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We are 10!

Our first decisions were taken at the kitchen table. 10 years on we employ 100 people in 3 offices. We have completed over 600 projects for clients from Europe and the United States. Every day we convince everyone that Agile is not just a methodology. Agile is a mindset.

Our 10th birthday celebration was a unique one. We created a gift for our clients, partners, friends as well as for ourselves. Content is king, they say. So we thought good content would be the best option. That is how the Move IT magazine was born.

Move IT is a publication in which we take a closer look at the changes that have taken place in the industry over the last 10 years. We present our clients’ success stories from their own perspective. We let Goyello experts speak.

And last but not least, we were curious as to what our future clients may require, so we asked young people to share their needs and expectations.

Move IT contains 34 pages of valuable content created by a team of skilled people – just take a look.
Have a great read!

Pipeline Summit 2016

Goyello at Pipeline Summit 2016

Peter Horsten, Managing Director at Goyello, and Paweł Paluch, Business Development Manager, represented Goyello at the Pipeline Summit 2016 conference in Warsaw.

Peter took part in a discussion panel on selling business solutions.
“Long lasting cooperation always starts with building relationship and it comes with honesty and authenticity which is the most important in business,” said Peter Horsten.

Participating in the panel were also Tomasz Woźniak (Future Mind) and Wiktor Schmidt (Netguru).

Pipeline Summit is an event for Sales and Business Development professionals in Poland. Its originator, Mick Griffin’s aim is to enable Polish companies to learn about the most effective sales strategies and to help startups gain new clients.

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We’ve got the IT Leader 2016 title!

We are pleased to announce that we got the first prize in the Business Intelligence Trends category in the IT Leaders contest organised as part of the IT Future Expo fair in Warsaw.

The awarded product is ARMS – Advanced Risk Management Suite, a self-learning solution based on the machine learning technology. ARMS not only gathers and analyses data but it also draws conclusions. It is a tool used, among others, for advanced risk analysis in the insurance and banking industries. Used in sales it helps adjust prices and facilitates cross-selling and up-selling. It supports helpline activities as it analyses customer data and lets helpline consultants better serve them.

We are convinced that this great tool will let us address even more problems and challenges our clients face.

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88% of Pomerania’s SMEs are going to innovate – Goyello’s survey shows

The majority of small and medium-sized companies based in Pomerania are going to launch new products and services. Over 50% of the participants of a survey we conducted want to invest in digital solutions.

In February ̶ April 2016 a survey was conducted among small and medium-sized businesses in Pomerania. The aim of the survey, supported by the Pracodawcy Pomorza organisation, Invest in Pomerania, InvestGDA and Olivia Business Centre, was to determine the direction of development of small and medium-sized companies in the region. 77% of the companies that took part in the survey are service businesses. Over half of them (63%) claim they are active in both national and international markets. One in ten participants active in the local market only is interested in expanding its operations abroad.

“It’s a positive trend and a promising one. It proves that businesses in Pomerania are well established in the national market. They are experienced and eager to gain global success,” says Peter Horsten, Managing Director at Goyello, a company that conducted the survey.

Opportunities
Almost all of the companies surveyed (97%) are focused on winning new markets or/and new distribution channels. A vast majority of them (88%) are planning to introduce new products and services. The employers who participated in the survey are aware of the fact that the success of their businesses depends on the following factors:

– growth of employment and improvement in employees’ skills (65%),
– investment in fixed assets (32%),
– investment in digital solutions which, in the upcoming 2 years, will be an important issue for almost half of the participants.

Obstacles
At the same time, the entrepreneurs have pointed out obstacles that hinder their development. High fixed costs remain the main barrier here. 70% of the participants mention it as the key obstacle that limits the development of their companies. 50% of the entrepreneurs surveyed claim that limited access to external sources of finance, such as loans and European funds, is a serious impediment. One third of the participants have problems getting access to highly qualified specialists and see it as a reason for lack of development.

“Only one in three managers we have surveyed has comprehensive and profound knowledge of current market trends. On in three participants of the survey has limited and insufficient knowledge as regards implementation of new solutions in their companies. One in two Pomeranian entrepreneurs experiences difficulties in assessing risk and covering high costs of innovation. 55% of them cannot find reliable business partners. This proves that despite the fact there has been a lot of talk about innovation recently, it is difficult to introduce it in small and medium-sized businesses. We still have plenty of work to do to make our economy truly innovative. Unlimited access to professional education as well as to detailed research that would help entrepreneurs take key decisions can help us reach that aim,” says Peter Horsten.

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Children’s Day at Goyello

Goyello team members and their kids had a great time on Saturday, 4 June. Children had a unique opportunity to take a look at the office their mums and dads work at.

This year Children’s Day celebration was a very special one. For the first time in Goyello’s history we invited kids to come over to the office.
The young visitors were taken on a short tour and had an opportunity to see every nook and cranny of our Gdańsk headquarters.

After the tour they spent some time playing with play leaders and had delicious treats.

