We have achieved Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity Competency!

We are delighted to announce that DevScope has attained the Gold Cloud Productivity Competency from Microsoft, demonstrating our commitment and expertise in building, integrating and extending Microsoft Office 365 and infrastructure solutions. This achievement also reflects our team’s technical expertise as well as our clients’ satisfaction.

From SharePoint Online portals to scalable business intelligence infrastructures, we deploy a wide range of cloud-based solutions that replace complex and costly legacy systems and give organizations the necessary advantage in the current mobile-first, cloud-first world.

In addition to this Gold Cloud Productivity Competency, DevScope is also a Microsoft Gold Partner in Data Analysis, Collaboration and content, Application Integration and Application Development. We also have Silver competencies in Customer Relationship Marketing, Intelligent Systems, DevOps, and Hosting. We also have four Microsoft MVPs in our team, as well as Portugal’s only regional director, making DevScope one of the leading Microsoft partners in the country.

If you wish to know how our competencies can help your business achieve better results, please contact us at info@devscope.net.

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The women of DevScope speak up

Along with Italy, Portugal is the 4th country in the European Union employing the least women in IT– a mere 14% of the sector’s workforce and falling. While some view this as a mere gender imbalance and a consequence of women preferring social and health (women account for 75% of all Portuguese students in these areas) over STEM courses (only 28% of STEM students in Portugal are female), others see a clear imbalance that needs to be addressed and corrected.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we spoke to some of our colleagues in order to get the female perspective – actually, several female perspectives – on gender disparity in tech and what should be done to overcome it.

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The women of DevScope

Why aren’t there more women in tech?

Despite all the recent progress – with women leading some tech giants such as IBM, Yahoo or HP– closing the gender gap in IT is still somewhat of a mirage. In the last decades, tech became commonplace, but why aren’t there more women working in it? What’s holding them back?

“There’s a gender bias towards working in IT”.

Andreia Graça, one of our BI developers, feels that society is to blame. “There’s a gender bias towards working in IT”. She is not alone. Catarina Ricca, DevScope’s Product Owner, shares the same feeling. “There’s still a stigma attached to the fact that women in engineering are not feminine and not to be taken seriously.”

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A team of six women was responsible for programming ENIAC, the world’s first electronic digital computer, but their story is often forgotten.

Numbers show they may be right. Despite being one of the most progressive countries in the world, Portugal was subject to an authoritarian regime that lasted until the mid-70s under which access to an higher education was reserved to only a few and gender roles dominated the workforce. Engineering was a men’s world, and many feel there is still some stigma attached to pursuing a career in any of its many areas.

Daniela Oliveira, Project Manager, disagrees though. “I don’t believe there’s any stigma surrounding women working in IT or any fears about pursuing a career in it. Sure, there’s a huge gap between genres but the same can be said about other areas such as health and education, where the disparity is even greater than in IT; but unlike IT, the percentage of women in these areas is much larger than men.” Tássia Lisboa, a BI Solutions Consultant with 10+ years’ experience, stands with her and feels like the lack of women in IT “is simply a matter of preference. Women tend to favor professions outside hard sciences.”

Data corroborates their opinion: the vast majority of new professionals working in health, education, and law are indeed women and so is the number of students.

“Nowadays, women are more willing to study IT since the area has greater awareness and perhaps due to the surplus of job offers.”

“A few years ago, IT was not an area of interest for women,” says Carolina Trigo, Project Manager and the most recent addition to the DevScope team. “Women leaned towards the humanities while men went for engineering. Nowadays, women are more willing to study IT since the area has greater awareness and perhaps due to the surplus of job offers.”

Despite the different arguments used to justify it, nobody denied that the gender gap in IT was very real. Joana Barbosa, one of DevScope’s most experienced BI developers, pointed out this may stem from childhood, a theory shared by several of her colleagues. “Society insists on directing children towards boy and girl stuff. Girls play with Barbie dolls while toy cars and Lego are for boys. Electronics, computers and video games are for boys as well, so girls only find out about them at a much later age.”

“Games weren’t designed for girls because girls weren’t supposed to play them.”

