Inkometa Award

BSH Hausgeräte wins Inkometa Award for the best intranet

BSH Home Appliances has won the Inkometa Award for Best Intranet in the Social Intranet / Collaboration Intranet category. The company was awarded the accolade for its work on the intranet, initially released in 2020 alongside its technical implementation partner XALT Business Consulting GmbH.

The Inkometa Award is one of the most important Awards for Internal Communication in Germany and is supervised SCM – School for Communication and Management. There are awards in the categories Media, Strategy, Campaign, Intranet & Digital Workspace and International internal communication since 2018.

The Inkometa Award is a recognition of the hard work and the importance of a global information and collaboration platform that BSH Home Appliances has put into creating and maintaining its Intranet. This award is a testament to the company's commitment to providing its employees with the best possible working environment.

About XALT

XALT is a boutique consultancy based in Munich and Leipzig Germany with a subsidiary in the United States of America. XALT builds DevOps, IT infrastructure solutions and enables teams to collaborate efficiently. We're helping companies release digital products faster, bring teams together, and foster digital transformation.

Their customers are some of the most innovative and aspiring organizations in the world. They range from manufacturing to financial, e-commerce, and government institutions. Enterprises are currently challenged with manually releasing and testing software and making sure that everything was compliance-ready and secure. The lack of the right tools, corporate culture, and mindset made collaboration between departments and teams difficult. XALT is doing the difficult, but imperative work of building DevOps and collaboration solutions – so organizations and teams can concentrate on creating real value for their customers and users.

About BSH Home Appliances

The BSH Household Appliances GmbH is the largest manufacturer of household appliances in Europe and one of the world's leading companies in this industry. Around 40 manufacturing sites and a strong network of 80 sales, production and service companies in around 50 countries form the foundation of BSH's customer-focused business model. BSH currently employs over 60.000 people all around the world.

Via the intranet

BSH Home Appliances has worked closely with its technical partner, XALT Business Consulting GmbH, and its concept Partner, ]init[, to create and maintain the intranet. The intranet features social features such as likes, shares and comments, as well as content tailored to different teams, divisions and countries. There is also a central news hub for the entire company.

Technical implementation

XALT Business Consulting was responsible for the technical implementation of the intranet. The team at XALT has improved the technical specifications of the intranet over the past year, ensuring that it is always available and running smoothly, even under heavy traffic conditions.

The BSH Intranet leverages the power of Atlassian's Confluence and the Linchpin Intranet Suite. It is deployed on the AWS Cloud and uses autoscaling, automatic backups, automatic rollbacks and built-in security features. These technical implementations allow BSH to keep the Intranet running at all times with minimal downtime (99.95% uptime), even when 60,000 users are accessing it. Learn more about the intranet here: https://www.xalt.de/en/success-stories/success-story-intranet-with-linchpin/

11 Steps for better code

The 11 XALT steps to Better Code

Wondering how we code and develop software at XALT? In this blog post, we share some of our guiding principles when it comes to software development of any kind. We were inspired by none other than Joel Spolsky (former CEO of Stack Overflow, one of the creators of Trello, among other things), who described the most important steps of programming back in 2000.

Some things have changed and become simpler since then, but the core principles still apply in 2021 and are a quick and easy way to find out if your SaaS business model is actually as good as you think it is, or if it's reaching its full potential. 

If you are in a management or team leader position in a software development company, you should ask yourself the following questions and answer "yes":

(From the point of view of job seekers in the software sector, it is of course always good to know whether your potential employer has its finger on the pulse of the times. (wink))

1. version control - do you use it?

Of course we do, we don't live in the 90s anymore after all. If you want to track changes to your code, manage them, and enable your programmers to collaborate more effectively, version control is critical.

For us, a Git workflow is the be-all and end-all, but depending on the type of project, we use feature branching, continuous delivery, sometimes even Gitflow. Among other things, we use Atlassian's own Bitbucket, as well as GitLab and GitHub Cloud. We place the greatest value on automation.

2. can you create builds in one step?

Yes, and we can even go one better; by using Docker and Bamboo, GitHub Actions and GitLab Pipelines, this is always automatically built for our projects. By using such tools, you can easily automate the integration of code from multiple stakeholders into single builds (keyword Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery).

