28.07.2014 / Kristiina Burtsoff

Työhönpaluu kesäloman jälkeen koettelee päivärytmin lisäksi hyvin vahvasti myös työmotivaatiota. Viimeistään työpaikan hissiin astuessa tulee tunne, joka on ehkä mukavan odottava, iloisen innostunut, latautuneen energinen, tai pahimmassa tapauksessa väsähtänyt ja epätoivoinen. Hissibarometria kannattaa kuunnella ja havainnot tehtyään käyttää sähköpostin purkamisen ohessa muutama hetki oman elämänsä energiatasapainon miettimiseen.

Mistä saan energiaa ja onko työni minulle energiaa tuottava vai sitä kuluttava tekijä? Ja mitkä asiat työssä antavat minulle energiaa? Ovatko ne työkaverit ja heidän päättömän hauskat juttunsa lounaspöydässä, innostava ilmapiiri, jossa voi tuoda oman persoonansa ja ideansa esiin pelkäämättä torjutuksi tulemista vai ehkä mahdollisuus auttaa muita; asiakkaita tai työkavereita? Omat työn motivaatiotekijät on hyvä tunnistaa, jotta niistä voi iloita (ja lisätä samalla energiatasoaan eksponentiaalisesti) ja jotta niitä voi tietoisesti kehittää, jos tarvetta on.

Jokaisella meistä on elämässään myös energiasyöppöjä. Voimia vie läheistemme ongelmat, pienten lasten kanssa valvominen ja sairaudet, puuduttavat kotityöt, aikataulut joihin emme koe voivamme vaikuttaa ja ylipäätään monet arkielämän velvollisuudet. Energiasyöpöt käyttävät kaikki samaa virtalähdettä, joten työssä jaksaminenkin kärsii varmasti ellei työ ole motivoivaa ja innostavaa. Virtalähteitä on innostavan työn lisäksi monenlaisia ja omansa löytää vain kokeilemalla. Harrastukset, hyvät ihmissuhteet, luovuuden toteuttaminen ja luonnosta nauttiminen toimivat useimmilla. Kaikki eivät osaa nauttia sohvalla loikoilusta mutta ainakin ajatuksilleen kannattaa antaa välillä rauha sulkemalla sisäinen pöpöttäjä pois päältä.

Jotta työn energiatasapaino olisi valtaosan ajasta positiivinen, itseään ja työuraansa kannattaa ehdottomasti johtaa. Esimiehen kanssa kannattaa pohtia työssä kehittymistä ja uusien osaamisalueiden valtaamista tulevaisuuteen katsoen. Meillä jokaisella on pinttyneitä ajatuksia kyvyistämme ja mahdollisuuksistamme. Oma näkökulmamme tähän asiaan on aina vähän toinen kuin muiden, ja siksi muiden näkemyksiä kannattaa ehdottomasti kuunnella. Koutsaava esimies osaa avata silmiä myös uusille mahdollisuuksille ja tätä palvelua saa esimieheltään myös vaatia.


17.07.2014 / Ville Niemijärvi

Jyväsjärvi TriathlonLouhialaisten tittelit, nokkimisjärjestys ja palkkaneuvottelut käydään perinteiseen tapaan vuosittain Jyväsjärvi Triathlonin merkeissä. Ensimmäisenä maaliin saapunut saa valita parhaan kulmahuoneen toimistosta ja muhkeimman tilipussin. Viimeiseksi jääneen kanssa aloitetaan yt-“neuvottelut”. Menettely on ay-liikeen ja työsuojeluviranomaisten siunaama, tietenkin.

Tämä vuoden kovin urheilutapahtuma mitellään tulevana lauantaina 19.7 Jyväskylässä Jyväsjärven kauniissa maisemissa. Kisa on käytännössä leppoisa kesäretki, jossa pulahdetaan järvessä (n. 300 metriä), pyöräillään järven ympäri (n. 14 km) ja juostaan puolikas järveä (n. 4 km). Kisa on tarkoitettu ennen kaikkea aloittelijoille ja keltanokille. Osallistumismaksu on huimat 2 euroa.

Tervetuloa mukaan! Lisätietoja kisasta reittikarttoineen löydät täältä.

Virallinen kisabiisi tulee tänä vuonna Keitelejazzeillakin esiintyvältä Focukselta. Mukavaa kesää!


