. 

This year we received altogether over 200 applications from talented candidates, of which we interviewed approximately 30%. As there are a limited number of places in the program, only one candidate out of ten interviewed got in. 

Perfect Web Project Seminar Slides

We hosted yesterday an excellent seminar on what are the ingredients for a perfect web project together with North Patrol and Prominda. Besides excellent presentations, we had lively discussion on the topic.

The slides can be viewed on our Slideshare channel or directly below.

Web Consulting with a Twist

Exove consulting services

We’ve been always proud about the fact we can help our customers in all matters related to web and mobile services. In addition to design & implementation work, we provide also comprehensive set of web consulting services.

Heartbleed bug

It started like a normal Tuesday morning. First thing I did after waking up, was to check my Twitter. After seeing a lot of tweets about OpenSSL, I had to dig deeper. At first glance, it seemed like the worst thing to hit the web for many years. And it was.

OpenSSL was leaking its memory contents. The programmer had missed one size check when writing the heartbeat implementation. But it was bad. All traffic , usernames and passwords and even server private keys are in that particular memory.

Drupal 8 - What to learn from Symfony, slides

We had a very good Drupal Café yesterday. Joonas Iivonen, a senior developer at Exove, gave an excellent presentation about the Symfony components in Drupal 8. The focus was on what a Drupal developer needs to learn from Symfony to be productive with Drupal 8.

The slides can be found at our Slideshare channel and also below.