You can find more information about our approach here: https://stackshare.io/xalt/xalt and https://www.xalt.de/life-at-xalt/

3. do you create daily builds?

Yes, daily builds are your friend in identifying problems. But why stop there? With CI/CD and automated testing, you can even deploy multiple builds per day! 

We always create daily builds for our customers and also keep test servers ready for them.

4. do you have a bug database?

Yes! Instead of writing bugs on stone tablets, sticky notes, or just from memory, we chose Jira for effective, powerful, and versatile bug tracking. We even went so far as to Integrate Jira with other bug-tracking solutions and never lose sight of a bug. Another great thing about Jira is the easy integration with knowledge bases like Confluence, where you can document all bugs and issues in detail. 

5. do you fix bugs before writing new code?

Yes, we always maintain our technical debts. What are technical debts? Glad you asked! We'll go into more detail about what technical debt means to businesses and programmers alike; you can here read all about it.

Essentially, it's very useful to fix bugs before writing new code. Among other things, this avoids having to go back in time in a software project to figure out why the code doesn't work today. The more time passes, the harder it becomes to remember where and when a bug first occurred. Therefore, the methodology of continuous documentation is a great way to achieve this, apart from fixing bugs as soon as possible 

6. do you have a current schedule?

Always. We live agile software development every day, so the notion of an actual schedule inherently applies to everything we do.

Our tool of choice on this topic is Jira, which can make planning and managing projects as simple as possible and as complex as necessary. 

7. do you have a specification?

You betcha. A product specification is basically a blueprint that describes exactly what the finished product will do, what its core features are, who it's for, and so on. 

To make this easily editable and shareable, we use Confluence and easy integration with JIRA issues, as well as a team of highly skilled and smart cookies who can write technical specs for a given issue like it was your grandmother's cookie recipe. 

8. do your developers have quiet working conditions?

Oh yes, you should provide your programmers (and all other employees of your company) with pleasant and quiet working conditions.

Whether it's in one of our great offices or at home - if you're work for Team XALTyou have the choice of where you work from.

Even after the pandemic, enjoy the benefits of home office and remote working. Still too noisy? We can also fit you with noise cancelling headphones to help you stay in the zone. 

Nine. Do you have any testers?

It's important to have testers on your team. How else are you going to notice a bug or a missing feature in your product? When your customers tell you there's a problem? Yes, that's something to avoid, and testing your software can really help.

At XALT, we use automated tests for our builds in addition to unit tests, for example with Jira and Bamboo from Atlassian. With XRAY, tests can even present in beautiful front ends. You can read all about it here: Automatic test management with XRAY. Also, Selenium is another tool of choice to test solutions from the user perspective. 

10. do you do QA testing?

We do that, with the help of Jira and XRAY. You can read more about it in this Blog post read.

11. do you use the best tools money can buy?

Always. Choosing the equipment and tools of your choice is the best way to make everyone in your company feel comfortable. And let's face it - what better way to bribe programmers than to give them all the tools, software, and hardware they need to be happy (aside from decent compensation)?

So when you work with Team XALT, all you have to do is tell us what kind of gear you need and we'll take care of it.


Do you agree with our principles and the way we work? Let us know, and if you're interested, learn firsthand how your company can leverage a few core principles to stand out from competing companies in software development and beyond.

If you are a developer looking for a new challenge in a company that makes working with and on software a pleasure. By following a few basic but very important and strong principles like the ones above, feel free to send us your resume and enjoy a smooth and no obligation hiring process.

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Work with us on exciting projects and solutions for current, important IT questions in the areas of Atlassian, DevOps and Cloud technologies.

Home office equipment

The best equipment for your home office

Remote work is on everyone's lips and has become an integral part of the modern working world. But besides "simply working from home" and working productively in a home office, there are some essential differences. An important factor for getting off to a good start is the right Home office equipment.

While some of the items listed below are essential, others are just plain useful in the home office.

Standing desk

Standing desks, or adjustable height desks, are a great way to start your day - both for your health and your productivity. If you're ready to make the leap from sitting to standing, we recommend a standing desk that can be used in multiple positions. This way, you can easily switch between sitting and standing during your workday.