Susana Silva, Project Manager & Business Analyst, builds on Joana’s theory. “The number of girls from my generation who owned a computer or video game console was very small – I was the only one in my neighborhood! Games weren’t designed for girls because girls weren’t supposed to play them. Culturally, women didn’t spend hours in Arcade rooms or in front of a TV screen playing on consoles.”

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Tássia Lisboa, Joana Barbosa, and Andreia Graça, from DevScope’s BI team

Software developer Ana Russo had a similar perception during childhood. “Boys played on consoles, and were more exposed to technology while girls played with dolls, something they were supposed to enjoy.” Despite that, Ana feels “Things are more balanced nowadays. Kids are so constantly exposed to tech it looks natural to them. Over the years, an interest regarding technology has grown among both genres.”

The future can be bright – with proper education

Ana’s words of optimism regarding future generations seem to echo with most of her colleagues. “With time and new areas popping up, the gender distribution of people working in IT will eventually even out,” says Andreia Graça. “I don’t think any measures need to be taken. Over the years, more women will eventually be working in this area.”

“IT is not for programmers only.”

Susana Silva suggests that in order to achieve this there should be an effort to show that “IT is not for programmers only. IT is also for talented people who manage technological changes, who manage teams, design apps, think about business problems and find creative solutions for them. Once that’s clarified, the imbalance between men and women in roles such as Project Manager, Business Analyst, Web Designer, Data Scientist and others won’t be as large.”

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Ana Russo, Software Developer, and Carolina Trigo, Project Manager

The current downward trend in women choosing IT as a career path may be in part attributed to the lack of perception that tech is so much more than just typing commands on a computer. Teachers, especially those who teach at a high school level, play a vital role in discovering their students’ strengths and exploring them. If teachers don’t show students how huge is the range of what they can do in IT, they’ll hardly pursue a career in the field.

 “During graduation, I had the opportunity to learn from female teachers who were excellent on both a personal and a professional level.”

This move could certainly push more women to pursue STEM-related fields the same way they did with now female-dominated fields such as law and health. People choose careers based on their strengths and since school grades show us that girls do not fare worse than boys in math and science, educational guidance may indeed be to blame. The fact that Estonia and Romania lead the European race for gender parity in IT (with 29,6% and 28,9% of women in the workforce, respectively), can easily be explained by the tradition in studying STEM these countries inherited from the old Eastern Bloc, when all students, regardless of genre, were heavily encouraged to pursue applied mathematics and sciences.

There’s still plenty of road to travel but, hopefully, education will eventually even-out the field and contribute to a bigger balance between genres in IT.

“During graduation, I had the opportunity to learn from female teachers who were excellent on both a personal and a professional level.” Ana Russo points out. “I still regard them as an example. They are smart, competent women whose work is regarded by both teachers and students. Great examples such as these should be publicized in order to show that women are leaders and influencers in IT as well.”

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Merry Christmas

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Once again we would like to thank all our employees, their families, our customers, and our partners for another amazing year.  We wish this Christmas card will be a good excuse to turn off every online device and we all dedicate this time to our family and friends.

We are looking forward to an even more challenging 2018, but in this special season, we just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Sandro Pereira is back as MVP

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Microsoft has been recognizing Sandro Pereira’s work for quite some time and just announced the renewal of his MVP for the 7th consecutive time.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community and Sandro was distinguished by his public contributions in the Integration (BizTalk) and Cloud (Microsoft Azure) space.

DevScope is very proud to have in it’s staff an exceptional professional, that started his journey in 2011 as BizTalk MVP and, since then, has continuously delivered presentations all over Europe about Enterprise Integration competencies (BizTalk Server, API Management, App Services, Logic Apps, Azure Functions, SharePoint Integration, PowerApps and Flow).

Sandro can be reached in his many channels: blog, twitter, book, wiki, foruns, whitepapers and public-speaking events.

Congratulations Sandro!

ITEuropa’s best “Big Data Business Intelligence and Analytics Solution of the Year”

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We are very honored to announce DevScope won of the categories in 2014’s ITEuropa Awards.

ITEuropa’s European IT & Software Excellence Awards 2014 recognises best practices in customer solutions by Systems Integrators, solution VARs and ISVs across europe. The event also recognises service excellence from the vendor and distributor community. The Gala awards dinner took place at the Lancaster London hotel on the 26th March 2014.