11.07.2014 / Mika Tanner

Excluding fishermen, foresters, hunters and farmers, there are almost 270.000 companies in Finland. That is 1,5 companies per lake. That is 0,71 companies per square kilometer. 98,9% of all companies are small, 50 employees or under. There are only 600 companies which employ 250 people or more. Over half (53%) of the compound revenue of all companies (390 billion euros) is generated by SME companies and they comprise 40% of our GDP.

Compared to large economies like Germany, the proportion of small (50-250 employees) companies in Finland could triple to match that of mega-economies. There is a general consensus that the potential of future economic growth and innovation stems largely from this broad base of small enterprises. And also that the SME sector needs to be heavily supported to start a meaningfully positive trend.

The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK, Elinkeinoelämän Keskusliitto) released a report in May 2014 based on a survey of almost 800 leaders – the results were somewhat depressing. The perceived atmosphere and attitudes towards entrepreneurship has eroded during the past couple of years. The exception being the start-up scene which is flooding with positive energy and with the supercells of our time, the image of Finland as a haven for start-ups and innovation has been polished. There is a strong aspirational drive towards international markets, largely because of high labor costs and steep taxation in the domestic market.

Another phenomenon which amplifies an increasingly throbbing SME head-ache is the trend in increasingly longer payment terms and its impact on cash-flow and an increasing need for external financing. The current average payment time is “only” 28 days, but the large businesses are imposing small businesses with payment terms of up to 60 days and prolonging payment milestones to the extreme. If the well-being of the SME sector were in the hands of corporate solidarity, the SME segment would be doomed.

EK sees that the internationalization of the Finnish SME sector needs to be supported to stimulate the growth of this sector. Only 28% of the nation’s exports stem from the SME, which means our export-dependent economy is dependent on our large companies making it somewhat vulnerable. In addition, businesses’ culture and attitudes towards growth related risk-taking should change – higher returns typically come from higher risk-taking.

The technology industry is the strongest of our industry segments with regards to exports (55%) and R&D investments (80%). The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries has a mission to ensure the Finnish technology industry has the required preconditions to succeed in the global marketplace. The Federation harbors various initiatives and works with the primary organizations which support innovation and internationalization as well as organizations such as Finnvera, Tekes, Sitra, Finpro, ministries and many other associations and lobbyists.

The Ministry of Labor and Economy commissioned the ICT2015 Working Group to issue a new strategy to address the abrupt structural changes ICT was facing, to rethink the domestic ICT industry and to re-ignite growth. The findings were titled as “21 Paths To A Frictionless Finland”, grouped into for different categories of capabilities: Infrastructure, Skills, Finance and Operating Methods. I found the report quite stimulating and the findings were largely pragmatic and seemingly executable, but somehow my mood remains unchanged – in a perfect world, yes this is exactly what we should do! The proceedings of the “21 Paths” can be monitored on the ICT2015 website, each path itemized separately with a process rating and details on what has been accomplished.

Looking at the roster of members in the ICT2015 Working Group, I wonder who was truly representing the 98,9% of Finnish businesses i.e. those businesses which are supposedly the fuel- for-our-future-growth? In fact, none of them directly, a few of them through association at best.

There seems to be quite a strong consensus on what needs to be done to support the SME businesses, to fuel growth, to ignite innovation and to endorse a true internationalization agenda. The same consensus also agrees that governmental policy and decision-making is the single largest change agent in making things develop in the right direction.

As a leader of a mid-size company and operating in the ICT industry, what would I consider as an appropriate recipe for us? I would cluster them into a couple of disciplines: financial instruments, marketing and promotional instruments and networking and collaboration instruments.

Financial instruments need to be finely tuned. Given that 98,9 % of our economy’s companies are categorized as SME and they generate over half of the compound revenue, I can understand the caution of implementing e.g. broad scale tax relief or other instruments which potentially impact fiscal KPIs. Targeted measures however, could also have immediate positive effect as small companies have more straight-forward decision making protocols and thus they react with more agility than larger organizations. One would think the hefty advantage the state gets from having a citizen employed (and paying taxes) would be tempting enough to release some incentives to the employers – instead of having one more on the street living off unemployment allowance. Channeling back some of this advantage to the employer would surely result in lowering the employment threshold.