Many of our employees use height-adjustable desks such as the EG8 in white from FlexiSpot.

Ergonomic office chair

Besides the desk, there is another important piece of furniture your home office equipment - the office chair. Sitting for long periods of time can plague the body with lower back, neck and shoulder pain, difficulty moving and lethargy. A supportive office chair can help alleviate some of the negative effects of sitting.

For example, we replaced the chairs in our office in Leipzig at the beginning of 2022 and now all sit on chairs from Sedus.

Quick note: The stool in the above picture is of course the exact opposite of an ergonomic chair (was not delivered at the time of the photo). 🤣

Second monitor

A laptop screen alone may not be enough, especially if you're used to working with a large monitor or multiple screens. Home office monitor prices vary significantly depending on size, quality, and features, but entry-level models can be quite inexpensive.

If you work a lot with graphics or videos, you need a high-resolution monitor with accurate colors. Monitors come in different sizes, which is also an important detail for the purchase. You should have enough distance from the monitor, otherwise it might have bad effects on your eyes and cause fatigue faster.

At XALT we like to work with Monitors from DELL, for example the S2721QS.

So consider the space you have available, the height and depth of your desk, and the height of your chair. The largest monitor may not necessarily be the best one for your needs.

Laptop stand

To avoid health problems such as back pain, neck pain and eye pain in the home office, you should use a laptop stand when working at your computer. A laptop stand should be part of any good home office equipment, it raises the computer screen and helps you position your laptop at eye level.
At the same time, you improve your sitting position and prevent back pain. By raising the laptop, the air circulation improves and there is less heat.

We can use the stand from Rain Design recommend for just under 55 euros
The initial cost varies depending on the brand and size of the product. Portable stands are usually slightly more expensive than fixed models.

Wireless keyboard and mouse

If you put your laptop on a stand, as recommended above, you should invest in a wireless keyboard for your home office. You don't have to spend a lot of money for a simple wireless keyboard and mouse that serves its purpose.

Look for a long battery life so you don't spend more time charging them than using them. If you work with numbers a lot, consider a keyboard with a separate number pad. Also, pay attention to the noise level. Some keyboards are much louder than others, which can be a real problem in small apartments!

You can get a good wireless mouse for a few euros or spend a little more to add some handy features. The mouse MX Master 3 Logitech mouse is connected via Bluetooth or USB receiver, can be operated on almost any surface and supports up to three computers simultaneously. Therefore, this is perfect for our office, where the workstations are used by several employees.

Of course the Magic Mouse and that Magic Keyboard from Apple unbeatable - some people prefer the MX Master 3 because of its ergonomic design.

Headset for remote work

Headset

For home workers who work in small teams or need to connect with colleagues in other offices, a good headset is an essential tool. There are two important points to look for in a headset: Headsets with noise cancellation and Bluetooth wireless devices. Headsets look professional and help you have undisturbed conversations even in a slightly noisier environment.

When it comes to headsets, we at XALT fully rely on the products of Jabra - either the Evolve 30 MS with cable or the Evolve2 65 wireless.
For meetings with several employees in the same room we use in Munich and Leipzig the Jabra Speak 510.

Conclusion

The right home office equipment and especially good accessories are very important from our point of view. Yes, it's not exactly cheap and you can quickly reach a four-digit euro range. But it's money well spent, as it has a positive effect on your own health (back, eyes, wrists, etc.) and you can work in a much more relaxed way.

Our team decides for itself where it wants to work: in the office (Munich or Leipzig), in a home office or in a coworking space such as Design Offices.

Sometimes you don't want anyone around to help you focus and get things done better. And some days you want to talk about joint projects with your colleagues in the office or need a change of scenery from home.

That is why XALT offers its Team members the possibility to choose the place of work and provides the right equipment for the home office.

Inkometa

Shortlist for Inkometa Award - Category: Intranet

We are happy to announce that the BSH Intranet is on the INKOMETA shortlist for the best intranet in the category "Intranet & Digital Workplace".

The BSH Intranet is a social intranet that was developed together with their solution and consulting partners XALT and ]init[.

About the INKOMETA Award

INKOMETA, the award for successful internal communications, honors competition entries in five categories: Strategy, Media, Intranet & Digital Workplace, Campaigns, and International Internal Communication. 

