“Digitalization is great, but it also takes a lot of work.” Felicitas Hanne, Director of Kinderhaus AtemReich, stated this during the panel discussion at the start of the Trivadis TechEvent 2019. She was referring on the one hand to the great help that IT support provides the doctors, nurses and assistants who work with the severely disabled children in their Munich home, but also to the adjustment that working with computers and data requires.
This statement is representative for the challenge companies face with the digital transformation: Digitalization means change, sometimes major upheavals, saying goodbye to accustomed ways – that can be hard, sometimes arduous and challenging. But there’s something great in the end: life and work gets easier – thanks to smart IT. This was the motivation for 200 customers and 500 Trivadis employees to gather on 13 September in Zurich-Regensdorf for the 48th TechEvent. In keeping with the Trivadis motto “Together for a smarter life.”
More time for the children thanks to technology
A better life for the children in AtemReich was also the goal for Microsoft, which had brought in Trivadis and its expertise with data and artificial intelligence as a partner for this project. Although the project has only been running for about half a year, Felicitas Hanne is already able to share the first successes. Gathering data from the medical devices and analyzing these using algorithms has made it possible to assess the afflictions and health of the children better, to alleviate these afflictions and also reduce the burden of the medical staff. For example, the doctors used information from the data analysis to optimize their young patients’ medication, reducing side effects and upheaval for the children. We’ll keep you posted on the blog about how the cloud, IoT and AI solutions are developing at AtemReich.
Thinking outside the box with the Digital Workplace
Karger Publishers, a publisher for medical research in books and databases, is banking on the Digital Workplace from Trivadis as part of its digital transformation. This makes it easier for employees to work together across departments and across borders, it allows information to flow directly from the CEO to all employees and for project data to be saved in a structured way. André Janssen, COO of Karger Publishers, repeated the challenge on stage: “Publications should be available in a few weeks, not months, in a digital publishing house.” This will also help patients more quickly. Further information about the Digital Workplace from Trivadis at Karger Publishers will also be posted soon on the blog.
Smart bus depot at TFP
Not faster, but rather even more punctual and reliable thanks to digitalization – that’s the goal for Transports Publics Fribourgeois, TFP for short. TFP provides public transportation in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland, which has a rail network with narrow-gauge and standard-gauge rails, a network of regional bus lines as well as a funicular railway and is used by 70,000 people each day. “The future of transport lies in multimodality and mass transit,” Grégoire Ramuz, Head of IT at TPF, surmised during the panel discussion. TFP opted to leave the delegation of parking and maintenance spots in its newly constructed central bus and tram depot to a computer. Numerous parameters now determine where the bus driver should go. This helps to speed up processes from cleaning and maintenance to repairs and makes it easier for drivers to get to and from the depot. The already high punctuality rates will thus be improved further and be less stressful for drivers to keep up.
Swisscom & Trivadis: Bundling strengths
The basis for all of the solutions presented during the TechEvent to make life and work easier is a secure infrastructure in the cloud. Industries that handle sensitive data, such as banks, financial service providers, hospitals and public institutions as well as research and development departments face particularly strict compliance requirements. The hurdles to trusting one of the major US providers such as Microsoft, Amazon or Google with one’s data are often high. Which is why Trivadis teamed up with Swisscom to create a Managed Oracle Database Service in a Swiss cloud. It can also be used by customers in Germany and Austria. “With this, there is now no reason for these customers to forego using cloud applications with Oracle databases,” Marcel Walker, Head of Network & Cloud at Swisscom said from the podium. Gerald Klump, Co-CEO of Trivadis, was also proud to announce that the service announced in early May went live right at the beginning of the TechEvent − “100 per cent Swissness,” as he emphasized.
The proximity to and understanding for customers and partners is also reflected in the stage design for the panel discussion: rather than one-man-show presentations from the podium, there was a cosy sofa corner with side tables, lamps and a wallpaper design on the projection screen. The attendees agreed: a great setup.
An exciting day lay ahead for them after the discussion, full of 70 sessions in 11 parallel tracks that covered the entire spectrum of Trivadis services, including IoT, container, databases, cloud, Digital Workplace, Agile Working and much more.
“Use the internet as a sense”
Between these exciting sessions, there was also the spectacular afternoon keynote held by the man with the antenna, Neil Harbisson. Harbisson was born colour-blind, meaning he sees only shades of grey. He showed us what that means using images of colourful products or terms such as Bluetooth. To help him navigate this limitation of his perception, he had the idea to use a camera and an implanted computer connected to his brain to turn colours into sounds.
While he still can’t see colours, the implanted antenna in his head allows him to hear them – the sounds that were played gave a slight impression of what he hears when he looks at a colourful carpet. It was interesting to learn that Harbisson is not the only cyborg, transspecies and avant-garde artist who works with the concepts of artificial senses or revealed reality. He uses Morse code by chattering his teeth to communicate with others a Bluetooth module implanted in his tooth. Colleagues of his use implants to perceive earthquakes or other seismic waves, information about air quality, weather data, ultrasound or magnetic fields, for example. Harbisson noted that many of the ideals of “expanded reality” are innate to animals, such as using the Earth’s magnetic fields for orientation. While the topic is not without controversy, Harbisson certainly provided plenty to think about and fodder for discussion.
Mission 25 completed
There was still plenty of time for discussion after the day’s final sessions. Thanks to the excellent weather, Apéro on the patio went on well into the evening. And the evening event’s “Mission 25” spacey atmosphere offered plenty more to talk about. The hotel kitchen outshone the astronaut food that was also served. The Night School Sessions proved popular once more. This time, the programme included programming with a “Raspberry Pi Unboxing,” “Trivadis Fuckup Night” and “Azure@Trivadis.”
As the traditional end of the TechEvent, Trivadis invited attendees to the legendary bar, where the patio was popular well into the night thanks to the warm weather.
We’re already looking forward to the next TechEvent in September 2020 (for employees already in March 2020).