On more positive note, there are a couple of measures available for tax relief in the form on R&D expense deduction (as tax-relief) as well as relief from education expenses. The former, though, has an expiration date and has ambiguous guidelines.

Practically all SME’s are privately held and I doubt many shareholders and owners would try to benefit from immediate prize but rather channel relief measures on more long-term actualizations and investments. Currently available R&D related instruments are not very effective and do not encourage many companies to apply for them.

In most articles I read about SME companies’ growth ambitions, globe-trotting ranks pretty high up. Internationalization is notoriously expensive and many businesses have ended belly-up as a result of fruitless crusades to the unknown. Entering a new market for a formerly unknown SME company is the start of high-velocity marketing and sales promotion activities, which are high in cost and often slow in return. When cash-flow is everything, it can be a while before the newcomer sees any flow in its accounts. There are organizations which promote Finnish companies in foreign markets – but at a cost, which even after cost relief measures can prove to be quite an investment.

Among the 269.400 companies (the SME sector) there are surely clusters of companies which could be identified who have very limited competitive overlap but similarities in terms of geographical aspirations, high-level industry similarities and other compatibilities for joining efforts in international expansion or other development agenda. But navigating the interconnected support schemes, understanding application procedures, identifying emerging initiatives, building networks to different organizations requires expertize. Clustering demand and interests could help share the burden of seeking schemes and initiatives with common denominators.

Building the future for SME companies is not an easy exercise. When support measures and initiatives are arbitrary, they seem to come and go, the guidelines are sometimes enigmatic and often with very limited impact, it is virtually impossible to implement them into any long-term planning. It is unreliable to base any business-cases on relief instruments and at best, they are included in long-term investment calculations as the unknown variable.

Well, now it is time to switch off for a while. I will bury all thoughts of the future of SME’s into the sands of my summer vacation. Looking at the amount of discussion bubbling around this subject, I am confident things will evolve in the right direction.


4.07.2014 / Jani Puroranta

Bilot announced on July 4, 2014 that it has joined the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program as Hortonwork’s first partner in Finland and will be delivering big data solutions powered by Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Hortonworks is the only 100% open source software provider to develop, distribute and support an Apache Hadoop platform explicitly architected, built and tested for enterprise-grade deployments.

 

Below a Q&A around this news exploring the move in further detail:

 

Why did Bilot choose to partner with Hortonworks?

Hadoop has quickly become an industry standard in big data, and Hortonworks is the leading contributor to and provider of Hadoop. Hortonworks has done a great job in translating the Apache Hadoop open source project to a serious enterprise-level platform i.e. the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP).

By partnering with Hortonworks, we strengthen our ability to implement enterprise-level big data in large installations that require storing and analyzing large amounts of both structured and unstructured data. With HDP, we can be sure to deliver our enterprise customers with best-in-class Hadoop solution, integration, and support.

 

From Bilot’s standpoint, why is Hortonworks a better partner than some of the other Hadoop providers on the market?

I see three key strengths that distinguish Hortonworks from other players from our standpoint:

(1) Bilot is known for its expertise in delivering great enterprise solutions using SAP and Microsoft products. Hortonworks Data Platform is the only product on the market supporting Hadoop for Microsoft Windows Azure and Windows Server. HDP is also designed to integrate particularly well with SAP HANA, our key platform and appliance for practical big data solutions. Hence, there is great synergy from both an architecture and a go-to-market perspective between Bilot and Hortonworks.

(2) Hortonworks develops its product always 100% with the open source community. Hortonworks is particularly active in driving enterprise requirements in the open source community and is probably the largest single contributor in the actual development of Enterprise Hadoop. Hence, with HDP, our customers get a platform and direct support from the very same people that were responsible for developing the Enterprise Hadoop in the first place!

(3) Another benefit from keeping the Hortonworks platform as close to the open source project as possible is that there is little vendor lock in. In contrast, other players in the enterprise Hadoop field only provide their own modified version of the original open source Hadoop project. Always staying at the cutting edge of Hadoop while not having a vendor lock in is an important point to many of our customers.

 

How does this fit in Bilot’s offering?

As Bilot is venturing increasingly into big data – particularly from a practical big data standpoint – capabilities to integrate seamlessly with Hadoop becomes important. Our BI and analytics offering will be greatly enhanced with the ability to offer Hadoop integration to our customers’ other platforms such as SAP HANA.