Learn more here: INKOMETA

About the Intranet

In September 2020, BSH launched its new intranet based on Atlassian Confluence and Linchpin as its new intranet and shut down its Microsoft Sharepoint platform.

The social intranet makes it easy to communicate with colleagues and allows employees to easily find the information they need. It also provides easy access to all kinds of resources the employees need.

Some of the main features of the BSH Intranet are:

Social communication and engagement

The social intranet makes it easy to connect and engage with colleagues. Using the intranet, employees can connect not only with their team but even with colleagues across different departments and subsidiaries within BSH.

The social intranet enables employees and managers to engage in digital dialog. It is a social network for all BSH employees. Social functions such as liking, sharing, and commenting on posts are integrated here.

A News Hub

All important news about products, events, or other topics relevant to employees is displayed on the main landing page for everyone to read at any time. The solution makes it easy to publish news that is important for the entire BSH staff or even for specific countries or subsidiaries.

A centralized hub for all employees

The new intranet provides all vital information, links, and resources BSH employees need right at the plan of their hands.

Learn more about the BSH Intranet project in our Success Story: Success Story - Linchpin Intranet

About BSH

The BSH Household Appliances GmbH is the largest manufacturer of household appliances in Europe and one of the world's leading companies in this industry. Around 40 manufacturing sites and a strong network of 80 sales, production, and service companies in around 50 countries form the foundation of BSH's customer-focused business model.

Working remotely with the right equipment

Console.log podcast interview with Fabienne

Our contributor Fabienne Gerhard was a guest on the podcast console.log ("hello heroes"); Your former university; The Munich University of Applied Sciences.

The first episode of the podcast is entirely dedicated to the foundation of IT, digitization and transformation and how programming, or code, gives you access to the big picture.

Click here to listen to the podcast

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About the podcast

Codes are boring, computer science is dull at work, and the world of numbers is an end game? No way! In this podcast, hero stories are told that show why programming is colorful.

Led by Professor Dr. Markus Stäuble, the podcast looks at success stories around programming.


About Fabienne

Fabienne's primary focus at XALT is knowledge management, enabling our clients' teams and employees through the implementation of collaboration platforms, Social intranets and learning management systems to promote communication and collaboration within the company.

What is knowledge management?

Knowledge management is the process of creating, sharing, using, and managing an organization's knowledge and information. It includes the systems and processes used to capture, store, distribute, and retrieve knowledge and information. One way is to create a knowledge management system that captures, stores, and retrieves knowledge and information. Another way is to use knowledge management processes that are used to identify, create, store, distribute, and retrieve knowledge and information.

You can find more information about knowledge management in our Webinar.

Team Event Munich 2022

Team Event Munich - June 2022

The last team event in October 2021 was a great success. The event was highly needed due to Covid-19. The team liked it so much that we wanted to organize further events at shorter intervals. Now, in June 2022, the time had come for the next event. The team was excited to get back together and continue the fun. But this time a little bigger, more extensive and with more participants.
So we decided to spread the next team event over two days.

Day one: Rafting on the Isar River

The first day should focus on fun, team building and communicating with each other. The second day was to focus on improving communication within Team XALT. Therefore, we invited a coach for a workshop that helped us break down our communication style into small steps and improve each step to achieve a more polished approach.
But back to the first day. As the first location of the day, we decided to visit the foothills of the Alps on the Isar. To be more precise, Lenggries. After arriving in Lenggries, we went directly to the headquarters of the organizer Montevia.

Here, during the obligatory Weisswurst breakfast, it was finally revealed what the marketing team had come up with. The team was to build its own raft and use it to navigate the turbulent waters of the Isar. So first we went to the banks of the Isar, where a small kit for building the raft was waiting for us. After a short introduction by our guide, we could already start. The rafts were built, neo's were put on and then we went out on the water.

But wait, the day was not over yet. After we dismantled the rafts, we headed back to the train station, back to Munich, and to Killian's Irish Pub. As you can imagine, we were all pretty hungry after spending half a day on the water. And what better than some delicious burgers, spare ribs and a cold pint of Irish Ale.

