Spring Off-site

After all the work in the home-stretch of a big project and crossing the finish line in April, a get-together seemed appropriate. As some new colleagues joined us in the meantime, we all felt the urge to have a party - the sooner the better.

On a cloudy Friday morning we left the office and headed for Budakeszi, with everything we’d need to cook a fine meal outside and have some - or more - fun.

As for the music, the lineup was more than satisfactory…

To pamper our tired back and shoulders, we invited Rapid Massage Service and it turned out to be a good idea :)

We even managed to get together for the mandatory tableau pic.

The last challenge of the day was to pack up after dark and leave the park quitely – mission accomplished.


Slack - we have a lot to talk about...

…and there’s not enough coffee in the world to make time for everything.

The more we connect, the easier the cooperation, so to find a solution to keep everyone posted is the key to smooth operation. We had a few ideas to ease the burden on office emails, and as everyone know Slack, we decided to give it a shot.

Now, the countless options we have are kind of overwhelming. Sharing and discussing ideas and drafts quickly and effectively is a breeze and once everyone’s on the same page, we don’t have to have lengthy conversations on meetings and we can focus on what we do best: implementation and development.
Automatic messages like pull requests or various business, operations and infrastructure related alerts from Jira, VSTS or Pingdom directed to Slack. How convenient.

And also, it’s a totally different feeling to “check-in” what the chatter is about in the #funtechnologies channel than to have unread emails you HAVE TO process. Our main goal was to keep our mailbox for official correspondence and not to discuss the gazillion tools available from office management to design. Creating polls to find the best place for the company dinner or shopping list for kitchen supplies are just a few of those small things that simply make our life easier.


DEEP live!

In the past 2,5 years our developers have been heavily working on DGITAL’s new, clean & lean solution and DEEP has born.

Developed from the ground-up using cutting edge technologies, our team learned from the market and designed the product that meets the needs of the changing business demands. Besides the engine - i.e. DEEP - the project also included a user interface for backoffice packed with features and the customization of the whitelabel website. DEEP is already in use on wizztours.com in 10 languages across Europe and the site has great conversion rates.

Get inspired on the new destintations pages featuring the handy deals barchart that can help you planning your next trip:

Stay tuned! We will return with brand new features soon!


The Kalifa Sisapangma Expedition

David Klein - our favourite expedition mountain climber - returns to the Himalayas in March 2018 with the KALIFA SISAPANGMA EXPEDITION. His aim is not less than to reach another jewel of the ‘Crown of the Himalayas’, the peak of Shishapangma. He’ll - once again - climb without sherpas and without the use of supplemental oxygen. The expedition will take aproximately 2,5 months.

Mount Shishapangma is one of the highest peaks of the world. It belongs to the Himalaya’s eight thousands and it’s the only one which is located entirely in Tibet. Shishapangma is considered to be one of the most approachable 8,000m peaks to climb because of its direct route and relatively short approach to Base Camp. For a peak of this size and stature, the Northwest Ridge offers a direct route to Shishapangma’s Central Summit (8008m). A knife-edge ridge connects the slightly lower Central Summit to the mountain’s South Summit at 8,013m. This final section of the climb can prove very challenging but challenge is not something that could make David flee.

We will follow his adventures as we always do and send him our cheers and support.


GDPR

GDPR. Rings a bell?

Well, it should. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. This one makes us busy nowadays, as all individuals, organisations and companies that are either “controllers” or “processors” of personal data will be covered by the GDPR. To make a long story short: it will overhaul how businesses process and handle data. It’s alright to have déja vu, if you were old enough to remember Y2K…

And it will come into force on May 25, 2018. You may say “we still have almost three months” or “OMG, only a little more than two months?!” depending on your temper.

Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s information commissioner, who is in charge of data protection enforcement, says she is frustrated by the amount of “scaremongering” around the potential impact for businesses. “The GDPR is a step change for data protection,” she says. “It’s still an evolution, not a revolution”. (via wired)


A plan to become GDPR compliant by May 25, 2018

Your organisation is not yet working on GDPR? No reason for panic, as a recent study showed this to be the case for more than 60% of organisations. But it does mean that it’s time for action now.

It all starts with a GDPR assessment, in which the organisation’s ‘gap’ regarding GDPR legislation is determined and an action plan is drawn up accordingly. An important part of this is creating an initial inventory of the personal data in your organisation to provide a clear picture of the e ort required to become GDPR compliant.

For a mid-sized organisation, at least 3 months are usually needed to carry out the action plan and the GDPR implementation itself. In order to become GDPR compliant by 25 May 2018, it is best for an initial GDPR assessment to take place as soon as possible. (via BDO)


You can dive deep and read the GDPR Law in English or in Hungarian or there’s a summary by Microsoft.


Breathe.


Relax.


And be prepared.


Highlights of 2017

JetSMART is a new Chilean airline founded by Indigo Partners (a private investment fund, also having investments in Wizz Air, Volaris and Frontier Airlines).

Our relationship with JetSMART started at the end of 2016 when DGITAL provided business and technology consultancy services for the establishment of the Chilean airline startup. The DGITAL development team started working on the website in spring 2017 and had an amazingly successful go-live in July - we developed a fully functional booking site from scratch in less then three months.

The list of online services available on the website has been getting longer ever since and DGITAL has a big part of their development plans for 2018 too.


An Unusual Year-end Party

Restaurants are great places for company dinners, but this year we wanted something different for the year end party. We have a nice and comfy kitchen, so we decided to party there. Given we are a company of carnivorous guys, to find a good butcher, order some sausages and a nice piece of ham was only natural.

We also had some wine and spirits, because we all know that good food + good drinks = perfect party.
Add some upbeat music and everybody will be ready for fun.

The million dollar question: How many developers do you need to assemble a ham slicer?

That was all we wanted to share about this.