 

Why should Bilot’s customers be interested in big data, Hadoop and SAP HANA?

Big data provides benefits to enterprises that cannot be captured with the use of traditional analytics and BI. We at Bilot like to approach big data from a practical standpoint, where big data is not an academic exercise, but instead delivers results and real-life frontline applications fast. This means that the integration between the big data storage, analytical appliances, production systems, and frontline applications needs to be seamless and real-time. An integrated solution with SAP HANA and Hadoop achieves this.

 

If SAP HANA and Hadoop are both great big data platforms, why would you need both?

As an extreme simplification, I would like to think of it as comparing a Porsche and a Mack truck: both are great in their own right, but serve a very different purpose. Hadoop is the Mack truck i.e. great for storing a large amount of varied data, but slower on real-time analysis that needs to integrate with other applications. On the other hand, SAP HANA is like the Porsche i.e. fast in real-time analytics and integration to frontline applications, but impractical and costly for storing very large amounts of data, especially if unstructured. If you are serious about doing real-time business and practical big data, you cannot live without the speed (=SAP HANA), but may also need Hadoop to store and analyze all of the data collected.

 

When can Bilot’s customers start using Hadoop together with SAP HANA?

We will be piloting Hadoop (Hortonworks Data Platform) with SAP HANA during fall 2014 and will have full readiness to integrate customers’ SAP HANA platforms with HDP by end of 2014.


4.07.2014 / News Team

Delivering Enterprise Hadoop Solutions Powered by the Hortonworks Data Platform

 

Bilot announced today that it has joined the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program to deliver big data solutions powered by the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Hortonworks is the leading contributor to and provider of Apache™ Hadoop®. Bilot’s customers can now benefit from easier integration between Hadoop and SAP HANA platforms, both premier enterprise platforms for big data.

 

By joining the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner program, Bilot will further strengthen its ability to implement enterprise-level big data solutions including the Hortonworks Data Platform, the industry’s only 100-percent open source Hadoop distribution, explicitly architected, built, and tested for enterprise-grade deployments.

 

Bilot’s current services enable customers to easily upgrade their data storage and data processing capacity for structured and unstructured data in big data installations on SAP HANA. The integration with Hadoop enables customers to seamlessly scale up as the amount of data collected, stored, and processed within their big data initiatives grows.

 

“Our partnership with Hortonworks boosts our capabilities to integrate our customers seamlessly with enterprise-level Hadoop in relation to big data initiatives on SAP HANA. As Hortonworks’ first integration partner in Finland and as forerunners in practical big data, we are thrilled to drive adoption of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hadoop in general in Finland,” says Jani Puroranta, Director of Business Information Solutions at Bilot.

 

Hortonworks Data Platform was built by the core architects, builders and operators of Apache Hadoop and includes all of the necessary components to manage a cluster at scale and uncover business insights from existing and new big data sources. With a YARN-based architecture, HDP enables multiple workloads, applications and processing engines across single clusters with optimal efficiency. A reliable, secure and multi-use enterprise data platform, HDP is an important component of the modern data architecture, helping organizations mine, process and analyze large batches of unstructured data sets to make more informed business decisions.

 

“We welcome Bilot to the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program and look forward to working with them to provide data-driven applications powered by HDP for our joint customers,” said John Kreisa, vice president of strategic marketing at Hortonworks. “Bilot’s long-standing experience delivering high-value enterprise solutions in Finland creates a natural expansion to add Hadoop integration services as companies of all sizes are adopting Hadoop to support their big data projects.”

 

Bilot is an independent, creative and genuinely customer focused business technology company. Founded in 2005 by leading experts in their field, we are a growth company and regarded as a pioneer when it comes to adopting and developing the latest SAP and Microsoft solutions. Bilot group turnover in 2013 was 15 MEUR and there are currently approximately 120 employees. Bilot is a Gold level partner of SAP and Microsoft. bilot.fi

 

For more information, please contact Jani Puroranta, Director of Business Information Solutions at Bilot jani.puroranta@bilot.fi  / +358 50 517 9992


4.07.2014 / News Team

Enterprise Hadoop –ratkaisutoimituksia Hortonworks Data Platformin avulla

 

Bilot julkisti tänään liittyneensä Hortonworks Systems Integrator kumppanuusohjelmaan ja toimittaa jatkossa Hortonworksin Data Platformiin (HDP) perustuvia big data ratkaisuja. Hortonworks on johtava Apache™ Hadoop®:in kehittäjä ja tarjoaja. Bilotin asiakkaat hyötyvät helpommasta integraatiosta Hadoop ja SAP HANA –teknologioiden välillä, joista kumpikin ovat johtavia teknologiota big datan hyödyntämisessä yrityskäytössä.