Day two: Workshop Munich Office

Today's workshop was all about team building and what it means to be a part of XALT. We started with a short introduction from Timon, our coach, and then went straight into building our XALT mobile.
We split into three teams and got to work making our mobile look, feel, and function the same.
Next, we talked about when it's time for XALT. We discussed the four stages of psychological development that a team goes through when working on a project: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. The model is also called Tuckman's Phases of Group Development.
This was a very helpful exercise for us because it helped us understand what stage our team is in and what we need to do to continue to grow and develop - personally and as a team.
Finally, we discussed the topics we are currently working on. We looked at our project pipeline, projects that have been completed, and topics that need to come back to the table. This was a great opportunity to get an overview of what everyone is working on and identify areas where we need to provide more support to individual team members.
All in all, today's workshop was a great opportunity to bond as a team and get a better understanding of our roles and responsibilities.

Time for a short summary

In summary, the second day of the team event was a great success. We had a lot of fun, got to know each other even better and learned a lot about how we work and where our strengths and weaknesses lie.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in the event. We are already looking forward to planning the next event. This time in Leipzig. And hopefully with more people participating.

Girls'Day 2022 XALT

The first Girls' Day at XALT 2022

Girls' Day is a nationwide campaign in which schoolgirls from the 5th grade onwards spend a day in a company of their choice gaining an insight into an aspired, scientific and technical profession. Women are still understudied in IT because there is still some fear of contact and many think that the IT industry is only for men.

That's why it's important for us that women get to grips with the issue at an early stage and find out what diverse career opportunities the IT industry has to offer them.

And what better opportunity is there than Girls' Day.

Our team then decided relatively quickly to take part in Girls' Day 2022 and to make two places available on site at our Munich office.

Under the motto "Gain an insight into an IT company", we at XALT wanted to give young female students the opportunity to see what different careers and topics there are in IT.

In the process, the two learned:

  • #WomenInTech
  • Team XALT and HR - An overview of XALT and the various professions in IT.
  • Project Management - How to manage teams and communication and which tool to use?
  • Hacking & Automations: How to keep using your apps despite being locked out, what is AI anyway and why is everyone talking about it?
  • Excel, why you (still) need it, and the first path to automation.
  • Insalata di Pomodori: Requirements & Expectations. If you want more, you have to ask for more.
  • TikTok in IT → Millennials explain the world to us.
  • Take over XALT and run the world

On April 28, the time had finally come. Girls' Day was here.

It was a special concern for us that the two participants Maja and Jule could get a taste of every area of XALT and future IT topics.

After getting acquainted with part of our team, you learned more about IT consulting, which clients and projects XALT serves, and why the fabled cloud is so important to the future of digitization within society.

Girls'Day 2022 XALT
Office XALT Munich

Girls' Day, a complete success.

The feedback from the two participants was consistently positive. We hope that both of them were able to get a first impression of the world of IT and that we have aroused their interest.

We would like to thank all colleagues who supported us in the preparation and implementation. Thanks also to all the participating students. We can't wait to participate in Girls' Day again next year.

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Atlassian Community - Virtual XMAS Party

Christmas is the time of joy, happiness, and love. It brings people together and provides the perfect opportunity to review the past year, which is especially important in today's turbulent times.

That is why we were even more excited about the Atlassian Community XMAS Party. Atlassian experts from all over Germany pulled out their Christmas sweaters and met to exchange ideas, to connect and, of course, to have a great time together.

The event kicked off with the participants introducing themselves and getting to know each other. This was followed by a Christmas story about the latest news from the Atlassian Community, which got everyone in a Christmas mood.

Also the participants were in the spotlight: At the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, they had to prove their fashion sense. The 3 most original sweaters even won a special prize. 

Since Christmas is also a time for giving, all participants received a small gift from the sponsors.
Many thanks for the great presents to Atlassian, K15t, //SEIBERT/MEDIA, catworkx, kreuzwerker, STAGIL, Communardo, netlogix, Jodocus, Scandio and yasoon. Of course, there was also some swag to catch from us at XALT.

Last but not least, we ended the evening together with a stroll through the virtual Christmas market. This was a great opportunity to get to know each other better and to talk and exchange stories with each other.

