We’ve become a member of the British Business Centre Croatia (BBCC). BBCC supports British companies and investors in Croatia, as well as Croatian companies wishing to do business in the UK and those who are already doing so. It offers advice and expert assistances for members’ businesses. As a BBCC member, we have a chance to work with various membership benefits, for example:
BBCC seeks to develop outstanding market opportunities. Its partners and members are top notch experts, leaders and companies. We believe this membership will help us strengthen and expand our business network.
Professional and commercial audit held in Brussels last week (26th of March) assessed the FERARI (Flexible Event Processing for Big Data Architectures) project as "excellent" in all deliverables during the first year of operation, both from scientific and technological aspect of the project. The rating "excellent" in all aspects of the work is not common for this sort of projects within the first year. This is how the FERARI project additionally distinguished itself among other projects financed from the various EU initiatives (FAIR, FP7, Horizon 2020). Project manager on the PI side, Tomislav Križan, presented one of the three innovative key steps of the FERARI project, which were formed within the first year and will continue to be monitored through innovative processes within the EU and independently from the FERARI project. The key innovative steps within the FERARI project are:
1. Distributed data masking based on in-situ data processing – a product fully developed by PI, in compliance with the FERARI project architecture and with all relevant international legal regulations on the security and anonymization of data including additional reviews within the EU published 2014/05. It has been fully tested in real conditions within the WP1 FERARI project. Further development of the tool continues within the second year of the project in order to become Enterprise Ready and ready for commercial exploitation
2. PROTON (PROactive Technology Online) on STORM is the first distributed Complex Event Processing Tool Developed by IBM that became publicly available under the Open Source license in early February 2015
3. The scientific work associated with effective communication between the in-situ processing nodes and the coordinator ("Communication-Efficient Distributed Online Prediction by Dynamic Model Synchronization" and "Adaptive Communication Bounds for Distributed Online Learning"). These methods drastically affect the communication within distributed environments, and thus contribute to the significant performance scaling towards the existing classical algorithms.
FERARI is a research project aimed to define architectures and develop algorithms for efficient, real-time Big Data technologies of the future. It was launched in February 2014 in Haifa, Israel. Leader of the FERARI project consortium is Fraunhofer - Institut für Intelligente Analyse und Informationssysteme (IAIS), and consortium members are TECHNION – Israel Institute of Technology, IBM Israel, Technology University of Crete, Croatian Telecom and Poslovna Inteligencija. PI is the holder of the dissemination work package and it participates in three more developmental work packages. This collaborative project from 7th Framework programme is financed through FP7-ICT-2013-11 STREP (small and medium scale focused research projects) programme.
Technologies used in this project will affect the faster and better decision making and improve competitiveness in the market. An innovative software solution for Big Data analysis of events in large flows of data will be developed and promoted through this project. The solution will offer online processing (online and in-situ processing) instead of a centralized packet processing that is the only effective way for fast processing of large sensor data. More detailed explanation of the solutions that will be developed through the FERARI project, please find in the PI blog.
The planned duration of the project is 36 months. We are in our 2nd year now and hope the project would continue as successfully as it started judging by the successful year 1 review. Congratulations to the entire team! Please find additional information at the official FERARI website.
With a support of IBM Croatia, on 25 March, at the Sheraton Hotel in Zagreb, Poslovna Inteligencija hosted a free workshop IBM Netezza - First Reference Case in Croatia. A total of 44 participants were given an insight into a solution that can help solve problems with the performance of analytical systems in their organization. Through the experience of the first Croatian user of IBM Netezza technology, the participants realized the business value they can accomplish by its implementation. The workshop was attended by leaders and high-ranking employees of IT departments of some of the leading Croatian telecoms, banks, public and other companies.
The primary objective of the workshop was to introduce the IBM Netezza solution that helps to use data in companies and organizations more efficiently and faster. This provides quality business results through revenue growth and cost reduction. Mr. Ivan Radić from the business-technology company mStart, who is responsible for the complete development and management of BI solutions in Agrokor group, shared with the participants their experiences in implementation, as well as the experience gained by offering this advanced technology to its users within Agrokor. With an expert from Poslovna Inteligencija, Marijan Bračić, guest speakers from IBM gave a bigger picture of the importance of big data in modern times, the application of Netezza in business and clarify its technical background. This allowed the participants to see why IBM Netezza was indispensable in data efficiency improvement.
All lectures from this workshop will soon be available on the YouTube channel of Poslovna Inteligencija.
MS NetWork is the largest business and technology conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Director of our sister company in Sarajevo, Amel Pasic, will hold a presentation on the topic of ‘Power BI – Step towards Greater Efficiency and Competitiveness’ at MS NetWork.
MS Power BI is a Self-Service BI solution that provides unprecedented refinement possibilities of existing data, as well as their analysis and review through interactive visual reports. So, greater productivity and competitiveness is enabled to users who daily consume this data. Amel will present key components of Power BI solution and its application options, emphasising the series of new Power BI capabilities - dashboards, new visualizations, support for the popular software-as-a-service mobile applications, as well as the link to an on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services and other novelties.
MS NetWork conference is known as a conference that brings together the best local and regional speakers. Fifth Microsoft NetWork Conference will take place from 27th to 29th April 2015 in the congress centre of the Grand Hotel Neum. For more information, please visit the official website of the conference.