Here is a short description of the project that won best “Big Data Business Intelligence and Analytics Solution of the Year”:

One of the main Challenges in this project is that in Portuguese Hospitals patient data is typically spread across dozens of heterogeneous information Systems like the electronic health record, lab, imaging, and pharmacy systems, a clear obstacle to these organizations who are desperate to take advantage of all the information stored in order to create value and improve the present reality.

DevScope has addressed this issue by developing a powerful data integration and analysis platform, capable of achieving a consolidated and immediate view of all the relevant clinical and business information electronically stored every minute.

This platform also allows its users to do clinical and epidemiological studies, quickly realizing the treatment therapies being applied and the lab tests performed, which disorders and symptoms are present, patient’s geography, who is treating the patients, the clinical picture when the patients entered the hospital and what prognosis was given to them on the exit, in seconds.

Based on the analysis of historical data classified by this platform in relation to patient at risk of clinical deterioration, the Hospital is now able to automatically anticipate 30% of ICU admissions and 50% of non-ICU inpatient deaths in the 7 days before the event.

Timely action upon those patients can prevent death and potentially save over S2.7m/year.

The other finalists were RoambiAP2S Openfield and Exceedra.

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Rui Barbosa, DevScope’s CEO in an interview at Económico TV(Portuguese)

DevScope grows 12% in 2011

DevScope grows 12% in 2011

In fiscal year 2011, although the final figures are not yet fully completed, the business has been around 1.45 million euros, which, according to the general manager, Rui Paupério, represented an increase of 12% over the results of 2010.

Last year, DevScope’s own products represented 20% of the total growth of the company, CRM represented10%, Portals/SharePoint represented 40% and the remaining 30% matched the business generated within Business Intelligence.

Part of the good performance achieved during this year reflects our bet initiated in 2009 regarding the development and operation of new products, and all the complementary services associated with them. The market had huge challenges in terms of cost reductions, and we were able to attract customers through inovative solutions, supported by economies of scale of Cloud Computing, and Software as a Service models.

Full article available here DevScope grows 12% in 2011 (Portuguese).

DevScope @ TSF Made in Portugal

The “TSF Made in Portugal” program presents innovative, creative and technological companies of our country. The edition of November, 18, focused on DevScope as a technology and innovative company.
 
This TSF program showed DevScope business and creative capacity, focused on the new products like Portal Executivo and SmartDocumentor.

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DevScope distinguished as PME Líder (SME Leader)

DevScope was distinguished by IAPMEI – Economy and Innovation Ministry as PME Líder (SME Leader).

This high notoriety and visibility status puts DevScope in a restrict group of low risk companies that pursue growth strategies and strengthen their competitive base

DevScope, announces the appointment of Rui Paupério as General Manager

In his role, Rui Paupério will direct strategy and operations for DevScope business.

In fiscal year 2008, the company grew its business by 40%, growth fueled in part by investments on human capital.

 

Rui Paupério brings more than 15 years experience in IT management and consulting.

He started his career with CPCis S.A. later Indra Sistemas S.A., where he held a variety of roles in Consulting & Services business units.

More recently was Primavera Consulting Director at Primavera BSS S.A..

“The depth of Paupério experience and leadership in the IT services industry, combined with his skill in managing large-scale business operations, will be critical to achieving our aggressive goals for customer satisfaction and growth in the next years,” said DevScope Owner & Founder Rui Barbosa.

“I’m very pleased to join DevScope and have the opportunity to take the company’s strategy to the next level,” said Rui Paupério. “DevScope has shown steady growth in the area driven by their ability to help customers innovate, grow their businesses and reduce costs through proven IT solutions. I look forward to building on that strong foundation and helping to deepen relationships with enterprises.”

Over the past year, DevScope has partnered with several leading enterprises to meet their business objectives through Microsoft-based solutions. These companies include Grupo Sonae, PT Prime, Chamartín Imobiliária, Unicer, Grupo Casais, APDL.

 

About DevScope

DevScope is a IT solutions consultancy dedicated to using the Microsoft platform to help enterprises achieve profitable growth. Through proven solutions that extend Microsoft technologies, DevScope helps enterprises increase revenue, reduce costs and reinvest in innovation to gain competitive advantage. Additional information can be found at www.devscope.net.