Thanks to the Atlassian communities from Munich, Cologne, Nuremberg and Hamburg. An extra shoutout to the organizers and presenters: Nina Schmidt, Fabienne Gerhard, Krimo Khermane, Maxine Kröll, Andree Lindenblatt, Lars Mählmann and Thomas Schlegel, thank you for planning this beautiful evening!

Although the event was completely remote, we had a lot of fun with all of you. It was great to meet so many members of the Atlassian community from all over Germany.

We are happy to be part of this amazing community and are looking forward to more awesome events next year!

2021 Throwback

2021 Throwback and what's to come

The year is nearing its end and the time has come to celebrate Christmas and New Year with your friends, family and loved ones. Earlier this year, we had some big plans. Grow #TeamXALT, release new products and become a well-trusted co-pilot and partner in our customer's projects.

Like others, we also wanted to recap what we achieved this year and if we accomplished our set goals for 2021.

#TeamXALT grows in numbers

During the year, we welcomed lots of new teammates. We grew our consulting, marketing, operations and development teams and welcomed Mario, Tobias, Nadine, Ben, Katharina and more.

Growing in numbers allowed us to not only acquire more customers and satisfy the demand for hybrid work solutions like intranets, knowledge bases and DevOps solutions but also improved the way we communicate with our customers and be their co-pilots for their vital projects and growth.

Being able to work side by side with such incredible people is a privilege for the TEAM XALT. Therefore, we wanted to say thank you for all of your input and hard work.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, we also decided to get together for a team event at the beginning of October and went for a hike in the Bavarian Alps for a change of pace and to bond even further as a team. Hopefully, we'll be able to plan more team events in person next year.

As we continue to grow, we are always searching for new talents that help us to achieve our main goal; Simplifying IT.

Become part of TeamXALT

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Working remotely & hybrid consulting and software development

Due to Covid-19, not all went as planned and lead to unexpected challenges. May it be the fact that remote and hybrid work solutions needed to be implemented fast or the once bulletproof approach in consulting, being on-premise changed drastically. The shift from on-premise to digital consulting forced us and our customers to shift our approach fast.

Together with our customers, we decided to go boom or bust and pursue our joint projects remotely. And what can we say, we experienced some challenges along the road. But within a few months, everything worked out like a charm and we feel more comfortable than ever working remotely. Nonetheless, we also cherish the opportunity to meet our customers in person and look forward to inviting them to our offices in Munich and Leipzig as soon as possible.

Container8 - The all-in-one DevOps as a Service Platform went live

What we are certainly most proud of is the release of the Container8 DevOps as a Service platform, enabling product teams to release software, updates and new features to the market faster than ever before.

When Philipp Göllner founded XALT in 2016 he dedicated himself and XALT to achieving exactly what Container8 is a vital part of. Making IT as simple as possible.

Being able to automate recurring tasks, such as deploying new code to a live system and having a built-in security and compliance system that directly issues a warning of potential hazards frees up resources to be used for important tasks. 

Additionally, Container8 not only focuses on releasing new code fast or achieving a high-speed go-to-market. And therefore focusing on the development aspect of digital product development. Our solution also focuses on the IT operations point of view and helps teams to effectively and securely supply needed infrastructure. Overall, the platform integrates itself seamlessly into your organization's DevOps efforts and also supports your team's favourite tools.

At heart, our self-service platform includes the CALMS Framework for DevOps. Therefore, your efforts in terms of Culture, Automation, Measurement and Lean working principles can be achieved more easily and is also known as CALMS.

Learn more about Container8 and its capabilities here.

Just a couple of months ago, we released our Advanced Image Gallery for Confluence Data Center. If you've been looking for a solution to create beautiful, content savvy pages for your knowledge base and intranet, you can stop looking now. With the latest update, we also introduced photo filters, next to the existing image editing possibilities. These enable you to directly alter the look and feel of your images in confluence without the need for any external tools.

Our Gallery also officially supports our partners' products Linchpin, Scroll Viewport and Refined Wiki to bring even more beauty to your confluence pages and space.    

You can experience the Advanced Image Gallery in action here.

What coming next?

In 2021, we achieved plenty. We built new tools and solutions, released the Container8 platform, acquired the Atlassian Gold Partnership and became AWS Consulting Partner.

