Where did the idea come from?
The idea for joint meetings during which we could share our knowledge was somehow the result of surveys and interviews examining the level of satisfaction among our IT consultants. We noticed that a significant number of the respondents/people we talked to lacked a place where they could find out what their colleagues are doing and learn something from them at the same time. Looking at the different people we work with on a daily basis, we came to the conclusion that inviting our consultants to talk about what they are best at would be an interesting idea. So we decided to organize local meet-ups with IT experts, which took place almost at every branch of Avenga Poland (formerly IT Kontrakt).
Time went by and we decided to take it one step further, i.e. to organize meet-ups under one common brand. We announced a contest for one common name. There were many proposals, so we decided to organize a vote in the whole company and the name “Avenga Rally” proved to be the winner. Unfortunately, the organization of the first meet-up under the name of “Avenga Rally” was prevented by the pandemic. After several discussions we came to the conclusion that we would try to transfer our meetings to the virtual world.
What webinars have been organized so far?
Cooperation with our experts and their involvement allowed us to set the direction of the project and indicate the issues that we could develop during the organization of the first webinars.
Contact with potential future speakers was initiated by the Pharma branch, which, due to the ongoing pandemic, took its activities and events online, in an attempt to engage the employees and create a platform for communication. While we were collecting the ideas for webinars another idea came up to join of all Polish Avenga branches and launch a joint initiative under the name of Avenga Rally. It was like hitting the jackpot – integration and mutual support proved invaluable, especially in the first stages of implementing the remote work system. Following this path, the topics proposed by engineers from the pharmaceutical industry were the first ones to be discussed.
The series premiere took place on June 25th at 16:30. It wasn’t a random date, because we scheduled streaming of subsequent webinars for every last Thursday of a given month, maintaining the series continuity both in terms of the date and time itself, which also remained unchanged. The first speaker was Marcin Guth – an experienced Project Manager, who has been associated with the pharmaceutical industry for many years. Marcin led a webinar entitled: “Cyber Security in the Pharmaceutical Industry”. During the presentation, Marcin introduced the topic of software security on the example of real stories and threats related to current digital health solutions. Through his presentation Marcin built awareness of how big losses can be caused by cyber security incidents and showed how to deal with limitations and threats in the field of data processing. People who took part in the webinar also had the opportunity to ask questions via a chat during the presentation to actively participate in the discussion during the Q&A panel.
For those who for some reason couldn’t join us online with us and are interested in the topic, we have some good news – all our webinars have been recorded and you can find a link to the video here. 🙂
The next speaker was Piotr Grzesiak, who, on July 30th conducted a webinar entitled: “Automation of tests and more: Appium for mobile application”. Piotr is a test engineer with 14 years of experience. For 8 years he has been automating tests using various technologies. He advises companies on designing QA processes and automation solutions. As a mentor he helps testers and test engineers to develop. During his speech dedicated to people who deal with automated tests in their everyday work or who are thinking about introducing automated tests into their projects, he introduced the issues of test regression, use of appium or application screen generation. He focused on particular elements of the project, i.e. objective and description of the solution, benefits for the project and possibilities of further development, based on the experience gained so far in the pharmaceutical industry.
You can find a link to Piotr’s presentation here.
The third webinar in the Avenga Rally series was a presentation by Mieszko Miłek entitled: “Managing the maintenance of IT services”. Mieszko is a DevOps engineer with over 12 years of experience in IT. For 10 years he has been managing IT services in validated, client-critical environments. He deals with process automation and improving the efficiency of operating teams. During his speech Mieszko shared good practices in the field of managing incidents, problem and, changes as well as reporting in the pharmaceutical industry. He brought the operational side of the IT world closer to the participants to show how to manage and maintain IT services in this environment and at the same time facilitate synchronization with the development department to get all the benefits.
Everyone who missed Mieszko’s webinar can watch it on our YT channel: click here.
Taking into account the involvement of our experts and the interest of all the participants of the webinars, we want to continue the Avenga Rally cycle, broadening the scope of topics and meeting the expectations. We want to build a strong brand image, create a communication platform for our employees and go beyond our organization in order to reach potential new clients. Clients interested in our services – Avenga employs experienced professionals whose skills we want and need to boast about and promote! It is thanks to them that we can grow in strength and achieve our goals. The pandemic has moved activities to the virtual world, but despite the gradual return to pre-covidian normality we want to keep up the pace. We seek to develop and expand our reach to create an integrated IT world and show the diversity and importance of this environment in the modern world, both in business and technological context.