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Exove on place 19 among the best workplaces in Finland

Great Place to work gala

Exove reached 19th position on the list of best workplaces in Finland in the category of medium-sized companies. The result is based on the annual research on the best places to work in Finland by Great Place to Work Institute.  Best workplaces in Finland is part of a global research that awards the best workplaces in over 50 countries. The participants in the research in 2017 were 151 companies with a total of about 48 000 employees.

Benefits of Software Testing

exove_software_testing

Why do we test software? Not in order to make tests pass. We test software so as to find bugs, i.e. errors in code, whether those errors are in third party libraries and frameworks or in code developed by us. Testing is successful if bugs and/or security holes are found in the process of testing. If bugs are found and fixed well before the product is released to the customers, then testing has paid off.

Search Engine Optimization Is About Putting Content First and Letting Technology Serve the Content

Your company has just finished publishing an all shiny and new modern website. Good going! However, how can you make sure that people are actually going to visit the site? Search engine optimization (SEO) is an essential part of building a successful website. Content is always king, but technology also has a part to play in the royal court.

Search engine optimization should be taken into consideration already at the design stage of a website; at the very latest, it ought to be taken into account when content is being inserted into the selected system.

Kilpailukykysopimus Exovella: panostamme koulutukseen, avoimeen lähdekoodiin ja asiakkaisiin

Exove_kilpailukykysopimus

Kuten monessa muussakin yrityksessä Suomessa, kävimme henkilökuntamme kanssa neuvottelut loppusyksystä kilpailukykysopimuksen toteuttamisesta Exovella.

Lähtökohtaisesti olemme mukana talkoissa nostamassa Suomen kilpailukykyä. Tämä maa on antanut meille paljon ja nyt on aika antaa takaisin. Kuitenkin jokainen yritys on yksilöllinen, ja siksi lähdimme suunnittelemaan yhdessä Exoven näköistä ja makuista mallia.

From Drupal and WordPress to Node.js Café

Exove_Nodejs cafe

As some of you probably know, every second Tuesday of each month we organize either WordPress or Drupal Café at our premises in Ruoholahti. There’s also been a couple of Concrete5 Cafés. For those who have never heard about this kind of café before: it’s a simple event that basically gathers together the people sharing the same interest.

To Zumba or Not to Zumba

When I first joined Exove five years ago, I asked the employees what kind of expectations they might have for me and HR in general. One of the comments got me very confused, as I was asked never to arrange Zumba. Confusing was not only the fact that I actually back then went to Zumba classes myself (What, how can this guy know that I do Zumba?) but also the thought of HR organizing dance workout classes to a bunch of programmers. Why on earth would I want to make these guys do Zumba?

How to Get Metrizable Results with Prototypes to Prove Your Digital Innovations Are Worth It

results with prototypes

I was building an online service for connecting runners with running event organisers a while ago. The business was based on the original idea and assumptions behind it. And that’s how new innovations are born - you find an idea, create assumptions to support it, and then you just go and explore.

Future lies in young people - spread the word!

People working in our field of business often have a difficult task in explaining what it is that they do for living. “I work as a service designer in a company, that provides digital services” isn’t quite as clear as “I work as a fireman” - and no wonder! The professions we work in are rather new to the world and we realised, that we need to do our part in spreading the knowledge.

The first annual Drupal CEO Survey reports that there is a bright future for Drupal in the enterprise segment

Results from the global Drupal CEO business survey conducted by One Shoe and Exove, in partnership with the Drupal Association, indicate that Drupal will adopt a role as an enterprise level platform. The Drupal CEO Survey has been carried out this year out for the first time and gives insights in the key issues that Drupal agency owners and company leaders worldwide face.

We <3 feedback!

Loveletters box for feedback

As you probably know, feedback helps us all to develop as people and professionals. At Exove we believe so too, and that is why we’ve created a bunch of ways to receive (and give) feedback. Feedback is linked to our development discussions, rewarding models and even training programs. Most of this “official feedback” flows through me, which gives me great joy in my daily work – and helps me to figure out where to focus in the HRD side of my work.

Share your interests; get to know your colleagues

Knitting Club

At workplaces, people spend so much time together discussing about business related topics, projects and technologies. And that is great, since those are the topics we do care about and we are good at. It’s our job and daily life. For many of us, it’s part of the life outside the office as well. Still too often, we see each other only as co-workers, employees and supervisors, which makes it hard to get to know the persons behind their titles and positions.

Developer’s solution to building a better customer experience

the lounge

Building a good customer relationship can be tricky sometimes and it has many factors. What matters is the transparency and the trust. Being transparent, having a freely flowing discussion with all matters concerned helps build trust. Transparency means sharing also the fears and risks of the project.

I heard an inspiring keynote from Imre Gmelig Meijling at DrupalCamp Helsinki recently. Among other things, he spoke about creating good customer experience with Drupal projects through transparency, caring and good communication.

Viestintää keinotodellisuudessa - elämys joka täytyy kokea!

Virtual reality

On kaunis kesäpäivä ja kävelen jylhissä maisemissa Yosemiten luonnonpuistossa. Patikkaseuranani on presidentti Obama perheineen. Maisemat ovat henkeäsalpaavat, ja vuoristopurojen solina sekoittuu lintujen lauluun.  

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