For 2022 we are setting big goals. Here's what's next for XALT.

  • Further development of the Container8 DevOps as a Service platform and acquire new partners to implement the platform for new customers.
  • Further development of our existing apps and development of new approaches. And provision of Jira Sync as a stand-alone 3rd party integration for Jira software. 
  • Growth in the DACH region and the US with CPI Solutions.
  • Expansion of TeamXALT in the areas of infrastructure, DevOps, development, sales and marketing, distributed across our locations in Munich, Leipzig, and remote all over the world. 

One more thing

All of our recent growth wouldn't have been possible without the team and our customers. For that, we wanted to say thank you. At the risk of repeating ourselves, being able to work alongside such incredible people from all over the world means so much to us.

Become part of TeamXALT

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AWS Consulting Partner

XALT becomes AWS Consulting Partner

Since 2016, we have been helping and accompanying IT teams on their way to implementing DevOps methods, cloud concepts and agile workflows. At the beginning of the year, XALT received the Atlassian Gold Partner Award. And at the end of July 2021, the time had finally come - we were named an AWS Consulting Partner.

What do we at XALT intend to do with this certification? And how we will use this new capability to help companies successfully implement DevOps or migrate their software landscape to the cloud in the future, you can read in this article.

Future-proof companies need a fail-safe IT infrastructure

The cloud migration of an existing software landscape has never been more relevant than today. Performance, downtimes and availability are important factors that have a direct impact on the business viability of a company and additionally impact customer satisfaction. 

The demands of today's customers and users are far more diverse and consolidated than they were just a few years ago. Due to the unlimited availability of the Internet and its direct impact on the workplace, it has become a necessity that productive systems are permanently available from everywhere. 

By leveraging AWS cloud computing solutions, we have been able to keep these outages to a minimum for our customers and ensure availability of 99.95% and above. With solutions like Blue-Green Deployments and the use of Docker, Kubernetes, Atlassian Apps and the implementation of the DevOps culture, we also achieve that teams of different departments can work together more easily and efficiently. And in doing so, achieve a direct and, above all, positive impact on the company's goals. 

XALT's plans for 2021 and 2022 at a glance

Along with the new AWS partnership, XALT is tackling several issues. Here's what's next for XALT.

  • Migrating existing solutions, Atlassian plugins and apps to the cloud to make them fit for the future and actively support our existing customers and partners
  • Further development of our existing apps and development of new approaches. And provision of Jira Sync as a stand-alone 3rd party integration for Jira software. 
  • Growth in the DACH region and the USA.
  • Expansion of the teams in the areas of infrastructure, DevOps, development, sales and marketing, distributed across our locations in Munich and Leipzig. 

Cloud computing provides more flexibility

For many companies, 2020 and 2021 will go down in corporate history as a year of change and reorganization - this is the year when the potential of cloud computing becomes clear. With home offices and remote working, a smoothly running software environment with digital processes and tools has become key to a company's agility and long-term success.

In this sense, cloud computing based on AWS plays a crucial role. 

"We have to internalize that a company, in addition to its employees, is dependent on the permanent availability of software. This includes all tools of a company with which the employees work every day. Only when companies guarantee this, all users can fully concentrate on their work and be truly successful." - Philipp G.

The migration of software to the cloud - such as Jira and Confluence from Atlassian - is currently still in its infancy at many German companies. The great advantage of cloud migrations of Atlassian tools is that business processes can also be digitized and automated. This results in further savings and positive effects on the company's goals.

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Digital transformation and cloud computing requires further thoughts

The pandemic has changed many things. Remote work and home office are now inevitably linked to the modern working world. Every company must decide for itself how it lives and shapes this new reality.

In terms of digital transformation and cloud computing, this means implementing new methods and building state-of-the-art IT infrastructure. It is time to look ahead and take things in hand that inevitably, already today, stand for the 21st century. It is time to prepare for further change and to provide all employees with the tools they use every day, everywhere and at all times, which they need for their value-adding work. 

→ Success Story Cloud: Here you can find out how Weltbild was able to improve its service and infrastructure stability with the help of the migration of their ecommerce shop to the cloud.