Then we all joined the official Olivia Business Centre celebration at the nearby stadium. There were jump castles, dance and sports activities, face painting, competitions kids could participate in with their parents and plenty of other attractions. It was great fun!

Goyello team at Kaszebe Runda

Goyello riders at Kaszebe Runda

Eleven Goyello cycling enthusiasts took up the challenge of the Kaszebe Runda on 29 May. It was great fun to take a beautiful countryside route and meet at the finish line in Kościerzyna.

Kaszebe Runda is a cycling race taking place in the picturesque Kashubia region. It starts and finishes in Kościerzyna. Participants can choose one of three distances: 65, 125 or 195 km. Our riders decided to ride either 65 km (3 participants) and 125 km (8 participants). Together they covered the distance of 1196 km. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

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Our participation in the Kaszebe Runda race was part of Goyello Power Club, an initiative every Goyello employee can join. Members of Goyello Power Club take part in regular workouts, sporting events and meetings with experts on healthy lifestyle, sports and proper diet. At Goyello Power Club we also have Fruity Mondays – a weekly deliery of fresh fruit and natural fruit juices for everyone at Goyello.

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Goyello at infoShare 2016

This year’s infoShare, taking place on 18-20 May in Gdańsk, was an extremely busy time for us as a gold sponsor of the event.

Peter Horsten, our Managing Director, was invited to host meetings at the Inspire Stage. Peter welcomed and introduced such guests as David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, co-founder of The Pirate Bay and Gary Whitehall, the originator of the Entrepreneur Week, to mention just a few great speakers. Peter was also the leader during the roundtable discussions, taking place during the Leaders Event, on the second day of the conference.

Goyello’s machine learning expert, Kacper Jankowski, was a speaker at the conference. Kacper gave two lectures on machine learning during the Tech Stage and Tech Stage Plus presentations.

InfoShare is the biggest tech conference in CEE region with a long history that goes back to 2007 and a constantly growing audience. This year over 5000 experts in IT, new media, project management as well as startup owners gathered in Gdańsk to listen to over 100 speakers and take part in the great networking, knowledge & experience sharing event.

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Goyello Team in the Triathlon Gdańsk competition

Nine of Goyello Power Club members participated in the Triathlon Gdańsk AWFiS competition. They covered the super sprint distance. For the majority of them it was their first triathlon ever. Congratulations, guys!

On Sunday morning, 1 May, our triathletes were all present and ready to fight at the start of the race that took place at Gdańsk University of Physical Education (AWFiS). They were to cover three distances in three disciplines. First there was 600 m swim, then 15 km cycle and finally – 3 km run. All our guys did really well and they say they had a great time.

It took the team several months to prepare for the race. They had regular swimming, cycling and running workouts with SportEvo trainers. Their participation in the triathlon was part of Goyello Power Club, an initiative in which members of our team take part in workouts, sports events and meetings with experts on healthy living and diet. At Goyello Power Club we also benefit from Fruity Mondays – a weekly box of fresh fruit and natural fruit juices.

Watch a short video footage of the race.

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King’s Day and Open Day at Goyello

On 27 April our office was even more orange than it usually is. We celebrated King’s Day. We took the opportunity to invite guests to take part in Goyello Open Day.

April 27 is a special day for everyone in the Netherlands as it is King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. As always, we had a King’s Day celebration at our Polish headquarters, too. There were bunches of tulips for our Olivia Business Centre neighbours and plenty of orange balloons everywhere. There was also a quiz about the Netherlands for our Facebook fans. Finally, there was a small feast – Dutch cheese and sweet stroopwafels – and… the royal election – we elected our own king. Our colleague, Janek Falkowski, was crowned and took over the reins for the day.

This year we combined the King’s Day celebration with the Open Day. On 28 April over 80 people came to visit us at the office, the number exceeding our expectations! Many of them were interested in our summer internship so the colleagues from the HR department got plenty of applications. We took our visitors on a tour around the office and then invited them to presentations – about the company by Peter Horsten, about working at Goyello by Ewa Tokarska and Kamila Pyszka from the HR department and about our projects by members of our development teams. Everyone could also play #GoyelloGame.

We hope our guests had a good time visiting Goyello and that we are going to meet some of them very soon! :)

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Goyello at the Engineering Job Fair 2016

It was a really exciting day at the Engineering Job Fair (ITP) last Wednesday! On 16 March at Gdańsk University of Technology we met young people looking for career opportunities in IT.

A job fair is a great chance of getting to know people who may soon become members of our team. This year plenty of students and graduates came to visit us at the booth. A lot of them were interested in doing their summer internship at Goyello as well as joining our Java and .NET teams.

Our visitors really liked #GoyelloGame that lets you check your Java and C# programming skills. Most of them took a while to give it a go. The best 10 players were invited to our office to take part in an Agile workshop run by one of our Scrum Masters.
Each player got a gift – a yellow rubber duck – every programmer’s must-have.