 

Liittymällä Hortonworksin integraatiokumppanuusohjelmaan Bilot vahvistaa kykyään toimittaa yritystasoisia big data –ratkaisuja. Tämä sisältää nyt myös Hortonworks Data Platformin, ainoan 100-prosenttisesti open sourceen perustuvan Hadoop –jakeluratkaisun, joka on erityisesti suunniteltu, rakennettu ja testattu yrityskäyttöä varten.

 

Bilotin palvelut auttavat asiakkaita helposti kasvattamaan sekä strukturoidun että strukturoimattoman tiedon varastointi- ja käsittelykapasiteettia SAP HANA big data installaatiohin liittyen. Integraatio Hadoopiin mahdollistaa asiakkaalle saumattoman skaalautuvuuden big data hankkeissa kerätyn, varastoidun ja käsitellyn tiedon määrän kasvaessa.

 

“Kumppanuutemme Hortonworksin kanssa kasvattaa kykyämme integroida asiakkaamme saumattomasti yritystasoiseen Hadoopiin asiakkaan SAP HANA:a hyödyntävissä big data hankkeissa. Hortonworksin ensimmäisenä integraatiokumppanina Suomessa ja käytännöllisen big datan puolestapuhujana olemme innoissamme voidessamme edistää Hortonworks Data Platformin (HDP) sekä Hadoopin käyttöönottoa Suomessa yleisesti”, sanoo Jani Puroranta, Bilotin analytiikkaratkaisuista vastaava johtaja.

 

Hortonworks Data Platformin ovat rakentaneet Apache Hadoopin suunnittelijat, rakentajat ja käyttäjät. Se sisältää kaikki tarvittavat toiminnallisuudet skaalautuvaan Hadoop –klusterin hallintaan sekä uusien liiketoimintanäkemysten synnyttämiseen olemassaolevista ja uusista big data tietolähteistä. YARN-pohjaisen arkkitehtuurin avulla HDP mahdollistaa tehokkaasti monta samanaikaista työtehtävää, applikaatioita ja prosessointimoottoria yhden klusterin sisällä. HDP on luotettava, varma ja monen käyttäjän yritystason tietoalusta, joka on tärkeä osa modernia data-arkkitehtuuria. HDP auttaa organisaatioita louhimaan, käsittelemään ja analysoimaan suuria eriä strukturoimatonta tietoa ja sen avulla tekemään parempia päätöksiä liiketoimintaansa koskien.

“Toivotamme Bilotin tervetulleeksi Hortonworks Systems Integrator –kumppanuusohjelmaamme ja työskentelemme mielellämme Bilotin kanssa toimittaaksemme HDP:n avulla rakennettuja tietoa hyödyntäviä sovelluksia yhteisille asiakkaillemme”, sanoo John Kreisa, strategisen markkinoinnin johtaja Hortonworksillä. ”Bilotin pitkä kokemus korkean lisäarvon yritysratkaisujen toimittajana Suomessa luo luonnollisen jatkumon Hadoop-integraatiopalveluille kaiken kokoisten yritysten ottaessa Hadoopin enenevissä määrin käyttöön big data –projekteissaan.”

 

 

Bilot on itsenäinen, luova ja aidosti asiakaskeskeinen yritysteknologiayhtiö. Tämä vuonna 2005 alansa johtavien asiantuntijoiden perustama kasvuyhtiö tunnetaan tienraivaajana uusien SAP ja Microsoft –pohjaisten sovellusten kehittämisessä ja käyttöönotossa. Bilot –konsernin liikevaihto vuonna 2013 oli 15 MEUR ja se työllistää noin 120 henkeä. Bilot on SAP:in ja Microsoftin kultatason kumppani. bilot.fi

 

Lisätietoja aiheesta antaa Jani Puroranta, Bilotin analytiikkaratkaisuista vastaava johtaja: jani.puroranta@bilot.fi / +358 50 517 9992